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Postby Neo » Thu 19 Oct, 2017 9:36 pm

Have a few ideas on this... Next!
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby Strider » Sat 21 Oct, 2017 8:55 pm

All your clothing is technical pieces!

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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby Neo » Sat 21 Oct, 2017 8:59 pm

When your 'good' pants are for bushwalking!
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby Tortoise » Sun 22 Oct, 2017 6:34 am

On a 7 hour trip past places you'll never visit, you find yourself checking out random hills and mountains to see what line you'd take to get to the top.
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby Gadgetgeek » Sun 22 Oct, 2017 9:21 am

Several hundred on a mat and sleeping bag is nothing, but new bedsheets for home are from the bargain shop.

When you grocery shop, you think about the weight of the packaging, for foods that will never leave the house anyway.
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby GPSGuided » Sun 22 Oct, 2017 10:41 am

When you ensured your chosen city road map for driving has contour lines.
Just move it!
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby taswegian » Sun 22 Oct, 2017 12:45 pm

When your clothes have that 'acquired look, and familiar aroma'.
When at home and you look towards the mountains and there's a tug inside you.
When the kids start to groan about another picture show.
When you know what proper, cool, clear water tastes like and the obvious difference to that stuff masquerading as water from the kitchen tap.
When distances are measured in time, not miles or kilometers.
When your attitudes start to change about the natural wonders we have here in abundance in Tasmania
When the general street conversation goes 'and where did you go on your last walk'.
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby taipan821 » Sun 22 Oct, 2017 3:35 pm

when spending hours in rain counts as a 'good day'
when you start to loose weight in all aspects of your life
when friends get bored of the constant 'been there'

Oh and when you get pulled aside and told "I'm sending you on this search, the terrain is really hard but I know you can handle it because you do this sh** for fun"
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby puredingo » Sun 22 Oct, 2017 6:18 pm

When the general society grates on your nerves to the point it's go bush or go mad!
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby Hallu » Mon 23 Oct, 2017 7:36 pm

I'd say when you wake up earlier on vacation or on week ends than during the week for work... and you're looking forward to it.
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby alanoutgear » Mon 23 Oct, 2017 7:46 pm

......you take maps to to bed instead of a book, and people automatically sigh when you say "not far now, it's just over the next knoll".

......you look at a beautiful view while on holidays and can see the contour lines.
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby Wollemi » Tue 24 Oct, 2017 5:43 am

You eat the apple core and mandarin peel - at work.
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby north-north-west » Tue 24 Oct, 2017 6:16 am

. . . no matter how thick the scrub beside the road, you remember pushing through some somewhere that looked just like that . . . and, in hindsight, "it really wasn't all that bad'"
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby pazzar » Wed 25 Oct, 2017 12:45 pm

.....LISTmap is your homepage!
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby crollsurf » Wed 25 Oct, 2017 2:13 pm

Here are a few i have added before:
When you start loitering around the freeze-dried section of the supermarket
When you walk up to the shops in the rain in your wet-weather gear instead of driving
When you take the dog for a walk and the dog turns back first
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby ribuck » Wed 25 Oct, 2017 5:06 pm

crollsurf wrote:When you start loitering around the freeze-dried section of the supermarket

Lol, sometimes I go through the checkout with my powdered soup, dried peas, instant mash, etc, and I think the checkout operator assumes I have a really terrible diet with no fresh food at all.
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby Hermione » Wed 25 Oct, 2017 6:18 pm

You have enough gear to fully outfit a number of other people for a winter walk.
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby Moondog55 » Wed 25 Oct, 2017 7:55 pm

Hermione wrote:You have enough gear to fully outfit a number of other people for a winter walk.


Make that a full squad
When trying to decide between a new vacuum cleaner or a new down parka and the down parka seems to be winning the argument, when the wife seems to think that one more tent is 3 tents too many and I have 2 pairs of dress shoes and 4 sets of ski boots, 2 pairs of mountaineering boots and 3 pairs of walking boots and none of them are "Quite" worn out yet and I consider my sandal and sock combination technical footwear :mrgreen:
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby Neo » Sat 28 Oct, 2017 8:42 pm

Lovely answers!
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby Tortoise » Sat 28 Oct, 2017 8:48 pm

north-north-west wrote:. . . no matter how thick the scrub beside the road, you remember pushing through some somewhere that looked just like that . . . and, in hindsight, "it really wasn't all that bad'"

I'm not the only one who checks out roadside scrub for comparison then! But I almost always end up thinking, 'Nah, it was thicker than this.'
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby norts » Sat 28 Oct, 2017 9:21 pm

You know the most efficient way to visit all the walking shops in your town. I have my route for getting around Launceston.
Your hiking cupboard take up a whole room.
Bought new clothes/new shoes for 10 years unless they are for bushwalking.
There is always a pack at the back door filled with weight for the training walks

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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby Neo » Sat 28 Oct, 2017 9:35 pm

Norts yep. In a strange town/s today I did an end-to-end while passing through of 5 outdoor stores to find a butane adaptor with no luck, then spotted a random store that had several on the shelf. Happy as!
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby That_Asian_Bloke » Mon 30 Oct, 2017 7:18 pm

...when it's casual Fridays in the office and you're wearing your zip-off pants, moisture wicking top and your old trail shoes.
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby rcaffin » Mon 30 Oct, 2017 7:40 pm

Don't have a suit any more. (It got moth-eaten, so we gave it away.)
Don't have any street shoes. Feet grew to size 10, while the only pair I had was size 8. Gave them away.
Don't have any shirts with buttons. Button collars are stupid things anyhow.
Got 6+ tents though.

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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby ribuck » Tue 31 Oct, 2017 6:01 am

rcaffin wrote:Don't have any shirts with buttons.

Best thing I ever did, too. And no more ironing!

Though I did keep one white button-up shirt for funerals. Occasionally, on account of it being long-sleeved, it has been pressed into use for bushwalking if the sun is exceptionally strong.
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby Avatar » Wed 01 Nov, 2017 9:56 pm

Your best clothes are for bushwalking.
You wear your bushwalking clothes to work - because that's all you've got that is anywhere near suitable.
You wear your old bushwalking clothes around the house.
You have 6+ tents - and all of them have been repaired and you can't bring yourself to part with any just in case a matching walk turns up.
When you look at cars the first thing you check is their ground clearance.
Your favourite bushwalking shoes or boots are beyond repair but you can't bring yourself to throw them out.
Your freezer is half full of dehydrated food at all times, the other half has an opened tube of caulking silicon and the occasional gas canister.
You have 4+ expensive rainjackets and none of them do the job they are supposed to.
You now have only 1 item of tattered bushwalking clothing or gear that is older than 25 years that you still use and you can't bear to part with.
You quit your job/retired early because it was getting in the way of your bushwalks and now you can't fund your trips unless bushwalking somehow becomes your job.
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby ribuck » Thu 02 Nov, 2017 5:47 am

Avatar wrote:When you look at cars the first thing you check is their ground clearance.

When you look at cars, the second thing you check is what they'd be like for sleeping in, when you arrive at the road end during a storm.
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby Tortoise » Thu 02 Nov, 2017 7:26 am

ribuck wrote:
Avatar wrote:When you look at cars the first thing you check is their ground clearance.

When you look at cars, the second thing you check is what they'd be like for sleeping in, when you arrive at the road end during a storm.

+1 They're my 2 non-negotiables!
Highly desired also is a hatch not a side-hinged back door - a great verandah at the start or end of a wet walk, and a nice kitchen shelter for the late arrival at the start/end of a walk. (Wondered about trying to rig up a tarp-y thing for other car types, that lives there and folds away, but...)
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby north-north-west » Thu 02 Nov, 2017 8:00 am

Avatar wrote:Your best clothes are for bushwalking.

Nope. 'cause once I've been on a walk or three they cannot qualify as 'best' and, indeed, barely qualify as 'clothes'.

You wear your old bushwalking clothes around the house.

Great for gardening or just pottering around. And those thermals and down jackets during winter keep the power bills down.

When you look at cars the first thing you check is their ground clearance.
When you look at cars, the second thing you check is what they'd be like for sleeping in, when you arrive at the road end during a storm.

Personally, most of my trips involve at least one planned sleep-in-the-car night. It's easier than pitching a tent and means you can start walking nice and early in the morning.

Your favourite bushwalking shoes or boots are beyond repair but you can't bring yourself to throw them out.

I'm keeping them for plant pots. Multi-use and all, y'know.

You now have only 1 item of tattered bushwalking clothing or gear that is older than 25 years that you still use and you can't bear to part with.

It isn't possible for some of us to keep walking clothes that long - they either get lost (if anyone finds my old blue montane jacket . . . ) or used to patch other bits of clothing that are still vaguely wearable with a bit of work.
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Re: You know that you have become a bushwalker when...

Postby ribuck » Thu 02 Nov, 2017 6:41 pm

You know you're a bushwalker when you're travelling and you hire a car, and your choice of hire car company is based on their policies for off-bitumen use.
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