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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby north-north-west » Sat 02 May, 2015 9:34 pm

If that's the one I'm thinking of (Black River crossing), it's an official mark put there by the track maintenance crew.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Moondog55 » Sun 03 May, 2015 9:57 am

I really dislike consumables that do not live up to manufacturers claims as to service life and/or durability
I bought a new battery for the Dolphin torch that lives in the ute only to discover on the glamping W/E that it was dead
I first assumed that either myself or a tadpole had left the torch on by mistake but this morning I was recycling the case and found the internal cells had all corroded away and leaked

I have of course emailed Eveready and complained
Time to investigate rechargeables for this application
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby GBW » Sun 03 May, 2015 11:06 am

north-north-west wrote:If that's the one I'm thinking of (Black River crossing), it's an official mark put there by the track maintenance crew.


That's the one NNW. Not sure what makes it official but it's pretty obvious a chainsaw was involved.

What about large signs like this one at Baw Baw near the Mushroom Rocks. Just a tad too large for my liking and seemed out of place:
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby neilmny » Sun 03 May, 2015 2:47 pm

Moondog55 wrote:I really dislike consumables that do not live up to manufacturers claims as to service life and/or durability
I bought a new battery for the Dolphin torch that lives in the ute only to discover on the glamping W/E that it was dead
I first assumed that either myself or a tadpole had left the torch on by mistake but this morning I was recycling the case and found the internal cells had all corroded away and leaked

I have of course emailed Eveready and complained
Time to investigate rechargeables for this application


This will be interesting Moondog.
I had two Dolphins over the years, both went flat when not in use.
Check the on/off switch...neither of mine measured 0 ohms when off.....ehem!....very mysterious....perhaps check yours.
Would never own another.....but that's just my experience :roll:
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby GPSGuided » Sun 03 May, 2015 3:06 pm

Oh, the Dolphin torch light! That was a popular product when it came out. Same experience, the battery have always discharged during storage, so never really 'shone'. Compared with the LED torches of these days, that was so useless.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby north-north-west » Sun 03 May, 2015 5:12 pm

GBW wrote:
north-north-west wrote:If that's the one I'm thinking of (Black River crossing), it's an official mark put there by the track maintenance crew.

That's the one NNW. Not sure what makes it official but it's pretty obvious a chainsaw was involved.

Semi-official, if you like. I walked that section of the track just a few days after it was finally rebuilt, and that treatment of the log crossing was brand spanking new. Maybe they'd run out of little yellow triangles and wanted to make sure no-one misunderstood the slightly altered re-routing of the track. There are a number of vehicle tracks & pads going in various directions in that area, so the carving on the log makes sense under the circumstances.

It's the graffiti on natural landmarks and historic buildings that really bugs me. All the scratching on Chamber's Pillar for instance, or the morons who think it means something special to write or carve their names in the walls of Old Pelion Hut.

Mind you, something else that happened on a recent walk was even more annoying but I'd rather not discuss it publicly until I've had some official feedback . . .
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby NathanaelB » Sun 03 May, 2015 5:20 pm

Is this just vandalism or intentional forest management I don't understand?

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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby perfectlydark » Sun 03 May, 2015 6:33 pm

Looks like someone.was playing with a machete
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 04 May, 2015 6:06 pm

The dolphin torch was sort of the defacto standard for CFA use, so I have several of them, this was the battery from the LED version.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Zone-5 » Tue 05 May, 2015 3:24 am

Waking up in the morning and finding that the tongues of your walking boots have been chewed off and food has been got at!

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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby JulianS » Wed 06 May, 2015 11:11 pm

This is a very entertaining topic.
I will add:
- At the end of a long day of walking, watching the dinner you had looked forward to so much soak into the sand/dirt after your cooking pot falls off the stove
- Another person / group showing up just when you thought you’d have the place to yourself
- Importing photos after a walk and discovering that dust spots behind the camera lens have left blemishes on all of them
- Waking up in the middle of the night needing to go to the toilet – especially in winter
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby NathanaelB » Thu 07 May, 2015 9:07 pm

Having your Garmin corrupt the GPX file.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Zone-5 » Fri 08 May, 2015 1:26 am

NathanaelB wrote:Having your Garmin corrupt the GPX file.

Look here...
http://fitfilerepairtool.info/

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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby north-north-west » Fri 08 May, 2015 9:47 am

JulianS wrote:This is a very entertaining topic.
I will add:
- At the end of a long day of walking, watching the dinner you had looked forward to so much soak into the sand/dirt after your cooking pot falls off the stove

Happened to me once, up near the Dummy Salt Camp. That was when I decided to move to a remote burner. Makes it harder albeit still possible.
Another person / group showing up just when you thought you’d have the place to yourself

A number of us have already bitched about that. It's at its worst when they insist on pitching right next to you.
Importing photos after a walk and discovering that dust spots behind the camera lens have left blemishes on all of them

There are simple tools that will remove dust spots. Some cameras can even be set up to more or less ignore them.
Yeah, I know, it adds to the PP work, but it's worth it. Of course, the simplest method is to keep your lenses clean. I carry a cloth and blower brush with me at all times.
Waking up in the middle of the night needing to go to the toilet – especially in winter

You're a bloke. Get a pee bottle. Anything else, you're on your own.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby axcarmil » Fri 08 May, 2015 10:12 am

north-north-west wrote:
JulianS wrote:This is a very entertaining topic.

Another person / group showing up just when you thought you’d have the place to yourself

A number of us have already bitched about that. It's at its worst when they insist on pitching right next to you.

... and they proceed to talk all night and act like they are the only ones there.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Zone-5 » Sat 09 May, 2015 5:02 pm

axcarmil wrote:It's at its worst when they insist on pitching right next to you.


It's a European thing, just hope they are female Swedish backpackers offering massages... 8)
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby north-north-west » Fri 29 May, 2015 9:29 am

Being on the way back after a relaxing series of walks and a good feed at the Hungry Wombat and then:
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Would probably have been worse if it had happened on the way out, but still . . .
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby MickyB » Fri 29 May, 2015 10:25 am

:shock: There doesn't appear to be any damage from the Chinaman you must have run over earlier in the year.

Hope you had no serious injuries NNW.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby north-north-west » Fri 29 May, 2015 10:38 am

Only to my pride. Two chopper rides in ten weeks is overdoing it (at least it was a different crew). Apparently they insist on checkout at a major hospital for rollovers, and if you're in a relatively remote location - this was near Tungatinah so it was the Hydro staff at the PS taking care of it all - they call in the helicopter. It's automatic. Nearly died of embarrassment when I found out . . . :oops:

Not even stiff. Don't let anyone tell you seatbelts are a bad thing.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby GPSGuided » Fri 29 May, 2015 10:56 am

Crikey NNW! Glad it was only your pride that was done in. I do know that TAS is the centre of car overturns as I've done it once many years ago too b/n Launceston and Cradle Mtn. The moist landscape seemed to soften everything and I crawled out without a scratch.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby walkabout » Fri 29 May, 2015 11:06 am

Glad you're ok - things happen in 3's, you know :shock:
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby north-north-west » Fri 29 May, 2015 11:39 am

walkabout wrote:Glad you're ok - things happen in 3's, you know :shock:

Yeah, but this was number four . . .
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Zone-5 » Fri 29 May, 2015 6:07 pm

north-north-west wrote:Not even stiff.


I'm glad of that! :shock:
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Strider » Sun 31 May, 2015 11:49 pm

NNW by any chance did this happen on the sharp right hander immediately before Tungatinah lagoon?
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby north-north-west » Mon 01 Jun, 2015 8:19 am

No, it was a bit further down the hill to the bridge/power station complex. You know that sweeping bend with the wide turnout on the eastern side, and a short unsealed track that cuts off a couple of minor corners? It started a bit above that and the car is now at the bottom of it.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby madmacca » Mon 01 Jun, 2015 10:00 am

GBW wrote:
north-north-west wrote:If that's the one I'm thinking of (Black River crossing), it's an official mark put there by the track maintenance crew.


That's the one NNW. Not sure what makes it official but it's pretty obvious a chainsaw was involved.


As I recall, they had taken the chainsaw to the log to create a flatter surface and some steps anyway (presumably as a safety measure?), and that's where they AAWT engraving was. I thought it was a cute touch. If they had just blazed the side of some random (living) tree, I would have been less happy.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Lophophaps » Mon 01 Jun, 2015 11:39 am

NNW, glad to learn that it's just your pride that is injured. At least there was no fire. I'm not a mechanic but suggest that the vehicle will need some TLC before it gets a roadworthy certificate. How many frequent flier points do you have now?
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Zone-5 » Mon 01 Jun, 2015 4:42 pm

It's a write-off!

So much for the Toyota's "unbreakable" commercial where the natives roll it down a hill for coconuts... :roll:

You should sue for false advertising!

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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby north-north-west » Mon 01 Jun, 2015 5:24 pm

Write-off for me as it's just not worth what it would cost to repair.
As for 'unbreakable' - believe it or not, apart from one badly dented wheel-rim and slightly wonky idler arm, the engine, drive-train, suspension and steering are OK. The Hydro boys actually drove it to its current position once it was removed from the rocks it landed on. Very carefully, of course.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Zone-5 » Mon 01 Jun, 2015 5:36 pm

north-north-west wrote:...once it was removed from the rocks it landed on.


ROCKS! So this was not just a roll over but involved skydiving as well! :shock:
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