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

Postby walkerchris77 » Sun 29 Jun, 2014 4:02 pm

Or when you let one go in your sleeping bag. Not many options there. Self inflicted dutch oven.

how about some more beans mr miller.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/hikin

Postby hamishm » Mon 30 Jun, 2014 11:58 am

horsecat wrote:Generators. *&%$#! noisy generators! :evil: So far only had issues in the coastal campgrounds but just a matter of time before I see some moron on the Overland with one though... :lol:

+1. Especially when you specifically go to the camp site where they are banned, chose a nice quiet spot, then bogans arrive and set up next to you and run their generator and floodlights till all hours.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Dolerite Walker » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 8:36 pm

This will surprise many but I find pocket knives to be truly overrated. The blades are just too small. Can cut very little without including the hand. When outdoors I take a lightweight kitchen knife.

Food rationing is another. Good for saving weight, not so good for morale.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Swifty » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 10:22 pm

Nothing. :D :D :D
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby GPSGuided » Tue 01 Jul, 2014 10:27 pm

Swifty wrote:Nothing. :D :D :D

You are Da Man! :mrgreen:
Just move it!
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Gleeson » Thu 03 Jul, 2014 8:03 pm

People who light fire when fires are not allowed - you know who you are. Yes you, you on the Larrapinta last year. Its free, the facilities are great and the only thing they ask is no fires.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby perfectlydark » Fri 04 Jul, 2014 5:48 am

Gleeson wrote:People who light fire when fires are not allowed - you know who you are. Yes you, you on the Larrapinta last year. Its free, the facilities are great and the only thing they ask is no fires.

+1. I love a good fire but its pretty simple to respect the terms of usage. I was out during the nsw bushfires last year (up in the hunter) and while far from danger to.see some other knob light a bunch of logs up in a total fireban was insane
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby philm » Fri 04 Jul, 2014 10:18 am

When you find a nice camping spot in the middle of no where and someone else comes along and pitches their tent near by!

It's a bit like going into a large empty car park to go to the shops and you come back and some meantrathall has parked right next to you and the rest of the car park is empty - some people can not think for themselves....
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby perfectlydark » Fri 04 Jul, 2014 2:18 pm

philm wrote:When you find a nice camping spot in the middle of no where and someone else comes along and pitches their tent near by!

It's a bit like going into a large empty car park to go to the shops and you come back and some meantrathall has parked right next to you and the rest of the car park is empty - some people can not think for themselves....

funny and true story. When I made my first hammock I went to a nearby reserve to test it out. Found a nice quiet spot, so parked and started. So 2 minutes later this car pulls up right next to. Literally right next to me. Noone else around. I was kind of mad but tried to ignore them. I could sense I was being watched. Anyway after 2 mins or so he just drove off. Now I was kind of pissed off and gave up on the hammock and went home. Told my wife who laughed.
So apparentlt where I was is a known 'cruise' point and the dude was wondering if I wanted to..you get the picture. How naive I was
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby walkerchris77 » Fri 04 Jul, 2014 3:38 pm

Ha. Funny stuff. I bet you won't be going back in a hurry
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby GPSGuided » Fri 04 Jul, 2014 6:16 pm

perfectlydark wrote:So apparentlt where I was is a known 'cruise' point...

How come your wife knows about the area but you didn't?
Just move it!
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby philm » Sat 05 Jul, 2014 12:23 pm

Funny story - my friend had an old car and the electricals kept failing. One night he was driving home and the car came to a complete stop just outside a similar place in the Adelaide parklands. He called the RAA and had to wait for about 1 hour during which time cars kept on coming up behind him and flashing their lights. At first he did not realise it was that sort of place and got out of his car thinking someone had stopped to help him! He got a hell of a shock when asked to perform some evil act!

After this he sat in the car until the RAA came and fixed it - he sold the car soon afterwards!
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby perfectlydark » Sat 05 Jul, 2014 1:10 pm

GPSGuided wrote:
perfectlydark wrote:So apparentlt where I was is a known 'cruise' point...

How come your wife knows about the area but you didn't?

she got an idea once I told the story then she googled it
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby north-north-west » Sat 05 Jul, 2014 8:18 pm

perfectlydark wrote:
GPSGuided wrote:
perfectlydark wrote:So apparentlt where I was is a known 'cruise' point...

How come your wife knows about the area but you didn't?

she got an idea once I told the story then she googled it

Google has a list of those sorts of places? :shock:
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby perfectlydark » Sat 05 Jul, 2014 9:26 pm

Google knows everything. On the plus side theres another few local spots ill be avoiding if by myself :)
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby icefest » Mon 07 Jul, 2014 11:11 pm

Boots freezing solid overnight in the vestibules.

Hard to get on and will cool down your feet again when you finally do.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby walkerchris77 » Tue 08 Jul, 2014 7:50 am

icefest wrote:Boots freezing solid overnight in the vestibules.

Hard to get on and will cool down your feet again when you finally do.



Had this problem once and next time I put a hand warmer in each boot before I went to bed. Warm boots in the morning.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby north-north-west » Tue 08 Jul, 2014 1:05 pm

icefest wrote:Boots freezing solid overnight in the vestibules.

Hard to get on and will cool down your feet again when you finally do.

I always make sure the laces are loosened and the boots pulled as wide open as possible. In really cold conditions I'll usually put the pack on top of them, which does keep them a bit warmer.
I learnt this the hard way after a pair were frozen in a shape that wouldn't go on until defrosted.

As for cold and uncomfortable, it's worse when the socks get frozen. Another one learnt the hard way: keep those socks in the ten, in a plastic bag, under or in the sleeping bag.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby headwerkn » Tue 08 Jul, 2014 11:50 pm

Litter. There's far, far too much of it all over Tasmania. Pretty disheartening when you see a flash of colour in the Julians Lakes, only to discover it's a VB can. That's the only problem with 4WD access to Julians/Pillans as far as I'm concerned.

Unburied poo. Especially where you want to set up camp.

Realising your spare rechargeable batteries for your headtorch aren't actually recharged.

Not being able to get in at least a couple of hours sight-polaroiding during a multi-day Western Lakes trek ;-)
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/hikin

Postby Leiothrix » Wed 09 Jul, 2014 9:32 am

Graham51 wrote:For car camping - I have a great self-inflating sleeping mat but it's almost impossible to get the air out of it and roll up, let alone get it back in the bag it came in.


I roll mine up with the valve open. Then close the valve and unroll it again.

Then roll it up again about half way with the valve still closed. You'll see the other half inflate. When it gets full, open the valve and let the air out.

Works for me.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/hikin

Postby DanShell » Wed 09 Jul, 2014 10:28 am

Leiothrix wrote:
Graham51 wrote:For car camping - I have a great self-inflating sleeping mat but it's almost impossible to get the air out of it and roll up, let alone get it back in the bag it came in.


I roll mine up with the valve open. Then close the valve and unroll it again.

Then roll it up again about half way with the valve still closed. You'll see the other half inflate. When it gets full, open the valve and let the air out.

Works for me.


That is our technique not only for our large 4wd self inflating mattress but also our hiking thermarests.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Lophophaps » Wed 09 Jul, 2014 11:22 am

Poorly designed huts, like Windy Ridge on the OLT and Mac Springs in Victoria. Parties that are too big for the area. Parties that have inadequate gear. People that leave rubbish, including a large orange bag of putrifying rubbish near a popular hut, hidden 150 metres from the hut. People that cut wood near a FSOA hut for the pot belly stove. Should be locked up. (People and the stove.) Tracks that disappear at huts and can be hard to locate. Foolish regulations, such as those that I understand apply in Victorian parks.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby NathanaelB » Thu 10 Jul, 2014 5:39 pm

When you waterproofed your boots a week ago, step into a puddle and your socks instantly get wet … and you've got another 15km to go.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby Onestepmore » Sun 13 Jul, 2014 9:18 am

Campsite that looks like your fellow bushwalker simply upended his pack and then spread it all out so it appears like vandals have rooted through it.
(My son's tent looks like this too. Come to think of it so does his bedroom at times)

And frozen muddy socks.
When you've hung them up at the top of your tent overnight, and then forgotten to put them in a plastic bag to thaw them out in your sleeping bag with you before you put them on again.
Warm wet muddy socks are infinitely preferable to frozen muddy socks.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby johnw » Sun 13 Jul, 2014 10:56 am

Leaving your soaking wet shoes and socks near the campfire to dry out, only to discover that they have started to melt at the toes :shock:.
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby FXST01 » Sun 13 Jul, 2014 11:16 am

johnw wrote:Leaving your soaking wet shoes and socks near the campfire to dry out, only to discover that they have started to melt at the toes :shock:.

Instant leg warmers, what more could you ask for?
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby north-north-west » Tue 15 Jul, 2014 6:04 pm

People who stand in the middle of a narrow track and talk at you.

The nostril-clenching, gut-wrenching, eye-watering, throat-closing miasma of anti-perspirant, deodorant, perfume and aftershave that follows 'hygiene' obsessed tourists on popular scenic tracks.

Gleeson wrote:People who light fire when fires are not allowed - you know who you are.

Even more than that, the ones who act all innocent when you do the "can you not read or did you not see all the signs about Fuel Stoves Only, No Fires?" routine:
"Oh, we didn't see any signs" - Oh yeah, there are only four of them on every possible route into this spot, of course you missed them all.
"Oh, we thought it just meant on the beach" - Oh yeah, that's why the first sign is at the beach entry to the campground. (That is, the first one apart from the the one at the start of the track, the one at the entry to the National Park, the one at the main walker registration station, the ones at the previous campgrounds on this loop . . .)
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby neilmny » Tue 15 Jul, 2014 6:14 pm

north-north-west wrote:..............The nostril-clenching, gut-wrenching, eye-watering, throat-closing miasma of anti-perspirant, deodorant, perfume and aftershave that follows 'hygiene' obsessed tourists on popular scenic tracks.................. . .)


Not just out in the bush but everywhere.....work.......shops.....yaarrrghh! everywhere!
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby walkon » Tue 15 Jul, 2014 6:46 pm

Food. I was having a ball snow shoeing up the Bush and camping out but the tucker bag was empty. Mmmmm tail between my legs I headed home, via the first shop I could find. Lunch was over bag of twisties and can of drink didn't cut it :((((( I ate them anyway
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Re: Things you hate, dislike or annoy you when camping/bushw

Postby walkerchris77 » Tue 15 Jul, 2014 10:04 pm

Bull ants!!!!! One got me on my left berry once. Ouch.... how can something so small hurt so much. (Im referring to the bull ant. Not my berries).
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