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People keep telling me bushwalking is dangerous

PostPosted: Tue 25 Mar, 2008 5:44 pm
by Penguin
In today’s Advocate newspaper

Weather hinders rescue

Poor weather meant the State’s rescue helicopter was unable to land on the Overland Track south of Cradle Mountain last night. Police said the helicopter had been sent to the Waterfall Valley hut to evacuate a young wooman who was believed to have been injured after falling from a top bunk.

Now I know why a need an EPIRB!!!!!!

BTW I hope she is not too badly hurt.

Re: People keep telling me bushwalking is dangerous

PostPosted: Tue 25 Mar, 2008 11:04 pm
by tasdaz
Is it the bushwalk or the people who make it dangerous? She fell from a top bunk?

BTW...I hope she is ok too.

Re: People keep telling me bushwalking is dangerous

PostPosted: Wed 26 Mar, 2008 8:30 am
by Son of a Beach
I guess it could happen to anybody... but a bit embarrassing to explain to your mates why you had to get evacuated from your bushwalk by helicopter. :D Goes to show that all sorts of unexpected problems can arise while bushwalking, and that they can happen to anybody.

Re: People keep telling me bushwalking is dangerous

PostPosted: Wed 26 Mar, 2008 2:11 pm
by corvus
She was helpinfg her mother who was the resident Hut Warden at WFV ,she hurt her shoulder and they were both choppered out today I believe

Re: People keep telling me bushwalking is dangerous

PostPosted: Thu 27 Mar, 2008 1:36 pm
by johnw
corvus wrote:She was helpinfg her mother who was the resident Hut Warden at WFV


This sounds like the helpful young lady who greeted us on arrival at Waterfall Valley. If so, she is quite young maybe 15 or so. Hopefully recovering OK. Mum regaled those of us staying in the hut with some bushwalking anecdotes after dinner. I believe they are both experienced walkers and do most of their walks out of season.

I have admit with some embarrassment :oops: that I fell out of a bottom bunk myself at New Pelion. Fortunately uninjured, but then I was also closer to the floor. Still scratching my head about that one. :?

Kind regards,
John W

Re: People keep telling me bushwalking is dangerous

PostPosted: Fri 28 Mar, 2008 11:34 am
by tasadam
MMmmm the safety of a tent. One less hazard.

Re: People keep telling me bushwalking is dangerous

PostPosted: Fri 28 Mar, 2008 11:49 am
by johnw
tasadam wrote:MMmmm the safety of a tent. One less hazard.


Good point. If you're already at ground level you can't fall much further. Maybe I should rethink buying that really thick sleeping mat. :lol:

Kind regards,
John W

Re: People keep telling me bushwalking is dangerous

PostPosted: Fri 28 Mar, 2008 2:26 pm
by PeterJ
On reading this post I thought the that the there was a fair chance I knew the people involved. An enquiry confirmed this and word from them is the daughter dislocated her shoulder getting down from the top bunk in the rangers hut and missed her footing and fell down with her hand still holding on to the pole for too long. She is OK now – just has to wear a sling for a few days.

They appreciated some of the nice comments made in Bushwalk-Tas


Re: People keep telling me bushwalking is dangerous

PostPosted: Fri 28 Mar, 2008 6:00 pm
by corvus
Thats good news especially as she was giving up her time for free ,I guess during school holidays

Re: People keep telling me bushwalking is dangerous

PostPosted: Sat 29 Mar, 2008 8:32 am
by tasadam
PeterJ wrote:...They appreciated some of the nice comments made in Bushwalk-Tas

Indeed. It's a nasty thing to get any injury on a walk, can be quite concerning. Very glad to hear all's well and it's not too serious.
It does make you think, though, how vulnerable you are when away from civilization so to speak, and how careful you need to be.
It doesn't take much to get an injury that can make things particularly difficult. A timely reminder to me at least.

I was thinking when I was crossing the boulders at Mt Anne and again at Field west, that one wrong foot here and my head is gonna get split open real bad... A bit of bad luck or distraction is all it would take. Then there's things like the wasps that you can't do much about.
And as for those cliffy bits going to Anne summit, well they were interesting! A lot further to fall if you get it wrong.
The challenges that make the goal so much more rewarding.

Re: People keep telling me bushwalking is dangerous

PostPosted: Sat 29 Mar, 2008 3:15 pm
by PeterJ
tasadam wrote:Indeed. It's a nasty thing to get any injury on a walk, can be quite concerning..........It does make you think, though, how vulnerable you are when away from civilization so to speak, and how careful you need to be. It doesn't take much to get an injury that can make things particularly difficult. A timely reminder to me at least.

I was thinking when I was crossing the boulders at Mt Anne and again at Field west, that one wrong foot here and my head is gonna get split open real bad... ...... And as for those cliffy bits going to Anne summit, well they were interesting! A lot further to fall if you get it wrong.



Were you at Mt Anne this Easter?
How right you are about accidents and how easy it is to get injured. I had an extremely unpleasant injury at Cape Pillar last October and I don't know how I would have coped without help from my walking companions. I do a bit of solo walking and the whole episode has been a sober reminder of the risk of going alone.

You can read more and even see the unpleasant photos


Re: People keep telling me bushwalking is dangerous

PostPosted: Sun 30 Mar, 2008 9:35 am
by tasadam
PeterJ wrote:Were you at Mt Anne this Easter?

No.
I did Mt Anne 25th Feb to 1st March.
I did Mt Field West trip Easter Sat and Sun.

Great photos Peter. You must really love Sue for that!

Taking a dive on rocks was what was in my mind - off balancing or slipping and.... OUCH! Now I know one of the possible outcomes. Thanks for sharing.
I also know of another member of this forum who broke an arm on in central Tas somewhere after slipping off a rock, but walked out with the injury. That person was not alone.

As per the title of this topic, bushwalking does have dangers / hazards. As most of it is within ones own control I figure it's safer than a lot of other things. Just a matter of being sensible and recognising potential hazards.