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Extended Navigation Training

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Grampians Peak Trail

Excitement in the Grampians is building, as construction on the northern and southern sections of the Peaks Trail gets underway.
Parks Victoria is working with hikers to plan the most scenic walks through the area. Watch this video

Deer Hunting on Snake Island

The Victorian Government announced recently that it would allow a trial to hunt hog deer on the island for a two year period. Bushwalking Victoria has a number of concerns reagrding this proposal. Read more ...
 
Replacement of Toilet Block - Ritchie's Hut
 
Parks Victoria are currently in the process of replacing the existing toilet at Ritchie's hut.

The works are scheduled between February and April 2017.

There may be no toilet available for use between this period as the old toilet will be decommissioned. Please ensure you walk at least 100 metres from the river or any water way, dig a hole and bury your waste and toilet paper very carefully.

If you have any queries, please contact Parks Victoria, Mansfield on 13 1963.

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Extended Navigation Training Practical Day

Extended Navigation Training Practical Day

A day of practical navigation to enhance your skills. The course will cover the following as part of route planning:

  • pacing
  • timing
  • attack points
  • aiming off
  • catching features
  • use of handrails
  • back bearings

The course assumes some navigation ability such as grid references and contour lines. It is NOT a beginner's course day.

Date: Saturday, 6 May
Time: 9.00am to 3:30 pm
Location: You Yangs
Maximum participants: 12

Participants need to provide own compass (Silva brand preferred), map case or plastic envelope, notepad and pen, long pants, gaiters and sturdy boots, warm clothing and wet weather gear, lunch, snacks and water.

In your email application please include a contact number, your club, and a short indication of any navigation training/skills you have.

Please apply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date: 26 April

 

Bushwalking Tips - Powdered Butter, Cheese and Peanut Butter

Bushwalking Tips – Powdered Butter, Cheese and Peanut Butter

While looking for easy breakfast recipes for backpacking – other than instant porridge or muesli – I came across Savoury Breakfast Potatoes, the ingredients of which include powdered butter and powdered cheese.

The powdered butter can be reconstituted to a spread (a paste not a solid). It cannot be used for frying. The powdered cheese does not reconstitute to a cheese but is used to add flavour to a recipe (and perhaps disguise the musty taste of scrambled eggs made with powdered eggs) or make a cheese sauce. There is also powdered peanut butter, which reconstitutes to a paste.

These powdered products are used principally by food manufacturers. There is at least one Australian producer of powdered butter, but the products do not seem to available to domestic users.

If anyone has tried any of these products, please let us know how and where you sourced them, what they were like to use and what they tasted like.

Joslin Guest, editor

 

MAPS.ME

MAPS.ME


MAPS.ME is a handy little mapping application for smartphones that I have been using recently in Australia and overseas for travelling generally and also for bushwalking. I encourage you to have a look. All you need to do is download the free App from the Google or Apple stores on your smartphone, load the maps (Open Source Maps) you need for your trip, and all the features work in offline/airplane mode. You will always know exactly where you are with no mobile network needed. It allows you to find a route to where you want to go, add a bookmark to a map, search for places of interest such as shops, transport and accommodation, and even allow you make a booking in some cases.

It is also very handy for bushwalking. While it is NOT a full GPS and the maps are not topographical, it can easily load waypoints as well as walking tracks, and display places of interest. It uses only KML Format which is used by Google Maps and Google Earth (an equivalent of the GPX format used by GPS manufacturers). Just send yourself an email with the KML file attached, open it on your phone, and MAPS.ME automatically uploads the data ready for use.

You can easily convert a GPX file from your GPS device, from the internet or from your club's Leaders Database to KML format using the website www.gpx2kml.com (also free).

For Victoria it has most of the 4WD tracks, dirt roads and many of the more popular walking tracks on its maps. For example, around Walhalla and Warburton, the Great South Western Walk, Great Ocean Walk, the Walk into History Track. The smartphone screen is a pleasant change from even the latest GPSs. The only problem is it won't tell you how far you have travelled. Smartphone Apps and a GPS are great bushwalking complements but are not substitutes for a real map. Maps don't break or have batteries to go flat!.
 
Mick Noonan, The News of the Melbourne Bushwalkers Inc, February 2017
 

Bushwalking Tips – Powdered Butter, Cheese and Peanut Butter

Bushwalking Tips – Powdered Butter, Cheese and Peanut Butter

While looking for easy breakfast recipes for backpacking – other than instant porridge or muesli – I came across Savoury Breakfast Potatoes, the ingredients of which include powdered butter and powdered cheese.
The powdered butter can be reconstituted to a spread (a paste not a solid). It cannot be used for frying. The powdered cheese does not reconstitute to a cheese but is used to add flavour to a recipe (and perhaps disguise the musty taste of scrambled eggs made with powdered eggs) or make a cheese sauce. There is also powdered peanut butter, which reconstitutes to a paste.

These powdered products are used principally by food manufacturers. There is at least one Australian producer of powdered butter, but the products do not seem to available to domestic users.

If anyone has tried any of these products, please let us know how and where you sourced them, what they were like to use and what they tasted like.

Joslin Guest, editor

 

Mt Buffalo Chalet Redevelopment Proposal Presented to Parks Victoria

Mt Buffalo Chalet Redevelopment Proposal Presented to Parks Victoria

The Mt Buffalo Chalet closed in 2007. Its reopening depends on proposals that will make it 'economically viable'. Currently the Chalet is suffering from 'demolition by neglect'.

In March 2016, the Mount Buffalo Advisory Group was formed to work with Parks Victoria to explore tourism options for the Chalet, and a $4.1 million maintenance and preservation project was announced.

The Advisory Group has now presented its proposal to the Chief Executive and Board of Parks Victoria.

The Advisory Group's Visions for Mt Buffalo proposal suggests that the government consider excising land for a proposed 'village' from the Mt Buffalo National Park and turning it over to private ownership to encourage investment.

The proposal includes a privately owned and run Gorge and Chalet Village precinct as the major tourist experience, with other developments nearby. Attractions would include a Sky Walk at Mt Buffalo Gorge (with various 'adrenalin enhancing' options), a new 47-room Mount Buffalo Spa Hotel, an ice and roller skating rink, and the creation of a Mount Buffalo Village behind the chalet with a bar and function centre, retail outlets and a performance stage. The chalet's A and B blocks, known as 'Siberia' because of their distance from the rest of the chalet, would be transformed into a Mount Buffalo Hostel, with lower cost accommodation aimed at school and other groups.

Lake Catani would become a nature lover's 'experience' with a range of standard and high-end camping options, Dingo Dell would become new centre for outdoor education and Cresta Valley would be the mountain's day lodge and activity precinct.

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