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Croanjingolong National Park

Parks Victoria need a lot of work to be done in this fantastic park. Camping from 10 June to 18 June is free. Parks Victoria will provide one to two BBQs over this period. Read more...

Goldfields Track - Yarra Ranges

Parks Victoria has asked BTAC if we can provide 12 volunteers to help with track clearing on Saturday, 13 May on the Goldfields Track in the Yarra Ranges. Read more...

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 ...
 

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Extreme Heat

Bushwalking in hot and humid weather interferes with the normal body cooling process of evaporation from the lungs and skin, and may lead to heat exhaustion. If this state is not recognized and treated promptly it may progress to the more serious and potentially fatal condition of heat stroke in which the body temperature rises due to failure of the heat regulating centre in the brain

Prevention

  • When walking in hot weather, drink plenty of water
  • Avoid activity in the hottest part of the day by planning to rise early, take a midday siesta or reduce the distance to be covered during the day
  • Plan mid summer trips near watercourses and do not overextend the party
  • Wear a hat and avoid sunburn
  • Drink plenty of water before commencing the day's walking

Recognition

Early symptoms are thirst, muscle cramps and weakness, headache, feeling hot, faint, giddy and nauseous. The victim develops rapid pulse and breathing accompanied by excessive sweating. As the dehydration becomes more severe, the skin becomes hot and dry, with headache, nausea, vomiting and mental disturbance common prior to collapse and unconsciousness.

Treatment

  • Assist the victim to rest in a cool and shaded area
  • Remove unnecessary clothing, sponge with cool water and fan the victim
  • Give frequent cool drinks
  • Gently stretch any cramped muscles
  • In extreme cases immerse the victim in water or if this is not possible, cover with a wet sheet or tent
  • here Heat Exhaustion has developed into Heat Stroke, the condition is potentially fatal, and the first aider must act urgently to call emergency services