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The Birth of Bushwalking in Victoria

As this year marks the 90th anniversary of Bushwalking Victoria (formerly known as the Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs) we’re looking back on the history of recreational walking to acknowledge the early pioneers who paved the way for the hugely popular pastime that we enjoy today.

The exploration of inland Victoria began in 1824, when Hume and Hovell blazed a trail from present-day Albury to Port Phillip.  While avoiding the snow-covered highlands, which they called the South Australian Alps, they saw a mountain that reminded them of a resting buffalo: thus a notable Victorian peak was named.

Twelve years later, Major Mitchell travelled across Western Victoria, followed by McMillan (1839), Strzelecki (1840) and Tyers (1840) who each traversed some of the remaining unknown area. By the end of that decade, the general picture of Victoria’s topography had been laid out; from then on it fell to miners, graziers and others to fill in the details.

After migrating to Australia in the late 1840’s, the botanist Baron von Mueller embarked upon four extended expeditions around Victoria. Von Mueller was a definitive outdoorsman. During his journeys of discovery, he covered hundreds of kilometres on foot; he was first to ascend many Victorian mountains; he forded rivers and camped in untouched forests; he explored remote and scenic wilderness areas, including the alps from Mount Hotham to Mount Kosciusko. It has been suggested that, if Victorian bushwalkers were to seek a patron from history, von Mueller would be the likeliest contender.

In the mid-19th century, settlers gradually moved into the region surrounding Mt Buffalo; their enthusiastic descriptions of the mountain’s steep spurs and dense forest sparked the interest of others.  Locals began to act as guides, leading individuals and small groups to see the massive granite tors, snow gums and clearings carpeted with snow grass. Visitors to the Horn, the Hump and the Cathedral spent long days in the saddle or on foot, followed by freezing nights in camp, so a simple lodging house was built in 1881.

The Bright Alpine Club was formed in 1888 for those keen to explore the alpine region around the township; snowshoes were used for winter ascents. When the club publicised areas such as Hotham and Bogong in Melbourne newspapers, interest in mountain excursions snowballed. Trains to Bright were scheduled to meet the demand – the popularity of bushwalking blossomed!

In June 1894, a group of men met in Melbourne to form Australia’s first walking fraternity. The all-male Wallaby Club was established as “…an assembly of good fellows, fond of walking – not in the athletic sense, but as a means of reasonable outdoors enjoyment that would be conducive to health, conversation and good companionship.”

Notwithstanding the antiquated restriction on female members, we think that description pretty much stands true to this day!
The Melbourne Amateur Walking and Touring Club (now the Melbourne Walking Club and longest standing member of BWV) was formed just four months later and the rest, as they say, is history.

Source: ‘The Scroggin Eaters:  A History of Bushwalking in Victoria’, Graeme Wheeler (1991)


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Who does what on the Committee?

As clubs gear up for their annual AGM, the perennial challenge of recruiting new committee members looms large. In this spirit, Eileen Clark from the Border Bushwalking Club has crafted a refreshingly lighthearted article, shedding light on the responsibilities and joys of serving on the committee. It’s a piece clubs may find valuable to share with their members as they navigate the recruitment process and inspire fresh faces to step up to the plate.

Who does what on the Committee?

The following descriptions are more or less true and may help you decide whether to nominate yourself or someone else for a Committee position at the AGM.

President (Ian)

Leads the Club with a firm but kind hand, making sure we don’t get lost along the tangled pathways of rules and regulations. The President usually chairs meetings, sees that our Club remains inclusive, welcoming and friendly, and ensures we meet the objectives of the constitution. He is pro-active when it comes to issues affecting the Club and encourages members to lead activities in a safe, competent and friendly manner. To do all this, you need the wisdom of Solomon and a strong sense of humour.

Vice-President (Alwyn)

This is the easiest job on the Committee provided the President never takes a holiday, sick leave or other period of absence. Since this is unlikely, it is helpful if the VP has a crystal ball to ensure that they will be present when the President is absent. In our Club, there is no expectation that the VP will automatically be promoted to President at some time.

Secretary (Dick)

The Time Lord of the Committee who turns hours into minutes when recording decisions made at Committee meetings. The Secretary also attends to correspondence and enquiries and maintains contact with Committee members. Key attributes include the ability to find pearls of wisdom among the dross of animated discussion at meetings, and a good sense of dates so that meeting notices are sent out in timely fashion.

Treasurer (Geraldine)

If you can count up to 20 without taking your socks off, this is the job for you. The Treasurer maintains our accounts, authorises payments and prepares financial reports for meetings with details of cheques and balances, incomings and outgoings. This requires a neat and logical mind and the ability to navigate a spreadsheet without using GPS.

Membership Secretary (Sandi)

This is the Keeper of the Records, charged with ensuring that members’ details remain SECURED, PROTECTED and kept PRIVATE. The Membership Secretary processes new membership applications, sends out welcome letters and checks that forms are correctly filled in. While once this involved a mountain of paper and the destruction of several forests, now it is all done on computer and so the ability to use same is an essential attribute.

Activities Co-ordinator (Bernadette)

Keeps us on our toes, saddles, skis, canoes and anything else. The Activities Co-ordinator oversees the program and liaises with leaders to ensure that planned activities are run safely. This is done by checking and approving planned activities before they appear on the Club’s website. The AC regularly reviews Club protocols and policies related to activities to ensure we are following best practice and encourages new leaders by arranging mentors. To do all this, you need a good knowledge of the places we visit, the aforementioned wisdom of Solomon and an operational crystal ball.

Equipment Officer (Wendy)

Do you know the differences between a tent, a teepee and a Trangia? Then think about becoming Equipment Officer. The Club has a selection of equipment for hire and the Equipment Officer ensures this is in good condition and also makes recommendations for replacements or new items.

Social Convenor (Ira)

Many members reckon this is the most important job of all. The Social Convenor ensures we have venues for meetings and appropriate refreshments to enhance our sociability. This requires the organisational skills of a Field-Marshal and the uncanny ability to know how many sausages to order for the Christmas Party when you have no idea how many people are coming. Another responsibility is ensuring the President always has a packet of Tim Tams that never runs out.

Newsletter Editor (Eileen)

If you’ve read this far you’ll have a good idea of what the newsletter editor does. Eleven times a year I must compile a stunning publication packed with news, information and trip reports. You be the judge! The editor has the choice of being on the Committee or sitting outside it and getting the required information in other ways.

Website Manager (Suzanne)

Is responsible for all the back office stuff needed to maintain the Club’s website and, from this month, our Facebook page. It is a highly skilled position and hence is chosen by selection rather than election. The website manager also has the choice of being on the Committee or sitting outside it.

General member(s) (Tim)

This is the member without portfolio, or the odd job man who does a bit of everything as the need arises. Drawing on his vast experience of this and other Committees, Tim has put together some thoughts about what makes a good Committee member:

  • Some experience in working with or in groups of people is useful. Committee work is often about cooperation and compromise, and of course conflict resolution!
  • It’s not necessary for all BBC Committee members to be expert bushwalkers, but the ability to listen to and take on board opinions of those that are is important.
  • Obviously, a keen interest in seeing the Club prosper is important, ie be a keen Club member.
  • Committee members should also be capable of creative thinking. Leading a club through difficult times sometimes requires ‘different’ approaches
  • People with wide and varied connections within the local community are very useful people to have on committees as often potential roadblocks can be overcome, doors opened, etc.
  • Some experience in applying for and managing grants may be useful, depending on our financial position going forward
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Are we there yet?

Twenty one BTAC volunteers worked with Parks Victoria to clear 7.6 km* of scrub overgrowth and fallen timber on the AAWT between Mt McDonald and Square Top on the weekend of 23-25th Feb.

This is an impressive section of the AAWT along the Great Dividing Range, with steep mountains and spectacular views, following the divide between the Jamison/Howqua watershed that flows north to the Murray and the Barkly/Macallister watershed that flows south to the Gippsland Lakes.

On Friday 21 volunteers car pooled at Howqua Hills with those that had capable 4WDs to travel into camp at the Upper Jamison Hut. Each day to start work, we drove up the Knobs Track which is a moderately challenging 4WD climb. The second challenge was the distance that work tools needed to be carried in, as well as the climbs and descents, not to mention occasional rock bands to negotiate.

Though Saturday was a long and exhausting day (12 hours) there was a good sense of achievement among the volunteers. On getting back late in the day, it was great to have Tegan from Parks Victoria supporting us with the preparation and cooking of a delicious BBQ dinner.

Thanks to all the volunteers that put in so much effort; 360 work hours and spent over 175 hours travelling to and from the activity. Thanks to Parks Victoria. There was good synergy working with the Rangers, Jim Craven and Tegan Sharwood, on the planning, logistics and support. Thanks to Joe van Beek and Owen Morris for leading work teams.


*Knobs Track to Square Top –  6.4 kms 590m ascent, 350m descent. Knobs Track to Mt McDonald ridge line – 1.2 km, 150m ascent

More photos can be found HERE.

Compiled by Patrick Platt, Project Leader for BTAC

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Track Clearing in Croajingolong National Park, and what it’s really like as a track clearing volunteer

Point Hicks in the Croajingolong National Park is named after Lieutenant Zachary Hicks, the naval officer on James Cook’s Endeavour who first sighted the southeast tip of the Australian continent just after daybreak on April 19, 1770.

Cook sailed towards the landmass for two hours and described it in his journal before turning northeast. “What we have seen of this land appears rather low and not very hilly, the face of the country green and woody, but the sea-shore is all a white sand” — an accurate description of Point Hicks and the coastal park to this day. Smoke from several fires was observed — probably from managed burns and Gunaikurnai campfires. Cook took the fires to mean that the land was inhabited, but no one came out of the bush to greet the visitors.

Moving forward a couple of centuries — to Grand Final weekend September 2023 — and smoke was seen again in east Gippsland, this time from out-of-control bushfires. Bayside Bushwalking Club member Mike Grant was packing for a weekend of volunteer track clearing in Croajingolong on Grand Final Thursday when the Parks Victoria ranger in charge rang him to advise that the trip should be cancelled due to the fire risk.  As Mike said later, while Captain Cook had the Pacific Ocean as an escape route, there is only one road out of Wingan Inlet, which would be a problem in a bushfire.

Mike has organised the Grand Final long weekend track clearing project at Croajingolong for the past five years. In 2022, 14 volunteers took part. The 2023 event has been rescheduled for the Anzac Day weekend of April 25 to April 28 next year —254 years after Captain Cook.

The Croajingolong track clearing event is one of twelve in an annual program organised by Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation (BTAC), a group of environmental volunteers organised by Bushwalking Victoria, the peak body for bushwalking clubs in Victoria.

Mike says it’s a sociable weekend of camping and track clearing with opportunities for walking and enjoying the sandy coast. The weekend starts on Thursday with the 450 km drive. The group sets up camp at Wingan Inlet or Point Hicks campground ahead of a 9am Friday briefing with Nick Wilkins, the Parks Victoria ranger based at Cann River.

On Friday and Saturday, the group clear tracks radiating out of the camp site. Equipment, including chain saws, brush cutters and hand tools, is supplied from a trailer maintained by BTAC.

On Saturday night Parks Victoria hosts a barbeque for the workers at the camp site. The 6.5-hour drive back to Melbourne takes up most of Sunday.

Track clearing is a niche bushwalking activity. Some track clearing takes place in remote and difficult country — like the Victorian Alps — and volunteers need to be strong and fit to carry chain saws, brush cutters and fuel into remote areas as well as, on some occasions, their own tent, sleeping bag and food.

Mike’s project at Croajingolong is not arduous and most competent bushwalkers would manage.  “We use the opportunity to get into the bush at Croajingalong and help keep important parts of the park open for bushwalkers. If the tracks grow over, they’re impassable and can be lost for all time.”

Mike said there was a wide role for volunteers in track clearing, working together with Parks Victoria and the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA).

BTAC takes on some very remote and difficult track clearing projects including McMillans Walking Track, the Australian Alps Walking Track, Mt Howitt Spur Track and Eagles Peaks Track in the Alpine National Park.

There’s a cohort in bushwalking who are up for hard walks and hard work. However, there are less demanding events such as reinstating the track to Mt Thorn.

“In the remote areas we may have to carry in the equipment and fuel as well as our camping gear, so that’s for stronger bushwalkers. But other tracks — McMillan’s for example — we can usually get the equipment trailer to the camp site, or we can carry equipment and volunteers’ packs in 4WD vehicles.”

Volunteers have been fewer since the COVID shutdown, but numbers have improved, and younger volunteers are participating. A survey last year by DEECA showed young people were open to the idea of working to improve the environment but were not prepared to commit to membership of an established group.

Parks Victoria and Bushwalking Victoria are conscious of this and are always looking for ways to promote event-based, short-term opportunities for people with a range of abilities. For example, at the BTAC event at Ropers Hut in the Alpine National Park maintenance work was undertaken on the hut by volunteers not wanting to participate in the more demanding track clearing activities.

To sign up for Mike’s weekend next year and for the full program of track clearing opportunities and information on how to get involved,  go to

You can find BTAC on Facebook here

Article supplied by Martin Curtis (Bayside Bushwalking Club – October/November 2023)

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Did you know you can become a Bushwalking Victoria Individual Member for just $20 a year?


Did you know you can become a Bushwalking Victoria Individual Member for just $20 a year? 

Through individual membership you can have a direct impact on safe and responsible recreational bushwalking, volunteer search and rescue efforts, and the conservation of our amazing bushwalking tracks across Victoria.

Why Support Bushwalking Victoria?

  • Promoting Safe Bushwalking: We advocate for safe and responsible outdoor activities, ensuring the well-being of individuals and the community.
  • Volunteer Bush Search and Rescue: For over seven decades, BSAR’s community of 250+ experienced bushwalkers has been a reliable support system for those lost in Victoria’s bush and snow fields. Your membership helps us to respond promptly to calls from Victoria Police, providing necessary training, equipment, and resources. Your support maintains a crucial lifeline for land-based searches in Victoria, providing aid to those in distress.
  • Volunteer Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation: Your support helps safeguard the integrity and accessibility of walking tracks, enriching the recreational bushwalking experience for all.  From clearing fallen trees to identifying noxious weeds, our volunteers work diligently to maintain the delicate balance of our ecosystems. Your support directly contributes to executing vital projects and ensuring a sustainable future for our natural spaces.

Benefits to You:

  • Becoming an Individual member of Bushwalking Victoria gives you eligibility to apply to volunteer with Bushwalking Tracks & Conservation (BTAC) and Bush Search & Rescue (BSAR), and participate in other selected Bushwalking Victoria member activities and training.
  • As a member you will also get great discounts from our extensive list of Outdoor Retailers, including Bogong Equipment, Ajays, Paddy Pallin, Discovery Parks, EMC, Fjallraven, Woodslane, Smitten and Maps, Books and Travel Guides.

Prefer to support Bushwalking Victoria in other ways?

Spread the Word: Share our mission with fellow bushwalking lovers to amplify our impact.  You can find us on Facebook:  

Join Us as a volunteer: Become an active member with BSAR, BTAC, or become a Bushwalking Victoria Board member or supporter, participating in initiatives that promote responsible bushwalking and environmental conservation.

Become a member of an affiliated Bushwalking Club:  Browse our directory to find a club in your local area that offers the activities that meet your interests then click the link to their website for more information. There are clubs of all sizes with many offering walks across Victoria, interstate and even overseas. Most clubs welcome people new to bushwalking and you are certain to find experienced members willing to pass on their knowledge to beginners. Some of our clubs conduct training specifically for people new to bushwalking.  Club membership is not expensive with most annual membership fees ranging from $35-$60.

Your Support Matters

Supporting Bushwalking Victoria is a commitment to elevating nature, ensuring safety, and enhancing recreational experiences. Join us in preserving the beauty of our natural landscapes and fostering a culture of responsible outdoor exploration. Let’s make a meaningful impact on the community and the environment together.

Become an Individual Member


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Fed Walks a Resounding Success!

The Federation Walks event (FedWalks) is a weekend of bushwalking held annually in a different location in Victoria.  It is a wonderful opportunity for members of different clubs to walk together and for Bushwalking Victoria's individual members to join a weekend filled with bushwalking, nature, fun and friendship.

Around 210 participants enjoyed a terrific weekend of walks on 21-22 October 2023 in the beautiful Wombat State Forest. Twenty walks ranging from Easy to Hard were on offer all within 35km of the event base at the brand new Trentham Football and Netball Club rooms. It was an excellent location with camping on site and a cricket match on Saturday afternoon to entertain us on return from our walks.

Weather-wise Saturday was a great day for bushwalking but Sunday dawned cold, windy and drizzly. Some walkers either decided to stay warm and dry or change the walk they were going on. The misty drizzle persisted through the morning but spirits remained high on the walks and it dried off during mid-afternoon.

A local army of kitchen volunteers, very ably run by Di, provided a rolling afternoon tea on both days. Club volunteers served the meal for the event on the Saturday evening during which we heard from Jeff McDonnell whose club (Bayside) is organising the 2024 event aided by Melbourne Bushwalkers and South Gippsland clubs. Guest Speaker was Peter Yates, anthropologist and garlic grower, who lives locally. He showed a beautiful video of local environmental images including flood plains, red gums and revitalisation and talked about aspects of left brain/right brain and mythopoetics - a hypothetical stage of human thought preceding modern thought - the language of the soul and how bushwalking can be a way to tap into our right brain potential.

It was a great weekend with all returning back to base safely but rather damp, with friendships renewed and formed over a common interest of walking in the bush. Don’t miss next year’s event at the Prom!!

Robyn Shingles / Jack Winterbottom

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A Reminder to Update all your Smartphone Apps & Remind Yourself where to obtain Emergency Information

As our springtime adventures ramp up, if you haven’t already, its time to check your smartphone apps.  Are they up to date?  Are your maps still available offline?  Has your phone put them to sleep?  There is nothing worse than needing one of your offline maps, or other emergency app quickly, only to find the app needs updating and you don’t have the time, or even the phone reception to do it.

Start with your Vic Emergency App (for warnings and alerts), your BOM Weather App (for weather forecasts) and your Emergency Plus App (for finding your coordinates to advise emergency services if required).  Check out the Bushwalking Manual HERE (scroll to the section on Emergencies) for helpful apps, and other websites to obtain emergency information.

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Mental Health – Walking through Grief – How a Long-distance Walk Helped Mend a Broken Heart

Great Walks editor Brent McKean, describes going on a pilgrimage, even though that was never the plan.

“I’ve never walked an official Camino but I ended up having a pilgrimage without knowing it.

When I was 28 my best mate died of cancer. Robbie was a year older than me and we had been through a lot together. We travelled through Europe in a kombi van, partied in London and spent a bunch of summers on the Gold Coast. First we were travel buddies, then we were flatmates, then best friends. Read More HERE

Source: Great Walks Magazine

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Editor of the Maroondah Bushwalking Club in the Poo!

A Cautionary Tale: 3rd May, Caravan Park, Portland. Having got Footnotes published last night I looked forward to walking with Jan Shaddick at the start of the GSWW section from Battersby Camp to North Nelson Road. I had dropped Brian who was driving the bus, and the 3 other members off at Battersby Camp to catch up with the rest of the walkers, and Jan S and myself walked out behind them for 3 km before turning back. Last night was blowing a gale, pouring rain, and we had woken up to similar this morning, with 90km winds forecast for the day. On the drive out to Battersby we had driven through a very strong downpour, with strong winds, but it was fine when we got out to the camp. Walking along the river the sun came out, and we only had a couple of light showers.

There had been a school group from Warrnambool camped there, but they were packing up to leave as we started our walk, and a truck was waiting to pump out the toilet (which had been done by the time we got back from our walk). On arriving back at the camp I took the advantage of going to the toilet rather than finding a tree, but as I was leaning over to close the lid, my elbow caught my mobile phone sticking out of my shallow raincoat pocket, and it flew across in front of me, down the toilet. Being a drop-down toilet over a vertical pipe, using a torch one could just see the phone case lying at the bottom. Luckily, since the toilet had been pumped out only an hour before, there was only a thin sludge at the bottom, but it was at least 10 or 12 ft down a narrow pipe. I was in despair. Couldn’t believe what had just happened! The end of the world! Not only the loss of my phone, but also my bank cards which I carry in the phone case. Sheepishly I informed Jan of my dilemma, and we racked our brains as to what we could do. Was there any possibility of ringing Parks Victoria and asking if there was any chance I could retrieve the phone when they next pumped out the toilet, since we were staying here another week? Slim chance of that happening, but I was clutching at straws. Just then 2 park rangers drove past (Tom and “Shorty’ from the Nelson Depot), checking for fallen trees and branches following the severe storm overnight. Jan flagged them down and explained my predicament.

After Tom had a dig at me as to ‘why I was playing on my phone while on the toilet’ they spent the next hour trying to work out if and how they could retrieve the phone. First they brought out a very long shovel, but that only went about halfway down, so they added a loose broom handle which they duct- taped to the shovel – but that still didn’t get down far enough. Then they unscrewed the plastic head of a garden rake off the pole and taped that to the other two, which got them to the bottom.My ‘knight in shining armour’ Tom had me holding his phone torch (with the strict instruction not to drop that one too) and he spent about 15 minutes trying to drag the phone up the side of the pipe, but unfortunately there was a lip on the side of the pipe which he couldn’t get past without the phone dropping off the shovel. So they decided to go back to their depot in Nelson to get something better to get under the phone and lift it up. In the meantime Jan and I were stopping a school group that we had met on the track from using that toilet (I had used the disabled toilet, so there was still a regular toilet on the other side available for use). After they had left, a horde of Year 9 students from Beaconsfield arrived on trail bikes, so after explaining our predicament (further embarrassment) we had to block them from using the toilet too. Then our Park Rangers returned, with an excellent tool that would fit under the phone and bring it up. Unfortunately that proved too wide to go down the toilet. They did everything they could to bend the tongs of the tool and bashed it with a hammer, but got nowhere. So that idea went down the toilet (excuse the pun, and anyway it wouldn’t go down the toilet!) Then with lateral thinking they had 2 small L shaped brackets which they taped to a short piece of dowel, then taped that securely to the multipiece-pole still sitting in the toilet. They removed the shovel at the bottom of the multipiece ‘pole’ and by stretching down (and by this time his mate was holding the torch, since I couldn’t blame him for not trusting me!)

Tom successfully brought up the phone. Hallelujah!! There was a tap nearby so I was able to sluice off most of the faeces, and put it in a plastic bag. It was still working! I asked the rangers to have a drink at the pub on me for their wonderful efforts, but they wouldn’t accept any payment.

Back at the caravan park I thoroughly washed the phone, my two credit cards, and a $5 note in hot soapy water, and threw the suede phone case in the rubbish bin. While generally appearing to work, pushing buttons didn’t get results, but after removing the clear plastic sheet which protected the screen, the phone worked perfectly. Of course, at happy hour that night, Jan stole the show recounting our events of the day, and for the next 24 hours it was the main topic of conversation (and regrettably might be the most remembered part of the basecamp).

Jan sent an email to Parks Victoria thanking and commending Tom and Shorty – ‘On a busy day for them, they took time to assist us, and we are very grateful. Please thank them again and congratulate them on their willingness to help’.

Alan Stevenson

Photos: Jan Shaddick


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Rain Jackets – get the right winter gear

Neil Bellamy is a man on a mission: to bring in mandatory safety standards for rain jackets. His campaign began after he observed poorly-equipped hikers on the Overland Track and heard about a walker who nearly died of hypothermia. That walker had purchased a jacket that was marketed as ‘waterproof, windproof and breathable’, but which turned out to be totally inadequate for alpine conditions.

Choosing a rain jacket that’s fit for purpose can be difficult – many outdoor shops carry a broad range of casual wear and travel wear, as well as clothing suitable for activities such as skiing and bushwalking. Sales staff don’t always have sufficient knowledge to help customers identify the right gear for their specific needs.

In April last year, we published an article titled ‘Staying Dry – Waterproof and breathability ratings explained’. Here’s an excerpt:

Keeping dry and comfortable is a balance between allowing perspiration to escape, and keeping moisture out. Waterproof ratings and breathability are key. But what do these terms mean? What’s the difference between ‘water resistant’ and ‘waterproof’? How should the rating numbers be interpreted? Before you head off to your favourite outdoor supplier to purchase a new jacket or overpants, here’s a useful link which will answer many of your questions – or tell you which questions to ask!

The Bushwalking Manual also provides advice on clothing for bushwalking, and Neil suggests these informative links: All About Waterproof Fabrics and Choosing a Waterproof Jacket.

Bushwalking Victoria supports Neil’s submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to introduce mandatory safety standards for rain jackets. We’ll keep you informed about his campaign. In the meantime, in the absence of trustworthy garment tags stating “This garment is licensed for use in alpine conditions” or similar, here are some golden garment rules for winter conditions:

  • Be properly informed about the terrain and weather conditions you may encounter.
  • Purchase specialty bushwalking gear that’s fit for purpose from a specialty shop with informed staff.
  • Buy a jacket with a minimum waterproof rating of 20,000mm and breathability of 20,000g/m²/24 hours.
  • Out on the track, stay dry: water conducts heat nearly 30 times faster than air.

Hypothermia is deadly. Your rain jacket is a crucial safety item. Choose well!