Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Wow it's been a very long time.
Good news is that I will be out on the trail starting the 13th September. The aim is to walk from canning on the Bibbulmun track north.
Started food preparation lastnight and will work on the gear list next
Next update soon
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Well it has been a while since my last post and any engagement in my normal activities.
Early in the year I was diagnosed with severe depression brought on by a few personal issues which I am happy to report are on the mend and I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel as they say.
I have also been under the knife again for another, hopefully final, round of spinal surgery to correct some disk and nerve damage due to a MVA back in 2009.
As I mentioned things are starting to look up, and with the great help and support of family and friends I am to return to maintaining this blog and pick up my hiking time.
If depression affects you there are lots of great resources out there, one I found particularly useful was Beyond Blue. Sometimes just a few words to someone who seems to be struggling is all it takes.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Well it's confirmed, I am a new Joey Scout Leader at Ellenbrook Scouts. Very excited to be back in the movement after about 20 years off.
My Son will join the mob about half way through the year which will be great too!
If there are any other Scout involved people out there I would love to hear from you particularly about your schedule for the year and what you find works well and not so well.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Albany Wind Farm Expansion - Hidden Valley Campsite to be relocated
Work has begun on the Grasmere wind farm - part of the expansion of the Albany Wind Farm. The six-turbine Grasmere wind farm will be installed at the western end of the highly successful Albany wind farm. Though they have different names, the wind farms will merge.
To safely carry out the works associated with constructing the wind farm extension, 4WD tracks have been temporarily closed and a section of the Bibbulmun Track diverted to an existing 4WD track running parallel to the coast. To ensure the safety of bushwalkers, no vehicles will be permitted to use this track during the closure. This diversion is NOT a pleasant experience for walkers! Our advice is to avoid this area if possible until the realignment has taken place!
Extensive consultation has taken place between Verve Energy, DEC and the Foundation to assess the impact of the extension on walkers and to devise a solution to minimise the visual and auditory effects. As a result, Hidden Valley campsite will be relocated further west to take it right out of the wind farm. Additionally, a new campsite will be built between the wind farm and Albany in the Tonndirrup National Park. This will result in three shorter days of approximately 13km each out of Albany, as opposed to the existing 19.5km to Hidden Valley and 17km to Torbay campsite. This is an excellent outcome for walkers and will be implemented in line with the completion of the wind farm in early 2012.
The 14MW Grasmere Wind Farm will produce around 44GWh of electricity each year and, together with Albany Wind Farm, will meet 80% of Albany’s electricity needs with clean, inexhaustible renewable energy. Grasmere will reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by 43,500 tonnes per year from electricity production, equivalent to taking 10,000 cars off the road.
The new turbines will be placed on the coast using the same pattern and spacing as the existing wind farm and will be built to the same high environmental and social standards. The new wind farm will need a new underground power line connection for the entire 14km back to the Albany sub-station, so no overhead wires will be required.
For more information visit www.verveenergy.com.au
Saturday, February 5, 2011
While out in the garden this weekend I found a nice little bush tick crawling up my leg, unusual as I have never seen one around the house before.
This species are not dangerous to your health, however if they manage to burrow into your skin they can leave a nice little wound that is quite itchy for several weeks.
I decided to keep this one and will use it to show the Joey Scouts. I used a small jar and pure alcohol to preserve it.
Be on the look-out!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
In preparation for my upcoming hike/survival trail I purchased a Schrade XT2B fixed blade knife today, looks really nice. The appealing things to me were the rubber handle (feels nice) and the heavy blade.
I will feed back some more info on how it performs once I have the opportunity to give it a workout.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
You may recall that back in early 2009 Shapcott Hut on the coastal plains trail was destroyed by fire. Since then I have sent regular emails to the national park and DEC to establish when it would be rebuild.
Notification today came that they are going to be building a rammed earth replacement and expect that to be completed within 6 months.
Will keep you informed.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
This was a good test and I did have some success which I am happy with. Firstly I found two huge orange trees growing in an area of the state forest where there used to be a wine cellar (date unknown). They tasted horrible as were still a few weeks away from being ripe however they did provide some good liquid and are certainly edible if needed.
I then went on the gather the items needed for a fire bow saw, although I didn't get a chance to test it I will over the next week or so, there was too much rain for me to have a real first attempt at this.
Last but not least I made myself a shelter, this one would definitely not protect me from the weather but again I was happy with it for a first attempt.
Let me know what you all think.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I went out on a 15 km's hike in search of several(8) geocaches that I had been meaning to do for sometime. At 8:30am my Suunto watch read 6 Deg C. So cold my Oboz shoes were covered in ice.
Spot the Roo
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Achievable? Well we will see.
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