December 13, 1999

Wisey's Food Checklist

The more comfortable you are the more you will enjoy the walk, having good food while on the walk is a good start. When packing food consider these tips. Weight is very important when considering what food you are to pack. Pack about 1 kg per person per day. A balanced diet includes more fat and sugar that a 'normal' diet. Buddy-up and share as much as you can.

Cereal, muesli (or oats cooked for porridge)

Dried fruit

Bread for toast (plus spreads)


Pre-made sandwiches


Bread (sliced and fairly solid, rye or pita bread for example)

Cheese, salami, devon etc.

Butter, peanut butter, jam, honey, vegemite

Fresh fruit and vegies, only on shorter trips

Dried fruit


Pre-prepared packet meals, either rice or noodle based

Packet soups and 2 minute noodles

Pre-cooked frozen sausages, stews

Extra bread to have with soups

Frozen vegetables, dehyrated potatoes

Freeze dried meals, you can buy these from outdoor shops

Freeze dried meats/biltong

Herbs and spices, salt and pepper, curry powder

Parmesan cheese, for noodle dishes


Instant pudding

Dried fruit and custard

Rice pudding


Powdered milk

Hot chocolate, tea, coffee, sugar, malt powder

Biscuits, cake, fruit slices

Nuts, chocolates, lollies

Pancake mix

Powdered sports drinks. eg gatorade

Wisey's Equipment Checklist

It is essential to take adequate gear when bush walking, your life may depend on it. Some basic gear would include a backpack, warm clothes, a wet weather coat, map, compass, down filled or equivalent sleeping bag, sturdy boots, a tent, and enough food for the trip. Food is an area that needs important consideration.

National Park Pass
Day Pack
Pack Towel

Spare Fuel
Sleeping Bag Liner
Bed Roll
Plastic Bags
Shoe Laces
Sleeping Bag
Playing Cards
Thermal Pants
Dry Pack
Knife, Spoon, Fork
Tent (complete)
Ear Plugs
Wet Weather Pants
Ground Sheet
Pack Hauling Rope
Gaf Tape
Thermal Tops
Pocket Knife
Gor-Teck Socks
Polar Fleece
Pot Scourer
Spare Globes
Hooks and Sinkers
Rain Jacket
Firts Aid
Spare Batteries
Vitamin 'C'
Water Bladder
Fishing Line
Water Bottles
Tooth Brush and Paste
Scrub Gloves
Pain Killers
Snow Axe
Sun Hat
Small Scissors
Yabbie Tube
Cold and Flu Tablets
Track Notes
Sewing Kit
Map Cover
Toliet Paper

December 8, 1999

Autumn In Tasmania

In a colour, autumn is best described as orange. Leaves on trees are falling and the highlands blaze with native deciduous beech.
At this time of year, photographers are often heard saying "You can't go wrong, just point and shoot, It is all magic."

Climate Statistics:

Information supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology
Hobart's daily average high temperature is 17C and a low of 9C. The Average rain days per month in autumn is 12.3.
Cradle Valley's daily average high temperature is 11C and a low of 3C. The Average rain days per month in autumn is 20.

Spring In Tasmania

Spring is the season of growth. Wild flowers, in their myriads of colours, cover the forests. There is a wave of newborn animals in the country side. Locals plant the vegetable patches.
Spring is also the time to get ready for some trout fishing action, as the fish start biting again in our highland lakes and streams.

Climate Statistics: 
Information supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology
Hobart's daily average high temperature is 17C and a low of 8C. The Average rain days per month in spring is 15.3
Cradle Valley's daily average high temperature is 10C and a low of 1.5C. The Average rain days per month in Spring is 21

Summer In Tasmania

Summer is the peak bushwalking season. The Overland Track takes on an international flavour. Germans, Japanese, Americans are often found enjoying this world famous walk.
Miles of squeaking clean beaches, long twilights and warm sun on your back are also a feature.
Tasmania's gardens look there brightest in summer.
Climate Statistics:
Information supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology
Hobart's daily average high temperature is 21C and a low of 15C. The Average rain days per month in summer is 11
Cradle Valley's daily average high temperature is 16C and a low of 5C. The Average rain days per month in summer is 18

Ten vital items to take on an overnight bushwalk

1. Knowledge: Most vital lists are on items that you can touch and see, maps, clothes and food for example. But what good are they if you don't know how to use them! It is vital to your life, that you have researched thoughtly, the area you are going to walk.
Knowledge is the most vital item anyone can take on a hike. Questions that should be answered before setting out are: Do I have good information about the area? What equipment will I need? What plans do I have if something goes wrong? (it happens more the you may think) What are my physical and mental limitations? What is the skill level of the rest of the team?
2. Good shoes/boots: Your feet get all the knocks. If they are comfortable you will enjoy the walk. I find 9 out of 10 walks I do in Tassie my feet end up wet - it is unavoidable. Boots or shoes that are comfortable when wet are an advantage.
3. Clothes: Ensure they keep your warm when wet. You will freeze to death before you starve. Never! never! wear jeans.
4. Containers for water: Believe it or not, there are many areas in Tassie, where you don't see water for days. Always carry a adequet water supply.
5. Food: When a car runs out of fuel it stops. Food is the bodies fuel, without it you will stop functioning. Another, less drastic reason, good food makes for a more enjoyable walk.
6. Tent & Sleeping Bag: Storms can be foul. Walkers need to protect themselves from the elements. Tents make a walk more comfortable and a sleeping bag will save your life on a winters night.
7. A cooker: Warm food and drink in your belly make you feel a millon dollars after a long days walk.
8. Maps and compass: While important, if you have walked in Tasmania all your life, you know it like the back of your hand. do you take a map with you every time you go the the corner store?
9. First-aid kit: No good to you if you don't know how to use it. I recommend you take a short course in first-aid.
10. Backpack: What are you going to put all this stuff in?
11. Camera: Ok I said 10, but you need the memories.


Get the latest weather information from the Bureau of Meteorology
Or get climate information for selected weather stations in Tasmania

Wind Chill

The combination of wind and low temperatures can produce much greater heat loss from exposed flesh than the air temperature alone would suggest. The figure often used in cold countries to express this is the wind-chill temperature.
Wind chill figures are based on experiments conducted in the Antarctic to estimate the risk of frostbite. When the wind-chill temperature is below -30 degrees Celsius, there is a real risk of flesh freezing, and when it is below -50, flesh will freeze in a minute or so.
In North America, where cold waves of the arctic air can suddenly sweep southward, these figures are used for warning people, of the dangers of going out. In warmer parts of the world, however, they can be misleading, especially when the temperature is above freezing. For instance, a combination of 4 degrees and a wind speed of 48 kph equates to a value of -11 degrees. At this figure, it is unlikely that anything will freeze; indeed bush walkers need to be on guard for although it may feel bitterly cold, snow will be thawing rapidly, and on steep, snowy slopes, the risk of avalanches may be extreme.


The Wind-chill table shows the apparent temperature produced by the combination of actual temperature and wind speed.

Heat and Humidity

In hot weather, the combination of heat and humidity determines the level of human comfort. This comfort factor can be described in terms of either the apparent temperature and relative humidity. When the apparent temperature is above 32 degrees, about half the population feels hot and sticky, and by the time it reaches 41 degrees most people feel uncomfortable. Summer heat waves with sustained above 41 degrees are dangerous and can increase the mortality rate.

Winter In Tasmania

Winter days are calm, clear, crisp and bracing. To the locals, walking at this time of year, is Tasmania's best keep secret.
Major towns and cities rarely receive snow on the streets. Highland peaks are dusted with pure white snow. The sun is a little paler, the nights are cool, and winter evenings are made for a glowing open fire. Pull on a warm jacket however, because it is a season for fun.

Climate Statistics

Information supplied by the Bureau of Meteorology
Hobart's daily average high temperature is 12C and a low of 5C. The Average rain days per month in winter is 14.7
Cradle Valley's daily average high temperature is 5C and a low of 0.3C. The Average rain days per month in winter is 24

January 1, 1999

St Pauls Dome - Half Day Walk

Allan Wise
A mountain standing on its own often has views sweeping and vast. St Pauls Dome, at just over 1000 meters, is one of these mountains. It is a great little side trip when driving to the east coast.
Ten minutes past the eastern side of Avoca is Ormley. Turn right at Ormley Cottage (J.M. Burbury RSD 3710). Follow the dirt road which is accessible by 2 wheeled drive vehicles. Go through two gates, ensure they are left closed. A couple of kilometers passed the last gate the road splits a few times very near where you can start to walk. This is at the foot of the hill leading to the summit. Walking directly up the side of the mountain you may see a few cairns, there is no clearly defined track. At the first high point you can see to your west the trig, which is about ten minutes walk down and up a slight depression. There is light scrub and rock screes. The srub can be quite annoying, gaiters and scrub gloves are recommended. St Pauls Dome has good views from the Tasman Sea to the Western Tiers, well worth the walk.

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