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.

Breakfast
Cereal, muesli (or oats cooked for porridge)

Dried fruit

Bread for toast (plus spreads)

Lunch

Pre-made sandwiches

Crackers

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

Dinner

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

Dessert

Instant pudding

Dried fruit and custard

Rice pudding

Extras

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.

Equipment
 X 
Extra
 X 
 Clothing
 X 
 Eating
 X 
Backpack
 
Money
 
Boots
 
Food
 
Packliner
 
National Park Pass
 
Socks
 
Stove
 
Day Pack
 
Pack Towel
 
Gaiters

Spare Fuel
 
Sleeping Bag Liner
 
Book
 
Sandals
 
Cup
 
Bed Roll
 
Plastic Bags
 
Shoe Laces
 
Bowl
 
Sleeping Bag
 
Playing Cards
 
Thermal Pants
 
Pots
 
Dry Pack
 
Diary
 
Pants
 
Knife, Spoon, Fork
 
Tent (complete)
 
Ear Plugs
 
Wet Weather Pants
 
Lighter
 
Ground Sheet
 
Twine
 
Shorts
 
Matches
 
Pack Hauling Rope
 
Gaf Tape
 
Thermal Tops
 
Pocket Knife
 
Torch
 
Gor-Teck Socks
 
Polar Fleece
 
Pot Scourer
 
Spare Globes
 
Hooks and Sinkers
 
Rain Jacket
 
Firts Aid
 
Spare Batteries
 
Shampoo
 
Shirts
 
Vitamin 'C'
 
Water Bladder
 
Fishing Line
 
Undies
 
Salt
 
Water Bottles
 
Whistle
 
Gloves
 
Tooth Brush and Paste
 
Film
 
Soap
 
Scrub Gloves
 
Sunscreen
 
Camera
 
Port
 
Mittens
 
Pain Killers
 
Navigation
 
Snow Axe
 
Overmits
 
Band-Aids/Bandages
 
Compass
 
Crampons
 
Sun Hat
 
Small Scissors
 
Paper
 
Yabbie Tube
 
Sunglasses
 
Cold and Flu Tablets
 
Pen/Pencil
     
Daktarin
 
Track Notes
     
Sewing Kit
 
Maps
     
Trowel
 
Map Cover
     
Toliet Paper
 
Watch
      

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.

Weather

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.

4
-1
-7
-12
-15
24
-5
-13
-21
-28
-35
32
-7
-16
-28
-31
-39
40
-9
-17
-26
-34
-42
48
-11
-19
-28
-36
-45

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
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