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AM1990
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08 February 2018 10:41 pm

Hi all,

Ive recently moved to Melbourne from the UK and just started gold panning.

I went to a creek not far from the City in Warrandyte and found my first tiny piece of gold. I also found a small tiger snake coming towards me about 1m away. I naturally 5hit myself and ran away, which ive since learnt is the wrong thing to do.

I've since been back to the same spot twice (admittedly upstream and closer to my car) and haven't found any gold or snakes.

It did get me thinking about safety though. In my naiviety, I honestly didnt think there would be snakes that close to the city. I didn't grow up with these kinds of dangers so I really am in the dark.

I want to go further afield than the outskirts of Melbourne eventually, and i know i can't do this unprepared. Although im still not entirely sure of the definition of 'the bush'. Is this just anywhere outside of towns and cities?

In my backpack i carry the following along with prospecting gear:

- small survival kit from anaconda which contains the standard items you get in survival kits such as fire lighters, fishing line, fishing hook, etc. I may take some items out and replace them with more relevant items.
- leatherman mutlitool - knife, saw, pliers, etc.
- binoculaurs
- 2x 1ltr water bottles
- cigarettes and lighter (needed these to slow my heart down after seeing the tiger snake)
- compass
- work mobile phone on seperate network to my personal phone.
- Miners Right Permit
- insect repellant
- sunscreen
- glasses as i wear contacts so if they come out for whatever reason i can see. Properly blind without them.
- thick builders gloves
- 3m length of rope
- 2 or 3 Carabiners
- Gopro camera

Clothing:

- Lately ive been in my work gear which is building site attire - thick canvas combats, long sleeved high vis shirt. On the weekend i would probably wear jeans and a t shirt
- footwear was walking boots, however ive since brought gummy boots as i heard they provide some protection from snakes and also keep your feet dry although not heavy and not great to walk in.

On my shopping list i want to get the following:
- Snake Bite First Aid Kit
- Personal First Aid Kit
- Gaiters
- thick combat trousers for weekend prospecting
- topography maps of areas i am going to

Also i have a work ute but its not a 4x4. Hilux workmate, so the lowered version of the normal hilux. Im not planning on going offroad in it, but last weekend i went up to Castlemaine and the Satnav took me on a dirt road that it didnt like. Made it fine but its not great at it.

Is there anything else i might need? Im not planning on going more than 200-300 meters from the car until im comfortable with what im doing and i am more properly prepared.

Thanks in advance for your replies. This forum is really helpful to us new blokes.

#2

7.62marksman
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From: Nowra, NSW
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08 February 2018 10:45 pm

I think you have most thing covered
Maybe so sort of mirror for signaling and something that is bright and flashes for night time if lost


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AM1990
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08 February 2018 10:52 pm

7.62marksman wrote:

I think you have most thing covered
Maybe so sort of mirror for signaling and something that is bright and flashes for night time if lost

I forgot to include my headtorch and handheld torch in that list. The survival kit also has a mirror in it. I've wanted one for years, it was really cheap from Anconda in the Jan sales so worth buying. Also got a titanium spork for a few dollars.

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7.62marksman
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08 February 2018 10:55 pm

Sounds good mate also i sent you a pm


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NAPFA member ----A disposal technician at a dead run outranks everybody --- we are all gonna die someday why not die happy ???

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Flatlander
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09 February 2018 12:41 pm

1 donkey 2 carry it all ha ha keep it simple

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madtuna
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09 February 2018 05:18 pm

#1 safety item....common sense thumbsup

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TheMediocritist
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09 February 2018 05:46 pm

Tell somebody where you’re going, how long you’ll be there, when you’ll be back. Make sure they’re clear about when/what to do and/or who to contact if you don’t come back.

I mark on a map where I plan to park the car and the areas I’ll be working or exploring. If I’m not quite sure, I mark my route on the map.

My survival gear consists of a bottle of water, a can of beans and some dunny paper. If the weather is cold, I’ll add a jacket and beanie.

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RM Outback
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09 February 2018 06:55 pm

TheMediocritist wrote:

Tell somebody where you’re going, how long you’ll be there, when you’ll be back. Make sure they’re clear about when/what to do and/or who to contact if you don’t come back.

I mark on a map where I plan to park the car and the areas I’ll be working or exploring. If I’m not quite sure, I mark my route on the map.

My survival gear consists of a bottle of water, a can of beans and some dunny paper. If the weather is cold, I’ll add a jacket and beanie.

I carry warm gear always the way weather changes in the place you least expect it to can make things uncomfortable thumbsdown. Madtuna hit the nail on the head "Common Sense" not only applies to when your at your intended destination. In planning your destination through research will help you gear up, better to be over prepared than under this way you can take things off a list rather than wish you'd given consideration to them. As far as being new to our country do yourself the biggest favour and join a club thumbsup. Interact with like minded people and learn from theirs and your experience by going out with them on day and weekend adventures. YOU'VE ASKED THE RIGHT QUESTION with regards to your local knowledge thumbsup. There's so many variables regarding right or wrong so I can't emphasise enough the knowledge you'll gain by joining in with like minded people. In time you'll feel comfortable enough to venture to new ground solo or with a mate if travelling to remote (The Outback) don't kid yourself or over estimate your ability thumbsdown if you do it could be the last trip you ever go on even experienced Aussie's venturing to the Outback and remote locations get into trouble.

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Trash
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09 February 2018 07:11 pm

Water & beer


Gpx 5000. Ctx 3030

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aussiefarmer
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09 February 2018 08:04 pm

Trash wrote:

Water & beer

You mean Beer and water.


Wish in one hand and poo in the other , See which one fills up first !

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7.62marksman
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09 February 2018 08:07 pm

no no no
scotch and water it sounds better devil devil


Highbanker, Sluice, Trommel, Gold Monster 1000 (Khaleesi), Goldseeker 3D 12000, Bounty Hunter "Rustler", Non Turbo 2.8lt Hilux called Turtle
NAPFA member ----A disposal technician at a dead run outranks everybody --- we are all gonna die someday why not die happy ???

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#12

RM Outback
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09 February 2018 08:40 pm

Oh you blokes are covering all bases thumbsup always important to remember the medicinal supplies even if it makes you sick lol.

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Ridge Runner
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09 February 2018 09:04 pm

RM Outback wrote:

Oh you blokes are covering all bases thumbsup always important to remember the medicinal supplies even if it makes you sick lol.

Yep, and Always carry more beer than passengers,

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Bjay
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09 February 2018 09:07 pm

1518170725_76694a52-a7ae-4945-984d-018d8052cae4.jpgnot a common thing but tiger snakes do climb trees . So instead of watching for drop bears might have to watch for drop snakes.

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#15

RM Outback
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09 February 2018 09:45 pm

Their a bloody menace (any snake in my opinion) those tiger snakes. Aggressive little kritters thumbsdown and they love damp cool places on stinking hot days alot like humans and most other snakes roll. I'm convinced the heat of last few weeks is the reason the baby brown ended up in my young blokes room. Honestly what snake or human would venture into a teenagers retreat ffs, snakes obviously have the ability of common sense as a last resort lol.

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Ridge Runner
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09 February 2018 10:49 pm

One of them tigers tagged my cousin on the ankle, put him in hospital for a week or two,


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