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Blackwolf
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11 August 2017 03:21 pm

Is it okay if I go into the bush and mark my way every, say, 20 feet with a small x marks the spot with landscape chalk?

Have a compass but don't want get lost! yikes

Will rub out when leaving. smile


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7.62marksman
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11 August 2017 03:42 pm

Being chalk the weather would wash it off anyway so me personally i dont see a problem


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Blackwolf
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11 August 2017 03:48 pm

7.62marksman wrote:

Being chalk the weather would wash it off anyway so me personally i dont see a problem

thumbsup Thanks 7.62marksman


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aussiefarmer
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11 August 2017 07:53 pm

I use breadcrumbs wink


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lordo.1
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11 August 2017 08:00 pm

Blackwolf you are going to get lost


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7.62marksman
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11 August 2017 08:40 pm

aussiefarmer wrote:

I use breadcrumbs wink

thats why the birds are well fed after you are there devil devil devil devil


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11 August 2017 09:55 pm

Better off using Hi-vis Fluro pink survey tape and tie on a tree branch... easier to see... instead of looking down all the time... 8)

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12 August 2017 12:17 am

If it rains while your out there your gunna get lost with the chalk markings.
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12 August 2017 12:32 am

Blackwolf, It's okay to do what you ask legally, as in you won't get in trouble, however it is probably not a very practical or reliable way to navigate. If you are going to wander some distance seriously think about getting a small hand held GPS. I have one and set the car as as a way point before heading off. In the event I get disorientated and not sure which way to go to get back at the end of the day of looking at the ground, I pull the GPS out and it points me in the right direction. (always carry some spare batteries) The can be picked up relatively cheaply new or even better second hand.


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12 August 2017 12:40 am

If you dont want a gps try one of these i have one cost around $150 Bushnell 360403 Backtrack
never been geographically embarrassed always come home smile
much to my partners disgust mad

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12 August 2017 11:17 am

I got lost in the bush once. First thing i bought when i got home was a hand held GPS . Also good for marking where you have found nuggets


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12 August 2017 03:42 pm

Decent hand held GPS's are pretty cheap these days , well worth the investment .

Not really worth mucking about with anything else.

Map of area and compass is always a good backup in the pack , dont even have to leave GPS on while out bush , mark your home waypoint ( car / 4x4 etc ) , turn it off and can only turn it on during the day to set more waypoints or follow it home in the arvo.

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12 August 2017 03:45 pm

7.62marksman wrote:

If you dont want a gps try one of these i have one cost around $150 Bushnell 360403 Backtrack
never been geographically embarrassed always come home smile
much to my partners disgust mad

Bushnell work really well takes you back gets you out of trouble as long as you remember to mark your starting position


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Blackwolf
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12 August 2017 04:27 pm

HoudiniHarry wrote:
7.62marksman wrote:

If you dont want a gps try one of these i have one cost around $150 Bushnell 360403 Backtrack
never been geographically embarrassed always come home smile
much to my partners disgust mad

Bushnell work really well takes you back gets you out of trouble as long as you remember to mark your starting position

Cheers. I'll invest in one.


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Blackwolf
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12 August 2017 06:49 pm

lordo.1 wrote:

Blackwolf you are going to get lost

Think positively!

Did not get lost today but too wet for chalk big_smile


I changed my password everywhere to 'incorrect.' That way when I forget it, it always reminds me, 'Your password is incorrect.'

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lordo.1
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12 August 2017 08:17 pm

You can buy a Garmin Etrex 10 for under $100 easy to use , have some good features .


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12 August 2017 10:29 pm

Drag a bit of pink / orange (fluro now available for the 1st 2 colours) or white cotton you'll be amazed at how long it lasts. Used cotton to mark game trails years ago and still found it there 12 months later. Just a cheap option that served a good purpose before expensive technology became the norm. Not recommended now days, if everyone did it the bush would be a patchwork of cotton threads of all colours.

However if your in a remote area it's a handy thing to have, serves many purposes.

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Dogmatic
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13 August 2017 12:18 am

The joy of a GPS is not only finding your way back to the car, but marking areas you like as waypoints so you can find them later or if you find a nugget where you found it. I turn mine on and put it in my back pack. If I need it I pull it out. It is smaller than my phone so takes up no room. It also gives heaps of other info in relation to your travel if you are interested. Strongly recommend carrying one.
Matt


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13 August 2017 01:25 am

Hi Blackwolf,

I found that if you join the defense force they will teach you how to navigate in the bush. If you can't do that what about an orienteering club. Best to know how to navigate the basic way before relying on elrctronic devises.

Don't get me wrong, I like my gps but rarely have to use it to get back to where I left the car.

Having a paper map, knowing your north, south, east and west, roads, hills, creeks are normally enough for you to not lose you way.

One day the electronic devise will not have power or can't get a signal so you will have to go back to the sextant.

Cheers

Doug


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07 March 2018 09:25 pm

I lose interest in walking long before I have a chance to get lost.

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08 March 2018 07:54 am

Please Blackwolf....get yourself a GPS and LEARN how to use it.
Until you have been "turned around" in the bush you don't realise how easily and quickly it can happen.

The worst scenario is in flat scrubby country with no prominent land marks. If you are detecting, then your nose is usually pointing down, there are all sorts of obstacles you are on the lookout for. The last thing you want is "where is that last rock I put a cross on?" It could be 15 metres away, but on the opposite side where you cant see it.
Nothing else familiar to identify where you are.....on the way to being lost.

A map may not help you there either, you need a compass and reference points to determine and mark your starting point. No use knowing where you are if you don't know where you came from.
Mike

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08 March 2018 08:07 am

aussiefarmer wrote:

I use breadcrumbs wink

I tried that and the bloody birds ate them all! big_smile

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08 March 2018 08:59 am

boobook wrote:

Please Blackwolf....get yourself a GPS and LEARN how to use it.
Until you have been "turned around" in the bush you don't realise how easily and quickly it can happen.

The worst scenario is in flat scrubby country with no prominent land marks. If you are detecting, then your nose is usually pointing down, there are all sorts of obstacles you are on the lookout for. The last thing you want is "where is that last rock I put a cross on?" It could be 15 metres away, but on the opposite side where you cant see it.
Nothing else familiar to identify where you are.....on the way to being lost.

A map may not help you there either, you need a compass and reference points to determine and mark your starting point. No use knowing where you are if you don't know where you came from.
Mike

Yep rock or tree's even..... marking trees on the way in is disaster waiting to happen cause they're all invisible (on the other side of the tree's) on the way back out.
Be safer with a 20 metre ball of yellow wool mate.... and only somewhere in a dense scrubby garden bed in an urban park..... no bush bashing for you mate lol


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08 March 2018 02:26 pm

The irony is that GPS's leave a bread crumb trail of where you've been. This is an old thread resurrected but Blackwolf I'll be heading off soon on my annual pilgrimage to Hill End, Tuena, Bright and Maryborough. If you're anywhere near those areas I'd be happy to demonstrate on how to use a GPS. I have two and I'd be happy to lend one to you for a few days if you wish.
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18 March 2018 05:47 pm

LoneWolf wrote:

Better off using Hi-vis Fluro pink survey tape and tie on a tree branch... easier to see... instead of looking down all the time... 8)

LW...

+1 for the paper flouro tape (blaze orange is best colour) and it is eco friendly and will last for a couple of wet days, it is also sold in dispensers> Ken.


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