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RM Outback
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10 August 2018 03:14 pm

Hope this works (the link that is) 3 seriously injured while camping on a Buck's weekend at Big River near Marysville Vic. https://amp.heraldsun.com.au/news/victo … ed82fffe73

Very lucky to be alive.

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HippyProspecting
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10 August 2018 03:22 pm

Lucky to be alive


If you can't convince them, confuse them

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10 August 2018 03:48 pm

Wow ! Yes never camp near gum trees, widow makers.


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Manpa
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10 August 2018 04:13 pm

My mate and I call them "fickle gums" Those boys are unlucky and lucky. I'd be buying a lottery ticket.


One of these days Ma!

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Wishfull
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10 August 2018 04:26 pm

Fickle finger of fate ?


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10 August 2018 08:50 pm

Look up constantly as there's widow makers everywhere.


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

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Hard Luck
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11 August 2018 12:39 am

Yeah. Those trees can be pretty unpredictable. I'm always a bit nervous camping around trees.

https://www.latrobe.edu.au/education/do … injury.pdf

Table 1, incident second from the top. I was there that night/weekend for the Armstrong 500.

That was a Friday night, very little wind. From memory, I'm pretty sure that was a dead gum. Poor blokes camped very close to it and it just came down on them.

Everyone tried to carry on for the rest of the weekend trying to complete the course. It hit me bad by Saturday arvo and I had to give up. I ended up in the first aid tent and was taken back home early.

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Wishfull
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11 August 2018 12:53 am

That's an awfull story HL. Very sad.


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11 August 2018 01:10 am

aussiefarmer wrote:

Look up contstanly as theres widow makers everywhere.

Where I live there are old Sugar Gums that have been cut back severely to a hight of about a metre back about 45 to 50 years ago. These trees are now around 25 metres high and all around our town. I shudder every time we get a Gail force wind, someone is going to get killed one day from these trees, we often get them breaking off from where they grew out from the original trunk. Just this year we have had several fall.


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ken2m
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11 August 2018 02:50 pm

Sugar gums are really bad, they drop branches in dead calm conditions, and are totally unpredictable. Ken.

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11 August 2018 08:50 pm

RM Outback wrote:

Hope this works (the link that is) 3 seriously injured while camping on a Buck's weekend at Big River near Marysville Vic. https://amp.heraldsun.com.au/news/victo … ed82fffe73

Very lucky to be alive.

So true. Apparently the tree that fell was from the other side of a river/creek, so need to not only look up, but work out where trees can fall based on their height.

Rob P


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RM Outback
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11 August 2018 09:13 pm

PabloP wrote:
RM Outback wrote:

Hope this works (the link that is) 3 seriously injured while camping on a Buck's weekend at Big River near Marysville Vic. https://amp.heraldsun.com.au/news/victo … ed82fffe73

Very lucky to be alive.

So true. Apparently the tree that fell was from the other side of a river/creek, so need to not only look up, but work out where trees can fall based on their height.

Rob P

So true Rob the fall/drop zone can be up to 30 metres in those parts, their big trees up that way. Not uncommon to stand in excess of 100 feet and plenty of them you'd be pressed to find a 30 metre clearing.

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12 August 2018 10:42 am

Anyone visiting the Pilbara, WA need to be especially aware of the local "Snappy Gums."
Mostly growing along the banks of creeks they have many branches just waiting to fall.
If you are chasing gold out Nullagine way a great way to collect wood for your campfire is to hitch your two rope to trunk (make sure it is long enough to be well clear) give the tree a strong sharp tug with your vehicle and the dry wood showers down. The break ends of the dried wood looks like it is petrified because of the harsh dry growing conditions.


Happy Hunting, Nightjar.

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