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Chris's Random Ramblings

Sun, 21 Nov 2004 - Mt Currockbilly

Went for what was supposed to be a walk up Mt Currockbilly with the Canberra Bushwalking Club, which ended up turning into a rather rough 7 hour bush bash. The leeches were out in force and I was ambushed by one during morning tea. It didn't get a chance to suck any blood, but unfortunately I forgot to take a photo before removing it (minor panic). We got a little lost on the way up so didn't make it all the way to the top. I did learn a few things on the walk:

  1. Always carry your own topo map because everyone else in the group may think that someone else will bring one. A GPS is great for preventing you from walking in circles (so is a compass), but it doesn't help work out where you are if the maps you're carrying have no lat/long markings.

  2. If in doubt, eat some chocolate. It won't help you work out where you are on the map, but it will make you feel better about being geographically dislocated.

  3. Carry lots of chocolate.

For the first time I managed to get an opportunity to use my first aid kit (band-aid for a small cut on someones finger), which made me feel a bit better about lugging it around on all my walks. I still haven't had a chance to use my EPIRB.

Whilst fairly tiring, the walk was still very enjoyable. We had some great views, and the change in vegetation was very interesting. Now to extract the data from my GPS and correlate it with a map to work out where we went.