not getting lost in the scrub

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Subject: not getting lost in the scrub
From: Alistair Stewart <>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 18:41:24 +1100
Before running out into the bush anywhere, you should always check the 
bearings of major landmarks, such as hills and creeks, but as in most of 
inland Aus, these can be hard to come by.

The most prominent land mark is the road you came in on, which is 
usually dead straight. This is what I used while at Eulo, (which runs 
basically East-West) from which traffic can be heard for some ditance 
(~2km). But other situations can arise where intersecting roads can 
cause confusion, or especially at a dead end track.

Basically take note of where you are and where you are going before 
leaving your vehicle.

Now its all nice to say that when the most exciting bird I've seen all 
week is a white-faced heron, but it is drastically different when a 
red-lored whistler starts calling 100m in from the road. And then a 
quailtrush catches your eye, which you just need one more good look 


Al Stewart

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