not getting lost in the scrub

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Subject: not getting lost in the scrub
From: "Terry Pacey" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 18:03:38 +1000
Many years ago, before GPS, I was the State Emergency Services controller
for the Shire of Perry, west of Bundaberg, in Queensland.

I often used the excuse of "getting to know the country" to go birding.
North of the town of Mount Perry was some very rugged country.  I always
carried maps and a compass but soon decided that the country to the north
was not for me.

All the ridges were of exactly the same height - all the trees were of a
similar height and girth and the vegetation was THICK.

One day I left the road and proceeded through the bush down the side of the
hill.  I had only gone a few hundred metres when I realised that the sun was
not visible, I had nothing to take sighting on and if I wasn't careful I
would soon be helplessly lost.  Having taken a rough bearing (as per Frank's
suggestion)  I found my way back before long and decided that I would not go
into the area alone without markers to place on trees.

Now I use a GPS as well but wonder how effective it would be in the heavily
vegetated valleys.

All this does is to reinforce the advice given previously - use all aids
including compass, maps and GPS.  Make sure you can use them all.

Terry Pacey
27°57'02"S  153°24'12"E
Gold Coast
SE Qld

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