Syd Curtis wrote:
> Following a water-course gives a 'ready-marked' route in new country. If on
> your outward journey you are following upstream (or uphill for a dry bed)
> all is well. If you don't leave that drainage system, at any time you have
> only to follow down-stream to get back to where you started. But be very
> careful if your outward journey is down-stream, for then on the return
> journey, every time you come to a fork in the stream you have to know which
> one to take. Unless there is something distinctive that you can't possibly
> forget, it's safest to mark the one you came down on your outward journey.
Preface: bushwalkers generally go armed with a map before setting out
into territory that requires navigation.
A commonly preferred approach to navigating on bushwalks is to climb
ridges and descend creeks, on the grounds that all options lead to
"Rome". [A classic Barney Trip, for example, would involve ascending
Short Leaning Ridge and descending Barney Gorge].
Of course, when canyoning, ascending creeks is often not an option
[abseiling waterfalls is much easier than climbing them].
Mountaineers, on the other hand, tend to take a difficult way up, and
the easiest way down. [In Europe, this probably entails catching a
cable car ...]
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