This is my first post after my initial introduction, so I may be posting in the wrong forum. Mods please move if inappropriate.
And my second caveat is that I have attempted to upload a photo from my computer. If it is successful, I will add more. Anyhow..
Finally after months of planning I finally got to go bush with my son who is a busy father of two and like many, paying a mortgage and even studying part time. We actually took my 4x4 up the road I live on and continued into the forest. When the road ran out we put our packs on and walked until we reached a waterfall. Out came the topographic map and my son who has done military training, took over and we followed the creek to its end and then on to the highest point in the area where we set up our hammocks for the first night. What a steep learning curve in what to carry on our backs! I managed to fit a small bottle of bourbon though, so we slept well. Sadly no fires up there as the Australian bush is to be respected and even feared if one spark gets away!
What impressed me was after packing in the morning there was no way anyone could tell we had been there. Hammocking is definitely environmentally friendly. My son wanted to continue into this country but seeing this was our "shakedown" hike to get all the bugs sorted, I convinced him to drive up into a local National Park and camp in the rainforest. Luckily we met a couple of rangers and one I had worked with in the past. I explained that we had tree huggers and our own stoves, so he allowed us to camp where ever we liked! That is a big deal in our over governed State that doesn't want anyone off track.
After a lot of searching we found a snug camp under a stand of pine trees. The reason for the careful checking is that many Aussie trees drop branches well known as widow makers and despite numerous rainforest trees, there was still quite a few very large eucalypts and yes they were surrounded by large dropped branches.... I was using a TW hammock and a Sargasso storm tarp from the UK and Gus was in my old Hennesey. The H went up so much faster and I reckon he got the better sleep mainly due to my attempts to use a rubber mat as insulation. I will buy an under quilt as I really feel the cold. My son could sleep up a tree!
It was just wonderful to be spending a few days with my son. Our next trip will be straight West to the headwaters of a local river, so fishing will be a big part of the trip and yes no problems with fires out that way. The great advantage of Australia is that it is so big with such a small population, it is easy to escape people and technology.
Thanks for reading