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    New Member phan-tom's Avatar
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    First video: coastal paddling & hanging

    Even though the batteries died in my camera quicker than I expected I managed to get enough photos and video for this trip report. I went down the coast about 2 hours from home, a great spot that I'd never been to before and which turned out to be a nice little adventure at a great secluded spot which I had all to myself.

    I had friday off the week before last and managed to negotiate with my better half, with suprising ease, that I have the whole long weekend to go hangin' and paddlin' by myself... I haven't had any time, in between work and commitments at home, for myself for quite a while, so I think that helped

    The weather forecast turned out to be accurate, thunderstorms & wind & a lot of thunder & lightning so I was lucky that I left my inadequate stock Clark tarp at home and took my wilderness equipment 3x3m tarp instead. It performed flawlessly and not only kept me dry during the long stormy nights but gave me enough space to not feel cramped during the day when I was stuck at camp while it was hammering down with rain. I did end up with some beautiful sunny days though and the good ol' Aussie sun was belting down when it came out, I guess no-one told it summer hasn't started yet!

    It was a great place to explore by foot and by kayak with tracks through the coastal scrub and some nice detours along the estuary to paddle up. Lots of wildlife, birds, kangaroos, an echidna and a few snakes which kept me wary as I was walking around. Not to mention the ticks, I had so many... none made me sick luckily, just a bit itchy for a few days where they bit me, I guess I pulled them out before they could do too much harm, I was almost constantly checking after the first couple...

    I took my Shamu IX UQ & -4 sleeping bag which turned out to be way too warm (ludicrously warm, the sleeping bag went back in its sack I need to get myself a much lighter weight top quilt or maybe I might try and make my own) on the first night and had to be loosened up a bit to let some air flow through but it worked nicely on the saturday night when there was a cool change. At least I could tighten and loosen it up easily whilst laying in the hammock, made life a lot simpler.

    I have a trip planned in about a month out to the Granite Belt for 4 days but I can see myself going back down to this spot now that I know how good & how close it is. Its great to discover such a gem and one that isn't often visited... But next time I'll take my fishing gear & extra batteries for my camera.

    Enjoy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOv1OAwAlNc

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    Looks like just what the doctor ordered! Solitude and the beauty and awe of nature. Good for you for getting out... and thanks for letting us come along.

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    Gorgeous spot you found. It's always a treat to find such wonderful places so close to home.
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    Nice video techniques
    WHERE WERE THE SNAKES!!! I got my hopes up!
    BCU down there? They would frown on the camp shoes on deck
    What yak is that? I've got a Mirage 580 (in deference to Andrew rest his soul), didn't recognize yours ???
    Nice picknick table, fold up model?
    What hammock----this is a hammock site---looks like a Clark, hmmm...design looks a lot like a Switchback.
    Love the parting shot.
    OK zip off the whicket kinda joshing with ya. Thanks for bringing a bit of your world our way.

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    Nice one!
    It's beautiful down there..

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    Paddling is such a nice way to get away from it all.
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    Looks like just what the doctor ordered! Solitude and the beauty and awe of nature. Good for you for getting out... and thanks for letting us come along.
    Its a pleasure Jay, yeah, it was just what I needed, a few days of doing not much and what a place to do it...

    Gorgeous spot you found. It's always a treat to find such wonderful places so close to home.
    Oh yeah, but I must admit that I do live in a pretty amazing part of the world Catavarie. Within about an hour of where I live there is world heritage rainforest, mountains, white sands & sparkling blue waters of the pacific Ocean, etc etc

    Nice video techniques
    (thanks MedecineMan must be beginners luck, 'twas my first attempt )

    WHERE WERE THE SNAKES!!! I got my hopes up!
    Hey, I was too busy saying %&^& and $*&%! and jumping out of the way to be taking pictures of them! But I'll try harder next time, maybe send you a few in the mail if you want because we have plenty

    BCU down there? They would frown on the camp shoes on deck
    I don't know what the BCU is but I always have my crocs on the deck (unless I'm in the surf) because I hate jumping out into who knows what with barefeet, maybe I'm just a chicken and should put up with oysters and the like!

    What yak is that? I've got a Mirage 580 (in deference to Andrew rest his soul), didn't recognize yours ???
    The Mirage is a nice yak. Mine's a Barracuda beachcomber ultralight. Its ultralight and its a lot of fun, I plan on doing more extended trips in it as I get the time. Hopefully some island hopping next year if all goes to plan...

    Nice picknick table, fold up model?
    No, inflatable, it comes in a tiny stuffsack, very handy. Should see the gazebo that comes with it...

    What hammock----this is a hammock site---looks like a Clark, hmmm...design looks a lot like a Switchback.
    Yep, clark tropical, sweet hammock but the tarp that it came with is too small as I discovered the last time I had a rainy night. Everything got wet so now I'm using the WE 3x3 tarp which is nice but it is heavy, 1.05kg...

    Love the parting shot.
    I had a lot of amazing sky while I was there and NO mosquitos or sandflies which was nice while sitting around having a cup of tea and looking at all the amazing sky

    OK zip off the whicket kinda joshing with ya. Thanks for bringing a bit of your world our way.
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    Nice one!
    It's beautiful down there..

    Yeah thanks Holger, it was nice, can't wait to check out Sandon and a few others too

    Paddling is such a nice way to get away from it all.
    Very peaceful out on the water mbiraman, lots of wildlife, hardly any people, what more could you ask for

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    Great video. Thanks for sharing your experience. Gotta ask, is that the Go Pro camera?

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    Well made sir. Looks like quite the adventure. Thanks for sharing.
    Good luck,
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    Great video. I was surprised to read in the credits that this is your first video. I was thinking while watching it that you did a good job of thinking what shots you needed while doing mundane task like setting up camp.

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