It's hard to believe that a two week walk over 287km can feel too short — but it did
…and now we're busy putting things together for the Australian Alps Walking Trail (which the GNW was the precursor for anyway )
Actually, we've been so busy that there's not been time to put a post together for the walk, but G+ has done an OK job with its Story of the photos… but we've had to replace some broken items and boost some items that didn't perform as well as we'd expected…
I won't go through all the things we were checking on the walk, but I will note the failures (in no particular order):
- Aarn Packs
- The attachment for the strap for my balance pack tore on the second day: Replaced under warranty.
- A marsupial gnawed through sections of my balance pack's front webbing pockets: Sandi fixed by darning.
- Aarn Water Wizard
- We actually got a couple of good days of rain to test the Water Wizards! Admittedly, we were super impressed with the original Packa, but Aarn has taken a good product and made it better. The only issue we've discovered is that there's slight issue setting up or taking down camp in the rain: you can't have the Water Wizard on your pack and your body at the same time So, we've invested in a super-light weight tarp that will enable setting up and taking down, as well as extending the tent and creating a lunch shelter if needed; we do have some memories of eating lunch in the rain on the Bibbulmun, and it's a little depressing…
- FUSE Solar Charger
- The V44 battery gradually stopped charging. Initially we thought it was the battery, but after Voltaic sent out a new V44 and connections it turned out to be the $6 connector: Replaced under warranty.
- My Reading Glasses
- Somehow bent them into a shape that was not going to work on my face, and then managed to break the arm off trying to correct the shape. New glasses bought (interestingly, my optometrist said that my right eye was 20-20 (having improved over the walk).
- Original Buff
- We originally bought our Buffs down at Paddy Pallin in Jindabyne the day before our Kosciuszko Hut Tour last autumn. They've been pretty good, but we thought that we should upgrade to merino. Purchased Merino Buff.
- Similarly, we bought some inners in Jindabyne, but thought that some merino gloves would be better if the weather did get cold. Purchased Icebreaker Quantum gloves
- It's a little bit hard to know if Brenda L Braaten's Snacking theory worked wonders or not… we certainly kept going OK, but we did have a lot of our Track Snacks left over, so I've reduced the amount to 25g of carbohydrate each hour.
We're now busy buying food, re-packaging, cleaning & DWR'ing our gear… and freaking out that the walk is only just over 4 weeks away
Comment from: Ken [Visitor]
Excellent slide show.
Comment from: scribbly [Member]
Thanks Ken (esp after looking at your photos: http://kjbeath.com.au/photos/index.html – you have some absolutely beautiful images there!)
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