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Looking for some hiking with a difference?

Scott Hamilton Photography (CC) Attribution-NoDerivs License

Scott Hamilton Photography
(CC) Attribution-NoDerivs License

Coasteering is a physical activity that encompasses movement along the intertidal zone of a rocky coastline on foot or by swimming, without the aid of boats, surf boards or other craft. It is difficult to define the precise boundaries between, for example, rockpooling and ocean swimming. Coasteering may include all or some of the following:

* Swimming or Adventure Swimming: in calm water; rough or white water; and/ or tidal currents. Dressing for swimming in the sea (wetsuits, buoyancy aids etc.) is an integral part of Coasteering; even on routes where it is possible to stay dry. A route, or activity, where the group start out with the intention of staying dry – whether through route choice or the use of ropes and harnesses – is not coasteering.
* Climbing, scrambling, canyoning, sea level traversing: the very nature of the coastline that is needed for coasteering demands aspects of these activities. Ropes, as security on rock, are not used. Any climbing activity usually takes place above deep water, with safety spotters used where appropriate. There is a similarity to the sport of deep-water soloing, but this would normally be carried out by experienced individuals not wearing equipment suitable for coasteering. Coasteering is never a dry, climbing activity.
* Jumping and Diving: are often seen as an appealing and exciting part of coasteering. These activities actually make up minimal content of a coasteering session.

A defining factor of coasteering is the opportunity provided by the marine geology for moving in the “impact zone” where water, waves, rocks, gullies, caves etc., come together to provide a very high energy environment.

[1] Combined water and rock activities: Guidance for providers (PDF) Entertainment Sheet No 13 [Health and Safety Executive, UK]


Boy’s Life Magazine [BSA]
Boy’s Life
* Inside the April 2014 issue
* Links found in the April 2014 Boys’ Life magazine


Scouting Magazine [BSA]
Scouting MagazineMar/Apr 2014 Issue


Scouting Magazine [UK]
Scouting MagazineApril/May 2014 issue
Get Active! April/May 2014
Instant Scouting April/May 2014


Newsletter April 2014 [PDF]

EncompassEncompass Issue 62 – April 2014 [PDF]

The Great Victorian Rail Trail (formerly the Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail) is the longest continuous rail trail in Australia traversing 134km. The trail follows the route of the former Mansfield Railway in north central Victoria, Australia, located north-east of Melbourne. The route comprises approximately 125km from Tallarook, near Seymour, through major towns of Yea and Bonnie Doon to Mansfield. An additional 13km spur to Alexandra extends from Cathkin.


DAY 1. (36km)
Mansfield to Maindample (bitumen sealed surface) – 12km
Maindample to Bonnie Doon (bitumen sealed surface) – 8km
Bonnie Doon to Merton (compacted gravel surface) – 16km

Camping @ Merton / or push onto Yark +18km ?
Yark Hotel offer tent sites for $20 a night for bikers and campers

DAY 2. (44km)
Merton to Cathkin (compacted gravel and bitumen sealed surface) – 24km
Cathkin to Yea (compacted gravel surface) – 20km

Camping @ Yea Family Caravan Park

DAY 3. (41km)
Yea to Trawool (compacted gravel surface) – 25km
Trawool to Tallarook (compacted gravel surface) – 16km

[1] The Great Victorian Rail Trail
[2] What is Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail (PDF) [railtrails.net.au]
[3] The Great Victorian Rail Trail – Visitor Information [Bicycle Network]
[4] High country epic [Bicycle Network]
[5] Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail — Victoria [railtrails.net.au]

This clip suggests 10 items to pack for a short hike or an overnight hike;
1. Water + Food/Snacks
2. Extra warm clothing
3. Sunscreen + Sunglasses
4. Navigation equipment (Compass & Map)
5. Communications Device
6. Headlamp
7. Fire Lighting (Waterproof Matches, Flint + Tinder)
8. Bivvy Sack
9. Knife or Multi-tool
10. First Aid Kit

So, what are your 10 essentials for hiking?

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  • Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences (26-Nov-2012) [Huffington Post]
    While I always want to be careful not to minimize anyone’s experience (it’s the social worker in me!) and a part of me suspects that the sharing of this particular story may have been simply this parent’s spontaneous way of making conversation with me in a store aisle, I hear these “alarming” (read: benign) stories often enough to conclude that there is a real need to draw a distinction between behavior that is rude, behavior that is mean and behavior that is characteristic of bullying.
  • Timely reminder to be prepared when hiking (2014-Mar-20) [Victoria Police]
    Two female hikers have been winched to safety after becoming lost on a track in the Australian Alps walking track.
    The women left for their walk on Monday and today intended to head to Wonnangatta Valley but became lost.
    The 30-year-old women lost their tent and while they did have enough food for a five day trip, they did not have enough water.
    Search and rescue have been involved in three similar incidents in as many weeks and want to remind people to go prepared.

    _lost their tent_ …!? discuss

  • 51 things your kids need to do before they turn 12 – Nature Play SA launches with aim to get kids to lead active outdoor life (2014-Feb-26) [Adelaide Now]
  • Calendar of environmental events 2014 [environment.gov.au]

Boy’s Life Magazine [BSA]
Boy’s Life
* Inside the March 2014 issue
* Links found in the March 2014 Boys’ Life magazine


Scouting Magazine [BSA]
Scouting MagazineMar/Apr 2014 Issue


Scouting Magazine [UK]
Scouting MagazineFebruary/March 2014 issue
Get Active! February/March 2014


Newsletter March 2014 [PDF]

EncompassEncompass Issue 61 – March 2014 [PDF]

Encompass 61


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