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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2010-2011
www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au summer 2010-11 4 A mountain Summer Bush walking in any wilderness area requires proper preparation and planning. Over the years, hundreds of people have run into trouble in the bush because they were not properly prepared -- and unfortunately in some cases they didn't live to tell the tale! According to the experts, anyone planning even a basic trip into the wild needs to take the following precautions: • Find out about local conditions, including the forecast weather. • Never go into the wilderness alone -- preferably go with a minimum of two companions. • Before leaving, register your planned route with the local police station or at least let a responsible person know where you are heading and when you plan to return. • Take a good topographical map and compass and make sure you, or someone in the party, knows how to use them. • Borrow a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) free of charge from your local police station or National Parks and Wildlife Service Office. • If going only for the day, allow plenty of time to finish your walk in daylight. • Take adequate supplies of food, water and warm, waterproof clothing and a first aid kit -- just in case. • Stick to the planned route and follow walking tracks. PLBs supplied by Benbro Electronics Complimentary loan of a digital emergency Personal Locator Beacon "PLB", equipped with GPS location technology is offered (subject to availability) to bush walkers from: Katoomba Police Station 217 Katoomba Street Katoomba • Springwood Police Station 4 Jerseywold Avenue Springwood PAL 131 444 • National Parks and Wildlife Service Govetts Leap Road Blackheath 02 4787 8877 (photo ID and route registration required) Be prepared... It's a great time for bushwalking; for outdoor adventure sports such as abseiling, canyoning and mountain biking; for observing the birds and other wildlife in a rainforest glade or among the eucalypts; or for simply relaxing on a balmy evening enjoying the views. Nowhere in the mountains are you more than a few minutes from the edge of one of the world's great wild places. And you are even closer to some of the finest shopping, eating and accommodation that regional Australia has to offer. The visitor will find plenty in the way of art shows, festivals and other events from one end of the mountains to the other (have a look at the What's On guide towards the end of this paper). There is something to satisfy just about everyone. Of all the outdoor pursuits available, bushwalking is probably the most popular. There are literally hundreds of tracks covering terrain of varying difficulty, some suitable for families with small children; others that should be attempted only by the fit and experienced -- and everything in between. Any season is a good season in the Blue Mountains. But Summer up here is special -- as longer daylight hours offer locals and visitors alike more time to pursue their interests...