January 24, 2022

Bush Walking FAQS


  • Packs – from day trips to expeditions, and special purpose
  • Shelter – Tents: domes, tunnels, fly sheets and all the rest
  • Sleeping Bags and Mattresses and being comfortable
  • Clothing – for ordinary and extreme conditions
  • Rainwear, Parkas, Ponchos and the myth of pretending to stay dry
  • Footwear and feet problems
    • Orthotics – professional ones
  • Cooking and Food
    • Bushwalking Foods
  • Stoves – General
    • Stoves – Technical
    • Fuel Efficiencies
    • Fuel names around the world
    • Carbon monoxide myths
  • Sundry useful items
  • DIY – making your own gear (especially ultra-lightweight)
    • A Discourse on Fabrics
    • My Designs: tents, packs, pillows, and other ultra-lightweight items

What does BTAC do?

The Bushwalking Tracks and Conservation (BTAC) committee provides volunteers who undertake track maintenance and conservation activities in conjuction with Parks Victoria and DELWP.  BTAC also engages with key land managers to provide early input and advice on planning and conservation matters.

What does BSAR do?

Bush Search and Rescue Victoria (BSAR) is a standing committee that operates as an emergency service that provides support to Victoria Police Search and Rescue for land search and rescue activities across Victoria.

What does the Bushwalking Safety Committee do?

The Bushwalking Safety Committee promotes safe bushwalking for volunteers through the provision of up to date safety information, publications and advice.

Where can I go Bushwalking?

Clubs generally have walk programs publicized well in advance. Most clubs offer a range of levels of walks from easy to hard. Day walks are usually on weekends but some clubs also offer mid-week walks. Clubs also organise extended walks over a number of days with overnight camping.

Another activity popular with clubs is “base camping”, where day walks are conducted out from and return to a base camp so people don’t have to carry overnight camping gear on the walk. Many club programs include other outdoors activities such as canoeing and cycling, and also social events. Most clubs also have regular meetings which might include a guest speaker or general discussion on topics relevant to bushwalking. Bushwalking Victoria and Club also offer training on topics such as first aid, navigation and map reading.

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