Well, I suppose I had better start writing some stuff down. I have done a couple of training walks (shock treatment I call them) in order to get my fitness/confidence up. The Barrier is pretty much the perfect place to train for anything like this.
The first walks were pretty much beach walks but they didn’t last long. Then a little bit for Rural Fire with the weight pack on (20kg’s), a walk with Logan, a couple of pack-less walks in along Tramline track and a 10 or 15km walk with pack up to Mt Heale and back.
Followed the next weekend by walking Forest Road to Port Fitzroy and over the hill to Whangapoua where I camped the night to test out my tent and equipment. Jeff Cleave spotted me at the end of that walk and described me as having a purposeful stride :). I was a little bit shattered. But it was a nice night and I got to test out my filtration kit as the water at the campground looked a little bit like effluent.
Everything seems to works fairly well. The only minor screw-up being I lit my gas cooker wrong, set off the thermal shutdown, and then couldn’t reset it so I was forced to fall back onto my emergency supplies of wine and cheese instead of having a cooked dinner. That’s why you do prep I suppose. Saves me walking down Ninety Mile beach living on cold soggy noodles or something.