Bushwalking means different things to different people. Some are quite dedicated to the challenge of a long and varied walk, whilst others may engage in just a short walk along their favourite track on a regular basis. Others may only enter bushland reserves on a casual basis. Some prefer to attend guided bushwalks.
Nevertheless, all who spend time in the bush express similar feelings about having been there. There is a personal sense of freedom and relaxation as each individual enjoys an ever-changing environmental scene as the seasons come and go.
Not all tracks are smoothly graded and easily traversed. Therefore bushwalking is not without unexpected challenges such as steep climbs, rocky terrain, wet areas such as creek crossings as well as clambering over the occasional fallen log.
Adequate clothing and footwear are essential. Due to the high level of effort that can be required it is a good idea to take a supply of water and maybe a snack bar or two. A light back pack is most useful in which to carry personal items securely. Some bushwalkers also take a small first aid kit including sunscreen.
Looking at this week’s photos will give you an idea of how experienced bushwalkers prepare for their excursion into the natural world. Most are wearing a hat; some wear sunglasses; several have equipped themselves with a walking pole; all have substantial footwear for the occasion. Some may even take their camera with them to capture some of the unexpected beauty that is otherwise hidden in the bushland along the track.
Temperatures in bushland environments can be variable, so it is advisable to dress appropriately.
Remember to enjoy your outdoor experience, leaving nothing but footprints – taking nothing but photos.
– By Lachlan Turner