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Spring bush walks in the Blue Mountains National Park
Sun. 13 November 2016, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm AEDT
Enjoy walking through select areas of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. Walk through ancient forests as you learn basic bush skills such as map reading, navigation, personal preparation/planning, interpreting and understanding the weather, plus gain a deeper knowledge of local history, geology, flora and fauna. Each week we will walk along new tracks and experience different parts of the Blue Mountains. Enjoy walking along cliff tops and down gullies and through areas such as temperate rainforests, woodland and open eucalypt forests. You will leave with a deeper understanding of this unique part of the world and feel confident with the new skills and experiences you have gained in keeping yourself and others safe while bushwalking.
This is a very practical course and our classroom is the outdoors!
Week 1 – 6 hours
- An introduction to the Blue Mountains and its unique flora, fauna and geology.
- Bush walking along tracks, getting to know each other and the land.
- Gaining a deeper understanding of how to walk safely in the bush, learning safe and effective walking techniques.
- An introduction to the risk assessment process.
- An introduction to personal planning for bushwalking
Week 2 – 6 hours
- Walking in a new area we will explore the different flora, fauna and geology
- Introduction to map reading and orientation to land formations.
- An introduction to accessing and understanding weather information – and learning ways to interpret different natural weather phenomena.
Week 3 – 6 hours
- Another beautiful walk in a new area of the Blue Mountains.
- Further develop and put into practice your new skills of basic map reading and navigation.
- We will encourage you to identify different types of flora and fauna.
- We will observe weather in the field and discuss how to interpret what we see.
Week 4 – 6 hours
- Bringing together all of our learning and putting into practice our new skills.
- You will have the opportunity to lead the group on a section of our walk.
- Enjoy feeling confident putting your new knowledge into practice by using your compass and reading a map and recognizing flora and fauna.
1. Learning an Industry Standard process which can be applied in a variety of contexts.
2. Learn how to assess hazards and apply control measures to reduce the possibilities of accidents occurring.
3. Do field risk assessments as we enjoy bushwalking.
1. Understanding different ways to access weather information.
2. Learning how to interpret weather in the field clouds, changing weather patterns, animals.
Planning for Outdoor and Recreational activities.
1. Planning for a bushwalk, learning what to pack such as clothing, first aid, communications and basic equipment.
Navigation / Map Reading.
1. Be able to orient a map, understand scale, relate the map to the ground, recognise features on the map and use the legend.
2. Basic use of a map and compass to find direction and take bearings.
3. Determine your location using land formations and natural features.
1. Gain a deeper awareness of the history of the area and the flora and fauna of the Blue Mountains.
2. Be able to identify some plants and land formations that are unique to the area.
3. Have a more developed awareness of how to walk safely in the bush.
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR COURSE
- Medium sized daypack approx. 25-30ltr (enough to carry 1ltr of water, lunch and snacks, a raincoat, light jumper)
- Sturdy walking shoes which can get wet / muddy
- Minimum 1 litre water bottle
- Sunhat and sunscreen
- Provide own lunch and snacks
- Your own medications if required
Important fitness self assessement.
Our Sport courses are designed to be fun and keep you healthy. A sensible step before you start is to complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire PAR-Q