Bushwalking - Wilderness Self Reliance Course

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Course description

Learn Wilderness Self Reliance - a one day introduction course.

Learn how to stay safe and have fun in the wilderness during this one day introductory Blue Mountains Bushwalking and Navigation course. This course is ideal for those wanting to undertake overnight or extended bush walks both here and overseas.

  • Be Prepared
  • Navigation
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Food packing
  • Bush hygiene
Session plan
  • Meet at Lawson train station car park
  • Introductions, intake forms and gear check
  • Travel to location
  • Acknowledgement of country
  • Load up back packs for the hike
  • Discussion: Bushland risks, do’s & don’t’s and getting lost procedure
  • Discussions to occur through the day as appropriate
  • Students to work out their pace count and fundamentals of using a compass
  • Students to take turns leading the walk while other students learn to track their route while following
  • Morning tea break, lunch break and afternoon tea break: learn about stoves, fire, safety, quick shelters and other discussions
  • Talk about emergencies and appropriate responses
  • Talk about things that could influence to group and the day, in particular what could make the trip to be changed from the original plan i.e.. wether, fires, floods, park closures.
  • Handy apps: Fire reports, weather reports.
  • Discuss modern technology i.e. personal locators, gps, epirb, other communications such as radios, mobile phones, satalite phones etc.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the session it is planned that students will have:

  • Learned how to navigate in an off track context with a map and compass with a gps as a backup device;
  • Learned how to use a smartphone to check for weather warnings, fires, fire bans and park closures in the area and document the report;
  • Learned how to select appropriate equipment and clothing for the weather and environment for the chosen adventure.
  • Learned how to use a camping stove safely
  • and learned how set up a shelter.
Students will need to bring:

Thick garbage bag
2L Drinking water
Any personal medication
Snacks – Fruit & nut mix is a good snack (bring more than you think you will need!)
Insect repellant
Compass ( these are around $15 at any camping store)
Torch or a headlamp
Notebook, pencil or tablet to take notes
Raincoat or rain poncho (these are around $5 from your local discount store or chemist)
Warm layer of a woolen jumper or light jacket
Cup & spoon
Small pen knife
Toilet paper & trowel
Hiking shoes or runners
Plastic sleeve or pouch for map you will recieve (incase of rain)

Handy but not essential
  • Trekking poles
  • Camel pack
  • Camera
Will be provided
  • Katoomba topographical map


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