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Discussion: You will have to take us on that tour sometime

in: PrueD; PrueD > 2020-08-25

Aug 25, 2020 8:03 AM # 
Aug 26, 2020 11:42 PM # 
You must have done a better job of finding mining detail than I did - when I had a look in around 2007 (to see whether it might have been a feasible relay area for 2009) it looked like the sort of area where the biggest barrier to setting a 20-control course would be finding 20 features on the map to put controls on.
Aug 27, 2020 1:06 AM # 
In which case some "mobile" introduced control features are in order. And by mobile I don't mean car wrecks.
Aug 27, 2020 2:38 AM # 
There are 3 areas with mining detail and a range of other mine shafts here and there - just not near the roads. Also lots of subtle spur gullies. It is not called Reef Hills for nothing. Also Lightning Ridge in tje Strathbogies - it is called that because of the huge granite boulders that attract the lightning - however, again, these are not next the tracks. Gotta go cross country.
Other areas that were previously written off have since been found to have much to offer (a la Tarnagulla). But l'm not going to force the issue - we have to keep something for the future.
Aug 27, 2020 3:39 AM # 
Yes, Tarnagulla has great merit. It has areas of concentrated detail separated by areas of contour blandness, but still dotted with point features. Also in its favour is that its fast and open.

Julie and I did a serious wander in Lightning Ridge, finding many large boulders, but also many green areas and lots of contours. Its not just that you have to go cross country. You have to go uphill, steeply. Better than Mt Hickey, but that isn't saying much. If there was a flatter area with those boulders maybe. Here is proof of our explorations.

And I had the same experience as Blair in wandering through Reef Hills. Must have wandered in the wrong place. If there was lidar available for the area I would have known where to look. Looking at the Mapshare 10 metre contours, I am guessing I should have gone east rather than south. At least there are contours in the east, and it doesn't look like it has the problems of lightning ridge. Hence the need for a tour.
Aug 27, 2020 3:42 AM # 
I looked at Lightning Ridge on the same trip, and concluded that it could support a tough elite race, but the everyday punters wouldn't thank us for taking them there. It is, however, absolutely right that we can now look at small subsets of areas that we'd written off in the past (one which comes to mind is around the base of Langi Ghiran, although the most promising bit looks to be on private land).
Aug 27, 2020 4:36 AM # 
Uncle JiM:
If its better than Mt Hickey, its worth it, as Hickey isn't that bad
Aug 27, 2020 4:59 AM # 
'Australians (in particular Victorians) are just too soft.' Who said that?
I always get a fright when we go to Tassie - fancy mapping old logging coupes!
Rob Plowright came for a walk with me on the eastern side of Lightning Ridge (not the dense western side) in the 90s and announced it was world championship material. But what would he know.
Admittedly l havent been there since l moved away in 2006, and it may be a bit different now.
Aug 27, 2020 5:40 AM # 
Been a bit* of fire and regrowth since 1990. Once again, maybe I took the wrong side of the area. Put it on the list, but it will have to wait till the much more pleasant areas to the west of Inglewood are mapped. I have no doubt that at least three of those are areas that would not be astray in an international event. One was nominated as such by Alex Tarr in one of his reports, but he didn't see the other two.

* bit... Australian vernacular understatement.
Aug 27, 2020 6:36 AM # 
Is "bit" like the kiwi equivalent of "undulating"?
Aug 27, 2020 7:05 AM # 
Been meaning to check this out for orienteering, the name sounds promising:
Aug 27, 2020 7:32 AM # 
Looking at that photo, yes. Undulator to hills as "bit of green" to hot bushfire regrowth..

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