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    Quote Originally Posted by Sako851 View Post
    @NZAlpine good story, yeah those SAR guys did well ay.
    So did you both staying out of hypothermia throughout the night. Did you sleep or stay awake?
    @Russian 22. Good thing you got a fire going!
    He was an old hunter who had not done heaps of hunting but had spent a lot of time in the bush.

    So he had eaten more food than me. So it was more that I ran out of fuel per se. He stayed up all night. the small fire was a god send


    @Frogfeatures I have taken a few short cuts and had egg on my face as a result, I now have a rule that I only take a track or at the very least go back the way I came.

    If i find a new way to get somewhere but it is at the start of the trip I'll do it though.

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    i try to learn from experience and add or remove gear to make things better like using a backtrac as well as a compass.
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    Post from @Strummer
    Nothing too bad/exciting...was hunting solo in a remote spot on Stewart Island/Rakiura. It can get very tight bush in places, and creeks don't always run to the sea. I was trying to head back to the hut. I'd been walking for a bit (I'd been distracted by watching a kiwi playing around by my feet) when I thought "hmmm, I'm not sure where the coastline is any more, and I have no bearings". The forest was very thick with a closed canopy and I couldn't get any GPS signal through it. It was cloudy and I couldn't see the sun through the trees either. My pulse started quickening as I realised I was bushed. I sat down, took a breather and tried to keep calm. My watch has a compass so I slowly used that, with the topomap on my phone, to figure out roughly where I was. Turns out I had been going in totally the wrong direction for the past half hour. It wouldn't have been a total disaster, as I was on a peninsula and would've found the coast eventually, but it was enough of a fright to focus the senses!

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    Looks like the thread doubled up when I made it or when i tried to edit I made a new one. I have copy and pasted strummers story here

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    Yes I've spent three unexpected nights out now. I've discovered the hardest part of spending a night out is accepting that it's going to happen. The first two nights I spent out I walked, faster and faster, trying to get back to the hut until it was completely dark and I was stressed and sweating. A cold, miserable night was the result.
    The third time I accepted a half hour before dark that I was not going to get back to the hut and spent the time collecting firewood and getting a fire going. I had a reasonably comfortable night even though it rained.

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    Was at piropiro flats a few weeks back with a school .group. there was also a Hamilton nzda hunt on. One of the guys was hunting off the timber trail . At one point he saw something standing out in the bush. It turned out to be a lady cyclist standing there with a roll of toilet paper in her hand. She had gone off for a dump and couldn't find her way back to the track. Lucky he turned up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backcountry Bob View Post
    Yes I've spent three unexpected nights out now. I've discovered the hardest part of spending a night out is accepting that it's going to happen. The first two nights I spent out I walked, faster and faster, trying to get back to the hut until it was completely dark and I was stressed and sweating. A cold, miserable night was the result.
    The third time I accepted a half hour before dark that I was not going to get back to the hut and spent the time collecting firewood and getting a fire going. I had a reasonably comfortable night even though it rained.
    Good to take that time to prepare I see. Time much better spent preparing

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    Haha classic, I’m sure I read on here someone got lost taking a dump in the middle of the night one time, can’t remember who it was though! @Chur Bay

 

 

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