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Bogong Information Sessions 2017

Merv's Info Sessions 2017

This year, we're bringing back our most popular info sessions from the last few years, including gear care, boot and pack fitting, and navigation with a full day field trip.

All sessions (except our field trip) are held at Bogong Equipment, in our upstairs showroom, from 6pm. The format is fairly casual, with the opportunity to ask questions as we go. The session usually winds up in an hour so everyone can get home, and Merv is happy to answer more detailed questions after the session.

About Merv

Merv has retired from Bogong after working for us for many years. He has been heavily involved in the outdoors all his life and his main interests are XC skiing, rogaining and longer bushwalks. He worked for many years for the Education Department training outdoor educators and is very involved with Victoria's Bush Search & Rescue Unit. In spring 2013 Merv walked the Australian Alpine Walking Track from end to end. See more info about Merv on the Our Team page

Click here for details of Past Info Sessions

Next up is our most popular session:

Navigating with a Map and Compass

Thursday 15 June, 6pm - FREE ENTRY, All welcome

In these days of GPS and mobile phones, is the old map and compass becoming obsolete? Well not if Merv has anything to do with it! If your screen breaks, batteries go flat, or water gets into your electronic device, you'll need to fall back on navigating the old fashioned way.

And this has been our most popular session over the last few years, showing that many people are keen to hone their understanding of this essential bush safety skill.

This is an interactive session, with maps for all (maps may need to be shared, depending on the turnout)! Please bring a compass if you have one.

To really practise your skills, sign up for the Sunday field trip as well.


If you're really keen to get the hang of navigating with a map and compass, Merv is running a:

Navigation Field Trip

Sunday 25 June, ALL DAY - BOOKED OUT!

A full day out in the bush, practising the skills you learnt at the evening info session. Attendance at the Thursday session is essential if you would like to participate in the field day.

Will be at a Victorian Rogaining Association event. You will be required to enter the VRA event which carries its own insurance for participants. There will be fee of around $30 to enter.

You will need:

  • Your own transport to the event
  • Daypack, water bottle, snacks or lunch, hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear
  • Compass
  • Fitness and agility to walk ~15km over 6 hours
  • Pre-registration for this field trip is essential.

    Registrations are now BOOKED OUT.


    Finally we have:

    Boots and Packs - Be Comfortable

    Wednesday 27 September, 6pm

    Your boots and your backpack are vital to your comfort on any bushwalk. A lot of bother can be avoided by correct fitting and adjusting of these two items, so come along and learn how to make the most of your boots and pack.

    Nothing can ruin your trip faster than rubbing boots or an uncomfortable pack.

    On the other hand, with the right fit, bushwalking can be a breeze! But getting that fit right can be a black art. When it comes to your feet, socks, insoles, blister tape and boots all come into the equation. Pack fitting is all about back length, and how your pack your pack.

    Come and learn from someone with decades of experience in these black arts - and end your next trip in comfort!

    Boots and Packs

    Here is the full program of info sessions for 2017. Put these dates in your diary:

    Date Time Topic Location
    Monday 6 March 6pm Tents, Sleeping Bags & Rainwear – Care and repair Bogong
    Wednesday 3 May 6pm Hiking Hut to Hut in the European Alps. What’s it about? with Neil Blundy Bogong
    Thursday 15 June 6pm Navigating with map and compass Bogong
    Sunday 25 June ALL DAY FIELD DAY - Navigation In the bush somewhere
    Monday 27 September 6pm Boots and Packs - Be comfortable Bogong

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    See more info about Merv on the Our Team page

    See Merv's ski maintenance tips here.

    See some pics from the Haute Route ski tour from Chamonix to Zermatt here.