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.
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
Sessions kick off in March, with:
Tents, Sleeping Bags & Rainwear – Care and repair
Monday 6th March, 6pm
Quality outdoor gear can last for many years, if you know how to take care of it. But after a few years, it's not quite like new. Maybe a bird flew into your tent fly, the floor leaks a bit, your Gore-tex doesn't bead like it used to. With the right expertise you can rectify these little problems and get many more years out of your gear.
Guest info Session
Hiking Hut to Hut in the European Alps - What's it about?
with Bogong owner Neil Blundy
Wednesday 3rd May, 6pm
Bogong owner Neil Blundy has spent more than his fair share of days walking in the European Alps, including one 97-day walk from Slovenia to France.
In this session, he will share his passion for this stunning part of the world, along with heaps of practical information about the where, when & how. Come along and be inspired.
You can also read up on his series of blog posts, here.
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
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:
br>Pre-registration for this field trip is essential. Numbers are limited. Bookings open May 15, 2017. Further details to follow.
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!
Here is the full program of info sessions for 2017. Put these dates in your diary:
|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 Merv's ski maintenance tips here.
See some pics from the Haute Route ski tour from Chamonix to Zermatt here.