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Bogong Information Sessions 2019

This year, we're bringing back our most popular info sessions from the last few years, including 'Gear Care & Repair' and 'Navigating with Map & Compass', 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 that everyone can get home, and our speakers are generally happy to answer more detailed questions after the session.

Sessions kick off in April...

Navigating with Map & Compass, with Merv Trease

Monday 29 April, 6pm

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, your batteries go flat, or water gets into your electronic device, you'll need to fall back on navigating the old-fashioned way.

Over the past few years, Navigating with Map & Compass has been our most popular session, which shows us 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.

Merv's navigation workshop has been really popular over the years. This year, you'll need to book to secure your spot.


(Don't worry, the session is still FREE.)

To really practise your skills, sign up for our field trip too (details below).


Navigation Field Trip, with Merv Trease

Sunday 5 May, ALL DAY

A full day out in the bush, practising the skills you learnt at the evening info session. (Attendance at the Bogong Info 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 $32 to enter.

You will need:

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



Gear Care and Repair, with Merv Trease

Wednesday 2 October, 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.

Merv retired from Bogong after working for us for many years. He has been heavily involved in the outdoors all his life. His main interests are cross-country skiing, rogaining and long bushwalks. For many years, he worked in education, training outdoor educators. He's also very involved in Victoria's Bush Search & Rescue Unit. In spring 2013, Merv walked the Australian Alpine Walking Track from end to end. Read more about Merv on Bogong's 'Our Team' page.

Gear Care and Repair

Here's the full program of info sessions for 2019. Put these dates in your diary:

Date Time Topic Location
Monday 29 April 6pm Navigating with Map & Compass, with Merv Trease Bogong
Sunday 5 May ALL DAY FIELD DAY – Navigation, with Merv Trease Somewhere in the bush
Wednesday 2 October 6pm Gear Care and repair, with Merv Trease (Tents, Sleeping Bags and Rainwear) Bogong

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