Hi Bloffy thanks for all the questions I will try to answer all of them over several posts. The photo I posted of my saddle set up is only about 2/3 packed plus I will have a dedicated pack horse carrying about 50kgs of gear. It’s legal to ride camp in the snowy mountains so that’s not a problem I can wave at the rangers as I ride past. More than just wombats end up as road kill deer for instance. The fishing is pretty good down there so I definitely will be eating my fair share of trout. I have deliberately been drinking unsterilised water for about the last 10 years dams, puddles, creeks I would have to drink something really bad to make me sick. Most of the time I will be wearing very little in the way of clothes or footwear. I won’t be tanning any skins out bush I will just use it as greenhide/rawhide. I still have a million and one things to do before I go and several short trips to check everything. I have to a certain extent done this sort of thing before without horses. So I have a pretty good idea what to expect. At any point in time I will be able to say I have had enough turn the horses loose and walk out. That’s why I’m only taking brumbies from that area so if I do cut them loose they will be ok. I will be hobbling them. Interesting thing about hobbles is horse can learn to canter in them . Cheers PeterThis sounds awesome but, pardon my ignorance, I have a few questions about what you are doing.
Will you be following stock routes or just generally bush bashing? I am pretty sure in WA you aren't allowed horses in National Parks. Is that the same over east?
I know where you are coming from re: really dumb laws. Unfortunately though, you would probably want to avoid run ins with rangers, cops etc. Why make it tougher on yourself than the already Spartan life you are choosing.
I would think bush bulldozers would be pretty tough meat, especially if they are still wrapped in the last Hyundai Getz that took a swipe at them.
Will you be carrying a rifle or other means of procuring meat while you travel?
How do you propose to supplement this? I imagine there's only so much Warrigal Greens you can eat.
How do you plan to cook it? I didn't see a pot or otherwise in your kit there.
Will you be trapping, fishing etc. Again, I didn't notice anything to help you there.
You plan on posting pix etc, which I laud and can't wait to see, but how will you keep stuff charged, post up etc.
I didn't see any saddlebags etc for you to carry provisions in. As Le Loup said, I would be carrying dry provisions to tide you over the lean times. Wildlife isn't as readily available as it was, farmers might get shirty if you take a lamb, etc.
What are you doing about water for both yourself and your horses?
Are you carrying hobbles or planning to either yard or keep your horses tied up at night. The buggers can wander pretty far.
Blankets and sheepskins only go so far. What do you plan to wear etc once the clothes on your back fall to pieces. I've gone a fortnight in the same clothes out bush and, apart from being able to stand up in the corner by themselves, they were already showing wear. I'm not the most experienced leatherworker and I have never cured a hide but I would imagine it would take some considerable time to tan leather, cut out and make clothes etc. Have you ever done this before?
I rode a horse from Port Hedland to Marble Bar over 10 days. Sweat, rubbing, horse lather, etc took it's toll on pretty much everything in just that short a time. Four to five years in the saddle would be a pretty significant time frame.
Wouldn't horses bound for the knackery be either long in the tooth, possibly ill or be coming with their own sets of issues.
I sound like a nay-sayer here. To be honest, if you can pull this off, I will be your number one fan. It will be an epic trip. It just seems to me to be a lot of planning, preparing and problems to overcome.
All power to you. I wish you every success. This is just things thzt popped intk my head as i was reading this.
Hi kindling you just reminded me that I have some wool sleeping bags stashed in a cave up the Blue Mountains. I will have to get up there when the fires settle down Cheers PeterSounds like an awesome idea peter you've got going here.
Interested to hear about it yes.
I'm not sure how much your set on all your own handmade gear .
One item I would personally suggest if you can get hold of is one of the old australian army Vietnam war era mosquito sleeping bag liners ,and even the old thin woolen blanket that clips to it .
Mine is from mid 60's to 1971.
Its definitely stood the test of time , and a "creature" comfort.