National meet / moot/ rendezvous

jaco

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There has been a topic on a national meet, and I've got a suggestion - a national rendezvous in Hay in NSW. Why Hay? It is the most central spot to Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The winters here are beautiful. THere are beautiful secluded spots here. I can supply an amount an unlimited amount of dead but fresh rabbits, fishing wont be too bad, and I can even try to get a pig for the weekend. You wont be disturbed by authorities or idiots.

It is the real bush out here, we are part of the outback, not a pretend bush like closer to the cities.

Think outside of the square.....

jack
 

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Hi Jaco,

That is a great area, tell me more...

Public or private land ?
Open forest or "scrub" ?
Any camping access to the Murrumbidgee ?
Sand dunes or farming ?

Hay is quite a commute for most folk, but its is worth exploring the opportunity.
 

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I like the thinking in working out something equidistant to those interested, I was thinking along those lines for a Victorian meet when we get enough interest and commitment. Sill it's a bloody big country we live in...It's getting close to 6 hours drive from here in Melbourne, 8 hours from Sydney and Adelaide and 16 from Brisbane.
 

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The details will have to be figured out if we get enough interest. It can be private land or public, in which case i would go for Council land, which is possible due to my contacts. Or perhaps on PP Board land. River access is a must, you cant go bush without chucking in a line, can you? There are the options of the Lachlan or the Murrumbidgee.

Like I said, it's just a thought, but easily attainable....
 

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And it is a bloody good thought! Need to be for longer than a weekend though...
 

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Yeah sounds great.
Gonna take some planning & prep but I'd definitely be interested.
Any thought about approaching one of the higher profile bushcrafters to attend (probably cost dollas tho unfortunately).
Be great to see one of the big names attend if possible.
Might also be some sponsorship opportunities to grease the wheels a bit.

Bill.
 

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Yeah sounds great.
Gonna take some planning & prep but I'd definitely be interested.
Any thought about approaching one of the higher profile bushcrafters to attend (probably cost dollas tho unfortunately).
Be great to see one of the big names attend if possible.
Might also be some sponsorship opportunities to grease the wheels a bit.

Bill.
Hi Bill, it can be as easy or as difficult as we would like to make it. We can go big, or we can keep it informal. I would prefer it informal, just a bunch of like minded individuals getting together in the bush to trade ideas, trade goods, and share skills and knowledge. If we keep it informal, i cant see us needing the evil of insurance, or lots of permissions, etc....

But that is just my thoughts on it, i am open for suggestions, as i am only testing the waters.
 

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So I gather not a lot of interest?
I think that there is interest, but perhaps this community is still a bit immature to commit to a National event.

If we organized a "big" event with lots happening over several days, I think there would be a lot of interest; but a more casual event will not be enough incentive to get people driving long distances.
 

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I like Hay, I am game.
As long as the meet is in Autumn or Winter or any of the cooler months it will be good, otherwise, bush flies going to be a big problem.
 

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It might be a bit early as Aussie says, but it's good to see the effort. Perhaps a more enticing way to do this would be to organise an adventure where bushcraft is a part of it rather than be all of it. For example a boat ride to a remote island, a canoe to a remote spot on a river...nothing too arduous, something for everyone. Distance is still a factor though...I'm just thinking out loud and trying to add to the brain storming.
 

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I think that there is interest, but perhaps this community is still a bit immature to commit to a National event.
I think you might have hit the nail on the head here actually. It's always hardest getting that first one off the ground.
That's why I thought a 'name' bushcrafter might be enough to draw people in, but I've got no worries if people want to keep it small & informal also.

I think there needs to be a focus on doing something together that people may not normally do by themselves.
I'm not a big one for creating a competitive atmosphere though as it should be as much on helping the newbie aspiring bushcrafter as it is on practiced & perfected skills.

Here's an idea I just thought of.
Maybe something along the lines of requiring everyone to bring along at least one hand made item and one store bought item, both of reasonable value, that must be traded.
Sort of along the lines of re-enacting the old time mountain men's rendezvous idea - to trade & socialise.
Make sure that everyone must trade both of the items they have bought along, & that no-one may trade more than 1 for 1 so that everyone goes home with something made by another BCer.
I'd sorta look at day 1 as a trade day where only trade goods can be exchanged.
Then if someone wants to bring along more than 1 item in each catagory (factory made/hand made) to sell then they can sell those items the 2nd day, but not until they have traded both of their primary two items first.
That way it ensures that there will be something for everyone & no-one goes home empty handed.
No pre-trading but random pictures posted on the forum of all items to be traded (no names so people can't be contacted prior to the meet - see something you'd like to trade - then you have to come long & find out whom is trading it if you want it.
 
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I like Hay, I am game.
Given that Hay has long be recognised for it's feral pig hunting I definitely wouldn't be making the above claim.
Yer likely to have someone shootin' at ya saying things like that ;-)

Bill.
 

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Given that Hay has long be recognised for it's feral pig hunting I definitely wouldn't be making the above claim.
Yer likely to have someone shootin' at ya saying things like that ;-)

Bill.
I am fat enough to be mistaken for a pig. :_lol:
also if you see my avatar, you might understand why I like Hay..
 

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Just seen this thread - I'd be interested. I have some leave days up my sleeve.
 

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Its times like this I almost wished I lived closer to the east coast. Mind you, Qld is my preferred second home so it would still be one helluva commute for a meet.
Keen on the idea but it would have to be a big meet for me to make it over, maybe 12 months notice.
Any thoughts on holding it around the same time as another gathering like a knife show our something?
 

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Dunno what others think but I'm still willing.
Hay suits me, even though it's still a 6+hr drive from Melb'.
Just need some reasonable notice of a date & I'll be there.

Another alternative would be to get a series of rolling 'Nationals' going.
Qld one year, Vic next, then NSW, SA, WA, Tes, etc.
The only prob is that some may stay away preferring to wait till it's their home state's turn to host it.
However, I still reckon we'd get a fair number of interstaters meeting at em.

I also like Brownie's idea of integrating it with a knife show.
I think the idea of having some sort of 'trade' participation could make it a much more enjoyable, & profitable events for many people, although we'd need to be careful to makesure the focus didn't shift from BC to it becomeing merely a trade show.

One of the things that I reckon we do need is so me sort of agenda for the meet.
Something like a 'state of origin' fire lighting comp.
Get teams organised pre-meet & have one/two members from each team compete in fire starting with a various methods.
Obvioulsy you've got flint/steel, hand drill, bow drill, etc.
Could organise other events along similar lines - Hold our own 'Masterchef Australia Camp Cooking' competition complete with judges (wonder if George, Gary, & Matt are busy that week end?)
I think we should definitely think about a set format for sharing information such as putting aside an area for hammock viewing, shelter making, etc. Of course the obligatory 'trade blanket' would have to be inlcuded I reckon.
I still like the idea of charging everyone at least 1 item to trade as 'entry'.
Would definitely encourage interaction.

Bill.
 
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