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7 minutes ago, KieranR said:

I used a chainsaw once to chop down some palm trees at my place....nearly chopped my leg off!  i retired from chainsaws at that point.

Palm trees are the worst thing in the world (other than your leg) that you can cut with a chainsaw. Their fibres generally clog up the chain and can cause all sorts of jamming issues, which in turn can throw the chainsaw around wildly. Used sensibly and carefully, they are a great tool. 

Common sense, and a grounding in physics (knowing where the blade will want to go if something goes wrong) are two pre-requisites in chainsaw use.

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52 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Palm trees are the worst thing in the world (other than your leg) that you can cut with a chainsaw. Their fibres generally clog up the chain and can cause all sorts of jamming issues, which in turn can throw the chainsaw around wildly. Used sensibly and carefully, they are a great tool. 

Common sense, and a grounding in physics (knowing where the blade will want to go if something goes wrong) are two pre-requisites in chainsaw use.

if i ever decided to use one again i would ensure i go do a chainsaw handling course.

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They're handy to have if you get more into the 4WDing, always good to have a smaller one to take with you for getting off the beaten track where you might need to cut a log to get through etc.  Keep them maintained, do the course and use the safety gear and you will be fine

 

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Most of the time when people have trouble with their chainsaw it's because it's notsharp enough.   If they are sharpened properly, they generally don't get stuck, don't kick back and are easier to maneuver.   You need a bench mounted sharpener to get it consistent.  Don't touch the dirt or anything near the ground and it will stay sharp for ages.

 

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On 10/01/2018 at 12:45 PM, Merv said:

Damm wish i could have done a trade, my uni studies are wothless.

 

On 10/01/2018 at 9:44 PM, Tryline said:

Mate I’m the opposite! Have a trade and wish I went to uni!

I've got one and nearly both.... Wish I wasn't worthless at uni

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12 hours ago, BC_J400 said:

Most of the time when people have trouble with their chainsaw it's because it's notsharp enough.   If they are sharpened properly, they generally don't get stuck, don't kick back and are easier to maneuver.   You need a bench mounted sharpener to get it consistent.  Don't touch the dirt or anything near the ground and it will stay sharp for ages.

 

Alternatively, my brother in law does it a bit different.  He has 3 chains, puts one in at a time to be professionally sharpened at the dealer, costs around $10.  Finds they last longer and cut better than when he does it himself.  Note he's not a big user of the chainsaw so for him it works out better this way - always has at least 2 sharp chains to use.  I was about to get a bench sharpener but will give my local guy a go to see how he goes and just get a hand file for when I don't have a chance to get into him

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24 minutes ago, goughy said:
On 1/10/2018 at 12:45 PM, Merv said:

Damm wish i could have done a trade, my uni studies are wothless.

 

On 1/10/2018 at 9:44 PM, Tryline said:

Mate I’m the opposite! Have a trade and wish I went to uni!

I've got one and nearly both.... Wish I wasn't worthless at uni

I dropped out of Uni, then did my trade then went back to Uni correspondence to do something completely different to the first time. Best decision I ever made to was go back.

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Today we went and spent the day at the river to celebrate turning a little bit older, took the ute for a good explore along the fortescue river, the good news is everything I’ve added to the ute stayed on, so that’s good, drove down a river bed with lots of river rock that was super deep, needed to go into low range for a fair bit, then we came back out to the river and parked up for the afternoon and lazed around!  Good day out with my wife and kids just enjoying each other’s company!

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1 hour ago, surfer101 said:

So was that your 'happy birthday' ? Great pics, looks like you all had fun 

yep.  it was a great day, no presents, no hoo hah, just family time, creating memories really.  I took this pano on my phone, its truly fabulous scenery up here!28337491_353107058502315_1697427549904175104_n.thumb.jpg.f51a241b9c8113f08975a84e2e6fa69e.jpg

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Going back to the original intent of this thread (What do you do to get away from triathlon?), this is what I do. I garden & grow Heliconias. One of my neighbours has a stall at the local farmers market each Wednesday and has asked me to supply a few flowers to help generate some extra traffic, as they are visible to people passing and brings extra sales. It also gets me some "Scotch money" each week. :)

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Note the compulsory 4WD in the photo. ;)

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11 minutes ago, KieranR said:

Nice 4wd :)

 

And it gets dirty regularly, unlike most of the 4WDs in our area. :)

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wired in a jump start button yesterday, so if i ever have a dead cranking battery, I can then press this button and start the car off my aux battery.  works a treat

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Just jagged a spot at Ningaloo station (Winderabandi Point) for my daughters birthday in August which coincides with my dads first three days of his trip over here.

In my mind Ningaloo station is the most pristine bit of coastline over here in WA.  we will be camping right on the beach, fishing, kayaking

So excited to be camping back there, its been a few years

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Its no Ningaloo Station but this is our set up for the long weekend just gone at Tocumwal, on the Murray.

Ended up staying in a local CP as the labour day weekend and Easter tends to bring out the ferals camped on the river bank.

Kieran - I am insanely jealous right now. So many good spots for you to choose from. Enjoy!!

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2 minutes ago, Ayto said:

Ended up staying in a local CP as the labour day weekend and Easter tends to bring out the ferals camped on the river bank.

That's pretty much why we gave up camping. You can't go anywhere within a few hundred km of Brisbane without the idiots who like to get out to the peace & quiet of nature, make so much noise all night that those who go there to enjoy the peace & quiet, can't.

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We've got a few good spots within an hour or so of home we can disappear to and no one really knows about them, so pretty much get them to ourselves.

Have never spent any time on that part of the Murray though, despite having lived within a 100kms or so pretty much all my life, so thought we would go there for something different and have a look around.

We prefer to steer clear of the typical long weekends / breaks and this keeps the feral numbers down as well.

The CT is a massive change to how I have done most of my camping over the journey with just me, a swag and an esky!!  Makes it much more comfortable!!

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Yeah, most of ours as a family was in a tent, and I did a lot of work throughout outback Qld and lived in a swag. Those days were great, as we'd be in the middle of nowhere, and you could go days without seeing another person. I suppose I got spoilt during those times. :)

 

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I still like to throw the swag in the ute and head away for a night on my own occasionally.

Best thing to "reset" is some solitary time!

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How do you find the camping trailer Ayto? Some seem to take just as long as a tent to set/pack up. 

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We can do the whole thing, including annex in probably under 20 mins in reality.  Add another 20 mins for all the bits and bobs (chairs, awning, lighting under annex etc).

No issues if you are aware for 3 or 4 days, but would hate to be having to do it daily if doing a lap or constantly on the move.

We already know we will get rid of this and go to a hybrid type caravan when we take off for our Big Lap.

For what we do at present though, and where we go, this thing is awesome.  Can sleep up to 6 in comfort, and plenty of room to pack swags and other gear on top in need

Cheers

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I guess its like everything, you get what you pay for.

Which one do you have? and are you happy with it? Any others you would recommend?

Cheers

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39 minutes ago, Ayto said:

We already know we will get rid of this and go to a hybrid type caravan when we take off for our Big Lap.

 

We're going the other way at present - got a Goldstream Goldwing at the moment, getting to the stage the family is just about to outgrow it, but my son is getting to the age where he can be kicked out in a swag or tent easy enough.  For us, most of our travel is getting there over a few days, and we're finding there is minimal difference between caravan park fees and motels these days (My wife won't do camping on side of the road so that had to be ruled out).  Add on the extra fuel in towing, storage, overall size etc and we're currently looking at finding the right trailer and then will sell the caravan, stay in the motels on the way and do the one lot of set up at our destination.  Makes it a bit easier longer term to get into more remote places as well while pulling a much lighter and smaller set up

The other thing with the caravan we really dislike is pulling up for lunch requires the caravan to be opened up a bit to access the fridge and some cooking gear.  If going a caravan, pop-top at a minimum would be our recommendation if you do want to be able to pull over anywhere for a short break

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29 minutes ago, Limited said:

I guess its like everything, you get what you pay for.

Which one do you have? and are you happy with it? Any others you would recommend?

Cheers

We have a Stoney Creek FF6. Absolutely love it and would recommend. Service we have received from the group has been exceptional.

Are we happy with it?  Absolutely.  Having said that, we purchased this particular model to cater for us and all of our kids (as we are a Brady bunch). Our circumstances have now changed and we no longer need to sleep 6 or have all of this room, so if I had my time over, knowing what I know now, i would have gone for a much smaller option.

I did a heap of research over a good 12 months when we were looking, and to be honest, there is a million different options and it all depends on what you are looking for.

Amongst others, as well as our Stoney Creek, I would recommend lumberjack out of Geelong, Bluewater out of Pakenham, and Austrack out of QLD to name a few.

20 minutes ago, Cottoneyes said:

The other thing with the caravan we really dislike is pulling up for lunch requires the caravan to be opened up a bit to access the fridge and some cooking gear.  If going a caravan, pop-top at a minimum would be our recommendation if you do want to be able to pull over anywhere for a short break

This is the reason we will go for a hybrid model of some kind.  Fridge and kitchen both outside, the same as our current CT.  Prior to our current CT, we had an old Sunwagon pop top with stove etc inside.  We don't cook inside so it was just wasted space for us

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good stuff!

Ayto, stoked to hear you still do basic camping in the swag and Ute!  thats just the best i reckon.  I love the camper trailers and miss our old camprite badly, if i had of known we were coming back to Karratha i would never had sold it, i seriously couldn't think of a better trailer for our family of four.

My wife and I were actually just discussing the other day about if we should consider selling up the house back home and buying an offload caravan, its been a long held desire of ours to do that one day.  we are only young but id prefer to have it young and go see more of our country while we are young with our kids...i dont think we will ever loose that want to explore, id just like to explore longer.

Personally CP's shit me but they serve their purpose, when we did a lap a few years ago, i would book into a CP every 4 or 5 days when we could to give the wife her much needed day or two of "not camping" and access to a washing machine etc.

Did i mention ive also booked a beach humpy for my dad and I for 2 nights up at cape leveque (my favourite place) - See below

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Sweet Jesus..............that looks awesome!!!

Definately on the bucketlist

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Our first road trip of the year kicks off at lunchtime today as we head off for Perth, and then fly over to Melbourne (it’s too expensive to fly from here with 4 of us).  I ended up not being happy with my fridge slide I built so last minute Tuesday I ordered up a drop slide from Perth, and surprisingly it arrived on Wednesday arvo so I fitted it up last night, really happy with it. It weighs about 45kg though.  We plan on making it to Carnarvon tonight.

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I like to surf as my get away  so I don’t have Hillcrest shots with camping etc so today I built a board rack in the loft of the shed  to keep all my old boards...

one day I will get them up and running again

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Nice work on the board rack! I’d love to learn to surf, I stand up paddle so I don’t think I would have too much trouble but who knows really I could be completely unco

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Well we are about to head home from Perth, still haven’t left Perth yet and are supposed to be in Gero for tea with friends (can’t rush these things), but the ute has performed great, and all my storage draws are working just how I imagined, we’ve just loaded the fridge up and the spare draw, he other one is full of tools, last night I also wired up ge kids DVD players and hey are working also.  This morning the daughter did the weetbix tryathlon, it was crazy but great to see so many kids.  Great trip to Perth and Melbourne and some awesome family time with just us four and also my extended family from NZ

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On 3/26/2018 at 12:41 AM, softy said:

Finished a quick waterway scurge today... 

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That is very good Softy.

Here's some of the real thing caught on fly in Lake Keepit.  They are filthy things, but geez they are fun on a fly-rod, towed us about in my mates 4.5M boat, and screaming runs toward mid-lake which is the first time any fish has taken me down to my fly-line backing.

 

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Absolutely...we used to go to Coppings Crossing with the kids and they'd have a ball. Great fun on a handline too.

Thanks for the pic too CN. I might give it a crack with the carp and the rod next time.

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Had some spare time today so I wired up the BCdc charger for my two deep cycle batteries in the tray, next step is to change the plugs on the two fridges to Anderson plugs (more secure fitting) and then I’ll be running them off this system and not the dual batteries under the bonnet.  I now have four batteries in this ute, my alternator won’t handle anymore 😂

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Well my trip with my dad is only 1 month away, still a few things to do like mount the 250w solar panel when it arrives but that’s easy, so today I’ve loaded up and am heading out for a bit of a shakedown run for a few hours through the bush.  It’s has come up a treat, stoked with all my work especially the electrical stuff

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Finally got my nephew up here for a couple of days fly-fishing. Trout season is closed, so we did Murray Cod.  Check out that brace on his leg.  Big crash skiing in Italy, quack over there told him if he could walk into his office on it, there was nothing serious wrong.  So he kept skiing on it (as 19yos do!), but not good.  Got back to Canberra, saw the top othopod who did a reco & said it was probably in the top 3 worst he'd ever seen.  3 ligaments torn off bone (= screws), meniscus needed a trim.  Didn't seem to hinder him much fishing though, but I do wonder how his future skiing will go (he competes).  We both got busted off by HUGE cod - mine all my own fault as I did not realise how big it was and went too easy on it until it was too late & swam me under a big log.

 

 

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On 09/12/2017 at 4:38 AM, Cranky said:

I do triathlon to get away from everything else 

You're awesome 

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She on the money with that one!

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This is what I'm trying now, since I cant do Tri's any more.

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Takes a lot more balance than I assumed. Abs get a hammering first few attempts. Haven't been able to go far enough yet to give the shoulders/ arms/ chest a real workout yet but looking forward to it. 

 

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18 minutes ago, Tyno said:

When do you reckon you'll try in the water? :D

Once I learn not to fall in on the sand. 

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21 minutes ago, roxii said:

Once I learn not to fall in on the sand. 

:lol:

Years ago i hired a double sea kyak with a mate at Spit Bridge, it was 'interesting' :whistling:

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10 hours ago, roxii said:

This is what I'm trying now, since I cant do Tri's any more.

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Takes a lot more balance than I assumed. Abs get a hammering first few attempts. Haven't been able to go far enough yet to give the shoulders/ arms/ chest a real workout yet but looking forward to it. 

 

How wide is it, I also downwind standup paddle when it’s howling, takes a lot to get the balance right on a narrow board /ski my boards are 26” wide and I go ok in a 30kt breeze, rarely fall nowadays but it took a long while, had a go on a 25” once and I just couldn’t stay up in rough water

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Think its about 54cm, that seems to be the "novice" width.  Most of the width is behind the paddler they keep it narrow in front to allow you to get the paddle in. 

 

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2 hours ago, roxii said:

Think its about 54cm, that seems to be the "novice" width.  Most of the width is behind the paddler they keep it narrow in front to allow you to get the paddle in. 

 

you shouldnt fall out too much in a 54...thats about as stable as a barge

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10 minutes ago, KieranR said:

you shouldnt fall out too much in a 54...thats about as stable as a barge

:lol:   Yeah, you would think so, wouldn't you. 

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Being a bit full of my own ability I bought a top of the range Fenn a couple of years ago.

My swimming improved immeasurably!

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Took off up to 80 mile beach again in the Kimberley this weekend! Ripper weekend for it, wife thought it was a bit cold but she refused to go to bed until she levelled the connect 4 score with me.  I even got in a 13km beach run this morning

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