273-Cute and fluffy thieves!

Show notes

In this podcast episode we talk about unexpected and sometimes negative interactions with animals on the trail. The focus on this episode isn’t on snakes as people might expect but rather on those animals that are often described a ‘cute and fluffy’ and use that reputation to steal your food and damage your equipment. At some stage this interaction will impact on all hikers so what do you need to know to minimise this impact? This episode discusses just that.

Podcast Overview

  • Podcast and Episode introduction (time index 0:01:45)
    • Interview with hiker Adam Russell (time index 0:02:02)
      • Your general background
      • Involvement in the hiking
    • Budawangs trip and rodents (time index 0:03:53)
      • Overview of the Budawangs
      • As bad as it gets (time index 0:05:14)
        • Gear damage
        • Bitten!
        • Lack of sleep
    • Pulling the pin (time index 0:12:44)
  • One final question
    • Have you been back to that site since or has your experience put you off visiting the Budawangs again?
    • (time index 0:14:41)
  • Tim and Gill comments (time index 0:15:45)
    • General comments on Adams tale
    • Animal issues – thievery
    • Overland Track 2017 interaction
      • Possum problems
    • South Coast Track 2022 interaction – Spotted Quolls
      • Animal issues – damage (time index 0:22:16)
    • Bibbulmun Track 2018
      • Two seperate issues
        • Gear thieves
        • Food thieves
    • South Coast Track 2022
      • Gear thieves of an unexpected kind
    • Prevention (time index 0:24:48)
      • Ziploc bags
      • Don’t leave food scraps laying around
      • Food hang
      • Leave no waste
    • Dealing with the impacts (time index 0:29:48)
      • Use gear that has multiple uses
      • Improvise
    • Final comments (time index 0:29:48)
    • Close (time index 0:36:14)

Adam Russell, putting a face to voice

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