Friday, July 3, 2015

Bibbulmun Association Irresponsible and pigheaded

Why would the Bib.Foundation be so pigheaded and stubborn to not look at why not all hikers are able to follow track diversion. Don't they have concern for hikers' safety? Can they not improve on their diversion markings and amend their procedures. Why do they not want to know which parts are inadequately marked and how they could improve safety? We could give them some easy pointers from first hand experience, some of which could have landed us in real danger, but NO, they think we were  reckless and ill intending purposefully ignoring diversions and not deserving of their petty certificate. Maybe they should read some of the log books in the shelters and take note, or have a look at how even the Scouts and dozens of people don't make sense of some of them and maybe learn why. Yes, I am very upset about their attitude and I think they owe us an opology.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Home and Hosed

We made it!

Exactly on schedule Ree, Marilyn and Walter hiked into Kalamunda, the Northern Terminus of the Bibbulmun track! We had hiked 820 kilometers in total (due to the many closed sections we could not walk the entire 1000kms). Walking with us were Judy and Marg, good Camino friends who also joined us on the trail previously. We came to Kalamunda to find a ribbon across the trail. No, not another diversion, this was the finishing line put there by our friend Alastair who was there waiting for us with fellow hiker Phil and his wife who formed the welcoming committee!

Lots of joy and photos before we proceeded to the tourist office which was hidden in Kalamunda (no more waugals!). We found it and rang the inconspicuous End to End bell hidden in the back of the shop before finding the pub which was conveniently located at the end of the track. Chris also made it for a last beer and a cheers before Alastair drove Marilyn to her caravan where she crashed in the 'old bat cave' and took Ree and me to Darlington for a real bed :)

The next day we ventured into the Big Smoke of Perth to find the well hidden office of the Bib Foundation to register our end to end as it helps with their funding to show people are doing it all!

Driving into town and parking was an experience not ideally done after two months of serenity, make that three months if you count the bicycle ride from Tasmania to Albany! But we did it. We found the office, were told it was easier to complete the paperwork and do it on line - after we made the effort to come in. We bought all the Bibbulmun souvenirs available (the metal Waugul, the patch, the car sticker, magnet and the pendant) but could not afford the Bib marked apparel and hiking equipment.

Friday night we had a communal dinner at Chris and Shinomi's home where we also had Eric, Marilyn's husband.  Saturday Marilyn and Eric drove off with the caravan towards Tasmania and Walter and Ree took off to visit friends in the Bunbury area. This was the end!

Not quite the end,.... we arrived back in Tasmania and completed the paperwork for the End to End and I received an email from the Bibbulmun Foundation:

Walter, congratulations on reaching your destination. We hope your goals were achieved.

However I'm afraid we cannot register your walk and issue you with an End-to-Ender badge, and it saddens us because we want to recognise every achievement.

This is because you intentionally ignored signage asking that you do not walk through various closed sections (due to prescribed burning) such as Willow Springs to Brockman Hwy and north through Nerang Campsite. Moreover you flouted the fact that you walked through this section (Nerang to the Powerlines) on social media. With this in particular we, our volunteers, Parks and Wildlife staff and other walkers were not at all impressed.

Sections are closed for your safety  and the advice you were given before your walk (with our trip planning advice) and during your walk was obviously ignored. By doing this you place not only yourself at risk but others as well if indeed we have to perform a search and rescue.

By recognising your End-to-End we would be publicly endorsing what you did and I am afraid we cannot do this......

Thursday, June 4, 2015

June 04, 2015 at 12:30AM

We completed the Bibbulmun! Alastair had put up a ribbon, fellow hiker Phil and wife was waiting for us, Marge and Judy walked in to escort us for the last three kilometers, Chris came to see us and share a beer. We survived!!!
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June 04, 2015 at 12:24AM

Last walk in from Hewitts Hill campsite to Kalamunda, the northern most end! Past a camel farm, a reference to the El Camino,... And no rain! It rained after we arrived :)
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