When you are going walking in the Blue Mountains may I urge you to take a few things - (a) Some liquid (not alcohol); (b) a map of your route; (c) if you're doing some serious walking, an Epirb.
Even if you only plan to walk the cliff top routes, you might think they're relatively flat - they're not! Every walk in the Blue Mountains is undulating to some degree and the rugged nature of most trails means you use up more energy than you normally would walking - take something to drink.
It's amazing how many people get lost annually in the Blue Mountains. There are so many side tracks and places to go that it's a constant drain on rescue people. Take a map and, if you plan to do some serious walking, grab an Epirb from the National Park and Wildlife. An Epirb is a locating device in case of emergency so that rescuers know where you are.
These many National Parks here are a very popular place for bushwalkers and hikers but are not without their dangersThese are huge areas of bushland. When doing some serious hiking or even just out bushwalking make sure that you are well prepared . Many people come to these National Parks from foreign countries and aren't prepared for the huge areas that they find themselves in and conseqently get lost. These National Parks here in the Blue Mountains encompass seven combined National Parks in all.and cover over a million acres of wilderness..The Blue Moutains NP , The Wollemi NP , The Kanangra Boyd NP, the Nattai NP , Yengo NP ,Thirlmere Lakes and the Jenolan Caves Karst Conservation Reserve.These parks alltogeather cover hundreds and hundreds of square miles. Every year local Search and Rescue Services are called upon to look for lost hikers. This may include hundreds of SES (State Emergency Services) called upon to then search also. Most information that you want for a great hiking experience here can be found at the (NPWS) The National Parks and Wildlife Service in your local state.
So PLEASE , when hiking in these beautiful National Parks make sure that you do.. AND HAVE
Tell friends realtives where you are heading and when you expect to arrive.
The expected route that you will take on your map.
Take the advice of local Rangers and local residents.
Make sure that you have the neccesary warm clothing as the weather here can change very quickly
especially at altitude.
Take notice of Bush fire warnings ...this is your worst fear when hiking.
Carry your mobile phone at all times.
Carry local maps. and if possible a primatic compass.
Carry some extra food and imperative to have more than sufficient fresh water with you.
Make sure that you extinguish ALL fires that you make. Including ALL cigarettes.
PLEASE TAKE CARE- HAVE A GREAT TIME OUT THERE -AND BE AWARE
People get blown off the cliffs regularly (you can read back issues of the local paper in the library) and DO NOT SURVIVE the 900+ metre plummet!!!
Strong gusts of wind can arrive at any moment, and all you need is to lose your balance...
There are railings provided to hang onto in most places. Or else bring a paracute...
When bushwalking in the Blue Mountains you might be tempted to go "Off the beaten track" or stand near a waterfall to get that grat shot. Well Watch out!! I slipped on a giant rock and fell on my bottom, it was quiet a violent fall and i was in pain for a few days. Wear shoes with tight grip and watch your step!