What To Bring To The Big Weekend

What to Bring

LUMC’s The Big Weekend will be held in the Cathedral Ranges State Park, 2 hours North East of Melbourne.

We will meet in Car Park 6 at 5.30PM on Friday 16 March; transport will be via car pooling. If you said that you can drive please remember to bring your car or let us know if you can no longer drive!

Assistance packing up gear on Friday afternoon from 3pm would be greatly appreciated. Reply to emails asking for help if you are able to assist.

Friday night dinner will be purchased on the way (there’s a number of fast food stores in town - you can bring your own dinner to eat on the way if you prefer). Sunday dinner will probably be a counter meal on the way back, but if you want to be back earlier this is optional (drivers get the say here!!).

There is little (if any) phone reception at camp.

The trip is run entirely by volunteers, so please be nice to the tired, stressed leaders who do it for the love of teaching people, and seeing people get involved in the outdoors. Help packing gear, cooking, washing up and cleaning up camp is greatly appreciated. If you have a current 1st aid qualification and are willing to assist in this capacity, please let us know.

You MUST attend the meeting held on the Tuesday before the weekend to organise cars and equipment. If you cannot attend please contact committee- details below. Otherwise transport for you might not be arranged.

The Activities

3 activities all 1/2 day each (somewhat weather dependant)
Adventure race (a fun rogaine in teams with some extra challenges thrown in)

No drinking Alcohol at Lunchtime (or you will be stuck at camp doing chores for the cooking team the rest of the afternoon)

Please be ready promptly for activities, we have left without people before and will again!
Saturday evening will be spent around the campfire after a BBQ dinner.

The Food

Please bring at least 3L of water (there is no drinking water at the campsite) and Lunch for Sat and Sun. Plan to have your own lunch and snacks with you, as some activities take a little longer than others.

Lunch things such as crisp bread, dried fruit, flat breads, tuna are suggestions, but plenty of other possibilities exist.

Breakfasts- We will provide lots of yummy breakfast food, but if you are fussy feel to bring your own cereal etc.

Dinner- We cater for vegetarians and vegans and cater pretty well for some other dietary requirements. Catering en mass, cross contamination is a possibility so if you have severe allergies you may need to bring your own food. If you are concerned, contact the committee in the week before the trip when we have more an idea of our menu. Don't forget eating implements!

Other notes

Space for transporting gear is likely to be limited, please bring the minimum amount required.
Please leave soaps, detergents, shampoos etc at home as they are not necessary. They pollute and damage the environment
For further queries, email is best - ua.gro.cmul|tnediserp#ua.gro.cmul|tnediserp

What to Bring- if you are confused, please ask!

Sleeping bag **
Sleep mat **
Tent (or space in a tent) **
Toilet paper
Cup, bowl, plate, spoon, knife, fork (if you want to eat)
Water bottles
Garbage bag (for your rubbish and dirty clothes)
Small first aid kit
Personal medication
Personal toiletries
Money for Friday/Sunday evening meal, or personal food that travels well
Small/packable daypack for bushwalk + Adventure race
Compass (if you have one, we have some we can loan out)
Plastic Pocket (for adventure race map)

Use common sense: Look at the forecast (we will likely post about this as it gets closer) to know what weather to expect. Also bear in mind that we will be out in the bush, so bring clothes you don't mind getting dirty and are suitable to the activities. However, regardless of the forecast, we need everyone to be prepared if the weather does change, either hot or cold, so the following items are required. It often gets cold at night even if its sunny during the day.

Walking shoes eg runners or hiking boots
Woolen or fleece jumper or down jacket
Long pants (not jeans)
T-shirt/top (no singlet tops- you will get sunburnt!)
Socks, underwear

** If you don’t have any of the camping gear required don’t worry, ask around, family and friends often have something you can borrow. The club also has a limited amount of camping gear available for hire. (Gear store opening times to be advised).

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