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Find out the latest news about the Track and the Foundation before you set off for your next walk.

  • New Track maintenance collaboration

    27 July 2020

    We’re excited to welcome members of Ultra Series WA as our newest Track maintenance team. The trail running organisation will coordinate a group to regularly check and tend the Track between Nut Road lookout and the Conspicuous Beach carpark, just west of Peaceful Bay.

    Volunteer Manager Helen Grimm with Melanee Maisey and Shaun Kaesler from Ultra Series WA
    Volunteer Manager Helen Grimm with Melanee Maisey and Shaun Kaesler from Ultra Series WA

    Shaun Kaesler, Event Organiser for Ultra Series WA is enthusiastic about the opportunity to ‘give back’ to the Track.

    If we are given the trust and ability to show off this beautiful track to adventure lovers from all over the world with the events we host, why wouldn’t we jump at the opportunity to give back. This trail survives by a myriad of volunteers, and the time is now for our running community to become some of those volunteers too. What a wonderful opportunity to have been offered and we look forward to giving back for many, many years to come.


     

  • How To: Replacing the cord in your tent poles

    17 July 2020

    Tent poles are tensioned with shock cock – an elastic cord that helps the tent poles snap back together and keep their shape. Over time the elastic in the shock cord can deteriorate causing it to slump and eventually it will make your poles very hard and almost impossible to use. A replacement tent pole set can be a pricey exercise, so if your poles are in good shape, then it’s far cheaper to replace the cord.

    Just a few things before we get started. First, the tent poles are from my Sierra Lightning II FL, and unless you have the exact same tent, the amount of shock cord you’ll need will differ between tents. My tent has 3 poles, that are all connected by a swivel. When measuring the amount of cord, I find it safer to just buy the same amount as your pole measurements so there’s room for error. However, when you tension the cord, you will be tensioning it about 2 sections shorter than the actual length of your poles.

    You can pick up shock cord at most reputable camping stores or online.

    What you'll need:

    • Shock cord (similar diameter to your current shock cord, enough for the length of your poles.)
    • Sharp scissors
    • Tweezers and wire (you can use wire from a coathanger, or see what you can find at craft stores or Bunnings if it needs to be thinner to fit through the ferrule)*
    • A helping hand

     * For poles that have an inverted stopper in the ferrule, rather than a pull or screw-out style stopper.

    You can also watch how to do replace your tent pole cord here on YouTube.

    Unfolding tent poles
    Unfolding tent poles

    Step 1

    Lay your tent poles out. Do this in an area where you have plenty of space to keep them in order as you'll be unthreading them.

    Step 2

    Remove the end stop from the end of your tent pole.

    Removing end stopper
    Removing end stopper

    * If your tent poles are the older style with a stopper or washer in the ferrule, you’ll need to pull the knot out of the stopper with tweezers and cut or untie it to pull it through and remove the old cord. You’ll need to do the same process in the opposite end when you get there.

    The diagram below shows the difference between poles with a pull-out end stopper and those with a washer.

    Pole differences diagram
    Pole differences diagram

    Step 3

    Untie the string or cut it from the end stop and place the end stop down. Now start pulling out the old shock cord and make sure to place your tent poles down in the same formation as you go. 

    Removing cord
    Removing cord

    Step 4

    Now get your replacement piece of shock cord.

    I have pre-measured mine and marked the point where I want it tensioned to, but not cut it as I find it easier to tie and cut afterward. 

    Start with the first section of pole and push your shock cord through toward the end stop.

    Then secure it to the end stop with a knot. 

    INVERTED STOPPER: If you have an inverted stopper, you’ll need to get your wire ready. Thread your wire backwards toward the stopper, then push the wire through the stopper hole and secure it to your shock cord. Pull the shock cord back through the hole and before you get to the end tie a secure knot large enough to stop it going through the hole then pull the cord all the way through. 

    Feeding the wire through the washer
    Feeding the wire through the washer

    Pulling the shock cord through the washer.
    Pulling the shock cord through the washer.

    Step 5

    Now that the end is secured, pull your shock cord through the remaining sections of poles, keeping them in the order they have been laid out in.   

    Step 6

    Once you get to the end, tension the cord until you find the mark on it, then secure it to the end stop making sure to keep the appropriate amount of tension in the cord. 

    I like to double check the tension is ok before I cut the cord. The cord should be tensioned just enough to bring the poles together, but not too much so that when they're folded the shock cord is over-strained.

    INVERTED STOPPER: Before you get to the end you’ll need to pause before the last piece of pole section. Before you thread the cord through the last section, tie the cord off using a big knot that will not be able to slip through the pole, or secure to it to a stick. Now grab your wire again and push it through the last section of pole starting on the opposite end and moving toward the end stopper. Feed the wire through the hole. Now return to the opposite end of the stopper, untie the knot on your second last piece of pole section and secure it to the wire, now pull the wire through until the cord is through the hole. Tension accordingly and tie off with a knot that is large enough to catch on the hole.

    Step 7

    When you're happy with the tension, cut the cord neatly and tuck the end back inside the pole sleeve with the end stop and secure the end stop.  

    You may need a hand to cut the shock cord here, it’s tricky to cut and is a lot easier when someone is tensioning it for you.

  • Field Days resume

    16 July 2020

    The first 2020 'Field Day' for maintenance volunteers was held in the Perth Hills on June 14. Field Days originally scheduled for locations on the south coast in May were postponed due to COVID-19, so this was the first opportunity for our maintenance coordinators and volunteers to get out onto the Track and make some improvements.

    One of our Support Volunteers Geoff Meates first provided instruction in erosion control. Building an earthen structure called a 'rolling grade dip' is now the preferred method of diverting water off the Track to reduce ongoing erosion (instead of the traditional and simpler timber or earth water bars). A group of volunteers then accompanied Geoff to install erosion control along a stretch of Track running through Jorgensen Park. There were lots of families and dogs out enjoying the fine weather and our team received some appreciative comments.

    At Hewetts Hill campsite the rest of the group spent the day giving the campsite and surrounds a clean up - such as re-oiling the shelter and toilet cladding and picnic table, sanding and varnishing the bed platforms, clearing tent sites and fixing some broken plumbing.




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    With the easing of social and travel restrictions, the chance to reconnect with other volunteers and 'give back' to the Track was appreciated by all!

    The Field Day schedule continues over the next few months, with work groups at Yourdamung campsite this weekend (4 July), Schafer campsite on August 22, West Cape Howe campsite on September 12 and William Bay campsite on September 13.

  • COVID-19 Response

    13 July 2020

    Western Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed even further, as WA’s roadmap is updated to complete the removal of all restrictions in relation to hiking and the Bibbulmun Track. Phase 4 started on Saturday, 27 June.

    Please continue to maintain social distancing and hygiene precautions. As always, there are limits to the numbers that can use a shelter – please visit our Coronavirus Response before you plan or go for a walk.

    BTF Office

    The Foundation's Reception hours are currently between 10:00am and 4:00pm.

    If you are picking up or returning hire gear, we ask that this is done before 3:45pm to allow for processing.

    The YHA front doors remain closed for the time being so you will need to ring us on 9481 0551 to allow us to let you in.

    • Phone messages are only be checked during office hours so the best way to contact us is to use the contact form on our website.
    • If you choose to leave a phone message, please also leave your email address if you can.
    • The website will still be updated with current Track conditions in the Section By Section Guide
    • Online orders for all maps, Guidebooks and any other merchandise to help you plan your walk are, of course, available. Go to our shop.
       

       

       

  • Wander out Yonder with us.

    1 July 2020

    Bibbulmun Track Foundation Guided Tours

    Wander out Yonder with us and discover the spirit of Australia’s south west.

    Both tours are carefully compiled to combine a variety of day walks with off-Track accommodation. You will experience the varied landscape of the Bibbulmun Track, taking in the spectacular ocean views and coastal heathlands in the far south, the magnificent karri and tingle forests and the rolling hills and jarrah forests of the northern section.

    We have selected a range of full and half day walks. Our private bus will transport you to and from the Track each day and each evening we return to comfortable accommodation in the rural towns and villages along the Track to relax and enjoy a delicious dinner.  Get a sneak preview on this video.

    On the walks you need carry only a small daypack containing your lunch, a camera, water bottle, etc. From the rocky escarpments that provide exhilarating views to the tranquillity of the tall forests, our flexible itinerary caters for all levels of experience.

    Click here to find out more about the Bibbulmun and Beyond Tour in September.

    Click here to find out more about the 8-Day Highlights Tour in September.