Details on the recovery of the payload

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For SPot Messenger…when we find it…if we NEED to use it!

Pens

3

Paper

10 sheets

Mirror

2

to signal for help?

Matches

2 packs

First Aid Kit

1

Back Pack

2

I will get myself one from BCF. Csaba, do you have one?

7.5 Litre water

1

20Litre spare water

1

Laptop

1

Fruit

Bananas and Apples

Clothing

Notes

Long Light Pants

Boots

Long arm T-Shirt

Long arm T-shirt could be a little hot

Jumper

IN case of overnight issues

Full Brim Hat

 

We also brought an Axe.

 

The Plan

Initially it looked like we would need to walk the 7km from the road and back to recover the payload. Upon closer inspection, it became obvious that there was a barely used track that we could drive out and get within approximately 3km of the landing site. Terrific!

We are pretty sure now that if we had attempted the 14km round-trip walk, we would have failed.

I went about investigating the exact path using google maps. I took screenshots of the the path to drive and walk and put GPS Latitude/Longitude points at various places. I also put in some info indicating approximate distances. An example of one of these is below:-

 

One of the 'maps' of our trek

One of the ‘maps’ of our trek

 

I printed four copies of these, giving one to Loretta, one to Anna, and two for ourselves. We laminated one of our copies ‘just in case’.

 

The Timing

We finally decided on the following

– Pick up Csaba at 4:45

– Pick up Emilien at 5:05

– Drive to track (13km east of Petford) at 7:15

– Drive out to walking point – arriving approx 7:45

– Prepare for walk (7:45 to 8)

– Walk out to site (8 to 8:45)

– Collect payload (8:45 to 9:30)

– Walk back 9:30 to 10:15

– Drive back to Road (10:15 to 11:00)

– Drive back to Cairns 11:00 to 13:00

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