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Valleys, Routes, and Crossings

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benched where the track has been cut into the hillside
biv/bivvy bivouac: any rudimentary shelter e.g. under a rock; a minimalist hut
blaze the scar left after some bark has been cut from a tree: an outdated and bad track-marking practice
BN navigation grade = Bushcraft/Navigation = well experienced, see Introduction
burn an area cleared of vegetation by fire
cairn a mound of stones marking a track, route or fork
campsite flat cleared area of sufficient size to pitch a tent
crush zone a region where rocks have been crushed by fault activity, resulting in a mixture of small angular stones held together with clay
disc a metal or plastic trail marker; usually a metal disc, venetian blind offcut, or plastic triangle. A column of three discs marks a track junction.
DoC Department of Conservation(approve sites); the custodians of our Forest Park
face a steep, generally featureless hillside: no significant spurs or creeks
flats flatlands; may be in grass or the bush
FG Navigation Grade = Family Group = no great difficulty, see Introduction
gorge a narrowing of the watercourse inducing difficulty; commonly with rock walls, pools to be swum, or falls to be sidled
graded where the gradient is fairly uniform
gut a narrow and steep watercourse or dry gully
L to the left as you face it
lawyer tataramoa: a forest vine with sharp clinging hooks
OT Navigation grade = ordinary tramping = pretty normal, see Introduction
pad the ground print of a trail
QBN Bushcraft and Navigation, see Introduction
QOT Ordinary Tramper, see Introduction
QFG Family groups, see Introduction
R to the right as you face it
ridge the highest ground between two major stream catchment areas and connecting several high points (see also spur)
route a feasible passage from one place to another, but not necessarily marked or easy to follow
saddle a low place on a ridge or spur, often giving access from one catchment to another
SH State Highway
sidle to traverse around a hillside, or to bypass an obstacle
slip the trace of a landslide
spaniard taramea: an upland plant with sharp bayonet leaves
spur the highest ground between two minor stream catchment areas and running from a ridge to a valley. contra ridge
standard a metal fence post – often a waratah
talus scree loose rubble
tarn pond or tiny lake, typically on a ridge or the tops
terrace a raised flat area, often with a sharply defined edge
TL True Left i.e. the left side of a stream when facing downstream
tops country above the bushline; may be alpine
tor an isolated natural column of rock
TR True Right i.e. the right side of a stream when facing downstream
track or trail a well-formed or well-marked route; sometimes graded and commonly kept cleared
tram-line a bush-logging tramway or the remains of its ground formation
windfall/windthrow a fallen tree or branch (Take care not to lose the trail!)

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