GLOSSARY

Some of these are in the realm of the bleedin' obvious, but nevertheless are explained here anyway, for the sake of completeness. You'll find below, the terms used on the various pages, and what they mean.

Trek Information Page

Trip Report Page

Calendar Page

Convoy Procedure


Trek Information Page
Location:
This is where, as the name implies, the 4WD BDSM Getaway! Weekend will be taking place.
Regional Map:
This map shows the location of the trek, relative to major towns and cities. The datum's position is taken from actual GPS data, so it's accurate, but of course the scale of the map means that it doesn't really tell you anything important - it's just so that you can see roughly where you'll be.
LandSat Image:
This is a false-colour image (taken by LandSat 7 during the GeoCover circa 2000 survey) of the region the trek will cover. Track data acquired by the GPS system in my vehicle is shown as a red line - this is the actual route taken during one of my explorations of the region. Waypoints are shown as white labels with black text. If the track data (red line) ends without a waypoint being shown at that point, you can assume that's the departure point for the trek. For the purpose of clarity, not all waypoints and tracks are shown.
Grade:

The higher the rating, the harder the driving, and the more experience you may need to tackle it. Remember that this applies only to the 4WD part of the trek, not the normal roads used to get you to the beginning of the off-road part!

This will be as hard as it gets. You need to have good experience at 4WDing, and if you've done your VETAB training, so much the better. You'll need to know how to do safe, and proper, recovery, because chances are you're going to end up doing some before the day is out. If you don't know what compression lockup is when you're going down a steep hill, then you're sure going to find out :)
Fairly hard going, but you won't need a Pinzgauer to tackle it. Of course, if you have a Pinzgauer then by all means it wouldn't hurt. You need to have reasonable experience at 4WDing, and if you've done your VETAB training, so much the better. You'll need to know how to do safe, and proper, recovery, but you might not need to do any.
Moderate level of 4WD skill required. Going can get rough, but as long as you know how to use low range and know how to climb and descend slippery/loose surfaces, you should be OK. If you've done your VETAB training, so much the better. You'll need to know how to do safe, and proper, recovery, but you probably won't need to do any.
Relatively easy going. If you're a novice, this is a good way of honing your skills a little while being in a low-risk environment. Minimal chances of getting stuck, unless you feel like being really adventurous. Even then, we can easily pull you out, unless you've gone and done something really silly.
This is the easiest grade. Basically all sealed or gravel roads, easy 2WD access in any ordinary road car. If you can figure out where the handbrake is, you can do this one.
4WD Vehicle Requirements:
Only applicable to 4WDs on the trek itself, not to standard cars that come part-way and then swap over. There are two categories: ESSENTIAL, and RECOMMENDED. Items listed under the ESSENTIAL category are there because if you don't have them, you might not make it in, or if you do, make it back out. They're listed for a reason. RECOMMENDED will just simply make your life a lot easier.
Road Car Options:
If you'd like to come along on a 4WD BDSM Getaway! Weekend and don't own a 4WD, but do own an ordinary road car, this spells out your options. Also see the "What if I want to come along on a 4WD BDSM Getaway! Weekend, but I don't have a 4WD?" section on the FAQ page.
Privacy Level:

The higher the rating, the better.

Go nuts! This is the ultimate in remoteness from prying eyes. There will be no-one around within light years, so if you want to suspend your subby upside down, take them for a walk naked on a leash, or simply tie them to a tree and hang weights off their pink bits to use as wind chimes, then go for it. You can make as much noise as you want: nobody will be within earshot to wonder what all the screaming is about. MuaHAhaHhHAhahahaaaa (note to self: take medication).
Almost as good as above, with the exception being about the noise factor. Although it's very unlikely that anybody will be around, prolonged 120dB screaming just might attract the attention of somebody who just might be passing through the general area. It's not very probable, though.
Reasonably good privacy, providing that you're not too loud and you're not too obvious to casual passers-by. For example, you might find that your nearest neighbours are camped about 200 metres away, so although you have a lot of personal space available to play in, don't be surprised if they pop over under the pretense of "wanting to borrow a cup of sugar" because they heard the flogger.
Activities are best kept within the confines of the camp perimeter, and a prudent watch for passers-by would be advised. People might be travelling past the camp site within 50 metres or so, on their way to somewhere else.
The best course of action here would be to keep your activities within the confines of your tent, cabin, or room. The people on the other side of the wall might wonder what all the bumping sounds are. Even better, they might wish to join in.

 

Activities:
This is fairly self-explanatory and doesn't include play activities - I'm sure you'll have a list of those already. We don't go out on these trips purely for BDSM activities only, as you may have guessed. It's as much a social outing as anything else, and a great way to leave the rat race behind for a while.
Accommodation:

The following forms of accommodation are available and are, of course, location dependent:

House/Cabin/Motel/Bed&Breakfast
Camping by Tent or Swag
Access:
This describes the sorts of roads leading up to the destination. Keep in mind that anyone can come along on a trek with their standard car, to a certain point. The trick is, how far. (See the "What if I want to come along on a 4WD BDSM Getaway! Weekend, but I don't have a 4WD?" section on the FAQ page.)
Places:
The number of places available can be set by either vehicles or people; whatever makes it more manageable for the particular destination. It's not a hard limit though, unless specifically mentioned on the appropriate Trek Information page.
Cost:
Any costs mentioned are intended as a guide only, and are more or less correct as the site is updated. Having said that, no liability is accepted for any errors, omissions, or dead yaks landing on top of your space heater.
Meeting Point:
This is almost invariably the place at which we'll meet in Sydney before setting off for The Grand Adventure, unless otherwise stated.
Departure Point:
Can be, but not necessarily be, the same as the Meeting Point. Generally, the Departure Point is the last vestige of civilisation, before heading well and truly bush.
Estimated Travel Time:
Most often (unless specifically mentioned otherwise), this is the time taken to arrive at the final destination from the Meeting Point.
Radio:
Specifies which UHF CB frequency is to be used for the convoy channel, and also for camp activity. Also lists which repeaters are available, if any.
Fuel:
Specifies the location(s) of the nearest fuel stations prior to heading off-road.
Notes:
This covers specifics regarding water, power, food, clothing, etc.
Trek Outline :
Last but not least, a poetic, flowing, description of the Trek itself.

Trip Report Page
Trek Number: This is the nth trek done since the beginning. Hard to figure out, huh?
Destination:
This one's another hard one to work out, but it's where we went.
Number of People:
Maximum number of people that came along. Includes people that may have arrived later.
Weather Conditions:
Average conditions for the duration.
Vehicles:
Description of the vehicles that came along (4WD and others).
Reviews: The number of reviews written by other people who came along on this trek, and links to those reviews.

Calendar Page
Departure Time & Date: If the Meeting Point and the Departure Point are different, then this is for when we leave the Meeting Point, unless otherwise stated.
Return Time & Date: This is when we leave the selected location to head back for home, unless otherwise stated.
Details: Specific details for this trek.
Spare Seat Availability: Shows the current number of spare seats available in participating 4WDs for those who want to come along, but don't have a 4WD of their own (See the "What if I want to come along on a 4WD BDSM Getaway! Weekend, but I don't have a 4WD?" section on the FAQ page). This number is subject to change at any time. First come, first seated.

Convoy Procedure

The purpose of convoy procedure is to make sure nobody gets lost, or takes a wrong turn. You are responsible for the vehicle behind you. Don't worry about the vehicle in front of you - he's responsible for you.

The way it works is this: vehicles travel in single file, and unless circumstances dictate otherwise, keep their position in the queue. They don't necessarily have to be closely spaced.

When you get to a branch in the road or track, you will wait there with your indicator on, until the vehicle behind you comes into view and signals to you that it has seen you by turning on its turn indicator. Until that happens, you're not going anywhere. I cannot stress enough the importance of waiting for the vehicle behind you to signal with its indicator that it has seen you before you move off. Always watch your mirrors for the other vehicle to do this before you go.

If you're the following vehicle, make sure that you indicate to the vehicle in front that you've seen it and know which way to go. Nothing cheeses people off more than waiting for a vehicle, seeing it in the distance, waiting, waiting, and then either having it come right up to the rear bumper and then turn on the indicator, or not indicate at all - just wastes the leading vehicle's time.

Having radios on board doesn't remove the need for strict observance of convoy procedure. After a while, all the trees begin to look the same. You can't rely on "turn left at the big tree" and guarantee you're both talking about the same tree. The situation is compounded if anyone in the convoy doesn't have radio communications on board and gets lost because the vehicle that was supposed to wait at the intersection simply kept on going without checking their mirrors first. What happens then is that the entire remainder of the convoy can get lost because of one inconsiderate driver. Remember to strictly adhere to the procedure - we want to have a good time, not spend hours rounding up lost vehicles.


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