As I take a break from chores this weekend, I am spending time on line going through maps and GIS sites exploring a particular area I plan to go back to in a couple of weeks. It's a wilderness where I tried to bushwack to a neat looking area and had to give up due to thickets and other obstacles. Got me thinking ...what techniques do you use if you are intent on bushwacking? I am getting older, so approach it like this:
- First trip I just use topo to pick out areas I might peel off the trail to investigate. Sometimes this works put but often I have to turn back. I prefer a little unknown on a trip so don't over do the research the first time. Just enough to be safe.
- Before my next trip back I do a more intensive analysis of the area using seasonal aerial photos, topography, color infrared photos for vegetation, and several other sources and try to pick an end-around route and a couple of alternatives that look reasonable.
- If that doesn't work, I used to just scramble through, but nowadays I just pass it up and look for new areas on future trips.
I would be interested in other off trail folks approaches.