‘Mountains Drums’ Blog

Welcome to ‘Mountains Drums‘.

This is Nature Trail’s field blog expressing views and insights about the goings on out in the Blue Mountains great outdoors from our local experiences over decades.

This blog is written mostly by one of our regular Mountains hikers, Flex, plus also our Tour Director Steve’s contribution articles from time to time, as he’s see fit to raise.

We also invite our guests to submit their own article to this blog. Just email us at:

steve[at]naturetrail.com.au

 

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area covers over a million hectares of native vegetation and is arguably a bushwalker’s paradise of choice.

Yet over more than twenty five years of hiking the Blue Mountains, we continue to observe and read about those accessing the Blue Mountains great outdoors and those managing this World Heritage failing to learn from the wisdom of others before them – the requisite knowledge, skills, experience, preparation and attitude to appreciate and not harm or being harmed.

At Nature Trail we relish the great outdoors and value the Blue Mountains and its magnificent and expansive world heritage region.

But while we embrace the outdoors experience, fun and adventure, we are critical of those who foolishly risk life and limb and who recklessly encourage others to do likewise.

Whilst the Blue Mountains may still be of world heritage value, we do not see world’s best practice nor leadership evolving in outdoor recreation nor in custodial management.

Hardly a week passes without reports of helicopter rescues of injured hikers, canyoners and rockclimbers, of lost hikers, benighted hikers, missing hikers and of deaths by those setting out ignorant or just poorly prepared.

We constantly read reports by locals of the threats of invasive tourism, ugly mass tourism, the dominance of a tourism oligopoly, of poor track conditions and neglected signage, of the underfunded and understaffed National Parks and Wildlife Service.

We observe the disconnect between government authorities delegated with custodial responsibility for protecting and managing the natural values of The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and with tourism providers and consumers.

More recently we’ve observed multiple landslips left neglected for months and years, that then shut down many hiking tracks (as well as critical road and rail access).  Government repeatedly allows wildfires to burn, in 2019 left to incinerate 80% of the world heritage area and other ‘National Parks’ so-called throughout New South Wales.  Governmental abandonment of its national quarantine responsibilities allowed an imported China Virus Pandemic shut down Blue Mountains tourism and visitation completely for two years (2020-2021).

Each tragic instance/incident is reported in isolation, but as if some freak event, then it’s soon forgotten by the media.  No lessons are learned by authorities responsible, no improvements are applied to safety standards or education to visitors/users.  So inevitably, similar tragic instances/incidents repeat time and time again.

 

One purpose of this Mountains Drums blog serves is to share local knowledge and goings on about the Blue Mountains region’s great outdoors to all.  Also, it is to highlight management problems, many chronic; and to question why the governmental custodians and managers of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, fail to listen, learn and deliver world best practice leadership.

Our hiking blogger Flex does not hold back.  This ‘Mountains Drums‘ blog is intended to be a wake up call to the Blue Mountains community to lift its game and to actively challenge government responsible.

 

The articles on our Mountains Drums blog form part of Nature Trail’s contribution to the Blue Mountains community in which we live, operate and share.  We value the beauty and  sanctity that the natural Blue Mountains offers.  We value the safety and viability of our Blue Mountain community at the same time.
Responsibly, we are concerned when these vital values are undermined.  So then we speak out as informal ambassador locals about where we live.

Of course visitation is for fun; but safety must come first, and then the fun a reassuring second.
Every participant recreating in the great outdoors deserves to return well to their loved ones.  Through our ‘Mountains Drums’ blog channel we choose to fairly tell what’s been happening in our neck of the woods.  We tell it warts and all.
To contact Flex at Mountains Drums email:  flex[at]naturetrail.com.au


Blog Posts

 

Basic Hiking Needs lesson from Dr Mosley’s Heat Stroke Death for our Blue Mountains
Deaths in the Mountains, Hiking, Missing Hikers, Mountains Weather
By Flex / June 14, 2024

Basic Hiking Needs lesson from Dr Mosley’s Heat Stroke Death for our Blue Mountains

Popular television medical presenter Dr Michael Mosley (67) on 5th June 2024 tragically succumbed to heat stroke whilst on holiday...

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We win the war against Service NSW ‘indian giving’ grant audit
Government Disconnect from Blue Mountains Tourism, Government Indian Givers
By Flex / May 30, 2024

We win the war against Service NSW ‘indian giving’ grant audit

Vindicated!   The year-long ‘audit’/’compliance review’ by Service NSW (New South Wales Minns Labor Government) into the $15,214 pandemic  compensatory...

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Nature Trail has had to go political against the P2P Commissioner Anthony Wing’s unconscionable $110,000 fine threat
Australia First Party, Harassment from P2P Commissioner Anthony Wing
By Flex / May 19, 2024

Nature Trail has had to go political against the P2P Commissioner Anthony Wing’s unconscionable $110,000 fine threat

When one 's very livelihood in trying to setup a small business under government mandatory lockdown and then is further...

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Cruel Spam Harassment by Transport for NSW
Government Disconnect from Blue Mountains Tourism, Government Planning Incompetence, Red Tape Tourism
By Flex / April 25, 2024

Cruel Spam Harassment by Transport for NSW

Since Monday 15th April 2024, Nature Trail has received an out-of-the-blue threatening phone call from Kimberley Warren supposedly at Transport...

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Transport for NSW Minister Jo Haylen goes low brow entrapment of our small business
By Tour Director / April 25, 2024

Transport for NSW Minister Jo Haylen goes low brow entrapment of our small business

So after we received that recent intimidating threat from the NSW Government's department Transport For NSW to fine us $110,000...

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NSW Government $110,000+ fine threat from Minister Jo Haylen’s Transport Department – nice one!
Government Disconnect from Blue Mountains Tourism, Outdoor NSW Not Representative, Red Tape Tourism, Small Business Struggles
By Flex / April 15, 2024

NSW Government $110,000+ fine threat from Minister Jo Haylen’s Transport Department – nice one!

Today, Monday 15th April 2024, Nature Trail's Tour Director, Steve, received an out-of-the blue phone call to our base at...

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Megalong Valley Closed
Government Disconnect from Blue Mountains Tourism, Government Planning Incompetence, Land Managers Poor Custodianship, Landslips Killing Tourism, Love Local Government Hypocrisy, Mountains Weather, Village Amenity
By Flex / April 10, 2024

Megalong Valley Closed

Below is the magical Megalong Road that takes one down into the 'Megalong'...meaning "valley below the rock". When you arrive...

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More Track Closures by Parks Service
Track Closures
By Flex / April 9, 2024

More Track Closures by Parks Service

Many popular and spectacular hiking tracks of the Blue Mountains continue to be closed to public access. This is chronic. ...

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Formal Complaint #2 against SERVICE NSW 2021 COVID-19 grant ‘audit’
Government Indian Givers
By Flex / March 8, 2024

Formal Complaint #2 against SERVICE NSW 2021 COVID-19 grant ‘audit’

The NSW Minns Ministry (since 5th April 2023) and its Service NSW umbrella super-department need to pull their bureaucratic heads in...

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[This webpage last updated 3rd October 2022]