Bumbling round the ‘bungles

A tall tale of (mis)adventure, from the founding members of Hunter Area Outdoor Women.

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It all started on a dark and stormy night.

The rain was closer to horizontal than vertical when Bekket and I locked the front door of our sharehouse behind us.

We exchanged cheeky grins and  a quick thumbs up, then sprinted down the street to the spot where Bekket’s car was parked.

The back of the car was full.  Full in a way that can only be achieved by someone who spent their childhood playing Tetris and their adulthood squeezing far too many outdoor activities into their weekends.

We were on our way to Coonabarabran to visit Doctor Mowgli.

Mowgli was our housemate, fellow adventurer and partner in mischief.  She was part way through her placement at a General Practice. She was keen to climb the spectacular rock features in the nearby Warrumbungle National Park.

 Plans are hatched

Climbing in the Bungles is a daunting proposition.  You have to trek a long way…

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Giant Praying Mantis with Bulging Muscles Who Eats Men For Breakfast and Doesn’t Wear a Bra (subtitle: Tess Rants about sexism)

A post from the first member of the HAOWomen group – Tess Roser, about gender, stereotypes and living a life outside.

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“Do you really think sexism still exists Tess? Or are you just finding drama where there is none?”

I was asked this (or something to this effect) by a well-meaning friend a few years back.

I was taken aback by the question, and I didn’t really know how to respond. Having been brought up in a very equality-minded home, where my parents drilled into me at a young age that men and women should be equal, and having surrounded myself in my adult years by friends of both genders who took part in stereotypical male activities in the outdoors, I flailed trying to find a response.

The part of me that has had the “equality is key to progress” mantra stamped into my brain automatically fired off with “of course sexism still exists and is important to fight against!”.

But the other part of me – the part that…

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Everyone loves stickers

Hey team

One of our members, Morgan Laudine, has designed some rad stickers for our little community.

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You can order stickers with the HAOW logo through her esty store.  $5 AUD gets you two stickers to throw on your car, bike, helmet, paddle, forehead or any other place that needs a hint of adventure.

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Make sure to check out her ‘Gone Climbing’ bumper stickers too!

We would love to see where the stickers end up – so take a picture of them somewhere majestical and tag #haowomen!

Click here to order your stickers: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/MorganLaudineDesigns

And click here to read Morgan’s last post about bush search and rescue training in the Barrington tops.