Info' for New Baiters
Three to four times a year the entire network of baitlines, amounting to around 250Km, has to be travelled in order to place fresh bait in the bait stations. These lines travel in straight lines through the rain forest. The route makes few concessions to physical obstacles, so it often involves scrambling over and under fallen trees, rocks, and stream banks. The footing is often slippery and uneven.
The Physical Requirements:
If you are over 14 and under 45, of no less than average physical ability (as regards strength and coordination), and fit enough to walk briskly for two hours, then you will be able to handle any of these tasks.
If you are over 45, then the harder lines require you to have above average physical fitness and coordination, or to be an experienced and active tramper.
There are some easier lines, however, so if you have any doubts about your suitability, discuss it with us and we can arrange for you to go with an experienced volunteer and try yourself out.
Pellets of bait, in pre-packaged plastic bags are taken out by teams of no less than two volunteers. Getting to the start of a line can be a short walk, but typically would involve walking for around 20 minutes, travelling on one of the park tracks.
Each station on the line is checked. If the bait is either eaten or deteriorated it is replaced. Most lines have around 18 stations, and it will take around an hour and a half to complete. The whole trip, then, is typically around three hours.
The gear you need to have:
Robust boots, with a good tread on the sole. In dry conditions an agile person will be able to manage with sports shoes on most lines, but boots are always preferable, and in winter are essential.
Backpack, able to carry two or three kilograms of bait (fills about two thirds of a supermarket bag), plus a waterproof parka, snack, drink, warm top.
Gardening gloves are invaluable, because much of the slippery stuff in areas where the vegetation you will be grabbing to steady yourself has sharp edges (kiekie is the name of this culprit). We can supply gloves but encourage you to bring your own.
Choose clothing that you don't mind becoming wet and muddy. Leggings or over-trousers are popular extras.
* You get a three hour full body work-out!
* And at the end there's a relaxing chat and a sausage (never will a sausage taste so good). Yes, we can supply vegetarian sausages, too.
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