No credibility for TV presenters in Simpson Desert

Submitted: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 08:55
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As a follow up to my post 34159 of yesterday I saw the same weatherman declaring that he was standing on top of Big Red, the Highest Sand Dune in the Southern Hemisphere.

Oh dear. Who does their research? Or maybe it was an off the cuff remark.

Big Red is 90 metres in height ASL and about 35 metres in height above the plain.
The highest dune on the CSR is 17 metres above the plain.

There is a dune at Sossusvlei, Namibia(also in the Southern Hemisphere) which is around 350 metres ASL. I have been there.

I am not sure of any sand dunes in the same latitudes in South America but no doubt a Google might find an answer.

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Reply By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:00

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:00
Willem, probably the result of "new chums desert fever". Or playing that good old Ozzie game called "spin the yarn". Maybe it was a case of never spoil a good story with the truth. Or just plain ol ignorance.
Send him to Nambia !
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:03

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:03
Could you imagine the guy's response to your information ?
"You mean there are other countries in the Southern hemisphere ?" *gasp*
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:01

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:01
Don't know stats on heights of sand dunes but I did hear a sweet sounding cruiser ute pull that big sand anchor (troopie with sat dish) over the top of Big Red.
Looks like they give it some to get the troopie moving again.
I didn't see the story yesterday.

Trevor.
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:15

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:15
Get over it!
The desert report was secondary to the main story, which was to raise the public awareness to non-smoking related lung cancer.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:28

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:28
My comment is the misrepresentation of the facts. Not interested in the the lung story.
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:43

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:43
You'll be a busy boy indeed if you feel the need to comment on every misrepresented fact on telly. As far as having another go at the segment on Sunrise, I think we've been over that enough in your post yesterday!

Cheers
Scoey!
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Follow Up By: ImEasy - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 10:10

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 10:10
Scoey,

I dont think Willem comments on every misrepresented fact on telly, he has just pointed out that a particular weather man has stated something that was complete Bull$hit, how many people that watch that program now are led to believe that Big Red is the Highest Sand Dune in the Southern Hemisphere, I would of, but I cant stand Koch or his Secret Gay Lover Weatherman, so I dont watch it.
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:08

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:08
Yeah ImEasy, I understand what you're saying, I guess I was just pointing out that we'd beaten this topic to death yesterday. The relative impacts of a heap of Sunrise veiwers now thinking that Big Red is the highest dune in the Sth Hemisphere (this is assuming they paid attention to that tidbit and then commited that fact to memory) is negligible.

Maybe my comment was unnecessary? Maybe Willem's comment was too?

My opinion on the whole issue (for what it's worth) is that they tried to do something to raise awareness for a good cause and got got a couple of facts wrong. Probably not worth hanging them over it. I could be wrong but.

Cheers
Scoey!
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Follow Up By: rooscoota - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 15:31

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 15:31
hey hey g'day

geeeez willem "My comment is the misrepresentation of the facts"..... thats certainly a change from one thats not unfamiliar with spinning a yarn......lol
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:47

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:47
Well at least the media found a story where 4WDs weren't the bad guy!
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:54

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 09:54
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 10:02

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 10:02
G'day young Fella,
My guess is that he has been talking to Ruth and she has spun a little bit of a yarn.
Being a city slicker, the bloke would have been very gullible
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Reply By: Off-track - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 10:12

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 10:12
Cluck cluck.

Gee, cannot wait for more negative commentary about a positive story on 4WDriving.

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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:14

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:14
Allways makes me laugh when I see something of that nature , biggest this, best that , world population somewhere over 3billion ,Australian population less than 25million yet we maintain that we have the best/biggest of everything ,EGO included !! LOL.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:33

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:33
We live on a different planet here, and make our own rules :))
Ever been o/s and wondered why they rarely mention anything Australian ? We're down under...somewhere. We dink beer,have kangeroos and koalas, send our troops anywhere the yanks go, and are very good at sports. And thats about it.
Its gotta be a slow day on the newsfront for them to mention anything out of our insignificant world.
So we have to compansate LOL
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 15:13

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 15:13
Caught them again reporting this morning.

Evidently they headed off into the Simpson with the satellite dish on a trailer pulled by a Troopie. Following the balloon east to west.

Now all credit to the Troopie, but the driver had never driven on sand before, or used 4wd. At a complete loss when they came to the dunes. Talk of bad preperation, and ignoring SA parks and the no trailer rule.

The disaster was adverted by a couple of blokes in a 4wd who had just crossed and they went back with them to get them through.

Could have been a good oppurtunity to advertise proper training and experience.

Great claim at the end of the report that 'they' had made it across 1100 dunes.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 15:27

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 15:27
Love to know where you get the SA parks no trailer rule from !!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 15:49

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 15:49
Alloy,

From the Parks website:
"It is strongly recommended that travellers avoid attempting to tow trailers across the Simpson Desert."

So while its not a "rule", most smart travellers abide by their recommendation. Given the large numbers of travellers that cross the Simspon now, they are just trying to do the best to keep the tracks in one piece.

But I guess they could lay bitumen all the way across and solve the problem ;-)
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 16:25

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 16:25
So our Willem and Roachie et al are not in your words "smart travellers" ,, just goes to show ,,, trying to keep the tracks in one piece ,,pray tell for what ??? our childrens children ?? the privledged few ?? what is the point if no one can go there ,get real ,times change , means of transport march forever forward and peoples camping comfort marches forward with the same gusto.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 17:43

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 17:43
Alloy,

Correct, I erred, it is not a rule, but a recommendation.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 22:39

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 22:39
Alloy, sorry I dangled a piece of bait out there.

They try to keep the tracks in one piece so the average tourist can drive on them. Nothing more, nothing less. They are just doing their job.
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 15:56

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 15:56
I think everyone's just jealous that they didn't just get back from a Simpson crossing!

Now sandflags - I don't think the vehicles had those either... :-)
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Reply By: Tim - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 00:05

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 00:05
Since when do we let fact get in the way of a good story? The current affairs programs do it all the time.
Atleast these guys are getting out and showing the rest of us what is out past the city boundaries.
The way fuel prices are increasing, the small towns that are a vital part of any big trip beyond the black top are going to suffer and may no longer be viable and will shut up shop.
Good on GD and sunrise for doing a big trip, it would be a lot cheaper to stay in Martin Place, atleast they are out and about.
Tim
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Reply By: Redback - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 10:15

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 10:15
Boy oh boy what a bunch of whining old negitive people this place has now.

I'm a bit over this place lately.

If your not whining about someone elses choice of 4B, fridge, compressor, tyres, your having a go at someone correcting an obvious misstruth, it's always something "negitive"

Sorry Willem i know you don't like people defending you, just pointing out peoples negitivity on here lately.

Lighten guys it's only a discussion forum.

OK i've vented now, lol.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 15:03

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 15:03
Yep, your right.

Mostly jealousy and itchy feet.
I gavn't done a trip in 12 months and it shows.

Only planning at the moment, and I don't think it will be this year.
Maybe just some local (within 2000k) travel to some interesting spots to stave of the depression of looking at these four walls.
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