Cheap Insulated Inflatable Pad:

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Klymit’s Ultralight V Sleeping Pad is on Massdrop this morning for US63.74 delivered to Australia ($64.34 delivered to USA address). They have an R rating of 4.4 – enough for the coldest night. You can also pick up one of … Continued

Nitecore Continues to Push the Boundaries:

They have a variety of ultralight rechargeable torches, as well as this excellent charger/powerbank which is all you need to charge them (and anything else!) I already wrote about their remarkable Tube torch here and here. Now they have much … Continued

The Five Mile

One of Gippsland’s ‘hidden gems’. This sand track lets you access Venus Bay Beach about 8 km out from Tarwin Lower on the Walkerville Rd. You have to be really looking out for it, or you will miss it. At … Continued

DIY Simple Hearing Aid Safety Clip

This is the simplest and cheapest way to make sure you don’t lose your hearing aids on a hiking or canoeing trip (such as this). Works with any BTE (Behind the ear) type hearing aid. Bulldog clip, (dyneema) string, two … Continued

Only the Moon and Me

Packrafting the Thomson River, Gippsland #1: You start this trip just downstream of the historic Brunton’s Bridge where the road of the same name crosses the river on its way to Happy-Go-Lucky and Walhalla. This road in turn is reached … Continued

How Green Was My River

Packrafting the Thomson River Gippsland #2: After a delightful night’s sleep on My Neoair (Womens) mat on the soft warm sand snuggled in my little poncho tent, I awoke to a morning you only dream of. Look at the quality … Continued

From Dawn to Dusky #1:

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Reposted from  April 2017: Regular readers will know I have just returned once more from hiking the Dusky Track, Fiordland New Zealand – probably NZ’s toughest and most beautiful. I have now been on the Dusky nine times. For most … Continued

The Lure of the Moose:

Oh, the enchantments of Fiordland: Again and again I have returned to this lush green Eden searching for one of these surviving giants of the Pleistocene, which though deported from their ancient homeland in the vast Boreal forests of the … Continued

New Fancy Feast Stove

‘Zelph’ is clearly a genius (like Jim Woods who made the original of the Super Cat Stove – if you have not made one yet, do so today!). He has taken the ‘Super Cat’ to a whole new level – … Continued

Ultralight Hiking on a Budget

The ‘Big Five’ for less than $100 and under 3 kg! I recently posted about this 362 grams cheap 40 litre pack which you can buy from Amazon for US$20. I bought one just to see and found it very … Continued


Over the years I have made many projects out of this wonderful material, particularly tents but other things besides (see below). I use the 3 metre wide ‘Homewrap’ version which I source by the 30 metre roll from Bensons (Home) … Continued


As you have probably noticed we have a new puppy (for Spot) whom we have called ‘Honey’. We had a very unhappy ‘Spot’ following Tiny’s death in early February. We decided to do something about it quickly (this was also … Continued

Universal Magnetic USB Charger

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Another interesting idea for charging those 18650 (or etc) lithium batteries (and the like) Only 20.5 grams. Weltool version, Folomov version from approx US$12.69 (Feb 2018) To convert it to a 3600 mAh power bank presumably you would attach it  … Continued

Mountainsmith Slingback Chair

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I have become aware of this ‘new’ hiking chair this morning, the Mountainsmith Slingback Chair. It is normally US$24.95 but available on Massdrop for US$17.99 (Feb 2018)  You have to say this chair looks very like the ‘Jerry Chair’ I … Continued

Knee Pillow

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I sleep on my side too (and have suffered from sciatica) but I must have enough padding of my own, so I have never needed one – but evidently lots of folks do. John Abela has helped out all such … Continued

How to have Fun When Hiking in the Rain

Having spent more than fifty years working outside in the rain I was delighted to see this take on the subject. It reminds me a bit of the old adage, ‘When it don’t rain the roof don’t leak; when it … Continued