Bucket List: Kazan River – Canadian Arctic

I was talking to a chap yesterday about undertaking a thousand mile canoe trip down the Kazan River in the Canadian Arctic, an area inhabited only by moose, wolves, caribou, bears, musk oxen salmon etc – and he opined I … Continued

A Christmas Suprise

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Ohboyohboy: We had a wonderful family Xmas yesterday: (mayhap even too much of) my wife Della’s delicious food, loving company, lots of generous and thoughtful gifts, etc… but our son quite bowled us over with the gift of two free … Continued

War on Campers

As we returned from our foray to the Upper Yarra Track on Xmas Day we cut down through a long sub-continental-shaped ‘tongue’ of forest which hangs down East of Noojee pointing towards Trafalgar along the Upper Latrobe River (Note to … Continued

Hiking Food: Peasant Bread

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Peasant Bread Is The Best and Easiest Bread You Will Ever Make. Will have to try this: http://alexandracooks.com/2012/11/07/my-mothers-peasant-bread-the-best-easiest-bread-you-will-ever-make/ https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/213850682282787295/ http://buynongmoseeds.com/quick-and-simple-fresh-peasant-bread/

The things you find!

The things you see when you haven’t got a shovel! Our intrepid adventurers ventured off yesterday on an exploratory trip to see the ‘lost’ Yarra Falls. On the way they saw these wonderful bulbs (alstroemerias). NOW they am on a … Continued

New Zpacks Sleeping Bag

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My wife Della’s new Xmas sleeping bag has arrived. I used to be such an advocate of Montbell’s Ultralight  Superstretch Down Hugger #3, a minus 1C bag – mine (recently) washed weighs 738 grams in its compression bag on my … Continued

The Perfect Guy Line for a Tent or Tarp:

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  These tiny luminous line locks (.7 gram ea) are just great http://www.cleats.co.uk/browse-by-product/line-lok-guy-runners/cl266-mini-line-lokr-for-1-3mm-lines.html as is ultra light 1.25 high viz spectra cord (available at: http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/spectra_cord.shtml ) which (together) makes for a perfect guy line for a hiking tent/tarp. They glow in … Continued

Australian Alps Walking Track (4 Days)

Australian Alps Walking Track: 4 Days:  Walhalla to Stronach’s Camp (Description): http://osp.com.au/?p=5614 This section is also called The Upper Yarra Track. It is a wonderful walk. Here are some resources you can use for exploring it: http://www.finnsheep.com/THE%20UPPER%20YARRA%20WALKING%20TRACK.htm http://www.finnsheep.com/Track%20Instructions.htm Upper Yarra Track … Continued

Upper Yarra Track: Some History

Upper Yarra Track: Some History: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/…/pdf_file/0017/313181/22_2158.pdf Upper Yarra Track: A Rare Treat: in digital form a facsimile of Annie Hoffa’s 1929 book, ‘The Real Thing, Adventures in the Australian Bush’ detailing her 1928 solo walk from Walhalla to Warburton. Sadly, … Continued

Cable Ties & Leatherdos Hair Clip

Cable ties are just great…so many uses: http://topclosure.com/ Incidentally, have you tried handcuffing yourself with one to see whether you really can get the wretched thing off? They are not so chewable, let me tell you! Always lots of fun (& … Continued

Personal Locator Beacon

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130 grams is not very much to carry to save your life, these GPS Personal Locator Beacons look very useful: http://www.equipped.org/blog/?p=284 See also: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/get-lost-get-found-plbepirb/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/the-poor-mans-satellite-phone/

Upper Yarra & Australian Alps Walking Tracks

  Upper Yarra Walking Track: Update 1: I reckon the best approach to this track for most people would be to catch a train to Moe, then a taxi to Erica. MTE have a charter service: http://www.mountaintopexperience.com/ If there are … Continued

Upper Yarra & Australian Alps Walking Tracks

  The Upper Yarra Walking Track (82 km) which extends from Warburton to Walhalla is Australia’s oldest walking track (1907). It has been neglected for a long time. There are no Government brochures or websites dedicated to it. There is … Continued

Upper Yarra Walking Track (Day 3)

Day 3 of our reconnaissance of the Upper Yarra walking track: We cannot believe that such an outstandingly beautiful area lies so close to home and, even more amazingly, so close to Melbourne. In the 3 days we saw only … Continued

Upper Yarra Walking Track

Checking out the Upper Yarra walking track with a view to doing the 82km walk from Warburton to Walhalla. We are trying to locate water sources as the information on the track is a couple of decades old. Scenery is … Continued