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My wife Della & I (combined age then 120) heading off from Freney Lagoon on the second day of our walk across Tasmania in 2011. We took seven days. Between us we were carrying around 20 kilos at the start which included enough food for 10 days obviously with me carrying about two-thirds of that. These days our combined age is 135+ we carry several kilos less than that for the same length trip!

Hi, my name is Steve Jones. I have been hiking, hunting, canoeing etc now for over sixty years, and am still doing so – though a little more slowly than I once did.

Here I am in April 2017, moose hunting in the Hauroko Burn, Fiordland NZ.

I am (now) a retired farmer in Gippsland, Victoria and have spent very many years walking in the Victorian Alps & elsewhere (more often than not in winter) and in every different weather. I hope to be able to continue my rambling for some time to come.

I have camped out a lot, more than two years plus of my life in total. I have seen the failure of just about every type of gear, and experienced just about every disaster which can befall you in the wilderness, and survived.

So, if you dream of doing a bit of camping, hiking or hunting, perhaps I can offer some useful advice? I hope you find something interesting and/or helpful here.

As of today (May 2018) there are over 1100 posts, over a million words (ie more than ten novels) and over 15,000 images – so it has been a lot of work!

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In the meantime, if you would like to read more there is a page of advice here: Hiking Advice or  THE UPPER YARRA TRACK & TRACK INSTRUCTIONS if you are interested in walking Victoria’s greatest track! There are also links to other pages of mine http://www.finnsheep.com/Steve’sBlog.htm (if you don’t mind a bit of politics!) and http://www.finnsheep.com/index.htm – if you are interested in sheep.

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18 Responses

  1. Kath Watkins

    Hi Steve
    I have just discovered the South Coast track and your post with pics (thank you so much) of Westies Hut. I have been looking but not seen yet, doesn’t mean it’s not there though; where did you go after the hut? Like did you just return the same way back over where you came or were you able to arrange something else?
    Kind regards
    Kath

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      Hi Kath, I have lots of posts about it so probably you just haven’t read them all. I am so glad they are being of some use to others. We came down the river in the jetboat (both times) walked out to Westies then walked back to Rarakau carpark via Port Craig. The second time we walked along the coast from the Waitutu Lodge to the Crombie Stream, which we crossed, walked up the ridge then got on the track again. We also walked along the beach from the Grant Burn to the Aan River. Next time we would have a look at Long Point, the Big River and the Slaughter Burn. It is apparently possible to walk along the beach past Big River and camp in another sea cave. We may even walk out to the Hauroko via Lake Poteriteri, or come back down the Hump Ridge to Port Craig. There are lots of options. It is all beautiful country and a wonderful walk. Do have a jet boat ride (Della loved it) and stay at the Waitutu Lodge. Also, do think about doing the Dusky. It is great – I also have lots of posts about it. Have fun. Cheers, Steve & Della Jones.

  2. Scott Vincin

    G’day Steve,
    I just came across your blog whilst researching high country hunting options, and I’ve been glued to your posts for the past two days. I grew up wandering, fishing, climbing and ski touring in the Victorian Alps. Though I now live in Hong Kong, I miss that wild and beautiful country very much, so I have to thank you for bringing your own adventures to light, and providing me with a much-needed fix and the inspiration to get back out there. Your bush travels and prolific posts are providing me with great entertainment, and I appreciate your hunting ethic also.

    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers,
    Scott

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      Thank you very much for your kind thoughts Scott. Just glad someone appreciates my efforts. Hope you can get back to your Alpine wanderings again someday. Cheers, Steve.

  3. Richard

    Hi Steve – very much a fan of your approach and ideas – thank you. I would love to get hold of a version of the Bathtub Groundsheet Chair – can’t find anything of this style (i.e. one that doesn’t require me to fold up the sleeping mat) light enough – would you consider making / selling one. Kind regards Richard (UK)

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      Hi Richard, Thank you for your kind thoughts. I have only made a prototype so far of this chair which I have laid aside while I work on a couple of other promising projects, but I will come back to it. I am getting a couple of them ready for a Kickstarter campaign which I hope will lead me onto a Store on my website where I will no doubt offer the product you would like and quite a few other of my ideas, including a new one which is just too good to take the risk of posting about, but which you will want too! Next year I think. I am so busy about the farm right now since it is spring. It would be nice if I wasn’t nearly 70 and so busy, but so it goes. As I have said before, ‘Watch this space’. Cheers, Steve.

  4. Mike McKernan

    Howdy Steve – love you posts all reflect my own experience / principles – been up the Wonnangatta Moroka Glen when you had to drive through Happy Valley before the bypass so love your posts on this area as they have such fond memories for me – anyway could you pls get in contact with me as I was at the SSAA deer stalkers mtg a couple of months ago and GMA Vic was using some of your content which I didnt think was appropriate and thought you should be aware of it. – Cheers Mike

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      Thank you Mike. The Wonnangatta-Moroka certainly is one of my favourite places. I have a photo of my then very small children (all over thirty now) on the verandah of Harry Smith’s hut taken many years ago to prove we went that way once too. I will message you privately about the other matter.

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      The head of the GMA is equally dismayed by my photo of the ‘River Stag’ being used in an ‘anti-hunting’ context. There will be an investigation, a retraction and an apology in due course I suspect. If there is not, there may well be legal action. Thanks for alerting me to this. Cheers, Steve.

  5. Justin

    Hi Steve,
    I’m really enjoying reading your posts, it’s clear you’re very experienced in the outdoors and your passion shows through your work.
    Thanks for all the information!

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      Thank you Justin. Hope you enjoy deer hunting. I am working on a new story tonight. I may finish it tomorrow – or the next day. There is still so much other work to do. It is called, ‘A Wild River Stag’.

  6. Brent

    Gday Steve, would love to hear more about how the western tyres is going and if any progress has been made since this post was put up.

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      Hi Brent, Sorry for the slow reply. Computer problems. I haven’t done any more work up there since my last post. I hope to clear the tracks between Western Tyers and Caringal and Palmers to Growlers over summer. Maybe do some clearing along the Tyers River for canoeing too. Being nearly 70 I don’t get a lot done. Cheers, Steve.

  7. bill

    Hi Steve,

    I have just discovered your wonderful blog. My wife and I recently opened a lightweight outdoor gear store http://www.50days.com.au. so to read about your ultralight adventures is fantastic. We also live in Gippsland (Phillip Island) and are keen to make contact with you. Please visit our website and contact through [email protected]

  8. Stephanie

    Great posts so far, New Zealand’s Fjordland looks amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog, exploringtheearth. I look forward to more from you, cheers!
    Stephanie

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