Woodcraft: George Washington Sears

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‘Go light; the lighter the better, so that you have the simplest material for health, comfort and enjoyment.’ So he said way back in 1884. A ten pound canoe way back then! There are so many treasures you can download … Continued

Ultralight Power Bank – Nitecore Chargers:

The Nitecore F2 Charger: 46.5 grams plus battery weight, eg two X 18650s at 48 grams each = 6800 Mah of charging for a weight penalty of 142.5 grams (not bad), but if you add a second pair of batteries … Continued

Hiking Makhani Dal

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You can make a delicious Makhani Dal for the trail very simply and inexpensively. The recipe below will make over a litre of dal which is more than Della and I can eat for a meal between us. If you … Continued

Gossamer Gear Air Flow SitLight Camp Seat:

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The quest for a dry back when hiking is never ending. I confess I punched a pattern of holes with a wad punch just like this in my Sitlight Pad prior to our Bartle Frère walk back in September for … Continued

Ultralight Clothes Pegs for Hiking

How to dry your clothes when hiking? I have had a number of strategies. First I always wear clothing which is quick drying such as light weight ‘super wash’ wool and nylon for example. My first resort has always been … Continued

Amazing Lives: Jim Corbett and the Man-Eaters

For those of you who came in late Jim Corbett’s life and stories will still be an eye opener. During his ‘holidays’ he used to stalk and kill man-eaters. Some of them had killed and eaten thousands of people! Really! … Continued

How to Travel Around the World With Just a 20lb Backpack:

People carry too much gear. We are planning a trip to Scotland this year so we are working on how to fit everything we need into a couple of sub 500 gram backpacks such as these . For about a month … Continued

Big Agnes AXL Air Pad

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Great news: I wrote back in August ‘Big Agnes were showcasing a new pad at the Outdoor Retailer show. It will be 20 x72 x3 inches thick – 9 ounces ie 50 x 180 x 7.5cm –  270 grams. It … Continued

South Coast Track Fiordland NZ: Waitutu to Westies:

I can’t believe it is two years ago we were there. Time for another trip. We have not seen Long Point, the Slaughter Burn, Big River…I was reminded of this by our jet boat pilot (Roffy) posting this on Facebook … Continued

Never Get Lost – Just $20:

Only 37 grams, the Brunton Get Back Mini GPS: Quickly shows the way back to your starting point by the shortest, most direct route. Instead of retracting your steps at the end of the day, you can head straight home, … Continued

Ultralight Shooting Stick:

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The Flipstick: I used one of these for years before my neurosurgery back operation – recommended, as I had absolute agony staying on my feet without a break for any period of time. They would also be useful if you … Continued

Simple Hammock Double Up

You can hang two hammocks side by side from the one pair of trees using just one tarp with this simple expedient. You need one (or two) spacer bars (3/4″ thick branches or parts of your hiking poles will do) … Continued

Night Sights:

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If you are old like me you are likely having trouble seeing your front sight in dim light, yet dawn and dusk are the premier hunting times. What to do? As you know I eschew telescopic sights. I would not … Continued

The Moon Wind:

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What a fascinating article; I have often noticed the ‘terminator’ wind (especially at dawn here in Victoria), but I confess regretfully I have not been outdoors over the ocean enough on warm full-moon nights to notice the moon wind: ‘A … Continued

Hatchet:

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the best-selling young adult’s story ‘Hatchet’ by Gary Paulsen, which spawned the film Cry in the Wild and a heap of sequels. I guess it was inspired by the classic Heinlein SF … Continued