Year: 2014

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 was too old! Oh dear! But surely, if Ray Jardine can do it (and much …

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A Christmas Suprise

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 return tickets to London! As one of my friends remarked, this pretty much reduced me …

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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 self to investigate canoeing that particular stretch of river). We passed through/by the ‘Hawthorn Bridge …

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Hiking Food: Peasant Bread

Peasant Bread Is The Best and Easiest Bread You Will Ever Make. Will have to try this:

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 promise to return for a collecting trip. They figured there would be no (quasi) cops …

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Spotted Pardalote

This morning walking down to the creek to check on the pump I spied a young pair of these Spotted Pardalotes which have obviously taken up residence in our roadside plantation. It is so encouraging to see such birds taking advantage of all our work:

Who needs a tent?

Who needs a tent? Don’t use one myself. Everything you ever wanted to know about tarps:

New Zpacks Sleeping Bag

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 scales; still a great bag. Della’s new Zpacks Medium, Regular, -7C weighs 499 grams in its …

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The Perfect Guy Line for a Tent or Tarp:

  These tiny luminous line locks (.7 gram ea) are just great as is ultra light 1.25 high viz spectra cord (available at: ) which (together) makes for a perfect guy line for a hiking tent/tarp. They glow in the dark so well, you can see them clearly through the material of your tent. …

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Australian Alps Walking Track (4 Days)

Australian Alps Walking Track: 4 Days:  Walhalla to Stronach’s Camp (Description): This section is also called The Upper Yarra Track. It is a wonderful walk. Here are some resources you can use for exploring it:  

Upper Yarra Track: Some History

Upper Yarra Track: Some History:…/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, Dr Yoffa was murdered by a madman (whose name weirdly enough was also Jones – …

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New steps to the old hound yards.

I have been building a set of steps at the back of the house. Still not finished. They would have been such a boon for me for around 25 years of all those winter’s nights as I led hounds down that wet, slippery slope (and back) to take them hunting the majestic sambar in our wonderful …

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The Keyring Reinvented

These folk have reinvented the keyring:

Cable Ties & Leatherdos Hair Clip

Cable ties are just great…so many uses: 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 (& games) happening around here, you see! I think everyone should be wearing the Leatherdos hair …

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Firelighting Tip

You know how when you are trying to light a fire (or Brasslite Stove – as pictured) with a cigarette lighter how you burn your fingers? A strip of bicycle inner tube will hold a Mini Bic (such as I carry – in a snap lock bag to keep it dry) in the On position …

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Personal Locator Beacon

130 grams is not very much to carry to save your life, these GPS Personal Locator Beacons look very useful: See also:

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: If there are four hikers this should not cost more than @ $30 ea. Walk along the old …

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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 a track description in the Siseman Book ‘The Australian Alps Walking Track’ (1988) which is …

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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 3 other vehicles, none of which was recreational. We sorted out the available streams for …

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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 just beautiful, and tonight we are camped on top of Mt Horsefall (1134 metres). The view …

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