South Coast track Fiordland NZ: Waitutu Forest Fiordland: Warm Air Pockets

One of the things which most surprised us about this beautiful forest was how warm generally it is – around 3-4C WARMER than nearby Invercargill, so very similar to Southern Victoria. I saw little difference between food growing in our hosts vegie garden at the Waitutu Lodge than you would find here. We lived …

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South Coast Track Fiordland NZ: Westie’s Hut: Topo Map Errors

Westies Hut, Price’s Harbour, Fiordland NZ. I have encountered this once or twice before (also with the Australian series): Westies Hut, at the end of the South Coast Track is marked in the WRONG position in the DOC and Linz topo maps. It is actually located at the WESTERN end of Price’s Harbour, as a …

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Gorge River Fiordland #2

  Further to yesterday’s post about the latter day ‘Wilderness family’, mayhap you have a yen to visit them in their refuge? You CAN walk all the way from the end of the road South of Haast ie Cascade River, down to & along the coast, past Gorge River, then chose to fly out from …

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THRILLING TALES #6: New Zealand’s Remotest Family

A Life on Gorge River: Kindle edition: Also see (his & hers versions) Above: the Long family home Gorge River South of Haast in remote Sth Westland Fiordland NZ. See: New Lives in the Wild – Ben Fogle: Series 1 Episode 3: ‘The adventurer travels to the west coast of New …

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Rain Kilt

On our recent walk on the South Coast Track NZ this interesting zpacks innovation worked really well for me, keeping me warm (but not too) and dry above the knees, and providing a dry seat whenever I wanted to rest on a log. At 54 grams you are hardly going to notice it in your …

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Hot Lips

What a useful product: I’m sure we have all burned our lips on a billy or tin cup. This product will end that. It just clips onto the rolled edge of the billy giving you an insulated surface. Weighs 1-2 grams. Very useful eg with Evernew’s Titanium Sierra Cup (Weight 63.5 grams) – which might …

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Peanut Butter Toast Soldiers

I must say that when our kids were tiny they ate lashings of PB (Peanut Buttter)with no thought (from us) that it might be bad for them. Indeed I was astonished to learn there WAS such a thing as PB allergy (Is there?) AND that Statists insisted that PB be banned from kids’ lunches etc. …

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Miso soup:

  Is it possible to like this stuff if you force yourself to eat it often enough or does it forever taste like (I Imagine) cocky cack? Only persistence will tell. I wonder is it like olives (an acquired taste)…Perhaps another cup again soon? Argh! Still it is only 6 grams for 19 calories, and …

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An excellent one person tent.

This looks like an excellent one person tent: A 1 person, 3 season tent weighing from 570 grams (20 oz) Available in Green 40D silnylon or Green 20D silpoly Foot panel door/vent option Bathtub height increased to 125mm (5″) Side panel tie-outs fitted as standard 180 UK pounds (Mar 2018)

Straws Into Containers

  Making drinking straws into mini containers: Now that is a genius idea: ‘Place the straw over the opening of the ointment tube and carefully squeeze in a small amount of the ointment that is approximately one quarter of an inch in length. You’ll notice that transparent straws work best for this. Use you …

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Don’t let old age stop you.

Someone quipped to me just yesterday. ‘Old age is not for sissies!’ Boy, you’re not just ‘whistling Dixie’! The young just wouldn’t be up to this shit! But their turn will come. Most of my (old) friends are either already dead or might as well be, creeping safely towards the grave as they have been …

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Ultralight Canadian Canoe

Only 13 Kilograms! Now available in Oz: Velcro on a silnylon skirt and THIS could be just about the perfect one-person touring white water canoe:, and now that Della needs to be paddled THIS could be our new two-person touring canoe for flat water and moderate rapids. Can easily see us spending a leisurely …

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Six Moon Designs Dyneema Pack Review

I don’t know whether I posted a report on my Six Moon Designs Dyneema pack, the Swift – which I think my wife gave me earlier for Xmas. It has proved wonderfully comfortable and durable. It would be hard to beat in a 428 gram pack (at $110!). I switched the waist belt for a single one …

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Tasmania’s South Coast Track – Hell’s Holiday

A warning to those considering hiking Tasmania’s South Coast Track. It is now a full week since we reached Cockle Creek after completing the South Coast Track wilderness walk. After a week, I finally feel a little recovered and therefore equal to the task of recording the experience, so that others contemplating the walk may …

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World Travel Kit

When my son was planning to go backpacking overseas I made this list of essential items for him to have in his pack. A useful list for anyone who is interested in ultralight backpacking. ———– You need to start ordering around six months ahead as some items may take a while to be made/arrive. It would be …

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Lightweight Hiking Links

For those interested in lightweight hiking these links are great: I already go away for a week carrying less than 10kg including food and booze. About half that for a weekend. Most enjoyable.