Shadowland – Fiordland Video

If you wonder why I return again & again to Fiordland (& the Dusky Track) maybe this excerpt from ‘Shadowland’ will whet your appetite. (Della’s favourite part, the kakapo @ 37secs in). You may have to buy the complete video as no-one … Continued

Tales of a Rat-Hunting Man

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Alas, we cannot all have the opportunity to bag innumerable elephants, pandas, platypodes, blue whales, etc – though I am sure we have all read all Teddy Roosevelt’s hunting books, etc but, here is an interesting book about a chap … Continued

The Dawn of Ultralight:

As you can see this pamphlet dates back to 1924 which gives some idea of how long people have been grappling with the idea of lightening their load on the trail: The Whelen Forester Tents I talked about here and here … Continued

Thrilling tales: Erin McKittrick:

This young lady (accompanied by her husband, Hig) is amongst the greatest living explorers. Their 4,000 mile trek along the US Pacific Coast related in her book ‘A Long Trek Home’ is astonishing – but it proved to be only … Continued

The Wood for the Trees:

A Long View of Nature from a Small Wood: This looks like such an enchanting book:  Reviews here: &

Hiking for Voyeurs

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Following hot on the heels of ‘Wild’, Bill Bryson’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’ is soon to hit the big screen with Robert Redford in the starring cast. Della will want to see this. I admit I enjoyed the book, … Continued

Tim Severin – What a Guy!

WHAT a guy! Not many in modern times (save perhaps Thor Heyerdahl: have adventured like this chap, eg: The Brendan Voyage (1976–1977), The Sindbad Voyage (1980–1981), The Jason Voyage (1984), The Ulysses Voyage (1985), The China Voyage (May–November 1993), … Continued

Kon Tiki: Thor Heyerdahl

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What an adventure it was: drifting across the entire Pacific Ocean to Polynesia on a balsa wood raft . The doco Thor made won the Academy Award. The book was translated into 70 languages and sold 50 million … Continued

Jeremiah Johnson 1972

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THRILLING TALES #3: John (Jeremiah, ‘liver eating’) Johnson: If you love Robert Redford (as Della does) you will love this old film (‘Jeremiah Johnson’ 1972, a classic!) Also see ‘Mountain Man’ by Vardis Fisher and ‘The Avenging Fury of the … Continued

The Wreck of the Commerce

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THRILLING TALES: The Wreck of the Commerce (1815) ‘This true story describes how they came to be shipwrecked, and their travails in the Sahara Desert. Lost in this unknown world, Captain Riley felt responsible for his crew and their safety. … Continued

Study: Hunting Increases Levels of Love Hormones in Men

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If your spouse ever questions your desire to spend a day hunting (UNLIKELY!), you could show her this wonderful EVIDENCE: ‘Study: Hunting Increases Levels of Love Hormones in Men’: ‘For decades, feminists (and their self-loathing male accomplices) have been … Continued

Dick Proenneke: Alone in the Wilderness

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I used to love stuff like this. Now I am wiser! However, I can really recommend a vid of a guy who went to Alaska and did it all: (Dick Proenneke: Alone in the Wilderness: )

Moose Hunting in Fiordland

Watched Ken Tustin’s new doco which I mentioned the other day. If you are interested in great scenery, Fiordland, the origin of the moose herd there or just hunting generally you will find something to captivate you here (for … Continued

Eddie Herrick – Moose Hunting at Dusky Sound

Venery: This is one of my all-time favourite photos. This was Eddie Herrick circa 1934 in his eponymous creek in Wet Jacket Arm, Dusky Sound, Fiordland NZ with his bull moose. In a moose hunting career in Fiordland which involved Eddie … Continued

The Hiking Life – This guy has been everywhere!

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This guy has been everywhere: “Deserts, jungles, mountains or coast; I don’t have a preference. If I’m out in nature with everything I need in the world on my back, chances are my smile is wide and my thoughts … Continued

Bucket List: Pacific Crest Trail

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01/09/2014: I have been reading about the Pacific Crest Trail. Some parts of this must be SO beautiful. Maybe something for your ‘bucket list’ (At least hiking IS cheap and affordable!)  &