Trapped by Flood Waters

‘I got away up the bush for a few days recently. Lots of rain came in. The rivers were in flood, went up over 2 metres and home was on the wrong side. Also discovered that the seam sealer tape on ultrasil dry bags deteriorates – my sleeping bag and all my gear was saturated wading …

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Bright Sky at Night:

If you have spent as many nights sleeping under the stars as I have (literally years) then you will many times have encountered nights when it is bright enough without a moon to safely walk through the bush without a torch even if it is not bright enough to read a newspaper with as it …

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The Moon Wind:

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 “terminator wind” is a wind that blows across the “terminator”, the moving line on the …

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Weather for Fiordland

WEATHER: The GFS (US Weather Bureau ‘Global Forecasting Service) forecast for Jeeralang Junction has had yesterday at Jeeralang Junction involving 44mm of rain for the past FORTNIGHT! Yesterday we received 44mm of rain. Our own BOM had us has having none until approx 7:00pm the day before and then suggested 1-10mm. The difference is almost …

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Buying Gear Online

If you have difficulty buying stuff online, check out They are just great. You can (for example) buy that stuff on Amazon (which has free US shipping but which they won’t send to Oz) and have Shipito forward it (very cheaply). We do this all the time. We usually use Shipito’s cheapest freight rates …

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