BACKPACK GEAR TEST: Dry sacks follow up:

Folks at this website field test various hiking gear and write a detailed report about it. This is a very useful resource to consult before you launch into parting with some of your hard-earned on the latest new bit of gear For example, here are some reviews of the Sea to Summit Ultra Sil Nano …

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Col Townsend Whelen’s Forester Tent

(Bradford Angier 1958): ‘If you need to cut weight or cost, the Forester tent is a good solution. It’s one of the best tents ever devised for a chronic woods loafer, particularly for one who yearns to live close to nature and who objects to spending any of his or her outdoor hours confined in …

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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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Fiordland 2015 #2

There was a huge dump of early snow the night before we arrived in Queenstown. Snow lay right down to the road along Lake Wakatipu and even across the road (having been cleared with snow ploughs making one metre high drifts on the side of the road in places eg on the road down from …

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The Next Hiking Adventure Begins!

The next hiking adventure begins! Heading off today to conquer the South Coast Track of New Zealand for 6 days with only our backpacks and stamina. Stay tuned for pics and reports when we return to civilization. (NB this pic is an old one of Steve and I attempting to conquer the south coast track …

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Trick Knee

Things have been conspiring against our upcoming Fiordland hike. We survived the dreaded Lurgi only last week. Yesterday my trick knee decided it would show me a couple of new tricks (just after I had booked the flights!) and is still having conniptions this morning. Still I have completed a number of long walks with …

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Bucket List: Westie’s Hut: South Coast Track Fiordland NZ

BUCKET LIST#1: Westie’s Hut: built in a sea-cave at Price’s Harbour on the South Coast Walk Fiordland New Zealand. Stunning views. Approx six hours up the ‘marked trail’ from the Waitutu River, four days in from Tuatapere; this is our goal for our current hiking ‘project’:http://www.doc.govt.nz/…/things-t…/tracks/south-coast-track/ And we did it! See also: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/dusky-south-coast-tracks/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/fiordland-2014-2/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/a-walk-in-fiordland/ …

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Bucket List: Crucible Lake

BUCKET LIST#2: Crucible lake (with its icebergs) Gillespie Pass/Wilkin-Young Circuit via Makarora Fiordland, New Zealand. A future trip: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/otago/places/mount-aspiring-national-park/things-to-do/gillespie-pass-circuit/

Elastic Bandaging

VETWRAP Review: A 2 metre (x100mm) roll of this colourful elastic bandaging (available at horse supplies etc) is 15 grams lighter then the more traditional elastic bandage, and since it sticks to itself stays in place better. It is good for an emergency bandage, but it is almost impossible to RE-USE it, so if you …

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Hiking Food Recipes

Many great hiking food recipes: http://www.trailcooking.com/

Forestry Tracks (Jeeralangs)

Everywhere just behind where we live at Jeeralang Junction there are endless miles of forestry tracks. Some are very beautiful making anything you might find on those famous hikes in Tasmania fade into insignificance. For us, it is only a matter of a few minutes’ drive to be somewhere we can let the dogs run …

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Tyers River Training Walk

Yesterday afternoon on the Wirilda Track. We spent a couple of hours or so walking downstream (& back) along the Tyers River from the W3 Track. I should have taken more photos. Forgot my camera, and forgot that my phone has a camera. Wirilda is a well-made and pleasant track with many lovely views of …

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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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River Crossings

RIVER CROSSINGS: This is one of the most fraught parts of hiking. I have seen so many people come to grief doing this (and have had to arrange emergency air rescue for a number who foolishly injured themselves). For example, many folks will spend lots of time trying to find a LOG to cross on. …

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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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Moose Hunting in Fiordland

Watched Ken Tustin’s new doco http://www.stealthfilms.co.nz/dvds/dvd005-bundle.html 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 a mere $10). On every ‘expedition’ there I have found ‘moose sign’ whilst hunting about …

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Dermasafe ultralight knives and saws.

Dermasafe ultralight knives and saws (from 8 grams): http://www.derma-safe.com/product/the-derma-safe-folding-utility-knife

Tanjil River

Wonderful wedding anniversary: first a pioneering canoe trip on the Tanjil River followed by a lovely meal at Morwell’sGaztronomy Restaurant. Many happy returns Della Jones. The Tanjil IS canoeable from Rowley’s Ridge Rd (bridge/gauging station) to Blue Rock Dam (Steve’s Track/Casuarina Track – off Rowley’s Ridge Rd via Hill End) just as I suspected. There …

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The Hiking Life – This guy has been everywhere!

This guy has been everywhere: http://www.thehikinglife.com/ “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 are clear.“