Camping by the Moroka River

Spent a couple of nights camped by the Moroka River, one at Horseyard Flat. Beautiful weather. Great mid-week company. No-one but Della and the two Jack Russells, who were born in Australia, pay their taxes on dog food, vet supplies & etc, so are entitled to share our beautiful National Parks with us! A.B.Guthrie on …

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Hiking Food: Bulgur Wheat

Hiking Food: There are quite a few suggestions and recipes below. I admit I hadn’t thought of using bulgur as an alternative to rice, pasta, couscous, etc, but it does have a different taste, so I will try it out. This site has some ready-made recipes which look very tasty: https://www.trail.recipes/recipes/bulgur-chili/ Pictured Della’s Tabouli: See …

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George Bass Coastal Walk

Della’s ankle sprain is close to mended now. We went for a therapeutic trial walk along the lovely George Bass Coastal Walk yesterday and completed around 8km without ankle pain. Might be able to attempt something more uneven next week! The dogs had a lovely time too, as verified by Tiny’s big grin on the …

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Hiking Circuits in the Victorian Mountains

There are many wonderful hiking circuits to be ‘found’ in the Victorian mountains. Just because the route is not marked on any map or DSE brochure ought not deter you. Some are quite long and would take a fortnight or so to complete. Others are shorter. The ‘Four Rivers Circuit’: Wonnangatta, Dry Creek, Caledonia, Wellington, …

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Ultra Light Dog Leash

Ultra Light Dog Leash: (8.5 grams): Mini ‘D’ carabiner 2.8 grams + 2mm spectra cord www.zpacks.com/accessories/carabiner.shtml Sometimes we have to walk on a ‘road’ aways or keep the dogs from ‘hunting’ some other pesky hiker, particularly in NPs (where the JRs have every right to be – they are Australians TOO, and pay all their …

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Upper Jordan Catchment

Spent yesterday traipsing (16km) around the Upper Jordan catchment, once the richest alluvial goldfield in the world (the average 3.6 metre square ‘paddock’ yielded 200 ounces of gold!) with Spot and my two ‘boys’ Bryn & Matt. We found an old boiler surrendering itself to the forest amid a welter of other old mining equipment, …

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Hiking Poles

Maybe you (figure you) don’t need a walking stick (or two) but when you work out you do, (or that a couple will reduce the effort of hiking by 50%+ and reduce the chances of falls by @100%), maybe you will be ready to try the LT4s. They only weigh @ 119 grams (about HALF …

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Beautiful East Gippsland

East Gippsland has SO many beautiful places. In winter it is @18C and you have it completely to yourself. Due to an ongoing fox control programme you have to be very careful where you camp with dogs. Picnic areas are probably safest.

Straws Into Containers

  Making drinking straws into mini containers: Now that is a genius idea: http://briangreen.net/2011/07/diy-single-use-antibiotic-packs.html ‘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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Buying Gear Online

If you have difficulty buying stuff online, check out http://www.shipito.com/ 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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Hunting: Wonnangatta

Our kitchen sink: the last few days. My son in law Matt and I just spent four days hiking/hunting a day’s walk away from the car in the Wonnangatta-Moroka National Park. Never have competition for who does the washing up at home, but this setting/plumbing makes a difference I guess… We always camp in an …

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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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Dreaming of the Dusky Track

And you wonder why, this time of year I get a hankering to once again walk the Dusky Track:   See also: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/insects-can-ruin-a-camping-trip/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/dusky-track-canoeing-the-seaforth/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/dusky-track-adventures-1/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/eddie-herrick-moose-hunting-at-dusky-sound/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/eddie-herrick-moose-hunting-at-dusky-sound/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/a-friend-i-met-on-the-dusky-track-fiordland-nz/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/dusky-south-coast-tracks/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/dreaming-of-the-dusky-track/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/the-dusky/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/moose-hunting/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/fiordland-moose/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/fiordland-moose-2/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/hunting-in-fiordland/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/off-to-fiordland/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/shadowland-fiordland-video/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/the-best-toilet-view-in-the-world/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/10-days-in-fiordland/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/fiordland-2009/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/fiordland-nz-with-bryn/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/fiordland-april-2007/ http://www.theultralighthiker.com/weather-for-fiordland/  

Hiking Food: Protein

Hiking food, an occasional series: if you are an omnivore like me, you probably have at least occasional lusts for venal delights (hiking food, folks!) The trick to satisfying these is to do so without spoilage/food poisoning…’Hans Twiggies’ are a staple with us (eg chopped & added to ‘Four Cheeses’ pasta) as they require no …

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Ada Tree Loop Walk (4 Days)

Ada Tree Loop Walk (approx four days). I notice you can walk out of Warburton on the Upper Yarra Track (aka Walk into History). It takes approx two days to reach the Ada Tree Reserve. You can walk back via Short Cut Rd, Oat Patch Track, Platts Creek Rd and the Richards Tramway Walking Track (a …

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Exped Ultralight Pillow

Exped Ultralight Pillow @45 grams http://www.moontrail.com/exped-airpillow-ul-m.php). I received one of these for Xmas and tried it out last night. VERY comfortable. I have been seeking a new hiking pillow since Graham Medical stopped making their dual chamber ‘Flexair’ pillow http://www.theultralighthiker.com/diy-super-ultralight-pillow/ This could well be it. Unlike Bonnie Prince Charlie who famously used a rock for a …

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To The Lighthouse

We recently hiked 43km over two days (one hot, one wet and cold) to and from the Wilson’s Prom Light Station. Today we are a bit stiff and sore (I think mainly from the VERY hot walk on Wednesday afternoon) I am pretty happy to be still able to walk 20+km a day carrying a pack …

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Waterproof Snaplock Bags

Aloksak make really great waterproof to 200 metres snaplock bags. This one is even big enough to put your rifle in (great for canoeing/boating/hunting trips). It is the only waterproof gun bag I know of: http://www.survival-pax.com/aLOKSAK-Bags-Extra-Large.html

Lightweight Hiking Links

Interested in lightweight HIKING? This set of Links will set you off on some wonderful adventures… eg Brasslite alcohol stoves, down booties, Rutalocura products inc carbon fibre trekking poles & Tenkara fly rods for same, pack rifles, etc: http://www.titaniumgoat.com/links.html Titanium Goat has some wonderful products including lightweight stoves for warming winter tents (from @ 750 …

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These hiking poles are wonderful!

(Pictured poles with & without wrist strap. I make up a strap with a tiny piece of 1mm spectra myself for those occasions you need to carry them, eg across a walk wire). These hiking poles are wonderful. (US$95 ea – Nov 2017). At just over 100 grams each they are about 150 grams lighter …

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