Hiking

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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Hiking the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson has a new book on the year 1927, which is a very interesting idea for a book (Review here: http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/bill-bryson%27s-1927.aspx). I enjoyed his one about hiking the Appalachian trail (http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Woods-Rediscovering-America-Appalachian/dp/0307279464 )

Hunting the Wonnangatta-Moroka

Back from one of my favourite places in Wonnangatta-Moroka: six hours walk in from my car & five hours drive from here to the closest driveable location. This has to be one of the remotest areas in Victoria. Deer (and dingoes!) as common as rabbits elsewhere. Took our old Jack Russell, Tiny along for the …

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Snowy River

Recently Della and I circumnavigated the Snowy River in our Defender and and camper (http://www.fourwheelcampers.com/). The area up around McKillops Bridge remains today an isolated place to live. It must have been much moreso eg when the Ambon Settlement was founded as a soldier settlement scheme after WW1 (there remains an interesting historic suspension bridge …

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Wonnangatta-Moroka National Park

Back from four days’ hiking in the Wonnangatta–Moroka National Park May 31, 2013 with the lovely Della and the two Jack Russells who just have to see this wonderful wilderness which is being preserved for ‘future generations’ but not for the current one. We know a beautiful remote flat where we camped amid the comings and …

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Woodchopping Tip

Woodchopping: A tip I learned from Col Francis: don’t cut the block as you would a tomato or an orange; peel it like an onion: ie: work your way in from the outside…

Tyvek Tent Designs

I have been thinking about my Tyvek tent designs again: I believe I can now make an approx 6 foot high, zero condensation ‘fire’ tent for 2-4 people which will weigh under one kilo including floor and zipperless mosquito netting and which will set up against a tree or with the aid of a hiking …

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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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Hiking with a Jack Russell

Went hiking with my son Bryn’s little dog, Tiny. Expected to be out all week but unfortunately hurt my back so limped home. Here we see Tiny on her special hiking bed helping herself to some dog nuts and her caching some for later, just in case.