Hiking

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.

Hunting near Bruthen

Hunting about near Bruthen on Sunday with my boys (Matt & Bryn): a beautiful sunny day. Too bad the wet summers have thickened the bush up so much you can’t even see the deer (though I heard lots). A beautiful sunny spring day: the wild fuschia, normally a vapid drab was a riot of scarlet …

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Hiking the Wonnangatta-Moroka

Back from four days’ hiking in Wonnangatta-Moroka area with a young American acquaintance, Steve Hutcheson whom I met on the Dusky Track earlier this year: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/a-friend-i-met-on-the-dusky-track-fiordland-nz/ The rivers were flooded and difficult to cross but the weather beautiful. Probably sub-zero of a night but warm and comfy for us thanks to my Tyvek tarps and a …

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The Best Toilet View in the World!

I have been hiking in Fiordland NZ for ten days and have now returned ‘bowed but unbeaten.’ Met some great young people on the trail (and some not-so-great) and saw, as usual quite a lot of evidence for the continuing existence of moose there. I will post a photo of the best toilet view in …

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Hiking Food: Soup

I am currently trying Ainsley Harriott’s Southern Cajun Gumbo Cup of Soup for breakfast. Yum! Some people ask what food I take hiking. This is too hard a question for ONE post but here’s a tip which also works well for a snack or lunch. Combine a sachet of 2 minute noodles sans flavour sachet …

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Many Deer: Mt Darling- Snowy Bluff Wilderness

Back from the bush after seeing MANY deer. Four beautiful days of fine weather and camping out. On the last day I walked out 20-25km of rough bush walking in 8.5 hours which I consider pretty good going for an old bloke. My new stove worked a treat http://packafeather.com/. It will simmer @ 1ml/minute – …

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How to Tie Knots

14/08/2011: Just to lighten up a bit, you might want to bookmark this one. Knots are very handy and this site shows how to tie them easily. There MAY be a hangman’s noose there as well, which could be handy in this political climate: http://www.animatedknots.com/

Six Camps along the Wonnangatta

Just back from four great days hunting/hiking in the Wonnangatta-Moroka NP with my son-in-law, Matt Dennis. Now have six camps in various lovely spots there complete with shelters and other gear which works well. Saw lots of deer but Matt was too kind to shoot a stag.