Only the Moon and Me

Packrafting the Thomson River, Gippsland #1: You start this trip just downstream of the historic Brunton’s Bridge where the road of the same name crosses the river on its way to Happy-Go-Lucky and Walhalla. This road in turn is reached … Continued

How Green Was My River

Packrafting the Thomson River Gippsland #2: After a delightful night’s sleep on My Neoair (Womens) mat on the soft warm sand snuggled in my little poncho tent, I awoke to a morning you only dream of. Look at the quality … Continued

From Dawn to Dusky #1:

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Reposted from  April 2017: Regular readers will know I have just returned once more from hiking the Dusky Track, Fiordland New Zealand – probably NZ’s toughest and most beautiful. I have now been on the Dusky nine times. For most … Continued

The Lure of the Moose:

Oh, the enchantments of Fiordland: Again and again I have returned to this lush green Eden searching for one of these surviving giants of the Pleistocene, which though deported from their ancient homeland in the vast Boreal forests of the … Continued

New Fancy Feast Stove

‘Zelph’ is clearly a genius (like Jim Woods who made the original of the Super Cat Stove – if you have not made one yet, do so today!). He has taken the ‘Super Cat’ to a whole new level – … Continued

Ultralight Hiking on a Budget

The ‘Big Five’ for less than $100 and under 3 kg! I recently posted about this 362 grams cheap 40 litre pack which you can buy from Amazon for US$20. I bought one just to see and found it very … Continued


Over the years I have made many projects out of this wonderful material, particularly tents but other things besides (see below). I use the 3 metre wide ‘Homewrap’ version which I source by the 30 metre roll from Bensons (Home) … Continued


As you have probably noticed we have a new puppy (for Spot) whom we have called ‘Honey’. We had a very unhappy ‘Spot’ following Tiny’s death in early February. We decided to do something about it quickly (this was also … Continued

How to have Fun When Hiking in the Rain

Having spent more than fifty years working outside in the rain I was delighted to see this take on the subject. It reminds me a bit of the old adage, ‘When it don’t rain the roof don’t leak; when it … Continued

Ultralight Ultracheap Backpack

You really don’t need a heap of expensive gear to get into hiking (or a ten ton load). You can start eg with a lightweight pack. You could consider the simple dual compartment 362 grams, 40 litre  G4Free available at Amazon … Continued

Some Days are Sapphires:

Yesterday was. Our 45th wedding anniversary – so naturally we went for a walk! Mt St Gwinear to Mt St Phillack return makes an enjoyable 12 km on a very hot day down here in the valley (34C). Up there … Continued

Amazing Lives: Jim Corbett and the Man-Eaters

For those of you who came in late Jim Corbett’s life and stories will still be an eye opener. During his ‘holidays’ he used to stalk and kill man-eaters. Some of them had killed and eaten thousands of people! Really! … Continued

Canoe Wonnangatta: Kingwill Bridge to Meyers Flat

We returned to this beautiful section of the river again this year for a three day trip. Last year we canoed it in two which did not really give us enough time to savour it. With just a 2WD vehicle … Continued