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A Gorilla in the Bush:

So, finally I gave myself a couple of days off to go try out my new Gossamer Gear (GG) Gorilla backpack, and the hunting spot I have been wanting to access via packraft. Here is the pack already loaded up in our garden with our necessities and ready to roll. As you can see Spot, …

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You Never Know When Your Number’s Up.

It does no good though to tippy toe through life so you safely arrive at death. We stroll our 10,000 daily steps somewhere in the forests around here (in this case just behind Yinnar). There had been a fair bit of rain which had created this pretty little waterfall just as a backdrop for my …

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The Not-So-Poor Man’s Sat Phone:

Thuraya’s Sat Sleeve: Pricewise this offering sits about half way between Delorme’s InReach SE (http://www.theultralighthiker.com/the-poor-mans-satellite-phone/) and the Rolls Royce model, Iridium’s Extreme (https://www.iridium.com/products/details/iridiumextreme)  It is also substantially lighter than both (178 grams inc battery) but has to be paired with your phone – which means of course both devices have to work  though you can …

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A Gorilla in the Hand:

I have been giving my new Gossamer Gear Gorilla Backpack a test run. All the gear and food for a couple of days for myself and my dog do fit in the smaller (40 + 8 litre pack) – as you can see. Shrinking your kit (from 52 litres) like this exercises a profitable degree …

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Spot’s Third Snow Trip:

It’s so elevating to venture out for a delightful bit of snow sightseeing (as we did on Saturday) – the coldest June day on record apparently…after a warmer than usual autumn winter has now really hit. We are glad of a warm fire and a cosy bed these chilly nights. The Australian bush colours really …

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Capillary Mat Plant Starters:

Workings: Smart Valve left rear. Why Are My Seedlings Leggy? http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/seeds/leggy-seedling.htm?src=slid This teaser caught my attention and inspired me to talk about my new capillary mat seedling starters. I have used a ‘Smart Valve’ (http://www.gardensmartshop.com/category_s/1841.htm) to regulate the water in the cat litter tray, a cut down plant tray, a couple of used containers and …

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Upper Yarra Track Glamping: Baw Baw Overnight Hike:

  This is a beautiful glamping trip. You can walk from the Mushroom Rocks Carpark (just North of Erica – or from the Mt St Gwinear Carpark) to the Baw Baw Village in approx 5 ½ hours (our retiree speeds with overnight packs) each way. There is accommodation there year round, but at least three …

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Upper Yarra Track: Section Three: Wirilda to Moondarra

The track follows the true right bank (ie facing downstream) of the Tyers river until it crosses on an old pipeline. There are numerous spots where you could stop for a picnic, overnight or for a fish. The impressive cliffs below Peterson’s lookout are a feature. Birdlife, wildlife and wild flowers abound. There are a …

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Upper Yarra Track: Section One: Moe-Yallourn North Rail Trail:

This lovely trail starts @ 200 metres East of Moe Railway Station. It passes through Moe’s wonderful Botanic Gardens nestled along Narracan Creek and follows a fringe of bush to the splendid Latrobe River where the awesome cooling towers of the Yallourn Power Station are a reminder of the unity of mature and artifice. Begin …

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3D Fishing:

Perhaps you don’t need a 3D printed gun, so what about going fishing: http://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Pocket-Fishing-Rod/

Time:

I am unable to keep up with daily posts as I am very busy. This is normal for the time of year: there are lambs to attend, thistles and rushes to spray, trees to plant, vegetable garden to sort. This year I have some dog fencing to complete; a pump has quit and needs fixing …

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Fun with Sticky Tape: Mylar Poncho:

49 grams and five minutes that may Save your Life: Follow the instructions here: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/hole-less-ponchoshelter/  As you can see you can sit down against a tree in front of a fire wearing it and be perfectly dry – with a little help from your small dog, Spot!   See also: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/more-fun-with-sticky-tape-ultralight-mylar-vest/ Actually you can buy …

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Spot’s Hunting Adventures #1: Mystery River

I needed to give the ‘Tyvek Solo Fire Shelter’ (I posted about here: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/tyvek-solo-fire-shelter/ ) a little practical test. What could be a better opportunity than the coldest June night since I was born, I thought. Combining Google Earth http://www.theultralighthiker.com/google-earth-gets-a-facelift/ and the GMA maps showing where it is lawful to hunt deer, (http://www.gma.vic.gov.au/hunting/deer/where-to-hunt/deer-hunting-locations/deer-hunting-in-eastern-victoria) I thought …

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Vegie Gardening

Hoeing again today (and tomorrow). This has been going on a long, long time:   Hoeing: John Updike (1932-2009) ‘I sometimes fear the younger generation will be deprived of the pleasures of hoeing; there is no knowing how many souls have been formed by this simple exercise.   The dry earth like a great scab …

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THRILLING TALES #5: Shackleton

99 years ago today Ernest Shackleton was half way between Elephant Island (Antarctica) and South Georgia in a leaky lifeboat. His voyage to Sth Georgia and first crossing of that island is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. He lies buried in the cemetery there having returned there (to die) in 1922. …

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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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Eclipse

Photos you wish you had taken yourself: UK-based photographer Amy Shore was photographing a total solar eclipse from her backyard in Leicestershire when she happened to capture this remarkable photograph of a bird flying right in front of the overshadowed sun:

More Hiking Food: Low GI

MORE HIKING FOOD: Low GI and cooks in seven minutes, and VERY tasty: http://www.barilla.com/content/product/whole-grain-spaghetti Low GI food (like porridge etc) will last you a lot longer as it takes longer to digest. It is also much better for your health. See also: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/this-book-may-save-your-life/

Bronzewings

Two lovely fat bronzewings enjoying autumn under the Fuji yesterday…Was also visited by a pipit on the verandah outside my (computer) window – the first I have seen here, though I have been hearing him/them and wondering, ‘What Bird Is That?’ – you remember? There were many on the Hazelwood Flats farm. ‘I cannot tell …

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DIY Side Burner Metho Stove

The Ray Garlington Yet Another Coke Can (YACC) Stove Got 5 minutes, a coke can, and a pair of scissors? If so give this little stove a try. It is easy to make, and uses only one can. Also, the pot sits right on top, so it doesn’t need a  pot stand. Just add a …

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