Cheap Down

These folks have ultra-cheap down sleeping bags, pants, jackets, socks etc on Aliexpress for unbeatable prices. What’s not to like about an 800 fill power ultradry down jacket for US$76.76 (Jan 2019) including delivery, or down pants for US46.41, socks for US$16.24, balaclavas for US$24.85 or  480 grams +5C sleeping bags for US 75.88! Certainly …

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Marvelous Mitchell Day 3

What a wonderful ruin – like something from Ozymandias. Construction of this weir at the junction of the Mitchell and Stoney creek commenced in 1881 but the weir was destroyed by floods in 1893 soon after completion and has never been repaired. Two other attempts to dam the river at Billy Goat Bend and Tabberabbera …

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Marvelous Mitchell Day 2

I spent a wonderfully restful night under the huge walnut tree lulled to sleep by the noise of the river rolling past – and surrounded by deer! The walnuts are a great magnet to them. They clearly check them daily to see whether a leaf or a nut has been discarded for their delectation. I …

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Deer Wars:

‘Kim Hollows reprises his role as Executive Producer for the first time since creating Ata Whenua (Shadowlands). This is a story of men and machines, of incredible daring and unprecedented ingenuity set in the dangerous and unpredictable New Zealand mountains. Over a 20 year period these helicopter pioneers turned a national ecological disaster into a …

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