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A self-loathing despair squid.


Aug
20
comment What is the safest way to purify water?
true. i'm in NZ and i suspect a lot of the back country water away from animal farming is drinkable straight out the river, but i still use mira as a backup
Nov
7
comment Does camping in polar bear country require someone to keep guard during the night?
Surely that'd be "if attacked by a bear", unless bear attack is mandatory for entry ?
Nov
7
comment New Zealand recommended hiking maps, books and other resources
I'm guessing that's auckland ? huntingandfishing.co.nz/index.php/pi_pageid/28 should sort you out, that's where we get our maps from, allbeit in wellington.
Nov
7
comment New Zealand recommended hiking maps, books and other resources
topomap.co.nz should get you started as far as maps go. Wherever you go, popping into a hunting / fishing store or similar you'll pick maps up easy enough when you arrive.
Aug
8
comment How do I identify dangerous, marshy land?
Not an answer per se, but if you have even the slightest indication that the area ahead may be low lying and boggy, keep near to a fence. This has probably saved my life at least once when it turned out the route ahead (already in a boggy area) was actually a small river entirely covered by overgrowth. The fence I ended up using to drag myself out was setup straight across it.
Mar
14
comment evenk / siberian hitch
i've just noticed on a ray mears video that he puts an extra loop in for security on the hammock but not the tarp. that's likely what i was missing.
Mar
14
comment What's the difference between white gas, propane, kerosene, and gasoline?
one more disadvantage, its hard / impossible to see the flame. Be careful !
Mar
14
comment What's the difference between white gas, propane, kerosene, and gasoline?
butane and propane/butane mixtures might also be good to discuss.
Mar
14
comment What are good knots to know for camping and backpacking?
should really add that the bowline will not slip under load. If you're bouncing about on it or if the load comes and goes, it can and will slip. - back it up with a second knot in these circumstances.
Mar
12
comment What's the UPF of a T-Shirt or jeans?
not really. I didn't write the content of the link, so i'm in no position to expand upon it. It took about 5 seconds on google to find though, so with any amount of effort similar info could be obtained by anyone interested.
Mar
9
comment Is it better to wear one pair or two pairs of socks while hiking?
I've always had two pairs, and never even known why. Thanks for this info !
Mar
8
comment Navigational gear worldwide
ah. after a bit of reading up, waas is only used in north america currently, so we must have not been using it to begin with. goodo !
Mar
8
comment Navigational gear worldwide
OK ! - i'd understood there was some extra satellites the gps unit can use in addition in europe to provide a more accurate fix. Its a garmin gps 60 i have. I think that feature was called "WAAS"
Mar
7
comment Driving tent pegs into rocky ground
I agree. This method has nearly always worked for us to avoid rocks.
Feb
22
comment Best way to illuminate a tent?
by "light" i thought you meant "set on fire"!