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I double checked a couple of websites (thanks a lot for the comments to the question) and I'm sure that my compass is not compatible with Australia. As a result of these magnetic variances, the compass industry has divided the earth into 5 "zones", as identified in the map which shows the different zones starting with Zone 1 at the top and ending with ...


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Kangaroos can be very dangerous to men. It's never a good idea to approach them and we should always exercise caution when in the vicinity. However, they don't go looking for people to attack. They're herbivores, meaning they only eat vegetation, so even if they kill a person, they don't eat it. They have very little incentive to start a fight with a human,...


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Generally speaking wildlife should not be harassed by humans, but left alone. Bites can infect you with unwanted bacteria and require stitches in a hospital. Large animals should always be left alone because they could be possibly cause people harm. Amongst this group are kangaroos which are to be considered a real possible danger to people, especially if ...


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Potentially, very dangerous. Kangaroos can be big (largest confirmed stood 2.1 m (6'10") tall and weighed 91 kg (201 lb)!), they're strong, they have killer claws that they will use to try and gouge the eyes out of opponents, and an even larger claw on the end of their powerful feet that can easily disembowel someone with a kick. When kangaroos fight, they ...


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Having used my Europe compass in America as well as in Australia, I would say you do not need a new one. It will still point one end of the needle to the north and the other to the south, only the south pole is closer to you than when you are home. Edit As pointed out in the comments and the other answers, the direction as given is good enough for casual ...


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Having grown up on a farm in Western Australia which is inhabited with kangaroos I have never thought of kangaroos as a danger to humans. In my experience kangaroos are afraid of humans (unless raised as a pet - yes we had a pet kangaroo as a kid). In saying that there does seem to be a number of reports of kangaroo attacks on the web. Many of these ...


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I'd like to challenge a premise of your question: I noticed that snow jackets tend to be cheaper than soft shell jackets and that they are waterproof and wind resistant, so I was wondering what issues I would face if I use a snow jacket? You are putting too much emphasis on labels: "Snow jacket" is an arbitrary label that a company (seller or producer) ...


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It would probably work and some of it will just depend on your preferences. Possible issues may include, Too much insulation causing you to overheat and sweat and become uncomfortable, doubly so if the jacket is not breathable. Bulkier and heavier than it needs to be. Several layers instead of one large jacket works better for variable temps. Like I said a ...


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You are correct that using or any attempt to empty damaged or rusty containers has a significant potential for personal injury or death. This is the US redneck answer, it may not be appropriate in your (or any) area. Use them for target practice with a long range rifle. Place the containers down range on the ground, return to the shooting line and when ...


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I know nothing about wombats, but I do stalk a particular wild animal here in my part of the world. Here is some general advice. Scat is a good start. Are there areas where it is more concentrated? Get well away from human activity. Wild animals avoid us, some more so than others. I gather that wombats are on the shy side. When you get out there, be quiet....


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In some of the National Parks in the United States there is actually a program to recycle the containers. The Propane Bottle Recycler (PBR), a mobile propane cylinder recycling unit, is now being utilized to recycle an estimated 20,000, small, one-pound propane cylinders discarded in the greater Yellowstone area each year. The recycling function of this ...


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Snow jackets come in a lot of different variations. Insulation - from shell to full down insulation Water Resistance - From light to full Breath-ability - From light to full Note that waterproofness is not guaranteed in a snow jacket. They are predominantly designed to be worn in snow not rain and despite the fact they are both water, snow penetrates a ...


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If your certification is to be PADI, and you go to a certified PADI diving shop/centre, you will be fine, I'm very sure. The instructors will most probably ask for your log book to assess your level of skills, and they will only offer to take you on dives, that you are certified for, and not try to push you into doing stupid or crazy stuff.


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According to the "Australian Bowhunters Association" there is no minimum requirement. Q: What the minimum bow poundage required to hunt in Australia? Answer The ABA has no minimum recommendation on poundage for hunting. There are State regulations that require minimum standards of poundage and arrow weight. In Victoria these are ...


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For walking on rough terrain and scrambling in hot conditions I've found hiking shoes or approach shoes to work very well. That is after all what they're meant for. They're a bit tougher and heavier than trainers, and I suspect that the ones you had were essentially trainers styled like walking shoes (despite the label; I've had some like that from shoe ...


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There is no ‘formal’ way to find out. However, rest assured you’re not alone in your situation. Many many people only dive rarely just when the opportunity presents itself and most diving operators, unless specifically aimed at a more experienced audience, will be able to accommodate you. You could contact some operators for ease of mind though.


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There must be some kind of "free list" or "sell list" where you can give away stuff in your area. Maybe you can find someone that has a stove that is compatible with these things. Perhaps the local outdoor store can help, although they see these free canisters as offsetting sales of new ones. A outdoor club would be a good place to ask. It's probably not ...


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The effect that might make a compass not work in two different regions of the world is called (magnetic) declination. This is due to geometry (geographical and magnetic north are not the same) and local effects on the worlds magnetic field. A compass might be adjustable to this. Usually there is a little screw, with which you can turn the scale to adjust ...


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A common way of getting experience is to join a local club and go diving. Of course this depends on where 'home' is, but the only way to get experience is to get under water and go diving. Even diving in pools, lakes, quarries and the like will mean you get to sort out your core skills: buoyancy, finning and trim. Not to mention practising all the skills ...


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I have been using a ski jacket for mild winter weather use this last winter. Our temperatures are not much lower than yours. I was comfy when not very active, during cycling (in which most of the build up heat is in my legs, not my upper body) and when out in the wind while moderately active (walking briskly.) But when doing very active things I often had ...


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I can tell you that no liveaboard operator will go on trips where they do not provide for diving opportunities for people on entry and advanced levels. All dives will be with a buddy and most likely there will be a divemaster familiar with the areas you will be diving to assist you with any issues you may experience and lead you on all dives. Depending ...


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You will not have any problems with propane or butane being released in your yard, unless there are sparks or a heat source near by, or if there are low areas leading into a house. I would manually release the gas, one can a day - and don't burn the gas. In this manner, the gas will naturally dissipate. The issue for you then becomes what to do with the ...


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