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Compass compatibility: Can I use my US compass in Australia?

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 ...
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How dangerous are kangaroos?

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'...
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How dangerous are kangaroos?

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 ...
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How dangerous are kangaroos?

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 ...
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How dangerous are kangaroos?

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 ...
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Compass compatibility: Can I use my US compass in Australia?

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 ...
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How do you safely and legally dispose of old, damaged/unsafe camp stove gas canisters that are still full?

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 ...
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Using a Snow jacket for non snow conditions?

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 ...
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Using a Snow jacket for non snow conditions?

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 ...
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How do you safely and legally dispose of old, damaged/unsafe camp stove gas canisters that are still full?

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 ...
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Using a Snow jacket for non snow conditions?

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 ...
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Scuba diving right after passing certification

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 ...
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Shoes for hiking and minor rock climbing in Australia?

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 ...
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Scuba diving right after passing certification

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, ...
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How do you safely and legally dispose of old, damaged/unsafe camp stove gas canisters that are still full?

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 ...
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Compass compatibility: Can I use my US compass in Australia?

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 ...
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How dangerous are kangaroos?

Maloo is correct. I am Australian too. The only precaution we have in rural Victoria is stay away from: A lone kangaroo that does not move away, or approaches. if you find one, watch constantly and ...
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How do you safely and legally dispose of old, damaged/unsafe camp stove gas canisters that are still full?

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 ...
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Scuba diving right after passing certification

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 ...
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Please help identify this sailcraft

Almost certainly an Australian Scow Moth (see video stills here (youtube)). It was a pretty common boat in the 1980's or thereabouts, and I think (Wikipedia confirms) that the design was developed in ...
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Using a Snow jacket for non snow conditions?

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 ...
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Scuba diving right after passing certification

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 ...
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