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    Sawyer mini or travel tap ?

    Yeah the kind of place I need it is "domesticated" countryside: farms, crops, cattle & sheep (sometimes in the water..), maybe a town upstream. I don't actually know how common chemicals or viruses might be in these kinds of areas but it seemed prudent not to take any chances. Out in the hills...
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    Sawyer mini or travel tap ?

    I recently bought a Travel Tap flip-top. Tested it out at home with a few litres of clean water then in the field with a few litres of water from a couple of lochs after which the flow rate shrunk dramatically from quite good to annoyingly slow. The water had a definite colour so some sediment...
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    Ground Dwelling Advice

    Sure problems with joints could be another reason to use poles.
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    Any good tipi tents?

    Maybe a DD Tipi?. Claimed weight of 2.25kg. No inner tent though.
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    Critique my hammock

    PS: here's a pic of my hammock in a standard, saggy kind of hang with the tarp down low to block the wind.
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    Critique my hammock

    It definitely takes a bit of experimenting to find the most comfortable lay. It's a fine balancing act. First hang one end of the hammock slightly higher than the other. This will be the foot end. With your head and body slightly lower your centre of mass is at the lowest point in the hammock...
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    Ground Dwelling Advice

    Poles for walking? My own view is that they're only really useful in the same sort of conditions you'd want 4x4 drive in a vehicle: very heavy loads, loose slippery ground, steep terrain, river crossings. Apart from that they'd be in my pack.
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    Ground Dwelling Advice

    If you search on google maps you might be able to identify some likely-looking wooded spots for a hang on your walk. That might spoil the fun of exploring though. On my first real trip with a hammock (& thermarest & DD 3x3 tarp) recently I packed a space blanket in case I couldn't find a couple...
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    Galloways Forest

    For peace and space imagine Clatteringshaws loch is the right-hand end of a 15k line and slide it up northwards to Loch Doon. Glen Trool and the Merrick will have a steady trickle of visitors but is worth a mention. The rest should be very quiet and empty. A place to get lost in, in the good way...
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    Hi - Free Nan Bread Tip

    Ooh dumplings :) I'll have to try that one.
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    Hammock Suspension Question

    Good point about trying to prussik on thin cord. I'll go and read up about easily adjustable knots instead. Thanks guys :)
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    Hammock Suspension Question

    Hi. I'm planning to make my own hammock as part of a lightweight tarp & hammock set up and I was hoping that someone can help me out with the design. Two whoopies and a hammock ridge line seems to be a common way to hang. What I'd like to do is make the whoopies & ridge line all in one ie...
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    Hi - Free Nan Bread Tip

    Oops forgot the nan bread tip. It's tough to make bread in a pan. It tends to burn on the outside and stay raw on the inside. What you need is a good-textured dough with lots of little air pockets, a bit like a sponge. These help to transfer heat into the dough, cooking it through before the...
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    Hi - Free Nan Bread Tip

    New member here. After buying a woodgas stove, I needed a knife to prep wood: not something to scare Crocodile Dundee just a wickedly-sharp, wood-working tool. I started reading around the forums and found bushcraft.co.uk - a great source of info :) Love rough-stuff cycling in Scotland. You...
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    Lixada Wood Gasifier Stove

    I guess that's a copy of the Wild Woodgas Stove? Bought one of these recently - the newer model with wire pan supports. My first few tries have been a bit mixed. Once you get it going, the wood gas thing does work very well and the stove gives off a good heat. I'd say that, at maximum, heat...