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    Fire pit options

    Anyone know where we can get a cheap (ish) fire pit during the lockdown? We've got a folding BBQ but it's not exactly right. Too thin and if it gets too hot it warps. Iirc you used to be able to get a decent, folding one from Outwell for £30 ish from camping and DIY shops. Usage would be for...
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    What did you buy today?

    Which kayak did you get?
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    COVID Garden Camping!

    Especially since we'll not be selling our current house but renting it out. I know that's not very socially responsible but for various reasons retirement will be bleak if we don't. Buy low and sell high, isn't that the way to go? Renting would just be about maintaining both houses until right...
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    COVID Garden Camping!

    Got a silk 2 berth hammock that's actually big and strong enough for the three of us. Not sure I'd like to sleep in a hammock though.
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    TheGreat British Campout for the NHS

    We've only got a tarmac surface for a backyard. I've slept head up on slopes in the lakes before now. My last years at my parent's house before I left home for the last time was spent sleeping in a sloping bedroom of be a 400 year old house. Foot of the bed was probably a good foot lower...
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    COVID Garden Camping!

    Only got a backyard or we'd be doing that too. Can't do it at my parent's because they're in at risk group. Besides they've only been in their house for a few months and it's all hard landscaping except for a sloping lawn. So jealous of anyone with a lawn right now. Our plan for this year was...
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    Are all 900 down bags the same?

    That's really my point, all bags twist if you're a wriggler. Side or centre is really a choice. Indeed you can get bags without zips too. I've never had a centre zip so admit to not seeing the advantage of that design, only my perceived negative of a zip resting on top of you. When I've...
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    Scout badges

    How things change! My first camp away as a scout we were let loose in Ambleside with our money. There used to be a tobacconist iirc that had some fishing stuff and knives. Everyone with enough money bought a lock knife. Favourite style was reddish wood scales with bright, brass ends. We then...
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    Are all 900 down bags the same?

    How does a centre zip stop the twisting of the bag? Also, does the top of the zip have what's known as a garage to stop contact with your chin like good coats do? I'd have thought the centre zip would be annoying personally. I've once forgotten my sleeping bag on a very frosty night in a poorly...
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    Are all 900 down bags the same?

    PhD always seems to underestimate their performance for reasons laid down by their founder and guru. Of course it's difficult for us to know if you're a warm or cold sleeper. I used to know people who slept in Alpkit's coldest temperature rated sleeping bag in summer!!! Also, things like...
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    Wooden Trekking Pole

    Is the stickman still working? I seem to recall his website said he wasn't but could be wrong or it of date.
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    Wooden Trekking Pole

    I was more thinking of one end of the bottom section has a plug that goes into a socket on the top section. Like in that top picture in the stickman conversation screenshot. Can be long and possibly a pin through. It's probably all academic, I'm not likely to try it just I'm interested if...
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    Wooden Trekking Pole

    If did sound a difficult idea to make work but would be an interesting product if anyone managed it.
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    Wooden Trekking Pole

    I've been thinking about sticks for walking with. The simplest is something picked up on the trail up to the £100+++ carbon fibre, UL trekking pole. Has anyone tried to make a folding, wooden stick before? I started this thread because the thread on what was or oil to use on a newly made stick...
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    A `Being Sick` supply.

    My tip is pure orange juice (can be from concentrate) in a half and half mixture with water then add a pinch of salt. Other suggestions flat full sugar cola. I used to dilute full sugar cola 50:50 with water too. Actually preferred the taste. Milk is actually a better drink to quench thirst...
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    Making a Will

    There's an old fella in the mall of a local town who writes wills for people. He sits all day on a chair in front of a basic sign with an A4 refill pad and some pens. Always thought that most people would be as good at writing one as he would be, with a little research and the commonly...
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    Folding saw - cheap might not get much use

    Even my dreams are telling me to get one! I woke up remembering a dream where we'd just moved into a little 3 bed countryside/small village house with a modest garden and garage. A week after moving in and we're still unpacking when a neighbour comes in for a chat, obviously 2m social...
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    Scout badges

    What section are you looking at? Scouts, cubs or beavers? Our beavers has set a task to produce a poster on a country of the beaver's choice. Ours chose Belgium because we toured part of it last summer on bikes. It's possibly easier with beavers than scouts, even cubs.
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    Scout badges

    Our family walk planning consists of setting out to one area of the lakes then deciding to walk another on the drive up. Lucky to even pack a map! Guilty of having a perfect memory of all paths where we are most likely to go in the lakes so only ever use the maps to precisely locate our...
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    something for myself

    That's a stylish makers mark IMHO, really like it. Goes with the quality of the knife.