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    Switzerland

    Hi all Currently trying to plan out a two week camping/backpacking holiday in Switzerland in the last/first weeks of June/July. Right now all we have is 2-3 nights in Geneva (in a hotel - this is the "relaxing" part of the holiday) at the beginning, and flying out of Zurich at the end...
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    What's this stuff in my trunk?

    Hi all, would appreciate a bit of help identifying what the stuff in below picture is. It's probably obvious to a knowledgeable person but I'm still a complete layman when it comes to trees. This is from spruce pine - I'd just started recycling my Christmas tree into spoons, stripping off the...
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    Coping with knots?

    Well, I was wondering if anybody had any advice/tricks to share about dealing quickly with the knots in wood that you just don't want to be there. I'm conscious that generally it's better to work with the wood you got that against it, but what if you need to go straight through a knot for the...
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    Keeping wood "green"?

    Hi all Salavged some really nice bits of wood from the forest floor today, but won't be able to work on them for a few days. Is there an easy way to keep them from drying without them festering? I'm sure I read a similar thread on this not so long ago, so if anybody wants to just direct me...
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    What I've been working on. (i.e. spoons.)

    Hi all Put the saw on my SAK to good use a few weekends ago while out for a weekend stroll, salvaged a piece of fallen birch branch. Really wanted to share what I've turned it into - Spoons! These are only my second and third attempts, so I'm very pleased. (This is my first time uploading...
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    Where to procure wood?

    Hi All Simple question, expecting a zillion different answers (that's what makes this forum so great!) The only places I can think to find wood to work with (will move onto what for in a minute) are either scavenging from local wooded areas, or buying large boards from homebase (useless...
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    Campsite to get the Missus started...

    Hi all What I'm hoping for probably doesn't exist, and if it did it wouldn't last unspoilt for long enough to hear about...but google's drawn a blank so here goes anyway - I'd really appreciate any suggestions! My girlfriend has done a surprise U-Turn (they're good at that, aint they?) and...
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    Curious but commendable

    http://metro.co.uk/2013/04/09/homeless-man-dennis-mahurin-wins-50000-lottery-jackpot-but-wants-to-stay-in-his-tent-3588945/ I've got a certain amount of respect for this guy for not feeling any desire to switch back to "civilization", and then some for not pissing it all away on crack or...
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    Indoor garden tips?

    Hi all So I want to start being a little more self-sufficient, so I'm tempted to give potted vegetable/herb growing a chance. The rub? Living in an enclosed flat in a city centre with no outdoor space makes that very difficult :/ So does anybody have any tips or starting points about...
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    Tesco bags? (Not the plastic kind :P)

    Hi all Been having a look at the sleeping bags offered by tesco direct, out of curiosity as much as anything else. Some of their bags CLAIM comfort ratings that I'm used to seeing on expensive (£80+) 3 season bags (one even says its extreme rating is -18 C, not sure I'd want to put that to...
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    Vango Adventure Tarp - how big?

    Does anybody have one of these vango adventure tarps, RRP around 30quid? If so, what are the dimensions? The store website I'm looking at has a picture that states 1m x 3m but this seems like a pretty dumb shape...
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    Do not walk!

    This is probably a self-answering question, to which the answer is "any human action will cause an impact" but.... Today I went for one of my very first "off the beaten path" walks in the woods. While it only lasted about 15 minutes, and the path was mostly in view for the whole time, AND...
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    Gentle Lake District walks?

    Hi all The Mrs and I are going away next weekend to the lake district. We're just staying in a guesthouse in Bowness, as she's not much of a camper so no real bushcraft activities for me this time around :< We've never been before, so could anybody suggest some nice locations to visit or...
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    First 3season bag?

    Hi all I'm currently looking for my first 3-season sleeping bag, and unfortunately I'm doing it on a tight budget! I've found this one http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/hi-gear-ridgeline-3-mummy-shaped-sleeping-bag-p143917 and for £20 (not including £5 for the silly discount card :bluThinki)...
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    Hello from Manchester

    Just wanted to say a quick hello here to the Northern members. I'm just getting into bushcraft after a longstanding but passive interest in it (in other words I'm a rookie), but I spent a lot of time as a child camping and messing about so it should all come naturally. Cobbling together bits...