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  1. Quixoticgeek

    Mossie net for Domestic use

    Last summer sleeping with the window open for ventilation lead me to being eaten alive by mossies (a downside of living in a swamp). Closing the window isn't an option, it's too hot. So I'm thinking to get a mossie net for my bed. I've never needed a mossie net in a domestic setting before...
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    Questions about snow melt.

    Looks like the area my planned trip next week goes through has about 150-200mm of snow on the ground. I'll have a stove, cookset and fuel with me so I'm pondering if I can utilise the snow to top up the water I'm carrying. To make it drinkable, do I need to do anything other than melt it in a...
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    Planning Southern Scandinavian Adventure

    I'm planning a bike ride through Denmark, Southern Sweden, and into Norway next summer. My route is going to be a mix of on and off road, and once I reach Sweden I'm hoping to be able to wild camp where possible. The main thing I'm trying to decide on is what time to do it. My main choices are...
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    Primus Fuel Pump leak

    I just put my Primus fuel pump (from my Omnilite TI). Only to find fuel leaking out. I'm not sure where it's coming from exactly, It's on a 600ml Primus fuel bottle. I took the pump plunger out of the assembly and checked it over, and it doesn't seem to be coming from there. I'm loathe to try...
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    Puritab temperature adjustment

    Now it's getting colder I've taken my sawyer filter out my pack and am relying on Oasis puritabs for water treatment. I know that as temperature drops I need to give them more time to work, but wondered if there's a rule of thumb for how long, a sort of for every x below 20C, add y minutes...
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    New saw

    My current bush saw of choice - Bahco Laplander - is too long for me to get through Eurostar security, so I'm in the market for a new saw that I can keep on the other side of the channel. Before I just hit buy on another laplander, I'm wondering what other options there are. I've pondered the...
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    Woodgas stove

    For sale, 1 wood gas stove. Used only twice. I'm not using it enough and need to clear out some kit, so selling cheap to clear. £5 ukp + postage Postage - £2.80 2nd class, or £3.90 1st class recorded. Happy to ship to .NL if you're OK waiting til 24th of Jan for dispatch. Photos:
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    Wye not forage for dinner?

    As I stood where the path should be looking up at the stinging nettles above me, I started to question my navigational choices. We were on this path because the path we wanted to take was hidden under an impassible jungle of Brambles, nettles and other spiky vegetation. Batting Triffid like...
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    Bordering on Insanity - A Brompton Adventure.

    Belgium. Brunt of jokes on radio 4 comedy programs, Brewer of brilliant beer, and maker of fine chocolates. It's often grouped in with The Netherlands and Luxembourg as the low countries. It's easy to think of Belgium as a polder landscape punctuated with abbeys awash with beer. Tell someone...
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    Obvious edibles

    Looking at the photo below, can anyone see any obvious edibles, maybe enough to make a wild salad or a mug or three of tea? (click for full res version) J
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    Knives breaking

    Just out of interest, have any of you had a knife blade break? What was the blade? where did it break (tang, tip, middle)? and what were you doing at the time? Cheers J
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    nDur button compass

    Has anyone any experience with the nDur button compass? How durable is it? How well does it cope with being banged around in a pocket ? J
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    What's in my pack?

    I've had a number of people asking me if I really fit everything for a weekend hike in my 30L pack. So I thought I'd right a post with a details what's in the pack for a typical summer weekend hike. The photo was taken at the end of a trip so there's no food in the pack. - Pack contents...
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    Primus Omnilite pump issues

    Twice now the pump on my Primus omnilite Ti has developed an issue. The leather pump cup seems to come out of alignment and stops building up pressure. unscrewing the plunger assembly, and relocating the pump cup seems to do the trick, but it's happened twice now and I'm concerned it may...
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    Willow Bark Cordage

    Am hoping to have a play with making willow bark cordage, I have a couple of questions tho. In one of Uncle Rays videos he specifically uses a trunk slightly larger than his wrist. Is there a reason other than yield vs wound to the tree? If I use a smaller piece do I get a thicker bark...
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    Canvas Tarp

    Have been pondering canvas tarps recently, am curious, just how much heavier are they than my lightweight synthetic tarps? Do you have a canvas tarp, if so how big is it, and how much does it weigh? Cheers J
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    More Luna-cy - 16 speed Brompton upgrade

    After much faffing, swearing, sweating, and 3 different bottom bracket tools, I've finally completed the upgrade of my Brompton to a 16 speed configuration. I found on my trips last year that the 33/20 1:1 bottom gear on the 16" wheel just wasn't low enough for any real hill climbing...
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    Kent Group Pub Meet - 14th June

    Details for the June pub meet are: When: Tuesday 14th June - 1930 Where: George and Dragon, Fordwich, Kent. - CT2 0DB There is plenty of parking at the pub. Nearest station is Sturry, on the Ashford - Ramsgate line. From there it's a 5 minute walk up the road to the pub. There are also...
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    A Good Friday for a walk (North Downs Way section hike)

    That rare confluence of a British bank holiday and a good weather forecast offered an opportunity that seemed to be too good to miss. In particular the forecast showed a promise of a relatively warm night time temperatures (over 5°C). This seemed like a good chance to put the winter sleeping bag...
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    Bark containers

    I want to have a go at making a bark container, but all the birch round here doesn't seem to yield usable bark. What other barks native to Kent could I use to make a simple bark container? Cheers J