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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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    Planning Southern Scandinavian Adventure

    A bit of a mixture of both. My bike is built to cope with both, but the main thing is to cycle through pretty scenery and get away from everything for a bit. I have a destination in mind, so in order to keep the speed up I will have to do some bits on tarmac roads, but I don't want to do the...
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    Planning Southern Scandinavian Adventure

    Unfortunately in order to cover the distance by bike each day that I need to make the trip in time, I have to average 150km per day, which isn't going to give me too much time to museum hop as I go. On the way back I have 2 days planned in oslo meeting friends, will check out the viking museum...
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    Planning Southern Scandinavian Adventure

    Hamburg, up to Copenhagen, across at Helsingborgs, Varberg, Goteberg, Trollhatten, Åmal, Charlottenberg, Kongsvinger, Akrestdrømmen, Røros, Hell. That's the rough area. J
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    Planning Southern Scandinavian Adventure

    I live in a swamp... I am covered in mossie bites as I've concluded it's better to have the windows open to lower the temp, and accept some bites, than it is to shut the windows and boil. My trip was always planned to be September to minimize the insects, before it gets too cold, and when I can...
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    Planning Southern Scandinavian Adventure

    Not really an choice for me, I am limited to when I can get the time off work. Also if I push it later than September the weather is going to make it harder. It's also going to be colder. J
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    Planning Southern Scandinavian Adventure

    Thanks. I did some googling of what the situation is in Norway, looks like an open fire ban is in place in areas there too. Shall have to keep an eye on it. J
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    Planning Southern Scandinavian Adventure

    Thanks for the heads up. I shall have a good read of that page. The ban including camping stoves is going to be a problem. May have to rethink how I do food on my trip, unless northern Europe can get a substantial amount of rain some time soon (tho not while I'm cycling please!) J
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    Storing equipment

    Because they have down or insulation in them, and so you kinda need to treat them the way you do sleeping bags. I have 3 exped mats, and I treat them with the same storage care as I do my sleeping bags. You also want to control the humidity inside the bag so that you don't get mould growing...
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    Advice needed please- long-term survival diet

    A group of us in Kent did an experiment a couple of years ago (read about it here: https://bushcraftuk.com/community/index.php?threads/wye-not-forage-for-dinner.143232/), where we tried to do a hike, while carrying our bivvi kit, and forage for dinner along the way. We rapidly came to the...
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    Storing equipment

    When storing you kit outside of your house, take the time to make sure that there's no food, food residue, or smell on your kit, you don't want to take your pack out of storage to find a mouse has eaten it's way through the bottom to get that kendle mint cake you forgot about. Consider also...
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    Planning Southern Scandinavian Adventure

    This trip is starting to get near, just over a month til I leave. I'm going to be starting in Hamburg and heading north, through 4 countries and 1500km total. I think I have most of the kit I need, Am going to get myself a silky saw so I can make firewood easier, which brings me onto a...
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    Primus Fuel Pump leak

    I emailed Primus to ask advice, but got no reply. I bought a new pump unit as I need a working stove for next week. Had to by a multifuel Conversion kit for an Eta ef power stove. Meaning I now have spares for a stove I don't own. Will see if I can move on the parts I don't need onto someone who...
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    Questions about snow melt.

    Thanks everyone for the helpful replies. Sounds like snow -> tea is the way forward. Or I've got some drink tablets I can add. I only expecting snow in the first 1-2 days of a 5 day trip. And will only need to worry about melting snow if the planned 4.1L I'm carrying isn't enough. Thanks all J
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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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    Primus Fuel Pump leak

    I don't have a manual for the pump and I can't seem to find one on the primus website. I've just spent a few minutes going over the pump to find the leak, I've manage pin point where it's coming out. On the photo below it's coming out where the pump plunger goes, at about the 10-11 oclock...
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    Planning Southern Scandinavian Adventure

    GPS. I have a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt unit on the handlebars with the route programmed in. It gives me a moving icon on a map, as well as beeps when I go off route. It also gives me useful info like Cadence, Heart rate, speed, etc... Very useful. I am a big fan of "Plan your ride and ride your plan"...
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    Planning Southern Scandinavian Adventure

    Well I do 15km every day just to and from work. That's 75k per week. I don't quite get the whole not cycling through winter thing. Winter just means I put thicker gloves on, and when it gets icy, I add the spiked tyres. It's been snowy here in Amsterdam the last week or so, I've been cycling in...
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    Personal Location Beacons for UK use?

    I have a Delorme InReach Explorer (now owned by Garmin). I wrote a review which is in the reviews section of the site. It needs a subscription, but they start quite low (not checked prices recently). But you can pay as much as you like. J
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    Planning Southern Scandinavian Adventure

    Given a choice of insects or cold, I choose cold every time. I can always put more clothes on. I've just got in from a chilly overnighter to test my kit. It was only -2°C, but was a good shake down for my kit. Unpaved roads, I use it as a term for anything that isn't tarmac. These are what I...