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    What a weekend :D

    I also took a tarp with me to set up a cooking area / shelter to use during the day should the weather turn out to be wet. In the end this was also unnecessary so I could have saved some more weight there too. :). I replaced my usual heavy weight cordage with para cord for this trip as I was...
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    What a weekend :D

    After a lot of planning and a bit of investment I finally got the chance to get away in North Yorkshire, into a secluded area of woodland covering quite a significant area. I have tried fro the last 4 months or so to identify the land owner and been passed between forestry commission areas with...
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    hammock advice

    I just came back from a weekend out in Yorkshire and used a Henessay Exped. Asym hammock for the first time. I found to my surprise that I could get comfortable on my front, back, side... any which way, but, there are some people out there that dont seem to get on with the Hennassey kit. Worth...
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    The Pa's Homemade FireWick

    That looks like a great idea... I tend to have a box of matches encased in a block of wax to give me a fire-wick match.... quite useful, although they got so hot while in storage in the loft the wax melted all over my rucksack... and ... after a while the strike anywhere matches seem to stop...
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    Great Birthday present, cant wait to try out,,

    Wohoo.... this year my Wife has bought me a Hennessey Hammock Expedition Deluxe. Brilliant. We went out fro a walk in the woods this weekend so I can have a practice run at putting it up and it worked like a charm. The only criticism is the fact that the tree huggers are a little short. They...
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    Have I killed my F1?

    I have a F1 and have used it round the garden, out and about in the woods and apart from one session with a mousepad and some varied grades of wet and dry paper it never needs anything more than a strop with some cutting paste applied to the leather. A cracking knife and easy to maintain with a...
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    Water filters - Any experience

    Thanks all, I have taken the plunge.... I bought the Katadyn Vario (I would have liked the pocket, but the price was a bit mch for me, plus the lifecycle on the Vario means It is unlikely I am going to have to replace anything.... I also got the Micropur tabs. I will be giving them some use...
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    Battle of the stoves - boil test

    Wow, great responses here... there a lot of different stoves out there and some people that don't like to throw stuff away :). I know the crusader mug is not the ideal pot but I wanted to use what I am prepared to carry with me. On a lightweight trip this is the only thing I take with me for...
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    Battle of the stoves - boil test

    For years I have been using the old MSR XGK expedition stove for all my trips but a year or so ago my Wife treated me to a shiny new MSR Windpro. I am planning a trip out for a long weekend and decided to put them both through a trial to see which stove was likely to be the better option...
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    Iodine to be banned in europe...??

    Apparently the use of Iodine is to be banned in europe meaning tabs, liquids or water treatment systems that use Iodine will dissapear from the shops sometime soon. Mad!!. I will be stocking up closer to the deadline... Apparently someone managed to overdose and kill themselves with the...
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    Water filters - Any experience

    That in-line filter looks interesting. I tend to prefer to keep my bladder full with already purified water though. It saves me from mistakes... cross contamination etc... I do have plenty of spares though so it is an option. How effective is it as a gravity filter?? micro-filters tend to...
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    Water filters - Any experience

    I have been reading the threads on water filtration and am perfectly happy with what needs to be done and most of the methods for doing it (I have been using them for years). What I am after, because I like to avoid unnecessary hard work, and the taste of chemicals where I can is information or...
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    How did you start?

    Liam, I have been an 'outdoors' person since my first cub camp 25 years ago. I learned basic camp craft on scout camps and just took it from there. There are some good scout camps down your neck of the woods that allow wild camping with some (but not limiting) restrictions around fire. And...
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    axe-knife or saw

    My F1 and a folding saw are all I ever needed. Unfortunately clobbering things with an axe tends to draw attention especially when you are perhaps somewhere and for whatever reason trying to remain discreet :rolleyes: . I am always trying to cut down on weight too, and as long as a lightweight...
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    Tipi tents ?1 advice info etc

    Take a look at these, http://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/golite_shangri-la_3_single_skin_shelter.html I have seen the go-lite teepee's used to great effect in the middle of nowhere. Really light and tons of space. I seem to remember that they used to be quite hard to find, but things...
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    What to take, What to eat

    Yeh, I usually take a load of porridge and some dried milk to make it a little bit richer. I am thinking I will probably pack some meat too. Spam, tin removed is always good cooked or as is... bacon and maybe some mince to make kebabs. I guess if I freeze them before I set off and keep them...
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    1 - 3 day sack

    I have had a Karrimor SF 25L bag for some time and where it is not as big as some of the options discussed is an incredibly comfortable bag to carry over distance. If you can fit everything in it, it is a really good bag. It does require you to leave out some of the less essential items though...
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    Chasing the Ember

    I first succeeded on a Woodsmoke course using Sycamore but later, due to availability (my then in-laws cut one down) I used Ash for all the components and had great sucess. I make my drill a little over thumb thickness, use the point of my knife to guage how big to cut the notch and make sure I...
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    How do I convert OH to wild camping?

    Thats a good plan, but, its a different matter when you take away the fact that the bathroom is only yards away.... My wife sees me pack my trowel and leaves the room...:rolleyes:
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    How do I convert OH to wild camping?

    I remember SMS'ing my girlfriend (at the time) now wife a picture of my tarp / hammock camp set up out in the middle of nowhere. Back then she was suitably interested and even suggested that she might like to have a go..... Unfortunately she has slept since then and the closest I can get her to...