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    Top ten plants

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    Which Garmin GPS

    OK - I'm looking for a handheld GPS. Always wanted one but now doing some contracting work so it would be useful to help with in-car navigation too. I'm trying to figure out which model to pick so I'd be grateful for specific advice between these models: Garmin etrex vista - I'm not hung...
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    Horizontal Carry - the Allan Blade solution

    I've always been interested in the idea of horizontal carry. To me it is neater to lie a knife along the belt than have a sheath dragging every time you sit or digging into your ribs with a high carry. I saw Stuart's handmade knife and sheath at the BCUK meet last year. It carries hilt...
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    Three day menu

    OK gang - To encourage your creativity, my cookery and a little drooling over your favorite recipes, I'd like to invite people to recommend a menu for 3 full days out and about in the hills or woods. It should start with an evening meal for a friday night, and end with something for...
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    Sharpening serrations

    OK - they're little if any use for bushcraft, but there are quite a few knives out there with wholly or part serrated blades for cutting ropes and fibres. I spotted a brilliant tip on the spyderco forum yesterday for honing these serrations. Just get a leather / rawhide bootlace, rub into...
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    Gas lanterns - anyone use them ?

    I'm interested to know how popular these are among the group. I have vivid memories of digging out the gas lamp during the winter power cuts in the 70's, for working on the car with my dad and so on. Paraffin tilley lamps were also a staple on group trips in the UK and "expeditions" to...
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    Petzl Tikka Plus

    If anyone's interested, I came across some Petzl Tikka Plus headlamps in my local branch of the Decathlon store marked down from a normal price of £29 to a special of £15. It sounds like this is a decent piece of kit at a very good price, so I thought I'd offer to grab extras for anyone who...
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    Petzl Tikka Plus

    Question guys & girls Is £15 a good price for a petzl tikka plus and do you recommend them ? One of my local stores has a few of these on promo marked down from their normal price of about £29 I think thay're a special edition of some sort, the plastic head is mostly black colored, but...
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    Lock & Lock boxes

    Anyone else come across these yet ? They seem to be the latest tupperware type storage containers. Waterproof, airtight, transparent and good value. Removable lids clipped on with a series of hinged tabs one on each edge of the lid. I've been using the smallest size (3.5" x 4.3" x 1.9" tall)...
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    Inova 24/7

    Prompted by the recent photo showing the contents of Lithril's chalk bag, I'm curious to know if anyone else uses the Inova 24/7 LED lamp. I had one of these shipped in from the US 6 weeks ago because I liked the idea of several lighting options in one small unit. It has several features I...
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    Insect Repellants

    This one has been done before in a couple of previous threads but I recently found an interesting medical review on the web that gives detailed info about insect repellents. http://www.annals.org/cgi/content/full/128/11/931 It's become important to me because the mozzies around my local...
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    Harvey Maps

    The recent thread on maps and compasses prompts me to recommend Harvey maps to anyone who hasn't come across them before. Harvey maps are aimed at walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and based on their own original cartography, not OS mapping. They publish excellent maps of UK national parks...
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    An Alternative Charcloth Tutorial

    An Alternative Charcloth Tutorial The inspiration for this photo tutorial came from a chance conversation at the “Jubilante Condate” festival in Northwich this past weekend (July 04) celebrating the town’s roman heritage. While swapping tips, a member of the Legia Secundus Augusta living...
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    Top ten plants

    Prompted by the Plantlore thread : So as an open question to all, which are the ten plants that I should know that are both common and useful and what are the key uses of each ? #1 - I'm lucky to have a big patch of cattails (aka reedmace I think, and NOT bullrushes) nearby, so I know the...
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    Avatars

    Hi Tony, Is there a restriction that avatar pictiures can only be jpg not gif ? Trying to upload today I resized one in photoshop to make sure it fit the 100x100 limit and at 5.9k was inside the file limit, but BCUK threw a wobbly when I tried to upload from my machine. I specifically...
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    How to make a kuksa

    I'm having a go at carving a couple of bowls out of birch and want to use the traditional method of "seasoning" a kuksa when I finish so that I can use them for drinking from. I've figured that these traditional cups must be carved from green wood, then boiled in salt water to help stop them...
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    Thermarest sale

    For info: Snow and Rock outdoor shop in south manchester are clearing out some old stock. They have the 3/4 size guidelite mattress (burgundy) on sale at half price - making them £30 each. As of Friday night 11th they had several in stock. It's a pretty good deal if anyone is shopping for these...
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    Best way to check a leaking goretex bivvy ?

    Hi, in case anyone can help ... I've an old but little used goretex bivvy that I've never trusted since I got soaked in it bivvying out in Ireland. I was under a tarp but in lots of rain. It must have let in nearly a quart overnight. Tried filling it with water and looking for leaks, but...
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    A watch for the outdoors ?

    Anyone interested in the Military Divers Watch by MWC see: http://www.militarywatchcompany.com/ might find it worthwhile looking on e-bay at the moment. These sell at upto £199 retail, but can be had new-in-box at prices between £50 and £60 on occasions through e-bay. They have been...
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    Good deals on thermarest

    I've been looking out for a good price on thermarest matresses for some time - specially the guidelite as it's a compromise between light weight and reasonable thickness. http://www.mickiesplace.com/index.htm has a number of thermarests on sale at the moment. I've just ordered a full size...