Hi guys. I am keen to join in as well. Let me know what date you think will work. Hope I can make it.
Im really interested in coming along for this. I definitely think the Waitakeres/West Auckland is the best idea.
Maybe somewhere around Woodhill Forest/Murwai beach area. Im pretty sure there is a campsite area near the golf course on Muriwai (which backs into the forest).
Walking south from Karekare beach for an hour, maybe two if the scenery holds you captive, there is stunning valley but im not sure about fires etc (last summer there were plenty of left-overs from fires...). There is a campsite area which is right by a decent size stream (with plenty of eel) and a small hut on site. Please excuse my spelling but i think its called Paharaha.
Ill ask around some friends and see if they have any suggestions.
I worked as a ranger for ARC in the Western Sector a few years back so I have a little bit of knowledge of the area. Lighting fires may be an issue as there tends to generally be fire bans in the parks during the warmer months but it could be possible to work something out if you explain what you guys are doing.
My first choice would be Pae o te Rangi Campground in Cascades Park on the road out to Bethels. It's a working farm bordered by extensive bushland. Jason, the ranger there (ex Kiwis league player) has a huge amount of knowledge and has played a large part in helping to set up a Maori medicine garden close to the camp ground. It's been a few years since I've been there but they have a range of things growing all with many uses.
Hi Vince, I have tried twice to organise a meet in Canterbury. First was cancelled due to the earth moving, the 2nd to lack of interest I had one fella rsvp to say he would be there. Maybe this was due to me trying to have a meet and greet at home so we could get to know everyone first. Do you think a Meeting in the bush is a better way to go? I am keen as to meet up with other Cantabrians to have a meet, But not really sure where to run one outdoors, the meet and greet was supposed to be a brainstorm to get everyones ideas and suggestions for things to do and places to go.
I have permission in some forestry I have been trapping to take in some Bushcrafters, but only 2 or 3 extra people. May be able to get permission for more though. The only thing I see as a problem could be that it is only Pine Forest, but through research it would seem that pine forests have more things available than I thought.
Join the Christchurch group, and also send me a message at some stage and I will send you my cell no etc, and even if we can not get a meet going at least we may be able to get together and go out.
Hey I just found this site, I'm super keen to come along and join in on this weekend. I'll be back up in Auckland from November onwards. I'm mad keen on making stuff out of the woods, would be keen to teach fire drill and fire lighting etc and whatever other knowledge I can share/gain. Kare Kare is where I started learning all this biz, its a beautiful location with lots of bushcraft resources.
Not sure about fresh water supply but if everyone just lugs in a few litres each there will be plenty for all. Fire ban there but everyone lights fires anyway, I reckon if you just explain what going on they should be sweet...that maori medicine farm sounds cool too, would be keen to check that out!
Just letting you two know that this meet up was for last year, don't know if one has been planned for this year
<gulp> just saw the date! I reckon it'd be cool to make it happen again this November, sort of a knowledge/skills sharing kind of thing?