Lewis and Matt are two lads from Wanganui who have made their own website www.lewismatttramping.com
all about their tramping and bushcraft exploits which heaps of good info and videos. They have also just joined our network so you can check out their profile
Its great to see young kiwis getting stuck into the outdoors, and its pretty clear by… Continue
Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on August 1, 2010 at 9:12 —
Anyone can rough it in the bush and TBH a lot of us will have tried Backcountry freezedry meals ( Roast lamb + Veggies is my favourite)..
But a trip out with some real food is nice once in a while so here is how to prepare a Steak and Kumara dinner.
Ok find a good site for your fire...
I tend to use the similar technique each time for my fire lay..
I start by clearing where I'm going to… Continue
Added by John Swarbrick on July 27, 2010 at 16:30 —
I Bought a Domex Black Ice Xl sleeping bag of trademe. for $137 inlc. Postage!
It arived this afternoon. Its Huge! and a pig to get back into the compresion bag hehe
It is the sleepingbag that's currently issued to the NZ military apperently, so I reconned it must be good. its got -3 to -8 comfort rating. I Like!
Cant wait to trow out the POS I bought in holand. I tried sleeping in that one at home for a night last week On the floor in my bedroom… Continue
Added by Talbert de Jong on July 21, 2010 at 18:54 —
Congratulations to Mike McGavin whose name was drawn, he wins the Bushcraft Prizepack! Well done Mike I'm sure this gear will be put to good use with all your adventures.Also congratulations to Nancy who wins a prize for the… Continue
Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on July 21, 2010 at 7:00 —
Written by Tim Smith from Jack Mountain Bushcraft
Survival is not dying. Wilderness survival is not dying in the wilderness. The simple fact that one is in the bush does not mean that rationally solving the problems associated with survival must now entail enormous, overpriced knives, combat-style clothing, and a mindset derived from exposure to countless Hollywood-style… Continue
Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on July 19, 2010 at 19:40 —
This stove is based on the plans for the "EverythingNice" stove which can be downloaded freely from the World Stove site: http://worldstove.com/album/your-versions-of-the-everythingnice-stove/
I have played around with fires and stoves over the years, and the World Stove design impressed me. I think the small opening in the top of the stove is an important feature and I saw this for the… Continue
Added by Stephen Coote on July 18, 2010 at 9:00 —
Just returned from a great day in my favourite local pine forest. Heres a google map if you are interested in visiting it yourself. The forecast was for showers in the afternoon so I set out early. I love this forest as there is room to walk around and explore (unlike most native forests) and… Continue
Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on July 17, 2010 at 18:30 —
I have caught a lot of mice and a few rats using a simple figure-4 deadfall. One thing I do, which I haven’t seen anywhere else, is to split the end of the bait stick. I force the bait well into the split so that the rodents need to push hard to get at it.
This trigger could be used to make a bigger deadfall for bigger animals. I’ve never seriously tried to do this. There is a lot less work… Continue
Added by Stephen Coote on July 15, 2010 at 21:34 —
With the nationwide launch of the network coming up on the… Continue
Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on July 14, 2010 at 10:00 —
I finally splashed out and bought a swanndri off trademe that actually fits me (the ones I have are a little tight) and is a plain dark green. It will arrive in a few days, looking forward to trying it out.
In the meantime I am trying to research way to reproof them. Straight from the shop they are great at shedding water, the effect seems to wear off over a few years. The… Continue
Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on July 7, 2010 at 17:01 —
For those who chose to do so...
Here's access to free torrents, be they of Ray Mears, Bear Grylls, Les Stroud, shows n a few books, etc.
I do advocate people supporting these individuals n purchasing thems directly from them or their web sites rther then thru an indirect source.
Thus, supporting the individual not the corporations>
I recognize not all folks are at the income level of being able to… Continue
Added by I M on July 7, 2010 at 15:59 —
Recently I stumbled across this little gem, which is a great resource for NZ bushcraft. A section of the website Eske-Style (yes that's its name) is entirely devoted to traditional plant use by Maori. Just like anything, it may not be wise to base everything on one source so make sure to research from multiple reputable sources,… Continue
Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on July 6, 2010 at 7:52 —
Just came across this website, thought we all might like to read it.
Added by Scott Hamilton on July 5, 2010 at 20:00 —
Bulletin of Primitive Technology
from The Society of Primitive Technology
Check it out,
Youll be a happy camper that you did...
The Society of Primitive Technology is a non-profit organization dedicated to the research, practice, and teaching of primitive technology.
The purpose of the Society of Primitive Technology… Continue
Added by I M on July 3, 2010 at 0:00 —
Added by I M on July 2, 2010 at 23:31 —
We are involved with Indigenous life skills.
There's nothing primitive about it to me
as whilst living for years in So. America
during which I lived and loved living life, amonst the Huaroni tribe and visiting other tribes for various durations.
The health of all of the Natural world I feel should
(theres that for some taboo word..should)
be of the utmost priority concern for us.
Those of us who… Continue
Added by I M on July 2, 2010 at 23:30 —
Added by I M on July 2, 2010 at 22:00 —
Sack packs are a simple bag you can carry quite a load in. I think a Kiwi name for them might be pikau
The simplest is just a feed sack or fertiliser bag with rope 'straps' tied to the bottom corners. You need something like a small pebble in each corner to stop the rope slipping off. It has been suggested that you can have onions or potatoes in the corners of the bag so you have some food with you.
The rope on a sack pack can be one… Continue
Added by Stephen Coote on July 2, 2010 at 18:00 —
I've made dozens of bows, but I have broken most of them. Dunno for sure what the reasons for the breakages are.... probably inexperience, incompetence, and the unknown qualities of the wood I've been trying to work with.
I have some surviving bows though. One of my favourites is made from Olearia paniculata. I hope I spelt that correctly. It has a stringy bark and a yellow tinge in the leaf. Others are made from sycamore, barberry, hard beech (I think) and kanuka. Most of… Continue
Added by Stephen Coote on June 30, 2010 at 18:41 —
I don't use candles as much now that I've discovered the wonders of LED flashlights, but candles still have their place.
I've spent many nights in a fairly rough camp where it is often windy. My unprotected candles would either blow out, or the wind would shorten their life by blowing the flame sideways thus melting the little 'dam' that holds in the pool of molten wax and allowing the wax to flow away.
I pondered the problem and eventually came… Continue
Added by Stephen Coote on June 28, 2010 at 8:00 —