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    Anti-Insect Bite Clothing

    Anti-Insect Bite Clothing Based on my own experience I support Craghoppers anti-insect bite clothing range. NosiLife is a treatment built into the fabric that offers defence from the worries of irritating insect bites; also reducing the possibility of infection and contracting diseases. Anti-insect bite clothing gives campers, trekkers and adventurers peace of mind and the opportunity to enjoy travel anywhere!

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    Head Torch       “You need to ‘see’ where you’re going”.

    During any Adventure, whether a Hiker, Trekker, Climber, Angler or an experienced Survivalist; when nightfall’s your biggest threat is poor visibility! One of the most important pieces of gear I highly recommend you take with you is a quality Head-Torch it will provide you with extra security thus giving you peace of mind. In the dark a head torch will reveal unseen obstacles & avoid accidents, assist you navigating after dark and survive a wilderness adventure. On a Multi-day expedition / events I take a spare…  A head torch is indispensable and even better its ‘Hands Free’!          My personal favourite is NightSearcher Zoom 700R

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    Common range of Knife Blade Shapes and what tasks they are best suited…

    Drop-point : good compromise between strength and utility Sheepsfoot : no-nonsense utility knife – slicing, whittling & ideal to cut rope Lambsfoot : popular with farmers, amongst its many uses is the trimming of lambs’ hooves! Wharncliffe : ideal for slicing, minimizing an accidental puncture with the tip Clip-point : for more delicate and precision work Straight Back : sturdy, ideal for cutting and chopping Tanto Blade : strong, handy for pushing cuts and piercing Needle-point & Spear-point : fighting and stabbing (illegal in many places). Gut Hook : skinning and field dressing wild game Trailing-Point : filleting, skinning and camp food prepping Spey : favored by hunters and trappers…

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    Boxers, Thongs or Briefs?

    Boxer shorts are breathable, with plenty of ball room, but rather lacking in support, best for casual wear. Thongs, also known as ‘cheese cutters’, may look good on some, some of the time: they may look good on others all of the time, but they never look good on me at any time. Practically speaking, they are not designed to keep the ‘bad boy and his two chums’ properly tucked in. They mercilessly chafe and ruffle where they touch, or so I’ve been told. I wore my lucky, merino wool, snug-fitting boxer briefs every day, for the whole of my 25-day polar plod. They always kept the crown jewels warm…

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    Footwear…Socks

    Footwear is the most important item on your kit list… Socks The essential but often ignored Socks can make or break your adventure. A suitable pair of socks are a must have for any hiker, runner, climber or outdoor enthusiast. Over many years and on many adventures, inc. Everest BC and Mt Kilimanjaro, I discovered that 1000 Mile Socks are so comfortable, durable and cool; they feel like I’m walking on a luxurious, deep pile carpet. Importantly they really help to protect my feet and prevent blisters so I truly enjoy my days on the trail.   My, not so secret, few basic Tips, for Healthy Feet       …

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    FOOD… is Fuel

    An average person can survive up to 3 Weeks without Food Our body and brain require a steady supply of food and nutrients: without the body’s many systems will begin to deteriorate. The effects may include you feeling tired, weak, cognitive changes and ultimately organ failure. When on an Adventure – I recommend freeze dried meals for your health, enjoyment and survival. I have eaten freeze dried meals on many adventures including trekking to the North Pole , climbing Mountains and rowing the Atlantic; they are quick and easy to prepare, high in energy, carbohydrates, protein and other essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.  Adventure Nutrition has the largest choice of High Energy freeze dried, lightweight and compact,’ tasty’…

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    Adventure Starts Here…Finding your way – always carry a Compass and a Map as a backup

    It is essential to know how to use a compass, it is a skill that everyone who enjoys the outdoors; trekkers, orienteers, kayakers and sailors will find indispensable. A map and a compass are still my basics for navigating and locating my position with confidence and ultimately surviving the wilderness. My favourite is the navigation Suunto MC-2 G Mirror Compass, and a great sighting compass for global mountaineers; insensitive to water pressure, handy for sailor and adventurous kayakers. It is accurate, durable and able to handle the difficult conditions encountered in our changing world….  Fast globally balanced needle with jewel bearing 20 degrees tilt margin for easier readings Adjustable declination correction Liquid filled capsule for stable operation Mirror for…

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    Tips on building a Campfire

    Make a clearing for the fire pit, ideally, on bare dirt. Create a shallow dish/fire pit into the ground where you have chosen to build your campfire. Position stones in a circle around the fire pit to keep your fire contained Gather your Tinder:  dry leaves, dry bark, dry glass and any dry twigs Collect your kindling;  dry and dead wood and small dry branches Stack the kindling in the shape of a tepee over the tinder Leave a space in the wind’s direction so air can flow! Ignite your tinder; using Fire-Rod, Storm Matches or lighter. Strike fire tinder cards are waxed to cope with low levels of moisture Keep adding…

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    Water …………It Sustains Life!!!  

    An average person can survive up to 3 Days without Water Oasis Water Purification Tablets, decontaminates water making it safe to drink. Convenient to use – just drop into water, it dissolves – wait an hour Recommend boiling, as this will remove any chlorine aftertaste. Destroys water-borne diseases (Cholera, dysentery, typhoid, polio, diarrhoea and more). Kills bacteria, bacterial spores, cysts, algae, fungi, protozoa and virus and are especially lethal to Entamoeba Histolytica. One tablet purifies a litre of water Ideal for NGO’s humanitarian aid projects. Handy for communities and school in rural areas For trekkers, backpackers and campers, tablets are light-weight, easy for carrying. Clean Water – Additional Benefits Detoxifies…

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    My secret Tips about useful Knives for Backwoods/Camping/Hunting

    Common range of blade points and what tasks they are best suited… Drop-point : good compromise between strength and utility Sheepsfoot : false point – slicing, whittling & ideal to cut rope Clip-point : for more delicate and precision work Straight Back : sturdy, ideal for cutting and chopping Tanto Blade : strong, handy for pushing cuts and piercing Gut Hook : skinning and field dressing wild game Trailing-Point : filleting, skinning and camp food prepping “Your knife is your life”: You’re only as sharp as your knife and your survival knife is the one that you have on you at the time. If you’re out and about and everything…