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  1. Followup. Little brother for the first one
  2. Yeah it deserves a home. Im working on some more knives first
  3. Thought I would have a crack at making my own utility style skinning knife. Saw blade for the blank and local Ironbark for the handle. Oiled finish Pins are alloy with brass insert Very happy with the result
  4. Is it quiet? If there's no frame then it's gotta be lightweight work only. You can et reasonable day packs that have struts so you can add extra kilos if you need to. Not the best for long hauls or overnighters but a good hybrid design Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  5. Ive been using a Macpac 65L unit since the late 90s. It was actually designed for climbing/snow work. The main thing is to get into a really good harness, no amount of gear will feel comfortable without a good harness, It needs to support your load and stay well fitted whilst moving. Secondly it should keep your load secure and stable BTW 100L is just ridiculous. If you plan well and have access to water even a 50L pack will work fine. The less fiddly bits the better. All those pockets/ straps/ elastics/ mesh bits all snag on whatever youre passing through. Multiple zips/ various compartments etc all just add spots for water to get through and another point of failure. Focus on a well fitted harness and a simple design made with durable materials and you will be able to use it forever.
  6. I love the MAverick app , its stacks faster ( and I think more accurate) than some of the others and doesnt download erroneous content either. Hvent got any third party maps in to it yet though GOOD TECH
  7. Mate Im forty and doing exactly the same thing
  8. Our feet are no longer capable of doing the barefoot thing. We pretty much have to do it from birth. If you hav ebeen wearing shoes for the last 15or 20 years then you have lost the ability to go bare foot without damage. Arch and ankle problems are the result. Without a at least a half shank and a semi-rigid sole these things would be dangerous for the average punter. Add a load on your back and it exacerbates the problems. This can compound into knee and hip problems as well. I wouldnt use them as Ive been wearing shoes and boots all my life
  9. I just got back from the local camera shop after purchasing some new binos Checked out about 8 sets and like you Im in hte low end of the price range Checked out quite a few Tasco, Bushnell and 1 Leica and some other one I cant remember now Basically they were all a bit ordinary, lots of dispersed light, ordinary to poor focus and this includes the Leica which clocked in at some $750. Actually I found that one the hardest to use overall, stiff and not useer freindly controls, OK focus point, OK low light. Then I was handed a set of Pentax and they were an immediate standout, sharp and fast focus great field of view, really sharp and colourful, pulled into the dark spots well, great to handle. They were an 8 x 40 WPII, Nitrogen filled and they cost $350 and I didnt shop around for a better price I wear glasses so eye relief and ease of viewing was really important to me as I just cant take specs off every time I want to glass like I had to with my cheapies. I watched a wattle bird at about 100m today in medium light conditions and I reckon with a bit of time could have given a positive ID on his breed. Colours were nice and clear, easy to pick him up and even hold the glasses with one hand
  10. I think a lot of people go out alone who shouldnt. Taking an EPIRB is fine of course and its great that we have them now. But some people arent properly equipped and educated to be out there alone. Im not saying thats true of anyone here but it seems to be the habit that people mistake equipment for preparation. Im sure you have come across them in the bush, people getting lost by looking at a GPS and not navigating (saw some SES guys do this). Not taking care of the basics like water and shelter. As for snakes, you should learn the snakebite procedures, I suggest wearing gaitors in snake country and of course being aware of habitat and watching where you are going. Oh and aus snake dont inject venom per se but the venom is channeled to the tip of the fang by capilary action. Luckily they do this to catch prey many bites to humans are dry bites.
  11. Im just saying thats what i use for back country stuff. I bought for mounaineering purposes 10 years ago and its still holding up so I keep using it. Its dark purple and black, not the best colours I guess and yes it is that Cordura stuff dontt thin theres any Nylon apart from the straps) but I havent found it noisy at all, pretty much everything else is noisier including me walking in heavy boots. Its just what you are used to I guess, I ve got 3 day packs with various levels of harnessing but I keep coming back to this one.
  12. Its a hiking backpack made for use skiing and climbing so you can strap your ropes, poles/skis to it (or rifle but Ive never doneit). When its all cinched up with the straps it probably holds 12L I prefer the full harness as I can wear it all day and it doesnt trouble me. Day packs even with a couple of kilo in them, after a days travel are just bloody uncomfortable, move around too much and when loaded up with gear are no good on the shoulders.
  13. Im a back pack type of guy not so much for the hunt as the carry out. I think a good pack wont pull on you shoulders much at all the load should be on you hips. Hunting loads should be light but you need somethin to be able to load up when necessary. I use a Macpac alpine style pack, when going light it is small and close fitting but can load up to 65L held in a narrow channel that close to the body. But thats just me
  14. Another vote here for the Scarpas. I bought mine in 95 and they are still good to go. Looking a bit low at heel now though. Im amazed that the sole has lasted so long. I think my foot si a different shape now though, they dont seem to fit like they used to. The leather is starting to crack at the bend on one. the tongues have a back country sewing job after a rat chewed em one night. Linings are pretty thin now and there is no give in the inner sole any more. Yeah very expensive boots ($360 from memory)but I used to get a pair per year sometimes more so they've saved me heaps in the last 13 years, I reackon they have 3 or 4 left in them too
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