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I finally got out Sunday night to try out the new hammock, I wasn’t expecting the weather to be great as we have just had two days of snow! in the middle of summer as well, this is good old NZ weather for you, being so close to the Antarctic it doesn’t take much for a southerly wind to come up from the Antarctic bringing seriously cold weather with it, this is where a lot of overseas visitors get caught out heading into the hills in 35 degree heat wearing only a cotton T-shirt, one day of stinking hot summer heat can easily be rain and cold weather a day later.  I went to one of my usual areas which is a nice but a very steep walk, its 2 ½ half hours of gut busting uphill to the top, then from there my camp is another hour inland through the bush off the track. By the time I got to the summit I was soaked through with sweat, this is when the weather turned nasty, the clouds rolled in with the cold wind right behind, rather than stop to rest I carried on the hour to my camp, stopping would have quickly chilled me to the bone, and I can relax and get dry clothes on when I’m at the camp. Once there I got dried and put some clean clothes on and set up the Hammock, unfortunately the cloud became seriously thick with visibility down to about 20 yards, that ruined my evening hunt plans, the next morning wasn’t much better, oh well at least I got to sleep in the hammock with a good downpour of rain, it worked beautifully and was very comfortable.

The walk back down the track was cold and miserable, from about half  way to go the sun came out and  I began to bake in the heat, a quick stop to take of my cold weather clothes and I was away again, stopping for a quick drink in a stream soon cooled my down ( for a little while ).

These overnight walks are about as light as I can go with equipment, the heaviest part of what I carry would be my video gear, tripod, and survival gear in my Maxpedition bag.

All footage of the Hammock is on video, I shall put that on in a day or two when I have loaded it to Youtube. But overall I was very pleased with it.

 

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Some really nice photos there, beautiful territory you have to wander around in.

 

Do you spend a lot of time traveling through the bush with a loaded pack?

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Great trip and amazing photos of a place Ill never get to see. Nice looking rifle but whats that thing on the end of the barrel? Looks like a silencer. We need to know the make, caliber, scope and what you were hunting.  :P

 

Thank you so much for your efforts Newz.  :pray:

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Its a supressor swede. Its only a silenser if the round fired stays subsonic.  I built one when i was 17 for a 22 i had. It was outstanding with standard velocity 22 rounds. Then my father found it and explained the 10 year prison sentence if you got caught with it without the tax stamp. Needless to say i had to destroy it.  sad042.gif

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Some really nice photos there, beautiful territory you have to wander around in.

 

Do you spend a lot of time traveling through the bush with a loaded pack?

 

Yes when staying out over night, if I have my rifle with me which is 99% of the time on over nighters, then I always have that pack no matter how little equipment I have, its a Huntech pack made here in NZ, it is designed for carrying extremely heavy loads, so if I shoot a deer then there is plenty of pack room to carry the meat out. If I'm out for just a day then I only have the maxpedition bag with my camera gear and survival gear, It contains enough basic equipment to stay alive for as long as required, as long as I can catch, trap or hunt food ;)

 

My rifle is a Tikka 7ml-08 with a Weaver 3-9 x 40, this area there are pigs and red deer, I hunt Chamois and Tahr as well but their in a different area, Yes as Razor said its a suppressor, I dont really need to have it on the rifle, I had it put on when I was doing pest control on goats, much easier to shoot a large mob when they dont know where the bang comes from. It is a bit of a shame sometimes to shoot large groups of animals, but its either that or more 1080 poison drops from the government :reallymad: dont get me started on how much I hate that.

 

oh and Razor no I have never had Giardia :hugegrin: rumour is there is Giardia in some  of our water ways but in my entire life I've never had it once, and I drink out of every river, stream, lake waterway I come across. The only place I wouldn't drink water from is streams close to towns, but then I never camp in town :grin:

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Beautiful area, NewZ.  Would you be willing to host a Wild Survive group outing?

 

absolutely. If anyone ever comes over to NewZealand or you have friends, family that are coming, I can write up a travel list for them of the best areas to travel through and stay at. I have done this before for German and Austrian people which saved them alot of time and money doing their own research on what parts of the country are the "must see" areas. I'd be more than happy to organise an outdoor trip for people wanting to stay out in the bush. Arthurs Pass National Park is only an hours drive from my place, it is in the top 5 of most beautiful areas of NZ  to hike in.

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absolutely. If anyone ever comes over to NewZealand or you have friends, family that are coming, I can write up a travel list for them of the best areas to travel through and stay at. I have done this before for German and Austrian people which saved them alot of time and money doing their own research on what parts of the country are the "must see" areas. I'd be more than happy to organise an outdoor trip for people wanting to stay out in the bush. Arthurs Pass National Park is only an hours drive from my place, it is in the top 5 of most beautiful areas of NZ  to hike in.

Now if I could only get Swede to spring for the Wildsurvive Gulfstream...

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I measured and if I could travel through the center of the earth I would end up in New Zealand.  :yes: I dont think I can get there from here.  :unsure:

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I measured and if I could travel through the center of the earth I would end up in New Zealand.  :yes: I dont think I can get there from here.  :unsure:

Here ya go, Swede.  This might help.  Bring your kayak....

 

Suggested routes

15,429 mi, 55 days 19 hours

I-90 W

Driving directions to New Zealand St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia

This route has tolls.

This route includes a ferry.

This route crosses through Japan.

 

London Mills, IL

1. Head east on Essex St toward 2nd St/Co Rd 2

33 ft

2. Take the 1st right onto 2nd St/Co Rd 2

0.3 mi

3. Turn right onto IL-116 W/Co Rd 2

Continue to follow IL-116 W

42.2 mi

4. Keep left at the fork

486 ft

5. Turn left onto US-34 W

Entering Iowa

38.6 mi

6. Merge onto IA-27 N/US-218 N/US-34 W via the ramp to US-34/Iowa City/Ottumwa

2.6 mi

7. Merge onto US-34 W via the ramp to Mt Pleasant/Ottumwa

47.6 mi

8. Continue onto US-63 N

27.1 mi

9. Continue onto IA-163 W

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10. Take the ramp to IA-92 W

0.3 mi

11. Turn left onto IA-92 W

32.2 mi

12. Turn right onto IA-5 N

18.4 mi

13. Keep left at the fork and merge onto US-65 S

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14. Continue onto IA-5 N

10.4 mi

15. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-35 N/Minneapolis and merge onto I-35 N

5.3 mi

16. Take exit 72B for I-80 W toward Council Bluffs/Omaha

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16.6 mi

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Entering South Dakota

164 mi

21. Take exit 84B to merge onto I-90 W toward Rapid City

Passing through Wyoming

Entering Montana

931 mi

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7.6 mi

23. Slight left onto I-90 W

Passing through Idaho

Entering Washington

587 mi

24. Take exit 2C to merge onto I-5 N toward Vancouver B.C

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25. Take exit 167 on the left toward Mercer Street

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26. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Mercer St/Seattle Center and merge onto Fairview Ave N

499 ft

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29. Slight right onto Fremont Ave N

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0.3 mi

31. Turn right onto Stone Way N

125 ft

32. Slight left onto N Northlake Way

0.2 mi

33. Kayak across the Pacific Ocean

Entering Hawaii

2,756 mi

34. Continue straight

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35. Turn left onto Kuilima Dr

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36. Take the 3rd right onto HI-83 W

12.4 mi

37. Continue straight onto HI-99 S/Kamehameha Hwy

6.5 mi

38. Slight left onto HI-80 S/Kamehameha Hwy

Continue to follow Kamehameha Hwy

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39. Take the Interstate H-2 S ramp to Honolulu

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7.9 mi

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42. Take exit 13B toward Halawa Hts. Stadium

0.3 mi

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4.1 mi

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4.1 mi

45. Take exit 23 for Punahou St toward Waikiki/Manoa

0.2 mi

46. Turn right onto Punahou St

0.1 mi

47. Take the 1st right onto S Beretania St

0.1 mi

48. Take the 1st left onto Kalakaua Ave

1.9 mi

49. Kayak across the Pacific Ocean

Entering Japan

3,879 mi

50. Turn left toward 県道275号線

0.4 mi

51. Turn left toward 県道275号線

358 ft

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56. Turn left at 千束町(交差点) onto 国道354号線

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58. Take the ramp to 常磐自動車道

Toll road

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Toll road

23.8 mi

60. Take exit 三郷JCT on the right toward 首都高・銀座・湾岸線

Toll road

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Toll road

5.8 mi

62. Take exit 小菅JCT toward 湾岸線・銀座

Toll road

0.3 mi

63. Merge onto 首都高速中央環状線

Toll road

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64. Take exit 堀切JCT on the right toward 銀座

Toll road

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65. Merge onto 首都高速6号向島線

Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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71. Take exit 豊田JCT toward 東海環状・伊勢湾岸道・豊田東出口・土岐JCT・四日市・新名神

Toll road

0.3 mi

72. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for 伊勢湾岸道・四日市・新名神 and merge onto 伊勢湾岸自動車道

Toll road

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Toll road

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74. Take exit 四日市JCT on the right toward 東名阪道・大阪・伊勢道

Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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93. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for 長崎道・長崎・佐賀 and merge onto 長崎自動車道

Toll road

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Toll road

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Toll road

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96. Take the ramp onto 出島海岸通り/国道499号線

Partial toll road

0.4 mi

97. Turn left at 玉江橋(交差点)

0.2 mi

98. Turn left

482 ft

99. Take the 長崎~奈良尾~奈留島~福江 ferry

Partial toll road

60.8 mi

100. Continue straight

0.2 mi

101. Turn right toward 国道384号線

246 ft

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0.2 mi

103. Turn left at 東浜町(交差点) onto 国道384号線

1.3 mi

104. Slight left at 馬責馬場(交差点) onto 県道27号線

7.0 mi

105. Turn left onto 県道31号線

0.4 mi

106. Continue onto 県道164号線

2.9 mi

107. Keep left at the fork

1.9 mi

108. Turn left to stay on 県道164号線

0.2 mi

109. Turn left onto 国道384号線

3.5 mi

110. Kayak across the Pacific Ocean

Entering Australia (Northern Territory)

3,358 mi

111. Turn left onto Myilly Tce

276 ft

112. Turn right to stay on Myilly Tce

0.2 mi

113. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Kahlin Ave

0.2 mi

114. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Gilruth Ave

1.1 mi

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116. Keep left at the fork

433 ft

117. Continue onto Stuart Hwy/National Highway 1

20.0 mi

118. Slight right to stay on Stuart Hwy/National Highway 1

7.5 mi

119. Continue straight to stay on Stuart Hwy/National Highway 1

Continue to follow Stuart Hwy

570 mi

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Continue to follow Barkly Hwy

Entering Queensland

395 mi

121. Turn left onto Barkly Hwy/A2 (signs for National Highway A2/National Route 83/Cloncurry/A6/Townsville)

Continue to follow A2

83.9 mi

122. Turn right onto Landsborough Hwy/A2

208 mi

123. Turn right to stay on Landsborough Hwy/A2 (signs for Longreach/Barcaldine)

Continue to follow A2

Go through 2 roundabouts

176 mi

124. Turn right onto Landsborough Hwy/A2 (signs for National Highway A2/Blackall)

205 mi

125. Turn right onto Mitchell Hwy/A2 Alternate (signs for Charleville)

Continue to follow Mitchell Hwy

171 mi

126. Turn left onto Mitchell Hwy/A71 (signs for Bourke/St George/State Route 49/Ballon)

Continue to follow Mitchell Hwy

Entering New South Wales

155 mi

127. Turn left onto Mitchell Hwy/National Route 71

3.4 mi

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130. Turn left onto Mitchell Hwy/National Route 71

Continue to follow Mitchell Hwy

126 mi

131. Turn left onto Moonagee St/National Route A32 (signs for Dubbo)

492 ft

132. Take the 1st right onto Nymagee St/National Route A32 (signs for Dubbo/National Route 32/Mitchell Highway)

Continue to follow National Route A32

78.2 mi

133. Turn left onto Burraway St/National Route A32 (signs for MITCHELL Hwy/National Route 32/Dubbo)

Continue to follow National Route A32

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135. Turn left onto Newell Hwy/National Highway 39

Go through 1 roundabout

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136. Turn left to stay on Newell Hwy/National Highway 39

1.7 mi

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0.9 mi

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0.5 mi

139. Take the 1st left onto Merrilea Rd

0.9 mi

140. Turn left onto Golden Hwy/State Route 84

21.0 mi

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4.0 mi

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0.2 mi

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20.7 mi

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14.5 mi

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Continue to follow State Route 86

9.2 mi

147. Turn right onto Castlereagh Hwy/Douro St/State Route 86

0.6 mi

148. Turn left onto Castlereagh Hwy/State Route 86

Go through 1 roundabout

72.9 mi

149. Take the National Route 32/Great Western Highway ramp to Lithgow

0.3 mi

150. Merge onto National Route A32

55.1 mi

151. Continue onto M4 Western Motorway/Metroad 4

22.3 mi

152. Take the State Route 44/CHURCH St exit toward Parramatta/Milperra

0.2 mi

153. Turn left onto Church St/State Route 44 (signs for Parramatta)

0.4 mi

154. Turn right onto Parkes St

0.4 mi

155. Turn left onto Harris St

0.2 mi

156. Continue onto Macarthur St

0.2 mi

157. Turn right onto New Zealand St

0.1 mi

 

New Zealand St

Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia

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happy097.gif dude that's directions to New Zealand street in AUSTRALIA :hugegrin:  New Zealand is its own country, yes we often get confused as being part of Australia. but I can assure you we are an actual country :D

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Thats alright NewZ I got lost as soon as I hit Iowa and ended up in a cow pasture.  :unsure:

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happy097.gif dude that's directions to New Zealand street in AUSTRALIA :hugegrin:  New Zealand is its own country, yes we often get confused as being part of Australia. but I can assure you we are an actual country :D

Oops.  Well, Swede is kinda lost anyway.  lol

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Thats alright NewZ I got lost as soon as I hit Iowa and ended up in a cow pasture.  :unsure:

I hope you wiped your feet before you came across the river. We don't want ya tracking any Illinois into Iowa.  lol

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Wow, I didn't even know google maps would do that, especially the suggestion of the kayak!

 

 

happy097.gif dude that's directions to New Zealand street in AUSTRALIA :hugegrin:  New Zealand is its own country, yes we often get confused as being part of Australia. but I can assure you we are an actual country :D

 

Hey man, don't worry, some of us know that New Zealand is actually a country. Personally I'm a big LOTR fan and saw where it was filmed  :hugegrin: 

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