Can you drink your urine to survive?
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 Can you drink yours or someone else’s urine in a survival situation?  In this article, I provide useful information and answers to clear up this question once and for all.   The first two questions I usually get asked. There’s … Read More

10 Summits To Climb In Australia
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 Australia is one of the most diverse and beautiful continents on the planet, with a range of climates and geographical interests throughout the land.  While mountains may not be the first thing you think of in Australia, there are some … Read More

7 Family Camping & Adventure Blogs to Follow
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 Going camping or on a road trip with your family can be a life changing experience. It is a great chance for the whole family to bond and share priceless and valuable memories. For this article, I looked at some … Read More

1 Day Hike: Keith Longhurst Reserve Loop via Kentlyn Basin
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 This is a 1-day hike through the Keith Longhurst Reserve to Kentlyn Basin. The Keith Longhurst Reserve is a beautiful waterering hole just 45 minutes drive south of Sydney, in Campbeltown. This one day hike starts fairly easy with clear … Read More

Making a Hobo Fishing Kit
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 For Christmas 2016, I decided to make a hobo fishing kit for my brother-in-law.  I thought it would be a great personal gift that was both practical and thoughtful. I did a fair bit of research on the types and … Read More

Product Review: The Kelly Kettle
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 This is a product review of the Kelly Kettle. I have been using the kettle for some months now, and this is my review and advice on best practice set up. The Kelly Kettle has been used on the West … Read More

The 2016 Oxfam Trailwalker Event
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 I had never heard of the Oxfam Trailwalker event, but when my mate Charlie contacted me to see if I was up for it, he sold it as “a charity event for hikers and bushwalkers”.  I said yes before I … Read More

How Close is Close? 4 Top Tips
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 A recent day trip with some friends highlighted the importance of good camping etiquette when it comes to how close to camp to others. After a 2hr hike into a remote area, my two friends and I were hoping for … Read More

14 Tips for Crossing a River Safely
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 In this video, I cover 14 top tips for crossing a river safely.  Whenever I know there’s a chance of crossing a river on a hike, I will use these tips to ensure I cross safely each time. Knowing how … Read More

Product Review: Big Sky International Wisp Bivy Tent
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 This is a product review for the Big Sky International Wisp Bivy Tent. I have been using and testing the Bivy tent for about 9 months now, across 3 different seasons of the year. The Wisp bivy tent is a … Read More

Top Five Tips for Hiking in Summer
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 Things are already starting to heat up here in NSW – we’ve already had a few 29 and 30 degree days and it is still only October! As it gets closer to summer, the weather warms up, skies are clearer, … Read More

1 Day Hike: Berowa Station to Mt Kuring-Gai Station
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 This one day hike is a fairly easy but beautiful and scenic route between two train stations, exploring three valleys on the way.  Along the route, you get the chance to pass over and alongside a number of waterways, so … Read More

Traditional Indonesian Basket Making
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 I was lucky enough recently to attend a seminar on traditional Indonesian basket making.  This was in conjunction with The Indonesian-Australian Design Futures, and was called “Hands on Bamboo”. Get your bamboo on As the name suggests, we spent the day … Read More

Bushcraft Equipment: Core Kit 2016
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 In this video, I show my core bushcraft equipment that I take on my person when I’m hiking or camping.  I have used this kit for a year or so now after building it up, and I’m confident it will … Read More

Gone Bush Update – October 2016
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   Wow! Without a doubt,it has been a crazy hectic couple of months, I can’t believe it is October already. The last post I uploaded to the website was mid-June, and it has been non-stop since then.  A good time … Read More

2 Day Hike: Emmets Flat via Troys Creek & Starlights Trail, Nattai NP
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   The Nattai National Park is located about 1.5hrs south of Sydney and is a popular destination for hikers due to its proximity to Sydney and the quality of the wilderness.  There are several routes in and around the Park, … Read More

The Fundamentals of Fire-making
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 In this video I will show my tried and trusted fundamental steps for making fire each and every time.  I have used this method consistently for a number of years now, in different countries and continents, and it always works. … Read More

1 Day Hike: Drawing Room Rocks, Barren Grounds NR
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 The Drawing Room Rocks Track is a very popular walk situated outside the bustling little town of Berry.  Berry is about 2hrs drive south from Sydney and is very popular with tourists throughout the year.  There always seems to be … Read More

Toilet tips for the bush
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 I’ve made this video as I have been caught short miles from a toilet on two of my last three hikes.  It is not a nice experience and I thought it would be good to show what material I use … Read More

1 Day Hike: Marley Track, Royal National Park
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 The Marley Track is a popular walk that takes you to the Little and Big Marley beaches – both are beautiful and secluded with both sandy and shaded areas.  During the walk, you traverse Marley Creek, and there is a … Read More

What a load of rubbish – the importance of “Leave no trace”
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 A hike two friends and I went on recently highlighted the importance and value of the phrase and way of thinking, “Leave no trace” and taking all your rubbish out with you when you’re hiking or camping. Hiking down into … Read More

How to deal with leeches
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 The last few hikes and trips I’ve been on, at least one person in the group (usually me…) has been a victim of a blood-sucking leech.  Just last weekend I was swapping clothes to my dry kit once I’d got … Read More

2 Day Hike: Dadder Cave & Jack Evans Track, Blue Mountains National Park
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   Please note: this is a very tough track – not for newbies.  You have to be very physically fit, not have a fear of heights or minor rock climbing, and be confident with maps, compass and navigation.   Dadder … Read More

Latest articles from around the web – January 2016
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 Latest articles from around the web – January 2016 Here’s another set of good articles and websites that I’ve come across from around the web.  Had some miserable weather recently in Sydney so it’s been a quiet one in terms of … Read More

Trailblazers: Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers
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 Running till the 18th of July 2016, Trailblazers: Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers is an interactive exhibition being held at the Australian Museum in Sydney. The exhibition brings to live some of Australia’s most famous explorers and their feats of daring … Read More

Product Review: Helinox LBB135 Walking Poles
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 This is a product review for the Helinox LBB135 Hiking / Walking Poles. The Helinox LBB135 walking poles are the most technically advanced adjustable length walking poles (also known as ‘trekking poles’ or ‘hiking poles’) available in the world. The … Read More

Product Review: Helinox Ground Chair
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 This is a product review for the Helinox Ground Chair. The Helinox Ground Chair is an ultra-light, ultra-strong portable camping or hiking chair. The Ground Chair uses super-strong DAC TH72M alloy and sits reclined and low to the ground. The … Read More

Product Review: PLB (Personal locator beacon)
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 This is a video review of the SA2G PLB (personal locator beacon) from KTI. Setting an unprecedented world standard in PLB design and performance, the new KTI Safety-Alert is compact, fast and reliable. Ideal for bushwalkers, four wheel drivers, cross … Read More

Proper Preparation for Family Camping
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 I used to quote a phrase to my girlfriend (now my wife) when we went camping in the UK: Remember the 4 P’s – Proper Preparation Prevents Puckups. Granted the last P is actually an F but it made for … Read More

Shelter Ideas from Pinterest
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 I’ve been doing lots of research on Pinterest over the last few weeks collating a range of photos across a number of boards, all relating in some way to Bushcraft.  The images below are all related to the board I’ve … Read More

Fitness for the Outdoors – Part 3. Lower Body
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 Fitness for the Outdoors – Part 3. Lower body. Please note: I’m not a doctor, nor a fitness or nutritional expert. I just know what works for me from doing this for a few years and taking advice from experts … Read More

Top 10 Mistakes That Every New Hiker Makes
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 Top 10 mistakes that every new hiker makes In the last couple of months I’ve only managed to get out into the bush once, which has been pretty hard for me. The exciting thing was that the trip was taking … Read More

Latest articles from around the web – November 2015
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 Latest articles from around the web – November 2015 It has been a crazy couple of months with work, meaning I’ve only managed to go bush once.  So I’ve been searching the internet for the best articles and websites to … Read More

Taking a group into the bush
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 Taking a group into the bush It can be a tad daunting when you first venture out into the bush for a trip, especially if you’re camping overnight.  Even more so when you’re taking a group into the bush.  A … Read More

Fitness for the Outdoors – Part 2. Upper Body
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 Fitness for the Outdoors – Part 2.  The upper body. Please note: I’m not a doctor, nor a fitness or nutritional expert. I just know what works for me from doing this for a few years and taking advice from … Read More

2 Day Hike: Starlights Trail, Nattai National Park
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 2 Day Hike: Starlights Trail, Nattai National Park Overview Starlights Trail is another fairly popular route in the Nattai National Park.  It takes you down into the valley to the river, and a lovely little camping area called Emmetts Flat. … Read More

Leadership skills for managing a camp
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 Spending another 5 days deep in the Kosciuszko National Park on a Mountaineering Course has reiterated some fundamental leadership skills that you need to ensure that these sorts of trips go smoothly and to plan.   1. You must lead … Read More

Colt SPEAR Tactical Arrow Heads
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 Colt SPEAR Tactical Arrow Heads I noticed these on Facebook via a link from a company called Extreme SAS and immediately thought they would be a great addition to my PSK (Personal Survival Kit).  The arrowheads are stainless steel, weigh … Read More

Attaching an axe to your rucksack
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 Attaching an axe to your rucksack I had been trying to work out for a while how to effectively and safely strap my axe to my rucksack in a way that it wasn’t just dangling around with the potential to … Read More

Product Review: Blackwolf Cicada Tent
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 The Blackwolf Cicada Tent The Blackwolf Cicada is a 3-season, 2 man tent that is based on the geodesic design.  The outer fly fabric is made from 3000 mm PU Polyester, while the floor is 5000 mm PU Polyester. The … Read More

Competition Winners Announced!
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 Again, thank you to everyone who entered the first Gone Bush competition and supporting the blog. I can confirm that my better half has picked three entrants at random, the winners are below and I will be contacting them in … Read More

Competition Closed!
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 Thank you to everyone who signed up and entered the launch competition. There are a number of entries to get through, so winners will be announced in the next 24 hours once I’ve collated all the names and the better … Read More

2 Day Hike: Shoalhaven Gorge via Long Point Route
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 2 Day Hike: Shoalhaven Gorge via Long Point Route Overview There are several routes into Shoalhaven Gorge – this is one of the more popular ones, and takes you down to a place called McCallums Flat, which as suggests, is … Read More

Fitness for the Outdoors – Part 1. Cardio and Core
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 Fitness for the Outdoors – Part 1. Cardio and core. Please note: I’m not a doctor, nor a fitness or nutritional expert. I just know what works for me from doing this for a few years and taking advice from … Read More

Ed Stafford – Survival Expert
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 My boss is always asking me about the latest bush / survival adventure I have been up to.  I draw it out a bit so it sounds like I popped up Everest for the weekend just to wind him up … Read More

Has the mobile phone killed camping?
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 We love to use our phones all the time.  If you had one when they first came out, most people thought you were a drug dealer or stock-broker.  Nowadays they are an extension of our body and most can’t live … Read More

Product Review: Eno 2 Hammock Underquilt
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 I only recently have acquired a hammock to use in the bush, so I’m still getting to grips with all the ins and outs of using one. My main problem was keeping warm when the temperature gets low. I thought … Read More

Product Review: Hennessy Hammock Aysim Zip
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 I have always used a tent for my camping and hiking, and I’ve never thought about using anything else. Call me old fashioned (or new fashioned), but I always liked the fact that it was my little cocoon of warmth … Read More

Everybody needs to get stoned
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 Let’s talk knifes.  I like knifes.  Maybe a little too much.  Now before this gets creepy let me put this into context. I’m a chef and I like knifes.  Did I mention that already?  Being a chef I use a … Read More

GPS and navigational apps for your phone
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 Please note: all the links / apps discussed in this article are mentioned purely from an Android perspective. I’ve never owned an iPhone and while I appreciate it is a large proportion of the market, I don’t have access to … Read More

Navigating with a map – 3 simple steps
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 Learning how to use and read a map is probably the most important thing you can learn as a bushcraft skill.  if you know how to read a map, then your chances of not getting lost and navigating safely are far … Read More

Trip Review: Blackman’s Gap
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 Blackman’s gap is located approximately 90 km south west from the town of Gladstone. It’s one of those spots that I call CQ’s (Central Queensland’s) worst kept secret, because everyone knows about it but not many actually know how to … Read More

3 Day Hike: Beloon Pass, Nattai National Park
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 Overview Beloon Pass is in the Nattai National park, 2hrs south of Sydney.  The park takes up much of the southern section of the Blue Mountains area and takes in the catchments of the Nattai river and the Wollondilly river. … Read More

My bushcraft needs
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 I had the chance recently to review some of my gear & it’s insightful to note how my needs & requirements have progressed over the years. Granted I’m getting older so I have to think about things like my dodgy … Read More

2 Day Hike: Ahern’s Lookout, Nattai National Park
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 Overview The view from Ahern’s Lookout is quite spectacular.  It looks out over the Nattai National Park and literally as far as you can see, it’s just pure bushland and wilderness. There is no real campsite at Ahern’s Lookout, nor … Read More

2 Day Hike: Shoalhaven Gorge via Badgerys Spur
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 Overview Shoalhaven Gorge is a beautiful deep gorge with the Shoalhaven river running through it.  There are several routes into and out it, plus you can kayak the Shoalhaven river too. The hike out can be tough, but it is … Read More

Campfire therapy
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 A simple campfire can have me mesmerised for hours. I can just sit and stare at the flames lick across and around the wood, sometimes even making out figures and pictures in the flames. Watching the smoke rise up into … Read More

What to do if you get lost in the bush
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   Getting lost in the bush can go from bad to worse to dead in very quick time, so you need to be prepared and ready to know what to do if things do go awry and you find yourself … Read More

Product Review: Steripen Ultra Handheld Rechargeable UV Water Purifier
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 I had always used the water purifier tablets as they were a pretty reliable way of ensuring all microbes and other nasties in your water were killed.  But on a recent 3 day hike into the Nattai National Park, I … Read More

Product Review: The PowerTraveller POWERMONKEY Extreme 12V Solar Battery Charger
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 Let’s face it, we’re taking more and more electronic devices out into the bush with us. From mobiles to GoPro’s to steripens – keeping all these items charged and working on a longer hike can be a challenge.  Living in … Read More

Like your wife
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   It’s happened to all of us at least once… You’re in the bush with someone who came unprepared, and you’re asked to use your axe. You begrudgingly hand it over and before you know it, your axe is having … Read More

Product Review: Mammut Pacific Crest GTX Hiking Boots
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 It was a sad day in my household recently… My Merrell Moab hiking shoes were close to death. The Gore Tex had stopped being water proof, the support for my foot was starting to wane and I had started slipping … Read More

Personal Locator Beacon – What you need to know
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 If you’re heading into the bush either with a group or on your own, it’s always a safe bet to take a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) with you just in case. It only takes one slip and you could turn … Read More

Camping / Hiking / 4WD Checklist
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 Over the years of getting out and about I’ve collated a list of what I think are the most important items to take if you’re on a 2 day+ hike, a family / friends camping trip, or just to have … Read More

Hello world!
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As with most WordPress / Blog sites – we start with “Hello world!” I’ve been up a tree, on a lake, in a tent, hanging from a rockface, climbing up a mountain (and most other outdoor things) most of my … Read More