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I am here both as a guide, and hopefully as a friend.

I also want to hear your stories. I want to know what else you would like to learn more about. That’s how we all learn and grow together, including me.

I do my best to respond to emails. I am no Mountain Man, and I firmly believe that I’m not special, just a normal bloke who enjoys working hard and getting out into the backcountry when I can.

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Change is the one constant.

Well, one thing that has always run true for me. Nothing ever stays the same. Which, while sometimes might be a little easier, I have grown to appreciate and enjoy

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The articles and learning so far.

The Bloke was essentially started as a way to document my experiments and learning. Along that way, a couple of people joined me in sharing their experiences. The goal is to continue to add useful, relevant information of benefit to both the weekend warriors and seasoned pros.

My Mighty Garmin Fenix 3 Review

The Backstory To get you up to speed – I would suggest you pop over and read a couple of posts… http://gearlocker.nz/practising-navigation-garmin-tactix/ http://gearlocker.nz/scratched-already-watch-faces/ http://gearlocker.nz/an-update-on-the-garmin-tactix/ Essentially, after my rant about the failings

Bush Legends: Skellerup Ashley Boots

Like Stubbies, Swandries and Mercator knives, Skellerup Ashley Boots are somewhat of an institution in New Zealand’s hunting community. Talk with any of the ‘old guys’ and they will happily

The RIBZ Front Pack

RIBZ Front Packs If you have spent any time on The Bloke you will know that I love the Ribz Front packs. For a long time, I was looking for

Nine Tips for Dealing with Buck Fever

What is Buck Fever? You have been sneaking through a bush trying to remain silent as possible and become hyper aware of any sound, any movement in your immediate surroundings.

PLB’s – Personal Locator Beacons

What is a PLB? A PLB is an electronics device that is designed specifically to be used as the last resort when all other avenues have been exhausted and you

GPS – The Garmin eTrex 30

For the majority of New Zealand trampers, you will spend most of your time on well established and marked tracks. However, the ability to know where you actually are, at

The Mystery Ranch Crewcab

Though heavy, the Mystery Ranch Crewcab offers a massive amount of versatility.

The Carry System – Concepts of ‘lines’

What got me thinking about carry systems? On an MSC organised Bushcraft trip earlier this year, after a group of us wandered out in the dark for a night tramp,