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Michael Walker
(mwalker) - F

Locale: Everywhere. All of the time.
Another... on 10/25/2008 03:56:34 MDT Print View

Well, i'm a New Zealander. But I live in NW Sydney (near Roger perhaps?).
I'm fairly certain i've seen AquaMira for sale at Mountain Equipment on Kent. I generally buy my gear from the states, it was going well for me until August came along. We're heading rapidly back to those dark 48c days now... good times.

I'll be buying up big in the cheap gear haven of Nepal in about a week from now. Not sure on my chances of getting UL gear, all North Face i expect, but you never know.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Another... on 10/26/2008 04:14:25 MDT Print View

Hi Michael

> I'll be buying up big in the cheap gear haven of Nepal in about a week from now. Not sure on my chances of getting UL gear, all North Face i expect, but you never know.

Chuckle! The North Face gear you can buy in Kathmandu has a very good chance of being as legitimate as the 'Rolexes' you can buy there ... But the Thamel district is super-educational!


Michael Walker
(mwalker) - F

Locale: Everywhere. All of the time.
Re: Another... on 10/27/2008 00:11:24 MDT Print View

Yeah, I know. I was actually thinking more of the second-hand gear that is apparently available. I'm just going on what i've been told by people who've been there recently.
Besides, cheap knock-offs can be as good as or close enough to the original, don't care about the label.
Worth a look if nothing else.

darren stephens
(darren5576) - F

Locale: Down Under
re; another on 10/30/2008 16:13:51 MDT Print View

G'Day Michael
Welcome aboard

Andrew Lush
(lushy) - MLife

Locale: Lake Mungo, Mutawintji NPs
Re: 48 cents on 11/01/2008 05:00:37 MDT Print View

Gday Michael.

>>it was going well for me until August came along. We're heading rapidly
back to those dark 48c days now... good times

Gday Michael.
Yep those bad old days look likely to return if all the doomsayers are right. But look at it this way: even at 48 cents to the Aussie dollar, mail order from the US is still often the cheaper way to go.

Or you could make your own like our highly esteemed compatriot Roger : )

Andrew Wolff

Locale: Chattanooga
G'day Fellow Aussies on 11/09/2008 08:24:36 MST Print View

I saw this thread way back when but never did get around to posting. But since it has gotten bumped back up I might as well go ahead and out myself as another Aussie on the site, albiet living in the states - Tennessee to be precise. I'm originally from Brisbane so my first ultralight backpacking experience was in Lamington NP with my schoolbook backpack, a blue tarp and a billy can before I had any real gear.

peter pattenbury

Locale: Australia
Re: Question for Aussies - water. on 11/17/2008 19:46:20 MST Print View

Hi Guys, another Kiwi joins the ranks, albeit one that is now lurking in the bush somewhere south of Sydney.
Somewhat late in joining up - I am 62 - but hey, while there's life in them thar legs....

On topic briefly: I chemically poison, or boil all the water I use in the Blue Mountains, Snowy Mountains, Victorian Alps, or any of the national parks on the coast.

I believe you don't need to boil water for any length of time to kill the critters. By the time the water is up to the boil anything that can harm you is dead. We used to boil for several minutes, but that is simply a waste of fuel. But that was in the days when we lugged 90lbs around.

Completely off topic: it is good to make acquaintance with the 'locals' ; I really appreciate the sound advice on BPL; thanks guys and gals, not forgetting the folks of the good ol' US of A.

BPL philosophy is international, but sometimes the practice of the art is national, or regional. My gear is now a mixture of NZ and Australian, and in a year or so some of it will be US when I do a walk over there.

That's fine; I am happy with the concept: we can all learn from one another. That's the fun of it.

Regards, Peter

Gareth Parker
(GarethP) - F
Hello on 12/22/2008 21:53:25 MST Print View


I am also an Aussie, (well actually a Saffa) living in Sydney. I have become interested in light backpacking from a trail running background and am just starting out.

If you dont mind I have a question or two! I am planning some hikes in the Blue Mtns, but I hear the water is not safe to drink. I notice that most people do anyway on this thread. If you were not comfortable doing this how much water should you take if doing about 80kms in a weekend?

Dan Healy

Locale: Queensland
Micropur in the Blue Mountains on 12/22/2008 22:38:24 MST Print View

never had a problem with Micropur (Chlorine Dioxide) in the Blue Mountains. When the water is muddy I strain it thru a synthetic buff/microtowel or whatever.

Julian Watson
(JulesWatson) - F
Hello other Aussiesd on 01/30/2009 23:47:28 MST Print View

Another late arrival.... based in the 'gong.

Tony Beasley
(tbeasley) - MLife

Locale: Pigeon House Mt from the Castle
Re: Hello other Aussiesd on 01/31/2009 01:37:06 MST Print View

Hi Jules,

>Another late arrival.... based in the 'gong.

Welcome, is a great site.


Shontelle Adams
(shonkygirl) - F

Locale: Central Coast, Aus.
Reviving Aussie Thread - new ? on digital Topo map software on 12/21/2009 03:05:53 MST Print View

Hi all,

Well this thread has been inactive for nearly a year, but thought I would try reviving it after Rod Lawlor provided some excellent Aussie help with a previous question of mine and pointed me in this direction as an "Aussie Forum" area.

I enjoyed reading all the previous comments. I have myself purchased lightweight gear from OS, including a Volant down jacket direct from Feathered Friends in Seattle (Really helpful service and love the jacket) and my tent the Vango Force Ten Helium 200 from UK web shop which I had shipped to a friend in London who on-shipped it for me. Very happy with the tent based on the compromises I made between weight and dollars.

Now for my current question.
I am currently looking at purchasing digital mapping software and like the look of either the Memory-Map State Topo DVD or the TopoView Raster 2006 NSW, but also will want to end up with maps for all of Australia. I am hoping to hear from anyone using these and what they think, in particular any limitations. I currently don't use a GPS but will be looking at getting one soon, so want to ensure it is compatible that way.


Anton S
(maelgwn) - F

Locale: Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Re: Digital mapping software on 12/22/2009 00:27:49 MST Print View

I dont know heaps about it but I believe there is a 1:250 000 series for all of Australia but the other maps are state based and typically sold by region. Eg in SA, there are 9 sets of 1:50 000 available, with upto 20 maps in them and costing about $100 per set (one cd).

OziExplorer seems to be popular software for dealing with the topos. Can link it to a GPS and what not.

So i guess the question is, what sort of maps are you looking for? If you want decent scale, good enough to walk by, what you are proposing sounds very expensive!

Shontelle Adams
(shonkygirl) - F

Locale: Central Coast, Aus.
Australian Digital Mapping Software. on 12/22/2009 05:23:50 MST Print View

Thanks Anton for your reply.

The scale of map that I generally use are the 1:25000, which is what a lot of the Memorty-Map and the TopoView Raster maps are in.

My understanding is that OziExplorer is a software program that reads maps and allows you to add symbols and track notes etc, however you still need to purchase maps such as Memory-Map or TopoView Raster. Please correct if I am wrong. I would really appreciate information on how these programs/software interact. And advantages/disadvantage individually and with using them in combination.

Thanks heaps

Michael Prouting
(AussieBushwalker) - F

Locale: Macarthur, NSW, Australia
Re: Australian Digital Mapping Software. on 12/22/2009 23:53:50 MST Print View


Oziexplorer is by far the best product around, it is well supported and is made by an aussie.

"My understanding is that OziExplorer is a software program that reads maps and allows you to add symbols and track notes etc, however you still need to purchase maps such as Memory-Map or TopoView Raster. Please correct if I am wrong."

No you are correct. You do need to obtain maps to use with Ozi. You have options though. Go to GPSOZ website ( and check out the different maps available for use with Ozi.

Alternately, there are free versions of the 1:25,000 and 1:100,000 paper maps (same as Topoview Raster I believe) available from the GPSAustralia forum at: (BTW, this is a great forum with heaps of info, well worth joining.)
I think you need to make a certain number of posts in the forum before you can download any maps. But there is a DVD of the complete set and I have a copy which I would be happy to share if you wanted or you can obtain a copy from GPSOZ for a small fee. The maps have been derived from the LPI on-line map server and the license on these maps is for non-commercial use only. They are not as detailed as the Topoview maps but I have been using them for years and they do the job.
For example here is a GPS track overlay on the Appin 1:25,000 map:
Walk overlay on the Appin 1:25,000 topo map.

Also, I believe that Memory-Map has it's own proprietary format and does not like to play with other programs (note it is not listed on the GPSOZ site as compatible maps for Oziexplorer), something to think about.

I hope I haven't confused you with too much information, please feel free to ask more questions.


Jack Grayland
(grayland) - F

Locale: Ballan
MIOX Purifier on 12/27/2009 03:14:08 MST Print View

Thru my hiking experience iv found the MSR MIOX Purifier to be the best option, at 99g it dus all I need plus more. only down side is sediment left behind. I get passed this with a hat... used as a basic sediment filter. A little taste is left but i have yet to have any issues with it.

Edited by grayland on 12/27/2009 03:18:09 MST.

Will Inman
(Empacitator) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Another Aussie on 03/24/2010 02:19:28 MDT Print View


Just found this forum and I must say it is very interesting.

I live in Mandurah, Western Australia and have only really considered lightweight hiking in the last few months. Have already made quite a few changes to my pack although far from going properly ultralight to the extreme like many others, I am finding.

I mainly hike along the Bibbulmum Track which is pretty awesome, doing the Overland Track in Tasmania in November/December, can't wait!


Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Another Aussie on 03/24/2010 05:31:33 MDT Print View

Hi Will,

Welcome to the group both this forum and UL hiking.

Resurected an old thread there :)

Im up in Perth, and walk the Bib track most of the time too. I maintain the trail and shelter from White Horse Hills to the Hwy.

See you out there some time perhaps.