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Tips on Choosing a Survival Knife

Posted on June 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

One of the most important tools that you should bring when you go hiking or camping is a survival knife. Having a knife is important since it can be used in an infinite number of ways. You can use it for preparing food, cutting materials for your shelter, or even protecting yourself. You should not even consider going on a wilderness trip without a knife. You can purchase a knife from any shop that sell camping gear or an online shop. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure that you consider the tips outlined in the paragraphs below.

Make sure that you choose the right sized survival knife. It is important that the knife can be easily carried. You should also choose a knife that you can clip on your jeans waistband or on your belt. This makes it easier for you to access the knife whenever you need it. If you want to clip it near your body, just make sure that you cover it with a knife sheath.

Choose the right kind of blade for your survival knife. The blade is the most important part of the knife because this is what does the cutting. Do you want a straight or serrated blade? Do you want a long or short blade? A straight blade is much easier to sharpen than a serrated blade. A knife with a short blade is easier to carry and use than a knife with a long blade. The blade should also be thick enough to withstand even wood chopping. You do not want a flexible knife that bends easily. These things are important to consider when it comes to choosing the right knife for your wilderness trips.

The handle is also an important factor to consider. Make sure that the handle has a nice grip. Try to hold the knife before making a purchase to ensure that it feels comfortable when you are holding it. Make sure that the handle is not hollow. A knife with a hollow handle is easier to break than a knife whose tang (the metal part of the knife, which includes the blade) extends to the bottom of the handle.

The material used for making the knife should also be taken into consideration. For the blade, you can choose something that is made of either stainless steel or carbon steel. Stainless steel is more durable and does not rust. On the other hand, carbon steel retains its blade edge for a much longer time. For the handle, you can choose either wood, metal or hard plastic.

When choosing your survival knife, always go for the knife with the most reasonable price. Do not buy those really cheap knives or they will end up broken after your first use. On the other hand, do not buy an overly expensive knife or you will end up with a broken wallet. You have to look for something that meets your needs and at the same time keeps your wallet intact.

Must See in Tasmania

Posted on June 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

You may think that Tasmania is extremely small and will have nothing much to see. But don’t forget that great thing come in small packages and Tasmanian attractions are nothing short of great. There is shopping to do, sites to see, hiking, swimming, surfing and the Tasmanian devil to visit! It is here you will find Australia’s oldest narrow gauge tramway and you can take the family for a joy ride on scenic railway through some of the most picturesque parts of Tasmania.

In the north east of Tasmania you will find the most beautiful fertile soil and the best quality timber. Sheep graze in plenty and poppy is a bumper crop here. It’s hard to believe that the north eastern part was a mining area. In fact that’s something you have to see here; what’s left of the gold mines at the Beaconsfield. You can so have a look at a tin mine called Derby. The Tamar River is an important part of the north east and is extremely scenic. You will love the waterfalls, gorge and beaches here. Launceston is the biggest city in the north east and is popular for its historic buildings, restaurants and parks. Another north-eastern Tasmanian attraction is the town of Scottsdale which has the biggest lavender farms.

Let’s find out more about the south and south-eastern part of Tasmania. It is the most populated part of the state but still boasts of bush lands which are another popular Tasmanian attraction. The capital of Tasmania is Hobart and also the largest city in the state. It is located here in the south east. It is not just the hub for commerce and industry but also home to many heritage sites. You just have to visit the Shot Tower which is at Taroona and Arthur’s Circus at Battery Point. Don’t miss the artistic town of Richmond, the Hastings cave, Mt. Wellington and Mt. Field National Park.

It time for the Tasmania’s Suncoast. The east coast of Tasmania is absolutely lovely and boasts of the finest weather all year long. Fishing is a major attraction here and the towns of Bicheno and St. Helens are the best known fishing ports. The popular and most visited Tasmanian tourist attraction, Freycinet National Park is located on the east coast. For camping head to Coles Bay and Wineglass bay is not to be missed. Swim, lie on the white sandy beaches, snorkel and also visit the birds, fishes and animals in Bicheno’s sea life park.

For the best of Tasmanian wilderness its time for the wild – Wild West! The western region is not populated at all and is a real getaway spot in the true sense of the word. Escape to the western wilderness for some time alone. Queenstown is the biggest town here. It is here in the south west that you will see some of the most spectacular Tasmanian wilderness. The Gordon River runs through the south west and gives Tasmania some lovely sights enjoyed by tourists and Bushwalkers. You must visit the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

There is more to see and experience here. Yu will never run out of things to do in Tasmania. It is easily accessible by road, air and rail. You can also hop on to Australia’s oldest narrow gauge train to take you through the Lune River and other Tasmanian Attractions.


Shopping For Camping Tents 101

Posted on May 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

Nowadays, camping has evolved from simply being an activity that involves temporary outdoor living to being a mode of living. Sleeping, eating, and working outdoors are more than just urges, they are thought to be biological characteristics of man. The “return to nature” movement has helped develop modern camping, designing it now to supplement modern living and provide opportunities for the development of outdoor skills. The camper employs a minimum of primitive but functional equipment that furnishes almost all of civilization’s basic conveniences. One such necessary equipment is the camping tent.

Factors to Consider

Standard tents used to be “two-party-affair” pup tents. For larger parties, taller and warmer wall tents, having floors and screening of suitable fabric to make them insect-proof, were readily available.

With the growth of organized camping, the industry that provides such equipment has steadily grown. And with more campers paying close attention to structural factors, tents should now be manageable, useful, made of sturdy materials, and uncomplicated to set-up and put away. The temperature ranges in which a camper will be camping also need to be considered when buying this equipment.

Keeping all these in mind, shopping for a tent isn’t easy. The marketing jargon for tents can also befuddle the neophyte camper. Conversely, camping tents can simply be classified as either 3-season or 4-season.

The 3-Season Tent

The average 3-season tent is functional in light to moderate weather conditions. The fact that it is built to hold up for temperature ranges in spring, summer and fall, and in almost any location, fittingly gives it the name 3-season tent. This type of tent is normally less expensive than a 4-season tent. 3-season tents also come in an infinite array of features and prices, and can be bought at specialty camping stores or from large merchandisers. Those of great quality let the air in, but keep the moisture out.

The 4-Season Tent

The pricier 4-season tent may or may not have a rugged “bathtub” floor which is merely an excellent waterproof floor that comes up to about six inches on most 4-season tents’ sides. These tents are suitable for year-round camping, and for whatever weather conditions there might be. They have a minimum of four aluminum poles for support, with some brands having more than that. Such specification is great for inclement winter weather. 4-season tents can also come in sleek outlines, are usually dark-colored to soak up heat better and are also lighter.

The 3-Season vis-à-vis the 4-Season

Most campers still prefer the 3-season tent because it makes for a great family camping tent. As long as it’s used in the seasons specified, it can still provide adequate protection from the elements. However, 3-season tents cannot withstand powerful snowfall, lashing rain and rough winds. They are not suitable for such wilderness outings as an Alaskan excursion in January.

Too much insulation can be a problem during the summer months for a 4-season tent. The heftier price tag of a 4-season could also sway a buyer towards a 3-season. But for the camper who plans to commune with nature in the wilderness and in stormy winter, the 4-season would be a better choice.