Top 10 Hiking and Outdoor Films

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By Sean Murphy While we wait for the world to be open enough for us to enjoy hiking, camping and generally being outside, now is the chance to catch up on the best movies that feature hiking and the outdoors.  Hollywood and production companies around the world have embraced nature as being the backdrop to countless films and TV series. In the more well-crafted productions, the outdoors can become another character.  Not just a setting, but a tangible presence adding mystery, menace and salvation for the characters who find themselves thrown into the adventure.  It’s a setting that can encapsulate …

How Drones Have Helped Rescue Hikers

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By Sean Murphy Ever since drones became mainstream, not only were they the ultimate toy for the man-child in the family, but they have been used for a number of reasons from the frivolous to the life-saving.  Fire Departments and polices forces have been adopting drones, using them for time-sensitive rescue operations.  Their use is diverse, drones have provided sweeping footage of vistas and landscapes for the film and television industry, helped with large scale commercial engineering projects, given a new twist to wedding photography and have been used to help find hikers lost in the wilderness. In this day …

Overlanding – Planning and Preparation for Overlanding

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By Ferenc Elekes Part of the fun of any journey is trip planning. Since overland adventures are usually longer in duration than most other types of vacations, planning and preparing for them require careful consideration and attention to detail. Overlanders don’t want to plan all of the spontaneity out of their trips, but they also don’t want to put their lives and the lives of their travelling companions in undue danger. Here are some of our top planning and preparation tips that will help to strike the right balance between an exciting adventure and a fool-hardy quest. The Finances and …

Overlanding – Growth in the Popularity of Overlanding

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By Ferenc Elekes Technology has been a primary driver in growing the accessibility of people to Overlanding. The ability to work remotely has given folks the flexibility to take their work on the road. All you need is a laptop, some juice, and perhaps the odd internet connection, and still work while marvelling at the stunning vista you have discovered. Another reason is that overlanding can be quite cost-effective. For example you do not have to spend thousands of dollars to stay at hotels or to eat at expensive restaurants. You can add a lot more fun by bringing everything …

Overlanding – What is Overlanding?

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By Ferenc Elekes Overlanding is booming in popularity, largely because people yearn for knowledge and adventure. Perhaps more folks are wanting to get away from the city madness! Whatever the reason, overlanding gives you an opportunity to explore the world and learn from it. But what is overlanding? We are enthusiasts of overlanding, and we want to share the humble knowledge we have built up on this matter. It is our hope by so doing we can help you explore the world and learn from it. What is overlanding and where is it coming from? In this article we highlight …

Top 5 camping destinations in Europe

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By Colton Davis There is no better feeling than being at one with nature while on holiday. Camping is always an adventure, where families and couples can make amazing memories together as they sleep under the stars. If you’d like to take a camping trip this year, why not check out these amazing camping destinations in Europe before you decide where to go? 1. Provence, France Located in Southern France, this camping destination is swathed in the sunshine. With many tents and caravan campsites to choose from in the area, there is an accommodation option to suit everyone’s needs. Ben …

Surviving Storm Season

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By Sean Murphy And here we are again, smack bang in the middle of storm season. There are parts of Australia that are more effected by extreme weather than others, but regardless of where you are, being prepared is essential. Knowing what and what not to do during a violent storm can be a matter of life and death. Storms are created on a hot summer day when the surface of the Earth is heated by the sun, causing the air just above the surface to also heat up. The warm air rising and the cold air sinking is what …

Mozzie Time!

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By Sean Murphy. Zzzzzzz….zzzzzzzz.  The sound we all dread in summer.  As the temperature rises and we embrace the outdoors after winter, the presence of insects, namely mosquitos, become a necessary evil.  There’s no real way of escaping them, but we can protect ourselves from being riddled with mosquito bites and the incessant itch they inflict.  There are roughly over 3,500 known varities of the mosquito species around the world and have been in existence for at least 226 million years.  These blood-sucking pests are found in every continent in the world except for Antarctica.  Mankind and the mosquito have …

5 Of The Best Long-Distance Trail Walks In The World

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By Sean Murphy Living in a world with such diverse landscapes and terrains offers trail walkers and hikers countless options where to plan their next adventure.  From trail walks that last a few hours to ones that can take months to complete.  And temperatures that range from freezing to scorching hot.  Valleys, mountain ranges, lakes and rivers.  Nature really knows how to spoil those with a love of the outdoors and those who want to push themselves to the next level. If you have a few months, or even a year spare, listed below are five of the best long …

3 Reasons Why You Need To Bring Along A GPS Before Your Next Hike

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By John Lewis INTRODUCTION When you go for a hike, there are usually two ways of defining your hiking success. First, would be the fact that you are able to move from point A to point B in the quickest manner. Second, is that you have enjoyed your hiking experience a lot! A handheld GPS receiver would be able to help you reach both goals. Of course, do not forget other tools for self-defence and your physical safety as well. If you are skilled at operating your GPS, you would be able to effectively pinpoint the shortest route to your destination …

The Art Of Putting Out A Campfire

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By Sean Murphy It’s literally the centre-piece of every campsite, a source of warmth and a means to cook. It’s the thing we do hurriedly in the hour just before sunset, the desperate hunt for twigs and dry bits of wood. Some would bring their own kindle, or have a trust-worthy fire starter kit amongst their gear. We’d build a fort-like wall of rocks along it’s parameter to prevent the fire from growing.  It also lets us know where the ground ends and the fire starts. The beloved camp fire. Once a day of hiking ends and the tents are …

Extreme Heat and the Human Body

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By Sean Murphy Here in Australia we have survived another summer, and thankfully, winter is here. Early February saw a heat wave hit the central and eastern parts of the country making living conditions unbearable for the vulnerable. Our friends in the northern hemisphere know what it’s like as well to experience the effects of extreme heat, “Lucifer” or “Jolanda” was a heat wave that struck southern Europe 2017. France, Italy and Spain were just a few of the countries that endured excessively hot weather. Following on from previous blogs Extreme Cold and the Human Body and The Effects of …