Dirt time in NZ bush

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  1. PrimitivePotato

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    Alright let's get straight into it...
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    Collected some sticks on the way in to help with my firelighting.
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    I had to clamber over a big pine tree that had fall over (its root system had given way).
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    Collected a bit of fat wood but I didn't use it to light my fire. I will be back to collect a whole heap more some other time.
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    There was a whole heap of sap where the tree had snapped.
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    Once past the pine tree, still heading to where I wanted to get to. I came across this huge chunk of clay, I bet on it with my tracker some to see if it was all clay and I'm pretty sure it was. Future project?!
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    I got to where it was that I wanted to spend the day and started on my fire wood collection. I didn't need a whole lot, just enough to cook a meal. (Spoiler: It's bacon :p
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    My gomboy and tracker made wood prep a breeze.
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    I used a folding shovel that I have had for ages and never used to clear out an area for my fire pit.
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    Cleaned up a green sapling to support my bacon with over the fire.

    Continued...
     
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    Gotta stay hydrated.
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    Feather sticks and shavings done. I used a combination of both tracker curlies and regular feather sticks for my tinder, seem to work well.
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    I used my @andy.t 5 Col ferro rod and a piece of old saw blade as my striker. I am working on making a nicer looking striker. My ferro rod now also has an antler handle.
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    Fire.
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    Got the water on...
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    And the bacon

    Continued...
     
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  3. PrimitivePotato

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    Mmmmmmm :32:
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    Food's done
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    If you want to find out why I don't have my canteen cup feel free to watch my video. :confused:
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    With my food eaten, (it was yummy) it's time for some more tracker antics.
    From where I was sitting there was a tree fern conveniently placed... For some throwing. This was my first time doing it so I was pretty cautious, probably only about a metre and a half away, not very impressive but it was fun. :)
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    Whilst out, I also did a lil bit of plant ID
    This is hen and chicken. Although I had forgotten it at the time, the small bits are the chicken and the frond is the hen. Both parts are edible but I only ate the chicken.
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    Tastes like grass.
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    I didn't do much else, just relaxed and enjoyed nature and then it was time to head out.

    Thanks guys, if you want to check out my video it would be greatly appreciated, there are a few things in the vid that I didn't cover in this trip report such as my canteen cup...

     
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    Always nice to see bushcrafting in other parts of the globe. Thanks!
     
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    central joe Wait For Me!! Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    That's a fine trip lad, thanks fer posting. joe
     
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    Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed it.
     
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    Yeah buddy! Some good times there!
     
  8. PrimitivePotato

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    Thanks man! It was a blast, awesome just to get out even if only for the day
     
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    @PrimitivePotato I am going to add you on the list of Tracker Backers. There’s nothing special about it yet...
     
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    Thanks bro!
    Appreciate it! I've been curious about it for some time. :)
     
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    Forgot to add one other trick I tried whilst out. Picked it up from Kevin Estela's book ''101 skills you need to survive in the woods''.
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    "Charcoal from your fire can be used as a mild abrasive to remove stains"
     
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    Your bush looks nice and this is NOT said in that cougar to a cub tone :18:

    But the woods on your end of the world are amazing!
    I think it would be difficult to starve unless badly hurt.
     
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    Nice report.
    Thanks for putting it together.
     
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    Very nice report. Thanks for taking us along. It is threads like this that only inspire me to get out more than I already do. And in doing so help me start more memories.
     
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    Beautiful lush growth there. Thank you
     
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    Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed it.
    This Bush can be pretty thick but it's fun to go bushbashing through.
    Cheers
     
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    hello,
    @PrimitivePotato that's an interesting ferro rod striker you have there. :cool:
    Regards
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    Thanks, it's a piece of old high carbon steel saw blade that throws nice sparks. I have an idea for making a cool looking striker out of it soon.
    Cheers
     
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    I didn’t watch the video (limited service right now)...what happened to the cup?
     
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    You'll have to watch the video for the full story but let's just saying it doesn't enjoy having a car on top of it...
     
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    Maybe I’ll have time at work to watch it...you have me intrigued for sure!
     
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    Great outing, thanks for sharing. Some great tracker action too!
     
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    Enjoyed your post and pictures.
     
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    Thanks guys. Most of the pics are just screenshots from the video, glad you like them.

    Haha just my stupidity :confused::rolleyes:
     
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    Nice to get out even for a bit now that the weathers fining up @PrimitivePotato

    You'd be surprised at how barren all that greenery can be, plus a lot of indigenous fruit bearing trees require heavy and days long processing to be safe to eat or contain enough terpenoids to make subsistence on them untenable over any length of time.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriaria_arborea
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karaka_(tree) Two Very common plants and cases in point, a misstep here and you are a long time dead.
     
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    @waipapa13 aah, but I'm no vegetarian, was thinking about maggots in rotting wood.

    But yes, you are right, but then again it applies everywhere, if you don't know what you have, assume it's not safe to eat.
     
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    Yeah still a bit of rain here but hopefully will get more sun soon.
    I didn't even realise there was another kiwi active here!!!
    It is possible to subsist off of wild edibles in the NZ Bush, Andrew Crowe, a very good author on NZ plants and trees did it, he mentions it in his field guide of wild NZ edibles.

    But yes supplementing with grubs and meat would make it way easier, I have eaten a few huhu grubs in my time.

    Cheers
     
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    @KFF True enough, huhu grubs are a beetle larva that are common here and tolerable enough. You have similar in Finland?
     
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    We have dung beetle with fat juicy larvae but the tree ones are various stingers and quite small.
     
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    Yeah mate, been lurking here for a bit after another forum I frequented slowed down to a dull roar of its former self.
    You down South a bit?
     
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    Yeah, Waikato.
    What was the other forum?
    Cheers
     
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    @PrimitivePotato ah yep, Waikato, real nice toward the King country there.
    It's a hunting and shooting specific forum, don't want to break any rules, you'll find it if you search hard enough, right here is where its at I reckon though.
     
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    Yup sure is, so much knowledge here!
     
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    hello,
    @waipapa13 welcome "haere mai" to the BCUSA forum. :)
    Regards
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    Now that is a day well spent!
     
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    Neat trip. I love to see pics of trips beyond the US. Thanks for posting!
     

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