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  Reply # 1192010 9-Dec-2014 10:53
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If you're just going back garden camping to start with, try making one with him.


Sadly I lack the talent, skill, or objects (and less so, inclination) required to make such an item. Loungeroom forts is about my limits sadly. 

If we had lots of trees I might consider it. 


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  Reply # 1192021 9-Dec-2014 11:18
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Don't like camp grounds either, too crowded

There's plenty of cheap doc camp sites, the doc website is pretty good

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/conservation-campsites-by-region/

A gas cooker or small bbq is ideal




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  Reply # 1192056 9-Dec-2014 12:01
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networkn:
Geektastic:

If you're just going back garden camping to start with, try making one with him.


Sadly I lack the talent, skill, or objects (and less so, inclination) required to make such an item. Loungeroom forts is about my limits sadly. 

If we had lots of trees I might consider it. 



Man that would make you worse than me at DIY!! Since I generally regard that to mean "Don't Involve Yourself" that would be a hard achievement!

OK

1) Buy some 2x4 timber (or whatever the metric version of that is)

2) Cut 4 lengths (equal) that you can screw together at the top so they open like scissors to make a V (wide end on ground)

3) get another length of 2.4 and rest it  on top of the 2 inverted V shapes as a ridge pole, tie with string or whatever is to hand

4) Throw tarp over, peg to ground, make a guy line or two from string and peg.

Just pretend you are stranded in the wilderness following a plane crash - that should help!

PS Do you have a silver BMW estate car?





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  Reply # 1192059 9-Dec-2014 12:02
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Killerkiwi2005: Don't like camp grounds either, too crowded

There's plenty of cheap doc camp sites, the doc website is pretty good

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/conservation-campsites-by-region/

A gas cooker or small bbq is ideal



How do you do proper camping here? That is - throw small tent in backpack, head into wilderness and camp wherever you feel like it?





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  Reply # 1192060 9-Dec-2014 12:05
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Geektastic:
Killerkiwi2005: Don't like camp grounds either, too crowded

There's plenty of cheap doc camp sites, the doc website is pretty good

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/conservation-campsites-by-region/

A gas cooker or small bbq is ideal



How do you do proper camping here? That is - throw small tent in backpack, head into wilderness and camp wherever you feel like it?


You can but you need incredibly long extension leads in order to plug in the Laptop and charge the cellphone and tablets. :P




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  Reply # 1192061 9-Dec-2014 12:06
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Geektastic:
networkn:
Geektastic:

If you're just going back garden camping to start with, try making one with him.


Sadly I lack the talent, skill, or objects (and less so, inclination) required to make such an item. Loungeroom forts is about my limits sadly. 

If we had lots of trees I might consider it. 



Man that would make you worse than me at DIY!! Since I generally regard that to mean "Don't Involve Yourself" that would be a hard achievement!

OK

1) Buy some 2x4 timber (or whatever the metric version of that is)

2) Cut 4 lengths (equal) that you can screw together at the top so they open like scissors to make a V (wide end on ground)

3) get another length of 2.4 and rest it  on top of the 2 inverted V shapes as a ridge pole, tie with string or whatever is to hand

4) Throw tarp over, peg to ground, make a guy line or two from string and peg.

Just pretend you are stranded in the wilderness following a plane crash - that should help!

PS Do you have a silver BMW estate car?


Yes? How did you know? Are you the guy putting an offer on it ? :) 

I'd agree to not being much of a DIY guy, I usually consider it more cost effective to pay other people to do stuff around my house :) 


I'll have a think about making the tent but realistically, I'd have to buy almost everything including tools to cut the wood etc, a tarp, string, pegs etc :-) :) 

I have a bit of furniture in a box still from 12 months ago I just never get around to making.




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  Reply # 1192075 9-Dec-2014 12:07
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SepticSceptic: Camping requirements change over the years. First few times I went camping, it was togs, towel, sleeping bag + beer. And a pup tent.

Then with kids in tow, it was an A4-sized checklist, covering everything from antacid to Zoggs. (Zoggs are swimming goggles).

Sans kids, list is a wee bit shorter - don't need to accommodate all their paraphernalia, but still a long-ish check list just to make sure our camping is "comfortable".


I used to go down to Le Mans every year for the 24 Hour race.

We camped on the circuit for a week and our camping acoutrements included:

1) Portable pool
2) Lawn mower (to prepare site!)
3) Mains fridges x 2
4) Mains freezer
5) TV, Sat dish and decoder
6) Army dining shelter and 12 man table/chairs
7) Electric fans
8) 4 gas BBq's (to cook for 10 people)
9) 2 Honda C90 scooters for shopping trips to Carrefour in Le Mans.

All taken down in various trailers, caravans, cars etc!





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  Reply # 1192077 9-Dec-2014 12:10
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networkn:
Geektastic:
networkn:
Geektastic:

If you're just going back garden camping to start with, try making one with him.


Sadly I lack the talent, skill, or objects (and less so, inclination) required to make such an item. Loungeroom forts is about my limits sadly. 

If we had lots of trees I might consider it. 



Man that would make you worse than me at DIY!! Since I generally regard that to mean "Don't Involve Yourself" that would be a hard achievement!

OK

1) Buy some 2x4 timber (or whatever the metric version of that is)

2) Cut 4 lengths (equal) that you can screw together at the top so they open like scissors to make a V (wide end on ground)

3) get another length of 2.4 and rest it  on top of the 2 inverted V shapes as a ridge pole, tie with string or whatever is to hand

4) Throw tarp over, peg to ground, make a guy line or two from string and peg.

Just pretend you are stranded in the wilderness following a plane crash - that should help!

PS Do you have a silver BMW estate car?


Yes? How did you know? Are you the guy putting an offer on it ? :) 

I'd agree to not being much of a DIY guy, I usually consider it more cost effective to pay other people to do stuff around my house :) 


I'll have a think about making the tent but realistically, I'd have to buy almost everything including tools to cut the wood etc, a tarp, string, pegs etc :-) :) 

I have a bit of furniture in a box still from 12 months ago I just never get around to making.





I know all manner of things (as my wife will attest to - she often asks me how I know things, to which I usually reply "because I pay attention"!)

I saw one in Auckland at the weekend (I was house hunting) and the number plate matched your screen name! I guessed it may be yours. So either it was, or someone has an identical car and a number plate that you should buy off them....

Just buy a Leatherman and build it with that - think how cool and MacGuyverish you will appear to your offspring!







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  Reply # 1192080 9-Dec-2014 12:15
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Geektastic:
networkn:
Geektastic:
networkn:
Geektastic:

If you're just going back garden camping to start with, try making one with him.


Sadly I lack the talent, skill, or objects (and less so, inclination) required to make such an item. Loungeroom forts is about my limits sadly. 

If we had lots of trees I might consider it. 



Man that would make you worse than me at DIY!! Since I generally regard that to mean "Don't Involve Yourself" that would be a hard achievement!

OK

1) Buy some 2x4 timber (or whatever the metric version of that is)

2) Cut 4 lengths (equal) that you can screw together at the top so they open like scissors to make a V (wide end on ground)

3) get another length of 2.4 and rest it  on top of the 2 inverted V shapes as a ridge pole, tie with string or whatever is to hand

4) Throw tarp over, peg to ground, make a guy line or two from string and peg.

Just pretend you are stranded in the wilderness following a plane crash - that should help!

PS Do you have a silver BMW estate car?


Yes? How did you know? Are you the guy putting an offer on it ? :) 

I'd agree to not being much of a DIY guy, I usually consider it more cost effective to pay other people to do stuff around my house :) 


I'll have a think about making the tent but realistically, I'd have to buy almost everything including tools to cut the wood etc, a tarp, string, pegs etc :-) :) 

I have a bit of furniture in a box still from 12 months ago I just never get around to making.





I know all manner of things (as my wife will attest to - she often asks me how I know things, to which I usually reply "because I pay attention"!)

I saw one in Auckland at the weekend (I was house hunting) and the number plate matched your screen name! I guessed it may be yours. So either it was, or someone has an identical car and a number plate that you should buy off them....

Just buy a Leatherman and build it with that - think how cool and MacGuyverish you will appear to your offspring!


Yah well interestingly MacGyver was my favourite role model as a kid, and my sons middle name is..... MacGyver :) (Family tradition to give our boys middle names of the person we most wanted them to be like etc)

I probably need to set a decent example and will give it some thought. 


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networkn:
Geektastic:
networkn:
Geektastic:
networkn:
Geektastic:

If you're just going back garden camping to start with, try making one with him.


Sadly I lack the talent, skill, or objects (and less so, inclination) required to make such an item. Loungeroom forts is about my limits sadly. 

If we had lots of trees I might consider it. 



Man that would make you worse than me at DIY!! Since I generally regard that to mean "Don't Involve Yourself" that would be a hard achievement!

OK

1) Buy some 2x4 timber (or whatever the metric version of that is)

2) Cut 4 lengths (equal) that you can screw together at the top so they open like scissors to make a V (wide end on ground)

3) get another length of 2.4 and rest it  on top of the 2 inverted V shapes as a ridge pole, tie with string or whatever is to hand

4) Throw tarp over, peg to ground, make a guy line or two from string and peg.

Just pretend you are stranded in the wilderness following a plane crash - that should help!

PS Do you have a silver BMW estate car?


Yes? How did you know? Are you the guy putting an offer on it ? :) 

I'd agree to not being much of a DIY guy, I usually consider it more cost effective to pay other people to do stuff around my house :) 


I'll have a think about making the tent but realistically, I'd have to buy almost everything including tools to cut the wood etc, a tarp, string, pegs etc :-) :) 

I have a bit of furniture in a box still from 12 months ago I just never get around to making.





I know all manner of things (as my wife will attest to - she often asks me how I know things, to which I usually reply "because I pay attention"!)

I saw one in Auckland at the weekend (I was house hunting) and the number plate matched your screen name! I guessed it may be yours. So either it was, or someone has an identical car and a number plate that you should buy off them....

Just buy a Leatherman and build it with that - think how cool and MacGuyverish you will appear to your offspring!


Yah well interestingly MacGyver was my favourite role model as a kid, and my sons middle name is..... MacGyver :) 

I probably need to set a decent example and will give it some thought. 



So glad it wasn't Knight Rider - he may have ended up called KITT!!

So was that your BMW?







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So glad it wasn't Knight Rider - he may have ended up called KITT!!

So was that your BMW?


Well Michael Knight was another contender :) 

Yup tis my car. :) 


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  Reply # 1192109 9-Dec-2014 12:27
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networkn:



So glad it wasn't Knight Rider - he may have ended up called KITT!!

So was that your BMW?


Well Michael Knight was another contender :) 

Yup tis my car. :) 



Ha! How funny. I wish I could tell you where I was when I saw it but Auckland mostly looks all the same to me I am afraid!

Somewhere between the Pullman and Titirangi, since that is more or less the only route we took all weekend.







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  Reply # 1192117 9-Dec-2014 12:35
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Geektastic:
networkn:



So glad it wasn't Knight Rider - he may have ended up called KITT!!

So was that your BMW?


Well Michael Knight was another contender :) 

Yup tis my car. :) 



Ha! How funny. I wish I could tell you where I was when I saw it but Auckland mostly looks all the same to me I am afraid!

Somewhere between the Pullman and Titirangi, since that is more or less the only route we took all weekend.


Well I was in Onehunga briefly taking an RS4 for a test drive, and then out at Botany testing driving an S4 and various places in between :)

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If sleeping-in is important to you, then do be weary of the colour of the fly. A light colour will guarantee you'll be up at dawn (regardless of how hungover you may be).

I can't stress this point enough though - Do not go on your first trip without familiarizing yourself with the tent first!
I bought my first tent a few hours before setting off with friends to camp on Mt Buller in Victoria in sub-alpine conditions. In the cold dark rain, I opened my tent bag and read the supplied A4 piece of paper...

"Congratulations on purchasing this Snowgum Escarpment tent. Please insure you familiarize yourself with these instructions before attempting to setup your tent in hostile, dark, cold, windy and wet conditions...."

F***************!!!

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  Reply # 1192183 9-Dec-2014 13:36
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I hear good things about Sierra Designs; You can get their gear from Torpedo7.
Their 2014 line is designed quite well. It's pretty nifty how they incorporate the rain cover into the design so you don't have to faff around with a separate cover, like with traditional tents; but I'm not sure if they're available in NZ.

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