The Bloke is about getting you up and away from your electronic device and into the great outdoors.
However, before you do so, we hope to also impart some knowledge and skills that we have learnt during our travels. Getting out is great. Getting out with the proper skillset to be safe and have fun, is even better.
While the older bushmen needed to do it the hard way, modern technology fused with time-tested knowledge allows for a much more comfortable and productive experience.
Another successful deer processing course has been and gone!
I am possibly the only person in Auckland that would take a PLB on a one hour walk in the Waitakeres. I don't consider myself risk adverse - I just like to assess and mitigate certain issues, before they ever occur.
We didn't quite make it last time - so this weeks walk was the Arataki Nature Trail - a short walk that features an excellent opportunity to identify several of New Zealand's most common trees right next to each other.
The long weekend seemed to be an ideal opportunity to head out with the little girl for another day walk.