Regardless of the gear in your back, nothing will stop a trip faster than problem feet. I consider footwear to be one of the most important systems in a kit. Without proper footwear, your feet will be cold, blistered and ruin your trip. So in this video I ramble on about some of the things that worked for me and didn't in hope of helping to eradicate problem feet.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I really like the Therm-a-rest Xtherm as a year round sleeping pad. So far I have not had any issues with durability or heat loss. The one problem I did have was the Regular was just too narrow. The Large is 25 inches wide which is close but I would have preferred something around 28 inches. Unfortunately, with the additional width came additional length of 77 inches. This of course add weight. I have spoken with Cascade Designs, and they have no plans to make a wide pad with a shorter length. There is a market for that type of design, someone just needs to start making them.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I had the pleasure of hiking 19 miles of the Ozark trail in the Karkaghne section. The weather was beautiful for all three days. The trail was a bit easier than the Taum Sauk section I did back in May. Luckily there was no snow this time out. I certainly have the bug to do more sections of the Ozark Trail in the future. There are quite a few sections so it should keep me busy.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I am finishing up my packing for my next trip which will be a few days back on the Ozark Trail. This time I will be doing the lower half of the Karkaghne section. Total mileage should be about 18 miles. I have just about got all the gear dialed in with 17 pounds piled into the ULA Circuit. Plus I will bring about 5 pounds of food. This was sort of a surprise trip I was planning a trip the following weekend. I hope to get that one in too. The big excitement is I ordered a Bear Bag system from Zpacks which was scheduled for delivery tomorrow but it seems it is coming today. So it will make the trip and lower my base weight by an ounce or two. Good times. Look for some video hopefully next week.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
In an attempt to make more growing opportunities, I created a Garden Barrel off of a video I saw up on Youtube. Very simple construction and should give me some good growing space. I will need to wait until next spring to really see.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
I have been spurred on to looking at growing my own food as I have educated myself on the food system we have in place. It can be quite scary, the information you find. So I have resolved myself to start growing some of my own food. This year I did not grow as much as I would have liked partly because I got started quite a bit late in the season. But I have grand plans for next year. So I created a new playlist to document the gardening and other things I do around the little urban homestead.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Typically when I am out in the bush I only carry my Kodak ZX5 camera. I rarely shoot any stills with it as there is no zoom and really I got it to shoot video, which it does fairly well. I do have a large Nikon D90 DSLR that I occasionally use. I have plans to bring it out on some bushcraft day hikes, but it is quite heavy and not as robust as the Kodak. As a result, I sometimes shoot random pictures and forget to take them off. Such was the case of these shots of a Cicada climbing out of a molt. These are not the 17 year Cicada but rather the standard every Summer Cicada.
We are ripe with Cicadas during the summer and their molts litter the underside of branches on all the trees in the yard. While I have found live ones climbing around I have yet to find one coming out of the molt. But, back in August while mowing the yard, I found one perched on the side of the house. I watched and shot pictures for about 20 minutes before I needed to get back to the yard work. It was a very interesting experience to watch him wiggle and shake trying to free himself from the old body. These are some of the better shots out of the bunch. You can see gallery over here.