Monday, December 31, 2012

Gear: #15 ULA Pack Revisited

I shot a supplement video to answer a couple questions about the ULA Circuit backpack. I still think it is a great pack and has met my needs for the last four months. I look forward to doing some more backpack camping soon.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bushclass: Charring Natural Material

This is one skill that can be quite useful if you have to deal with wet or less than ideal. By having a material that will readily catch a spark and smolder, it can increase the change that a secondary tinder will ignite. So for this class I used punk wood, which is wood that is slightly soft but not rotted out. There is a line between the two, but getting out in the woods will net you plenty of material. The Altoids tin proves its use time and time again. It was an easy process from start to finish. I encourage everyone to try this class out. This can also be done without the container by burying the material and covering it with coals for awhile. I have not tried this yet though.

The Handy Hammock

The Handy Hammock is a treeless hammock system that is lightweight and strong enough to hold someone up to 275 pounds.  The system is made in England and has just started to ship to the United States. I had the opportunity to check out the system and it is quite nice.  I have more adventures planned to feature the Handy Hammock system.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Adv: #20 Cold Weather Overnight

Did a quick overnight out at Cuivre River State Park with another member of the forums.  Lowest the temps got was 24 degrees.  I had a leaking hot water bottle followed by a failure of the zipper on my sleeping bag.  Needless to say it got a little cold at night.  But it was an experience and it taught me to get a new sleeping bag. As well as make better plans for the next trip.

BCUSA Intermediate Knots

Knots. They are a good thing to know. The intermediate bushclass for knots has 4 quite useful knots. A few of these I already knew but they are all good knots to know.

Monday, December 10, 2012