What a trip.
Not much in the way of outdoor time but LOTS of good stuff.
See you here in a few hours (tomorrow) with some of the stories.
"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing." —Benjamin Franklin
What a trip.
I'm leaving early tomorrow morning for a few days in Denver, Colorado. I'll try to check in from the road but don't know if I'll get any updates posted.
Following on yesterday's post, I have not only built a 5-gallon mousetrap but I've deployed it to the crawlspace and, overnight, caught my first two mice in it.
Buckshot has released a new video "Ultimate Survival Trapping Tips" full of information for use when desperate measures may make the life or death difference.
Let's see if we can't put together an inexpensive outfit suitable for a new outdoorsman/bushcrafter that provides the maximum bang for the buck. I'll be using what's readily available here as my basis so your final results may vary due to location.
I spent some time in the woods yesterday with Dan, Jeremy, and Emma scouting stand locations. This was our second trip and we headed into some thick scrub looking at some of the most remote points on the map.
Got my 10cm. Billy yesterday.
Coffee. I forgot to add coffee to my "short list" of essentials.
We often read about the need to carry "essential gear" with us at all times in case we find ourselves in a survival situation. This "essential gear" needs to be kept fairly basic in order to make the load light enough to carry regularly. What makes our personal list of "essential gear" shorter? Skill.
I ordered up a 10cm Zebra Billy Can last night from Sun Dog Outfitters on eBay.
Well folks, we've gotten lots and lots of hits from all over the world and the number of new readers increases almost daily. I'll assume that's because we've cut down on the Rustrum book reports and increased the number of tips and gear reviews.
Proper hydration and nutrition are essential to both enjoyment of the moment and recovery to hike another day. Yesterday was a perfect example of that.
It's been HOT for two days and the weather shows little sign of breaking.
Move over Oscar Mayer and Ekrich, there's a new king of the smokehouse and it's Scott Hams.
To my French readers, Happy Bastille Day!
There is often time to sit and reflect during a trip into the woods and that time can be filled in a variety of ways. One is to sit with friends and chat. Another is to clear your site, set up shelter, get water, build a fire, etc. Yet another option is to kick back with a piece of wood and an idea, and whittle.
Yesterday I tried using the same method for making charcloth for both punk wood and dried fungus. Once the smoking had stopped coming from both containers I pulled them and set them lid down to prevent any more air from getting in.
While we're on the subject of trail foods...
I made my first batch of parched rice yesterday before heading into the woods. I have read a bit online about the use of parched rice during the heyday of the longhunter and wanted to give it a try as a possible alternative to the parched corn I tend to take along.
Back into the woods tomorrow...
There's a new hiker in my house. He tromped through the woods, up the hills, and down the canyons as though he's been doing it his whole life. For seven hours he kept up the pace asking only for water and food periodically. I am impressed that he's every bit as tough as his older sister.
Whew! What a day.
I've been reading up on early American history and have decided to spend a bit of time working on some of the skills and finding/making some of the gear the longhunters and trekkers used.
Happy Independence Day!
Heat, humidity, rain, and mosquitoes
I'm busy gearing up for a hike tomorrow. I'll be taking my new Patton Osage Hunter into the woods for a workout and I'll also be testing a new custom JRE sheath with some nice new features.