Wednesday, December 21, 2011
This rugged knife from Columbia River will come in handy at home and on the trail.
Great Pocket Blade
Pros: Sharp Blade, Durable, Smooth Locking Mechanism
Best Uses: Camping, Small to Medium Duty, Hunting, Pocket Blade
Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
Was this a gift?: No
See my review on YouTube (video ID): fMgkB4Xd3UM
Great Knife for anyone who needs a pocket blade for small to medium duty tasks out in the woods. Fits nicely in the hand, strong blade, holds an edge well and accepts sharpening easily. Well balanced, even feel. Partially serrated blade helps with certain tasks. One handed opening and closing. Removable (and durable) pocket clip. Sells for around $50 (or less).
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
- Areas that may pool run-off water, or be susceptible to flash floods.
- Areas that may be more susceptible to frost (hollow bottoms).
- Areas that animals may use as a primary route to water.
- Any other unstable areas where dangers such as avalanches or rock slides could occur.
- Certain areas will get more sunlight during the day than others. (ie the North face of a hillside versus the South face.)
- What direction is the wind blowing from primarily? Orient your shelter and fire accordingly.
- Choose a camp as close to necessities as possible. Quick access to food, water, or debris in this case.
Once you have your frame in the place that you think will work best, fortify where the frames are resting on the ground. You can use rocks, logs, or you can dig a cavity in the ground for the frame to rest in as I did here. This is my preferred method.
Stacking The Roof Beams
Now it is time to start placing the roofing beams. You can start at whichever end you want. Make sure the beams are long enough to extend above the support frame. Use the approximate angle of the "A" so that your shelter doesn't change width along its length. Also keep in mind that the steeper the angle the harder it will be to get a base layer of debris.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
NRA-ILA :: Amendments Attacking Pennsylvania’s Sporting Tradition Could be Voted on in the State House!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
NRA-ILA :: U.S. House of Representatives Adopts Right-to-Carry Reciprocity— All Anti-Gun Amendments Defeated!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
NRA-ILA :: National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act Scheduled for House Floor on Tuesday— Contact Your U.S. Representative Immediately!
|Thursday, November 10, 2011|
|H.R. 822—the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011” is scheduled for a vote on the U.S. House floor this Tuesday, November 15. We’ve told you the truth about why the legislation is very good for gun owners and now it is imperative that you contact your U.S. Representative IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to vote for H.R. 822 WITH NO AMENDMENTS.|
As we have been reporting all along, H.R. 822 is a good bill for gun owners. The bill will enable America’s millions of permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home states by requiring states to recognize each others' lawfully-issued carry permits, just as they recognize driver's licenses and carry permits held by armored car guards.
H.R. 822 does not create a federal licensing or registration system; does not establish a minimum federal standard for the carry permit; does not involve the federal bureaucracy in setting standards for carry permit; and it does not destroy or discourage the adoption of permitless carry systems such as those in Arizona, Alaska, Vermont and Wyoming.
Again, this critically important bill will be on the House floor on Tuesday. Please IMMEDIATELY contact your member of Congress and urge him or her to vote for H.R. 822 WITH NO AMENDMENTS.
You can find contact information for your U.S. Representative by using the "Write Your Representatives" tool at www.NRAILA.org. You may also contact your Representative by phone at (202) 225-3121. Additionally, you may CLICK HERE TO EMAIL YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
On this "In The Field" review, I take a look at GSI's Pinnacle Dualist cook kit. This kit is designed to be a two personal cooking and eating system. You can tell it is designed with the backpack camper or minimalist in mind. It is light weight, efficient, and takes maximum advantage of space by "nesting" - basically fitting as much in to as small of a space as possible.
The kit includes a 1.8 Liter pot with folding handle which doubles to hold the lid on when in storage mode, 2 20 fluid ounce drink bowls with sip tops, and 2 20 fluid ounce food bowls. The kit includes 2 sporks as well, but IMO these are a weak point of the kit (and about the only one). The bag the kit comes in even doubles as a wash sink for after the meal is done. Total kit weight is 20.7 oz. Dimensions: 5.9" x 6.4" x 5.9"
You can take the nesting even one step further as I have, an carry your stove and fuel source without increasing required pack volume. I carry my MSR Pocket Rocket and one fuel canister within the system. The two systems work extremely well together.
The Pinnacle series of cookware uses technology that is something special in itself. GSI uses special coatings within the metal used in the pot to dramatically improve radiance on the cooking surface, virtually eliminating hot spots and enhancing even dispersion of heat across the cooking area. This all boils down to faster boil times... pun intended!
Whether you are a casual camper, serious backpacker/hiker, minimalist, camp hunter, shtf survivalist or anything in between, this kit deserves a spot in your pack.
Monday, October 31, 2011
In this "In The Field" Review, or ITF, I review Blackhawk's Hydrastorm Strike Cyclone Pack in ACU. The pack is a versatile medium sized, heavy duty pack. This pack would work best as a short term, in and out kind of bag. Its good for a few days in the field or woods (3 day assualt bag) or one day of heavy work requiring you to bring a lot of gear. Just my perspective. Not the size I would want for a end all be all "bail out bag" but its possible if you are a minimalist/very skilled and resourceful in the woods.
The pack has over 100 different MOLLE attachment points to incorporate outher pouches and miscellaneous gear, allowing you to store more, in addition to the already large capacity of 32 Liters the pack has in its inherit design. It also has quality conponents in sinch straps, padded shoulder straps, a heavy duty drag handle, waist belt, grommets for drainage, and a sternum strap.
The inclusion of a 100oz microban anti-microbial hydration bladder is a big plus for this pack. It inludes the drinking tube and tube sheath (color matching the color of the pack). I would say the maximum loadout for optimal weight distribution is somewhere around 30-40lbs. I have had this pack weighing in over 50lbs with gear contained within, in addition to my added pouched, and another few pounds loaded on the the modular webbing outside of the pack (fishing rod, sandals, empty gallon container, etc.). Because the pack is not tall, but rather deep, it makes it more difficult to carry those loads... That being said the quality of materials used are strong enough to stand up to the task!
This pack isn't designed to carry that much weight, so don't take that as a negative, take it as a positive that it didn't fail under that use. If you need a pack for a week long hike then you need an internal or external frame, something larger than this.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
There are many important factors to consider when analyzing your situation. Some main ones are Water, Food, Shelter and Fire. In this video we will be focusing on Shelter and Fire. In videos to come, I will go into more depth on these, as well as Water and Food.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Anyway, this is a great light to medium duty tool for the outdoorsman trying to keep size and weight down to a minimum. 18"x3" (LxW) when folded down and only about 10 ounces. Able to cut through about 5.25", depending on situation. 5.25" is the distance between the blade and the top frame of the saw. You can cut wider diameters, within reason, if you can get the wood fall away as you are making the cut to allow space for the frame to saw within (as I show with the larger limb). But for a standing tree you would be limited to the 5.25". This saw can take abuse and also dish it out to wood that stands in your way. It is a perfect size for a minimalist or someone who likes to keep size and weight down to a minimum.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
We used a bolt to thread through an "Insane Archery" mount, with 2 metal washers and 3 synthetic washers (with a diameter wide enough to span the space of the bow structure) placed to provide strength and ridigity (the metal washers) and absorb vibration (the synthetic). Specifically, the synthetic were in contact with the bow, and the third synthetic was at the end up of the top of the bolt. We used a nut on the other side with a lock washer to secure everything in place. It is very easy to adjust or remove if necessary.
It is my goal to get at least one whitetail harvesting on film this year, and with as many hunting trips as are planned we shouldn't have a hard time exceeding that goal.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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In this video I go to some isolated land, just under approximately 4,000 acres in size in the north eastern USA. I've got three goals on this trip, in no particular order:
1) Scout for whitetail deer. This is a newer location and as such I do not have as much information on deer patterns, bedding, feeding and watering locations. I was here late last season once or twice, but only did a little scouting. While I may not get enough information in time to do any serious damage before the end of this season, there are a lot of tags left until very late in the season for this management unit, so it may pay off. If not, it certainly will pay off for next year after I've had time to put in some work.
2) Scount for bivouac camping sites. In particular, bivouac sites that allow for fishing, and obviously provide a water source. I have done my research with high resolution satellite imagery on my handheld GPS's program (Delorme PN-40 on TOPOUSA software) and have found a few isolated small lakes that may provide this, assuming there are natural occuring fish present. None of these lakes will be stocked because of their isolation, and relatively small size. Apart from the water source, it would be beneficial to locate an area of older woods, that will be populated with sufficient standing dead wood to sustain a fire easily without having to drag the limbs long distances.
3) Introduce a new member to the channel: Jemma the sheepdog! Jemma is my 1 year old border collie. I am taking her out to get her use to exploring with me off leash, listening to commands, and having a good time. Taking a dog out into the woods with you (as anyone that has done it can tell you) is a very rewarding activity. It builds a strong bond between you... and its a hell of a way to get the dog a serious workout!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
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