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.