Recent Posts

Pages: 1 ... 7 8 9 [10]
91
Production Knives / Re: Does Anyone Have Experince with iPak Knives?
« Last post by Spyder1958 on April 18, 2018, 03:49:38 PM »
Looks like a deal. Let us know how it holds the edge, and how it sharpens
92
General Outings / Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Last post by Old Philosopher on April 18, 2018, 01:34:07 PM »
I like your fire lay, and the reflector. :cheers:
93
Other Outdoor Gear / Re: Lets talk 2 way radios...
« Last post by wsdstan on April 18, 2018, 12:07:33 PM »
I had a neighbor who was a Ham radio operator.  I was about 13 and he took their whole dining room up with the equipment he had.  His antenna was at least 40' high and set in concrete in his backyard.  He would let us  listen to his conversations with people from time to time and it was pretty interesting as I remember.  It seemed to me that they traded identity names and he had talked to a couple of thousand (?) or more people all over the english and some other languages world.  I still remember his call signal W0SIN out of Denver Colorado. 

I never got the bug to do this for some reason. 
94
General Outings / Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Last post by wsdstan on April 18, 2018, 11:59:08 AM »
You eat well on these trips and it looks like you drink pretty good stuff too. 

Which bivvy of the several that SOL sells were you testing?

95
General Outings / SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Last post by bearthedog on April 18, 2018, 11:23:51 AM »
I did this camp trip over a week ago, but have been too busy to post until now. In this elongated winter we?re having in the Northeast I wanted to get in one more cold weather camp in before it warmed up. The low was 29F and the wind was howling like a wolf. I got a package from SOL for some products I am writing up for a magazine. They sent me what I would use as part of my base gear for an emergency or just a camp night. I went to my other camp to resurrect it and do some much needed repairs.
     With the snow still lingering in some places and the rain making a daily appearance I decided to just use a saw and fixed blade knife for all camp chores without any splitting or chopping. Shaving wood down is almost as effective as splitting small diameter wood. It took longer, but I wanted to practice this as I have before with a SAK or stick-tang knife. However, I was using a full tang because it is super comfortable, always. Harvesting smaller sticks and shaving wood down to produce twigs is often the answer. I rarely split wood!
     I tried the canon fire-lay I saw my friend do up in Siberia (Survival Russia) and did a smaller version of it for cooking and warmth. A good night with new gear, food, new skills, and Mr. Walker!

Wild Onions


Old Camp


Tools


Went to work constructing the Cannon fire-lay


About 4-5 feet long, but it can vary


Front view


Top view where I would cook and boil. New SOL Magnesium ferrocerium rod. Magnesium shaved off super easy and with larger pieces, while the firesteel is soft, it would ware down fast if you needed to light wood shavings.


When one end is lit, I guess it looks like a cannon firing??


Large enough to lay other things on and even sit


Chicken Stir-Fry






Finished


Back to setting up camp with my zip-tie rig?super fast set-up


Pole acted as a weight for the tarp in super, heavy winds!




Sunset




Adding some small kindling I converted it to a long-fire that would burn for hours. Eventually, it was just a long fire


Morning embers were all consolidated and with a small amount of air?it was ablaze again for some coffee and roasted SPAM!



All was great with the tarp and bivvy, which was supposed to cut 15F off your sleep system. Waterproof it was, breathable (zero condensation) it was.
96
Other Outdoor Gear / Re: Lets talk 2 way radios...
« Last post by Orbean on April 18, 2018, 10:30:02 AM »
That's cool. I have a friend that recently got licensed. I'll have to go hang out with him a little bit.

I got my hands on my first sw receiver when I was maybe 25 or so. Was always interested as a kid and used to DX am late at night. When I got that first receiver I could not get squat, nada, it was a disappointment. Then someone told me to take a length of wire and get it as high as I could. It worked so much better. Literally taped a piece of wire to the antenna and strung it up a tree. I have used a chain link fence as an antenna, a wire around the ceiling in my apartment, strung around the eaves of my house, strung on the roof; any place where I  can get it high. A good Friday night for me is being able to pick up the broadcast of WBCQ out of Maine, they have a series of music programs that I really like. XJ I bet you could pick up WBCQ clear as a bell. I have always wanted to DX on the eastern part of the country, I bet you could find some really cool stuff.

If I was just starting out I would look for a sw receiver with an external antenna port, SSB, and a cost of 150.00 to 200.00. Radios in that price range will have all those options and imo are be able to pull in a signal and keep it. I have a Grundig G3 and am very disappointed in its durability. However I have an older table top Grundig that is awesome, unfortunately it is not portable. Countycomm  https://countycomm.com/products/countycomm-gp-5-ssb-general-purpose-radio has one that is all that, less than a hundred that is getting good reviews but I am a little skeptical because it is under a hundred dollars. I have seen a couple in use but the conditions were excellent. 
97
Day Hikes / Re: A Stroll In The Woods
« Last post by wsdstan on April 18, 2018, 09:13:23 AM »
Nice photos Crash.  I agree that the dragonfly is terrific and it does look like it is under the influence of something.
98
Other Outdoor Gear / Re: Lets talk 2 way radios...
« Last post by xj35s on April 18, 2018, 07:40:32 AM »
That's cool. I have a friend that recently got licensed. I'll have to go hang out with him a little bit.
99
Day Hikes / Re: A Stroll In The Woods
« Last post by xj35s on April 18, 2018, 07:38:38 AM »
The little guy looks stoned. Did you use a tripod then? I could never hold that still.


We have an American Pelican. Yup In NY in the winter. There were 3 one died. I hope to see them from the Canoe. In the Montezuma Wild Life Refuge. Very Lost!!

http://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/2018/04/rare_for_these_parts_american_white_pelican_spotted_again_at_montezuma_refuge.html
100
Day Hikes / Re: A Stroll In The Woods
« Last post by crashdive123 on April 18, 2018, 03:55:22 AM »
Crashdive, that's a great picture of the dragonfly.  How far were you from it when you took the shot?

- Woodsorrel

I was probably 15 feet away.
Pages: 1 ... 7 8 9 [10]