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General Outings / Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Last post by bearthedog on Yesterday at 09:34:33 PM »
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?

Escape Pro.

-RB
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General Outings / Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Last post by NoseWarmer on Yesterday at 07:20:11 PM »
Looks like a GREAT trip and I love me some SPAM!
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Production Knives / Re: Does Anyone Have Experince with iPak Knives?
« Last post by NoseWarmer on Yesterday at 07:08:26 PM »
Looks like a deal. Let us know how it holds the edge, and how it sharpens

I can and will do...
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General Outings / Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Last post by Unknown on Yesterday at 04:40:20 PM »
The whole layout Might have worked better with Hudson rye- because:  NY.

Sorry. I only looked at the pictures- ive used the bag as a cheap vapor barrier inside and a cheap bivy cover outside my bag. Never could decide which was worse. But both were warmer than the bag would have been at many degrees below the temp rating
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General Discussion / Re: Braslite Failure!!!!!!!!
« Last post by Unknown on Yesterday at 04:30:40 PM »
I would say; what you said, is likely what happened. Got too hot.
  Maybe outside at a lower temp w/ wind and such,  it might run.
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Production Knives / Re: Does Anyone Have Experince with iPak Knives?
« Last post by Spyder1958 on Yesterday at 03:49:38 PM »
Looks like a deal. Let us know how it holds the edge, and how it sharpens
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General Outings / Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 01:34:07 PM »
I like your fire lay, and the reflector. :cheers:
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Other Outdoor Gear / Re: Lets talk 2 way radios...
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 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. 
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General Outings / Re: SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 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?

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General Outings / SOL Gear No Splitting Chicken Fry Cannon Camp
« Last post by bearthedog on Yesterday at 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.
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