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General Discussion / Re: R-U keeping warm
« Last post by wolfy on January 17, 2018, 10:47:42 AM »
Yeah, it's been below zero here, for so long now, that zero would seem like a heat wave. :fire2:

I think they said that it will get into the 40s......even 50s  :shocked:  by the weekend!! :banana:
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Wilderness Survival / Re: A different kind of survival story
« Last post by wolfy on January 17, 2018, 10:21:26 AM »
WARNING: LONG WOLFY STORY!

A couple of years ago I read a book consisting of translated letters, written by a German-speaking surveyor with the Fremont Expedition, to his wife back home on the East coast.  It gave insights into the personalities of some of the more famous mountain men that were hired as guides by Fremont, the camping conditions, hardships and Fremont's stubborn & extreme quirkiness.  If those letters had been lost, we would never have known a lot about those guys and how they interacted on a day-to-day basis.  The author was constantly complaining about camp conditions, Fremont himself, the guide's route-picking decisions, etc., so many of the incidents he wrote about were downright  hilarious to read. :lol:

A couple of years ago when we were visiting The Museum of The Fur Trade in Chadron, I found a book that I would have purchased that day if I hadn't already been paying a small fortune for the ones had already selected.  When I was deep in a brain-picking session with Dr. James Hanson in his office at the museum, Heather clandestinely slipped back into the book section and bought it for me for a Christmas present.  She is a GOOD wife! 

I just ran across it a couple of days ago and, since I had not yet had the chance to read it, read the preface again and re-discovered why I wanted it in the first place. ???     The title is THIS FAR-OFF LAND.....The Upper Missouri Letters of Andrew Dawson by Lesley Wischmann and Dawson's descendent, Andrew Erskine Dawson.  Andrew Dawson was a Scot, as were many of the American Fur Company fort factors and fur company clerks and bookkeepers of that period.  He left his mother and siblings back home in Scotland, but wrote long, hand-to-hand-carried letters to his mother with the intent that they should be passed on to his brothers to read, also.  They are written in 'cross-hatch' style, which was common then.  He would write until the page was full, turn the paper 90 degrees and then write over it until the page was full again.  It must have been a real nightmare to translate!

All of the surviving letters were written over a period of several years when he was stationed at Forts Berthold, Clark and Benton in Montana on the upper Missouri as the Mackinaw boats were being replaced by shallow-draft steamboats.  He was a very descriptive writer, so his mother saved all of his letters in cubbyhole in an old writing desk. 

Long story, I know, but the gist of it is that the letters lay undiscovered in that old desk through four generations and three trips across the Atlantic before they came to light!  If his direct descendant, Andrew Erskine Dawson had not recognized there historical worth, we would have lost that very interesting, educational and valuable facet of American history! :hail:
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General Discussion / Re: R-U keeping warm
« Last post by wsdstan on January 17, 2018, 10:16:22 AM »
-21 F here yesterday, 20F this morning and headed for somewhere in the 40's.  Whoopee!
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General Discussion / Re: Best Pocket Knives
« Last post by madmax on January 17, 2018, 09:16:42 AM »
Did everybody duck?  Drive by post!
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General Discussion / Re: Best Pocket Knives
« Last post by hunter63 on January 17, 2018, 07:46:27 AM »
Well I guess he hasn't been back.....?
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General Discussion / Re: Best Pocket Knives
« Last post by John Van Gelder on January 17, 2018, 07:32:50 AM »
When you really need a knife the best one is the one you have in your pocket.  All of these specialised knives, are like fishing lures, the lures are meant to catch fisherman.

For most of human history we got by with a stone with a sharp edge.
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General Discussion / Re: Just one edge...a Machete??
« Last post by John Van Gelder on January 17, 2018, 07:25:39 AM »
If you look at machetes there are a lot of variations on that theme, they are definitely use oriented.  I have a long Gerber, with the saw teeth on the back of the blade that is pretty useful. 

 

The problem with this length is that if you cut enough heavy wooden material, it sets up a vibration in the blade which will work harden the metal and cause it to break at the vibration node. The long blade works very well for cutting grasses, weeds, thistles and that sort of thing.  If you are cutting a lot of heavy stuff then something more like this will work better..

As with anything else..the right tool for the job..
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General Discussion / Re: R-U keeping warm
« Last post by John Van Gelder on January 17, 2018, 06:53:01 AM »
My daytime temps have been in the 40-50+ range, most of my snow is gone, the meadows are greening up and I am thinking about putting the brush hog on my tractor to clean up my pastures.

I talked with my daughter who lives just outside of Baton Rouge, and it was snowing with a wind chill factor of 16F.

After last winter I am glad for the break.   
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General Discussion / Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Last post by John Van Gelder on January 17, 2018, 06:43:31 AM »
I have white tail deer mule deer and elk coming and going in and out of my horse pastures.  The only ones that ever knock my fence down are the mule deer, they are just not graceful.

Last week while out on my morning stroll, I saw a bald eagle working one of the big meadows, I usually do not see them up this far. 
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Wilderness Survival / Re: A different kind of survival story
« Last post by Unknown on January 17, 2018, 04:12:25 AM »
A good story. The tale written in his own hand will surely become a greater treasure to each new generation. That is really nice. For posterity it would be cool if there was a map, some photos of the area and such. And of course, why not add some tales of your own. :cheers:

It also occurs to me- have you made the trip described, except on a warm sunny day?
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