Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Temperature isn't everything.
With good sunshine this morning, I planned on a morning hike in the snow. Yet, the winds are blowing about 17 mph, gusting every once in awhile to 20.
Says its 18 on the thermometer.
According to this chart, the chill on my body is near zero. This link will also take you to an actual calculator where you can plug in the numbers yourself. There is information on what it means in terms of frost bite, how it is determined, and much more.
This is a good indicator for full face coverage, sunglasses to protect against snow glare, and layers.
Happy Trails, and best wishes to any south bounders still out on the Appalachian Trail.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
I received an e-mail today warning me of the company which is trolling the Internet to find copyright infringements for the sole purpose of cashing in on them. Fines of up to $150,000 is possible for each infraction. This has been going on for sometime, and now images are being targeted as well.
If you post comments, have a website or blog and use articles from other sources, reading the articles found at that link will help you stay clear of many troubles.
I believe in copyright laws. People who write for a living, research, or are artists should have the benefits of their creative endeavors.
But, to have a firm out there trying to bag an offender, just to fatten their wallets seems wrong.
Economics is a great incentive, however.
Heads up is all I'm saying.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Then, I've been working on a new business idea. "Just because you can doesn't mean you should" is a quote that comes to mind.
I found another good quote in my research: "I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once" Jennifer Unlimited.
With unemployment at 10.3%, it may be necessary to create one's own job. I'm thinking about services for an aging population, a business that would grow with the needs I encounter with my clients.
All food for thought, and ways to use the down time in winter.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
There is more to life than increasing its speed. ....Gandhi
These two quotes have inspired me to offer a challenge. To those who are planning their 2011 hikes, perhaps a thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, or the Appalachian Trail, I challenge you to give yourself at least 5 months to hike your trail, to discover and uncover the mysteries of your journey. Do not try to set speed records, or run the trail. Do not slack pack, or "yellow blaze" (hitch hike around difficult sections or to catch up to friends ahead).
Seems too much emphasis and awe are wasted on the fastest, lightest, biggest, best. Being on a long trail should be more than just an extension of the work life style, of competition and ego, macho tricks and bragging rights.
Maybe we should be setting records for who can stay out the longest.
You may only get to do the trail once. May it bring you joy beyond your wildest dreams. There will be pain, and misery. But this also builds memories that will last a lifetime, memories to build upon.
As they say, Never quit a trail in the rain.
Hike your own Hike.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Can we look at a government option, a plan whereby, like Medicare, we just pay into a central piggy bank, and get medical attention when we need it?
Sunday, December 12, 2010
The mountains are making the weather today. While some places just south of here are getting rain, we're having some real snow. I went to check out my favorite place, the overhang, and was happy to find a nice dry area to play.
Stay dry, ya'll!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
This video was filmed to show you the South Col Tent, made by
A four season tent, it seems to have all the best features, especially the double door on each end. Anyone who has hiked with a partner for any length of time will tell you how sweet it is to each have their own door and vestibule for those cold rainy days. The double doors also provide flow through ventilation.
Its really nice not having to climb over your partner and sleeping parallel to your own vestibule is much better than the tunnel type configuration where you crawl out at the head or foot end.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Making sure there were no sharp edges on my repair sleeve, I threaded it onto the pole and over the break. I then eased the pole back into a dome configuration. Back in business.
I seldom carry dome tents. The one I'm working with now is a winter tent, sent to me for gear testing. It is a South Col,by High Peak, and other than the broken pole, I am quite impressed with the size and features. A full initial report will be posted at:
I cut 3 more lengths of repair sleeves while I had my tools out, sanded them to perfection and am adding them to the stake bag of this tent.
Just in case.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I found this great page which has tons of links to information on how to do it yourself, things you'd never think of. Check it out for never ending ideas to explore.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we've tested using an ice cube tray as a mold for forming home made fuel sticks, which really should be called cubes. I love them. Easy to remove after allowing to fully cool overnight, they are solid, compact, and of uniform consistency. Easy to make too.
Check out the video on the Hobo Series Page connected to this blog.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I've never been on a cruise.
Weird, hunh, with all the traveling I like to do. But, then I ran across this new YouTube video and he kinda says it all. I like my freedom. I like food, but not all the greasy stuff. I like entertainment, which usually falls into the Wilderness Variety. Crowds make me nervous. I get sea sick.
Looking for information, real life videos of the last cruise mishap brought insight into why I have never been on a cruise. Like the guy in the video above, That's just me.
No amount of screaming will make that fun.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Today I grabbed my "possibles " bag and headed out for a morning of bushwhacking and exploration. Knowing I'd be passing a good stream, I left the water bottle at home and used this silnylon bag on a silnylon strap as my possibles bag.
Its easy when day hiking to find something of interest. It could be acorns to taste, mica for my art sculptures, or dry rotted log for alternative fuel sticks.
As I dry out these wood scraps I plan how to shape these into fuel sticks, much like those made of wood chips and paraffin and sold as solid campfire sticks at backpacking or gear stores.
While hiking on the Colorado Trail, we came to a small trail town and I could not find any fuel for my soda can stove. I've used denatured alcohol, 90% rubbing alcohol, 70% rubbing alcohol, and HEET. To burn solid fuel tablets like Hexamine or Esbit, I've turned it over and burned them on the bottom side.
None of these potential fuels were available in town. However, I found a package of Coghlan's Fire Sticks. I broke them into 3-4 inch pieces and used them as solid fuel on the bottom of the stove. Hint, never use a solid fuel in the soda can stove well, which is designed for liquids only. It will clog up the uptake holes in the bottom of the well.
If you must, cut off a soda can and use it that way for burning all kinds of fuels, both liquid and solid.
It won't be as efficient with liquid fuels because there is no pressurization going on, but it is readily available.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"For instance, women who are raised in families that are not accepting of their gifts often set off on tremendously big quests-over and over, and they do not know why. They feel they must have three Ph.Ds, or that they have to hang upside down from Mt. Everest, or that they must execute all manner of dangerous, time-consuming and money-eating endeavors to try to prove to their families that they have worth".
I found this quote when sorting books to sell on my amazon.com sellers account. Never wanting to get buried by Stuff, I sell, recycle, give away, or refurbish things I'm done with. I had this book marker with the quote from the book, Women Who Run With the Wolves.
Its food for thought. Not all women who are driven to crazy endeavors or extremes were raised in such judgemental environments. Yet, those that were hate to admit that is what drives them.
I recommend this book to all women, though, and it can get fairly heavy in telling fairy tales and legends.
Today I found three more books to add to my collection:
The Best Western Stories (22 stories by various renown authors)
10 Rules to Break & 10 Rules to Make, by Bill Quain, PH.D.
When Battered Women Kill, by Angela Browne
All three books cost me a total of $1.00. Yup, just one buck, for all three and they are in excellent shape. Visit your local thrift store and see what you can find! Happy Reading.