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.