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Have you ever heard of a long fire? Here’s a how-to video on how to build one and why you might want to try one of your own:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrUigPJAOJE#t=68
- The guy in the video sounds like Dave Canterbury.
- Need one with a Whelen lean-to.
- just make sure it’s a “leave no trace” campfire
- Need one with a Whelen lean-to.
Christopher Taylor asks: “Quick question for your friends. For BOB/72 hr bag…sharpened hatchet or sharpened machete? FYI hatchet has hammer on one side.”
- It really comes down to your environment and your preference of tool.
- Neither. Big knife and a bacho saw (maybe not even the saw). You should have basic shelter in your kit and a way to cook that doesn’t involve attention getting wood smoke. 72 hours isn’t a long time. You’d be better served with a light pack that will allow you to get out of the shit zone.
- The most versitile tool and durable is the hatchet think about the indians a.k.a Native Americans they didn’t carry machetes although their lives depended on what they personally carried on them they carried a hatchet known to most as a tomahawk for its versatility as a weapon a well…my .02
- Unless you live in a jungle environment, a hatchet is your best option. Anyone that uses their knife to chop down trees failed to plan. After all, that is what you are doing , right? Stay away from that tactical crap also. If you want a weapon, carry a gun. The heavier the axe, the more work it will do. It’s not rocket science, take the biggest you are comfortable carrying.
- Both. 2 different tools for 10 different uses. Tools are top of my list. Nothing worse than being in the back country without a tool for the job. Remember in a bug out situation you will not be going back. What you have is what you get. And tools are what will give you shelter, water, food and a new place to live. So if you leave them behind for any reason eventually you will burn out and die. Weight is important but if you put weight over practical application remember winter is coming. And everything you have to prepare is on your back, belt or over your shoulders. Your not surviving a plane crash, a vehicle roll over or on TV until rescue arrives. There is no rescue. You are moving. Permanently. Forever. So buck up, keep the weight down as best you can but remember what you have is what you get.
- Neither, if its only 72 hours. Too much weight for function. A rock can be used as a hammer. A knife hit with a rock can split and chop large wood. Machete can’t chop wood. Its best use is jungle clearing or chopping people in close quarter fighting. During the Mexican war, machetes were everywhere.
- With skill you can split wood, cut through relatively thick pieces of wood, use it as a weapon, and they usually don’t weight more than a hatchet. But both are for different things. You can make a bow drill with your hatchet. Cut finer kindling.
Richard Flood asks: “I remember ice fishing as a kid… had 4 packages of deer sausage.. out of 6 adults.. no one brought a frying pan.. but we had a shovel… and ate like kings.. do you have a story like this? I would like to hear it…”
- adapt and improvise. oh yea
- I used to like baked potatoes with a filling and then honey and pairs and banana all cooked in tin foil on the fire.
- We named an island “moron mountain” because 5 of us canoed out to it for a weekend trip and none of us remembered a pot or pan. We cooked on sticks and used drink cans and bottles to boil, etc. We had a blast and NEVER forgot cooking gear again.
- My brother and I went for an overnight canoe trip once in January on the second day it was 21 degrees and on our way out the canoe flipped and them split on the rocks ahead we were left with only the clothes on our backs and a couple jackets in a dry bag that floated to the surface. We spent the next 2 days hiking ant night and foraging for food and sleeping during the day. We used a couple old plastic bottles to boil acorns and pine needles for food. We finally made it out on the 5th day. It was an experience I will cherish forever, however I am not willing to repeat it.
- After we had our baked potatoes ,we used the foil to rap a med sized rock,stick it in a bag and rolled it in our sleeping bag. Toasty all nite.
- Had no chairs camping once. Everything was soaked. So we made a hammock out of duct tape.
- Back in 1979 a bunch of us travelled to northern Pa,for the first day of trout fishing. The day before we set up our tents and started a fire. And we all bought canned goods. But nobody brought a can opener. But me thinking twice,i have a p38 on my key chain. I saved us from straving.
Neat tip from Mountain house. Can you think of any other uses for empty meal pouches?
- we have tried to think of many ways to reuse the coffee bags….maybe we will try in the green house for spring seedings
- if ya really gotta go lol
- Let’s be honest… who actually washes their utensils after they eating mountain house… they are licked clean.
- Mobile latrine!
- Wear it as a hat
34 Things You Can Cook On A Camping Trip:http://www.buzzfeed.com/twopoodles/recipes-for-camping-food?sub=2337116_1274926
- Yes everything does taste better when its cooked this way. We cook everything like this when we go to Delaware every summer.
- only 34 , hell the first 12 should be a doz bisquits … lol
- Only 33? Everything tastes better cooked over wood
Ashley Heffron sent us this great pic! In her order for paracord, Ashley wrote us this comment for additional instructions: “Can you please include a small doodle depicting how much I will love my paracord once I receive it?” And here she includes a photo of the doodle we drew for her. This made us smile, and we thank Ashley for sharing this photo with us! (Find your own paracord and accessories here…and feel free to ask us for a doodle:http://www.campingsurvival.com/paracord.html)
- Haha, so random I love it.