Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Abandoned Woodcutters Seat...

Quite a few years back I was doing Tree work and was assigned to clear parts of a road of any and all branches it was so vehicles could drive the perimeter road, anyway grabed my gear and my pack and was driven to the site in a Kawasaki mule I was showed the area and the foreman split
I got cutting the weather was cold and drizzly
I worked about 8 hours leaving piles to be pushed of the road later by back hoe the temps were dropping and the drizzle turned to sleet…and it was past closing for the day No ride showed up needless to say I was getting pissed
I went to my pack got out the poncho and cut a few poles at this point I was just going to shelter down and wait No Radio and No phone…trusted them to pick me up and they still havent showed
I had water a canteen cup a brew kit some snakos and some MRE Conponenets So I says Screw it they aint coming back Im gonna set up a camp.I cleared a spot down to the dirt got the chainsaw into some Ash Juniper and did a flat cut with the grain producing a pillow case worth of dry shavings there were enough twigs on hand to get a good blaze and it was soaking quick,I struck the mess of with my metal match and got the cup on the brew I had raingear on British DPM and a Patagoochie fleece but it was really dropping in temps I still had a ton of shavings from the saw and I always have a cravat or two I took one out and filled it with shavings to make a seat It worked great pulled up a log and begin to think I really don’t care if they get me.
I sat,ate Drank hot Brews as the night closed in I saw the lights from the mule wasn’t sure what I was gonna do I made sure it was the Forman coming and the fog lights flashing was sure sighn he was coming
I put the fire out wrapped up my gear and waited under the poncho…
Oh Man Im So Sorry!I thought you went home so I left too security said your ride was here still said he
I just looked at him…Don’t leave people laying around! sez I I was fine just don’t ever do that again to anybody
I moved on after a few more knuckleheaded stunts but have used the “abandon woodcutters seat “on many occasions…

Long of the short... be Prepared

There was more Adventure at that place and the fishing was Great,My last day lol...More later

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Entry for May 25, 2008

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Note: on the pic. Raised platform triangle frame with Dream catcher type net made w/550 cord(you tube dream catcher to see how to do the weave)three poles tied w/550 canadian jams.the whole mess is covered with about 6 or8 gores of parachute material sew tight w/….550cord tie off poncho hood lift center and tie 4 corners….awelcoma to aneenjaaah hooooose!…..made w/CK undisclosed local…..go make one!
Many “highend” shops could care less about your trip! BE CAREFULL do the research yourself in the store ask to see the box or the catalog most staff have never used anything in the store. I did not used to be a fan of On line sales but if you know what you want and the gear is not a second or irregular piece you get a Hell of a better deal on line!They are there help if they don’t go elsewhere.there’s a few that will make the changes in your order and say “well its about the same thing”.No its not, that is unacceptable
Alot of the Odds and Bods you could only get from these shops a year or two ago can be found at you large sporting goods type places and Wally-world for that matter.Some of your big “Mountain Manly” gear company’s are now owned by fashion magazines with the Technical and the non-technical. The price on both will still be TECHNICAL. Be advised.
Also: be very careful about where and who you get your info and training from.I cant believe some of the crap I have seen presented as survival instruction on the web and TV and especially “tube” type video.I just watched some unbelievable rubbish on a video playing at a high end _ass pro shop book section.Some guy in his cotton levi’s a big old Bowie knife. they had this video on so folks watching thought it was good info…I’ve seen one  guy “Lizzy Borden”a small sapling with a tracker knife…(with a knife like that should of been a 4-6 chop) to make a hasty Bow… don’t paint a good picture for those of us who practice Survival / Bush-craft….more later.
I do not like to be Grummpy but once in a while I Just Have to let it fly lol
Take care M/BK