Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekend Project-The Four Hour Shelter

For no reason other than putting theory to practice I decided to build a quick survival shelter. Armed with some cordage, a kukri and my Condor bushlore knife I began to create a basic survival shelter out of deadfall materials, a few alders and some pine/spruce branches.

Having found a suitable spot under a group of fir trees that offered a level soft bed of needles and moss I orientated the shelter facing Southeast so I get morning and afternoon sunshine through the trees.

A basic 45 degree lean-to design I created the initial frame intending to cover it with wood and branches to create a "debris" shelter. Using a heavy duty drop sheet I modified my plan and create a waterproof design for the coming winter. A tarp would be a more durable choice but the drop sheet was larger, clear and cheap.

Once the frame was covered with the drop sheet I added boughs followed by an assortment of debris; deadfall branches, sticks, leaves and pine needles. The end result was a natural camouflage that blends in seamlessly with the surroundings.

Unfortunately I miscalculated the weight of the debris and had to add a Y shaped support to the front. I may now consider adding a partial front to further support the structure while adding some additional protection from the elements.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Weekend Project - Hobo Stove

Anticipating a winter of snowshoeing woodlands I wanted a way to create a small fire in the snow and wet without going to the trouble of clearing and creating a camp fire. A method that is quick and portable.

Enter the hobo stove. I could carry a portable gas fired stove but wanted something light and simple that could burn materials found in nature. Made from a soup can with a tuna fish can as a base. Air holes drilled and punched to feed the stove from bottom, sides and top.

A coat hanger used to create steel bars to create a grill to support a cup or small pan to boil water for a brew up or to make soup or noodles.

All able to be stored inside the larger can with little weight and capable of going inside a backpack . Cheap, portable and effective.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Condor Bushlore

Recently I purchased a Condor Bushlore knife via Ebay to fill a gap in my outdoor kit. Having made the decision to start snowshoeing this winter I decided my bush craft skills needed some work as I hope to enjoy the winter woods this coming season.

I determined I needed a decent multi purpose blade for all my woodland adventures including hiking, archery and now snowshoeing. I was familiar with the Condor Tool and Knife company and knew they possessed a good reputation for quality and functionality.

Researching their extensive lineup the Bushlore immediately caught my eye. A 4.3 inch full tang Scandinavian grind carbon steel blade and a nice hardwood handle. The sheath is well made of good quality saddle grade leather. All this for around $40(usd) on Ebay.

Online reviews and videos were all positive so I made my decision and purchased the blade. It arrived today and I was very pleased. This is a beautiful, well constructed knife decently sharp out of the box. The sheath is amazing and holds the blade the point you could take advantage of the lanyard hole in the grip and wear it around your neck.

A great blade perfect for backpacks and belts for all your outdoor adventures.