Today we are talking about controlling your guy lines. Whether you are a tent camper or sleep under a tarp you will have lines to control.
I hate it when lines are tangled and become a mess. This simple way of controlling your lines is a perfect fix. You can do this with gloves too which makes this a great way to get packed in the winter also.
As long as you can make a figure 8 with your fingers and know how to make a slippery half hitch.. you are good to go.
This tip will make your packing easier and when you get home to dry things out you will not have a mess of tangled lines everywhere.
If you have a tip or a skill that you would like to see drop me a note.
Thanks for coming to the blog. Have a Great Scouting Day!
The other day some discussion on Google + about cook kits got a few us talking. I thought it was time to show what I am currently using. I know that I tinker a lot with gear, but this cook kit seems to be the go to kit and really the only thing that changes out is the Imusa mug and Snow peak 700. They are interchangeable in my cook kit.
I am curious about your cook kit, let me know in the comments section.
I recently talked about my gloves and layering system for keeping my hands warm.
Here is a closer look and review at the Mountain Hardwear Bandito finger-less gloves that I wear.
The body of the gloves are made of Deflection ™ Soft shell which is 100% Polyester.
The mitt portion of the glove is made from windblock and stretch materials pulls over fingers for added warmth.
The Palm is Synthetic leather, although it feels like fleece, very comfortable.
Weight: 3.6 oz or 103 g
They are windproof and breathable.
These gloves are Unisex and it is important to try of for accurate fit and sizing.
The Bandito glove is marked as a “Climbing glove”, but I find them great for backpacking, especially while hiking and doing camp chores.
The Mountain Hardwear Bandito glove retails for $45.
Was this review helpful? Let me know what you wear. Leave a comment and share. Have a Great Scouting Day!
I am back from an awesome weekend out with the Cascade Hangers for our annual winter Hammock Hang. I’ll have a video up on that soon. It was a great weekend of fun and hanging (no pun intended) with some really neat people. Most of my friends would label this a “non Scouting event” and it certainly was a camp out that was not under the banner of Scouting, but the skills, the attitude, and the fun was all the same. I have said it before, I am a Scouter all the time, so just because I am not camping with Scouts, does not mean that I forget about leave no trace or allow my gear to become a yard sale. I am still helpful and friendly and all of that food stuff. In fact, the knowledge of myself being a part of Scouting and the people knowing that I am in Scouting lent itself to a lot of questions on certain skills and techniques. Most of the people were impressed at how much we camp and what we do. Always telling the story of Scouting.
There were lessons learned and I will share them with you in an upcoming post.. but right now…
WE HAVE A WINNER!
But first, I want to thank all of the new subscribers/followers for jumping on this adventure. I appreciate you. I would like to thank everyone for leaving comments. It is nice to see how the Scoutmaster minute blog is helping you.
So.. here is your winner…
Sorry about the video.. filmed on my phone…
CONGRATULATIONS Gene ORourke!!!.. Thanks for stumbling in on the blog. I hope you enjoy the stove. Send us a note (Email to firstname.lastname@example.org) showing us how you are using the stove!
Thanks again to everyone that helped make this give away a big success, especially Warren at Blood River Stoves for the contribution. Have a Great Scouting Day!
Tonight I will get getting up on the mountain for my first “Winter” camp of the year. I have the pulk loaded and everything is double checked… except it looks like old man winter has taken a nap.
I checked the weather service yesterday.. this weekends low is going to be in the 40’s with highs in the 50’s. Not much swing there, but we are going out none the less.
So to be prepared, I am going to throw the pack in the truck and when I get to the snow park, if there is no snow, I can always load up the pack to hike in.
Being flexible in your planning is pretty important in winter camping, you have to plan for multiple contingencies. This is where “Be Prepared” really is important. I really don’t know what to expect tonight when I get out of the truck, so I need to go prepared for everything.
The basics of course are standard, but do I overdress? What boots I am going to wear? How about a jacket? Which one and how heavy? These are the questions that I thought about (and more) last night as I packed. I want to be prepared for whatever the mountain is going to give me so I can have the best time this weekend.
Just some things to think about.
Ok.. the giveaway is over. I will announce the luck winner on Sunday when I get home. Thank you all for following/subscribing and leaving comments. It was fun to see them all come in.
Building this online community is important to me and one of the ways in which we do that is by sharing and commenting here on the blog.
Well, thanks again.. I’m off for the weekend.. I’ll blog at ya on Sunday! Have a Great Scouting Day!
Again with the reset subject.
Yesterday, I did some major work on the YouTube channel. I am phasing out the old channel, which became a real pain switching back and forth between accounts… so it’s all in one nice bundle now.
Like I said before, most of the videos will post here on the blog also, but not all.
So here is the trailer for the new and improved channel… same old me.. but new focus for 2014!
Stay tuned friends… I have a great give away coming up! Just wrapped up the details yesterday… Look for details this weekend! Have a Great Scouting Day!
A few weeks back, I talked about resetting. Resetting the blog and the YouTube channel.
Well.. Today is New Years Day.. and the reset has begun.
I am posting a video and also letting you know that I have entered a 30 day blog challenge designed to improve the blog and increase readership.
I am going to be asking YOU to help me. All you need to do is keep reading the blog, telling a friend to check out the blog and subscribe. I am NOT doing this for money. There is NOT one penny coming my way in this. I am doing it to help deliver the promise of Scouting and to share my love for the outdoors… that’s it… no other motive or gain.
I think that this form of media is strong and far reaching and I want to be a part of it to tell the story of Scouting. Help me out.
So here is the first video of the year. Its about backpacking lanterns. I hope you enjoy it.. look for more to come… and after you watch it here on the blog.. subscribe to the YouTube channel also if you want. To me the blog is more important and you will be getting the videos here anyway.
What kind of lantern is in your pack. Leave a comment and let us know! Have a Great Scouting Day!