Sorry about all the videos lately.. but sometimes (When I am lazy).. this is a great platform to get some information out there.
This time we are talking about lanterns. There are many types out there and they all seem to shed some light on what you are trying to do out in the woods.
From candles to Coleman we have lots of choices out there to meet your camping needs.
Enjoy this video I shot about 3 years ago. Hope in lights up your day.
In this Saturday Quick Tip video.. I show a quick and easy way to store your sleeping bag.
Your sleeping bag is an essential piece of gear. Part of the “Big 3”, your sleeping bag is a piece of gear that you count on when you are in the woods.
Taking care of your sleeping bag or quilts will take care of you.
If you have suggestions on how you take care of your sleep system.. leave us a comment and share your ideas.
A little gear review of a nice pair of gloves.
If you are like me you are looking for gear that works. My hands typically get real hot when I am hiking, a heavy glove is too much and a real light glove is not enough. The Mountain Hardwear Bandito glove is as the baby bear discovered.. just right.
This glove provides protection from the elements of rain and wind and keeps your hands comfortable.
It is a mitten and a finger less glove perfect for hiking and doing camp chores and setting up camp on a chilly day.
Let me know what you think and what kind of gloves you use.
Happy New Year!
I hope that every one is well and is gearing up for the new and exciting year that will be. I am not a fan of resolutions.. but my 2017 Ticket is written and I am ready to work it for a successful year.
To start off the year, I am re tooling my cook kit for backpacking. In an effort to “practice what I preach” I am switching my alcohol stoves from the Blackcat stove to using nothing by my Trangia stove.
The Trangia switch addresses all of the BSA’s concerns about using Alcohol stoves and so I can use it and share that with the Scouts of the unit.. many already use the Trangia or one of the like stoves.
Here is a little video showing the set up and discussing why I am going with it. Hope it is at least informative.
Thanks for reading and watching the blog.. let me know what you think.
Like I state in the video this is a Super Stove for all Scouts, especially the first year Scouts looking to get a stove that will last a long time.
The Snow Peak Giga Power Auto Stove is light weight, compact, and is tough as nails.
It weighs in at 3.75 ounces and fits in pretty much any pot.
I can’t say it enough.. I highly recommend this little backpacking gem. Have a Great Scouting Day!
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First of all I want to thank you for your patience. In my next post I will do some explaining on the direction of the Blog and where we go from here.. but today I want to share with you some options when it comes to storing and carrying your food while out on the trail.
There are certainly more options than the few I explore in this video, but these seem to be the tried and true methods and most commonly used (that I have seen) on the trail.
Here are some links for the Ursack and BV500 www.ursack.com www.bearvault.com Bear test video with the Ursack.
I highly recommend the Loksak OPsak to use with your food storage no matter which method you use.
Thanks for watching, hanging with the blog, and being apart of the community. Have a Great Scouting Day!
There was a lot of hub bub over a decision that the outdoor retailer REI made to close it’s stores nation wide on “Black Friday” encouraging their customers and employees to get outside on the that day and have an adventure. I LOVE IT. The fact that they value the life style that they promote in their stores and literally put their money where their mouth is. Yeah its gimmicky as all get out (no pun intended), but to me it speaks volumes about the kind of people the Coop are. Did they take a loss on Black Friday… I guess time will tell, my gut feeling is that over the holiday they will more than make up for it because of this “event”.
But more importantly is the fact that I too decided to #OptOutside on black Friday, get away from the crowds and enjoy time out doors.
My friend Greg and I made plans to get out and camp for black friday. We took off and headed to Mt. Hood. Set up camp out by Barlow Pass and had a fantastic night in the woods. We plan on doing it again next year.
There was a high of 20 degrees during the day. We made a nice fire and just hung out, played with winter gear and cooked a lot. Then we spent a cozy night in the hammocks. The overnight low got down to 13 degrees and we awakened to a chilly 17 degrees. It was a fantastic way to spend Black Friday! The gear list:
Osprey Ather 60 Backpack
Warbonnet XLC Hammock
Warbonnet Super Fly Tarp
Hammock gear 0 degree Incubator Under Quilt
Army surplus cold weather sleeping bag (used as top quit)
Long spoon (Rei Lexan)
Marmot down jacket
North Face Hiking pant
Polertec fleece bibs
Columbia winter boots
Mountain Hardwear gloves
Standard packed items (compass, head lamp, etc.)
Here is a short video. It was cold so the camera didn’t come out as much as I wanted it to. I need to get better at doing that.
All in all it was a great weekend/overnighter and a better way to spend Black Friday.
I got excited with REI pushed the #OptOutside campaign out there. It restored some idea in me that yes, they do think there are more important things than big sales. Yeah Yeah.. they will surely come out of this better off.. but so will their employees and the folks that took part in the event. I know it made my black friday better.
What’s it got to do with Scouting..not much other than to reinforce the outdoor program and the values that happiness does not always come with the swipe of the Visa card.
Perfect way to start the Holidays! Have a Great Scouting Day!