A walkabout and testing some stuff out.

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  1. gohammergo

    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    So, it was a beautiful day in Upper Michigan today, and much too nice to spend it indoors. So I donned my old wooden showshoes and headed East towards the property line. Walking through the pine plantation I could see deer trails like mini highways crisscrossing the side hill as they made their way to the horse pen to gorge on our alalfa bales.

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    As always, in case I want to build a fire, I grab some birch bark. I no longer have to stuff it in my pocket though, since I now have a nice forager pouch.

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    Shasta is daring me to take some bark! :)

    I walked to the top of the hill, to one of the spots where the kids and I used to hang out. It's just a grouping of balsam trees with an opening inside. Here is where I set up.

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    These are my favorite wooden shoes.

    I took my pak-chair today to see how well it did. It did very well. :) I didn't have it loaded very heavy, but it was a comfortable carry. DSC00033.JPG

    I loaded my Trangia burner, with some Evernew? pot things that fit in the Trangia. Also brought an Optimus cookset that I received awhile back in a GAW. My Snowpeak cup, and a nice canvas pouch made by @saveitforsunrise that I got from Secret Santa. The pouch fits two Altoids tins perfectly.

    I also brought some sausage sticks and my red Nalgene @Broke bottle.

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    Won't you share with me? Please?...:)

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    I always take care of my girl. :)

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    More to follow. Stay tuned. :)
     
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  2. gohammergo

    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Of course, I had to have a fire. And since I had a WCF horse striker and a premium piece of flint, I figured that would be the way to go. I was right.

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    All set up and ready to play.

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    This striker throws SPARKS! It almost felt like cheating, like I should have dumped my water over the tinder to make it more of a challenge. :)

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    I also just happened to have an Esee Cleaver, from the passaround being done by @Odinborn . I gave it some pretty serious chop time. It is a very capable tool. :)

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    Can use it as a draw knife too. In fact, I was spinning ideas in my mind of a way to make a temp handle to hook into the cutout on the end of the blade.

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    Mix this up with the Bob Dustrude saw, and you become Proenneke capable of building a cabin!

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    As I was packing stuff to go, I noticed that the Frost River case that came with the saw is nearly the same color as my foraging pouch.

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    My take away from the day? I really liked having the stool with me. It carried pretty well, and though not a long hike, it didn't cause any undue strain on me. I will try this out a few more times, and probably change a few things on it to make it more user friendly. I intended for this to be used on our place here, just to grab and go when I am out walking. But, it will have a stove, cookset, tarp, etc........just like I carry in my edc bag. So I might be better off just to take my edc and grab a stool to take along with me.

    Either way, it was a great day. I got some good exercise , had some food, hung out with my girl dog, and played with fire and sharp stuff. What more could a guy ask for? :)

    Thanks for coming along with me, and as the weather keeps improving, we will get out more and more. :)
     
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    Thanks for the ride along, looks like you and Shasta had a great time.
     
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    I love that about snow!
    Lucky dog!
     
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    Looks like a fine trip lad, glad ya got ta enjoy it. joe
     
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    Good day!
    Looks like the snow is settling some.... could be be that spring is on the way??
    Nice ‘shoes, too!
     
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    Great pictures! I really dig that cleaver!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    That looks like a great walk out!
     
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    Thanks for taking us along!
     
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    Love it, thanks for sharing the day brother!
     
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    You know that you are all along every time I go out. :) In spirit and in thought anyway. :)
     
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    Nice outing!! Here I already have to worry about ticks :D
     
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    The deer trails here are almost 70cm wide (2' for us Yanks :) ) and are packed down enough that I can walk on them without snowshoes.

    The deer have it hard right now with the deep snow and some areas that were fresh logged. We have big round bales of hay they are getting into, and as such we are feeding probably 20 deer along with our horses. Not intentional though. :) We have tried to foil them, but they actually tear holes in the tarps and stick their heads right in to eat. There are others in the area that put out feed just for the deer too, and I can see the trails heading that way.
     
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    Spring has definitely sprung. :) I am going to throw a tap or two out today and see if the sap is starting. Pretty sure it is. Then the fun starts. :)

    I found these shoes in an antique store. Very good condition and I have kept them that way. I had a pair just like them from my dad, but lost them in a shed fire. When I found these, I had to grab them. :)
     
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    Thanks Hannah. :) Ticks will be here soon enough too, and with the amount of snow we have, itsi looking like it may be a good year for them. :)
     
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    I think they're gonna be bad here too! I've already found one crawling on me :(
     
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    Read an article about hundreds of species of benificial species of insects being endangered. But ticks,skeeters,Black flies and yellow jackets are thriving. Aren’t we lucky....
     
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    What a way to spend a day! That was great. I like that stool! I've got one that looks similar but it's not a comfortable pack. You've convinced me to try to hang it on my pack the next time I'm out. After reading this, I want that to be NOW!! Thanks for bringing us along John and Shasta!
     
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    Thanks, Bro. I've been getting out into the small woods behind the house because of bring alongs like this. Thankyou for "Bring Alongs" that always rock.
     
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    Sounds like a good outing hammerman! Shasta sure is a cutie!
     
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    Wish we still had snow like that here. Great looking pup and gear! :dblthumb:

    Enjoy the snow as long as you can. :cool:
     
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    I doubt if it weighed in at 10 pounds, which helped with the carry comfort. I think if I keep using this I might adjust the contents. I had figured to use this just for walking around our place here, and have it set up for making coffee or such, but I find that I also like to have my EDC stuff with me. If I duplicated everything I usually take with me, the park chair would be as heavy as my EDC pack, but not nearly as comfortable.

    So many decisions in life!

    I think I will keep it set up for short jaunts on our land though .:)
     
  23. Jonah L. Archer

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    I've got a stool similar to that. It IS nice to have a comfy spot to sit when you get tired.

    Great outing! Thanks for taking us along!
     
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    Yes. It is nice to have a seat and rest. I just got back from another snowshoe walk, without the chair, and found that even though I wanted to sit down and take a break, nowhere to sit! And with a solid couple feet of snow on the ground, I wasn't going to sit down in the snow and get wet either. So I ended up walking the whole while. I really could have used a sit down. :)
     
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    Yep... been there. I've been toying with the idea of the three legged stool made of canvas with leather pockets at the corners, but seeing you stool in action might make me rethink mine a little... :33:
     
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    I have toyed with that idea too, but it requires work. :) And, yeah, I know.....it isn't like building a couch or something, but if you are out walking around and just need to take some weight off your feet for a few minutes, you don't want to spend 20 minutes making legs.

    I have looked at some other options too, but I think honestly that a simple stool like my pack chair, minus the pack, is the way to go. Solid, comfortable, strong, not much really that can go wrong with it. It also takes just a moment to deploy too. :)
     
  27. Jonah L. Archer

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    Yup... I agree completely
     
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    Nice trip John, thanks for ‘carrying’ us. :) Tell Shasta that Ardee says hi, and growls.

    I have a folding stool/chair thing. Has a back, does yours? What about just hanging it on the back of your pack? I also picked up one of those folding three legged stool things from the surplus store, but haven’t tried it out yet.

    I have an old pair of wooden snow shoes. I need to restore them. Not sure if it is possible, but I bet you guys could guide me. Mice got to some of the rawhide.
     
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    Thanks Ken. No back on mine. My back is...the back on my body :) is....in such a way that it is not comfortable for me to sit back, like in a chair with a back on it. I can sit on a stool and lean forward comfortable, just not lean back. :33: That's why I need a stool. :) Even in the summer, if I sit at the base of a tree and lean against it my back gets sore. Old guy problems. :)
     
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    These are some of the deer we feed. :)

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    Nice outing and equipment i enjoyed the trip. I'm thinking of building a chair pack like that to keep in the jeep.
     
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    Nice day in the woods, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Nice to see you got to play in the woods! Thanks for sharing!
     
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