Gathering inspiration from my woods

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  1. notoiletpaperinthewoods

    notoiletpaperinthewoods MOA #58 Bushcraft Friend Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    I had a decent amount of time today for a good ramble in the woods. So I packed my bag and I headed for them.

    I really needed this today, I haven't been feeling myself at all lately.

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    While I was tramping through my very muddy woods I was struck by some inspiration. It was threatening to rain so I began to look for stakes. A cluster of Dwarf Palmetto caught my eye and I wondered if I could improvise some stakes using the stems of the plant to setup a shelter.

    First, I gathered some nature gromets because all I had on me was a mylar blanket:

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    Next, I cut a few stems from the Palmetto to see if this idea was worth the effort. I found that by carving into the stems gently the integrity of the plant remained intact:

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    After my materials were ready it was time to start building. I took out my PSK and grabbed some cordage.

    I lashed a ridgepole to two saplings and then carefully draped the mylar over it, paying attention to keep it even on both sides. I used to think mylar was a pain in the butt to work with, but now I like working with it because it's a pain in the butt:

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  2. notoiletpaperinthewoods

    notoiletpaperinthewoods MOA #58 Bushcraft Friend Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    It was the usual business of tying off the four corners of the mylar. Luckily there was no wind, which is always terrible when your trying to get the thin sheet to listen to you.

    Lastly, the Palmetto stakes worked great. Obviously wood makes the better stake, but in my muddy environment the stems work just as well.

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    I was very pleased with this shelter. I'm going to keep looking for unique opportunities like this in my AO. Thanks for reading.
     
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  3. Tom Eickenberg

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    Thanks for sharing,
    Tom
     
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    I played in similar woods when I was a kid, Pines and Palmettos reminds me of the carefree days of being 10 years old. Thank you again

    Tom
     
  5. notoiletpaperinthewoods

    notoiletpaperinthewoods MOA #58 Bushcraft Friend Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    Glad you liked the post Tom!
     
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    “I really needed this today, I haven't been feeling myself at all lately.”
    I know what you mean. Nothing like some time in the woods to make you feel better..
     
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    Nice shelter set up! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Glad you got out. It's cool how we can find ourselves again when we hit the woods! Mother Nature is great therapy! Thanks for bringing us along with you.

    I appreciate your newly found appreciation of the difficult mylar blanket and I love those grommets. Did any of them find their way into your kit when you were done?
     
  10. notoiletpaperinthewoods

    notoiletpaperinthewoods MOA #58 Bushcraft Friend Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    @bacpacjac thanks for reading! The four rock gromets are still inside the now wrinkled mylar blanket, rolled up in the back of my car! :D

    I'll be either reusing them or the next time i'm in the woods I'll drop them back in the creek. :]
     
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    Great use of native resources, I always used palmetto sticks for roasting hot dogs, or marshmallows. Glad you got out!
     
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    nice outing, sweet looking knife.
     

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