Splitting wood for Bushcamp and breaking in a new grill

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  1. SwampYankee64

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    I have been pretty busy lately and my dirt time has suffered. I was determined to change that today. Once my chores were done, I grabbed my pack and headed for Camp Buzz with Marley. My first order of business when I got to camp was to finish splitting the firewood I had cut up a while back. It has been on my list for a while now.
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    Once the firewood was split and stacked, it was time to get some fire prep done. The splitting axe is a Norlund that I rescued from my Aunt's shed. Had to re-profile the edge on it and hang it on a new handle, but it is a beast now. Shout out to Badgerclaw for an awesome mask for it too.
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    Fire prep courtesy of Beck haha. For as big as that WSK is, it really handles quite well.
     
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    Looks like you and your pup are well equipped there! That Beck really challenges my idea that I need more than one knife in the woods! :D
     
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    I touched off the scrapings with a ferro rod, and once the fire was rolling good, it was time to break out my new grill. It is nothing special, I think it was like $12 bucks at Bass Pro, just a simple Coughlan's or something like that. It fits perfect in my pack though with my kneeling pad. I busted out the needle and thread and whipped up a soot bag for it outta some extra duck material I had.
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    Water on for noodles, and then the main event haha
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    I got to try out the spatula I carved a while back. I marinated the steak in Newman's Sesame Ginger dressing and it burnt a little more than I was expecting. The spatula worked great to unstick the steak from the grill.
     
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    A couple of pics of a birch bark cup I made with the scraps from my container. Personally it looks more like a ladle to me haha. I used some willow cordage to try and arrest the split in the stick I used for the handle.
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    Lunch is served! I know the steak looks a little "well done", but it is the marinade I swear:22: First real meal on my new camp table too.
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    Marley relaxing, waiting for my left overs.
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    Once everything was cleaned up from lunch, I did a few try stick notches with my Beck to keep the fine work skills sharp.
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    This is the loadout that I have been running lately. The pack is an LL Bean Kleddersack and I am really happy with it. It is compact yet roomie enough, and I like that it is narrow. If I'm not carrying the WSK, I hang a hatchet or 'hawk on the outside for chopping. The second pic is the contents of my possibles pouch.
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    Top Row L-R: Shemaugh, Cook Kit and Kuplika, Grill, TP, Water and the orange bag is a small drybag for my chow.
    Middle Row: MEST Poncho, Cordage Bag, Compass w/ Ranger Beads and Whistle, Kneeling Pad.
    Bottom Row: Gloves for Hot Stuff, SAK Farmer, First Aid Kit, Match Safe, Bug Dope, and a Collapsible Stuff Sack for gathering etc...
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    Top Row L-R: 800 grit sand paper, Tinder Kit, Head Lamp w/ batteries, Water Purification Tabs, Note Book.
    Middle Row: Double Sided Diamond Stone and Rod, Fat Wood Stick, Crooked Knife, Spork, Strop
    Bottom Row: Gorilla Tape, Snare Wire and a Lucky Buckeye from Werewolf Won.
    Thanks for looking.
    s/f
    Buzz
     
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    How are the ticks out your way Buzz ?
     
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    Looks like you had a good time!
    I got the same grill this week and got to test it out yesterday, I dig it.
     
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    They are definitely out, but I would say no worse than last year. Before it got really dry that is. When the drought kicked in they pretty much disappeared.
     
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    Thanks for looking Bub. The WSK style is the real deal IMO. I still like having my bushcraft knife and hatchet combo, but there is no doubt in my mind that with some practice you could get by just fine with a WSK and a small folder for the really fine carving.
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    Cool camp, excellent kit. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Good work! Looks like a great camp!
     
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    Looked like a great outing!

    For a second, I thought-"Why the hell is he grilling a hockey puck?"!

    Cool dog too! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    HAHA, once you got back the crusty outter part, it was really good. Marley had no problems dispatching the really well done pieces for me either lol.
     
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    Looks like a good day. That mini Crown Royal bag is cute!!
     
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    I always love see you camp. One of these days I will have a camp like this.
     
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    nice camp and great little grill
     
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    Nice camp, good eats and the dog also?
    Awesome!
     
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    Ditto what MrFixIt said.
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