Traveling Trail Log

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  1. CivilizationDropout

    CivilizationDropout -MOA #17- Supporter Bushclass I

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    So I had an idea.

    I know at least one of you has interest in participating, if it turns out to be just us then it'll be half epic...
    So I bought this;

    "Rite in the Rain" and the cover.
    I've used on if these in garrison and on deployment, it's tough and durable. It'll do.

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    This field book is intended to be a sort of traveling trail log.
    Pictures should be taken as well as the entries in the book, this thread can house the visuals.
    I know it seems rather redundant with the trip reports that we get to read anyway, but I think it would be cool to hold a piece of shared adventure in our hands and share that sense of tangible camaraderie...

    For guidelines;
    Each contributor will be allotted no more than one page front & back per outing.
    Multiple trips are encouraged, we can pass this around, back, forth, up and down until it's full... (Hopefully)
    When the log is sent, I'd like to ask that something from your outing is included for the next recipient to keep. (Tinder, cool stone, carving, or anything)
    For the above to be possible, please post the log in a small flat rate box (where applicable). Pad the box well, (tinder preferred :D)

    On your page please provide the following at the top;

    Name:
    Date:__ /__ /__. State:_.
    Area: Temp:
    Weather:
    Intentions:

    Then a recount of what you did.
    Maybe a map/rangecard drawn on it?

    Each participant is responsible for shipping down the list to the next contributor, just as their prior member did for them.
    I'm sure we can work out a deal for our international brethren, I don't want to leave them out.
    Those that aren't willing or able to ship internationally contact me.

    Please comment any changes or ideas you may have, they will be considered.

    Just a thought.
    Nate

    These are on the list in order of receipt;

    (Participants names are removed once the log has their entry, please request if you'd like to be re entered in the passaround)

    @Young Blacksmith
    ---@Skruffy---
    @Sean Baek
    @bacpacjac
    @RedCard
    @NWPrimate
    @scottmm2012
    @Hunt4lyf
    @Buck
    @Primordial
    @CivilizationDropout
    @Red Yeti
    @atlastrekker
    @gohammergo
    @NevadaBlue
    @TrailJack
    @Wolfcri
    @wvtracker14
    @MrFixIt
    @mainewoods
    @Kreger
    @MT_Fin
    @OMRebel
    @owenswoodworking
    @Outdoor Dauber
    @Seahunter
    @Sinjin
    @Bdug
    @Bushcraft-kelso
    @Luchtaine
     
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  2. owenswoodworking

    owenswoodworking Mountaineer Bushclass I

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    I’m in. I keep a trip journal most of the time.
     
  3. Luchtaine

    Luchtaine MOA #22 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor

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    I think we’re gonna need a bigger book. I’m in!!
     
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    I'm in. :)

    I would like to selfishly request to be moved down in the rotation by five or six guys so that it shows up with interesting entries to read.
     
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  5. Primordial

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    I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. CivilizationDropout

    CivilizationDropout -MOA #17- Supporter Bushclass I

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    (I added this line to the OP)

    Please let us know any changes or ideas you may have, they will be considered.
     
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  7. Quinlan

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    Greetings,

    I agree 100% with the aforementioned statement.:)

    I am in. I have never kept a journal of any kind, other than keeping track of my fitness workouts from time to time. This sounds like something I would like to do. Depending on when I will receive it and for how long I will keep it before I pass it on, my entry may be short or longer. I haven’t done any overnighter so far, but at the least I can contribute day hikes. I am also planning on purchasing some more equipment in 2018 like a hammock and it would be fun to document such an outing. As for items, that's a nice idea as well. :dblthumb:

    Thank you for creating this @CivilizationDropout.

    Regards,

    Christos

    "Wood you build a knife challenge"
    Project start: 17/02/2018
    Project deadline: 16/02/2019
     
  8. NevadaBlue

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    This is a neat idea Nate. Watching...

    Your comment on the packing brings up an old memory. Long ago I had a maintenance superintendent who knew how to work the system. We bought rebuilt turbochargers for our underground equipment and one of the stipulations the old superintendent put on the shipping was the packing. They had to be packed in PISTACHIOS! Seriously. We all enjoyed getting a new turbo. :D
     
  9. CivilizationDropout

    CivilizationDropout -MOA #17- Supporter Bushclass I

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    As you understand how the MWSS-372 supply NCO aboard Camp Bastion was flush in logs of cardboard can Copenhagen (as the legend goes), I hope you will consider joining in?

    There should be some good packaging from your end! :D
     
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  10. NevadaBlue

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    Considering...

    Another story. An old friend ran a job in Africa. He ordered all the equipment that came on pallets had to come on TEAK pallets. His home was paneled with teak sawn from the pallets.
    I suppose there are still lots of stories like this, it must still go on.
     
  11. CivilizationDropout

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    (I added this line to the OP)

    Each participant is responsible for shipping down the list to the next contributor, just as their prior member did for them.
    I'm sure we can work out a deal for our international brethren, I don't want to leave them out.

    Those that aren't willing or able to ship internationally contact me.
     
  12. Red Yeti

    Red Yeti Mostly Harmless Hobbyist Supporter Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    I'm in! love the idea of it passing from hand to hand and going on a lot of travels of its own.

    I might smudge a little dirt on it from the trail or beach.
     
  13. CivilizationDropout

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    I would be disappointed if there where any clean pages entries. :)
     
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  14. gohammergo

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    Sign me up. I love stuff like this. Now I just have to work on that spelling thing. :)
     
  15. Quinlan

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    Greetings,

    I have a vision of this journal project down the years, where its leather case is like an old suitcase full of travel stickers from all the places it has been. :)

    Regards,

    Christos

    "Wood you build a knife challenge"
    Project start: 17/02/2018
    Project deadline: 16/02/2019
     
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    This idea is quite Inspired. Not only does the author have the pleasure of traveling with words from friends they get the pleasure of passing their own words on. I have terrible penmanship but would love to be included at some point of the journal’s journey.

    Edit. This could end up as a book.
    Pss. The book traveling overseas and back only adds to the overall value.
     
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  17. scottmm2012

    scottmm2012 1 Peter 1:20 Supporter Bushclass I

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    How much time are you considering, from the point of receipt of the journal until either, you've gone on an outing, or you've sent to the next person because life may have gotten in the way?

    I'm on the fence...
     
  18. Quinlan

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    Greetings ,

    Based on the fact of overseas members participating - me for example - i think a certain amount of time should be given, for we have to take in consideration posting in addition to other duties and obligations that everybody has.

    Regards,

    Christos

    "Wood you build a knife challenge"
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  19. CivilizationDropout

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    I could not agree more! :)

    I think the next participant should endeavor to have an outing planned and ready to execute upon the receipt of the book.
    The holder of the book should just be mindful of the time passing, I for one will not hold up the shipping of the book. If I can't get time to put something into it in the coming week, I'm going to plane a box full of papered wood fluff, pick a spark rock from my kit and send it down the line, it'll come back to me eventually.

    I wish we could have some sort ready board, so it would be randomly passed to people preparing for an outing.
     
  20. central joe

    central joe Wait For Me!! Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Wonderful idea young fellar, it would be nice if someone would post an entry along the way now and then so we could all have a peek. joe
     
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    atlastrekker Guide Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    Sign me up please!
     
  22. CivilizationDropout

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    I hope for each of us to share their entry pictures either here or in a trip report linked here.
    I think the pack will descend upon those who forget! :)

    Are you in Joe? I don't think I'm the only one that would like to see your scrawl on those pages!

    You are in on it my friend.
     
  23. CivilizationDropout

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    Here are examples of what is and what has been, the one on the left still has Afghani-sand in the stitching, sun bleached and grafittid by a bored Corporal flying from an AFB in Cali-land to a FOB in tali-land.

    The one on the right is pristine and untested. Let's change that boys and girls.

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    Current configuration of my beaten and battered book cover, once I make that tool roll I've not gotten around to it will go back to being a book cover.
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    Starting configuration;
    Dual Point Sharpie
    Bic Soft Feel MED
    Mahogany Bookmark
    Notebook
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    :D
     
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    A couple of ideas up there stick out well...

    - post pics of your trip AND pics of your entries in the book, that way everyone can enjoy the book and IF it should happen to get lost, it won’t be completely lost.

    - create a ready board so the book has less chance of getting stuck somewhere

    - Get Joe to join, even if he journeys to the back porch! :dblthumb:

    That said, I will join in, but will need to be down the list quite a ways. We aren’t finished moving yet and nice weather will mean more of that torture. :oops:
     
  25. Luchtaine

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    I’d like to see this make several laps of the participants.That way I’ll get to read some. Being #2 has its disadvantages. Of course, if we publish it that won’t be an issue.
     
  26. CivilizationDropout

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    I say pass it till it's full!
     
  27. Luchtaine

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    In that case throw me back at the bottom of the list!!
     
  28. Quinlan

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    Greetings,

    I say when it's full, produce another one and carry on. We'll end up with an encyclopedia! :30:

    Regards,

    Christos

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  29. central joe

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    Are you in Joe? I don't think I'm the only one that would like to see your scrawl on those pages!

    Not in, my days of getting out are mostly over. An hour or two here and there. Sorry young fellar. I do make some sort of post when I get out though. joe
     
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    Tell you what Joe, write an entry for your next outing, let us know when you're ready and we'll send the book for you to transcribe on to your page?
     
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    Great idea. I'm in
     
  33. CivilizationDropout

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    You're on it boys.
     
  34. Luchtaine

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    A ready board would be awesome!! My next big trip is last week in April. I’d be happy to hold off and receive it for that outing. I’m sure I’ll have other at trips. But that trip is of a more epic proportion.
     
  35. CivilizationDropout

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    Let's put your epic trip 'in the books'.

    I'm trying to work out how we would even do a ready board, it's kind of like figuring out custody for 13 guardians..
     
  36. gohammergo

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    Be pretty hard to keep things straight. Be cautious of making things too complex. :)
     
  37. Luchtaine

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    Well, it wouldn’t be easy, but here is idea and thoughts.

    IF, you simply pass it along down the list. It may get to people who can’t squeeze in an outing at that time. Or they may need to hold it longer to accomplish that. What if, you put a limit on the number of people per “round”. Say set the list where it is now or break it into chunks. Allow for each weekend period day to be a “date” and the week days to be shipping time. Then each person in the “round” can pick the date that will work best for them to ensure a quality outing to journal. Once the list is complete “round 2, 3, 4” can go on till the journal is full?
     
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    "Simplicity is a maiden most elusive, yet the most desirable by those who comprehend the burden of the painted 'lady' excess"
     
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    Just an idea. It kind of changes the whole setup though. So...

    Instead of mailing the entire book around, just mail pages. Those can go in an envelope, even with the goodies included, it will only cost about 3 bucks for shipping, and there is no chance of losing the book. Also, no worry about who does what when. @CivilizationDropout is the ‘keeper of the sacred bundle’. If we dispensed with the rainproof paper, each of us could hand write our entries, and submit them to CD. The only real decision then becomes page size. If we all make them 3x5 for example, done deal. Hmmm... that does leave out the goodie transfers though.

    Anyway, just some thoughts.
     
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    Yup. This right here. :)
     
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    How about this:

    Put everyone in order, like the list is now.

    Whoever has the book, can contact the next person on the list. If they aren't in a position to do the deed, it goes to next on the list and so on. The person who couldn't do it, gets moved to the bottom of the list. That way, the book wouldn't get hung up with someone who is trying to find time to get out.

    Then, when the book was done, one of two things. Either start from number one, and we pass the book around so everyone can read it in its entirety. OR, someone can scan the book and turn it into a PDF file and we can all get a copy. I would volunteer to do this, since if we pass it around for everyone to read, I would do it for myself anyway. :)
     
  42. NevadaBlue

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    That sounds good. I still think that each person making an entry should photograph his entry, just in case. If they were posted here, in this thread it would only be two images per event and no chance of losing the book. And, everyone gets to read as it travels.
     
  43. CivilizationDropout

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    I earlier offered a solution to @central joe's dilemma of limited bush time to write a report and enter it retroactively.
    Since I put the following idea in the OP;
    I think for our planned more epic trips we can request the book for the expected time period. If for whatever reason an accommodation can't be made, we update it with a "after action" report?
    Maybe to explain any out of sequence dates a *RETROACTIVE* could be written in after the date?

    I think one of the main appeals for this (for me personally anyway) is the act of reading another's report while forging my own. The ability to see what has been put to paper by my peers and to contribute my own action to the book they too held and wrote upon.

    I like the idea of safeguarding the 'master' copy, but I think that could be accomplished by taking a photo of our individual pages, front and back, before sending. If something were to happen to the log then we could send a new book around (without the 'padding' it would be cheaper in a bubble shipping envelope) and have the participant rewrite their entry(s) on the correct page(s).
    For this purpose I think we should number our entry when it is penned.

    Sometimes I get it write :)

    I think the 'look before you leap' idea of checking in with the next recipient is a valid and worthwhile effort. Luckily enough, we will have to contact each subsequent member anyway in order to get their postal info. Two birds, one stone.
    I think the back of the line rule works, (allowing for special requests for planned "epics").

    As for the PDF for posterity, I like your suggestion and accept your offer of creating the file @gohammergo

    What do we think?
    @owenswoodworking
    @Luchtaine
    @NWPrimate
    @Primordial
    @Quinlan
    @Red Yeti
    @gohammergo
    @CampCowan
    @atlastrekker
    @NevadaBlue
    @scottmm2012
    @Kreger



    Post Script;
    "The best measure of the intelligence of a man, is by how much he agrees with you"
    :D

    Great minds eh?
     
  44. NevadaBlue

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    Excellent!
     
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    Sounds fine to me. I have an Adirondack paddle through the Bog River into Lows Lake planned April 27, 28, 29. This is somewhat weather permitting since old man winter has become “that guy” as far as not wanting to leave. In any event, I will be making an outing that weekend wether with a high school buddy, alone, on the water, or not. Hopefully it goes as planned. If not it will be an adventure none the less.

    I would very much like the journal for this outing. If not I understand. I could plan a day trip most likely and still have a suitable contribution. The former seems more exciting though.
     
  46. gohammergo

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

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    Outstanding idea!

    I think we are getting this pinned down. This is going to be pretty awesome!
     
  47. Hunt4lyf

    Hunt4lyf Guide Bushclass I

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    This is a cool idea, I'll be in eventually, once my schedule is a little more forgiving and I can get out some.
     
  48. scottmm2012

    scottmm2012 1 Peter 1:20 Supporter Bushclass I

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    I've starting planning on an overnight before Memorial Weekend, it may turn into a small regional get together, depends on interest. Haven't really ironed down a date yet, however. Its definitely not until the first weekend in April through Mid May.
     
  49. Quinlan

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    Greetings,

    Not all entries will be of the same extent. For example, I haven't done an overnight yet, just day hikes of a few areas around where I leave. I plan on upping my game for 2018, completing the Bushclass lessons, which means that I will have opportunities to practice skills, but i will not put a set date for overnighters, so I hope my fellow participants will be satisfied in case my entries are not very intense, although I can promise that they will be proper bushcraft entries with practice of a few skills like cooking, maybe friction fire, setting up a hammock that I really want to try, maybe build something while outdoors from materials lying around, stuff like that alone with my observations on how i find practicing everything I do. Truth be told, I am a beginner in relation to most of you guys regarding bushcraft experience. :)

    That being said, I like the idea of posting a few photos just in case and then write down the report while outdoors or when one gets back. I do believe though that keeping notes while at it is what is appealing to me. I don't know if I will do in addition to this a proper trip report in the relevant trip subforum, because it will be like duplicating the effort. I will do my best to write a meaningful entry and accompanying it with drawings before I pass it on to the next in line.

    Regarding the turnover, i believe some leeway must be allowed for. if someone like @Luchtaine for example has an epic trip in the planning for later on than when he is due to receive the notebook, perhaps the order could be changed to accommodate those of us with the potential to produce really epic entries? I know that not all entries will be of the same level, it would be a shame to miss the really good ones. So, either allow for some extra duration for keeping the note book, or changing the order of recipients if necessary, or recording our epic entries and retroactively putting them down when it is our time to get it.

    Regards,

    Christos

    "Wood you build a knife challenge"
    Project start: 17/02/2018
    Project deadline: 16/02/2019
     
  50. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Very interesting.
     

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