4.1.10

bushcraft 101 .............. more

1. Cotton Kills .......... no being a idiot kills you not cotton. If your to stupid to take along waterproof clothing whose faults that?
2. Wool while a good insulator is heavier, expensive and slow to dry.
3. Fleeces - promote sweating more readily but dry quicker - a micro fleece base layer, medium fleece pullover and a heavy fleece jacket are a less expensive and incredibly flexible combo.
4. A waterproof jacket is also windproof ........ why wear a seperate windproof??
5. Ventile prices are now way over priced - better a cheap ex army smock - better still a exarmy goretex then you have a hard wearing waterproof and windproof
6. Synthetics melt around the fire - so ventile/wool/cottons better? Technically yes - in reality I've never (in 30 years of outdoorsmanship) ever seen it!
7. Cold feet - put on a hat!
8. The head is a great way to control heat lose or to cool down!
9. Using a scarf or headover/buff is equal to wearing a woolly jumper for heat retention.
10. More people die of cold injuries per annum in London than Norway - never underestimate the weather!
11. Never spend more on a knife than you would on a waterproof jacket.
12. Always button/zip/velcro closed your pocket after use - that way you'll never lose that important survival item or even your mobile phone!

Many of the above comments are made to dis-prove the myths of outdoor clothing - the wool industry invented cotton kills ect ect as such never believe all you read - never swallow the sales hype - listen to those who use the garments not those who sell em or make em or are friends with those who do!

YOUR CLOTHING IS YOUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENCE AGAINST THE ELEMENTS - DRESS FOR THE WORSE CONDITIONS EXPECTED ALWAYS! May outdoors lives could have been saved if folks were dressed correctly!

1 comment:

Perkunas said...

Another great tip list man.

Ive never got anough money to buy rugged ventile/goretex jacket and didnt want to buy any,if i cant get one reliable,so ive been using cotton as outer clothing and what ever i can get,under that,from wool to all sorts of fleece.The outer cotton jacket has been enough for me,especially when i have waxed it quite heavily from shoulders and back to prevent it from getting wet.Even an amount of candlewax will help in this poor-mans waterproofing,just scrub it in the jacket and heat it gently with hair dryer etc,so the material will kind of suck the wax in.

Ive been looking out for another surplus jacket,but here in Finland theyre hard to get in my size,theres just for tiny people :).

And with materials like this,ive used to carry some watertight/resistant bag,like garbagebag,and stuff some spare undies in it,with wool socks,if i get wet,then i will atleast have something to wear while getting the soaked materials dry near fire.

One great advantage there is,in cotton,against all other hiking materials,and thats the fact that it aint so shy to fire.If youre usually having a open fire,with cotton youre far more safe than with plain fleece that will burn and melt if a spark,or hot blasting resin flys from the fire into your clothing.Cotton may just get a tiny hole,rarely,or smoulder and stink but many nylon or similar materials will light up,or melt and burn you,thats sad.

But hey,it aint bad idea to carry,as waterproof garment,one simple surplus poncho,that will allow you to stuff even the rucksack on your back,under its cover from pooring rain.And those are versatile too,you can make a makeshift shelter from one,or sleeping bag,or just a wall,to cover you from rain,sun,eyes...

This went off-topic abit,sorry G :).