Polish Army Two Man Tent

After many years of searching for a tent/basha/shelter thats safe around the fire and adaptable in various bushcraft roles I came across this tent almost by mistake.

I found a thread, a old thread, on a canoeing forum and the review gave quite a postive impression of it. A quick search on line found search sellers including those on evilbay - so for the princely sum of about £20 I receive two almost brand new shelter sheets and the poles and pegs.

The entire system is well designed, the two pole sections and four pegs (each are given with each shelter sheet) came in a canvas sleeve with a button down flat. The pegs are stored inside the poles hollow section which is a well thought out system and even more impressive are the which arent straight as you'd expect, the shape of them (slightly bowed) make them stronger and perfect for sticking in the ground and pressed down by the foot.

The plastic cap with seals the end of the poles also, by pure fluke, happens to be the perfect size to take a cylume light stick so you also have a handy interior light for your shelter!

Burning a few tea candles in the tent also helps drive up the temperature too so on cold winter evenings the shelter becomes a cosy little den.

Another adaptation for the lone hiker or a good summer time shelter is the single sheet basha - this ia a great little shelter for warmer days. Or if there were two of you two of these shelters facing each other with a fire between would be ideal! And being a cotton canvas there is no risk of fire damage.

So do I like this shelter system?? Yes I do ........... its not a hiking shelter or one for the mountains - but for the bushcrafter who wants a tough, adaptable shelter that wont cost an arm and a leg this is the one for you.


A new Bushcraft Forum

While messing around online the other day I found a new bushcraft forum ...........

As you can see its called "the bushcraft forum" so it does what it says on the tin!!

I've had a little look see and I like it there - its not pretentious, imagining itself to represent the entire bushcraft community of the world .........and not a cliquey little club like some forums can be.

But a forum is only as good as its members, so I suggest if your interested in bushcraft and wilderness skills you sign up today and help grow this forum into a reflection of the true values of bushcraft and wilderness living!!

Maybe I'll see you there!!


Something new for 2012

Northern Bushcraft and Wilderness Skills magazine .............. looks good


Norwegian military Rucksack (more info)

In the army a rucksack is called a BERGEN - why because during the war soldiers with large packs looked upon specialist troops like the commando's with envious eyes due to the fact these troops had vastly superior back packs copied from the typical outdoorsman/mountaineer rucksack made in Norway - the BERGEN

History lesson over - heres a nice little PDF - and yes I still like the canvas and leather rucksack - oh and heres the link to my you tube video on the same subject ...........yes again (stop complaining!)


Video -


Dyed Swedish Army snow smock

Winter and snowy conditions are excellent times for bushcrafters, you can visit the woods and practice your tracking skills at the most fundamental level for example. If you have land owners permission practicing fire lighting in these conditions is a excellent exercise but before you venture out you need to make sure your dressed correctly as clothing is your first line of defence against the winter weather.

In Summer I am more than happy to potter about in a german army shirt and t-shirt but in winter, spring and autumn when that chill wind blows we need a windproof layer to help keep or body heat where we need it most - next to our skin.

For this task I can think of no better an item than the Swedish Army Snow smock. There are many varieties but for ease I will not differentiate between them just group them all together as the overhead variety.

Anyway material wise these are a heavy cotton canvas type cloth - and not disimilar to ventile in feel - but at £13.99 in price very different where the wallets concerned!!

As I find with all Swedish military items the workmanship is excellent with good attention to detail. In design the smocks a basic item with hood, button up neck and two large bulgy pockets - but basic is perfect, over design would make the item less in my view.

Now they are snow smocks so surprise surpise they only come in a off white colour .......... but this need not be a problem as the canny "shrafter" can add a few mod's to personalies the smock and make it "their own".

First mod is colour - being cotton DYLON machine wash dye is excellent £5 a 400kg pack and your sorted - as you can see below I have dyed two such smocks - and the colour range available is large.

Second mod I've made on the brown smock was to replace the hood draw cord and the put in a hem draw cord - the hem cord was put in as I dont like the smocks bottom less in the wind. I didnt do this with the orange one as for snow conditions I like to use the button up crotch strap rather than a draw cord primarily because I will have other items in pockets etc below the smock as in cold conditions its better to keep items warm with body heat ............

Now the only down side I can find to these smocks is they arent waterproof (being cotton) but you can proof them if you want too - so its not the end of the world!!

So there you have it - for the princely sum of £20 and a little bit of time you too can personalise a smock which will give to years of service and which is as good as most more expensive brand names worn by the "all the gear" brigade!!