The good old fashion way .................. recently I've been going through a bit of a dilemma. My problem is kit, the modern bushcrafters dependancy on kit. The need of the modern outdoorsman to carry so much gear he needs a 4x4 to carry it all - and believe me I know more than one so called or self proclaimed expert who fits into this catagory as well as maybe a mislead newbie.
So for a while now I've been experimenting with various styles of carriage along the lines of the 18th century outdoorsman. The best combination I have found is the blanket roll and haversack.
The contents and break down of my bedroll and haversack -
Bedroll - Austrian army poncho, jungle bag, bw gorund sheet, woolly hat, fleece jacket.
Haversack - metal cup, 2 x waterbottles (one with filter) plate, saw, work gloves, gel stove, small bag of salt-pepper-spices, spoon, brew kit and rations, first aid kit. cordage and a map and compass.
This set is light and easily adapted to various conditions - its also much more fun to carry and use and I've really enjoyed experimenting with it - for example as the picture below shows one combination I tried was poncho and poncho liner which I slept in together - the combo worked well and was warm but condensation on the poncho proved a problem. Another set up I tried was to carry mess tins in the haversack again a successful set up but one I changed for the simplicity of just carrying a metal cup.
The reason I'm telling you this is because the individual needs to decide what combination works for them in their enviroment - but I would urge you to try it because its a fun, and it offers a freedom you may not have experienced before - freedom from the tyranny of kit dependancy!
Posted by Survivall at 22.7.12