25.5.12

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Dave Canterbury of Pathfinder school discusses cutting tools and the one tool to multitool carry options. Good video and very interesting conclusion in so much as Dave (and I agree with him) concludes that our belt knife is essentially a butchering and food prep tool - our axe/hatchet and pocket knife are our wood craft tools ............. Now I wonder if that £200 woodlore clone is a over priced kitchen knife or a one tool option ......... well it'd have to be the later cos their crap in the kitchen!! Seriously though - good video offering us some food for thought!! Thanks Dave.

20.5.12

Another great weekend out - this weekend running a course for the Royal Air Force cadets. The cadets came from several squadrons and were a mixture of new and advanced cadets progressing through our bushcraft and survival programme.
The basic course involves all the standard safety skills including the safe use of cutting tools. The students are also taught fire lighting, both arctic and temperate lays - shelter building, game prep and how to find water and make it safe to drink.
While the more advance group spent the weekend working on their own, in a seperate area. The idea being they show the instructors and officers that they had grasped the basic principles of bushcraft and survival whilst being given numerious tasks such as making nettle cordage, squirrel and rabbit snares,IDing both edible and medical plants and the making of a gravity filter from natural materials to ensure they had safe drinking water! Overall both groups did very well with some step learning curves for some of the x box generation cadets - lessons which they will take forward in live to both make them more confident and more well rounded individuals. At the final debrief all our newbies said they would like to come back and joins the intermidiate course and progress their knoweldge and skills and even the adult leaders and instructors told us they had also learnt a few new skills and lessons!! Great weekend - looking forward to the next one after I get back from the Temperate WEISS course in June!!

Laavu - suits you ............

About two years ago I got this excellent Laavu shelter from Finland - the shelter is made to order from a small manufacturer and is excellent - the material is a wtaerproof nylon which is lined with a reflective material making it ideal for both summer and winter use, even in the harsh finnish winters!!
The laavu is designed around the classic baker tent design but with modern adaptions.
The makers have produced a well thought out item which is lightweight yet robust. has internal hanging loops so a inner or mosi net can be added and has a rear porch where the adventurious outdoorsman can store his fire wood with weather protection.
Another feature thats really good is the fact that the front porch can also be zipped down turning the baker tent design into a almost standard A front enabling you to seal yourself in from any harsh weather if need be!!
I am very very impressed with this shelter - its a tarp, its a tent, its warm and well thought out and now a perminent travelling companion - one which will soon be joining me on my next trip to sweden!
Another weekend - and again the M95 proved its worth, it made feather sticks, butchered a bunny and a chicken, carved various items for the course and generally proved itself a trusted tool!