Trying to decide what bit of kit I need to upgrade...
My jacket is a cheapy jacket that came with a waterproof suit long deceased...but it still works.
Crusader cooker and cup work well enough, real cooking kit would be nice though.
Thermal liner or inner bag to go with my buffalo 4s outer...but it works well enough (and I have a ton of sleeping bags...)
Looking at osprey exos 46 as its a kilo lighter than my snugpak rocketpak...again though the rocketpak works well enough...
Most likely upgrade is the bivi bag though, the alpkit hunka just didn't cut it for me.
Is funny, for the extreme sharpness of the knives I make, none have cut me, but my hook knife, cabinet scraper, bastard file, utility knife, etc. I haven't been so lucky with. Lol
I always wear a leather glove when working with the hook knives .. Saves getting blood on the wood yer working on
Put together a fire kit containing:
1 Large "Army" lMF firesteel with striker
10 cotton pads with petroleum gel inserted between the layers
Matchbox in zip-lock bag ( my wife cant understand why I want to use "stone age" methods when we have lighters and matches, so thats for her use when we go out, she is cooking anyway)
Small "1" ligther
5 meters of hemp twine (cordage as well as tinder)
2 pieces of quarts (substitute for flint)
Small tin of petrolum gel (so that I can lube up when the banjo's start playing)
2x 10cm pieces of Maya stick
Replaced the lanyard on the firesteel with hemp twine, and secured my steel strikker to the bag itself with half a meter of the same. So that is extra tinder, cordage as well.
Seriously worried about losing that fire steel, as I have never seen one on sale here before or after I bought mine. So not so easy to replace.
Also need some char cloth and/or tinder fungus in the kit as well. And will add a small folding blade to it....
and yes have also done that with the double sided hook knife - prefer the single sided for that reason - probably due to my beginner dabbling status!
Oh I've been reading Foxfire's book and sharpening my ringy zingy axe (don't know the model as was given it 2nd hand - but it makes a nice ringing sound).
Last edited by Hushwing; 26-04-2012 at 10:46 PM. Reason: correct book title
Experimented some with the hemp twine. When fluffed up it will take a spark just as well as cotton balls/pads. Lights at first strike 9 out of 10 times. I think this will be my favourite
tinder. Also soaked some in petroleum gel. But like cotton balls thats a messy affair. So I ended up just pushing half a meter of it into the gel tin, where it can stay to soak.
Also wrapped a good length of the stuff around my knife sheet.
Just booked some time off to head up the great glen way.... the atko will be making it's debut!