Autumn Leaves Pocket Shot camp Craft

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  1. bearthedog

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    Back from a 4 month trip to Scandinavia and New England. The colors were mild in New England, when I was there, but they seem to be in their Prime here in New Jersey.

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    I went to see how my camp held up through the months and if any people or pests had visited or vandalized it. I stored my tools, tinder and some cook wear, but nothing that I was emotionally attached to. I was surprised to see nothing was moved or taken. My tarp was only hanging on by one lashing, as I have come to realize that jute twine is not very reliable for too long and definitely not good for all seasons and weather. I replaced the twine with bank line, and retrieved my caches from the forest, then got work on some camp craft ideas.

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    This is what a book of matches looks like after a few months in a waterproof container

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    And waterproof matches were useless…

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    They fell apart upon striking, but when added to a flame they sparkled a little and then gave out.

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    Stashed tools were not too bad looking. After a little bit of use the surface rust was mostly gone. None of this was a big deal to me…

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    The temperature was in the middle 40’s, but the sky was bright! Nighttime was around 32F

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    My camp seen through the colors of the forest.

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    Pocket Shot, ghetto style!

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    This project is for a magazine article, so I will just show a few pictures.

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    I did a small cook fire in the large hobo-stove…mash and spam!

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    Extra mash was zip tied

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    It’s a biggie!

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    I made a set of wood splitting wedges…winter is coming and I will have much work to do…

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    Swiss Army Fire starting trick

    I think the saw is the best fire steel striker I’ve used. Putting a small piece of stick in there keeps it open enough to strike a fire steel, but safely.

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    Dessert and cool tree reflection!

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    Sunset on the trail out…

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    Two days in the woods, time was not wasted!

    -RB
     
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    Man those are some great color shots, it's so dry here the color is not doing well.
     
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    No kidding on the colors! Wow that is an orange "rush"! A kind of semi sorta note for my prepper brethren, I've seen the spark/ferrocium rods do the same thing as Bears matches after a few years in storage, even new un-opened,untouched ones. You couldn't do it with matches ( I don't think) but smearing them with vasoline or a neutral petro-jelly and wrapping in newspaper has kept some of mine for 10 yrs without deterioration. ;)
     
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    Great pics as usual. Looking forward to plenty more.
     
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    great shots of the leaves changing, and thanks for the tip on the swiss army saw!
     
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    Wow man, beautiful.
     
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    nice pics!

    one complaint: where's the whisky? we'll fix that this weekend :)
     
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    Beautiful pics as always and great to see you finally on the new forum!
     
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    I freaking love your trip reports!

    if your ever in BC Canada, we should set up a hobo camp proper! "SPAM camp!"
     
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    Very likely!
    I know the plants, trees and berries better there than I do here. Spent lots of time in Skagway and Whittier, Alaska.
    -RB
     
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    Awesome pics...:)
     
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    Thanks.
    It really is the best time of the year in the Northeast.

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