It’s New Year’s Day. I was in bed early last night. Like 21:30. No boose, no festivities. New Year’s has never been a big day in my life. So here I sit, killing time until my new ESEE 3 arrives, I was around here for a long time. But under a different log in name. Because I’m stupid and entered my real name. Wasn’t overly comfortable with that. So I didn’t post. Last week I got it all figured out and squared away. I have been reading sections here with renewed vigor. Eager to learn, eager to share. So this thread came to mind. People always ask me why I like roughing it so much. I don’t really see what I do as roughing it. Now, standing in Times Square with three hundred thousand people between you and a bathroom. That’s Roughing it. This is more my style for New Years Eve revelry. With some background info set. I thought it might be fun to show some simple wood tools that smooth out some of the roughness around camp. The first, is one of the simplest. But I find it way too useful not to cover. The lowly toggle, The word Toggle probably came from some marketing department. It’s a stick! But it does wondrous things in and around camp. Like keeping your pack up out of the muck, and away from ground critters, My dad was a boatman. So I was tying Bowlines before I could tie my shoes. But the Toggle can save you some knot tying, and speed things up. I don’t know about you folks. But it seems whenever I am setting up camp. It is either raining, about to rain, or snowing. The toggle can make getting set up faster. Keep a loop in your guylines, then just slide a toggle in. You can see the precision sawing that went into this one. Simple, fast, & easy. More on toggles as we progress. Bonus knot, This is known to me as a Grapevine Knot. It works extremely well as a line tensioner. I’m sure there are other names for it. More later!