Snowy Spring Camp w/Filipino Roach Belly BBQ

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  1. bearthedog

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    I was supposed to be in Georgia and Alabama this week, but the end of these winter snow storms canceled my flights, both of them. That kept me from a trip I was really looking forward to, but didn’t keep me from camping and enjoying these last days of snow for the year.
    I had a few woods projects I wanted to work on and some skills to practice, both woodcraft and cooking skills. Being a long-time fan of Filipino blades and the country in general it was only natural to gravitate towards their food, mainly—Filipino BBQ! I wanted to do all this to the ambiance of a nice low fire I didn’t have to mess with. After 40 min or more of preparation I had a huge 7-fuel layer pyramid fire with a few layers of kindling, topped with poplar tinder. I also had some fun tools (toys) to use for some projects and was looking forward to the night temperatures being not so cold, low-mid 30s, but windy.

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    All this warmer weather is melting the snow and filling all these creeks and streams

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    Natures TP- I use beech leaves as tissue, both dry and green beech are soft, but after a few days the nose gets a bit raw. When the leaves look like this, shriveled and all Seahorse shaped, falling off, that is the end of winter and Spring is upon us!
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    Claw or squid tree…you decide

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    With the snow melting I can easily get the birch bark for kindling

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    North x North new hooded neck gaiter, the most versatile piece of gear I had in the camp

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    Pyramid fire into a long fire…work in progress

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    Bark tinder tongs

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    My Mud made Roach Belly Crafts Knife

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    The belly makes amazing curls

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    New Camp Must-Have…Stainless steel chopsticks. Super multi-functional! I eat with chopsticks, but these are 12 inches-long and can poke the fire, rearrange burning wood, pick up hot coals that escape, cook, and be used as supports for my hobo-stove.

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    Pyramid Fire
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    Filipino BBQ kabobs

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    This ESEE pouch is easy to clip onto my belt loop and the tag is a good place to store my larger handled ferro rod!

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    Flat Surfaces in the woods are a real luxury.


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  3. BlueDogScout

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    Amazing post! Looks like you had a great time. Those curls were amazing! I carry chopsticks everyday but they are half steel half wood, I love them but I might have to look into a set that is full metal. Great way to show the versatility of them. How is that ESEE pouch? One of the few ESEE products I don’t have...
     
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    Mud is about to sell some knives i suspect!!! Thanks for the posting!!! Amazing as always!
     
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    I don't think he makes knives anymore. This is two years old, I really like it. Weight is like a Mora, 3/32" thin blade, 01, super sharp spine.
    Great American craftsmanship.
    Love that pouch, hate zippers. No outdoors gear I have uses zippers. This one has lasted in the rotation for about a year and it seems to be going strong, but zippers in the outdoors or in life ALWAYS FAIL ME! Most useful feature is that it is superlight, 2 ounces empty. All my possibles pouch items fit inside, with room to spare. Good in snow and rain, as the top flap is hard.

    -RB
     
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    Thanks, I might have to try one out, I might have all of my current pouch issues resolved so we will see lol still a great post!
     
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    Also, I think we need more details on your kabob recipe. What was your marinade/sauce?
     
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    Great post RB! We missed you at the Bushcraft class this weekend man!
     
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    Good stuff, but to echo @shaneadams90 it would have been awesome to make your acquaintance at class. Hopefully we'll cross paths down the road.
     
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    What pouch issues?
    Google MAMA SITA'S BBQ

    Feel terrible. you know I go to all these places in the world, but nothing beats the feeling and excitement of going back down south...it's like going home. You know how close to them Rollins I am. Missing the chance to see them, our buddy Mud from CA, James, and camp with Jeff and the gang was beyond a bummer. I have a trip out west to Utah planned, then Alaska until July. I'll make back down there then, guaranteed!
    Yes, sir, would have been great to meet you to amigo. Another time.

    -RB
     
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    My pouch issues are finding the one that holds everything how I like it lol I’ll check out the bbq thanks it looked delicious
     
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    Bring less stuff.

    -RB
     
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    I’m working on that but I’m anal about how things are organized. My whole kit for a week including food is 32lbs right now
     
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    You were sorely missed amigo, but I'm glad you were still able to get out and enjoy the snow!
     
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    skip mama sita’s! just mix 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup of ketchup (preferably banana and not tomato), crushed pepper...and most important ingedients are 1/4 cup of sprite and tons of garlic...1/8 cup brown sugar can be substituted for the sprite.

    marinade the meat in it overnight and use the left over for brushing the meat while grilling :)
     
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    We'll do a make-up trip for sure. Epic, like camp until one of us gets mauled by a bear sort of thing!
    Prodigal bushpimp/magazine star!
    Yes, but I wanted to do this while out, quick and easy. Why didn't you make these all those trips we did?

    -RB
     
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    i was saving weight...for the 5 liters of whiskey and 3 cans of spam i usually bring.
     
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    Sounds interesting. Never heard of banana ketchup, mushroom but not banana...

    You are my hero
     
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    Its a sneaky ingredient them Filipinos put in their food to get you addicted to the food, nature and country. I hate everything ketchup or vinegar, but it worked on me!

    -RB
     
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    Lol good to know! The “son in law” is Filipino and they make some weird but good food lol
     

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