Stay Ridiculously Warm! Hot Rock Outdoor Bed Options

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It is never fun trying to get to sleep on a cold camping trip.  It’s probably even worse when you wake up and everything is damp and cold!

What’s the best way to keep warm on those cold camping trips…Well the easy answer is “have a big fire”.  But as I described in my previous article – Tent’s Not Always The Warmest Shelter Option, having a big fire is not always useful.  Have your tent too close and fire flies from the fire may burn holes in your tent.  Have your tent too far, and you’re completely relying on your sleeping bag and pad to retain your body warmth.

However, there are MANY OTHER OPTIONS where you can still use your tent and keep warm using hot coals and hot rocks! Read More

Save >50% More Cordage Building Bushcraft Shelters

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I feel like one of those Capital One Credit Card Commercials – “Who wouldn’t want to save 50% more cordage?”  If you have ever built a semi-permanent to permanent bushcraft shelter, you’ll find that each joint takes ALOT of cordage.   A secure lashing requires several wrapping and frapping turns, and starting and finishing hitches that wrap around the spars/poles.  On top of that, for a simple lean-to shelter, you may have to make as many as 15 secured joints.  If you thought the 100 foot paracord you stuffed in your bug out bag is enough, you need to get out in the field and see if it’s really sufficient. Read More

TENTS: Not Always your Warmest Shelter Option

Friday, December 19, 2014

Are you fretting about how you’re ever going to carry that oblong and heavy tent in your bug out bag?  If you’ve never camped without a tent, you might think of it as an absolute necessity.  Truth be told, while tents do have exceptional shelter performance in some circumstances, they are not always the best option to keeping warm in the cold. In my experience, many times ditching a tent is more of a psychological hurdle than anything. Read More

WATCH: Cheap DIY Clothing Waterproofing

Sunday, December 7, 2014

For only $5-10, you can buy (or make) wax bars that waterproof (weatherproof if you want to be real technical) all your clothing or fabric gear.  In Europe, many clothing companies like Fjallraven use wax to waterproof their fabric.  Fjallraven’s product is called Greenland Wax.  Watch how well this cheap $5 bar waterproofs my pants.

Buy a bar of Fjallraven Greenland Wax here to test it out.

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Try to make your own Greenland Wax by watching this DIY video.