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  1. My 82/64 ALICE Conversion Ruck

    About 10-15lbs of it..... lol. I like to get my pack down to atleast 30-35lbs for longer treks. This last one was only supposed to be 8 miles or so, so I thought the Alice would be okay with the extra weight..... FAIL. It wasn't just the weight that caused the problem, it was the manner in which it was carried on the frame. Imagine carring that 10lb bedroll 6-8 inches off your butt at waste level. I couldn't stand straight up.... the physics of the whole rig was messed up.
  2. Hey Dooods, I am usually a minimalist kind of guy and for the last decade, the common ALICE pack(med) has served my needs. It was usually kept under 25lbs even at its heaviest, so I never experienced the agony so many veteren corps guys attest to. Well, maybe I'm getting older/softer and my pack is getting heavier but the last trip I went on saw me humping a 45lb ALICE over rough terrain. I DID NOT LIKE IT. and vowed to find a better rig in the same spirit of the ALICE. I have collected an assortment of gear over the years and scrounged up some pieces/parts to make a 40lb ruck that I wouldn't hate carrying. The main issue I had came from the sleep system bag (or as I call it "Wussy Sack") that I strapped to the bottom of the ALICE. I usually only bring a wool blanket, even in the colder months. These days, I don't feel the need to carve out the bush to make a heated natural shelter, everytime I head out, so more often than not I carry a bedroll containing a double bag, Gore-tex bivy and ground pad. The Wussy Sack weighs 10lbs. The issue is that the ALICE doesn't offer enough "frame" to strap the sack down with any real support. I could rig up a top load but then my entry to the main pack is blocked. The only alternative is to have the sack strapped to the bottom. In this position it is unstable and held further away from your center of gravity.... not good. Needles to say, my back is paying the price.... here is my solution. My ALICE pack.. That was the pack that killed my back.... here is my new rig A custom 64 pattern lightweight jungle frame. Rigged up with a Canadian 82 pattern rucksack and harness. The hip belt was modified from another modern pack... The 82 pack is shorter and wider than the ALICE, allowing more of the 64 frame to be exposed for mounting stuff... Here is a comparisson of the ALICE vs. the 82/64Ruck. The drawn square gives you a rough idea of the difference in frame positioning. Thanks for looking. Questions, critiques and comments are welcomed! Rick
  3. Using A Small Blade or Knife

    Sorry bud, forgot I was in the Wiki forum. I didn't want to clutter your thread... photo removed. If you like I will remove my other comments to keep on track with the tutorial/demo? Discussion would be more appropriate in another area. Rick
  4. Using A Small Blade or Knife

    Chainsaw would be great! Knives were getting so expensive that I decided to start making my own... Ha!
  5. Using A Small Blade or Knife

    Hey newzealandsurvival... great video, you sure know what you are doing with that blade. I totally agree with the statement that a huge knife is not necessary. When you think about it, niether are tents, sleeping bags, stoves, boots, pots.... and that little blade you use. Aboriginal tribes had been getting along fine before the introduction of metal tools. It just makes things a little easier. I have switched back and forth between big and small blades for a long time and the conclusion I came to was that it really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. I think you should be proficient at the whole spectrum of working tools. For the last decade or so, I've been fascinated with the "extreme" side of survival. I'm not in an area where you'll find desert, so my extremes deal with cold mostly. Under these circumstances, the tools we choose to carry can mean the difference between life or death.... and the manner/condition in which we use them can be different than how we trained. You made do quite well with what you had and that mid-sized blade looked very functional. I have no doubt you could get just about everything accomplished with a little technique and inventiveness. However, I think that is really dependent on the particular environment you frequent, the manner in which you need work your resources AND the reality/severity of your situation. What if that "technique" was suddenly stripped away from you by an injury, hunger, illness or foul weather?.... or if by some chance, you are incapacitated and have to rely on others(if you are lucky enough) to use your tools to save YOU? Do they have the skill to do what you do? I think it is just as intellectually dishonest to say you don't need large blades to survive as it is to say that you do. Let experience and rational decision making skills dictate the tools you carry. This is a great topic that gets folks thinking outside the "box"..... I take every opportunity I can to try and rid myself of that pesky "box" entirely. Once out of the box, why would you ever go back in? Don't build barriers, bro...... Go FREE-BLADING and have fun!!! Next, I want to see videos of you dressing out a pig with a 28" machete.... then a felling axe!!!! :thumbup: Rick
  6. Campfire Talk

    Hey Folks...... been away for a while.... good to be back! See you around.
  7. I have seen a river rock explode and empty the entire fire pit in the process..... do not use underground or river rocks. and yes..... I HOPE you you thought I was kidding about the LP tanks...... lol.
  8. Wait........ Mistwalker was born?..... Like from a human? :err: I've always pictured him as simply evolving from some puddle of primordial ooze!! Poor woman. Rick :peace:
  9. I've always carried a knife and fire kit on my belt when in the woods. Refining gear is a constantly evolving endevour for me. Here is the latest set up. Remember these are not the only items I have on me... this is just what I sport on my belt. How bout' you? Rick Clockwise from top left: My "Dweller" knife and sheath, Fire kit (Hudson Bay tobacco box, char, jute, waxed jute, true tinder fungus, flint, "Strife" knife, char cooker, leather pad.) Leather bag (with prepared jute, cedar bark, steel wool and a couple chunks of true tinder fungus.) Fishing kit (spiderwire, wet/dry flies, hooks and splitshot) Sewing kit (waxed nylon thread, 2 needles and an awl) 8hr tea candle, Length of jute and paracord, Firesteel, scraper and photon light and my "Ugly Pouch".
  10. Rocks are dangerous.... use old propane tanks.... they retain the heat much better.... trust me. Would I EVER steer you wrong, buddy? Rick
  11. Chris Rock.... Bullet Control (Warning...... course language) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDC-XQG1ifo
  12. Nobody is more deserving of this token of gratitude than you, Papa-Bear.... I can't believe you had to sharpen it... poor craftsmanship on my part, i'm afraid...... okay, send it back. Rick
  13. CANADIAN BUSH MASTER!!! (I'm never gonna live this one down... lol) They just released the July issue of Tactical Knives and my "Bush Kit" is featured in a review by TK Editor, Steven Dick. I'm very excited but very "not ready". Who would have thought the July issue would come out in March? My website is under construction (should be finished today) and I'm kinda flooded with work, as it is. I was hoping to have April to catch up... now I'm scrambling to clear my bench! Good news for you guys that have been patiently waiting for your stuff... thanks for hanging in there... it won't be long, now...:thumbup: Rick
  14. Hey KIM!

    I for one, would love to read every detail on how to maintain a linoleum texture..... it may help with my hardwood problem.... my personal email is.......
  15. Supercharge Your Wool!

    Using fresh, unused oil wouldn't be an issue..... especially in the small quantities we are talking about. Fish oil or any other pungent kind may pose a problem.... lol. Briggs and Stratton makes a spray type lanolin oil for there engines..... hmmm? Cool natural fibre site..... no mention of lanolin though..... figures... lol. http://www.binhaitimes.com/wool.html