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  1. I can see a good case for this tactic in a really hot environment... just wanted to make sure that the limited application of it was not just in my own mind. I was waiting for the joke... but this was better than expected. LOL
  2. New Here

    Welcome Dave!
  3. The little tips at the top of the forum are interesting and, usually, pretty helpful. However, one just came across which recommended packing a wet t-shirt and putting it on when you are exhausted. I don't know if I'd endorse this method. First, it has a limited range of usefulness. You would never want to use it in an environment that has a chance of getting cold (mountains, deserts at night, etc). Two words: core temperature. Second, packing a "wet" piece of anything is a challenge for your gear. Wet cotton takes on a lot of weight. It also needs to be sealed in some way so that it doesn't affect your other gear. Both would be prohibitive to me putting it into my pack. When I'm out-and-about staying dry is a high priority. Any other thoughts on the subject?
  4. new to forum

    Another MT fellow! Welcome! :thumbsup: I'm displaced out-of-state for school, but hope to be back in a year. Where do you get out into the wild? I've covered most of the W/SW portion of the state. Best trips have been up into the Bob.
  5. Not a bad little piece of kit. Maxpedition's stuff is well-built, so it should handle the abuse. My only gripe is that everything from them looks so darn "tactical." Nothing wrong with that look, but some of us don't need all that extra velcro to clean or loops to snag on stuff. Nonetheless, another innovative stuff-holder from MaxP.
  6. Campfire Talk

    Wow, this has to be the longest thread I have ever seen in all my wanderings on the internet.
  7. "The Alaska Experiment"

    The little gal who caught all the salmon on her own was quite impressive also! Not a bad spouse! Kim - your avatar makes me laugh and creeps me out at the same time!
  8. Rivets?

    Rick, Those are fantastic! Much less bulky than I imagined. Certainly has a medieval (or something of that nature) feel to it.
  9. Another new wanderer

    Wow. Friendly place! I like it! Thank you for the welcomes! A mountain lovin' pyro I am and always will be!
  10. Rivets?

    Thanks for the welcome! Leatherworking is a interest and hobby of mine that continues to grow. So, whenever you get some examples of his or your work, I'll be waiting! The other sheaths I have seen you do on here look very well done!
  11. Rivets?

    If you have some pictures of his work, I would love to see them. Doing that by hand from rod and washers is a true art! And, brass makes the best rivets. Great patina!
  12. Another new wanderer

    Thanks for the welcomes! Survivor Kid - I will be in Dubuque. Not quite a full year there, just two semesters. Where in the mid-west are you located? Dave and Theking - Geocachers! My wife and I love it. We haven't gotten as many done since the kiddos came along, but still try to find a cache or two a year. I'll have to add our profile badge to my signature here at some point. Great activity. As for proficiency in skills, I have a lot of good generalized knowledge for the northern Rockies. Have logged a lot of hours hiking and mt. biking. Spent many, many days and nights out with the scouts. And, as an Eagle Scout, I know how to set the best fires on the planet. Isn't that what Eagle Scouts are trained in?
  13. "The Alaska Experiment"

    Many thanks Swede. I'll be sure to ask. Just posted a brief introduction (should have done that before).
  14. Evening! I'm always looking for people to be in conversation about outdoor skills, bushcraft, camping, and hiking. So, I'm happy to have found this little corner of the internet. Looking forward to adding a bit and taking a bit away (in the way of knowledge). I'm a displaced Rocky Mountain boy. I'm in ND till July and then in Iowa for a year for schooling. After that, we'll hopefully roll back towards the mountains that I love. Being in all these flat places really challenges a guy who is used to mountain-based recreation! Edit: I should also add that I really dig the "family-oriented" emphasis. Too much garbage out there on the web. Looking forward to getting to know you all. - Adam :hugegrin:
  15. Rivets?

    Sure enough... rivets. You can apply them with a press or hammer them with a die. When I make sheaths, I stitch and, then, use rivets to reinforce the stress points (top of the opening, bottom of the sheath). I suppose you could do an entire sheath with rivets and no stitching. It would be quite the monster! Here's Tandy's page of riveting materials for reference: http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/products.asp?DEPT=230&Page=1 There is an "Easy-to-do" kit there than has the hand die that I mentioned. The rivet presses are quite a bit more expensive (last I saw was around $70). So, starting with a little hand die like that would be great.