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  1. Neck Kit

    I've considered adding small items to my neck knife, but whenever I've experimented with it, I've found adding any weight or bulk there to be too uncomfortable to make it a standard practice. Besides, I've often got a camera or binoculars around my neck as well when I'm out on a hike, paddling, or camping, so I start to feel a bit overburden already. My neck knife is a cheapo Mora Companion, which hangs handle up. I normally wear it on my belt, not as a neck knife, except in the colder seasons when clothing layers make it hard to get to my knife if it's on my waist. In winter especially, when I'm wearing multiple upper body layers, most of which are not tucked into my wool pants, it's a hassle to reach under those layers to draw or sheath a knife if it's carried on my waist. I also avoid wearing a belt in winter, preferring to use suspenders to let my clothing breath better and prevent sweating around the waistband. Also, when wearing bulky gloves or mittens, I find it easier to draw and sheath my knife if it's worn around my neck in front of me than if it's carried at my waist. So, winter is when I find a neck knife to be most advantageous. Regarding the possibility of mishaps, I've not had any yet, but I do worry about falling and having a cord get snagged on a branch and hurting, cutting, or choking me, so the cord I use is fairly weak and it's actually two cords that connect together behind my neck with a little spring/plastic cord lock - the sort that one uses to cinch up a stuff sac. The spring mechanism is strong enough to hold it in place when walking and doing chores, but if you pull on the strings or the knife and sheath, the cords will slip free of the cord lock and the knife and sheath will just fall off, thus preventing a choking hazard. Hope this helps, - Martin
  2. You're welcome offtrail. It's one of those subjects that makes people squeamish to ask or talk about, so thanks for the reply. Cheers, - Martin
  3. Have u considered home made alcohol

    My wife and I have brewed beer and mead since we were in college. The best source of information and recipes I've yet found on beer brewing is a book called The Complete Joy of Home Brewing by Charlie Papazian. It's considered the bible of beer brewing. It explains exactly how fermentation of beer works, describes various procedures (from simple to advanced, and from minimal equipment to elaborate), is nicely illustrated, and includes scores of recipes. It's also well written and easy reading. The upshot is that brewing beer is just cooking, not like laboratory work. Read the book, then pour yourself a beer and relax and brew some beer. Happy brewing, - Martin
  4. My cup runneth over from that generous praise Swede. Thanks so much. I'm happy to share and contribute what I can here since I have learned plenty from this forum since discovering it just a few months ago. Regarding DNA and evolutionary origins of our love of nature, I agree entirely. What I described in that video - the feelings of satisfaction, accomplishment, being absorbed by a task and present in the moment - these are all feelings that we value and enjoy because problem-solving, ingenuity and mindfulness in activity are all behavioural and cognitive features relevant to day-to-day survival in natural settings. It`s no accident that certain sorts of pursuits and activities are intrinsically gratifying. An individual that did not find these enjoyable simply wouldn't be as motivated to engage in them, which would make it less disposed to improving it's material circumstance compared to conspecifics who did find them gratifying - and that would be directly relevant to individual and inclusive fitness. Cheers, - Martin
  5. Thanks Docwatmo, oldfatguy, and Razor sharp. And I do intend to post pics of the prizes when they arrive. You can certainly expect to see me putting them to use in future posts and videos. We have a canoe-camping trip coming up shortly and I will surely be making use of this new gear on that trip. Cheers, - Martin
  6. Some weeks ago a new YouTuber held a subscriber appreciation giveaway contest as a thank you to her first 100 subscribers. To enter one had to create a video outdoors in some natural setting and describe a favourite moment or experience in the outdoors. The winner would get two prizes: - a brand new Mora HQ Robust carbon blade knife. - a brand new 1.8 Liter Mors bush pot. I'm delighted to say I won. For any who are interested, here was my video entry in which I talk about my favourite place to camp and what I enjoy most when being outdoors and backcountry camping. I'm hoping that what I describe in the video speaks to others here. Hope this helps, - Martin
  7. Another Canadian

    Welcome TPM. I used to live in southwestern Ontario (London), but we moved up to Huntsville some years ago so we could spend more time canoeing, tripping, backpacking, hiking, snow-shoeing and winter camping on the Crown lands in these parts. P'raps we'll run into one another in the woods up here some day. Cheers, - Martin
  8. Hello everyone

    Hello gooBer66 and welcome from Ontario, Canada. A belated "Happy Independence Day!" to you. Cheers, - Martin
  9. les strouds after earth survival

    That's a good little mnemonic device. I will be going canoeing with my young niece this summer and she's never done anything outdoorsy. I'll be passing this trick along to her. Thanks, - Martin
  10. les strouds after earth survival

    Swede, You're 100% correct when you say that to know one cardinal direction is to know the other four, but that's not the problem. The problem is that the shadow-stick method doesn't point in any cardinal direction. You'll see what I mean once you're able to view the video. For anyone who has seen the video but still doesn't understand the mistake, it's this: The path of the shadows which one plots over a time interval with this method is always a straight line that runs along an east/west axis, but it doesn't tell you which end points east, which points west, nor which side of the line is the north side and which is the south side. However, you can infer all of this with ease, but Stroud goofed it up in his video. He thinks (incorrectly) that the stick runs north/south. It doesn't. It runs east/west. Here's how it works: When the sun begins its arcing path overhead the tip of the shadow always falls to the opposite side of the object casting the shadow, so in the morning the shadow is long and points west. As the sun rises in the first half of the day, the shadow begins pointing north, but it shortens at the same rate. After the sun reaches that highest point the shadow then grows longer again as the sun begins it's descent in the west, casting shadows that point east. The result is that the path of the shadow plotted on the ground is a straight line that runs truly east/west. This is the case no matter what time of year it is. It doesn't matter if it's winter or summer, or what hemisphere you're in. The only difference is that in winter the sun is lower and so the shadows are all longer, but they don't produce a different path or direction of shadows. The path traced will still be a straight line that runs truly east/west. Consequently, the line doesn't point to any cardinal direction. It's just a line on the ground that's oriented along an east/west axis. So how does one determine a specific cardinal direction? By simple inference: One just has to remember that in the northern hemisphere (ie: north of the equator) the shadows fall north of that east/west line (because the sun is always on the south side of the line). So, just stand with your toes at the line with the sun behind you and you'll be facing north (or south, if you're in the southern hemisphere). Once you know where north is, you know where south is (and vice-versa), and you in turn know where east and west are. But the stick doesn't point to a cardinal direction and it never runs north/south. That would be a geometrical impossibility. So, what Stroud did wrong here was misremember the axis of orientation of the shadow's path and he, inexplicably, thought one end of the stick pointed north and the other south. In fact, neither end points north or south. My hunch is, he'd never actually used this technique or else never quite understood it and was just relying upon a faulty recollection of how it works. I don't think the suggestion that this was some editing blunder is correct either, because you can clearly see Stroud pointing along the axis of the stick on the ground (which marks the shadow's path) and he says, " "This stick points directly north..." And then he added that the other end points south. But it is simply impossible for such a technique to ever produce a line that is oriented north/south, much less know which end is north and which is south. Hope this helps, - Martin
  11. les strouds after earth survival

    Ouch. 8| Video #5 was painful to watch. Stroud's 100% wrong in what he saws about the shadow stick method. For those who don't know already, the shadow stick method allows one to determine an accurate EAST/WEST line, not a north/south line. It does not point north or south, no matter how you look at the stick, because the line that is created is aligned along an east/west axis. Of course, one can easily determine where north is by inference because using this method one knows that the north/south axis is perpendicular to the east/west axis and the sun will be on the southern side of the line (if you're in the northern hemisphere), but there is simply no way that the line itself can point to north or south as he says it does...unless perhaps he filmed this at either the north or south pole. Here's an illustration that shows what I mean: http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://i.stack.imgur.com/GnFX7.png&imgrefurl=http://robotics.stackexchange.com/questions/550/how-to-determine-heading-without-compass&h=415&w=450&sz=43&tbnid=8JDiuYdIWozO7M:&tbnh=86&tbnw=93&zoom=1&usg=__gHZAsjpTVBUQu6zr0xNLjbzuYGY=&docid=4I2T89fSKUWM6M&sa=X&ei=Le3CUdTeFsjMqQHz6YHACA&ved=0CDMQ9QEwAA&dur=322 Hope this helps, - Martin
  12. Hi folks

    Hello Vantos and welcome from Ontario, Canada. Glad you found us. Cheers, - Martin
  13. New guy from Redneckville

    Hello AmericanWolverine from Ontario, Canada. Glad you found us. Just dive in, learn, and share. Cheers, - Martin
  14. Hello from California!

    Hello Shepard80 from Ontario, Canada. Glad you found us. Don't be shy, just dive, learn, and share. Cheers, - Martin
  15. Thank you DocWatmo, Muddy Pete, Swede, and Watcherofthewoods. Swede: I think you might be right about it being a Sharp-Shinned hawk. It was small, and we do have them in these parts. My original thought was a Northern Harrier, but looking again more closely at the photo, I'm prepared to agree. In any case, I'd should just defer to your greater skill in IDing birds. As for the fish in the lake we found, I don't know what species are there. I could barely make out some feeding near the surface, but they were too far from shore for me to even guess at their shape. At the shore there were many tiny, minnow-like fish, but they could have been anything. I'll have to go back with a take-down rod and a bit of tackle to see what species are in there. Hope this helps, - Martin