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Messages - Canuck In Denver

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General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: February 10, 2018, 10:20:39 PM »
I've been burning birch for the last couple of weeks to heat the house, so I decided to use some of the bark for my bushcraft pack. I like to keep some tinder in my packs, usually it's fatwood or some fatwood dust. I figured since I have a cord of birch I'll save all the bark once I have the fire in the wood furnace going. I'm keeping the thiner, more papery bark, for my bushcraft kit. The thicker bark I put into old kitty litter buckets for use in starting the fire in the wood furnace or adding some oomph when needed.

So far I have one bucket and am starting a second, and I have 8 quart ziplock bags and a gallon ziplock bags for my bushcraft and camping kits. I'll pick up some dry pine needles and add some other tinder and have a nice quart or gallon bag in each bag and keep the rest around for later use.

Once the fire is going the birch bark isn't necessary so I might as well make good use of it otherwise. I should be able to get a lot, I've barely made a dent in the cord of birch I bought. I'll also be getting more birch this year from a friend's property since he has lots of dead birch.

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General Homesteading / Re: Frustration in Homestead Financing
« on: January 21, 2018, 10:14:50 PM »
That sucks for the family. Unfortunately they broke the cardinal rule of OpSec and told someone who didn't need to know their plans, or in their case the full plan. The bank would have been happy to lend them the money to buy the homestead as long as they called it a vacation home or an investment or maybe even part of their retirement plan.

I won't comment much on my real feelings for bankers, but there ain't no love lost that's for sure. Hit your favorite search engine and look up the "Credit River Decision" or "First National Bank of Montgomery vs. Jerome Daly" for an interesting read.

This whole thing brings to mind a quote I read once and think is rather appropriate - Johann von Goethe: “The best slave is the one who thinks he is free.” - because in the end are we not just slaves to "the system" or "the man"?

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I was in the market for a new parka. My Cabela's down parka that I've had for years has started to lose loft in the shoulders and upper back. Cold spots are no fun. I tried washing it with down cleaner that is suppose to restore loft, but it can only do so much when the down itself starts to break down... thanks to the dry cleaner I took it to who said they could properly clean it. Anyway...

Having had lots of experience with parkas and with down I was ready to try something different. Down, while a great insulator when dry, loses all insulation value when wet. For years I've been considering a Wiggy's sleeping bag, the ones the Navy SEALS started forking out their own money for because they are warm and work when wet. I've read and watched a lot of reviews of the sleeping bags and the insulation used, I really like the washing instructions - put in washer with your favorite detergent then dry on air or low but keep an eye on the temp so as to not melt the nylon shell, wash as often as you like. And the lifetime warranty is great too. Last year I bought a jacket liner from Wiggy's as a low price test of workmanship and was impressed so I decided to pick up on-57.e of Antarctic Parks.

I've been testing it out for the last few weeks here and there. I've been hoping for a -40F air temp day with a lower wind chill, but it hasn't happened as of yet. Today was a good test though. The temperature was -11F with wind at 23mph for a wind chill of -37.9 (-57.96 on the old scale), gusts of 31mph brought the wind chill to -41.17 (-65.18 on the old scale). Humidity was 76%.

I wore three different parkas today, the Wiggy's, the Cabela's and a military surplus that I've had for over 30 years and still works great but needs some patches to fix it up. While the Cabela's parka has issues on the shoulders and upper back the rest of the parka has good down loft.

The Cabela's parka had the cold spots. I did notice that I was slowly losing warmth to the wind. All of the pockets - chest, cargo and hand warmer - are uninsulated so mittens would be needed to stay warm or warm up hands. In the wind my hands got cold fast.

The military parka worked as it always has. It kept me warm although I very slowly lost warmth to the wind. It only has cargo pockets and those have no insulation. My go to for so many years still has some life left, especially after I patch some seams that are failing on the cargo pockets.

Last I tested the Wiggy's parka. It had no cold spots. The hand warmer and cargo pockets are insulated and kept my hands warm or warmed them up if they were cold. There was no loss of heat to the wind, and I tested it twice as long as the other two.

I don't know if it's the warmest parka in the world, but I know it is the warmest parka I own. I would say it is warmer than the Cabela's was even when new. Like the sleeping bags, the insulation will continue to do it's job even when wet and will dry out from your body heat and keep you warm. I'm sure we'll see temps closer to -40F air temp and I'll report on how it does then too. I can say that I'm happy with it and feel that it is well worth the $395.00 price tag considering that a down parka of considerable quality and temperature rating means Canada Goose and those cost $995.

www.wiggys.com/clothing-outerwear/antarctic-parka

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Your Survival Tales / Re: Just got Old
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:37:40 PM »
All are good in their own way. The hardest to "inherit" is skills, it is also the least physical or tangible. Knowledge can come in the form of books which are physical but knowledge does not have to have a physical element, think oral tradition. I would say knowledge is the most important because with knowledge you can develop skills through use and practice.

In the end I think each person is going to consider something different to be the most important. Someone who has knowledge (be it already learned or in the form of books) and skills may consider tools or gold/silver to be more important in their situation.

I know a lot about many things and I have a lot of "knowledge" in the form of books (physical and electronic). I also have a fair amount of skills at one stage of development or another. I have a quite a few hand tools and powered tools that can be adapted to hand or some other method of power. I have quite a bit of "stuff", but there are things that I could have more of. If I had more time, such as not having to work, I could work on improving the skills I have and learning new ones. So gold/silver would be the thing on that list that would benefit me the most.

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Meat in the freezer is always a good thing :)

Sorry to hear your internet is sucking. One thing you can do if you're concerned about using a wireless hotspot is to use a VPN such as https://mullvad.net that also encrypts your connection and the data sent along it.

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General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Deer hunting 2017
« on: November 10, 2017, 10:32:13 PM »
I was able to go hunting for 5 days, with 4 that I can't hunt due to some family stuff. Saturday opener I got two small does who came in real early, if the light would have been better I would have let them go on the first weekend. Late Sunday I had two more come in, one was a big doe and the other was a smaller doe or maybe the big one's kid. I got the big doe but couldn't quite get the other.

Some in my hunting group joked that maybe I was a member of PETA and couldn't shoot a deer. Well, when your stand is in a good location and you see deer you actually get to shoot them. No questioning that I can pull the trigger or shoot em, not like I had any doubts. The guy who gave me the most crap ain't seen a thing this year, guess he gets to take the crap this year.

I've been hunting for 4 or 5 years and previous to this year I've only seen a small fawn and the back of a buck's neck at 100 yards. I took a shot at the buck as crappy as it was and missed, no surprise really.

Last year when some in my group took shots (two or three people) at the same buck and didn't put it down we found that I was probably the best tracker in the group.

So I can add the hunting, tracking and skinning skills to the list. Practicing skills is always good, and I got to practice skinning this year without someone doing half of it like last year.

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Building Ideas / Re: Elevated Tent/WallTent Platform
« on: October 20, 2017, 10:07:07 PM »
The skids were available. I get not wanting or being able to dig given ground conditions. Personally, I hate to cut down trees when I don't have to so I'd try to use the trees as supports but try to move branches or limb as little as possible. Sometimes limbing isn't going to be an option. Extending the platform would sure make it difficult for most critters to get onto your platform, a "trap" door makes getting through the platform extension easier for you.

Platforms can be great things. As little as a couple of feet and you don't have to worry about water and you can keep out many critters, ten or more feet and you don't have to worry about most critters.

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Building Ideas / Re: Elevated Tent/WallTent Platform
« on: October 17, 2017, 09:30:32 PM »
Interesting idea.

Personally, I'd look for trees spaced so I could trim or move branches between them to put the platform and tent on. If you had taller trees then you would have a minimum of limbing and pruning to do. The trees would surround you adding camouflage and helping with the wind. You could lag bolt right into the trees and wouldn't need to kill them. Some training of the branches could add additional coverage. A simple level brought along would make sure that everything is well, level. A branch that is in the way can be partially cut to allow for bending it to where you want, spraying the cut with pruning spray and wrapping it will allow the branch to heal and continue to live.

You may have to deal with raccoons and other smaller critters more, but the camouflage may be worth it. My friend saw a solar powered fencer, so your could use one of them and some chicken wire, other mesh or tin to keep critters off.

Another twist on this idea:

I just build a deer stand using treated 4x4 inch timber as the legs to support the base. I used 2x6 inch pine around the top and as joists then dropped two heavy duty 4x9 foot skids for a total of 8x9 foot platform. I have 2x4 inch bracing running about a foot off the ground, not really needed as the posts are buried about 3 feet in the ground. I have X bracing on each side on the legs, 2x4s again.Half inch plywood for the exterior with 2x4 studs and rafters on the peaked roof, the roof is shingled. It's study.

I mention the deer stand because you could carry treated 4x4s and some 2x4s to make your legs. Seven 2x6s for the base (around the 4x4s and three floor joists) and then 2 sheets of 3/4 inch plywood for the floors. You could use more floor joists and some between joist supports (of 2x4s) if you wanted, or two additional sheets of plywood to lay opposite to the original two on the floor. This is assuming an 8x8 platform. Your lumber could be pre-drilled and for the most part bolted together. You're not adding much weight or cost to just the platform you talk about. If your desired height is higher than your trailer length, lets say an 8 foot length, you could overlap 8 foot 4x4s and bolt them together to get a 14 foot height - I'd overlap at least two feet and use three bolts with nice big washers on each leg. I'd also add a second X brace on each side above the first X brace.

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General Homesteading / Planted the mulberry trees today
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:52:32 PM »
I finally got around to planting the mulberry trees today. The have spent their life until Labor Day in a greenhouse. I've kept them outside since to allow them to adapt to life outside of a green house. They spent the last couple of days in the wood shed due to low temperature each night, and a couple of really windy days before that. The next few nights will be close to freezing but not quite, they've adapted well so far. Unfortunately since they've been grown in a green house the 6 footer is pencil thin and very much in need of lots of support, which it has. I even went so far as to buy a couple of 10 foot lengths of 1/2 inch electrical conduit for next spring when it outgrows the current bamboo stake.

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General Off Topic Discussion / First frost of the season
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:47:26 PM »
We got the first frost of the season last night, was about 28F at 5:30 when I took the dog out. No snow yet, unlike some states.

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General Off Topic Discussion / Re: Deer stands and cordless drills
« on: October 01, 2017, 09:20:28 PM »
It's big enough to sleep in if desired, which was part of the plan :) It ain't insulated aside from some spray foam in cracks, that may happen next year or may not.

We have several stands around the property and wait for the deer to come to us. We'll push the deer on the last day of the season if we want more and have tags to fill.

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General Off Topic Discussion / Deer stands and cordless drills
« on: September 30, 2017, 10:23:45 PM »
The last few weekends I've been working on my deer stand. Knowing I was going out today and not wanting to run the generator all day and since I didn't borrow my friend's cordless I decided to get one for myself. I'm not sure how many corded drills I have, but I have 1/4" drills, 3/8" drills and some big and bigger 1/2 inch drills. I picked up a Menards "Masterforce" drill that seems good.

As for the deer stand, it's about 10 feet in the air with stairs to get up the the 4x5 foot skid that serves as a landing. The stand itself is built on two 4x9 foot skids bolted together so it's 8x9 foot with a peaked roof. I have some great views and the deer seem to have already accepted it being in their environment.

Today I got all the windows in, the door up, some but not all of the railings. I still have work to do on it, including carpet on the floor and the bottom of the walls. I'll end up finishing that this week, most likely Thursday.

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General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: September 26, 2017, 08:45:27 PM »
Walmart here is carrying it. With their ship to store you ought to be able to get it at any Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=keystone%20meats&typeahead=keystone%20meat

The smaller cans are more expensive per ounce, but perfect for this instance. We've been using their chicken, ground beef, turkey, pork and beef for a few years in the larger cans. For a while their ground beef was cheaper than ground beef at any of the stores. All of it is good.

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General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: September 25, 2017, 09:15:09 PM »
Added a 14.5 oz can of Keystone beef, yummy. I also added some more individual mashed potato packages for a total of 6. I think I'm good on back up food. I'm going to wait until the Aldi opens in the next few weeks to pick up the spices I want.

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General Emergency Preparedness and Survival Discussion / Re: Bushcraft
« on: September 19, 2017, 09:18:14 PM »
I've been slowly adding some food to the bushcraft kit. I picked up another two Mountain House beef stew pouches to add to the beef stroganoff and lasagna with beef as my backup food. I also have three cans of Spam in different flavors and a can of Chunky Country vegetable with beef burger. Other items include a pound of plain rice and some instant mashed potatoes. I'll end up adding Lara bars for snacks and trail food. I intend to take perishable food when I head out with it but I want some canned food that can be eaten straight out of the can if need be and some freeze dried for just in case. This way if I stay out an extra day or two, or something happens to the fresh food I have a back up.

I have the cans in a small nylon bag and the other food in a dry bag. I still have some spices and will add some more packets of instant potatoes to round things out.

Unfortunately it doesn't look like I'll get out this fall, too much to do and not enough time, but I'll have to hope for spring.

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