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What is the best material for an axe or hatchet handle?

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d Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe iz ah classic toohl iph d outdoors nd remans d best-saleing model from d revered Gransfors range. thanx in large prt too its logstanding reputation 4 reliability, ease iph use nd supab build quelaty, it iz arguably d most popular axe in d work iph bushcraft. Indeed, Ray Mears heralded d's model as "d nuber whone axe choise 4 bushcraft" 4 manny years, till d release iph d Gransfors Bruks Ray Mears Wilderness Axe collaboration in 2010. pleas note dat d's model fetures d exclusive 'Ray Mears Bushcraft' logo on d handle, nd knw d typical Gransfors Bruks logo. d Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe iz a excellent all-round choise 4 woodwonking in d outdoors. It fetures ah larger head nd loger handle dan d Wildlike Hatchet model, nd therefore provides moar chopping power. However, d Small Forest Axe iz still small enough too fit in2 ah rucksack. d Small Forest Axe iz excellent 4 felling trees nd limbing, nd d length iph d handle meens dat it kan b used efficiently wit whone hand or pressed too bigger jobs wit two.
>Sad but true
What do people see in the axe? I can see why the Scandinavian forest axe or wildlife hatchet would be popular, but i don't see any use in a "mid" size ax with a 20-22" handle, too long for one hand too short for two hands
Mostly for chopping firewood.
Then you've never used one. Which means you may not ever have needed one.

If you're hiking to a campsite (as opposed to through hiking), you may not want to carry a full sized axe, but want something with a little more leverage than a hatchet.

Same goes for trail maintenance.

Hell, a mid size axe is VERY handy for processing and limbing.

There's basically an infinite amount of head weight to handle length combinations, and they pretty much all have some function behind them.
Are "bushcraft axes" still trendy? Cause i've got a custom Husqy Carpenters axe hung on a 26" thinned handle that looks pretty fancy and am considering if i should sell it for 100€ (90€ for the axe and new handle and 10 for profit) or if i can gouge the price up to 120-150€? Think the bushcraft fags would fall for it?

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Fan of Corcoran boots, looking for full leather boot with these specifications.

-Rubber soles, not a fan of original leathers.
-Connected tongue, would like to be able to stand in water up to the top of the boot and not get drenched
-fuck zippers

-no insulation, using wool inserts

Planning to use them for cold weather hiking and survival.
I couldn't find a Corcoran without a zipper or disconnected tongue.
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Corcoran jump boots are pretty wide, they shouldn't bunch up your toes. Why not just get a wide size?
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I've abused the shit out of my Magnums, they're still treating me well, I can be ankle deep and not get wet, even with the zipper.

Get your feet properly measured. I have 4E width feet, and most advertised "wides" are a 2E if that. Can only fit into Merrell wides or XW army boots.
Shame they're in the UK. Guess I could just get some and hope for the best, but...
Try Keens.

I need an easy to follow guide on how to care for a Bromeliad. Pls help.
see: >>>/an/2547851 or >>1155539
Used to care for those things. Mild sunlight, bromiliad food, refill central cup when it runs out of water, don't let it get too cold. When the flower dies off, it doesn't usually grow back but the green part stays alive. Pot it in loose bark in a pot that drains well. Don't let the bark get completely dry but don't keep it too wet.
Bromeliad plant care iz easy ans requires knw spacial toohls or fertilizers. Feed thee plants wiff ah half strength fertilizer evry month in thee qrowing season.

Water needs ate easily achieved bye filling duh cup at duh base iph duh leaves. duh water taht collects in duh pot shud bee emptied out wkly tuh remove debris ans duh death insects duh stagnant water tends tuh lure in2 duh cup.

Set teh pot in ah saucer iph gravel filled prtially whit water too increase humidity nd help provide ah moist atmosphere. mak sur teh roots or knw submerged in teh water or teh's myt invite rot

sum bromeliads qrow weel as “air plants,” wich a glued or nested onto logs, moss or aother non-soil organic items. ya may haf sen Tillandsia plants wired onto coconut shells whit knw soil. thesw plants collect all d food n moisture thay need whit their leaves bt need ah liitle help from ya in d indoor setting.

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I hate these things. They fly, they swim, they play dead and worst of all they bite like a bear trap. anyone else run into these things or something worse.
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>Live in Britbong
>Only bugs that are an issue when /out/ are ticks in the Highlands
>calls in sick to work to spend the next 3 days flossing

Also nice quads
>have knowledge of these from summer camp
>visit Savannah, Georgia
>not only see this, but about 3 dozen other species of ground crawling/flying wasps

The biodiversity in that place is amazing
Nothing like a group on chinks blocking the way when they take pictures of everything with their iPads

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Sibling enjoys hiking and setting up his hammock. Any gear that ties in with that I can buy him?
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https://dutchwaregear.com makes some of the best hammock accessories, their trap flyz for example are sick! Add a spool of dyneema line and you will make someone very happy.
Get him a fleshlight

Nothing like a good jerkin in the woods
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glock because of gnats. oh and: avoid paracord.
>avoid paracord
>avoid some shitty bracelet
I would rather recomended to avoid that fucking monster from your picture.

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Backpacks... Why don't people just invest in a good frame that fits their body, then strap a 30/40/50L drysack and bottle pouch to it?
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Thought about it. Where do I get one of these frames? Would prefer as light as possible.
DIY maybe?

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Basically this plus a 110L dry bag that wont tear is all youll ever need
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those things break or melt in the sun, I wouldn't touch that.

Why not just buy a few of those (pic related)? They can be cut with an ordinary saw, drilling a few holes, connect it with steel screws and you're good to go.

The straps and padding is a different story but probably also not too hard to make. I just haven thought about it yet.
Could also go super old school and build Roycroft A wooden pack frame, some of the acacia bushes here have some light strong wood that would do pretty well.


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What's the longest you've been out for?
What's the furthest you walked?
Did you ever cross national borders?
Brag and discuss
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>>1158844 cont again

>Specific interesting stories?
I was once taken in by an elderly couple in a shack by the beach and given a three pound sack of squid dried in its own ink. I took their dog for a walk because they were too feeble to, and collected snails for them from tidepools while walking the dog. We roasted the snails over a hibachi in their shells and ate them with foraged greens. They explained fishing as a lifestyle to me. They gave a whiteboard marker that I still have on my desk to this day.

I was picked up by a guy who is a teacher at a special ed school. He called in sick to work, took me to a $50 sushi lunch, took me to visit a lighthouse where a movie was filmed, and then offered me a bicycle. I declined the bicycle, because I had no idea how feasible bicycling across Japan would be, and I was literally starving on a day to day basis. Didn’t want to waste energy.

Once at 2am, I was dropped off at a mountain town 40 km from Nagoya. I started walking toward Nagoya when I was stopped by a police officer around 4am. He was questioning me and I was politely answering. After he realized I wasn’t a threat, he took me out for gyoza and beer as the sun rose and talked about his time studying abroad in Seattle and how his wife wants kids but he’s nervous. I got to ride in a Japanese cop car, interesting experience. He took me to the train station and bought me a ticket, some snacks, and more beer.
>>1158845 cont final

>How did it all end?
Finally returned to Tokyo, exhausted, a day before the fall semester started like nothing ever happened. The only difference was that most of my clothes were destroyed or thrown out (useless weight), I grew a ponytail and sideburns, and I had a wicked tan. I finally got some money and took out student loans in addition, so I was fine for the rest of the year.

As for UCEAP, they never wrote back to me acknowledging my report. They also removed the program I took from their listings. However, a solid year later I received a $6000 direct deposit from UCEAP that remains unexplained to this day.

>Stop blogfagging / nice larp bro
If anybody wants more stories from this trip, or stories from the time I hitchhiked / island hopped on the southern Japanese islands, I can tell those as well.

very very interesting story anon.

deserves a novelization.
very nice, reminds me a lot of the film Cycling Chronicles: Landscapes a Boy Saw (you should've taken the bike)
How many of those late 20s office ladies did you fuck though??
also pretty lucky for you that it happened in summer rather than winter
Sure, tell them.

Have you hitchhiked like this in any other country?

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So, I see boot threads from time to time, but I'm interested in socks opinions.
Background is, I'm in the UK, and my feet are bloody freezing when I'm out.
Look on google, and I am getting lots of mixed opinions. Some say pic related (british army arctic ) are good, any thoughts ?
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Will do. I asked for a pair of the long johns for crimbo so I'll post back here if they're good. Only concern is that I'm allergic to natural rubber so if they use elastic in the waistband it could be an issue, but it's a pretty minor allergy and has only really bothered me in socks so far, and there's a good chance they use spandex anyway since it's vastly superior in terms of longevity.
Smartwool is owned by the north face, therefore it is slightly overpriced and the customer service is shit. Icebreaker and Darn tough are the ways to go as they're backed up by a lifetime warranty
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Glad I found this thread.
I work exposed outdoors in a sedentary role for 12+hrs with no heat sources. I have been using Baffin Softshells (-4F rated) for moderate cold and then Baffin Impacts (-145F rated) for anything below the teens.
Trouble is, these boots are so warm with my Cabellas Ultimax Merino midweight socks, my feet sweat quickly and I end up with cold feet.
Should I try only wearing a liner and nothing else or something?
Anon, everthing is a meme here.
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I made myself a pair of these for camp shoes/hunting using the soles from a pair of cheepo aqua-socks and sowing on a pair of wool blend socks. Pretty cozy. Now they're more like moccasins or would that be sockassins?

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I don't have a photo with all my rifles in it. I'll just list:

Win. mod 70 (extreme weather SS) in 300 wsm
ruger scout in 308
No.4 mk1 lee enfield in 303
rem 700 in 223
ruger 10/22
mossberg 500 in 12 GA

This past January I started learning to snowboard, and on my 3rd day I broke my arm. It's still recovering so I'm skipping this year and planning for next season.

I've had shit teacher that didn't teach me much, I watched youtube videos but putting that shit in practice wasn't easy and teacher let me go up the mountain alone and guess it was icy or something because I smashed my arm real good from simple fall.
My main problem was stopping, I start going down fast, I could only do a fast stop, turn hard and usually fall, that's how I fell and shattered my humerus, wasn't going too fast but still, could swear I had my arms against my body but maybe the angle was against me.
Anyhow yeah, I didn't get good enough for basics and that mountain didn't have much areas to learn that weren't too steep so I'd just go fast, try to turn to break but nope I'd just continue going fast to the side or crash into snow on side or trees which I avoided by falling a lot.
Next year for sure I'm getting a lot of classes but I still don't get it what I was doing wrong, I watch all these videos and it seems so simple. I'd just go on my heel edge, start turning but instead of slowing down I'd just keep going to the side or hell stop and then start going switch which I for sure didn't know how to do. The area was kinda narrow too so I didn't have ton of space to maneuver sigh, guess a lot of shit was stacked against me there...
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Things always look way more intense in person. There have been countless times that I’ve been watching a snowboarding video and telling myself I’m gunna hit a gap only to get to it in person and complain about the wind.
Hey mate

Snowboard instructor here. Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience in you first lessons. Its really all about weight distribution and how you crouch lean etc.

Best way to prepare for it is to practice balancing on your heels with toes in air and crouching up and down. Going as low as possible and as tall as possible. Thatll teach you to distribute weight and how to balance better. You can also practice "edging" by sitting on ground and pushing your snowboard out in front of you pushing your heel edge down into snow and digging a rut.

Practice practice practice. also your legs need to be like springs. not too stiff and locked in to place but not too loose and floppy.

Try more lessons. go with an instructor that is keen to teach. Look up resorts in your area that have good beginner slopes.
Depends on if its powder or groomed man.

I can understand the back foot in powder for mad steeze points.

But most professional snow sports associations teach to ride with and even stance or even heavier on lead foot in turns
>Eventually I saw these 7 year Olds on the hardest trail of the mountain and I got cocky.
Kids skiing is insane, they have zero fear because of how young they are and pick things up pretty easily.
Where abouts or what course did you do to become an instructor, I'm looking at taking the coming summer out to do a course in New Zealand ready for the next season.

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Previous thread: >>1137847

ITT: We discuss gear, ask and answer questions, and post our own stuff.

To get the ball rolling, are any of you anons planning on giving some specific gear to friends/family for the holidays? A local hardware store around here had some normally $40 Buck knives on for $12, so I got a couple for gifting to people.
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>>1152277 (double checked)
Finn-Savotta has just recently started selling a very similar pack to the RP80 which comes with a floating lid above the same rolltop closure. It's called the Jääkäri-rucksack but Varusteleka has not stocked it yet. Reviews so far universally liked the RP80 so the Savotta version should be even better. They even fucking dropped it from 350m for a demo.
So are these any good?
>Eberlestock V69 Destroyer
>Warrior Assault Systems X300
>Karrimor SF Odin 75
>Tactical Tailor Raider
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Sweet, didn't know about this one.



They both are 480€ yet one is 580$ and the other 730$ (Maple bucks). Sad, the savotta one looks Similar or better in every way.

What does the bottom shelf on the rp80 frame do? Protect the bottom of the bag when putting it down?
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Lol, just looked up the exchange rate.

Apparently Varusteleka is giving a pretty nice discount.
Anyone wanna point me somewhere that's got a mss patrol bag in unissued/like new condition? I've found bivy and black bag in this condition in this condition before but never the green one. Is there a reason?

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My down jacket has a ton of feathers on the outside of my elbow and little to none covering the inside of the arm. Haven't had it long enough to need to wash it but all the feathers are unevenly distributed.

Anyone know how to redistribute the feathers within?

Pic related
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Buy right gear, in the first snork. Cry once.

Ditto Cerium, but with sewn in hat.

Mmm, my MTN HRDWR parka is pretty tight! Leagues beyond my Cerium, but does not pack to softball size. Without a doubt, I would crawl under a car with it on!

>is that a cat claw bush 400yrds down trail?
You don't wear a shell over it??
You guys are just crazy about down. It's like some kind of syndrome.
I thought the same thing and actually tried one one the other day and immediately became uncomfortably warm
I have the Mountain Hardware Ghostwhisper....7 fucking ounce down jacket. SO nice for backpacking.

You can if you want to

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>year-round fishing
>lax fun laws
>50 miles at most to the nearest beach
>plenty of rivers to kayak
>Hellish weather
>consent fear of gators
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The upped the birthright age to 32 so if you got some Jewish roots you can go for free. I’ve been debating it. I’m not crazy on the whole Aliyah/come home shit but I would like to walk the hikes of some of the most important men in history.
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California is a pretty state, just depends on how unpopulated it is.
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Another cali pic from today, sorry if it's inverted
>maximum mountaineering in north america
That would be Alaska.
Only tourists and city-slickers are scared of gators in FL. Every native knows all you need to do is run at a zig zag and drop one of your pub subs to lure the gator and give you more time to escape.

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Stories of close calls and stupid shit youve done while /out/ing.


>go hiking in super clifty wilderness area
>red river gorge if you wanna look that shit up
>hammock camping at the top of a ridge, 50lb winter pack
>shit yeah cellphone reception
>get woken up at 6 am by my wife saying that our car battery is dead and that my mom is coming to get me in my sisters car to come get the car I brought
>oh goddammit
>pack up and bug out
>know a super short but insanely steep route that would get me to where we would me up in less than an hour
>come to a spot called adena arch, pic related
>have to climb on top of it on that left side to continue on my trail
>not pictured is the 200ft drop on the left side of the arch

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Looks like a femur to me. Fucking damn. Anon should thank the sky his femoral artery wasn't hit, the ensuing hemorrhage would've knocked him unconscious in a matter of minutes and kill him before his friends even loaded him in the car (unless they are trained to tie tourniquets).

This gets my vote for the closest call
Honestly I just wanna see how long I can keep this thread going
serious bee attack is the worst

taking a step and sinking a foot deep into the mud happens occasionally
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>hiking up into the Lewis Hills
>take easy gradual hike up
>decide to take different way down
>come to a 10 ft cliff to climb down
>scared shitless but I make it
>no turning back
>come to a 20 ft cliff to climb down
>have to dangle off the side and stretch out my toes to catch the next ledge.

going a different way down is an awful idea.
Not really a close call but this creeped me out

>Camping at primitive site at local state park, usually it's pretty crowded but that day there were not many people, it was pretty cold and a weekday
>About two hours after the sun sets I start to get real cold (it's winter now and I wasn't really prepared for it desu and I sleep really cold)
>Decide to just night hike out and sleep in my car in the parking lot
>Beautiful walk back, can see the stars, fireflies bugs, and I'm not cold anymore because I'm moving around
>Turn headlamp off because I don't really need it, very wide clear trail I've been before and it was running out of batteries anyway
>Finally get to parking lot, start walking to car
>About halfway across the open lot I realize this black blurr which I thought was a tree trunk was actually some guy in black pants and a black sweatshirt standing on the other side of the lot near another trail head just watching me
>Freak out and speed walk to my car, shine my headlamp on this guy real bright, and spend what seems like forever trying to dig my keys out of the very bottom of my pack
>Just drove home because I don't want to get rape-murdered

Looking back on it I think it was some sort of drug deal like he was waiting for his crack dealer to come by or something but it freaked me the fuck out I was not expecting that in a gated state park

How do you guys deal with "trail back"? Short of becoming a hikelet and ditching 90% of my gear, I'm not sure what the best way of managing soreness from the straps would be
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Legs. \thread
weight is good for your legs more weight more gains, btfo ul shill
Anyone can lie on the internet. It's obvious you don't even in a pack
how do i know youre not lying about anyone being able to lie?
>im lying

Not even him, but am I or am I not?

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