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2-nighter: lite machete comes out of hibernation!

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by JV3, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. JV3

    JV3 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    DontTreadOnMe201/brian joined me on the first day/night of another 2-nighter late last week...some camp pics.

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    how i keep my knives rust free :D

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    i was in a carving mood on this trip:

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    on the way to the stream to fill up the water jugs we came across this one...things are sprouting but for the most part the area is still very much brown.

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    while waiting for the water to boil i had another go at bow drill fire with materials gathered on site (except for the hand socket which i brought from home):

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    it's smoking! when i ran out of gas i stop to check for coal the drill flew off somewhere but i wasn't paying attention where it went.

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    after a minute or two of looking, brian spots the drill in the camp fire...i got fire! does that count? :p

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    the knives i brought so brian can check them out (left to right: becker eskabar with zytel scales, battle creek knives butter finger, spyderco bushcraft, and esee lite machete):

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    showing off the versatility of a machete:

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    the feathers lit up just fine with a firesteel...no need for a cotton ball, fatwood, etc.

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    also brought along my week-old eskabar. i wanted to make feather sticks/one stick fire with it to break it in but that stupid stock sheath keeps dulling the blade (i'm waiting for godspeed to make me a kydex sheath) i just had to take out my frustration by batoning it through some thick wood :mad:

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    anyway, while i was running around carving, starting fires and making all that noise, brian was doing the jedi thing and sat quietly in the corner reading his bushcraft book.

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  2. JV3

    JV3 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    brian's shelter:

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    my shelter - bcusa 10'x10' multicam:

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    i love how roomy it is! i get complete protection from the rain but it's not so enclosed that i get that tent feel at all...i feel very much connected to my environment.

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    excuse the cell camera...the flowers are starting to come out.

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    i had a becker necker (bk-11) a long time ago and gave it away here since i hated the handle. the izula handle on it and the zytel scales makes it a much more usable knife...this necker almost feels like a full-sized knife actually.

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    after a long day...another episode of bushcraft tv.

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  3. JV3

    JV3 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    the next day while i was packing up to move to another site for the 2nd night i saw this little creature on my ground tarp...the camouflage is spot on! if it didn't move, it looked just like a small twig.

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    in the middle of packing a minor hailstorm came through so i ended up staying underneath my ground tarp for about 15 min waiting it out. i obviously didn't learn my lesson from last month's trip where i said i would take down my shelter last :rolleyes:

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    i reached the 2nd site just in time for another round of drizzle so i had to put up a quick shelter.

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    anyway with the shelter up i went to cook a late lunch...it drizzled enough to make the nearby twigs wet. this was the first time i've seen the emberlit smoke so much actually.

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    i wasn't planning on using that much firewood but decided to section the nearby logs anyway for other lucky campers who happen to stumble upon this site later since i had the fatmax with me.

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    this was the agenda for the entire day - lots of quick 15-min drizzles followed by blue skies...actually i was hoping for a steady rain so i can just sleep all day :D

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    gotta love tree graffiti :(

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    nice stack of firewood for whoever uses this site next time...am i a nice guy or what? :D

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    my preferred camp fire nowadays is the emberlit anyway.

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    my preferred fire lay setup...that night was friday the 13th so i planned on staying up late with my lite machete in hand waiting to see if jason would show up :eek:

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    how sharp is sharp enough for me? if it can push cut crispy fried spam!

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    another episode of bushcraft tv.

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    check out how efficiently this particular wood is burning.

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    obviously jason was a no-show since i survived through the night.

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    perfect burn, barely any coals left over. i don't know what type of wood that was but it's the best burning one i've used so far.

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    as usual, another perfect day on the last day of the trip...mother nature's way of making me second guess about leaving.

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    anyway, that was my overnighter for this month...can't wait for next month!
     
  4. Error 404

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    Oct 21, 2011
    Wow, great photo essay! Which of the three blades did you guys reach for most often? How did the machete perform on the hardwood? (I think I saw an ax in one photo) Where did you buy the multicam tarp? Thanks in advance.
     
  5. BRL

    BRL

    Apr 27, 2011
    Great, great post man. Enjoyed every photo and caption, thanks.
     
  6. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 18, 2011
    Nice pics, looks like a good time!
     
  7. LMT66

    LMT66 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 18, 2008
    Excellent post! That little sectioned off fire area looks great.
     
  8. brewcitymike

    brewcitymike

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    Aug 26, 2011
    Great post, as always. Looks like a nice spot and nicer time. Thanks for sharing
     
  9. mistwalker

    mistwalker Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Awesome outing man! Yeah, that spam should keep your knives rust free lol. Those Stanley saws are great I keep one in my tool box and fastest cutting handsaws I've owned. I'm digging that multi-cam tarp! Man that sure seems like a lot of work to go through just to dry out the ends of sticks before you throw them on the fire!
     
  10. WILLIAM.M

    WILLIAM.M Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 14, 2006
    Another GREAT post

    Thanks for sharing!!!!
     
  11. TheGame

    TheGame

    Sep 24, 2008
    Looks like a great couple of nights out there. Friday the 13th out in the woods :eek:

    Maybe you just scared Jason away :p
     
  12. JV3

    JV3 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    thanks! i used the spyderco bushcraft the most that day and most trips nowadays (it overtook the lite machete this year as my most used knife overall). 2nd overall was the lite machete (which was my most used knife last year). brian used his esee junglas the most and 2nd was his gransfors bruks scandinavian axe that day. looking back at the pics, we definitely overdid the wood processing since we only used maybe a quarter of the wood, if that :D

    as for hardwood or any chopping i always reach for the machete actually if i don't feel like using my axe (i also have a gb scandinavian) or a saw. i had a junglas, becker bk-9 & condor parang, currently have a cs kukri, and ontario 12" cutlass machete and they are all out-chopped by the lite machete...in my hand anyway.

    pm'd you the source of the tarp since we're not allowed to post links to non-sponsors.


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    thanks, man! i actually stumbled upon that sectioned off area last summer while wandering around. it's a square setup and during solo overnighters it's in the back of my mind i'm hoping it's not an old graveyard!


    thanks! the temps was perfect - cold enough that ticks and mosquitoes weren't there but warm enough that i was just wearing a light sweater most of the day.


    thanks, man! spam is the duct-tape of food :D i actually initially wanted a sawvivor but the $40 always kept me away then i saw that fatmax for $16 from lowes and i just had to have it...slightly longer than a junglas but lighter, it was a no-brainer which one i prefer for serious wood processing.

    not sure what you're referring to but i didn't dry out any sticks for the emberlit. i just grabbed them off the ground, snapped them into manageable lengths and stuffed them in the feed port as is.

    yeah, that tarp is awesome. i also have the 5'x7' but i'm not as fond of it since i think it's a tad too short for me (i'm 5'9") in a full-blown rain.


    thanks, dr. bill!


    thanks. heh, i didn't even realize i was going to be out there on friday the 13th until i was out there already, not that it would've changed my plans. i'm not superstitious i guess or believe in ghosts and all that...with that said, i did cancel an overnight trip last year because it was shortly after a cousin passed away unexpectedly and i got scared of maybe she'll visit me :eek:

    interesting trivia, according to brian the lake where they filmed the movie is actually nearby :eek: ofcourse he told me that after he's already gone home and i'm by myself that night!
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2012
  13. CellerDrummer

    CellerDrummer

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    Aug 7, 2011
    Another awesome post JV3...That FatMax is definately a tool to have in the kit,,I'll be adding one soon,thanks..
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  14. RescueRiley

    RescueRiley

    Mar 22, 2006
    Great looking stuff brother, Your are getting out allot this year, Congrads,
     
  15. RogueBowie

    RogueBowie

    Nov 16, 2011
    That's funny I actually have an order out with Godspeed! right now for my BK-14 and it's supposed to arrive today, super excited!!
     
  16. crossada

    crossada

    May 16, 2004
    This is priceless!

    Thanks for another great thread too. I've enjoyed everyone of them.
     
  17. JV3

    JV3 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2010
    thanks! did you see my fatmax review? http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/912513-review-stanley-fatmax-saw. for serious wood processing i tend to bring it instead of my axe nowadays - easier/lighter to pack, faster, and quiet too.

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    thanks, john. someone has to keep the smell of camp fire-cooked spam alive in the woods :D


    pics, man! my sheath is scheduled to arrive sometime next week.


    thanks! i stayed close to that fire all night with my machete in one hand and my flashlight in the other :p
     
  18. jdk1

    jdk1

    Apr 21, 2010
    I think he means your bow drill twig warmer:)

    Great post, as always. I live vicariously through you!
     
  19. gregorio

    gregorio

    Nov 9, 2007
    great post, thanks. I would love to stumble on that much firewood, but probably wouldn't use it because it would feel like stealing.
     
  20. upnorth

    upnorth

    Nov 25, 2006
    I keep forgetting about that saw. Nice thread bud, finding any ticks yet ? Buggers are everywhere here.
     

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