THIS is the anything goes, keep it clean, blow off steam, W&SS chat.

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by Esav Benyamin, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. HikingMano

    HikingMano

    Sep 2, 2008
    I like it for a groundsheet (hard-structure Home Wrap), because it's really tough, water resistant enough for general use with good site selection, and doesn't stick to damp/sweaty feet like polycryo. I might go back to using a tyvek groundsheet, I kinda miss it after using polycryo for a lil.
     
  2. Galeocerdoshark

    Galeocerdoshark

    May 21, 2011
    Tomorrow I'll be out hunting fossils again. A few months ago I was able to get a few good connections at musea, and this is starting to pay off. I'll be attending another fossil whale dig, so that'll be a blast. This time again, it's a whale from the Pliocene era. They have already uncovered and transported everything, except for the skull. It's kind of odd since they already found the bullae and perioticae (hearing bones), which are supposed to be inside of the skull. A whole lot of sand will have to be moved in order to find it, if it's still there. Let's hope it is. If not, that's ok. More time for myself to hunt this temporary outcrop for other fossils, hopefully some shark teeth. I'm excited!
     
  3. KuRUpTD

    KuRUpTD

    Aug 5, 2008
    [video=youtube;d9dUY3WjUFk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d9dUY3WjUFk[/video]
     
  4. baldtaco-II

    baldtaco-II

    Feb 28, 2006
  5. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    It is a Federal Offence to remove material from a National Park in Canada.
     
  6. baldtaco-II

    baldtaco-II

    Feb 28, 2006
  7. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
  8. tknife

    tknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 18, 1999
    AWESOME! I feel like that all the time at work
     
  9. HikingMano

    HikingMano

    Sep 2, 2008
    This is on Discovery now, for US folks! :thumbup:

    Looking forward to seeing how it goes.
     
  10. baldtaco-II

    baldtaco-II

    Feb 28, 2006
  11. baldtaco-II

    baldtaco-II

    Feb 28, 2006
    Any of you playing Don't Starve?
     
  12. jimh0220

    jimh0220

    Apr 15, 2008
    Why is being naked important for a survival show, and why do they blur out the naughty bits on the females. Aside from funny sunburns and the extra potential for sex, I don't get it.
     
  13. jimh0220

    jimh0220

    Apr 15, 2008
    OK, confession time. I camp in state park or national forest campgrounds, bring regular food in an ice chest, never baton at the campsite, use a hatchet, sleep in a big comfy tent on an air mattress (and usually have camping sex on it at least 2 times), and a usually found by the fire whittling. And I get there I an air conditioned truck.
     
  14. Galeocerdoshark

    Galeocerdoshark

    May 21, 2011
    Well, I'm glad to say I tried it at home now. Finally!

    I did run into some problems, but I'll tell when I develop this story.
    Last fall and during winter, my dad and I collected firewood here and there. On some of the wood, some of the fungus/mushrooms that I might need were present so I broke some off and dried them. Now that they were dry, I was ready to give it a try.

    Here's what I used: some dried out grass, the 'shroom, a piece of marcasite and a piece of flint (the eroded side is towards the camera, don't use this 'cause that won't work).
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    Step 1: Cheat. This is probably not how cavemen did it but anyway. At the museum, they used cheese graters to grate the spongy material off of the mushroom. Cavemen didn't have it. I didn't have one available with which I wanted to grate mushrooms, so I just sliced little slabs off of the mushroom with my Case jack knife. Mistake one: this is not ideal. A powdery substanse like the one you get when you grate it would be better. It catches the spark far more easily.
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    The spongy material catches the spark way better than the more dense foamy structure:
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    Ok, now for the hard part. Striking the piece of marcasite/pyrite with the piece of flint. Mistake 2. Since I didn't have an adequate piece of flint at my disposal, I used a not-so-good piece that I had in the house somewhere. (Why do you have that in your house? Well, for those of you that don't know it yet: I collect fossils, rocks...). Why is this not so good? Well, it didn't have very sharp corners so it wouldn't make sparks very well. The brownish flint doesn't spark as good as black flint. Next time I'll be bringing some black, sharp flint with me from one of my fossil hunts, that'll work better.:thumbup:
    So I tried for quite a while without a lot of success. I did get sparks, but the 'shrooms didn't catch them. The problem is the motion you need to make and the distance between the 'shroom gratings/flakes and the pyrite/marcasite. The closer your piece of marcasite is to your 'shrooms, the better the reaction since the spark won't have time to cool. The problem is that you always knock the 'shrooms away with your flint...
    FINALLY though, one of the sparks caught one of the pieces of shroom and it starting giving some smoke. I quickly covered that piece with other slabs of mushroom and started blowing some air in between the slabs very softly... Smoke!
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    When I had enough smoke from the 'shrooms, I quickly made a small bowl with the dried out grass and poored the smoking 'shrooms in it. Close the 'bowl' and start blowing softly...
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    And keep blowing... Well, that took longer than I remembered. At the museum it was more like "poof, fire!" whereas I was almost out of breath at this point.
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    Awww yes! Fire, finally... Maybe mistake 3: the grass was quite thick and smoked for a good while before lighting up. Maybe other types of grass smoke less and burn more? I don't know...
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    And that was that. A lot of prep and time spent for 10 seconds worth of fire. But it was worth it. I got a good idea of what works and what not, and what might work better in the future. Good practice :thumbup:

    Of course if you'd need a fire when you're lost... you'd need dried out mushrooms of a certain type, flint, marcasite/pyrite and dried out grass at your disposal. And a container to collect your 'shroom dust into. And something to make the 'shroom into dust in the first place (sharp piece of flint? Some kind of makeshift grinder with a stick or rounded rock?):D
    It's good to know that it could work, and hey it's fun to do too...

    I hope you guys enjoyed it. I know I had a blast :thumbup:
     
  15. notajerryskid

    notajerryskid

    299
    Oct 14, 2013
    you take some amazing shots. I enjoy looking at your photo's. Thank you for sharing.
     
  16. baldtaco-II

    baldtaco-II

    Feb 28, 2006
    Thanks mate but your praise is misplaced. If you follow that link you'll see that each of those cabin photos is separate user submitted content. Alas I am not one of 'em. :)
     
  17. Bob W

    Bob W

    Dec 31, 2000
    I took a couple of storm photos, submitted them to an Alb television station, and they used one in their broadcast.
    We're a small state, so we get to do cool things like this. :thumbup:

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    This is the one they didn't show, which I think is a better picture.

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  18. baldtaco-II

    baldtaco-II

    Feb 28, 2006
    I like the second one better too Bob. I guess they stuck with the weather theme at the expense of art.
     

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