My friends know that I’m not a fan of numbered lists. I don’t think simple lists of tricks are conducive to real learning. If you want to be comfortable and safe in the wilderness, you need to do two thing: READ and PRACTICE. Practicing is fun, but reading is a lost art. Most people these days don’t have the patience to read more than a simple bulleted list. Real knowledge comes from reading volumes of information and then applying that information to life. Alas, it’s Friday. Enjoy this list!
On Christmas Day, my friend called me and asked if I wanted to go camping. Of course I did! Christmas was on Thursday, so we planned on a quick one-night outing to Harriman State Park for Friday evening. I had recently been to the Fingerboard Shelter and thought it would be nice to head back. I packed up my gear that night, and we were on the road shortly after noon the next day. Continue reading
In the first installment of this series, I discussed the events that led me to ditch my tent in favor of sleeping under a backpacking tarp. In Part 2 I talked about buying that first tarp, what it was like to sleep under it, and some of the advantages it had over a tent. In the most recent chapter, I explained my rationale for making my own tarp, and some of the considerations that went into its design. Continue reading