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The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!
~Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945
Just a little piggyback on USMCStang's report and a few pics.
Woo Buddy on the weather! It sure snuck up on me, I was laying there in the hammock being all lazy watching everyone and posting the forum when I should have been rigging for storm. As it turned out the wind did a near 180 change in direction into my porch mode setup, I had some wind blown rain wet up the underside of my UQ. On any other night that might have been a problem, however, after that frog strangler of a downpour we got sustained high winds through the rest of the night which dried everything out nicely. I don't think anyone really slept till around 4:00am when it settled to a dull roar and cleared off for an amazingly starry sky. Even though we started off the evening in the mid 40's, it dropped to near freezing through the night and the wind was the huge multiplier. I was plenty warm in my 0* incubator and 20* TQ. My only complaint was that I set between trees that were barely far enough apart to fit my cuben tarp and I couldn't use the stretch in the ridgeline to keep the tarp tight and it fluttered all night long and just drove me nuts. I got up a couple times and snugged things up but the winds were just so strong that even the tight parts fluttered like a reed in a saxaphone. Luke was right beside me with his cuben palace and his looked like the most perfect pitch you could ask for but he said his kept him up most of the night also. Oh well, ear plugs I guess.
As an aside (informal gear review) I'm a pretty avid traditional woodworker so I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to handsaws. With that said, I want to admit that I was initially kind of skeptical of the folding saw that Fourdogs offers that is made by his friend Bob but after using USMCStang's saw this weekend I am very impressed; first in the lightness and the excellent quality of the aluminum in the frame, also in the joinery of the pivot points are brass rivoted. In use the saw is wonderfully tensioned so that it sings, the teeth have a modest amount of set but not so much to allow it to wander in the cut and the impulse hardening of the teeth is well up nearly to the gullets. I'm not really a bushcrafter but I do carry a 5oz. folder so I wouldn't consider this saw for my solo hiking but it would definately be a must for any group outing. One possible post purchase DIY mod would be some minor custom shaping of the wood handle to accomodate the heel of the hand and to add some adhesive backed grip material to the portion of the aluminum frame where your hand wraps around the saw. This would encourage better technique of gripping the saw lightly with the last fingers rather than the death grip you often see and would be especially helpful when used while wearing gloves. My impression is that this saw would really hold up well for years of use.
Last edited by Bannerstone; 03-05-2012 at 12:21.
A few pics to go along with Mike's.
If weight is not a concern, the Noah 9 by Kelty is not a bad tarp at all. It is just under a pound and a half, several tie out points, comes with four figure nines and guy lines. I would recommend getting a full ridge line though for ease of set-up.
If a tree falls in the woods and it lands on mime, does anyone care?
Everyone has summed it up pretty much.
My two younger brothers had a blast (and did not get blown away the first night ).
The Bob's saw, like Bannerstone mentioned, was definitely the star of the weekend. I'm no expert, but any backcountry saw I've used before did not even compare with the quality, feel, or performance of this thing.
Stayed warm and dry. Got to test out some new gear. Great fireside conversations.
Looking forward to the next outing.
Looks like a great time! So sorry I had to miss it Maybe I'll see y'all in April...