Get Out Alive w/ Bear Grylls Episode 2

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So I watched episode 2 of Get Out Alive on Hulu this morning.  I wasn’t really sure how I felt about this show, I have now made up my mind I like this show and here’s why.  Bear has a very different attitude in this show, you can really see why he is so good at what he does.  Some of the nuggets of knowledge he has been dropping have been amazing.  Things like “You only get it wrong once” and “stupid gets your killed.”

Another thing I really like is the scenarios that they are being put through.  They are not  unrealistic challenges.  Its much more like a survival camp, and something that I think would be fun to just go do.

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Truck tool box

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I just recently added a tool box to my truck.  I got it for a deal and had really been wanting one, but i didn’t really know what i was going to use it for.  I have now found that i can’t live without it.  I have a few things that live in there all the time that i will show you, but i also use it when i got to the store or just to stash stuff when i have other people in my truck and need the room.

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The main things that i carry are my first aid kit, my jumper cables, and the beginning of my car kit.  I have a break down of my First aid kit coming soon so I won’t go into that now.  What I do want to talk about is the car kit.  Right now there isn’t much in there, it is just in it infancy.  If you have been with us for a while you might remember when I was having some battery trouble and was able to fix it with just my Leatherman.  After the 3rd time I had to do that I decided it was time to carry some dedicated tools with me to make it easier.

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So now I carry a set of wrenches with me, also not pictured is some spray to clean off my battery cables.  So those tools fix the one problem with my car that i know how to fix, as I learn more about car repair I plan to add more tools.  Also in the tool bag i have my Leatherman Wingman, as my dedicated car multi tool.  Lastly I have two road flares, I picked these up at Walmart for just a few bucks thought it might be a good idea to keep them in the car.

The only other things I have in there right now are some bungie cords and wench tie downs, and my camera Tripod because you never know when you need to shoot some pictures.

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I got this more as something fun for my truck, and it has turned out to be the tool box that I didn’t know I always needed.

Get Out Alive w/ Bear Grylls Episode 1

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I watched the first episode of Get out Alive on Hulu today.  This is really a more intense version of Survivor.  The episode started with the team being dropped in the middle of New Zeland and then having to go down a glacial river and hike through the woods, while be directed and watched by Bear Grylls.  At the end of each episode he is going to decide which team was least effective and send them home.  After all the hiking and the overnight stay in the woods, Bear gave them a challenge.  The challege was to take a bottle of about 1/4 urine and 3/4 muddy water and boil it and then cool it off and drink it the fastest.

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Now my understanding of drinking your own urine is that it dehydrates your faster, so in a survival show its seems silly to do that.  But that aside the real problem that I had is that the winning team got to go to “the feast pit” where they got to have a really big meal and a bath.  This really takes away from the shred or realism this show did have. If you want to see if they can survive then really make them do it all the way don’t give them unrealistic rewards like this.  At the end of the show Bear pics the team that he thinks is the weakest, there is no vote it is just up to him.

While I am not completely sure how I feel about this show yet.  I know that I will be tuning in next week though.

If this interests you you should really check out Out of the Wild on Netflix.  They are very interesting and quilt realistic, much more than Get out Alive.

18th Century style Rucksack used with Haversack

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So we first looked at my haversack and what I am carrying for a day hike.  Now lets take a look at the Rucksack that turns the kit from a day bag to an overnighter or multi-day pack.   The Rucksack is a Swiss Engineer Rucksack from the early 80’s and is in the older style, it is made of rubberized canvas and has leather straps, and metal buckles and it does include an internal metal frame and a small lumbar support to keep the rucksack off of your back and aids with cooling.   The bag has one large main pocket and one small external pocket.

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So lets look at the kit I have now.  Granted not all items are period but I am working with what I have, and the idea is not to be period specific but to keep the style of camping the same, mixing some of the old with some of the new.  So lets look at what we have, above is a 8×10 cammo tarp, this is an inexpensive shelter item that provides significant overhead cover.  To the right of that is my estwing hatchet. I truly love this little axe as it is good at splitting, and will never break as it is forged from a single piece of steel, and where I would love a Wetterlings or GB axe, they are out of my price range. The estwing cost 20 dollars at home depot. I do hope to replace it at some point with a Husquavana axe as they are about half the cost of the Wetterlings or GB axe. You will also see one of two MRE’s which are great emergency food.  There is also a stainless steel MSR stowaway pot which is a wonderful item, inside it has spices, my eating utensils and several tea bags. Next to it is a Stainless steel water bottle and a nesting cup.  I have painted the bottle with high heat paint to make it easier to clean.

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Here you see my US Army wool blanket, it is an 80/20 blend.  There are also two steel tent stakes.

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Here in the lower corner you will see my USGI meat can, which rounds out my cooking system, there is also a small multitool that is focused as a fishing tool,  I will review it at a later time and the blue case is a fishing kit.

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Here in the bottom right corner you will see a large leather pouch that is a fire kit, to the right is a leather and canvas belt pouch that opens up in to a dumb sack for collecting items. Also show here is my Schrade Walden H-15 Survival knife which is a great fixed blade full tang belt knife.  Finally I have my ENO hammock and Strap set.  All this has been laid out on a reusable space blanket which gets packed up and stored as well.

Below you will see all the items from both kits packed and stored and ready to go.  The one item that is not pictured that I also take out is my small spinning rod and reel but we will save fishing for another post.  Hope you guys enjoy these posts.  I will take this kit out soon and give you an update and let you know how it works.

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New Haversack and Day Hike Kit

I have been wanting to shift away from a military look with my bushcraft kit and moving more to a classic or vintage look in my kit.  I still love the military stuff but I wanted to branch out and explore an older style of bushcraft.  In doing this I have been looking for a haversack, I wanted to use an older Gas Mask Bag or Bread Bag but have not been able to find one at the local Army Surplus stores.  I did find a vintage style canvas shoulder bag, I don’t know the brand as there is was no manufacture information on the bag but it looks sturdy and was not that expensive.  So with out further ado here is the bag.  It measures 9 inches hight and 9 inches long and is 3 inches wide.  It has two small pockets on the front and one large compartment with no dividers and has a canvas strap which is adjustable. The ideas is that this will be a bag for day hikes or can be paired with my rucksack or a bedroll for overnighters or two day trips. I will review the rucksack and its contents in a later post. Below is the haversack when it is fully loaded,  Just a note normally I would wear the canteen, multitool and moor on my belt but I wanted to show that they would fit in the sack as it is shown below.

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Below you will see the kit all laid out.

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Now lets take it item by item.

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