Pooka’s Ramblings: New Gear

I received some new gear for my recent birthday.

They include: a Mora Classic 2

OneTigris hammock underquilt (3 season)

Hoanan H2O tactical molle water bottle carrier

These items will add to my bushcrafting kit. I already have a Kammok Roo set (including the kammok, glider rainfly, mosquito net, python straps and storm doors; I backed the kickstarter to get these as a set), a basic Bug Out Bag, but I am working on slimming it down so I can carry it easily without excess weight or items.

The Hoanan H2o water pouch will be my EDC that I will carry when I don’t have my BOB. It will be a basic kit. When I complete it, I will post the inventory. After I use the above items on a trip, I will post reviews of them.

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Weekend Campout

Friday afternoon I went to a friends house for the weekend. He lives next to the Edisto River Preserve. Below is an overview of what we did.

  • Friday: Setup.
    • I hung my Kammok Roo double nest hammock, mosquito net and rain-fly. The trees were a little too far apart so my rain-fly was a little too low.
    • We watched Mad Max: Fury Road.
  • Saturday: We floated down the river in inner tubes. It took us between 4-5 hours to float from the landing upriver to our landing. The person in front was in a kayak and he guided us around snags in the river. I was caught on one for a little until I got untangled from the branch. I had a fun time except burning my knees.
    • We fired shotguns and pistols on his range. I’m getting better but I need more practice.
    • We watched Tucker and Dale vs Evil. It was an interesting show. A B-rated horror show with funny parts.
  • Sunday: Take-down.
    • We left early because our host had business to take care of.

It was a relaxing weekend, although it was still hot and muggy. I tested two different stoves while cooking my food. The pics are below.

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This weekend I’m testing out the Esbit and Lixada folding stoves. First, I tested the Esbit with fuel cubes and the Alpine stowaway pot. The first cube did not last as long as was listed on the box, it only lasted 4 minutes instead of the 8 minutes and did not bring the water to a boil in that time.

Next, I tested the Lixada stove with the same pot and some small branches. This stove is much sturdier, is easy to set up and has a small footprint.

Overall, I liked the Lixada Folding Stove the best. They both can use multiple fuel types and various pot.

Here are pics of the Edisto river tubing run.

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Alternate Fish Cleaning

I just saw a video on Facebook. It showed an alternative way to clean a fish without cutting the abdomen open.

The man demonstrating this is from Brazil. He uses 4+ bamboo skewers. Puts them in through the mouth on either side of the cavity. Spins them around, holds them together and pulls everything out.

Most of the guts come out at one time if done correctly. Ingenious. I wonder how much practice it took to get the skill down.

Here the video link.