On Scout! Otzi Styled Gear


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That others may S’more

Got a cool last assignment today the property was gonna have a S’more session at one of the fire pits and needed some sticks.They had some one footers thats way to short for Mallow roasting…with the use of Musk-oxen mind pwer I suggested I went and Got some Propper Sticks(Waved hand) My Boss said Hey why don’t you go and fetch some proper sticks…I said That’s a grand Idea…
And mounted my trusty EZGO!

Weather Freezy, sleety,I soaked from the days work
Thermos Check
WSK Beck Check
The thought I was going out of the normal AO was invigorating…

Got to one of the lakes and did a quick check of the area…
Found a stove part and a Trident Pitch fork…One less thing More on that later…

I gather the good straight’ns and after a little 90* scrape with the Beck all little knots and nubs removed I used a cheap stainless rapala bait knife I carry to sharpen the points actual since I usedthe Beck all day on some pretty nasty woods and hadn’t had a chance to clean’er up…

I used Red Bud suckers for some and the Larger were willow with a couple of tip arrangements…they should work fine for the guest It was quick work but I will be doing more Im sure soon.one of the little perks of the on coming summer as well(Musk-Oxen mind power has administered a sleeper thought of -ghosty voice- how about a singing cowboy,camfire presentation, naturalist, survival instructor dude…with a beard at the fire for the guest…More on that as well soon lol

Heres the way I left them for the Rec People to find tomorrow…The gust are gonna realy like the Hiking sticks as well lol more on that later

The old foreground UNSAT…
Willow De-LUX and budget model Redbud Version .01

Enjoy your Mallows and S’Mores folks
Your pal the Yodel’n Woodsman

I have not posted her in Quite awhile been on the Go! and heres some of the spots


A Dream in the works
Years ago, I came up with something I would like to do when I Turn 50 I am about a Year out and I have mentioned it many times here
Here it is I intend to climb Mount Whitney the Year of My 50th Birthday in Otzi styled Gear

I will make most of the Equipment/clothing and build in essential safety and assemble a small team I have contacted a few people that would have interest and am looking for ideas on the Documentation

Some thoughts would be collage film or doco class??? But have no idea on where to look…It may just be whatever cams we/ I can get…

I think this would happen in the spring to beat the crowds and I will have to look into all the permits soon as the spots fill fast The peak season is august but I want some snowfields
I climbed the Mountain twice and this will be the third once with buddys in California and the Second as a Guide with two SERE Specialist as a Continuation training

This would be a less rushed go taking advantage of several camps on the way up as always there my be a point where it is called but that’s how it works.
The gear will be a fun project and as mentioned I will keep it authentic but not blow off safety

I saw a re enactment of a science group re trace the routes of the Voyagers of old they made the canoes paddles clothing and flotation was added to vest and some containers to pad the risk of what they were doing

It will be done in all respects to the Man who lost his life so many years ago and other than that there is no real reason other than submersing in the Adventure of a time long past
I am in the Process of acquiring skins and scraps and to be honest My budget is Zero at this point and is still just paper and in my grape as far as the plan
Food will be traditional as possible as well as the carry methods but again I WILL have a “Life boat” plan

Whitney is not the Most technical Mountain but its is a place dear to my Heart and being the Highest point in the Contiguous USA its not to scoffed
At this point I am Sharing this thought I will add here any gear I have started or any ideas on the changes I will make such as fire kit and alternate choices Such as I may use flint and steel as opposed to pyrites quarts and fungus

It will not be a exact reenactment but I will keep as true to the time as possible and use what I have as far as Material
Anyway there it is God willing and the Crick don’t rise that’s what I want to do I hope to see this snowball grow and when it stops I will have a report on this Adventure

More here…


Just the pics

and of course still knocking out classic educational non zombie BS tactowizbang knifesturbator edge geometry string bracelet will save your life but true to life Survival and Bushcraft mini epics

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Operational Extras Checking in

TrackertoothIts been a long Time Since I have Posted Not Sure if its Cause Ive been So Busy or just that Im Just not computer savy enough to do this easy
I have been real active on Bushcraft USA and that is my Main Camp lots of Great folks and the Bush class and The Tracker Action is a Blast.
More on the Tracker Pack Soon but if you want a peek at what it is all about Go to BCUSA and sighn up Its in my opinion the best on the Web Its a huge blend of Wilderness Goodness
Heres a few Pics some old some New Dont give up on me LOL Theres lots of good stuff in the works Check out My you Tube I am keeping up the Vids There
Thanks and Take care






Happy New Year

Happy New Year The Best to you all Have fun be safe


In my short time of sharing thoughts and views on how I use a blade its seem the more you run into the same old “what is better” and” what sucks” and “what you should use” “what they really use”  “if you use that you must this” and it goes on and on…
I was think today of how many times as a Kid cutting my teeth in this stuff, that the People I learned from the manuals and books I scoured when showing or explaining how to do something would say “OK Get your knife and cut here” or “use your knife or a Sharp edge to cut like this” “with your knife cut a small slit making sure not to cut the stitching and remove the shroud line” what ever it was there was not a lot of thought on what kind it was,Yes there were recommendations on what you may want to look at or purchase but it was not a sport in itself as it is today.
The other thing is the “what would be you only tool if you had to pick one” cult…Good God! if it ever Comes down to that there better be a lot of money involved its just not very realistic and it just seems that the folks asking that type of question have very limited knowledge of blades and their use not to mention the basic idea of Improvising a simple cutting tool or utilizing other means to break and cut stuff in the Woods or in the back yard
The Means to use a edge and even more the ability to improvise a edge and a well rounded first hand experience is Key here not the spouting of quotes from blogs and table top reviews.
Find something use it find out the limits and zero in to something that works for what you do or dream about doing the key here is USE There is to much talk.
I have been lucky to grow up around Users and doers and in my short time on the Internet have met a whole bunch of like minded folk that let the blade whatever that may be do the talking they practice and accomplish task with out to much gabbing about the molecular structure of the edge.
I Love the Quote” it aint the Arrow its the Indian” and it seems to be exactly what I was thinking during this whole rant and it could have saved me a tlot of hunt and pecking
anyway dont get to uptight about what it is getting out and using it is what its all about find out what works for you and have fun
More later

Long time no Blog

Its been a while since I have posted anything here I have been hanging out a lot at BCUSA and having a great time there is a lot of great folks there.I was Honored toRecieve the Counter Tracker Blade from  the forge of Josh and Donk the Blade AKA Project-X has been in my work pack and has more than proven itself as a fine working tool I have used it to delimb, split, debark all task small and large it has excelled I will add some vids here of a workout or two at the OP-X proving grounds More later.

My Son is Currently deployed…I  am Proud beyond words as well as for all his Buddys now currently Serving  Representing all Branches to all My Brothers scattered throughout the Globe Keeping us safe and free Gods Speed Be Safe Past Present and Future Bless you all!.

More later


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