One man and his shovel real survival.

I needed to get out and test the skills a little, so what better way to do that, than to go with no food, no water, no container and with only my shovel for a tool. Everyone should challenge themselves every now and again, break that comfort zone. After all you can’t die of hunger in 3 days, thirst maybe.

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Part 2

Due to the snow being around 6inchs deep I decided it wasn’t worth the energy or the water expenditure to forage for food (been eating for 31 years what’s 3 days). If I was out there longer, I would have improved my water situation to point that I could keep myself hydrated to normal levels and get out and find food.

The shovel I took with me was the cold steel spetnaz shovel. I found it to be a beast of a tool, which hacked through 4inch ironwood logs in no time. I wouldn’t use it for splitting but it has a wide array of other uses other than digging and chopping.

Great tool for winter.

Survival isn’t exciting or pretty

I hope this was enjoyable for you I will be doing a full lessons learned video soon and updating this page. The link to amazon is below if you want to look at the shovel on there.

Please use this link below to access Amazon.ca

Link to Amazon

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Thanks again if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Nick

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Coming soon …One man and his shovel

After being on social media now for a few months I figured It was time to show you why you should be subscribed to my channel and my blog.

No food, no shelter, no sleeping bag, no cordage, no containers, just the clothes on my back the knowledge in my head and my shovel to last 4 days in the woods alone,

Real survival I think every perspective teacher of this subject should experience.

I intend on leading by example and will never class myself as an expert because there is always something new to learn.

I d like to reveal something ambitiously made

Here are pictures of the build shes made from 5160 truck spring steel.

 

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First stage is to draw out my shape onto the metal.

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With an angle grinder I cut out my rough shape.As you can see I have some hammering  to do in the axe head.

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Into the forge to heat her up to a workable temperature

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The shape is coming but I still have a few more heats to do to get the blade length and shape I am after. At this point the work has cooled down to much for big shaping hits, lighter taps are used to take out some of the hammer marks.

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Axe blade and hammer hammered in time to work on the knife and saw blade.

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This hump is where I cut in the saw blade I wanted a little extra material to play with.

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Knife blade shaped and saw blade angle ground in its rough but she looks like she ll work.img_20170212_1732581178376101.jpg

It ain’t no Bacho but she doesn’t cut bad at all.

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Rough and mean looking shes finished figured I would try a leather wrap handle.

Nick

 

Natural cordage Dog bane

Come with me as is show you one of the best natural materials for making natural cordage. At the end I will do a strength test on the cordage I have just made.

Here are some pictures of some Dog bane in winter note the redish brown colour.

You can really see the redish brown colour in this picture

Note how the alot of the branches grow at 90 degrees from each other

Note the drooping leaves in the top left of the picture

The centre of the shaft is hollow apart from a little bit of a pith on the out side. This one doesn’t look it because I had put it into the snow while I was looking for more and it’s filled with ice.

Stuck in the snow and self recovery.

As you all know I was ment to go out in to the bush this weekend with the rat. Unfortunately I had to abort the mission after this happened. Lol

Things to remember

  1. Always carry food and water in your vehicle;
  2. Always carry a shovel;
  3. Always have a tow kit with tow strop, reflective gear and flash light;
  4. Have a way to re inflate tires (air in a can, compressor etc)
  5. Carry blankets, extra warm gear and water proof gear, a tarp and gloves;
  6. Keep Those old car matts in the trunk, they can come in handy. Iven winter a bag of salt or sand is also a good back up for extra grip;
  7. Keep your fuel tank topped up;
  8. First aid kit and training;
  9. Know how to signal for help if you cannot use your cell phone;
  10. Tow company coverage;
  11. Knowledge in basic self recovery weighs nothing;
  12. A way to heat and cook food and boil water;
  13. As with any trip always tell someone where you are going and the route you plan to take.

Hopefully this is helpful to you all and keeps you safe out there. Things like this can happen to anyone and everyone so Make sure you are prepared.

Thanks very much for watching and reading

Nick

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Layering your clothing

Here is the very basic way I like to layer up for the colder weather.

Things to remember when layering up for the colder weather:

  • Cotton and other slow drying absorbent materials are your enemy in colder weather.
  • Wool is king because it not only holds 80% of its thermal properties even when wet but is also mildly flame retardant to.
  • Wear more layers of thinner clothing, rather than fewer layers of thicker clothing.
  • Don’t forget a hat and gloves

I hope this is helpful if you have any questions, as always don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks for watching.

Nick

Hot tent and stove

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This is the packed size of the entire set up, i used my tomahawk as a size contrast. I just bought a Belgian army Bergan and this fit into that pack with room to spare and doesn’t weigh to much.

Parts used to make stove and teepee

Tee pee

10x14ft poly tarp

gromets

heavy duty gorilla duct tape

cheap para cord

Stove

18″ by 10″ stainless steel cooking pot

steel hinge

sheet of steel for latch, grill mounts and front vent

5x steel cooking trays for lightweight stove pipe

car exhaust pipe elbow and male/female connection attached to pot

steel pipe and chain for tri pod

various nuts and bolts

2x steel grills

 

I am looking forward to using this set up again, I just need to adjust the jack a little. All in all I had the stove burning for over 12 hours continuously. In these extreme cold environments it is a good habit to keep a pot of water warm over the fire at all times.  The stove enabled me to do that in a safe way.

Thanks for watching I hope this inspires you to get out, create gear and enjoy the wilderness.

Loads more to come

Nick