This is my take on Dave Canterbury’s 10 C’s of survival this should be the basic minimal kit every bushcrafter, survivalist, hiker, backpacker etc should take with them into the wilderness. Don’t take chances with your life and safety. Have fun and live comfortably out there.
My 10 c’s of basic gear
Cutting tool- Good solid knife (fixed or locking blade)
Coverage- Tarp 10×10
Combustion- Put together a kit with multiple ways of making fire
Cordage- 50-100ft 550 paracord
Container- Personal preferance but a good solid container
Candling- Good higher loomin head flashlight keeps your hands free
Course- Compass, Map and Gps never just a gps
Communication- Cell phone, Satillite communicator (inreach device, spot device)
Care- First aid kit taylered for you and not just an off the shelf kit
Confidence- In your gear and knowing how to use it.
Know more, rely on less
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There are loads of different configurations that you can do with different tarp sizes. Bungees are a great way to put up a shelter quickly and will enable you to take it down quickly if the need arises. This leaves you more time for the other activities around camp.
We ve all seen a simple lean too shelter, so here are the pictures of both wedge shelters.
You can use sticks for the entrance also but with one bungee it’s easier than that. If you don’t have a single tree in front you can put a tie off line across two trees and hook to that. Which is what I did here.
Using a the para cord knot, tarp clips or something along those lines, that won’t damage your tarp, you can add tie off points. These will enable you to add head room to your shelter.
I will show a few more variations in the future but these are a good couple to start with.
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I wanted to experiment with making my own waterproof light weight and highly pack able fire lighting strips so here is the result.
Here are pictures of the build shes made from 5160 truck spring steel.
First stage is to draw out my shape onto the metal.
With an angle grinder I cut out my rough shape.As you can see I have some hammering to do in the axe head.
Into the forge to heat her up to a workable temperature
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.
Axe blade and hammer hammered in time to work on the knife and saw blade.
This hump is where I cut in the saw blade I wanted a little extra material to play with.
Knife blade shaped and saw blade angle ground in its rough but she looks like she ll work.
It ain’t no Bacho but she doesn’t cut bad at all.
Rough and mean looking shes finished figured I would try a leather wrap handle.