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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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
- Always carry food and water in your vehicle;
- Always carry a shovel;
- Always have a tow kit with tow strop, reflective gear and flash light;
- Have a way to re inflate tires (air in a can, compressor etc)
- Carry blankets, extra warm gear and water proof gear, a tarp and gloves;
- 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;
- Keep your fuel tank topped up;
- First aid kit and training;
- Know how to signal for help if you cannot use your cell phone;
- Tow company coverage;
- Knowledge in basic self recovery weighs nothing;
- A way to heat and cook food and boil water;
- As with any trip always tell someone where you are going and the route you plan to take.
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keep an eye out for this weekends adventure video.
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
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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
10x14ft poly tarp
heavy duty gorilla duct tape
cheap para cord
18″ by 10″ stainless steel cooking pot
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.
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The woods were calling so it was time to get out and try out my tarp tee pee. I’ve been looking for a good lightweight winter shelter option for a while. One I can string to my pack, and have a good heat source inside could this be it? Out I went to the Queen Elizabeth Wetlands to explore a little, relax and above all else try out a tee pee style shelter.
I made the Tee Pee out of a 10ft by 14ft cheap poly tarp and used the method that Lonnie from Far north Bushcraft uses to build his. One thing I will be making for it next, is a hot box to heat it. Being a shorter shelter meant that the smoke ceiling was lower as you see in the video so It got rather smokey at times even with an extra breeze to move the air around.
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If you need a way to attach tarps together or to a line, here is one method to do it. Adding a loop in the para cord at the back gives you a tie off point. These could also be used as clothes pegs as well
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