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Recommended EDUCATIONAL FILMS about the propper classical way of BUSHCRAFT and SURVIVAL

Discussion in 'Bushcraft and survival skills' started by Erbswurst, Nov 27, 2019.

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    Traditional German Boy Scout Tent
    Tortuga KOHTE





    I prefere to put shorter and lighter poles (like the wooden pegs made in the forest every evening) inside the Kohte, they are standing next to the stone circle around the fire in the middle of the tent and are pressing the spreading cross up. That is more stable and allows thinner and shorter poles that can be easier found and faster made.
    Both options are usual in german boy scout circles.

    The best variations of that tent are the small version ( diameter 4,10 metres) with 20 cm earth stripe (thats is wind proof) and especially the larger "Wanderkohte" (diameter 5m) in the lighter 290g/m2 black Tencate pure cotton fabric.
    Here you can see the differences in the sizes:



    Little different set up of the larger Wanderkohte.
    In the small pegs in this video I wouldn't trust if using this large tent, I have cordage loops in the eyelets and use far stronger wooden or steel pegs:




    Four usual NATO ponchos are usefull as ground sheeds, two persons can sleep on each, so up to 8 persons will fit in this tents. In heavy rain you can throw another poncho over the smoke hole, what usually isn't necessary if the fire is burning.

    German boy scouts usually hang a 6 litres pot under the cross over the fire by using a cooking chaine with ring in the top and an open hook in the lower end, that goes through the handle and upwards where you can adjust the height of the pot. Working gloves should be used for that. 600g hatchet and small bow saw are highly recommended in this case for processing fire wood in the right sizes and to make poles and pegs and to get the large wooden pegs into the ground.

    Because you can light a well sized fire inside this tent it is very comfortable in most conditions.

    Because it is of course relatively heavy that tent can be used by groups with 4 to 8 members.
    4 persons easily can carry the 4 sections.

    For spring, autumn and winter times the Kohte is the best option for small groups who are hiking in the woods, in my opinion.
     
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    One part of the Kohte as one man tent


    One of the tent parts can be set up as a one man tent, here the small version:



    Especially for this one man tent construction the larger size of the Kohte, the Tortuga WANDERKOHTE is highly recommended for adult tall persons!
    That two men tent here is 120 cm high and surely long enough for everybody.



    The parts of the Wanderkohte, connected with them selves, are large enough to use them as a bivvy bag. That works surprisingly well. You need a military poncho as ground sheed, that is covered by the cotton "bivvy bag" like a roof, so the poncho will not collect rain water under the sleeping bag. At your feet you fold the fabric a bit under your self.

    In expected rain we set up a tent, of course, but if we don't expect rain, we often just roll ourselves in such kind of bivvy bags.

    Of course the cotton fabric isn't as waterproof as a modern Goretex bivvy bag. But in light and shorter rain it works pretty well.
     
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    Lok
    (Lokomotive)

    Two parts of the Kohte, connected with the buttons of the usual bottom line, give you the two persons tent Lok.
    As you see, it is very aerodynamic (1 metre high) and fully enclosed. That is the mountain use version of that tent system.



    Because the Kröte of the Wanderkohte is large enough as a two men tent, the Wanderkohte has no buttons at the bottom line. But of course you can also put two of that larger tent sheeds together as a Lok.
     
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    With 6 tent sheeds of a small size Kohte (with buttons at the bottom line) german boy scouts usually construct a tent for round about 30 persons in the middle of the camp to come together.
    The side walls are made with 12 square tent sheeds "Quadratische Zeltbahn" 165 x165 cm ( which had been in use in the German army in WW1).

    The Jurte is the main reason, why the smaller Kohte exists, the original size of the Kohte was the size of the larger Wanderkohte.
    When they created the Jurte, Germany was full off old military square tent sheeds, so they used them for the Jurte.

    I recommend to everybody who will not construct a Jurte and who wants to go for hiking in the woods with the Kohte with minimum 4 and up to 8 persons to choose the larger Wanderkohte!

    That's simply the better size!



    The Swiss Army tent sheed (Schweizer Armee Blache) is technically identic with the old German square tent sheeds (Deutsche quadratische Heeres Zeltbahn M 1892, 165 x 165 cm).


     
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    The smaller Kohte with buttons at the bottom line allows a lot of different bigger tent constructions made from parts of (smaller) Kohte and the old German Quadratische Heeres Zeltbahn (165 x 165 cm square tent sheeds) which was in use in the German army during WW1. Simpler made civil versions of the old square tent sheeds are still available made by Tortuga.





     
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    Bushcraft Town ???

    That here are german boy scout tents and (in this case a bit larger) bushcraft camps!

    ;)

    That are videos about larger meetings.
    Of course usually one group is hiking with only one tent for a couple of weeks, but sometimes they organise larger camps.
    In every of this tents will burn a well sized fire in the evenings: The german boy scout tent "Kohte" is the only portable real lavvu I know.
    A real lavvu is a tent with an open fire in the middle, in my opinion.

    We use that kind of tents since 1929.
    Similar tents which had been constructed exclusively with square tent sheeds we use far longer of course.



     
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