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    Fibre Pile sleeping bags ?

    Yeah I know they were bulky back in the day, but fibre sleeping bags are tough and they work damp, but where are they, it seems fleece comes along and pile disappears, one cannot even find a good pile jacket now as pile shelled with pertex is excellent, far better than fleece. But fibre pile...
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    Frosts of Mora ?

    This is my general purpose fixed blade knife, it says Frosts of Mora, Made in Sweden, Laminated steel on the blade. Does anyone know anything about Frosts ? The scabbard appears to be leather, possibly boiled leather as it is rock hard, but it is stitched together up the back, the suspension...
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    Clear -2-Go inexpensive water filter bottle.

    I have been using one of these for the past few years for general and out and about water usage as I will not buy bottled water, not in this country, but it works and is inexpensive...
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    Touch Marks and Runes ?

    I am trying to create a touch mark design for my crafts and I have it in my mind to use anglo saxon runes due to their simplicity in carving a punch, and am aware runes as they were represented more than just letters or sounds, so I am looking for the rune for 'knife' or 'work with a knife'...
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    Water Filters in the UK ?

    Does anyone filter water they drink out on the trail in the UK ? Why ? I must admit I don't, but mostly i walk on the moors and mountainous areas where a refill taken from fast moving streams well if anything is in it like the proverbial dead sheep further up stream it will be well diluted by...
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    Battle Re- enactors and Living history

    They just have to be here, because this stuff overlaps and it was a lot of my crafts I learned as a requirement just to make the kit necessary for inclusion in Living History of my chosen period of interest. Bone working, leather working, horn working, weaving and dying and metal work, bronze...
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    Scout leaders ?

    I kind of suspect there are some scout leaders here, but if there are I have a question for them regarding scouting ; What is scouting like now ? The reason I ask is well I used to be a scout, started with cubs at age 8, did scouts, ventures and became a leader but left when a job took me too...
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    Whittle, Whytel, Whittel and Whittling

    Whittle and it's derivates as a surname could it be a trade name from the past as in Cooper for barrels, Fletcher for arrow fletchings etc ? I understand it is around fourteenth century middle English for ' a knife', but how did it come to be a surname, was there a trade attached to one who...
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    Batteries beware, those that don't leak, do.

    Recently I had the second occurrence of a well known battery that guarantees against leakage leak and destroy yet another Maglite by eating through the anodised layer inside. I say the second because it was possibly my fault the last occurrence happened but this time there was only one cell in...
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    Hammock construction ?

    I look for the simplest ways to make things, so the question has arrived about making a hammock, but having not experienced one of these things I wonder at their construction, so I ask of those that use them and make them, do you employ the use of spreader poles for the hammock or do they not...
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    Central heating for camping ?

    Anyone tried it, the practice of heating stones in the fire, digging a hole under where you sleep then bunging in the hot rock and cover it over. I did it once whilst bivvying in late autumn, the next morning where I had been sleeping was bone dry and dusty as I had had a very comfortable...
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    Modular back pack systems ?

    Modular load carrying systems, what are the options ? I already use one modular system for my camera equipment based on a Lowepro SF harness and waist belt, where I have added a clip on day sack, but now I am looking into camping/backpacking/bushcraft systems as from what I am seeing from the...
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    Hole Station recommendation

    The weekend before last I had the pleasure of camping at an unusual little camp site north of Okehampton in Devon, unusual in the fact that Hole Station is actually a disused railway station and where one camps, is in the woods, where no vehicles are allowed, no pets, no music or musical...
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    Poncho or the Gore-tex suit ?

    Recently, I don't exactly know why, I was coaxed onto Dartmoor for a couple of days hiking and being kind of unprepared I made a few errors with what I took with me due to not having the kit anymore, but one error was packing two sets of waterproofs as I wasn't sure anymore which would be...
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    Survival in the UK now

    You know messing about with my fire making methods the other day in the comfort of my kitchen and failing I came to realise the majority of us are stuck in terms of coping if our modern age comes to an abrupt or even a slow stop as things are getting hard in the UK, poverty is becoming a real...
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    Rucksack capacities ?

    Rucksack capacities, how would I work out what size of rucksack to go for ? My plans are fairly lightweight backpacking and world travel, what capacity would be a suitable minimum for my desired use ? In the past, I have just grabbed what was comfortable, and crammed as much as I could...
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    Sources of Ventile ?

    Ventile, despite some of it's problems is lovely stuff for the outdoors, soft comfortable and quiet, I would like another ventile jacket or smock, but hey, that stuff costs and I am invariably skint, which is what you get for being a student. So, it occured to me outdoor specialists are not the...
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    Cheap water purifier ?

    Does anyone know anything about these things ? http://www.acornid.com/products_keosan_03.htm They were on ebay quite recently, the buyer history states they sold for less than a fiver, aye, but are they any good ? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160352623873 Anyone have...
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    Fibre Pile ?

    What happened to fibre pile material for clothing ? Everywhere it seems I look, it is gone, no garments now seem to be made from it. I have had so called fleece material, but I always found pile to be better, and have long since wanted a buffalo shirt, but they cost loads, even second...
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    Just out of interest ?

    Just out of interest, how many of you here are the weekend warrior types ? Weekend warrior being the description of either battle re-enactor, or territorial army, the latter not meant as offense given the fine job they do, but to describe the part time activity as opposed to full time. I...