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  1. woodsorrel

    Bushcraft diary

    Yes, I keep a journal. It has proven extremely valuable. I record things I observe, questions to research when I get home from the trail, notes from classes, the location of wild edible plants, etc... When I am disciplined, I use the Grinnell System. Since I am bad at art, I paste in...
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    Fallkniven f1 cos

    I have greatly enjoyed using my F1 in VG-10. I just strop it to keep it sharp. But if I needed to sharpen it, I would use wet/dry sandpaper, a sharpie, and a mouse pad. Here is a review of the F1 in VG-10. https://www.natureoutside.com/fallkniven-f1-knife-review/ - Woodsorrel
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    Fallkniven f1 cos

    I brought my original F1 with me on a recent trip to the arctic. I appreciated the hidden tang in the cold weather. Like gra_farmer mentioned, the original design speaks to me in a way the later versions do not. But it's a matter of personal taste. I'm sure you will enjoy either one. -...
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    2020 plans

    My 2019 goals were: 1. Do a camping trip in the Tahoe National Forest to track American Black Bear 2. Visit Yosemite National Park to hike to Sentinel Dome and to Ostrander Lake 3. Spend a week in the arctic to observe polar bear and arctic fox 4. Do at least one ultraviolet hike 5. Learn...
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    Bird Of Prey...

    Broch, deer have the same ability to see UV. Because I love to observe wildlife, I also wash my outdoor clothes in a detergent without scent or chemical brighteners. If you have a UV flashlight, you can use it to examine the clothing you wash in regular detergent. You will see the residue...
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    Starlink -satelites

    Janne, right now everyone builds their own spacecraft independently. Small spacecraft = small mass = lower costs to launch = less expensive. So there is no movement to build larger orbiting platforms. For Low Earth Orbit spacecraft (below 600 km) I believe there are regulations that they must...
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    Bird Of Prey...

    The explanation I heard for this is that they can see urine trails from the small mammals they hunt. If you have ever used a UV flashlight in your bathroom, you can understand why. Animals like voles have "runs" they commonly use to move about. Seeing in UV would help the bird see the trails...
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    Starlink -satelites

    I will try. There are two reasons that immediately spring to mind why this may not be practical. Thermal design Space is a vacuum, so spacecraft cool through radiation. There is no convective or conductive cooling like we experience when we are hiking in a cold wind or lying on frozen...
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    Starlink -satelites

    There are three companies that plan large LEO constellations. I expect this will become a more common sight in the future. I have very mixed emotions. Fast Internet communications from anywhere in the world is a noble goal. And seeing satellites streak overhead is always a treat. But when...
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    Bat detectors

    Yes, I used the two mentioned in the article below. I thought the cell-phone based one (Echo Meter Touch 2) was awesome and easy to use. I especially like its auto-classifying feature. The Ananbat is more of a scientific tool. https://www.natureoutside.com/bat-banding-radio-tagging/ -...
  11. woodsorrel

    Bushcraft/Survival Books?

    Here's a list of bushcraft books you might like. There are "survival" books in some of the other lists on the same site: 2019 Bushcraft Book List Another option is to assemble a library of books that cover individual skills in depth. I find I get more complete information that way. Hope...
  12. woodsorrel

    Blogs and blogging

    I wonder about that too, slowworm. There certainly seems to be a lot of attrition. My hope is that they're just spending more time outdoors. :) - Woodsorrel
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    Blogs and blogging

    Mark, I author a blog. It has actually grown into a popular website in the United States. I also run free hiking trips and training classes in conjunction with California State Parks, US Fish and Wildlife, and the Sierra Club. I use the blog to spread the word. I originally started it as...
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    Down or Synthetic

    I am trying to decide whether to switch from a synthetic to down bag. I am looking at a high-end down bag. And the 20-degree(F) bag is a full pound lighter than my synthetic bag, rated for the same temperature. A pound is not a trivial amount of weight. But the cost difference is not trivial...
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    But.... do you use it?

    Yes, I use my "fancy" knives. I learned my knife skills using the Fallkniven F1. It is a forgiving knife that saved me from myself when I abused it. As my knife skills improved, I graduated to a more expensive (note I did not say better) knife. Part of it is vanity, another is the pleasure...
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    Down bag disaster!

    One option is to sew or patch the hole and then use seam-sealer, like with tents, to prevent down from leaking out the holes. - Woodsorrel
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    Wanted Kephart Knife

    Dan1982, here's a slightly lower priced alternative. http://customhuntingknives.org/models/the-kephart/ The maker seems to have a good reputation for quality. I've heard good things about his work. You will need to wait while he makes it to order. - Woodsorrel
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    Wanted Kephart Knife

    I have a Bark River Kephart in CPM-3V. I like it very much. You can find them on a number of websites in the US. There are a variety of handle materials to choose from. - Woodsorrel
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    Beautiful knives.

    But do they have squared-off spines to work with a firesteel? (Joking!) :) I've seen obsidian knives made by descendants of the Ohlone People at cultural gatherings near where I live. I'm impressed by the ingenuity and craftsmanship. But I also appreciate what an incredible advance steel...
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    Lose your knife, lose your life!

    I spent a weekend practicing traditional skills with Native Americans in the San Gabriel Mountains of California. I used my Fallkniven F1 a great deal. We smoked salmon, carved ceremonial canoe paddles, cooked bannock over the fire. When I returned home I swear I unpacked the knife with my...