Wood Trekker: Classic Backpacking Gear – Blankets


Along with the “canvas tarp”, the blanket is one of the most integral parts of the myth of the woodsman. While it is correct that for warm weather most woodsmen in the time period between 1880 and 1930 utilized wool blankets, the notion that they did so because such blankets are “the ideal” form of sleep system couldn’t be further from the truth. It is in this respect more than any other that most severely limits the modern woodsman when trying to do Classic Backpacking. All other modern materials and tools can be substituted with rough equivalents from the late 19th century, but when it comes to insulation, the choices are not as easy.


All of the authors I have read, covering the time period between…

Converted van as full-time home for nomadic Canadian couple

Mat and Danielle spent their first date bonding over Lloyd Kahn’s book “Home Work” and discussing their ideas for simplifying their lives. They became a couple, but “somewhere along the way, we ended up doing the exact opposite of what we wanted,” explains Danielle on their blog.

“Instead of simplifying, we bought a house and spent months hauling furniture, paint and knick knacks into it to surround ourselves with stuff that we liked.  Our bills went up so we got better jobs, started working more, and eventually all we did was work during the day and watch Netflix every night because we were too exhausted to do anything else.”

“Mat was the first to suggest making a change because he found our lifestyle stressful, but I resisted at first.  I was really caught up in the idea of owning my own place, maybe starting a family one day and planning for an amazing retirement.  I was also excited that I had a new full time job with benefits and that we were financially stable.  Eventually I realized that all I was doing was working and I didn’t even like my job anymore.  We decided that we should do something crazy: sell our house, quit our jobs and travel the world.”

Today, Mat and Danielle are living full-time in a converted van. Their back seat folds down into a bed. Their kitchen is a cooler plus camping stove. Their bathroom includes a solar camping shower and a plastic bottle toilet (with funnel).

They’ve eliminated a mortgage, but their are still costs, what Mat calls “like renting a really cheap apartment in a city”. Instead of paying down a house, Mat and Danielle have decided to focus on working less and experiencing more, both by exploring the world and their artistic interests: for Mat, it’s music and art and for Danielle it’s writing.

Mat and Danielle on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/explorea…
Their blog: http://www.exploringalternatives.ca/
Mat’s art: http://www.matdube.com/

Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/…



A Few Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

I’ve always felt that camping is a pretty good way to field-test your preps.  And let’s face it: It’s fun.  Buzzfeed has a good list of  “41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius.”  Some of these are purely fun stuff for the kids, but many are definitely prepper-worthy.  Although I question the time investment in making your own lantern with a milk jug and a head lamp.  If you know you’re going to need a lantern, just pick one up at your local sporting good store.  They’re not expensive (I find the little cheap LED ones are even more practical than the larger ones when camping) rather than wasting time doing arts and crafts hour.

But I guess it’s a good activity to keep the kids busy (read: Off drugs).

I do like their idea for a make-shift toilet.  Using the milk crate gets you higher up off the ground.  Right now I’ve got a luggable-loo and about 25 five gallon buckets in the garage, but I may need to put together one of these with the milk crates as it seems like it would be a lot more comfortable than squatting on a five gallon bucket.

Check out the camping hacks at the link below.

Camping Hacks That Can Be Used By Preppers, Too