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The Fall of Western Civilization, or just a bump in the road

The Fall of Western Civilization, or just a bump in the road

It might seem odd writing about civilization and city life on a site that focuses on nature and traditional way of life, but as the latter connects to history and our reading of it, and to our way of applying our understanding of it to our own time and our place in...

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Review: Terävä Skrama & Jääkäripuukko

Review: Terävä Skrama & Jääkäripuukko

We have already talked about how your different needs as a bushcrafter, prepper, survivalist or general outdoors person dictate what kind of knife, or knives, you should look for. A survivalist, for example, looks for a single general-purpose knife that is decent at...

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Review: Leo Köhler Multicam KSK-Smock

If you want to go outdoors in all seasons and weather, then good clothing is essential to your whole experience and your comfort in nature. What you need may vary a little bit depending on how you tend to spend your time when you are out, but some things are generally...

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Review: Mora Bushcraft Survival Knife

Being Swedish, the town Mora more or less equates to knives and I would even go so far as to claim that "Mora" is pretty much a synonym for the word "knife", here in Sweden, much like Wellingtons are a synonym for rubber boots in the UK. Say the word, and people will...

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Review: BE Bushbox XL Combination Kit

While carrying a certain romantic image, cooking food outdoors over open fire has up until recently been a rather inefficient method, requiring both a lot of firewood and a lot of work for preparing it. However, in the last decade or so, a very fuel efficient type of...

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Review: Peltonen Sissipuukko Ranger Knife m95

Being Swedish and having lived my whole life with Mora knives which are typical of the traditional Nordic knives with their simple grips, flat "Scandi" grind and very sharp edges that are wonderful for everyday outdoors chores, I am very much coloured by that...

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The Sound of the Raven

Some of my favourite sounds in the woods are the sounds that the raven make. After the raven disappearing almost completely, the forests I go into now have quite a lot of them and on a lucky day you can see 10-15 of them together, although more commonly you see or...

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Sviðna, Svedjebruk and Slash & Burn cultivation

Out of the ashes that is left after the burning of peat, bushes and sticks a remarkable fertility now arises, so that especially if you therein sow winter rye, beets, poppy, flax or hemp, a rich and plentiful harvest is generated. Olaus Magnus, Historia de gentibus...

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Why go on solo hikes?

Camping and hiking for most people means a group activity, something you do with your friends and family to provide company and comfort in an environment that is unfamiliar, and at night for many even a bit scary. Going solo however, has its own merits and I will here...

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Dangers of winter and how to prepare

Wintertime and cold weather pose their own particular challenges, discomforts and dangers and you need to know a few basics to make life easier and safer under the conditions these seasons offer for your outdoors life. This article collects advice that attempt to...

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Nordic words for snow

In the parts of the world, or more specifically, the regions and places where snow has a direct influence on people's lives, it is quite common for people to have different words describing the characteristics of the snow based on how it influences their lives in...

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Let kids play with knives

I was fortunate to grow up in a time and place where it was quite normal for kids, and boys in particular, to use knives, cutting twigs and branches into various usable items, like sausage sticks, bow and crossbow arrows, staves etc, etc, not to mention a whole lot of...

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Review: The Knife Connection ESEE knife handles

Some time ago we reviewed the fantastic ESEE-4, ESEE-5 and the ESEE-6 knives. These are great, rugged knives, primarily designed for survival rather than regular outdoors situations, and in spirit the American equivalents of the Swedish Fällkniven F1, S1 and A1...

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Review: Ricoh-Pentax WG-5 GPS Adventure Camera

Although I have worked as a commercial photographer with various system cameras as well as VR photography kits, this is not the angle I will be writing from today. Instead, I will be writing from the perspective of an outdoorsman with the particular considerations...

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Review: Fällkniven A1, S1 & F1

Today we will review three knives by a Swedish brand that oddly enough is little known to the common Swede, but which is a proper success story of a company that enjoys great respect for their high quality knives, by professionals and civilians alike, worldwide....

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Review: Katadyn Basecamp Pro 10L

When you go outoors for a few days or more, you have a three basic needs you need to satisfy; something to eat, something to keep you warm & dry, and something to drink. Food is often difficult to find in large enough quantities in nature and thus needs to be...

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Learning to handle being lost

Getting lost for some time in the wild isn't necessarily a bad or dangerous experience and also something you can practice in gradually more difficult environments. Here are some tips based on personal experience of getting "lost" in the woods every now and then.  It...

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Review: Warbonnet Blackbird XLC Hammock

As an outdoorsman, or -woman, moving from sleeping on the ground to suspended in a hammock is one of the most revolutionary steps you can take. It really changes things quite dramatically. Many suffer from lack of sleep when camping, commonly due to feeling...

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Canoeing alone the easy way

So having just gotten back from a couple of days of canoeing and having watched a flock of highschool teens loudly struggling with little resulting movement and control, here are a few basic tips primarily for those who would like to learn to paddle alone, but with...

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Life in circles – small ponderings

Happy the man, who, remote from business, after the manner of the ancient race of mortals, cultivates his paternal lands with his own oxen, disengaged from every kind of usury; he is neither alarmed by the horrible trump, as a soldier, nor dreads he the angry sea; he...

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A list of things you should get to better enjoy nature

The range of products available for hiking and camping is today pretty overwhelming, with specialized high tech gear and gadgets that can often cost a fortune or two. However, much of it is quite unnecessary, and only a few items are strictly needed, while a few more...

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Walking with ease and awareness

We all have a natural tendency to try to choose the shortest and the easiest route as we travel to a location. The fundamental desire is to not exhaust oneself unnecessarily, preserving energy, which of course is wise. However, finding the middle way between those two...

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On George Washington “Nessmuk” Sears

George Washington Sears (December 2, 1821 – May 1, 1890), might not be so internationally famous, but among American bushcrafters he is without doubt one of the most well-known and influential early fathers of the whole lifestyle, inspiring other renowned outdoorsmen...

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The importance of knowing a basic set of skills for nature

Despite being vaguely aware of history and what came before us it is almost impossible to emotionally not feel as if everything has always been more or less the way it is now. As humans we are very much focused, for natural reasons, on the absolute present and it is...

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Review: ESEE-4, ESEE-5 & ESEE-6 knives

ESEE Knives, formerly R.A.T Cutlery is one of the most well-regarded cutlers in the USA, a cutler with a strong reputation for quality, and with the owners Jeff Randall and Mike Perrin standing by their products no matter what. Their personal integrity is...

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Everyman’s Right in the Nordic countries

While most countries in the western world designate certain remote and less populated state or commune-owned areas for camping and hiking, most of the Nordic countries handle this quite differently and in a way that surprises many from other parts of the world....

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These marks belong to ancestors of mine and go back to at least 17th century. In Germany and Scandinavia, before everyone knew how to read and write, farmers and burgers commonly had a housemark associated with the family and the house, similarly to craftsmen like swordsmiths and masons. Cattle, pots and tools were all marked with these marks. The house mark was also used for signing papers as well as for marking rocks and trees on the borders between lands.

The origins of the practice goes thousands of years back and did not disappear until late 19th century. In fact, in some places it is still in use, like with the Sami of northern Scandiavia.

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These marks belong to ancestors of mine and go back to at least 17th century. In Germany and Scandinavia, before everyone knew how to read and write, farmers and burgers commonly had a housemark associated with the family and the house, similarly to craftsmen like swordsmiths and masons. Cattle, pots and tools were all marked with these marks. The house mark was also used for signing papers as well as for marking rocks and trees on the borders between lands.

The origins of the practice goes thousands of years back and did not disappear until late 19th century. In fact, in some places it is still in use, like with the Sami of northern Scandiavia.

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Some quick thoughts on the Swedish Casström Forest Knife no 14, a very good bushcraft/survival knife manufactured in the far north of Sweden.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypdj6iQW2os

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Some quick thoughts on the Swedish EKA W12 by EKA Knife / EKA knivar, a good bushcraft/survival knife.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lucvcxSmqnc

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Be careful when you are out hiking. This is the trickiest passage on this particular trail, with a steeper angle than it looks in the photo at about 30-35°, with uneven ground, full of thick, slippery pine and spruce roots as well as the odd lose rock and gravel, here of course covered in ice and snow. 

If you are new to hiking, then keep in mind that your backpack drastically changes your centre of weight, which is noticable just when walking, but can be very difficult when you lose balance, not least since it tends to shift as you stumble, with the rig not firmly tightened. 

Zig-zagging down carefully and slowly, with a walking stick in hand for a third leg is good, but still not a guarantee. A walking stick does help a lot though, as you can keep two points in contact with the ground, allowing you to lean in various ways, and even getting purchase on spots that are a bit off. They too can slip though, especially on rocks and gravel, and of course on ice. Take it slow, especially if you are out hiking alone, far from help.

Northern Bush added a new photo to the album Bushcrafting & practical skills.

Be careful when you are out hiking. This is the trickiest passage on this particular trail, with a steeper angle than it looks in the photo at about 30-35°, with uneven ground, full of thick, slippery pine and spruce roots as well as the odd lose rock and gravel, here of course covered in ice and snow.

If you are new to hiking, then keep in mind that your backpack drastically changes your centre of weight, which is noticable just when walking, but can be very difficult when you lose balance, not least since it tends to shift as you stumble, with the rig not firmly tightened.

Zig-zagging down carefully and slowly, with a walking stick in hand for a third leg is good, but still not a guarantee. A walking stick does help a lot though, as you can keep two points in contact with the ground, allowing you to lean in various ways, and even getting purchase on spots that are a bit off. They too can slip though, especially on rocks and gravel, and of course on ice. Take it slow, especially if you are out hiking alone, far from help.
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Continuing with our quick review video series, here is a brief run through of the Irish made Trail Pro Sleeping Pad by the high-end US outdoors gear company Therm-a-Rest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWoiuolKWgs

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Having tried it for a fair bit, here is our video quick review of the Austrian CARINTHIA Defence 4 winter sleeping bag. Full written review will be posted later.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPT2dSDCJl0

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Finally some proper winter here in the southern North, so decided to sleep in the open log cabins at the Pike Waters lake. 

Wonderful days, first with heavy snowfall, and then with bright blue skies and dropping temperatures despite very high humidity at about 86%.

Planned to shoot some quick review videos which turned out to be a bit of a hassle as the cold temperatures caused the camera to read the batteries as fully depleted. Had to remove them every few minutes to warm them up in my hand.

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Northern Bush added 36 new photos to the album Winter log cabin camping.

Finally some proper winter here in the southern North, so decided to sleep in the open log cabins at the Pike Waters lake.

Wonderful days, first with heavy snowfall, and then with bright blue skies and dropping temperatures despite very high humidity at about 86%.

Planned to shoot some quick review videos which turned out to be a bit of a hassle as the cold temperatures caused the camera to read the batteries as fully depleted. Had to remove them every few minutes to warm them up in my hand.

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Home for a couple of nights. It is absolutely heartbreakingly beautiful out here with peaceful snow falling. 

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Home for a couple of nights. It is absolutely heartbreakingly beautiful out here with peaceful snow falling.

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Not a bad thing to bring with you on winter hikes: ice grips. Easy to pull on boots and shoes and may save you a broken limb or back which is a serious thing if you are alone, or even in company, on a hike. Keep in mind that they can be slippery on hard surfaces like rock and some roots though, so stick to snow, ice and mud.

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Not a bad thing to bring with you on winter hikes: ice grips. Easy to pull on boots and shoes and may save you a broken limb or back which is a serious thing if you are alone, or even in company, on a hike. Keep in mind that they can be slippery on hard surfaces like rock and some roots though, so stick to snow, ice and mud.

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Old time EDC. One of my grandparents uncles, about 50 years ago. Always carrying the Mora, hanging off a knife belt. 

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Old time EDC. One of my grandparents' uncles, about 50 years ago. Always carrying the Mora, hanging off a knife belt.

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Utility knives that we will be writing about. 

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Northern Bush added 3 new photos to the album Utility Knives.

Utility knives that we will be writing about.

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Hope for the best, prepare for the worst... The most common injury you get when outdoors, apart from sprained ankles or being poked in the eyes by small random branches, is cuts to the index finger of your off hand, as you slip when carving and cutting. Hiking alone in particular means you may have to make special considerations for your first aid kit.

Bleeding profusely is not uncommon with this type of injury, and it makes it very awkward opening regular band aids. Commonly every single item is wrapped up in several layers of packaging meant to keep the plaster clean and sterile, but this causes problems and can lead to more bloodloss than necessary. A good alternative is the Snögg band aid which doesnt stick to skin or hair, but to itself only. It is very absorbant and sucks up the blood and other liquids quite effectively, and it is not affected by water. Simply put, it is a good addition to your first aid kit, especially if you spend time hiking alone.

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Northern Bush added a new photo to the album Bushcrafting & practical skills.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst... The most common injury you get when outdoors, apart from sprained ankles or being poked in the eyes by small random branches, is cuts to the index finger of your off hand, as you slip when carving and cutting. Hiking alone in particular means you may have to make special considerations for your first aid kit.

Bleeding profusely is not uncommon with this type of injury, and it makes it very awkward opening regular band aids. Commonly every single item is wrapped up in several layers of packaging meant to keep the plaster clean and sterile, but this causes problems and can lead to more bloodloss than necessary. A good alternative is the Snögg band aid which doesn't stick to skin or hair, but to itself only. It is very absorbant and sucks up the blood and other liquids quite effectively, and it is not affected by water. Simply put, it is a good addition to your first aid kit, especially if you spend time hiking alone.

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There are two philosophies for packing a backpack: High vs low centre of gravity. While the former works well for solid, even ground, it is actually quite problematic on uneven, difficult terrain where you cant trust your footing, like when walking on mud, or when skiing. High centre of gravity gives less good balance and can easily cause you to fall.

Personally, I only move in the latter conditions and therefore always pack the heavy things low, at the bottom, or underneath the pack, preferably close to the back. Others advice packing the heavy things in between your shoulders when packing low.

Things that I need to access easily, like first aid, rainwear, snacks etc are of course packed in the external pockets or high. Also, make sure to pack things so they are balanced between left and right. Some things are packed in plastic carriers keeping things ordered in the pack.

Smaller items like camera, binoculars, map, fire tools and tinder are carried in a ditty bag or in the pockets of my jacket and pants.

Northern Bush shared their photo.

There are two philosophies for packing a backpack: High vs low centre of gravity. While the former works well for solid, even ground, it is actually quite problematic on uneven, difficult terrain where you can't trust your footing, like when walking on mud, or when skiing. High centre of gravity gives less good balance and can easily cause you to fall.

Personally, I only move in the latter conditions and therefore always pack the heavy things low, at the bottom, or underneath the pack, preferably close to the back. Others advice packing the heavy things in between your shoulders when packing "low".

Things that I need to access easily, like first aid, rainwear, snacks etc are of course packed in the external pockets or high. Also, make sure to pack things so they are balanced between left and right. Some things are packed in plastic carriers keeping things ordered in the pack.

Smaller items like camera, binoculars, map, fire tools and tinder are carried in a ditty bag or in the pockets of my jacket and pants.
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The Morakniv Kansbol will be brought along on the next trip to the woods, in a few days. Derived from the old and interesting blade profile of the Mora 2000/Forest, with a blade as thin as the original moras, but with the forward part having another bevel for more delicate work it is not meant for batoning and something else needs to be used for heavy duty chopping. But for lighter things, like carving, processing fish/game, preparing food and tinder etc, it is a very nice knife. And I like the new sheath and grip a lot. 

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Northern Bush added a new photo to the album Utility Knives.

The Morakniv Kansbol will be brought along on the next trip to the woods, in a few days. Derived from the old and interesting blade profile of the Mora 2000/Forest, with a blade as thin as the original moras, but with the forward part having another bevel for more delicate work it is not meant for batoning and something else needs to be used for heavy duty chopping. But for lighter things, like carving, processing fish/game, preparing food and tinder etc, it is a very nice knife. And I like the new sheath and grip a lot.

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This album contains images of old antique objects restored back to functional health.

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Northern Bush added 18 new photos to the album New life to old things.

This album contains images of old antique objects restored back to functional health.

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Skis have been used since since at least 6300BC and with rock carvings in 2500BC showing skiers using a single skiing staff just like the Sami of northern Scandinavia. The word ski comes from the Old Norse word skíð which means stick of wood or ski.

However, to make your skis work the best you need to wax them. The traditional way was to add grip only, which helped when going uphill. Scheffer in his Argentoratensis Lapponiae of 1673, documenting the ways of the Sami, describes how one can use pitch made from tar or resin from pine. This would be applied in the upwards rising curve underneath the foot, and stamping down on the skis as you go uphill will give you good grip.

From around the mid 1700s people have also added waxing for great glide. The simplest and easily available way is to use an old paraffin candle. This is applied to the front and back of the skis, i.e. the parts that is always in contact with the snow. Heat is used to melt it, and scraping it smooth makes it work better.

Since then the research on skiing waxes has made great advances and better alternatives exist, but sometimes simpler solutions may be needed and these traditional waxes may come in handy.

Northern Bush added a new photo to the album Bushcrafting & practical skills.

Skis have been used since since at least 6300BC and with rock carvings in 2500BC showing skiers using a single skiing staff just like the Sami of northern Scandinavia. The word ski comes from the Old Norse word "skíð" which means stick of wood or ski.

However, to make your skis work the best you need to "wax" them. The traditional way was to add grip only, which helped when going uphill. Scheffer in his Argentoratensis Lapponiae of 1673, documenting the ways of the Sami, describes how one can use pitch made from tar or resin from pine. This would be applied in the upwards rising curve underneath the foot, and stamping down on the skis as you go uphill will give you good grip.

From around the mid 1700s people have also added waxing for great glide. The simplest and easily available way is to use an old paraffin candle. This is applied to the front and back of the skis, i.e. the parts that is always in contact with the snow. Heat is used to melt it, and scraping it smooth makes it work better.

Since then the research on skiing waxes has made great advances and better alternatives exist, but sometimes simpler solutions may be needed and these traditional "waxes" may come in handy.
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The Norwegian Mountain Code is a good set of basic rules that can be applied to basically any travelling in remote areas. Here it is in brief:

1. Be prepared
Be sufficiently experienced and fit for your intended tour. Practice hiking or skiing with a pack away from trails and tracks, even if conditions are poor. Your physical and mental fitness, your experience and your gear determine the sensible length of a tour.

2. Leave word of your route
Many cabins, hotels and other lodgings have tour notification boxes in which you may put written notice of your tour route. In an emergency, the details you give will aid the rescue service. 

3. Be weatherwise
An old adage advises that you should always be alert to forecasts of bad weather yet not rely completely on forecasts of good weather. Regardless of the forecast, you should be prepared for bad weather. 

4. Learn from the locals
Local people often can tell you about avalanche train, wind and snow conditions and good choices of route.

5. Use map and compass
Always have and know how to use map and compass. Before departing, study the map and trace your route to gain a basis for a successful tour. Follow the map, even when weather and visibility are good, so you always know where you are. 

6. Dont go solo
If you trek alone, theres nobody to give first aid or notify a rescue service in an emergency. Yet there isnt always safety in numbers. A large party is inadvisable, particularly if its members are unequally experienced. A party is never stronger than its weakest member.

7. Turn back in time; sensible retreat is no disgrace
If conditions deteriorate so you doubt that you can attain your goal, turn about and return. Dont try to defy weather, as others may risk their lives to rescue you. If you change your goal, be sure to notify the cabin that expects you. 

8. Conserve energy and build a snow shelter if necessary
The stronger the wind, the tougher the trekking. Suit speed to the weakest member of the party and avoid sweating. If you go in single file, turn often to ensure that the others follow. Remember to eat and drink frequently. Insufficient food and drink lead to lethargy, and you can become discouraged. Start building a snow shelter before you are exhausted.

Northern Bush shared their photo.

The Norwegian Mountain Code is a good set of basic rules that can be applied to basically any travelling in remote areas. Here it is in brief:

1. Be prepared
Be sufficiently experienced and fit for your intended tour. Practice hiking or skiing with a pack away from trails and tracks, even if conditions are poor. Your physical and mental fitness, your experience and your gear determine the sensible length of a tour.

2. Leave word of your route
Many cabins, hotels and other lodgings have tour notification boxes in which you may put written notice of your tour route. In an emergency, the details you give will aid the rescue service.

3. Be weatherwise
An old adage advises that you should always be alert to forecasts of bad weather yet not rely completely on forecasts of good weather. Regardless of the forecast, you should be prepared for bad weather.

4. Learn from the locals
Local people often can tell you about avalanche train, wind and snow conditions and good choices of route.

5. Use map and compass
Always have and know how to use map and compass. Before departing, study the map and trace your route to gain a basis for a successful tour. Follow the map, even when weather and visibility are good, so you always know where you are.

6. Don't go solo
If you trek alone, there's nobody to give first aid or notify a rescue service in an emergency. Yet there isn't always safety in numbers. A large party is inadvisable, particularly if its members are unequally experienced. A party is never stronger than its weakest member.

7. Turn back in time; sensible retreat is no disgrace
If conditions deteriorate so you doubt that you can attain your goal, turn about and return. Don't try to defy weather, as others may risk their lives to rescue you. If you change your goal, be sure to notify the cabin that expects you.

8. Conserve energy and build a snow shelter if necessary
The stronger the wind, the tougher the trekking. Suit speed to the weakest member of the party and avoid sweating. If you go in single file, turn often to ensure that the others follow. Remember to eat and drink frequently. Insufficient food and drink lead to lethargy, and you can become discouraged. Start building a snow shelter before you are exhausted.
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This is a great core design for a warm sweater for the chillier seasons. High collar which protects the neck, a fairly long, or full, zipper which allows for good ventilation when moving about, and long sleeves that extend over the hands, with openings for the thumb, and the whole shirt long enough to keep the butt warm.

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Northern Bush added a new photo to the album Clothing.

This is a great core design for a warm sweater for the chillier seasons. High collar which protects the neck, a fairly long, or full, zipper which allows for good ventilation when moving about, and long sleeves that extend over the hands, with openings for the thumb, and the whole shirt long enough to keep the butt warm.

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Todays flea market bargain: A Gskyer 20-60x60 Spotting Scope with a Cullman tripod. Not the greatest of scopes or tripods, but at 30€ and about a quarter of the price of new I can use it without worrying too much about breaking it. And even new it performs above its price.

Havent used one of these since I was a young man at the range, so I am looking forward to using it in spring when the birds come back.

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Today's flea market bargain: A Gskyer 20-60x60 Spotting Scope with a Cullman tripod. Not the greatest of scopes or tripods, but at 30€ and about a quarter of the price of new I can use it without worrying too much about breaking it. And even new it performs above its price.

Haven't used one of these since I was a young man at the range, so I am looking forward to using it in spring when the birds come back.
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Small practical tips on bushcrafting and life in the woods.

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Northern Bush added 2 new photos to the album Bushcrafting & practical skills.

Small practical tips on bushcrafting and life in the woods.

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Finally done with the 1950s half-tang sawtooth-back hunting dagger from AB Moraknivar Färnäs (Hallin & Co). The blade has been resharpened as it had some burrs on the edge, and polished with Autosol. The handle has had the old varnish sanded off and its been soaked in linseed oil and finally polished with some beeswax. The sheath has also had the steel sanded clean and then polished with Autosol. The leather has been brought back to health with leather balm, a mix of lanolin, , i.e. wool fat, vaseline, beeswax and mink oil.

Very happy with the results. A knife well worth considering for Morakniv to bring back as a competitior to the OKC Blackbird.

Northern Bush shared their photo.

Finally done with the 1950s half-tang sawtooth-back hunting dagger from AB Moraknivar Färnäs (Hallin & Co). The blade has been resharpened as it had some burrs on the edge, and polished with Autosol. The handle has had the old varnish sanded off and it's been soaked in linseed oil and finally polished with some beeswax. The sheath has also had the steel sanded clean and then polished with Autosol. The leather has been brought back to health with leather balm, a mix of lanolin, , i.e. wool fat, vaseline, beeswax and mink oil.

Very happy with the results. A knife well worth considering for Morakniv to bring back as a competitior to the OKC Blackbird.
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The basic tools used when restoring old knives:

1. 5-56 (WD40) for first cleaning away rust & grime from steel.
2. Fine abrasive sponge, used both for steel, wood, paint and varnish removal, and even rough sharpening of convex grinds.
3. 3 rods from Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker, usually used on their own as it is more dynamic. (coarse diamond, medium-grit (brown) stone and fine ceramic). Start working against the flats of the triangular rods, finish against the edges.
4. Autosol, for getting rid of fine scratches and for polishing all metal. Polish lengthwise without any circular or crosswise motions.
5. A leather belt for stropping (not in the picture)
6. Leather balm for giving leather new life. Rub it in using your fingers. (This one contains lanolin, i.e. wool fat, vaseline, beeswax and mink oil)
7. Linseed oil (preferably cold-pressed) for giving wood new life. Just put the handle in the jar and let it soak for several hours. Wipe it off, polish and let it dry. Repeat if needed. Put a lid on the jar when not used.
8. Dry paper baby wipes, both for covering the blade to avoid getting cut and to avoid getting fingerprints and oxidation/rust on the blade. Also used for wiping and polishing the autosol and the linseed oil. Remember to soak the wipes in water and keep them in an airtight container to avoid the linseed oil catching fire from spontaneous combustion.

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The basic tools used when restoring old knives:

1. 5-56 (WD40) for first cleaning away rust & grime from steel.
2. Fine abrasive sponge, used both for steel, wood, paint and varnish removal, and even rough sharpening of convex grinds.
3. 3 rods from Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker, usually used on their own as it is more dynamic. (coarse diamond, medium-grit (brown) stone and fine ceramic). Start working against the flats of the triangular rods, finish against the edges.
4. Autosol, for getting rid of fine scratches and for polishing all metal. Polish lengthwise without any circular or crosswise motions.
5. A leather belt for stropping (not in the picture)
6. Leather balm for giving leather new life. Rub it in using your fingers. (This one contains lanolin, i.e. wool fat, vaseline, beeswax and mink oil)
7. Linseed oil (preferably cold-pressed) for giving wood new life. Just put the handle in the jar and let it soak for several hours. Wipe it off, polish and let it dry. Repeat if needed. Put a lid on the jar when not used.
8. Dry paper baby wipes, both for covering the blade to avoid getting cut and to avoid getting fingerprints and oxidation/rust on the blade. Also used for wiping and polishing the autosol and the linseed oil. Remember to soak the wipes in water and keep them in an airtight container to avoid the linseed oil catching fire from spontaneous combustion.

#northernbush #northernbushnews #bushcraft #survival #prepping #morakniv #knives #knife
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