JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
Ok, so many of you guys know that I just recently started watching The Walking Dead. I know, I know... Give me a break here. Anyway, I saw the Gerber Apocalypse Kit on an episode in season 2 I thought... I NEED one of those kits! So, I took to Amazon and there it was. With an investment of just under of $300 bucks, you too can be a zombie killer!
Here's what you'll get...
Gator Machete Pro
Camp Axe 2
LMF 2 Infantry
The kit comes is a roll up canvas pack that snaps together, and has a heavy duty handle.
The Gerber Apocalypse Kit is only missing a few essential items. I wish they had put in their entrenching shovel, DownRange Tomahawk, and a multi-tool in the kit. I would of also loved an American Made kit. I would of gladly spent a few more bucks for the craftsmanship that comes behind American Made. That said... It's a cool kit for the Zombie apocalypse or hitting the trails with your buddies that doesn't break the bank!
Tents are cool, but this is AWESOME! The JungleNest hammock by Eagles Nests Outfitters. If you're a person that likes sleeping out under the stars, this hammock keeps you off the ground away from bugs, critters, wild animals, and BEING SWEPT AWAY TO A CERTAIN DEATH FROM FLASH FLOODING!! Just tie it up, hop in, and zip it up!
ENO has all sorts of hammocks, for all sorts of weather too. So, don't let the end of summer send you in doors!
Here are some specs:
And it's only $99 bucks!! Oh, and trees not included.
When you’re hitting the trails - whether camping or cabining - fire is a familiar friend. It’s used for warmth, to cook, as a light source, and to generate spooky stories. Building a fire is a tried and true camping pastime whether you choose to go the natural route and build your own or opt for a Jeep Grille Collapsible Fire Pit that assembles quickly and can be put away just as fast. Fire demands respect – following safety precautions and refraining from constantly poking and stirring it up makes good sense. Always be aware that wind-driven fires and embers from them can become potential hazards if they travel and ignite brush, dry grass, litter or nearby flammable materials.
The rule of thumb is that all types of wood burn better when split. Among the better types of wood to use for campfires are Maple, Oak (when dry), Ash, Walnut, and Cedar (when dry), but people favor different wood according to its heat, aroma, and flame color. And there are other nuances to consider. For instance, despite burning well once it’s lit, trying to start a fire with Oak is not a good idea. And it’s better to choose a type of wood to burn that’s not as prone to spark and shoot embers – so steer clear of Chestnut, Beech, Spruce, and Willow.
How Much Wood?
Many National Parks and Recreation Areas have rules against gathering wood so some prefer to bring wood with them when they camp. It’s a good idea to check and see if your camping area allows you to bring wood in because many have rules against it. Buying bundled wood helps support the host if you’re at a campground, but there’s a huge markup. A wheelbarrow of wood that will last a couple of nights usually goes for about $15. Of course, there are space considerations if you’re bringing wood in, but it’s a good idea to pack a little more than you think you’ll end up needing.
Building a Burning Ring of Fire
Starting a fire on the trail can be challenging and one of the tricks is to be prepared with pine cone starters. Gather pine cones and soak them in diesel for 24 hours, dry them out, then dip them in paraffin wax. Bring them with you on your next adventure and marvel at their fire starting abilities - after igniting, they’ll burn for a good 15 minutes.
If you’re intent on building a fire ring, remember the surrounding stone ring is more of a marker. The fire shouldn’t connect with stone and preferred stone types include granite and sandstone. A great place to build a pit with a ring around it is in sand. When you go to bed, don’t assume you’re safe and be sure the fire is subdued enough so a big wind won’t revive it. Keep anything flammable a safe distance from the fire ring.
Campground rules often state that the person with the fire permit is liable if a campfire gets away. Suppressing a fire seems like a far easier task than starting it, but it shouldn’t be an afterthought. A fire should be extinguished with water, dirt or a combo of both, and cooled down enough so you can bring your bare hand within an inch or two of the remaining wood/coals without getting burned. Shovels are great tools for smothering wood and embers with dirt to ensure nothing is still smoldering before you leave your campsite.
Camping stoves that use propane can get out of control so be sure to have a fire extinguisher on hand. They’re critical to have out on the trail and even a small one can extinguish a fire and save the day.
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The RugRat is the brain child of long time industry tent maker Mike Cecot-Scherer. The technology behind this design, and the materials used are nothing but state of the art.
Being a big guy myself there is nothing worse than needing to get a five man tent just to feel comfortable. The RugRat takes it's design to a new level.
Steeper walls and stronger poles really set this tent apart from the rest. The room inside the tent really will make camping more enjoyable. It's weather proof, holds up to stronger winds, and has plenty of ventilation to keep the air flowing.
It is a kickstarter deal for now, and definitely not cheap, but if you love tent camping it is well worth the cost. Check out this link to meet the maker, and get all the tech and specs behind it's design. Very interesting! I love it!
Spending some time in Virginia, I was jonesing to see the country. (I love finding the beauty this country has to offer us) After driving through the backroad farmlands, and hooking up at a few of the greatest fishing spots I've ever been to, it was time to hit the mountains!
Short on time, I decided to hit the Cascades National Recreational Trail. It's the perfect little 4 mile (round trip) day hike up a beautiful waterfall that backdrops the shadey mountain trail.
Tucked in the Jefferson National Forrest means nothing but a beautiful green, lush, scenic view for as far as the eye can see. There are some steep moments along the way, but for the most part, it's an easy walk. Great for everyone.
A picnic area sits at the entrance of the trail, so be sure to pack a lunch! Oh, and don't forget your 3 bucks for parking. It's a bit on a honor system there, so make sure you chip in. It helps keep our trails clean, maintained and open for everyone to enjoy.