Monday, October 5, 2015

Jack's first hatchet, new cook kit, hanging and relaxing

Well Jack and I had some new stuff we needed to hit the woods with to try out. So we headed out and killed an afternoon and early evening.

Entering the trail

Jack's hatchet is an old Plumb scout hatchet. It's well worn and so blunt it only qualifies as a small hammer. But Jack knows no different and he was mighty proud to be toting this baby a long. He always picks up a stick and says it's his axe and bangs around camp with it. I figured I'd hang this one and let him have something he can do a little damage with and not worry about him accidently cutting himself. Plus he just thought is the coolest thing ever.

Well we found a nice spot that didn't have too much undergrowth and shrubs around so we made our little camp and dad got to hang the DIY hammock in the woods for the first time.

hammock packs to about 10 x 5" in the stuff sack. Handy little size.

ridgeline view

One thing that I found surprising with the hammock is just how comfortable they are to sit in in multiple ways. Heck it's a lounge chair and you can sit upright and lean back a little and that works too! I'm wishing I would have tried hammocks years ago.

Jack was dead set on making sure any downed tree around had it's bark knocked off or any loose pieces needed chopping on.

I usually make a small twig/stick fire in the woods so Jack was constantly bringing me his bark and wood chip pieces to use for the fire. It was cute and assured me I was influencing him correctly so far But I brought out a cook kit with an alcohol stove this time to try out. I ordered this from minibull design. It is the 12cm Bios #5 kit.

Comes with a 12cm Imusa pot with lid(aluminum), a carbon felt handle wrap and windscreen, and a Bios #5 stove. It's made from an aluminum beer bottle. This kit is very light. I added a 4oz fuel bottle and the green rimmed cup is from my thermos, it fit perfectly in the big pot.

to light this stove you prime th fiberglass wick on the outside then fill it with the amount of alcohol you want and light the wick. Within seconds it blossoms out and you are ready

soon enough we had our hot chocolate ready to go with our chocolate peanut butter pop-tarts

Jack approves

Well we relaxed for a bit and Jack used his hatchet some more. Then on the way out we saw a handful of deer and heard some owls. It was a good time.

thanks for looking

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