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18977Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: Orange trash bags.

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  • Tom Frazier
    Apr 21, 2008
      The kukri is one of the *main* tools I like to bring camping with me. I bought a $20 high carbon Coldsteel kukri machete ( http://csstoreonline.stores.yahoo.net/97kms.html )...it was available from my local Sportsmen's Warehouse.

      Word of warning, though: this is a great tool, but it comes with a dull and very poor factory edge. I removed the black epoxy coating (to help reduce resistance when cutting), filed the back of the blade smooth (it has a rough, uneven edge), added about 1" of a false edge on the backside of the tip, added a notch on the edge near the handle, and tapered the blade's edge very gradually from a point to the back with no apparent transition (unlike what you commonly see on many other knives).

      In my experience, the edge holds very well, it replaces larger hatchets in performance, can be used as a knife or a drawknife, depending upon where and how you are using it, and most importantly, it's light (16oz.) and it's *cheap.*

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: pure mahem
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2008 7:11 PM
      Subject: Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: Orange trash bags.

      The kukri is a pretty useful tool for doing trail maintenance. It's like a cross between a machete and a hatchet.

      ----- Original Message ----
      From: thomassen_ralph <thomassen_ralph@...>
      To: hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2008 9:35:42 PM
      Subject: [Hammock Camping] Re: Orange trash bags.

      --- In hammockcamping@ yahoogroups. com, Linda Ellis <lellis4563@ ...>
      I can't recall ever seeing orange trash bags. I think it would make
      collecting trash feel jsut like Trick or Treating. Ok, maybe not that
      fun, but it does feel good to clean up Mother Nature . Great idea
      though!!. I have just been stealing the ones my wife buys for around
      the house. I will look for them on my next WallyWorld trip.
      Thanks Linda.
      Has anyone experience with light weight shovels, bow saws, and/or
      hatchets. We have to do a conservation/ trail improvement project on
      our 50 miles hike to earn the badge. This is not something a hiker
      would normally carry, but we will have to tote it.
      Ralph, Chandler, and Jared
      Troop 14 Griffin, GA

      > Was it on this list that, a few months ago, we were talking about
      carrying bright orange trash bags along? Trash bags can serve many
      more purposes than just trash hauling. In a pinch, it can be a
      makeshift poncho or rainfly. It can protect gear from getting wet.
      You can use it to collect water, even making a solar still if need
      be. The bright orange ones can also be used to signal for help!
      > Don't you carry an emergency kit with you on every hike? I'd bet
      the Scouts are taught to do that. Adding an orange trash bag or two
      adds no weight, takes very little space, and helps resolve a number
      of little crises.
      > Linda
      > The Truly Educated Never Graduate
      > ----- Original Message ----
      > From: Mark Bayern <plcmark@... >
      > To: hammockcamping@ yahoogroups. com
      > Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2008 12:59:00 PM
      > Subject: Re: [Hammock Camping] A lot to learn!!!
      > >> But, I am not gonna always carry a garbage bag on every hike.
      > >
      > > Why not? I do. Actually a couple. :]
      > absolutely -- keep in mind they are light and very multi-purpose.
      > Mark
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