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18978Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: Orange trash bags.

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  • Tom Frazier
    Apr 21, 2008
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      Personally, I really don't see that much difference between foldable saws. If you look at a poorly made one, you should be able to see the flaws and, listening to your inner voice, don't purchase it. Though, I've owned many inexpensive, and some from some of the more reputable companies (like Gerber's saw), folding saws and they've all worked like they were supposed to.

      In terms of saws, though, I'd like to try one of those folding frame-saws as it seems to me that they would last longer, especially considering that I can buy extra blades to replace broken or dull blades...something that's harder, depending upon model, to do with the usual folding saw.

      Shovels: I got a Gerber Gorge shovel and it's "OK", but it really depends upon what you want to do with it. Personally, I think it's really heavy (about 24oz.)...it's certainly one of the more heavier and dense things in my pack. I got it for the built-in tent stake hammer as well as the shovel part. It was useful for digging into a snow bank and a few other minor stuff; the handle actually popped off a few times. If I had to do it again, and considering how heavy this small one was, I'd get the bigger Gerber shovel they offer.

      I used to bring hatchets with me, but have since adopted the use of Coldsteel's kukri machete. It's lighter and, with the edge sharpened and the black epoxy coating removed (my preference for reduced cutting resistance) more efficient than any hatchet or light axe I've used. After the initial sharpening (removal of the dull factory edge), I've only had to sharpen it once or twice in the last year that I've been using it regularly.

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

      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

      Do the project near one end or the other of the hike. Or rendevous with a
      supply truck at the project site.
      Limited carry.
      I usually use a sheet rock saw as a light weight easy to carry saw.
      Slip the blade into a chunk of old garden hose.


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