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By Mary Reed Tying your shoes will get you out the door, but once you’re in the great outdoors, it’s best to have a handful of knots in your repertoire for both safety and practicality. “You’ve got to use the right knot in the right situation,” advises Stephen Harvey, an Eagle Scout and volunteer for the Tecumseh District of Boy Scouts of America, Troop 12 in southern Ohio. Stephen once tied 205 knots from memory, but you don’t need to know that many.
By Attila Horvath Don’t move firewood – it bugs me! Transporting wood can move more than fuel – it can also help spread pests living in wood, like the emerald ash borer, a bug that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the Ohio River region.
Back in the early days of New France, a coureur des bois would spend a little fortune for his ultra light birch bark canoe. Space era materials now abound in consumer products. The modern backpacker will also find many opportunities to trade a large amount of money for light gears. Every gram count. Tents have carbon fiber frames, fork and spoon are merged into titanium sporks, white leds provide dependable light sources, Gore-Tex and microfiber enable light, warm, waterproof cloths.
By Steven Zeisler Whether you’re into shaving gear weight, you’re a cheapskate or you just want to hone your MacGyver skills, there is an alternative for a portable gas stove – one that can be made with household supplies and a little elbow grease. I introduce the pop can stove. It is a homemade, ultralight portable stove that is, as the name suggests, made from pop cans. A well-designed pop can stove can boil two cups of water in five minutes burning two tablespoons of alcohol.