2013/09/06

Planning for overnight to Crinkle Crags

I'm planning on walking up to Crinkle Crags and overnighting up there. This will be my first overnight on a fell but not my first night outdoors so I'm not worried.

Thought about taking a tent but have decided on using a basha and bivi bag instead. This might be foolish but only time will tell.  The basha and bivi bag is lighter quite a bit lighter then the tent and I will be using walking poles anyway which I can use to set up the basha.

My kit list is as follows:
Sleeping and shelter

  • Basha - This also called a tarp but as I'm using an ex army one may as well call it what they do.
  • Bivi bag
  • 4 season down sleeping bag
  • Self inflating mat 

Cooking, water and food

  • Jetboil Flash stove
  • Source 3l Wide pac.
  • Drinksafe Systems  3-1 Aquaguard which is used inline with the hydration pack
  • 24 MOD ration pack - This should do as only going to be out for 24 hours.
Other Kit
  • Lowe Alpine Sting rucksack
  • Walking poles
  • Map + compass
  • Mobile phone - Taking as camera rather than as a phone.
  • Waterproof coat and trousers. 
  • Warm hat + gloves
  • Spare socks.
  • Headtorch
  • First Aid Kit
Clothes
  • Altberg boots
  • Walking socks
  • Craghopper trousers
  • Base layer
  • Fleece jumper
Think this about it, need to lay it all out and confirm.


2013/09/05

Underquilt Mk I Part 1.1

I have now ordered all the bits I need to start working on my underquilt. I have a deadline of 14th November as I have a wild camp then and would like to use it.

Here is a list of the items I using and a break down of the costs:


ItemUnit CostAmount requiredSub TotalPostageWebsite
Pertex 6 BLack£4.682£9.36£3.05http://www.fabrics-n-stuff.co.uk
Pertex 5 Blue£4.212£8.42http://www.fabrics-n-stuff.co.uk
Primaloft One 200g£16.032£32.06£7.24http://www.extremtextil.de
CD17 Cordloc Ellipse with tape slots£0.506£3.00£3.00http://www.pennineoutdoor.co.uk
Cotton Reinforcing tape 25mm £0.452£0.90http://www.pennineoutdoor.co.uk
SHC5 Shock cord 5mm £1.0010£10.00http://www.pennineoutdoor.co.uk
Total Ex shipping £63.74
Total inc Shipping £77.03

Now I just need to get down to making it.

2013/07/23

EDC (Every Day Carry)

Everyday carry (EDC) or every day carry refers to a small collection of tools, equipment and supplies that are carried on a daily basis to assist in tackling situations ranging from the mundane to the disastrous. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everyday_carry
Just starting to get my EDC it in to order. Currently I have a SAK (Swiss Army Knife) Hunstman, LED Lenser P3 and Exotac Nanostriker all clipped on to a mini carabiner. The SAK is within the legal limit to be allowed to be carried in the UK. I carry this in my trouser pockets all the time. I also carry my wallet, Galaxy S3 and a packet of tissues, its not tactical or anything but I use it the most!

I have just got a Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack. So I'm still working on the load out of it at the moment. I use it as my work bag as well as at the weekends so the load is a bit mixed plus I have put some bits in to keep my kids entertained if need be, which under the above definition could be anywhere between the mundane and disastrous :)

  • Water Bottle (700ml)
  • Headphones
  • Sunglasses
  • Playing cards
  • Maxpedition Pocket Organiser (Set up as a bit of tool kit)
    • WD40 Pen
    • Super Glue
    • Pocket Widgy Pry bar
    • Craft Knife
    • AAA Mini Maglite
    • 4Gb USB Pen
    • Lighter
    • Permanent Marker
    • Folding Spork
    • Wipes and plasters
  • Pencil Case
    • Bic 4 Colour Pen
    • HB Pencil
    • Propelling Pencil and spare leads 
    • Blue, green and black permanent markers
    • Highlighter
    • Rubber.
    • Ruler
  • Notepad
  • Buff 
  • Cap
  • Keys for work and home
I don't currently carry a multitool at the moment as the one I have, the blade locks out on it. I think it might be legal just in the UK but I don't want to take the chance.


This is a work in progress so I expect to change things round quite a bit as I find out what works and what doesn't.

Pictures to follow.

2013/07/18

Weihrauch HW77k - work so far.

My first job was going to be to clean up the stock as it seems to shoot quite nice at the moment so for the time being I have no plans to put any tuning kits in it.

I removed the stock from the action and then removed the pistol grip plate and the recoil pad.  Then I stripped the varnish off it using Nitromors and wirewool. This got the stock back to the original wood.

At this point I noticed a crack in the stock running from the recoil pad towards the trigger. It wasn't very big so I filled it with super glue then sanded the excess glue once it had dried.

Next was the Danish oil, I gave the whole stock a coat, wiped off the excess and let it dry. I then repeated this for the next 6 days so in total giving it 7 coats. Looks really nice now.

Think I'm going to leave the original iron sights on it and not put a scope on this rifle as it looks to good as it is. This does mean I'm going to have a get another air rifle so I can have a go at HFT.

Due to my phone playing up I have lost the pictures I took of the work I did on the HW77k.
I do have this one of it.
Was a great Sunday morning down at the range.
Yes it has a scope on it at the moment, but that will come off once I get another air rifle. An Air Arms S400 or S410 might be on the go, then I put the iron sights back on the HW77k and enjoy it they way it was meant to be used. 

2013/06/18

Underquilt Mk I (part 1 getting the bits together)

We I'm nearly ready to start making my first homemade underquilt(UQ). The UQ will be for my   Hennessy Hammock so it will be an asymmetric one with a velcro gap in it to meet up with the bottom entry on the Hennessy.

 I bought 2 meters of  Primaloft One 200g from http://www.extremtextil.de/ and 2 meters of olive green NySil and 2 meters of apple green Nysil from http://www.fabrics-n-stuff.co.uk/. This will form the main parts of my UQ. I going for a full length one and it will be rated to -1 C. 

This should be fine for most of my camps and if I want to go colder I will make another UQ rated to a lower temperature. 

I still have to source some shockcord, line locks and grosgrain.

The plans I am going to follow are from the Hammock Forums.

2013/03/26

Pocket Widgy Pry Bar

Just got a Pocket Widgy Pry Bar to go in my EDC and to use at work. Have to say I'm very impressed with it so far. It has excelled at the job I got it for, prying PSUs out of very old PC's. They are meant to be quick release and probably are if they weren't covered in 10 years of crud and dust.

Back to the pry bar:
Quote Originally Posted by http://www.countycomm.com
When Uncle Sam requested a small pocket pry bar for technicians to open ordinance crates in the field, we offered these as the solution. These compact bars are 4" x .5", heat treated D-9 steel and provide a common sense solution to broken knife blades and bent screw driver shafts.





Coins are for an idea of scale.
I got mine of e-bay as it was cheaper.

I have wrapped mine in some cord so its a bit easier on the hands and so I have some handy cord if needed. Not to sure what I would use it for in the woods but its fairly light and think it could come in useful.

2013/03/19

Paracord Rifle Sling

I have been thinking about getting a sling for my HW77 but I didn't really want to drill the stock to fix any swivels in to it. I had a load of paracord lying  so I thought I could try and make a sling using the knots I have learned from my bushcraft skills.

The knot on the under lever is actually a not a knot its a Prusik Hitch, it uses friction so it does not slide on the metal. This then has a paracord bracelet clip on it. 





I have used 2 Adjustable Loops on the stock, again with another bracelet clip on it. 






Then made basically a very large paracord bracelet which clips in to the 2 mounts on the gun.




Nothing new here but I'm quite happy with it.

2013/03/17

My current kit list for nights in the woods.


Load Carrying
Lowe Alpine Sting in Olive Drab - IMHO this is the best rucksack ever made, I find it really comfy even if it is a little heavy. I have the 2 side pockets as well which give me an extra 20 liters capacity.

Shelter 
Hennessy Expedition Asym Classic - This is a great hammock and tarp in one. I have had it modded to have a full zip added around the bug net so I can have the best of both worlds with it, bottom and top opening. It also uses the quick set up technique using rap rings, got this idea from Trekkingnut

DD 3x3 Tarp - For a longer camp when more shelter would be required I use a DD Hammocks 3x3 tarp. I have put in the bag with it 10m of para cord and with 2 Nite Ize Figure 9 which are used to tie up the cord quickly.

Sleeping
Which sleeping bag I take depends on the weather and conditions. I have a choice of 3:
Vango Viper 1000, British Army Arctic, British Army Jungle. In addition to the sleeping bag I use either a underquilt (like a sleeping bag but hangs outside the hammock) or a thermarest camping mat.

Cooking and fire
Honey Stove - Nice little stove that packs down flat but it can be a bit fiddly to assemble and you do get a bit dirty from handling it.

Exotac Nano Striker -  My review in a previous post.

Bic Lighter - Nothing else to say about this, we all know what it is.

Zebra 10 cm billy - I have modded mine and revmoved the bail arm and replaced it with a section of bike brake cable. This allows it to hang better over the fire. 


Sea to Summit AlphaLight Long Handled Spoon - With this I can reach the bottom of rat pack pouches


Helikon Thermal Cup - Nice little thermal cup with a lid, this just fits inside the billy.


Source 3L widepac - I don't normal have this full but figured its better to be able to carry more water if required then not. As I carry my water in I don't currently have any method to filter it. 



Knives, axes and saws

Mora Clipper - Cheap and cheerful bushcraft knife, cannot go wrong with one of these.

Bahco Laplander Saw - Good folding saw, makes short work of cutting wood


Gransfor Bruks Small Forest Axe - Not to big and not to smal, just right. I don't always take this with me only If I know there is quite a bit of wood to to chop, other wise I make due with the Mora and Bahco.


Misc

First Aid Kit - This kind of goes with out saying. Pretty standard kit, but have added a tick removal tool, paracetamol, ibuprofen and a compression bandage. The last one because if your using an axe and it goes wrong, it can go wrong in big way.

Alpkit Gamma Head torch - Nice torch with high and low beams and also red and green light. Runs off 3 AAA batteries. 


UCO 9 Hour Candle Lantern - This adds a nice bit of light with out blinding you like a torch can.



This list is not definitive and changes depending on where, when and how I'm going camping. I have not added food and drink as again this changes all the time.

2013/03/15

Hennessy Hammock mod.

I've had my Hennessy Hammock for about a year now and love it, but I do miss the openness of the DD Frontline when used with the bug net underneath it.

After looking on Hammock Forums  I saw that people were getting there Hennesssy's moded by having a zip put in, all the way round the bug net. Posting my hammock to the USA was going to be to expensive so I kept looking and found UK Hammocks which did the mod and were UK based.

After contacting Mat from UK Hammocks I sent him my hammock and a week later I now have a Hennessy with both the underneath opening and a full zip. Very happy with this but have yet to get out and try it yet.

2013/03/11

Weihrauch HW77k - The start of a new project.

Just got a 2nd hand Weihrauch HW77k in .22. Its from 1987 so its not in bad condition for its age but I'm going to do a bit of work on it. Going to remove the old varnish on the stock, sand it down if needed and then maybe use Danish oil or similar on it to bring out the grain.

The 2nd part will be to strip down the workings and give them a clean and maybe put a tuning kit on it if needed. This should a great little project.

2013/02/25

BSA Model D

Just got a BSA Improved Model D .177 air rifle. This was manufactured between 1915 - 1919.
When I got it, it was not working to well. You cocked the rifle and then open the pellet port and it would sometimes fire one you! This is not what you want to happen.

I started to strip it down following a guide on Vintage BSA Air Rifle Forum It was quite easy to do the only hard part was removing the stock as the screw for this is deep down inside the stock. You access this via a small port on the butt of the stock.  To get to the screw you need a really really long handled screwdriver. I didn't have one but a quick phone call to a friendly farmer got me the use of screwdriver and I got the stock off.

I stripped down the rest of the rifle completely and gave it a good clean and de-grease to get rid of all the old gunk that had accumulated over the years. During this process I saw it need a new washer so I got one from TW Chambers 

Once the washer arrived and was socked in oil for 12 hours I re-assembled the rifle and it all went back together really easily until I got to re-attaching the stock. I couldn't borrow the screw driver this time so I improvised. I got my longest screwdriver and a lump hammer and smashed the handle off the screwdriver. This was now long enough to reach the screw but not enough protruded from the stock for me to get a decent grip on. Then in a blinding flash of inspiration I got my hammer drill which was big enough to take the screwdriver as a bit and it put it in. I should point out I didn't plug the drill in, just used it as a large handle.  Adapt, Improvise, Overcome.

Quick test fire to check it all works OK which is did, now just need a free weekend to get out and see how it fires over an extended period.