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Firestarter

Firestarter

I experimented with making firestarter today.   First, I filled the cups of a cardboard egg carton with dryer lint, scraps of paper, and wood debris from the bottom of my firewood box.                     Then I...

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The Last Pole

The Last Pole

I peeled the last pole in a set of forty today.  I cut them for the longhouse next spring. It should be a party.                              ...

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Winter Picnic

Winter Picnic

OK, technically December 3rd is still fall, but the day was short and it was cold.                                                    ...

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Master Link

Master Link

Here's an old trick for keeping the clip in place on your master link. Yes, I know you can form an endless chain using a riveted link and not worry about losing a clip. But for those of us who prefer the flexibility afforded by a clipped master link, the old school...

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October Tipi Camp on Pistol Creek

October Tipi Camp on Pistol Creek

Andy,Rob and I set out Friday for Pistol Creek. Dave McF would join us on Saturday. We stopped to collect a set of poles I had left at Chanty Camp, foraging for mushrooms on our way up. Robert and I found only a few each, but my brother found enough chanterelles to...

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The Drought Ends

The Drought Ends

           Friday evening, September 17th, 2021 the drought ended with the first significant rainfall in many months. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest lifted its ban on campfires which had been in place since the beginning of June. More than four inches of rain...

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Filling the Permit

Filling the Permit

Friday morning my brother went with me to help get the last 8 tipi poles to finish filling my permit.  Even though I made it out of the house by 9:30 (an early start for me) it was late by the time we got to the woods. We spent a good deal of time stuck in...

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Voyage on Pistol Creek

Voyage on Pistol Creek

            Pistol Creek was shaping up to be an excellent choice for a new campsite, but the trail in was a concern. It is a long haul for the tipi covers and heavier gear – doable, but might there be an easier way?             The obvious solution was to float our...

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