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by SierraStrider
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Crafts & Skills
Topic: Beekeeping
Replies: 9
Views: 437

Re: Beekeeping

I've done beekeeping for years, though hive dieoffs followed by too much work mean I don't have any currently. I've done Langstroth and top-bar styles, and I'm thinking about doing a hybrid system if I restart my apiary--a long, flat hive that takes Langstrogh frames. Top bar frames are just too del...
by SierraStrider
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: What's up with wick trimmers?
Replies: 1
Views: 122

What's up with wick trimmers?

This isn't a question that's likely to have huge applications in wilderness trekking, but it's something I've been messing with recently and which has had me rather puzzled. I've run into some historical examples of wick trimmers over the years--special scissors used to cut wicks while the candle wa...
by SierraStrider
Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: What about a bit of rope? You'll want it, if you haven't got it: Well, I'll want it.
Replies: 8
Views: 3566

Re: What about a bit of rope? You'll want it, if you haven't got it: Well, I'll want it.

I don’t have a lot of experience with organic ropes, so this has been an interesting experience for me. I really like the way it turned out though, completely changes the look of everything. Looks great, and should be very serviceable--especially if it's genuine manila, and not just fraudulently br...
by SierraStrider
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vast family tree project
Replies: 2
Views: 1231

Vast family tree project

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I saw this on r/tolkienfans on reddit by u/Gandalf117. It's pretty amazing. There is also an extensive companion text.
by SierraStrider
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rangers report!
Replies: 19
Views: 4663

Re: Rangers report!

Aravir wrote:I love Henry Coe and Joseph Grant parks! Great shot!


Careful out there--those woods are crawling with porcs.

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by SierraStrider
Sat Apr 11, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rangers report!
Replies: 19
Views: 4663

Re: Rangers report!

Also essential...frustratingly essential, apparently, as they've got me working 6-7 days a week. However...there are perks. Took this shot at work today, and if that doesn't put one in mind of Eriador, I don't know what will. Henry W. Coe State Park, California. https://i.imgur.com/mNurPnP.jpg
by SierraStrider
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results
Replies: 15
Views: 6144

Re: Dakota Firehole Experiment Results

After finding the scapula a bit flimsy, I ordered up a Niwaki digging knife. https://i.imgur.com/eHGas7l.jpg?1 It's serviceable, and looks a lot more period than the ones with logo-etched stainless blades and serrated edges. I subdued the handle a bit with black walnut minwax stain, and am making a ...
by SierraStrider
Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Weapons & Armour
Topic: On the Breaking of Blades, or: A Negative Result is Still a Result
Replies: 14
Views: 12162

Re: On the Breaking of Blades, or: A Negative Result is Still a Result

So, just over two years later, It took me a whole day to make the scabbard. I'd love some advice, though. https://i.imgur.com/6NRCFWw.jpg?1 Here it is. Rather than wrap it, I think I'll leave it as wood grain. I like the look. I've used black walnut to match the rest of the wood in my kit. I started...
by SierraStrider
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: All plants, animals, food, etc. mentioned in The Hobbit
Replies: 31
Views: 15171

Re: All plants, animals, food, etc. mentioned in The Hobbit

So I've been pondering this. I've had good success baking in the backcountry with breads both short and long as the poem says, but would/could I do it with archaic techniques? A pearlash, potash or soda ash could be made or acquired. Would pack similarly to a spice, I imagine. But what about acid? V...
by SierraStrider
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:52 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Wilderness First Aid
Replies: 8
Views: 3283

Re: Heat-related illness

In 2005 I attended the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia. A traditional part of this event is a speech by the president of the United States. All 40,000 scouts in attendance marched to the big amphitheater for the speech, but looming thunderstorms made it too risky, so we all marched back to o...
by SierraStrider
Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Wilderness First Aid
Replies: 8
Views: 3283

Re: Hypothermia

EDIT: This was originally the top-level comment in this thread, but in deciding to turn this into a continuing series, I replaced the top comment with a general overview. Take a look, if you haven’t seen it! By request, this is my attempt at a guide to recognizing and avoiding hypothermia in the wil...
by SierraStrider
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: The Prancing Pony
Topic: Happy Birthday Scott, Stella and Mike
Replies: 5
Views: 2912

Re: Happy Birthday Scott, Stella and Mike

Three cheers for three folks!
by SierraStrider
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Sierra Strider Hard Kit Breakdown
Replies: 14
Views: 4252

Re: Sierra Strider Hard Kit Breakdown

Hmm! That looks nice...thanks for the suggestion.
by SierraStrider
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Sierra Strider Hard Kit Breakdown
Replies: 14
Views: 4252

Re: Sierra Strider Hard Kit Breakdown

I noticed you only (presently) have food bags weighed, and I'm quite sure they're empty at that weight. A suggestion: I carry a copper 'Gil' cup as both a small drinking cup that I can brew tea in, etc. as well as for a measuring/rationing cup. I use it to measure flour for dumplings, milled oats (...
by SierraStrider
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:05 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: MERF Random Adventure Pictures
Replies: 152
Views: 20938

Re: MERF Random Adventure Pictures

She's gorgeous. Sorry it's been a rough year.

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