When I was in the service I was witness to some guys putting some tobacco sauce inside someone’s hydration bladder. I remember thinking it was pretty funny at the time, but changed my mind when I saw how hard it was to actually clean one out.
I don’t know how effective this would be to remove oleoresin capsicum from a water bladder, but I know that many backpackers (and military servicemen) use the method below to clean out their hydration packs. Continue reading
I like pineapple upside down cake, but I don’t make it often. We never end up eating the whole cake and I hate to see it wasted.
When we made the bread in a can video I started thinking, and I wanted to see if I could cook other things in cans.
This is an experiment (but in researching I have seen others do this in similar ways) in cooking cake in cleaned out tuna fish cans.
I made some yellow cake batter (from a mix), and made some individual portioned pineapple upside down cakes. Continue reading
Lashing is a great skill to have, with some rope and a little knowledge you can make all sorts of useful things.
Start with a Clove Hitch around one pole. Wrap about six racking turns (Racking is the when the rope passes between the poles over one and under the next).
This increases the contact between rope and wood and reduces slipping. Continue reading
Here is a quick tip for backpacking or camping where space and weight is a premium.
To make a chewable single use dry toothpaste “mint” lay out foil sheet or parchment and make rows of toothpaste spots.
Allow to dry for 2-4 days.
Sprinkle baking soda on top to keep from sticking.
Repackage in small bags. Continue reading
As far as survival gear goes, I like cheap, light, unobtrusive, and multi-use. Today’s tip fits all those things.
If you keep a small pencil sharpener in your gear you can use it to make tinder for your fire. It the outside of the wood is wet from a quick rainstorm, by cutting into the wood you can access dry material.
As a side benefit – the pencil sharpener will put a point on small diameter wood which you could use to make traps, fishing implements, tent stakes – whatever – and in a pinch the razor can be removed and uses as a small knife.
Not bad for something you can buy at the dollar store… Continue reading