October, 2008

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Homemade Pepsi Can Alcohol Camping Stoves

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

You know I am always looking for the latest and greatest thing, but this time I decided to go back and construct an “old-school” homemade stove. Actually , I should give the credit to PPPorch for suggesting that we build these sometime, I had been thinking about it, and he provided the catalyst and he brought those surgeon skills to the table when it was time to start cutting, and FullCT kept us focused on doing a good job, not just doing a job. So thanks to both of ya’ll for helping me make my stove, I love the thing. I was so excited about it that I took it to dinner the other night to show everyone and then I decided to post to the GC.com forums about it, so here is a copy of that post:

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REI Trekker and Lite-Core Sleeping Pads

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

4 of 5 bananas

Trekker $49.00 @ REI

Lite-Core $65.00 @ REI

OK, time for an update, if anyone is listening.

Scoot and I have been very happy with our big pads, but over the last year we have slowly been upgrading our gear with lighter, more compact pieces and we finally got around to upgrading our sleeping arrangements.  This time we opted for two different pads of similar construction and we have both been very happy.  I will hit on the high points for both of them and then address the differences between the two pads at the end.

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Therma-Rest Basecamp Sleeping Pad

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

3 of 5 bananas

$74.95 @ REI

After a couple of years of carrying a queen size inflatable mattress when we were car camping, or just sleeping on the ground when we were hiking, Scoot and I decided to buy a couple of those self-inflating sleeping pads.  We were skeptical about their effectiveness and we hated to spend that much money on something that we had no confidence in, but we caught them on sale and decided to give them a try.  It was one of the best camping gear purchases we have made. Click to continue »

Fisher Space Pen

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

5 of 5 bananas

Various office supply stores $12.00-$25.00

You may have seen several cachers carrying a small black or chrome pen in their pants pockets and wondered just what the deal is.  Are these special secret club pens?  Well, yes and no.  There is no secret club for folks who carry the Fisher Space pen, but it sure is special, and it has several features that make it the perfect geocaching pen. Click to continue »

REI Travel Sack +55° Sleeping Bag

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

3 of 5 bananas

$59.00 @ REI

I bought one of these lightweight bags at REI on July 4th and even modeled it for some folks at the event that afternoon.  I finally got to use it a couple of weeks ago while camping down at Joe Wheeler State Park in Alabama.  I have trouble finding sleeping bags for two reasons; they are often too small for my overabundant frame and when I find one that fits I burn up in it unless it is freezing outside.   Click to continue »

New and Improved Kayak Cart

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Over time my homemade kayak cart has worked out pretty well, but I have run into a couple of issues.  First, it needed larger tires, the little ones really did bog down in the terrain, many thanks to Southpaw for finding a pair of great pneumatic ones for me.  The brackets proved sturdy enough for most trips, we found that if we loaded the cart with both yaks and all of the gear needed for a full day on the water, including big iced down cooler, they flexed too much and while they still worked it was less than optimal.  So it was back to the drawing board, for version 2.0.

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Original Homemade Kayak Cart

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

It seems like more and more of us are buying canoes, kayak and other small watercraft to integrate into our geocaching so I thought I would pass along this tip.  Even a lightweight kayak (Scoot’s weighs 34 lbs.) is a pain to carry more than a couple of hundred yards, so I looked around and found a better way to transport our boats.  There are several of these on the market, but most of them run about $100.00, so I looked at how they were made and came up with this one that you can make in less than half an hour with parts from your local home improvement store for around $30.00.  I present “Monkeybrad’s Magically-delicious Personal Watercraft Conveyor to the Stars” or as Scoot calls it, a homebuilt kayak cart:

 

 

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McGuffin's Bluff

Monday, October 20th, 2008

For the last six years, Laura and I have hosted a “Haunted Hayride and Caching Cookout” on our farm, the first Saturday after Halloween.  Themes have ranged from Pirates to the Wizard of Oz and most everything in between.  For our fourth annual event we chose a Civil War themed mystery that we titled, McGuffin’s Bluff. Click to continue »