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VIDEO: How to Make a Bushcraft Camp Chair

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Interesting article:

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VIDEO: How to Make a Bushcraft Camp Chair

A Great Solution When You Don’t Have a Chair On Hand

Materials Needed:

  • A tree to attach the chair to
  • Three Y-branches
  • Batoned wood for the seat and crossbars
  • Bankline cordage
  • Rock for hammering

 

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Start by attaching 2 of the Y-branches using a bankline. Paracord would probably work better.

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Put a loop in the bankline and leave a 6-inch tail. Then run the main line back into the loop to create another loop.

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Slide that over the top. Tie it down as tight as you can. Wrap it about 6 times or more so that you won’t fall to the ground.

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Cut off the cordage.

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Frap the cordage you just wrapped. (In other words, go through the middle and around your cordage.)

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Take the tag line and finish off with some knots.

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Use a long piece of wood for the crossbar. Put it on top of the Y-branches (the chair’s legs).

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Make a hole for the legs to make sure the seat of the chair will be flat and level.

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If it’s not flat, get a piece of rock to pound the leg down into the ground.

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Tie the crossbar to each leg, alternating on the inside and outside the Y several times.

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Do the same on the other side.

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Use longer sticks to connect the front legs to the Y-branch at the back of the chair/tree.

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See to it that they’re also relatively flat. Hammer the Y-branch into the ground if needed.

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Tie them together securely.

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Same in the back.

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Now it’s time to put the sticks on top of the crossbars for the seat.

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Just like the rest, tie the sticks on. It won’t take much to hold them in place.

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As you can see, it’s not a masterpiece but it’s a good place to sit.

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The last and final step is to test if the chair can support you. Sit squarely on it the way you would on a regular chair.

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If you want to test it for strength, put all your weight on the seat, like this.

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For the full tutorial, check out the video below

Have you tried making your own bushcraft camp chair? Have your own tips to share? Tell us about it in the comments!

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PREPARE NOW Before The Situation Worsens, Like Venezuela Where Its Too Late

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The all-caps “PREPARE NOW” is for a very important reason and emphasis. And yes, I do mean to ‘scare’ those who may not have adequately prepared yet. It’s too late now for the Venezuelans where the situation there has become desperate as grocery stores are empty and people are starving as they look for cats […]

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Notes for Thursday – May 19, 2016

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Today, we present another entry for Round 64 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. This compact starter power system is packaged in a wheeled O.D. green EMP-shielded Pelican hard case (a $1,700 value),
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate that is good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 Nato QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chrome-lined barrel and a hard case to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools and a compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Gun Mag Warehouse is providing 20 Magpul PMAG 30-rd Magazines (a value of $300) and a Gun Mag Warehouse T-Shirt; (an equivalent prize will be awarded for residents in states with magazine restrictions),
  6. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  7. The Ark Institute is donating a non-GMO, non-hybrid vegetable seed package (enough for two families of four) plus seed storage materials, a CD-ROM of Geri Guidetti’s book “Build Your Ark! How to Prepare for Self Reliance in Uncertain Times”, and two bottles of Potassium Iodate (a $325 retail value),
  8. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  9. KellyKettleUSA.com is donating an AquaBrick water filtration kit with a retail value of $250, and
  10. Two cases of meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value).

Second Prize:

  1. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  2. A transferable certificate for a two-day Ultimate Bug Out Course from Florida Firearms Training (a $400 value),
  3. A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  4. A Trekker IV™ Four-Person Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $250 value),
  5. A $200 gift certificate good towards any books published by PrepperPress.com,
  6. A pre-selected assortment of military surplus gear from CJL Enterprize (a $300 value),
  7. RepackBox is providing a $300 gift certificate to their site, and
  8. Safecastle is providing a package of 10 LifeStraws (a $200 value)
  9. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Third Prize:

  1. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A $245 gift certificate from custom knife-maker Jon Kelly Designs, of Eureka, Montana,
  3. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  6. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances,
  7. Montie Gear is donating a Precision Rest (a $249 value), and
  8. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).

Round 64 ends on May 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.

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The Seven Steps of Survival

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Guest post by ‘Confused and in the dark’ A few decades ago I took a series of wilderness survival courses through Sea-Grant and our local community schools program. I live in coastal Alaska and the classes were intended to teach survival in high stress wilderness and marine emergency situations, cold-water survival, CPR, wilderness first aid, […]

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April 2016 EDC Pocket Dump

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April 2016 EDC Pocket Dump

1. Cold Steel Hold Out II EDC Folding Pocket Knife 2. Peterson Irish Flake Pipe Tobacco 3. Generic Czech Pipe Tool 4. IM Corona Old Boy Black/Chrome Pipe Lighter 5. SederCraft Kraig Seder Short Poker Custom Pipe

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Collecting Rainwater No longer Illegal in Colorado. Yes, it was Actually a Crime!

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As many offgriders have found out the hard way, collecting and harvesting rainwater is actually illegal in many parts of the United States [...]

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Notes for Wednesday – May 18, 2016

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May 18th, 1825 was the birthday of Daniel B. Wesson (of Smith and Wesson fame).

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93 Paracord Uses: How Many More Can You Think Of?

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93 Paracord Uses: How Many More Can You Think Of?

Paracord projects are more than just a fun way to pass the time. Paracord is one of the most versatile pieces of survival gear kit you can possibly own – so having it on you is a huge boon in case you ever get stuck in any sort of survival situation. And while rope can certainly do… Read More

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Best Campgrounds in California

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Best Campgrounds in California

Where to Camp in the Golden State

When most people think of California, they think of Hollywood and Disneyland. But there’s plenty of natural beauty in the Golden State for those who prefer to venture outside the big city.

California is such a diverse state, you’re sure to find scenery that’s to your liking. Whether it’s the beaches of SoCal, the forests of Northern California or the valleys that run through Central California, there’s something for everyone.

Here are our favorite camping spots in California.

1. Yosemite National Park – Mariposa

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Perhaps the greatest charm that Yosemite National Park has is the uniqueness of its geologic features. There is no other place on earth where you can see so many gigantic granite rock formations carved into dramatic shapes by glaciation. And right in the middle of it all is a beautiful valley where numerous waterfalls flow into two rivers. The park is definitely a must-see. Learn more.

2. Lake Tahoe Basin – South Lake Tahoe

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And when you come to Lake Tahoe to play, you will be able to find a number of people who are experts at any activity that you are wanting to enjoy. Many business owners will tell you that they have been skiing or fishing or whatever for all of their life. They love what they do and they are good at it. They look at each day as another opportunity to do what they are passionate about while making new friends. Out-of-doors or indoors, work is play for many folks in Tahoe! Learn more.

3. Big Sur – Between Carmel and San Simeon

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Starting in the Monterey/Carmel area of Northern California and ending at Central California’s San Simeon near Hearst Castle, there’s more magnificent coastline camping on California’s Big Sur where 3 tribes of Native Americans — the Ohlone, Esselen and Salinan — were first to inhabit the areas and where 3 million tourists visit per year. Camp streamside in the Big Sur Valley or camp ocean view bluff-side in the southern end of Big Sur. It is a stretch of California camping that you won’t want to miss. Learn more.

4. Sequoia National Forest – Sierra Nevada

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The Sequoia National Forest, named for the world’s largest trees, celebrates the greatest concentration of giant sequoia groves in the world. Protected within the Giant Sequoia National Monument, these groves and the areas around them are managed by the U.S. Forest Service for today and for future generations. Learn more.

5. Leo Carrillo State Park – Malibu

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Covering a two and a half miles of rugged shore and beach, this park has opportunities for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, and surf fishing. Beachgoers will enjoy exploring the tidal pools and coastal caves for varieties of sea stars, anemones, mussels, crabs and other tidepool creatures. The popular surrounding camp sites are shaded by region-specific Sycamore trees. Learn more.

6. Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park – Weott

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Fifteen miles east of Highway 101, Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park is off the beaten tourist track. It’s small—less than one square mile, with only five miles of trails. those who come earn big rewards: a sublime redwood forest full of big trees and few people. Learn more.

7. Morro Bay State Park – San Luis Obispo

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The seaside village of Morro Bay is a picture-perfect getaway for travelers seeking outdoor adventures and a gorgeous natural setting. Located along scenic Highway 1 midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Morro Bay is easy to reach and hard to leave. Once you experience the beauty and charm – not to mention the fun you’ll have kayaking, biking, fishing, beachcombing on Morro Beach at the Morro Beach State park or walking on the sandspit. With the magnificent views of Morro Rock you can lose yourself and just plain relax – you’ll wonder why you’d ever go anyplace else. Learn more.

8. Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree is one of the most popular and beautiful national parks in the US. Located just a few hours from San Diego, LA, Las Vegas and Phoenix, the fall weather is particularly perfect for camping in Joshua Tree’s 792,510 acres. Best of all, with its unique terrain and sometimes extreme weather patterns, Joshua Tree is a great place to put your survival skills to the test. Learn more.

9. Crystal Cove State Park

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Crystal Cove State Park’s rolling surf, sandy beaches, tidepools, gently sloping hills, and deeply wooded canyons and ridges provide a delightful contrast to its urban surroundings.  Located off busy Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. Learn more.

10. Red’s Meadow Valley – Mammoth

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With crystal-clear streams, sparkling lakes and majestic forests, Reds Meadow Valley is an ideal place to camp during the summer and enjoy fishing, hiking or riding a horse through this pristine setting. Located on the other side of Mammoth Mountain, there are seven campgrounds in the area: Agnew Meadows, Minaret Falls, Reds Meadow, Pumice Flat, Upper Soda Springs, Pumice Flat Group and Devils Postpile. Learn more.

Want more adventure? Check out the rest of our Best Campgrounds in the US series.

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Travel Bug Out Bags: Your Lifeline out on the Road

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You’re hundreds of miles from home, enjoying a weekend of relaxation when all of a sudden disaster strikes; you're stuck in a new area, with no way to get home; what do you do? [...]

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