01 July 2018
24 June 2018
17 June 2018
23 May 2018
Planning for a three day backpacking trek.
I was not able to get this posted before my trip. I was able to take off a few days to enjoy a trek in Shenandoah National Park. I will have my trip report posted over the holiday weekend so come back and check the post out
25 April 2018
There are two parts to the list. Required and team gear.
Water bladder ( I use Source military bladders)
Photo ID & $20
Smartphone with battery pack
1 contractor bag (did not use)
Metal can min size 12oz (find something a little bigger )
1 dust mask
1 2L plastic bottle- empty
1 pad steel wool
2 9v batteries
1 car cell phone charger and cable (did not use)
1 paper clip (did not use )
1 canteen cup (GI or Nalgene cup size)
1 long lighter
1 ball point pen (plastic stick pen with cap)
1 free tourist map
1 selfie stick (did not use )
1 personal key fob
1 digital camera (in most cases this will not work again)
Small screwdriver set
1 roll duct tape
12 March 2018
It's that time of the year when the Banff Mountain World Tour makes its way to my neck of the woods. This year I was only able to get a ticket for the 1st night.
That night did not disappoint and like always the movies covered different subjects.
Imagination : Featured Tom Wallisch and was a urban skiing film. The concept was a kid sitting in the backseat of the family vehicle gazing out the window imagining skiing and using his fingers to make jumps.
While his parents are in the front talking about who knows what, Tom Wallisch skis into the day dream making it reality for the kid and the viewer. The parents do not see the skier because it is only in the imagination of the kid.
The Last Honey Hunter of Nepal ' s Kulunge people. This was an amazing film around 40 minutes long. The Kulunge people climb handmade ladders to climb the cliffs to gather hallucinogenic honey. These guys climbed what seem like hundreds of feet to get the honeycomb of the largest bees in Nepal. The honeycomb were huge and covered with thousands of bees.
Armed with a smokey fire at the bottom of the cliffs and a cheese cloth head cover for protection. They climbed bear foot and bear handed.
Banff brings out the reminder to me that there are amazing people doing amazing things, but also there are millions of people in this world that live a life in very remote and simple ways.
If you have the chance you need to do yourself a favor and see a night of great films with friends.
11 March 2018
Another weekend of orienteering! This meet was held at Albright ' s Scout Reservation. ABSR is a place that I hold near and dear. Albright 's was the first campout I did as a Scout. It was also during a camporee that I was tapped out for the Order of the Arrow.
CVOC had a 1200 start and I selected to do the green course. I didn't take a picture of the hold map because I wanted to focus on control number 3. I made a map reading error at this control. I saw a small foot bridge and thought I was at the right creek and I found the fence that is in the woods. After making a quick search for the control I figured I was in the wrong place and I was fitting the terrain to the map.
Working to controls 4,5 and 6 I used the compass to get my heading because those controls were between 375-425 meters. While that is not that far the terrain is more flat and harder to read. This method worked out will for me. I was either dead on the control or I found the control with limited searching.
Last week I was challenged with international control descriptions and this week it was a control description of "vernal pond". Control number 13 was the vernal pond. As you can see it is a small body of water compared to the other ponds. I heard one Scout ask were's the water? The vernal pond was the size of a hole you would get from were a large tree has fallen over and you are left with a big hole at the rootstock. I thought it was another control from another course at first.
17 Scouts worked on their orienteering merit badge over the weekend