Normally, I travel as a backpacker or wilderness camper, but the other day I thought I ought to mix up my natural experience. I thought about heading for the coast to try out the beach life, even though my next beach trip isn’t coming up for another four-to-five months. But then it occurred to me that here in Ohio, I have a lot of choices along the rivers, where I can bird watch, relax and be alone, but of course for the occasional kayaker who ventures down the river with beers in hand. So, with a six pack of beer in my own, and my Ostrich chair packed in my trunk, I made my way along backcountry roads to a particularly rural section of the Walhonding river.
Greetings campers, and wilderness adventurers. Today, I bring you part two of a three part series where I feature some lesser known, yet important gear that can save your life. Throughout this series, I will feature little oddities and amazingly compact items that can have a tremendous impact on your ability to survive in the wild, as well as have a real good time in Nature. I will be featuring three articles on Camping, Fire, and Survival where I will take a look at some of the survivalist items made by the folks at Ultimate Survival Technologies.
These days, a backpack is a statement of someone’s fashion and ideals, and thoughts on culture, politics, and music preference. People don’t use patches like they used to, instead they accessorize and/or choose styles that fit them and define them. And a backpack can become that symbol. If someone like hardcore rock music, you can often tell right away, and the same goes for athletes and musicians, and beyond
Ever wear a really nice suit or drive an amazing sports car, and feel like you’re James Bond? Or buy something solely because it reminds you of this one film or movie star? Well, the L-2B Hooded Flight jacket has that sort of effect for me. The fine folks over at Alpha Industries are a clothing brand who doubles as an official contractor, making the classic flight jackets for the U.S. Defense Department.
You might be thinking, why would I need a bulletproof vest? In this day and age, most people probably won’t ever find themselves in a situation when they would need one. But you also can never be too sure. If you’re traveling to a country with unrest, or scared of terrorists, then why not, right? But in all seriousness, it’s good to at least know where to get one for an affordable price.
Ah, the artistry of a fine, high quality felling axe. Do you know how hard it is to find a legit, quality axe in this day and age? Seriously, try running down to your local hardware store like Lowes, Home Depot, Ace, or even Walmart, and you won’t find a real high quality axe that can both, take down an old growth hardwood tree and last for decades. Few people make them, and there are even fewer places to purchase such an axe. But the fine folks over at Hults Bruk in Sweden have perfected the art of the axe, and are one of the rare few who still produce felling axes of such high quality. The Atran Felling Axe by Hults Bruk is a serious axe, made for the real outdoorsman.
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