“It took A.K. to teach me how to make real camp coffee: bring one pot of lake or river water to a rolling boil, add two palmfuls of generic coffee, and remove the pot to the edge of the coals. If it’s the breakfast pot, throw in the eggshells. When it’s done (five to ten minutes), add a splash of cold water to settle the grounds.
Like whiskey, it should be drunk from a tin cup.“ – John Gierach, Camp Coffee
Re-read this essay last night… looking forward to summer time and hopefully some smoky camp coffee.
Filed under: Outdoors | Tags: beginning of the world, December 21st, winter solstice
Happy Solstice folks. Get outside, get weird.
Filed under: Books, Outdoors | Tags: Dennis Bleything, guidebook, Life Support Technology, Ron Dawson, wilderness, Wilderness Pcket n' Pak Library
The Wilderness Pocket n’ Pak Library is a set of 5 small books containing essential wilderness survival skills created by Dennis Bleything and Ron Dawson. The collection of books was first published in 1972 by what was then the authors’ company Life Support Technology. The set of books comes in a fold-up plastic sleeve that protects them while stuffed in a backpack or back pocket while out in the woods.
If you want a set of these excellent books you could probably find them used online or something, or instead you could try to order them from this 1974 issue of Backpacker. Its your choice but either way you should probably have these pocket sized lifesavers with you next time you hit the trail.
Filed under: Angling, Books, Fly Fishing, Outdoors | Tags: Curt Gowdy, fly fishing, hunting, Joe Brooks, outdoors, The American Sportsman Treasury, vintage
The American Sportsman was a television show that aired from 1965 to 1986. The show, which was probably one of the first to depict outdoor adventures, showed hunting and fishing trips by the show’s host along with celebrities such as Bing Crosby and Andy Griffith. The tv show got it start as 20 min segment on the Wide World of Sports which followed Curt Gowdy (who went on to host the show) along with the legendary Joe Brooks on a fly fishing expedition in the Andes Mountains. The eventually went on to become The New American Sportsman which covered all types of sports, and in doing so lost the appeal of the original which focused on outdoor adventures.
I recently found the book,The American Sportsman Treasury, which is basically the hardbound version of the original tv show. The book contains more stories and excellent photos from various fishing and hunting trips of the past by experienced outdoorsman. More of the images can be found here.
I recently came across advertisements for Jeeps in two separate magazines, one from 1968 the other from 1979. It is interesting to see how the iconic Jeep changed both in design and in its advertising in that decade. Personally I prefer the 1968 Jeeps. More vintage trucks here.
Its the first day of winter, the shortest day of the year, and my one year wedding anniversary. Make sure you burn a large fire.
Filed under: Outdoors, Photos | Tags: canoe sledding, virginia blizzard 2009
Bought this Peacock pocket warmer at a yard sale over the summer and now since the weather has become so cold I might actually get a chance to use it. Handwarmers like this one are definitely an older technology. Essentially they are a smoldering ball of fueled soaked cotton in a metal case that you stick in your pocket and hope you don’t catch on fire while fishing. Either way they are beautiful objects and better then carrying one of those chemical sack handwarmers in your pocket.
The shiny Peacock comes in a purple crush velvet case that after its lit you put it back into before stuffing it into your pocket.
While I haven’t used this yet I’m thinking about getting some lighter fluid and giving it a try next time I go fishing, hopefully I won’t catch fire.