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I happened to notice a couple of the red sandstone rocks I brought home from Utah sitting next to a pack I had dyed. The match wasn't too bad so I thought I would post it for others to see. The red unfortunately doesn't show up as well on video as it does to the eye. Hope this helps someone considering dyeing their pack.

The water levels are lower now, I wanted to compare the high and low water levels and what might lie beneath the brown waters.

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I encountered a swollen creek on my hike. I've crossed it alone before when the water was lower and although I wanted to ford it, the dangers of doing so after heavy rains outweighed the benefit. I offer a few opinions about the subject and continued on with my hike. I threw in a shot of one of my packs in the floodplain, it looks like it matches well though I didn't get in the 'same light' as the foliage.

I took the opportunity of a conditioning hike to check out how well the re-dyed packs blend with the spring growth. It would seem that I didn't hit the record button for one of them as the footage isn't there. Ah well, it was still a nice day for a hike.

I had dyed a couple of UCP MOLLE packs and they didn't work very well in my local environment so I re-dyed them with improved results. A little bit of a how-to on dying synthetic material.

No offense intended towards anybody, but I really dislike the bright orange, red, yellow and blue colors that so many wear in the field. It's not just about remaining unseen and left alone. All that unnatural color spoils the view for other people.

Just added some more footage and removed some that didn't seem worth repeating in another video

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-New Spring footage added-

I was hoping to get some hardcore winter snow footage for this video but it doesn't look like it will work out this year.

A mix of old and new footage examining the effectiveness of UCP in the fall and winter. New footage will be added in summer. I know some people will spray paint camo to get the effect they want, it is a valid technique. My preference is to dye the material. however.

It's always good to test out your gear in new or unfamiliar circumstances, especially if the conditions could be dangerous such as during winter. I've never used the Svea 123 on a winter camping trip, though I have used other stoves. The Svea has a good reputation in cold temperatures so I wasn't expecting trouble. Interesting how things sometimes turn out. Outside temps 11°f, winds about 20MPH.

Had this been a genuine overnight trek I probably would have gone to more bother to shield the stove from the weather. I could have used an extra pair of socks or some other ad hoc method to insulate the stove and get it running properly. I didn't want to go through all that for a casual hike however and the lighter was giving me trouble so it didn't seem worth the effort. Besides, it's better to have a solid method that works than to try and invent expedients on the fly.

This has given me food for thought. My pack is set up for conditioning hikes not actual backpacking. I had thought my emergency preparations for an overnight stay were adequate, now I have to rethink that.

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I couldn't leave the stove situation alone after yesterday's failure to operate. I did get it running today, not as well as in summer unfortunately. While there have been incremental improvements, there remains more to be done. Lessons have been learned though.

Experimenting in the house, I found the stove wasn't quite running properly, whether this was caused by bouncing around in my pack for 6 months or trying to light it in the cold 'dirtied up' the mechanism, I don't know. Some carb cleaner added to the fuel has helped though. That may well have been the trouble. The lesson: test your gear before leaving the house.

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I have dyed and set up 3 MOLLE rucksacks for seasonal use in my area. A brief explanation of this.

Heavy duty (and just plain heavy), durable, relatively inexpensive, readily available, expandable, modifiable and fun to work with. There is a lot to like about these packs.

I bought this Brunton mirror compass years ago. I'd heard a lot of good things about mirror compasses but had no experience with them. Unfortunately the instruction sheet that it came with was poorly written and didn't explain how some of the important features actually functioned nor even how to properly use the compass. I finally got around to researching the subject and this video is the result.

At this point I still prefer a lensatic compass but I understand why these are popular. A little bit of practice and a person should be able to use a mirror compass quite easily.

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Some simple ideas to pre-position basic camping/survival tools.
If the authorities are looking for you, odds are they will have some idea of where you, your family and friends live or frequent. Going someplace else in that case would be important to avoid capture. If you are careful, you can use your vacations to scout possible places to go in advance. The country is full of state and national parks and BLM land. Pay cash for everything, don't spend too long in any one location. A well placed cache in some of these locations might provide you the tools to remain free and your excursions places may pass undetected years later when you have attracted the attention of big brother.

A movie idea that may have some merit. A compass attached to a rifle for faster direction finding though with some loss of accuracy due to the metal of the firearm. It seems to work well enough if you are moving in a general direction. I could see a fast moving patrol using this while traveling through jungle or thick woods where quickly getting to an area or large landmark is more important than finding a specific place.

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Changing the unpopular UCP camo on another MOLLE rucksack. This time I tried blending some colors. It didn't come out too bad. Just in case you wanted to color compare, I included some stills of the packs with a white piece of paper so you can color balance.

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Just examining the differences in color and contrast of a couple of rucksacks. This UCP/ACU is new to me. I'm not even sure what to call it. It doesn't seem like its a good color scheme for woods and green places but throw a little snow in and it improves a lot. I wonder how it fares in arid regions? The B&W portions are an attempt to simulate low light conditions or how certain animals might see.

A comparison of the MOLLE sustainment pouch and the USMC hydration pouch. They are not the same thing, although I have referred to them interchangeably, nor are they the same dimensionally but both can be a good addition the your MOLLE or medium ALICE packs to increase your load carrying capability.

I would consider the Hydration pouch a slightly better fit on the ALICE pack due to it's being a little narrower than the sustainment pouch. Neither pouch fits as well on the large ALICE, the webbing that holds the top and bottom straps doesn't line up properly as it does on the medium ALICE.

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Being unseen and unheard in the back country goes a long way towards being left alone. I threw together footage from several videos to see how well various bits of clothing and gear blends in different seasons. You don't have to dress in camouflage or go full tactical to remain unnoticed. It's no secret that bold bright colors are visible from a great distance, even camouflage in an inappropriate setting stands out. Neutral and muted colors and earth tones blend better. I'll likely add to and lengthen the video as I shoot more relevant video.

I'm not sure of the properties of the trail cam, is it IR, what part of the light spectrum is it showing? I'm sure someone will come along and have more specific knowledge. Anyhow in this video I'm checking out the signature produced on some packs with a game camera. Some of the gear has been dyed including the entire Large MOLLE ruck and the MOLLE straps added to a couple of the ALICE packs. From what I could see, it made no difference in IR visibility or reflectivity. Unmolested items like the sleep carrier and the hipbelts didn't appear significantly different. The signatures of the plants are very similar to the equipment. Your mileage may vary. I'm assuming the newer MOLLE equipment may have been produced with breaking up IR signatures in mind while the older ALICE gear may not though in this test anyway, no great difference was apparent.

I should note that in the first picture the pack on top on the upper left is a civilian copy of a medium ALICE in MARPAT camo and shouldn't be expected to have any "anti-IR "properties. It's only in that one photo.

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So I bought a HYPE I-FX video camera, this is a cheap $30 camera and I thought I'd do a review of it.
It is okay for what it is but my old camera, a handheld Insignia NS-DV720PBL2 is still a better camera in many respects especially audio quality and even some of the video is better which surprised me.
The new camera was set up for 1080p, the old one is 720 so I hoped for a different outcome. Video artifacts appeared or were magnified in the edited footage that weren't obvious in the raw footage. Both cameras were used in the review and you can see and hear for yourself the differences. I didn't adjust the audio levels to make them more even as I might with a normal video. The I-FX audio levels are considerably lower and Windows movie maker doesn't have great audio editing capability anyway.
Still, for $30 it's not too bad.

A quick and easy fine tuning adjustment to get a little more accuracy out of your sextant, per the manual too!

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I'm going to see if this pack will work with ALICE straps and no frame. Also a brief description of the large MOLLE rucksack. I've never used one before so it is all new to me. Suggestions are appreciated.

After I posted this I watched several videos about attaching the frame and other components. That answered a lot of the questions I had about it though I still think it is unnecessarily complicated (and time consuming) for a military rucksack. Nonetheless I'm excited to try this as I embark upon the exploration of a newer generation of carrying equipment.

I have seen that others have had success dying their packs. I chose apple green for my pack. I think it will work well in this area, though Kelly green and other shades seem promising.

I had to justify getting it somehow, so the new pack will be a 'get home' pack in case I have to go on foot from work or somewhere else.

I haven't gotten the pack all set up yet but I intend for it to be lightweight to allow fast travel. At most I'd be walking for 1 to 2 days so the gear, while light and basic, has to perform. I anticipate short breaks or abbreviated overnight stops en route. Gear selection of course, will be according to the season. A heavier pack may not be the best choice for this situation.

This is a good time to get ALICE gear if you haven't already done so. Don't worry if its used and has some wear showing, repairs aren't usually hard to do and as long as its serviceable it will work just as well as new gear.

Added a set of improved straps to the get home bag and thought I might go over some of the differences between the old and new. These are NOT MOLLE straps.

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Hardly a comprehensive list of what you'll need, but some of my thoughts about hiking while on the trail. Feel free to do it the way you prefer.

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