I found this product at Walmart while I was supplying for a recent trip. I was intrigued by its design and decided to give it a try. This UCO Switch Spork is very handy and light and I really like it. In this video, I am lightly comparing it to my Morspel Spork that I got off of Kickstarter. The thing I like about the UCO is the ability to break it down into a smaller footprint in my backpack. Don't get me wrong I still like the Morsel, but there are some advantages to this spork that the Morsel does not have.
Measurements: 7 inches nested, 10.3 inches extended Weighs: 0.9 oz or 27 grams Includes 1 reusable tether, 1 fork, and 1 spoon/knife combination utensil. Made from ultra-durable food grade BPA-free glass-filled nylon. Use the spoon and fork separately or connect them together end to end for extra length. Attachment points and reusable tether work together to affix the spork to a pack or hang it up to dry. Dishwasher and microwave safe
Went hiking with family and friends on Easter Sunday and came across this really interesting wall that I decided to walk across, just to see where it goes.
It's a lot harder than it looks, as the wall starts off only a foot or two high but drops to over eight feet high as it rounds the corner. There are gaps and cracks and uneven portions that make it difficult to traverse while maintaining balance with a smartphone in your hand, plus branches in the way.
I just thought I'd share something fun and personable with you all to show that I'm still human with human interests and a life apart from my time on the internet. 38D
It's that time of year again. Every Spring and Fall I reevaluate and change up my Bugout Bag. Well, I end up then changing my "get out the door" plan a.k.a. my Bug Out Plan. Sounds like a good topic for a video! How current is your plan?
Today is the first of April so I made a special video for everyone. I am a big believer in bushcraft skills as part of one's preparedness plan. I thought it would be nice to return to that topic today.
How do you handle stress? This is an important part of you that you need to know and understand. How you handle stress can make or break you in a real life Going Sideways event. In this video, I use myself as an example. How do I respond to stress and what I can do to mitigate that in order to survive.
Patriot Front members engaged in a series of outdoor actions including hiking, camping, sparring, cleaning up litter, and other forms of physical improvement and community building. ------------- See their latest action at https://gab.com/PatriotFront
There's so much to keep in mind on this topic so in this video, I share just a few tips regarding bugging out on foot. The idea is to get away from the chaos and to a place of relative safety. These tips are to assist you in doing just that. Hopefully you will never need to do this but here you go just in case.
In this video, I present a food item from Nature's Market you may not be familiar with. I've never seen Honey Locust pods offered in a supermarket but they are indeed edible. This is something to keep in mind in the event you find yourself in a survival situation.
It's been a while since I've done a video about Preparedness and Survival. Quite a while! Well, I purchased two new handy dandy light weight items to tell you about that you may not have in your Bug Out Bag or even considered. If you go camping or long distance hiking, you would enjoy this video as well!
I was out enjoying my natural habitat when a headache came on. This headache was worsening over time with “buzzing” in my head. I thought it was a good opportunity to talk about heat, activity, and dehydration. Now, I suffer from migraines but mine are normally the “silent” form. This means I don’t have the worst headache ever. I end up with intense right eye pain and stroke like symptoms. With that said, it was still difficult to determine what was going on. I had to determine if I was overheated, dehydrated, having low blood sugar, or having the beginning of a migraine. I sat down and filmed my hiking break as I thought this would make a great safety example for folks.
Mount Remarkable is a well known peak in the Southern Flinders Ranges in South Australia. It is approximately 3 hours from Adelaide and at 995 metres above sea level is the highest peak in that particular part of the range which is collectively known as Mount Remarkable National Park. There are a number of popular hikes in the area but the summit hike is one of the favourites. It can be accessed from the eastern side starting from the small township of Melrose at the War Memorial Monument. From there it's a round trip of 12.2 kilometres to the summit and back. Great views of the Wilochra Plain can be seen during the hike.
I head up into the Pine Valley Mountains of southwestern Utah to bag Burger Peak. At 10,300ft Burger Peak is the second highest point in the Pine Valley Mountains just under Signal Peak. I hiked up Forsyth Canyon to summit the peak, roundtrip mileage being almost fifteen miles. The trail has Forsyth Creek running next to it for a ways so water is available for a bit and after the trail junction the climb up gets really steep and grinding. To summit Burger Peak I had to break off the trail and head through the forest. The views from the peak are worth it since it is not shrouded in trees like Signal Peak is. Thanks for watching and please subscribe!
I always carry my walking stick with me when I go out in the woods. Every time! No matter what I plan to do out there or how far from the car I plan to go or what kind of terrain I expect. Why? Because I find my walking stick the handiest tool I carry with me.
In this video, I tell you what I use and show you all the different ways you can use a walking stick. Can you think of any more? A tarp pole perhaps.
I proceded to the boulder that I identified as possibly be associated with observing Saturn. I then took an azimuth reading of the other cairns and glacial boulders that seemed to be in alignment with it, and got a reading of 45 degrees. I could not find and significance to 45 degrees, I did determine a back azimuth of 225 degrees. I looked up data associated with Jupiter.
Data suggests that obverting the alignment from the back azimuth perspective of 225 degrees, we will see Jupiter at its point in the sky during the last month before it becomes invisible with an altitude of below zero. This suggests that this was a harvest indicator.
I take another azimuth reading from the "glacial" erratic placed near the top of the small hill toward a prominent "glacial" stone in the distance, and get an azimuth of 195 degrees. It is in alignment with other stone cairns that I noted before on the way through the area.
I have a wild theory, this alignment might be used as a guid post to measure the path a Saturn.
Saturn seems to be at the height of its horizontal altitude toward the end of summer, but to the left. As the first month of fall begins, it starts to decline, moving further to the right, going past the 195 mark within a week (starting 8/31, as data suggests). Brian Ghilliotti
I continued past the second set of paired stones and make my way to the glacial erratic at the lip of a small hill summit which I showed earlier during my evaluation of wall types found on the site. The azimuth between the second set of paired stones and the boulder I advanced to is 141 degrees.
Data suggests that "glacial" stone placed on small hill was more likely used to monitor moon's movement in relation to this stone specifically during the summer months. We see that as summer moves forward, the moon's initial horizontal azimuth will appear closer to the horizon scape where the stone is located. The closest it gets is on 2018/07/24, where altitude is16 44 15. By the end of next month, it quickly starts moving up again, hinting the end of summer. Brian Ghilliotti
I continued past the pair of glacial erratics, and after following a 135 degree azimuth, I discover yet another pair of glacial erratic stones. Again I am not certain of the significance of 135 degrees. I took an azimuth reading at the exact middle of the boulder pair, there could be a difference plus or minus 5 degrees. The only thing of significance that I found for this alignment was centered on the azimuth of 130 degrees:
The pattern that emerges is the mid cycle moon will initially appear going lower and lower in horizontal altitude toward the boulder pair, which I estimate has a degree span of 130-140 degrees. It gets to it lowest point at July, or mid summer, then rises up again. In December the mid cycle moon does not have a horizontal appearance within the degree span of the boulder cluster. This is when the sun is used with this would cluster to determine the progress of winter. Brian Ghilliotti
In this video I explore features about the perched stone. I take an azimuth reading of 185 degree for the alignment between the dolmen and the glacial stone behind it. I do not readily see a significance behind it, other than it could have been a way to observe the patterns of Mars. At 185 degrees, Mars, moving right to left, starts to lose its brightness:
The video cover shows how Mars would appear as it moved nightly in the sky, left to right, becoming more faint as it moved right. If the original inhabitants of this site recognized Mars as a sacred celestial object, this could have been a way to determine how fast the summer was progressing, with the perched stone feature at the 180-185 degree mark, and the planet becoming fainter as is moved to the right. No idea of the significance of 109 degrees. Brian Ghilliotti
Here I note the positions of three strangely placed glacial stones. I see many cases of stones that have been closely placed side by side with distant stones placed in the between them. In this case I took an azimuth reading of the distant stone and noted an azimuth bearing of 165 degrees. This was taken standing between the two stones in the front. There is nothing significant I could readily find about 165 degrees and its back azimuth of 345 degrees. I used one moon azimuth calculator and got the following data for azimuths close to 165 degrees:
Doing a conditioning hike and talking about a few things. I also heat up a mountain house meal on a Svea 123r, though much of that footage didn't come out.
I think in the future I'll reserve my commentary for when I am NOT walking or hiking. Aside from being a bit out of breathe, I'm distracted by having to watch the trail as I go and keep an eye out for other people and horses in the area which takes away from my focus.
I explored nearby erratically placed boulders, to include one that is in alignment with the first pair of boulders I examined. It is also aligned with the edge of an overhang that provides a good view of the highway and a body of water on the other side of the highway. It would be interesting to come back to see if there are potential archeo-astronomical alignments in the area. Brian Ghilliotti
I noticed what appeared to be large glacially deposited stones on the top of a rocky hill as I drove along Interstate 395 southbound in Connecticut. I wanted to see if these boulders could’ve been ceremonially perched. Brian Ghilliotti.
This is the first in a series of videos featuring the Ouachita Trail. Starting at the Talimena state park and hiking to Deadman's Gap at mile 8. We then jump off the Ouachita Trail and loop back to Talimena State park on a series of other trails. This hike took place in March of 2016 and I have section hiked the trail most of the year. Please stay tuned as more videos' will follow!!
Technically this is not the Ouachita Trail but the continuation of the Boardstand/Old Military Road Loop. We hiked to the 8-mile mark at Deadman's Gap and then took the Boardstand Trail and set up camp for the night. In the morning we continued down the Boardstand Trail and then took the Old Military Road Trail back to Ouachita Trail and finally back to Talimena State Park. This a 22-mile loop and is a great way to kick off your adventure on the Ouachita Trail because you can circle back to your car.