In this step we’re going to be shaping our hearthboard.
If you’ve watched the earlier “Shelter” videos, you’ve learned the following:
You’re already set up, having tied a bowline in the end of your ridgeline. The bowline loop that’s formed should be about as big as your fist.
Let’s take a closer look at some knots:
Making The Kit
We’ve made our bow, check. We’ve made our bearing block, check. We can set those to the side. Now it’s time to start making our kit. Split this into usable sections (you can use your knife). This cedar’s a relatively softer wood, which is what you would use for a bow drill. Often when I’m making my kits, I’ll go ahead and split them with a knife.
Always pack your shelter kit in a smaller bag or pouch so that if you need to drop your backpack to set out traps or resupply on water, you can lighten your load and save on the calorie expenditure. You may also hook it to your belt in case something happens to separate you from your gear.
When designing your sleep system, your first concern is conduction.
Imagine… Your kid looks up at you and says…
“Daddy, I’m freezing…” Her lips have turned blue.
There’s a lot of variables to consider when creating a wet-wood fire.
The Sun’s low in the sky.
In a couple of hours it’ll be below the mountain.
And you’ve just realized that you’re lost.