This BushClassUSA Assignment was to improvise a fishing hook. I carved a piece of hardwood dowel for the gouge and used jute twine, which I two-strand twisted together, for the leader. The gouge is about an inch long and maybe a quarter inch wide with a small grove cut out for the twine to sit in. Still probably a bit too large but serviceable I think.
This BushClassUSA Assignment was to make a personal survival kit that would fit into a cargo pocket and reflect the needs of water, shelter, fire, signaling, travel, and sustenance.
My mora triflex for scale. Note the REI signal whistle clipped to the bag.
Contents on the right side: 1 bandana, 1 small flashlight, 1 1gal. zip-lock bag, 1 mylar emergency blanket in its own sealed baggie.
Here are the contents of the tin:
Top Row: 1 safety pin, 1 alcohol swab, 2 band-aids, 2 packets of water purification tablets, 1 packet containing 4 ibuprofin, 2 tylenol, and 1 benedryl, 5ft. of snare wire, 1 sewing bobbin full of 10lb test fishing line, 1 wire saw.
Bottom Row: 1 piece of aluminum foil (approx. 10in square), 1 pencil, 1 sheet of paper, 2 button compasses, 3 extra batteries for the flashlight, 1 birthday candle, 1 small firesteel with striker, one piece of charcloth.
Overall I’m pretty satisfied with this kit. I feel like it covers the basic needs and it’s small and light enough to carry without being annoying.
Some changes that will be made when possible is to exchange the OD green paracord and blue bandana for their orange variety, exchange the picture hanging wire for some proper snare wire, upgrade the wire saw, switch out the mirror with a signal mirror, and exchange the paper and pencil with the write in the rain paper.
We we’re camping at North Willow Canyon for the Fourth of July holiday weekend and I managed to get the Tarp Shelter BushClassUSA assignment finished.
Here you can see the completed project; which stood strong for three days.
We went camping again this weekend and I finally got a chance to do this assignment.
I gathered all my fuel prep and sorted it into three piles. On the left we have our pencil lead sized twigs. In the center are the pencil sized twigs. And on the right we have the thumb sized twigs.
After gathering the fuel I started working on the platform and brace to build the fire on. In the fire pit I laid several larger branches across to form a platform. On top of those I put another two branches to use as my brace.
The next step was to make feathersticks.
Once my feathersticks were in place I prepped a piece of cedar bark and got out my firesteel and charcloth. I lit the charcloth, put it into the cedar bark bundle, blew that to flame, then placed it in my feathersticks.
This BushClassUSA Assignment at BushcraftUSA was to make a ridge-line for my shelter kit from either twisted or braided material with a fixed eye at one end.
I chose to use paracord and the reverse two-strand twist method with a whipped eye. Starting with a forty foot piece the finished ridge-line measured 21 and 1/2 feet long.
This one was a challenge to finish. My Hands are killing me!
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