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Pathfinding old Forest Roads – Surrounded by Coyotes – Solo Overnight Adventure

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Picture this;
The sun has gone down and the moon is rising.
The crackle of the fire is all that you hear while enjoying your dinner when a sharp howl releases from the forest followed by dozens more.
You’re Surrounded!

You see eyes in the forest watching…..

Thank you all for joining me for my next adventure, this was an awesome trip and I am excited to share it.

S&H


Gear List :
Warrior Assault ELITE OPS X300 PACK :
This pack is hard to find in the USA but can be found and ordered here; https://tacsale.eu/product/warrior-assault-systems-elite-ops-x300-pack-od-green

Kelty 1 Person Field Tent
MLD Ground Sheet
Rakaia Designs Yekka – Double Sided Sleeping Pad
Thermarest Sleeping bag

Woox Rock 62 knife
EKA Viking Combi Stove
Woox AX1 Bushcraft Wood Axe

Befree Water Filter Bag

SOTO G stove ST 320
Butane Bottle
Thermostack Cook Set Combo

Helikon-Tex Numbat Chest Rig

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Don’t Buy This First Aid Kit! – Rothco General Purpose First Aid Kit

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It is a windy and rainy day in the mountains so Luke is indoors to take a look at the Rothco General Purpose First Aid Kit and it becomes clear that this is one of the worst first aid kits on the market for the money.

$53 for this?
I don’t think so!

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Price : $56

Weight : 1lb 6oz

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Ask Us Anything – Part 9 – Question Submission

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It has been a while since I have done one of these;
Ask any question that you like and Susie and I might just address in in the next Q&A.

Thank you everyone!

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Camping in the Truck at an Abandoned Campground

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This is one wild trip which involves an Abandoned Campground in the middle of nowhere and a human body being discovered nearby which is now part of a murder investigation.

Join Luke and Susie for an Overland Camping Adventure!

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Japanese Backpacking Coffee Dripper – SOTO Helix Coffee Maker

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Different, definitely different!
In this episode you are going to see a Japanese backpacking stove which is known as the Soto G Stove ST-320.

It’s a ‘Cassette’ stove and you likely haven’t seen anything like it before.

Link : Find on eBay

Price : $80 – $300

Weight : Stove with case : 15.6oz

Stove with Gas full Canister : 1lb 11.5oz

Material: Body = Aluminum / Stainless, Tinder = Aluminum die-casting, Valve = Brass

Measurement of the stove folded : approx. 1” deep – 3 “ wide – 5.5” long

Measurements of the Stove attached with gas can : 14.” long

BTU: Every source that I have looked at states a different figure in regards to performance. Some say its 8,000 BTUS while others state 9,900.

Canvas case

Book stove – which you may know as a cassette stove. 90% of you have likely never heard that term before.

Butane canisters are CHEAP; 12 of these for $25

Brand Soto, which is owned by the Japanese company Shinfuji Burner Co., specializing mainly in the design and manufacturing of outdoor gear, has recently introduced a new gas burner stove G-Stove ST-320, which inherits the previous version Soto STG-10. The new burner stove stands out for its original design, which combines a relatively compact size, a good protection from the wind and a high level of stability on different surfaces and for its ability of adapting to the size of any pots and dishes.

The case of G-Stove ST-320 is designed as a book, in it is placed directly with the burner control, and Heat Reflector with gas ignition and a curved stand under the cookware. To fix the burner on the open box special grooves are fixed with clips. Two folding aluminum frames support the canister from the outer side of a gas stove.

At this point, the burner Soto G-Stove ST-320 is officially available only for the Japanese market. The cost of the burner stove starts from $100 depending on the choice of retailers.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with butane gas canisters, that notch is important, and needs to be facing up when in use. The reason is that the notch is aligned with a tube inside the gas canister, and that tube ends up along the inside edge wall. When the notch is facing up, the intake for the tube is also at the top. Why does this matter? Because the gas canister needs to send out vaporized gas, not liquid. So the tube alignment facing up ensures that only vaporize gas is released through the fuel exit point.]

Since I learned of this stove and got one of them in, I have learned from a viewer that in Japan at least they are very common stove but there are stoves much are much cheaper than this which work just as well.

Pezo ignitor doesn’t always work and from what I heard have a high failure rate.

Popular with motorcycle riders because of the slim form factor

Connecting to Butane cans can be troublesome if you are not experience.

There is another version of this stove which is called the STG-10: 2.9kW – offers more btus

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Company Responds – River Country Trekker 2.2 Updated Version Review

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Today Luke is here to review the latest version of the Trekker 2.2 tent from River Country Products and will share with you what the company has told him concerning the problems with the latest version and what is in store for future versions.

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Adventure with Latest Version of this Tent : https://youtu.be/meeBWBQIcCQ

Link to setup/first look video : https://youtu.be/9HVN3rP6Ga4

River Country Responds about the Original Trekker 2.2 Tent Failures Link : https://youtu.be/NakmwDAe7d8

⚠️Warning ⚠️ Do Not Buy the River Country Trekker Tent 2.2 Link : https://youtu.be/bX0uH6DQKKk

⚡ Incredible Failure! ⚠️ – River Country Trekker Tent 2.2 – Test Night Link : https://youtu.be/gRdKSNcrZ3Y

This Tent Costs How Much? – River Country Trekker Tent 2.2 First Look Link : https://youtu.be/9HVN3rP6Ga4

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They Stole From Us and We Took Them Down! – Viewer Mail Episode #71

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Today Luke and Susie are opening some awesome letters and packages from our friends. Also in this episode, they discuss someone that was caught stealing from them and other Youtubers and what they did about it.

As always, we are very, very thankful for all of the kindness and generosity.
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Worth $30? – Coleman Folding Table – Review

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This is the Coleman Folding Table and Luke is here to go over the pros and cons and as a bonus, he has a hilarious online review to share concerning it.

That is why you never trust an Amazon Review.

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Price : $28 at the time of filming

Weight : 9 lbs. 8 oz.

Materials : Aluminum and Plastic Construction top – Steel Frame

Features : A Slat Top

Includes : A carry bag

Weight capacity : 100 lbs

Folded Size : 5.5″ x 5.5″ x 27.5″

Measurements – Grab Tape Measure

Color : Silver only

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Uses : Perfect for car camping, beach, hunting camp, RV and so on. Too heavy to backpack with naturally.

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Pros :

Easy to setup – takes 2 minutes or less once you know what you are doing.

Excellent size for a car camping table

Excellent price – there are a lot of rather inexpensive tablets out there and at the same time, there are a lot of very expensive ones with some running over $100 easy.

Surprisingly stable considering the weight capacity and the weigh of the table itself. Wont tip over unless you personally do something strange with it.

With my use so far, no staining.

Easy to clean

Folds up nice and small

Easy to break down

Because of the materials and coating, you will not have issues with rust.

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Cons :

Coleman says that it is perfect for 4 people; in my opinion, no. 2 people yes with full size plates. 4 people would have to use smaller plates for there to be enough room on all 4 sides.

Surface can be scratched and if you slide something course enough across it, it will scar it

Because of the design, it isn’t possible to put your legs under the table unless you have a really low chair. There is enough space to store gear, a cooler and so on under the table though.

Due to the slated design, it can be troublesome to cut on it; most people will have zero problems with this as I have personally used it as a cutting board with not problems.

While I haven’t had an issue yet, I could see the plastic caps on the bottom of the legs popping off.

The weak point is the elastic cording that holds the table together. Luckily if you had a problem with this a repair shouldn’t be that difficult. The plastic pieces are also of a concern.

Could be a little taller; I’m short and I could feel my back beginning to burn a bit after hunching over to food prep.

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Summary :

The low cost of this table makes it an excellent option for many uses and it is a Coleman product which means that the warranty actually means something. There are a very companies which have tables with the same design, most of them are Chinese companies and are even more expensive. Alps Mountaineering has a version which looks to be the same but I have to admit that I haven’t seen it up close so I can’t comment on differences but it costs over twice as much.

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Mentionable Funny Review :

When it comes to Amazon reviews, you have to take them with a grain of salt and that’s because companies can hire other companies to leave positive feedbacks for their products. Competitor products can also hire companies to leave negative reviews for competitor products and when I was getting my details together for this review, I saw one which I felt was funny enough to mention;

Total waste of time and money, unless you are backpacking. Don’t waste your money on this, and forget trying to return it, that won’t work out well for you! The table is extremely difficult to assemble, and when assembled, it is very flimsy!

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German Elephant Skin Groundsheet – Military Classic Surplus

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Today Luke is taking a look at an interesting Classic Military piece of gear; the German Elephant Skin Groundsheet.

Agenda Free Link : https://colemans.com/german-military-waterproof-camping-tarp

Price : $15 (not sure if there is a shipping fee with this site) – price can range depending on where you find it for sale.

Weight : Weight will vary due to size; mine is – 14.2oz

Measurements : These were never made to an exact spec so the size will vary by a few inches; mine is – 8’ x 3.2’

NSN : 8465-12-301-9147

Genuine European Military Surplus. Made in Germany former west germen forces.

Made of strong, durable and waterproof 100% ripstop nylon. Color: Olive Drab OD.

Rubbery sort of feeling to it.

These are very popular overseas; not so much here in the USA.

Known as “Elefantenhaut” (Elephant Skin) in Germany -Made in the Former West Germany in October 1985

Designed To Protect Sleeping Bag from Wet Surfaces

The BW Ground Sheet is also known by German soldiers as elephant skin. The name comes from the reinforced fabric structure of the tarpaulin, which is robust and durable. As a ground sheet for the sleeping bag when lying directly on the ground, it protects against sharp stones and also from moisture. Also suitable for other equipment.
This is often described as a tarp but that really isn’t accurate.
Pros :

Excellent price.

A history of being strong and durable.

Much stronger than the groundsheets that I generally use

Good size for a one person tent groundsheet

Cons :

The biggest problem with these is that it wasn’t designed to be staked down; luckily you can correct this in numerous ways.

I wish that they made larger versions of this

Summary :

Heavy in my opinion for backpacking but if you can come up with a use which justifies the weight, more power to you. Excellent for camping, overland use and so on.

A single modification of tie off points would make this a much more versitale product – as it is, the amount of uses is basically limited to groundsheets and sitting pads as there is nothing stopping it from being blown away.

Make sure to pay attention and ask questions if purchasing used – you want to make sure that your sheet doesn’t have any holes.

The question is; what would you use one of these for? How would utilize it with your kit?

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Camping in the River Country Trekker 2.2 Tent – Testing Grounds 4

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This is Testing Grounds…
A Camping Adventure featuring all sorts of new gear which Luke is currently testing out and amongst those products the focus is the newest version of the River Country Trekker 2.2 tent.

Rain is on the way…..how bad can this tent possibly be?

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