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Hiking and Camping

Setting Up a Wenzel Starlite One Person Tent

Wenzel one person tent

The Wenzel Starlite is a low cost backpacking tent which should fit most needs in the one person low cost tent market. I bought my Wenzel Starlite sometime around 1994, or maybe 1993. During the past two plus decades, the tent has bee on numerous camping trips from the piney woods of East Texas, the the marshy saltwater coastal regions of Texas.

One man tents allow backpackers and campers to carry a shelter without weighing them down too much. Even though this tent does not offer a lot of protection from the elements, it does offer good protection from insects.

One of the drawbacks to the Wenzel Starlite, it is not a free standing tent. There is one pole in the rear of the tent and two poles in at the entrance. The two poles at the entrance form an A-frame, and you enter the tent through this A-frame.

Wenzel Starlite

Katadyn Hiker Water Filter Review

Water filters for SHTF

The Katadyn hiker water filter is a low cost option in the water filter market. Its available through most large sporting goods outlet stores, such as Gander Mountain and available through several internet stores.

Even though the Katadyn hiker water filter is a low cost option, there is nothing “cheap” about this product. It appears to be made out of quality material, is durable and is an overall well made water filter.

Katadyn hiker water filter

The first time this Katadyn filter was used, my son, my nephew and I were on a 6 – 8 mile hiking trip through the piney woods of East Texas. The trip started off a on the deer lease we belong to. From there, my nephew, my son and I hiked between a couple of the rolling hills, across 2 creek bottoms and stopped for our first rest break on an old logging road. This was when Korey (my son) realized he had lost his water bottle. Luckily for the three of us there was a deer stand near by where we found a discarded plastic water bottle.

Description of the Large ALICE Pack

Large ALICE backpack

The All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment (also know as “ALICE Pack”), was first introduced by United States Army in 1974. The ALICE pack was intended as a replacement to the aging M-1956 Load-Carrying Equipment [LCE] and M-1967 Modernized Load-Carrying Equipment.

The ALICE pack has become popular with the players of airsoft and paintball. The popularity of the ALICE pack is due to the quality of the materials it is made out of, its easy to customize, and the packs area easy to find in most military surplus stores.

With the introduction of MOLLE packs on the market, there has been a shift from the ALICE pack to the MOLLE pack. Personally, I think the alice packs are more durable then the MOLLE packs. The ALICE pack frames are aluminum and will not break like the MOLLE pack.

The military service people that I have talked to prefer the ALICE packs over the MOLLE pack, mainly due to the plastic frame of the MOLLE breaking.

Wilderness Survival – Yaupon Holly

Yaupon Holly in Southeast Texas

Some wild animals and birds eat the Yaupon Holly, but the berries cause vomiting in humans. The latin name is Ilex vomitoria. Anything that has “vomit” in the name should be avoided.

The Yaupon Holly an evergreen shrub or small tree reaching 15 – 30 feet tall, with smooth, light gray bark and slender, hairy shoots. The leaves are alternate, ovate to elliptical with a rounded apex and crenate or coarsely serrated margin, about 2 inches long and about 1 inch across, glossy dark green above, slightly paler below. The flowers are 1/4 inch in diameter, with a white four-lobed corolla.

The picture below is of a Yaupon Holly bush in East Texas. Notice the bright red berries.

During the late fall and into the winter, the Yaupon Holly will sprout a bright red berry. The fruit is a small round or red (occasionally yellow) drupe about 1/4 inch in diameter containing four seeds, which are dispersed by birds eating the fruit. The species may be distinguished from the similar Ilex cassine by its smaller leaves with a rounded, not acute apex.

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