Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Yup, Im here in Philadelphia ,Pa 6 hours into an 11 hour lay over at the AMTRAK Station.
This is actually a pretty nice train station as far as stations go. This place must have been built around the same time as Chicago's union station. The architecture is very similar and the benches in the Great hall are identical to those in Chi-town.
I have surfed the net - twice!,eaten donuts,drank coffee,looked at the continuous stream of pretty ladies(Bird watching), and went outside to take a look.
Unfortunately , outside it was raining and there were far too many smokers to get a breath of fresh air.
If i didn't have my back pack or had a place to stash it for a while Id take a walk around the city. I have never been here before and would love to see some historic sites etc.
Tomahawk - Killing time in Philly!
My good friend and fellow wilderness Bum, "Jungle Wil" - in Cebu PI has contracted with our metal smith to bang out (pun intended)a number of these canteen cup lids for sale soon.
These lids will fit the standard U.S. Military issue canteen cups.
We are also looking into the "Jungle Wild" Bolo knife,more on that later.
Anyhoo, take a look at the pics. If you want or need a canteen cup lid,let me know and ill hook you up with that scoundrel "Jungle Wil"
Tomahawk - Scouts Out!
The Tomahawk is sitting at the AMTRAK station in Philadelphia killing 11 hours before my train to Virginia where ill meet up with a friend for the long drive to Montana.
I have taken all of the AMTRAK routes in the western USA but have never taken a train trip on this side of the states. Compared to the trains in the west these here in this neck of the woods actually stay on schedule and are at least close to being on time.
Anyway, I just wanted to post this short write up from my friend Matt in Arizona who made a decent dumpster dive score in my absence.
It always amazes me what contractors and military people throw away! Your tax dollars at work!
Tomahawk - Scouts out!
I hit the dumpster at Site Boston today.
Okay, this wasn't my fault honest. My wife and I took the dogs for a walk on FT Huachuca. On the way home we wandered by a dumpster in and exercise area. Just peering over the top I saw what looked like a back pack tent. I pulled it out, it was! No poles or fly that goes over the top. I took my wife and the dogs home and EVA sent me back to see if I could find the rest of the pieces. It is the wifes FAULT, HONEST! So, I went back. I pulled a total of SIX (6) tents out of the dumpster, with poles, bags and stakes. Two fly's are missing. They all look lightly used, just slightly dusty. I also pulled out around three (3) DOZEN, empty sand bags. They hold about 25 pounds of sand and are handy in case of floods, building bunkers etc. We will keep the tents in case we run into someone that needs them.
The tents probably cost around $30 new. I'll check the prices at Walmart or Big-5 sporting goods later.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Folks, I just thought id throw out some additional info about the French Coureurs du bois or "woods runners" in English.
These guys were the Canadian version of the American Eastern long hunter or mountain man of the western USA. These Canadians could live in the woods for extended periods of time exactly the same as their American counterparts.
Don't confuse these men with the Voyageurs or Canoe men of the great north Canoe Brigades, Ill post some info on them at a later date.
anyhoo, here is some info.
Tomahawk - Scouts Out!
Coureurs de Bois: Runners of the Woods
When the fur trade first began, Indian and Eskimo people brought the furs to the trading posts. They would arrive by canoe. The furs would be unloaded and traded for goods such as muskets, axes, knives, blankets, whisky and pots. It was not long before some of the men at the trading posts decided they would go inland and get the fur themselves. These were the people known as the coureurs de bois.
The coureurs de bois learned the ways of the woods from the Indians and Eskimos. They were taught how to canoe, hunt and snowshoe. Canoes were made out of birch bark the way the Natives taught them. They dressed in the same kinds of clothes and ate the same food as the First Nation peoples. A typical meal consisted of pemmican, deer meat and dried corn and peas.
The silver birch tree was the most important resource for life in the woods. It was used to build and repair canoes on the journey. Shelters were built with the branches and the bark. The bark was also good for drawing maps on and for writing messages. The bark could even be eaten if there was no other food!
The coureurs de bois traveled long distances. They left their homes in the spring with their canoes loaded with supplies and goods for trading. They traveled down the Ottawa River to Lake Huron. From there it took another month of paddling more than 12 hours a day to reach their destination. Some of the coureurs de bois traveled as far as 2000 kilometers, or more, from home.
It was dangerous work, so the coureurs de bois sometimes traveled together in groups. They needed each other to help paddle, set up shelter and keep watch for enemies at night. They also had to catch their own food. They would hunt and fish for food along the way.
It was also hard work. The coureur de bois often had to portage their canoes. In the summer mosquitoes and other insects bothered them. They had to hang their food up high away from animals. In the winter they had to keep warm at night. They would dig holes in the snow and line them with cedar branches.
Folks, Im getting ready to head out for the final leg of my 1 year exploration of the USA and central America. I have my AMTRAK ticket to Virginia in hand and Im packing my gear.
I will meet up with a friend of mine who is in VA but moving back to Montana and needs a co-pilot for the journey. I got lucky!, I wasnt really looking forward to hitch hiking through Canada.
Anyway, Ill be offline for a few days and will not be posting unless I can find a connection someplace for an update of the journey.
So, in keeping with the spirit of adventure and exploration, I am posting here some info on the little known explorer and U.S. Army officer Henry Allen.
Back in 1885,Lieutenant(later major general) Allen, his 2 companions and several Native guides explored the Copper river in Alaska for the U.S. Government after it was purchased from Russia.
Im sure you can find more about the man and his explorations online if interested.
See you all down the road.
Tomahawk / WJ - Scouts out!
Henry Tureman Allen (April 13, 1859 – August 30, 1930) is known for exploring the Copper River in Alaska in 1885 along with the Tanana and Koyukuk rivers by transversing 1,500 miles of wilderness. His trek has been compared to that of Lewis and Clark.
Born in Sharpsburg, Kentucky, he graduated from West Point in 1882, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the cavalry. He served on the staff of General Nelson Miles. He later served as a military attache to Russia (1890–1895) and Germany (1897–1898). Allen also served in the Spanish-American War in the Battle of El Caney and in World War I where he led the 90th Infantry Division.
Allen is buried in Arlington National Cemetery under a statue designed by the sculptor Albert Jaegers.
Friday, September 24, 2010
One day last week at the Jack Mountain guide certification course, while the students were out on their solo experience, I began to work on a canoe pole or setting pole.
Brock Dangerman had some seasoned black spruce poles that he harvested last spring leaning up against the canoe rack.
I selected the one that felt the best to me, and taking the crooked knife that I had recently made in the camp fire, I began to remove the bark and smooth the wood. you will see in the picture attached that i have a long way to go in order to make this pole useful to me in my canoe. I plan to put a "shoe" or "tip" on each end in the manner of the new Brunswick canoers.
Instead of me trying to write something interesting about the poles here is a little info taken from Don Merchants website ( http://www.poleandpaddle.com/poles.html )
About poles, I think Tim Smith wrote it - not sure tho.
Also the pics of the pole "Shoes / tips" are from Dons site as well.
Tomahawk / Whisky jack - Back to work!
What's the best pole for me? One of our most asked questions with no set answer.
Who knows who used the first pole to propel a canoe through shallow water but it's a pretty good bet that it was just a tree cut from the shore or maybe picked up from a driftwood pile or a beaver cutting. They probably trimmed the branch stubs off and went to work. It's not uncommon to do the same thing today, probably making it a little better, by adding a metal shoe made and carried for this very purpose. When the job is done the shoe is removed and the pole discarded or leaned in an obvious spot on the bank to be used by the next party through.
As simple and romantic as the above method sounds it has its complications. The pole selected should be straight, of gradual taper, and stump dried for lightness and toughness. I have seen miles and miles of river bank where a pole coming even close to that description can not be found. Nobody wants to use a club, a lead weight, or end their day covered head to toe with spruce pitch. The other complication, though not a bad one, is that after using a pole for a few days or weeks you kind of form a bond with it and end up taking it home, so you might as well have carried one with you anyway, and saved the initial search. If you do become a willing or unwilling victim of the pole search, a stump dried black spruce or tamarack is probably what you are searching for. Picked out of a thick stand, where they are all competing for sunlight, they will have the natural taper that will make them nice to use. Stump dried just means they have died in a standing position and have not started to rot. Watch out for rotten spots where they may break in use. If you have time to peel the entire length of the pole, it will help you identify any bad spots.
manufactured pole point configuration
Manufactured Pole Point Configuration
If you chose to forego the pole search and buy a manufactured pole you will probably have two choices of woods, ash and white spruce.
White spruce is both light and strong. I have never broken a spruce pole but have seen several and campfire talk seems to qualify my observations. When a spruce pole breaks, it seems to almost always break just above the shoe leaving you with a pole to finish the rapids and if you carry a spare shoe, a pole to finish the trip. Both are very handy attributes.
Ash, a hard wood, is heavy, strong, and tends to be whippy, meaning it tends to flex a lot. If your pole is to flexible you will lose some of your push energy to the pole. I very seldom use an ash pole and have never broken one or seen a broken one. Campfire talk leads me to believe that an ash pole will almost always break somewhere around the middle, leaving you with nothing to finish the pitch your in.
Most manufactured poles are between 10 and 12 feet long, although I have seen some ash poles as long as 14 feet. Diameter at the base is generally between 1 ¼ and 1 ½ inches and may or may not taper down to about 1 inch at the top. Poles made on a dowel machine usually have no taper. Our hand made poles ,unless ordered some other way, have a 1 3/8 inch octagonal bottom section for the first 3 to 4 feet and are about 1 ¼ inches round from there to the top. This configuration allows for a little more strength in the bottom section and we believe is more pleasing to the eye. If you are used to flipping your pole over and using both ends, make sure you order a pole that is of round contour from end to end. You may also want to have a shoe installed on both ends, maybe a heavy shoe on one end , and a light shoe on the other.
Here is the formula I use to determine the right pole length for me. A pole is most effective in water 4 feet deep or less. It is also less tiring and most handy if on each plant, you can walk hand over hand up your pole, gaining distance without having to replant the pole. Most canoes with a moderate load will displace about 6 inches of water, meaning your feet inside the canoe are actually 6 inches below the surface of the water. I am 6 feet tall. Here is how it works. 6' my height, minus 6" displacement, plus 4' or less, the depth of the water. 6'-6''=5'6''+4'=9'6'' leaving 2'6'' to walk a 12' pole on each plant in the maximum of 4 feet of water. My pole for all round use is 12 feet long.
I was going to end this by saying, by the time your done collecting poles you will probably have several. You will need to try a bank cut spruce or several, one or more manufactured ash poles, who knows how many manufactured spruce poles, looking for the lightest or that just right feel, and maybe even one or more of those new age aluminum poles, one and two piece. Sooner or later you will find yourself reaching for the same pole each time you leave for an outing, that is until you break it or someone special likes it more than you do, than the pole search starts all over again, unless you are willing to settle. Wow that was a qualifying mouth full! It was at this point that I finally awakened, until they put you in that box and put 6 feet of dirt over you, you will never stop collecting poles. If you are really lucky, and that special person in your life understands your sickness, that box may be 12 feet long so you may make that last journey with a trusted friend. Besides, who knows how straight the spruce grows where die hard polers go?
Folks been asking me about systems to dispose of human waste while in the woods at a base camp or home stead etc. while up here in maine and New Hampshire My friend Tim at the jack mountain bushcraft and guide school showed me the "Humanure" system that he uses at the school.
Aside from emptying the shit buckets there is very little effort to dispose of waste and it is completely natural and odor free.
Check out Tims videos and his website for more info.
Tomahawk - Whisky Jack , signing out!
Posted by pathfindertom at 6:59 PM
I just want to spread the word about the New Blog belonging to my good friend and fellow wilderness enthusiast Jamie, AKA "Bow Guy".
He has a lot of valuable and useful info on his blog. Im pretty sure you will enjoy it as much as I do.If I hitch hike through Michigan, My plan is to swing by the Jamie homestead for some outdoor skills practice and discussions soon.
Here is the link to his site; http://onefootintothewild.blogspot.com/
I hope you enjoy it .
Tomahawk / WJ Scouts Out!
Posted by pathfindertom at 11:44 AM
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Folks, I was sitting around my camp along the aroostook river when my good friend Brock Dangerman suddenly appeared out of the darkness carrying a large bottle of "Devils Elbow" Whiskey.
Brock had apparently been in Jail up in Canada for trying to smuggle Red hotdogs and easy cheese into Canukistan.
It was good to see Brock again and we had a good time imbibing the "Devils Elbow" and playing the "didg" around the fire.
I hope you like this rendition of "Volare" by Brock.
Tomahawk /Whisky Jack - Signing out!
Posted by pathfindertom at 3:58 PM
Tomahawk / whisky jack , was just getting back to the base camp area after a short canoe trip on the aroostook river.
Here is a short vid of me portaging the canoe. I had yet to go back to the river and get my gear!
Tomahawk - scouts out!
Posted by pathfindertom at 8:56 AM
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
As promised to the folks that asked me about my shelter in the maine woods, is a little info on how it is put together etc. I did forget to mention that the bows that are made from alder saplings were woven together for stability.
Please feel free to drop me a line if you have other questions.
Here is a picture of the Inukshuk rock cairn ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inukshuk ) I used to mark the way to my shelter in the woods. Also,here are a couple pics of the "Jam knot" I used.
Tomahawk / WJ - Scouts out!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Tomahawk starting a fire with damp strike anywhere matches. you will notice that I had to get a dry match from the match safe in my pocket.
sorry for the audio, my camera is getting old - like me!
Tomahawk - Scouts out!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Take a look at this old pic of the Tomahawk back in 2004 taken Qatar. This photo was taken with a film camera Remember those?.
Qatar is a bleak 3rd world shit hole of a country but, regardless of that fact we managed to have a great time when off duty. In fact, if I hadn't been employed by the 2nd worst employer in the world(Dynwhore), I might have actually enjoyed Qatar.
Tomahawk - Scouts Out!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Here is a great quote from Robert Heinlein. One of my Favorites.
Tomahawk - Scouts Out!
Heinlein - Specialization is for Insects;
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
The Tomahawk AKA Whisky jack is just sitting here surfing the net at the public Library in Presque Isle maine.
prior to writing this it occurred to me that im total broke except for $2.69 in my paypal account, and I have no job options and no offers forthcoming.
Sooo,with that in mind I was looking at the map of Maine and Canada. It looks to me like it would be easier to head west from here into Canukistan, across Quebec, and Ontario then cut south into Minnesota, then head west to Montanny.
I have a few friends in Canada and the states that id be crossing so I could stop by for a short rendezvous with them.
Sounds like fun. But, my only problem is that it is beginning to get cold so Ill do some dumpster diving to see if I can scrape up some more gear for the trip.
Ill keep you all posted.
Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Tomahawk - Scouts Out!
Just the other day I was down to my last pack of MRE moisture resistant matches when my good buddy Brock Dangerman tossed me one of those cheap blaze orange water proof match cases full of strike anywhere matches. Brock told me to keep it in my "war bag" for future use.
This Gift prompted me to think about My Brother Arthur and Matches in General.
Over the past 3 years in my travels I have encountered numerous guys using the Ferro rods or "metal Matches" as some folks call them, and touting the virtues of these fire starting devices.
I'm a little sick of it. these are a trendy things for under skilled outdoors men to impress their friend with.
I suppose in the right circumstances they have their virtues.
Anyway, I try to remind folks about the good ol' strike anywhere matches that have been around for many years. I fear however that Matches and the Match technology used in fire making will or is lost on the younger generations of outdoor people.
My Brother Arthur taught me long ago how to make a fire using a single match, the key was in the preparation of the tinder and fuel used.
Art also gave me my first match case which was a simple affair made from a 16 guage and a 12 guage shotgun shell.
Besides the waterproofed strike anywhere matches it contained there was a small piece of emory cloth in it to strike the matches on if needed. cool stuff and I remember the lessons Art gave me to this day and use them often.
Below is a little info from wikipedia on matches. Please take the time to check it out, you will find the info interesting if not useful Im sure.
Tomahawk - Scouts Out!
A match is a consumable tool for lighting a fire in controlled circumstances. They are commonly sold by tobacconists and many other kinds of shops. Matches are usually sold in quantity, packaged in match boxes or matchbooks. A match is typically a wooden stick (typical in the case of match boxes) or stiff paper stick (in the case of matchbooks) coated at one end with a material which will ignite from the heat of friction if struck against a suitable surface. The lighting end of a match is known as the match "head" and, depending on type, either contains phosphorus or phosphorus sesquisulfide as the active ingredient and gelatin as a binder. There are two main types of matches: safety matches, which can be struck only against a specially prepared surface; and strike-anywhere matches, for which any suitably frictional surface can be used.
Match-type compositions may also be used to produce electric matches, which are fired electrically. These items do not rely on the heat of friction.
Historically, the term match referred to lengths of cord, or later cambric, impregnated with chemicals, and allowed to burn continuously. These were used to light fires and set off guns and cannons. Such matches were characterised by their burning speed, e.g. quick match and slow match; depending on their formulation, they could provide burning rates of between, typically, 1 to 15 seconds per centimetre.
The modern equivalent of this sort of match is the simple fuse, still used in pyrotechnics to obtain a controlled time delay before ignition. The original meaning of the word still persists in some pyrotechnics terms, such as black match (a black powder–impregnated fuse) and Bengal match (a firework producing a relatively long-burning, coloured flame). But, when friction matches were developed, they became the main object meant by the term.
I was laying around my hotel room last night, flipping through the TV channels and happend to notice that Les Stroud has a new show airing on Discovery channel Friday Night the 17th of Sept.
looks like a good one.
Here is a link to Les' site;http://lesstroud.ca/news/les-stroud-beyond-survival-grabs-1-cable-slot-in-the-usa-on-friday
Check it out, you might find it interesting. Ill have to catch it another time tho because Im out of money and its back to the woods.
Tomahawk - Scouts Out!
The 10PM premiere of LES STROUD BEYOND SURVIVAL earned the #1 spot in ad-supported cable on the evening of Friday, September 3rd, leading Discovery Channel USA to a victory over all other networks, including ABC (Wife Swap, 20/20), CBS (CSI: NY, Medium, Flashpoint), FOX (The Good Guys), and NBC (Dateline, Who Do you Think You Are?).
LES STROUD BEYOND SURVIVAL was not only the most watched television show in the country – it claimed the prime audience market of male viewers aged 25-54, beating out sports channels and movie channels. The series was watched by more than 1.4 million people across the United States.
The show is back this week with an all-new episode Friday at 10PMEST on Discovery USA. This week, Les Stroud treks deep into the Kalahari Desert to learn from the original masters of survival, the San Bushmen – a unique tribe believed to be the closest living descendants of the first humans. .
Look for it in Canada on OLN Sundays at 8PMEST. This week on OLN, Les travels to the South China Seas to survive off the ocean and live with the nomadic sea-dwellers known as the Sea Bajau.
Expert survivalist Les Stroud is the bestselling author of Survive! and the creator/producer/host/director of the television shows Survivorman and Les Stroud Beyond Survival. A member of the prestigious Explorers Club and an accomplished singer, songwriter, Les has produced, hosted, and appeared in many television specials, including Shark Week, Surviving Alaska and Off the Grid with Les Stroud.
Visit him online at lesstroud.ca.
For more information, please visit www.lesstroud.ca/beyondsurvival
To receive images from the series, please contact Laura Bombier email@example.com
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
One-Eyed Poacher and the Maine Woods
Hello folks, I just wanted to post this link to my good friend Tim's Blog and introduce you all to Ed W. Smith, one of my favorite authors. His stories about the characters of the Maine north woods from the 20s to 60s are interesting and very entertaining.
My Favorite Characters of his is Thomas Jefferson Coongate - The one eyed Poacher of the mopang forest.
Ed describes Jeff as " A chewer of tobacco, a drinker of bottled goods in any alcoholic form,a kind of marathon blasphemer. He is a sworn breaker of game laws and an enemy of the state. he is a jacklighter of deer, dynamiter of trout and a gill netter of salmon, and above all else a plotter against all game wardens. In fact he is currently in the clink for shooting the stern out of a game wardens canoe with an automatic shotgun."
When you get the time check out Tim's blog and website, it is full of great pictures and useful information.
Tomahawk /Whisky Jack - Scouts Out!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I received an email from a good friend of mine who happens to be south African , he sent me a write up done by someone about the Military contractors one might find in the middle east and Afghanistan.
Having worked as a contractor in Qatar, Kuwait(twice!),Kosovo,Darfur and the Philippines, I can tell you that 96% of all the contractors I met were 100% assholes and dumb shits.
There are always those guys in pseudo authority positions that have this need to make the job harder then it has to be. Why? I don't know! Knuckleheads I suppose.
Over the years, I have met many Vietnam era Green Berets and Navy seals who were all great guys to work with or hang out with .
This new breed of special operator is a different animal all together, I have not met any army or navy SF types that I like . The USMC force recon guys Tho, are all - to the man, almost a pleasure to work with.
My most enjoyable contract was in Darfur Africa, Perhaps because it was because I was the only American working there, I had retired , professionals from South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Canada as my peers. I like 100% of those guys.
anyhoo, Enough rambling. here is a cut and paste of the write up from
So I got bored today and felt inspired. Here are my tips for new contractors:
Shave your head and grow facial hair. Bonus points for a scraggly Taliban beard. Lets’ face it, when Abdul is lining up that RPG with your vehicle, and he sees that bad assed beard, he will tremble in fear and put down his weapons. This is a proven fact. Also, it will help you blend in with the locals. Because all the locals are 6 foot 2, 250 pounds, speak English, and wear body armor.
Buy Gucci kit. I know your company may issue you armor, but it’s probably crap. UN style blue vests are the corporate rage. Don’t go buy that crappy airsoft knockoff crap from China. Buy quality American made kit. Even if your company issues you good stuff, buy your own. It’s just cooler that way. Make sure to fit as many pouches and magazines on it as you can. Get molle pouches with molle on them so you can attach other molle pouches to them. The more the better. If you can’t fit in the door of your truck, cut the strap so the door opens wider. Can’t fit behind the wheel? Take out the seat and sit on ammo cans. That’s hard core.
Get tattoos. I’m talking a lot of them. All over your arms and neck. Make sure they have skulls, tribal emblems, guns, Chinese characters, and barbed wire, in them. That makes them cool, which in turn makes you cool, and scary. Abdul sees that dark black ink all over you and shits his man jams. No way he’s going to fight that force. Huge crosses are always cool. Show everyone how devout of a Christian you are. Don’t put too much thought into the design, just pick something out of the book. Save that brainpower for the gym.
Steroids. Eat that shit for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don’t worry about piss tests. Get some pencil necked admin geek to piss for you. Twenty bucks is a ton of cash for those TCN’s and you know they are clean for steroids.
Baseball cap. You need one and only one. Never change it or wash it. It needs to be sweat stained and covered with grime. Frayed edges and cool patches help. If you don’t have one, just grind a new one in the dirt for a while. Give it that “been there done that” look. The well gunner should be able to smell it when you’re driving.
Morale patches. If you suck and can’t cover all the available Velcro on your kit with pouches, cover it with morale patches. There should be at least on offensive word on each one. Skulls, religious references, and brand name knock offs, are always popular. Nothing says “professional” like a “Hey Fuck Face” patch.
Go to Thailand. Nothing says “I’m a winner” like paying a 16 year old for pussy. Better yet, get a Thai girlfriend. Support her, her husband, and her kids. Pay their rent and put braces on the crumb-snatchers. That way you always have a place to crash in country.
Go to the gym. Every chance you get. Wear muscle shirts to show off your tribal tat covered guns. Grunt loudly so everyone knows how hard you are working. If it sounds like a porno, you’re doing it right. Stare at yourself in the mirror and check out that ass. Remember, when your boss sees how much effort you’re putting into the gym, you will definitely get that team lead position.
Buy a new house. Your wife and her future husband need a good place to raise your kids. Make sure that the payments are at least 25% of your monthly paycheck.
Buy a new car and motorcycle. Don’t pussy out and get a Corolla. Get an F-350 Supercab four wheel drive with the biggest Diesel they offer. Get a Harley. Anything but a Sportster will work. I don’t care if you never rode before, you need a Harley. Keep them in the garage of that McMansion that you bought so your wife’s boyfriend can borrow them.
Spend all your money. You’ll get more in 28 days. Don’t save anything. It doesn’t matter that you have no retirement plan and social security will be non-existent when you are old. You can always start saving next year. This shit is tax free after all. Why should you save for tax payments?
Buy an iPod. Shit, buy three. You need one for the room, one for the gym, and one for the truck. How else are you going to jam to the greatest band in the world, Nickleback, while you are driving, lifting, and relaxing?
Bitch about the internet. It doesn’t matter that you are in some third world shithole, you have a right to be able to upload videos of yourself onto YouTube for everyone to see. Make sure to upload full videos of your daily movements. OPSEC is for pussies.
Facebook picture. If it doesn’t show your rifle, your kit, your truck, and your guns, you are doing it wrong.
Weapons accessories. Fuck policy, weapons were made to be altered. If there is open rail space, you fail. Bolt something to that. Buy a PEQ-4. It doesn’t matter if you don’t move at night, you still need it. Same goes with night vision. If you can’t afford the night vision, at least get the mount for your helmet. Vertical fore-grip is a must. Only losers use the hand guards. Plus, with all that shit bolted to the rails, you are going to need that vertical grip to hang on to. Weapon too heavy? Get your ass back to the gym.
Knives. You need lots of them. You need the biggest fucking knife you can find to strap to your kit. Make Mick Dundee piss down his leg in fear. Get another one to tape to your thigh rig. You need at least one Benchmade auto knife to clip in your pocket. When talking to people, click it open and closed repeatedly. This will get your point across no matter what it is. If you’re man enough, stick a knife in your boot and another around your neck. Listen, you really can’t have too many knives. They’re like magazines in that respect.
Cellphone. Like the internet, even though the citizens of the country you work in are still wiping their ass with small rocks, you need a cellphone that does everything. If you can’t check your email or surf porn while on venue, what good is it going outside the wire? If you can get a molle pouch to keep it on your kit, you get more bonus points. Bonus points are good for discounted pussy in Thailand.
Military Chicks. Lure them into your vehicle with promises of alcohol and big cocks. The PX is the best place to find them. Bang them hard enough so everyone in your container complex knows what’s going on. Make them walk home.
Alcohol. If your company allows alcohol, drink as much as you can as often as you can. Puke and piss in the hall. Challenge the TCN’s to gunfights and win. Break shit. Throw bottles. Make sure that the company seriously rethinks it’s alcohol policy every time you show your face. Ruin everyone else’s fun. Get so drunk you do things that while sober would be considered gay. It’s OK, you were drunk when you ate that pringle out of your TC’s ass. If your company doesn’t allow alcohol, get shitfaced anyways. Make sure to leave your empty bottles where admin will see it. Everyone loves having their room searched because you are a fucking idiot.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Howdy folks!, I just wanted to post a link to some vids of my good friend Tim Smiths Jack mountain guide school and bushcraft programs.
If you want an excellent wilderness program where you will learn all manner of useful outdoor skills, this is the program for you.
you can contact Tim Smith and Brock Dangerman at http://www.jackmtn.com/ and ask them about scheduling etc.
Got to go for now, I have a bottle of "Devils elbow" whiskey waiting for me.
Tomahawk/Whiskey jack - signing out!
Here is a short video of my good friend "Tata" sharpening his bolo knife on a chunk of coral.
I really miss my Aeta friends and look forward to getting back there ASAP!
Tomahawk - Scouts Out!
Stan Rogers has always been one of my favorite singers, this tune is a good one to sing while consuming various bottled goods anywhere in the world.
It is also a great anti war song and kinda reminds me of my days of mercenary/contractor work around the world.
I hope you enjoy the song also!
Tomahawk/Whisky Jack - I wish i was in Sheerbrook too!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
My good friend Brock Dangerman and I have been running around the woods here in maine enjoying the cool temps of early autumn.
Last night we made up a batch of "Moose track" bannock bread (as the Crees call it) and some "Old Dew Claw" home made Rum.
The Rum consists of maple sugar and river water that has been caramelized and turned into a syrup, then we poured grain alcohol on it and pour it off into our "Guides Canteens" and shake the shit out if it to mix it real well.
the resulting concoction is stout but refreshing on a cool wilderness night. The moose fry bread is call so due to the two slits cut into the dough before throwing in into the hot oil. it does indeed look like a moose track while cooking.
there has also been a slight competition in the brewing of guides coffee....Brock brews his in the manner of a master Maine guide and I make mine as I did while working as a guide in Montana and New Mexico.
The only difference in the brewing process is that the Montana version has a pinch of salt and i just estimate the amount of water and coffee. the Maine guides brew is measured exactly. both are welcome elixir after a night of imbibing "Old Dew Claw" Rum!
Anyway, here are a few pics for your enjoyment,
Whiskey Jack AKA Tomahawk - signing out!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Just a short post today on the Aroostook River, It has to be one of the prettiest rivers I have ever personally seen.
Over the past few days there has been a lot of rain so the Aroostook is up "bank full" and running fast.
Here are just a few pics of the past week of the Chicken soup, sour dough biscuits and cabbage slaw we whipped up for chow. There is also a pic of the inside of my shelter, and one of Brock Dangerman using a draw knife to debark some sitting logs. I have also included a little info on the Aroostook river from wikipedia.As always, I hope you like it.
Whisky Jack , heading back to the woods!!
The Aroostook River is a tributary of the Saint John River, approximately 140 mi (225 km) long, in the U.S. state of Maine and the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Its basin is the largest sub-drainage of the St. John River.
The river rises in northeastern Maine from the confluence of Millinocket Stream and Munsungan Stream in Maine Township 8, Range 8, WELS, in northern Penobscot County.
The river winds E and NE through Aroostook County. It runs through Ashland, and passes north of Presque Isle and east of Caribou. It joins the St. John in Aroostook, New Brunswick, two miles (3 km) after crossing the International Boundary.
The United States government maintains two river flow gages on the Aroostook. The first is located near Masardis, Maine (46°31′21″N 68°22′23″W / 46.5225°N 68.37306°W / 46.5225; -68.37306 (Masardis, Maine)) where the rivershed is 892 square miles (2,310 km2). The second is at Washburn, Maine (46°46′36″N 68°09′29″W / 46.77667°N 68.15806°W / 46.77667; -68.15806 (Washburn, Maine)) where the rivershed is 1,654 square miles (4,280 km2). By Fort Fairfield, Maine the rivershed is 2,301 square miles (5,960 km2). At Masardis, the maximum recorded flow is 29,500 cubic feet per second and the minimum 41 cubic feet (1.2 m3) per second. At Washburn, the maximum recorded flow is 49,500 cubic feet (1,400 m3) per second and the minimum 75 cubic feet (2.1 m3) per second. Annual maximum flows occur during the spring snow melt and minimums in the fall. The highest flood levels at both gages occurred during ice-dam induced floods, which occur relatively often on this river. Such flooding occurred in March and April 1999, April and May 2003, and April 2004.
The river has a small run of Atlantic Salmon. From 1998 to 2001 the number of adults returning to the river ranged from seventeen to thirty.
The International Appalachian Trail runs along the river for several miles. Hikers cross the river, pass through customs, and cross the international boundary at Fort Fairfield, Maine.
In the late 1830s, the territory comprising the river's drainage area was scene of the Aroostook War, a boundary dispute between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Well folks, I had to hitch hike into town today to the metropolis of presque Isle,Me to take care of some internet business and do laundry so I thought Id post a vid and a few more pics for your enjoyment.
I really like the Hand made Cedar Canoe paddle made by a former student of the Jack Mountain Guide school. I was told His name was Sean and he is From Ireland.
The paddle is well made and Sean did a great job on it. Too bad he couldnt take it home with him.
The other day I decided to throw up a wigwam type shelter al la Mors kochanski in his book "Northern Bushcraft.
Over the week I made a new crooked knife in the fire from directions taken from Paul Provenchiers book "The complete woodsman" (pages 109 to 111), you can see from the pics that it turned out pretty well, I made a left and right hand knife. As I was wandering around the woods and roads looking for a moose to film I found a crooked knife made by Duane Hanson who is a professional knife maker. it is a good find as his knives are a bit pricey for ol whisky jack. Duanes website address is www.mooseriverhandcrafts.com
I also banged out a pump drill and a netting needle for shits and giggles.
Here are a few pics;
Whisky jack signing out!