Saturday, October 13, 2007

Western red cedar hiking tip

If you have an old backpack frame, you can make a simple, cheap ultralight backpack. Remove the old pack, and tie a plain nylon duffel bag to the frame firmly,with the zipper facing out. You could also attach it using small bungee cords. I used an old aluminum frame that still had straps and a waist belt. The result was an external-frame backpack that held a lot and weighed just two pounds.
Need emergency clothing or blankets? The bark of the western red cedar can be peeled easily from the tree . The softer inner bark is then separated out and used for weaving rough clothing, blankets,ropes and baskets.Remember to stay dry and drink plenty of water when hiking.

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