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Why I Stopped Using Petzl Headlamps

Why I Stopped Using Petzl Headlamps

The quick answer is that I started using a Surefire Minimus. The long answer is why. Generally, I look after my belongings, outdoor kit or otherwise.  My critics might say not to be so precious, “it’s only stuff”.  But I’ve always been careful to look after things. Fundamentally, I hate breaking things. I hate waste. I like material possessions to last as long as possible. It is less about frugality and more about…

Making a Tin-Can Candle

Making a Tin-Can Candle

If you use any sort of candle holder in camp then you will end up with stubs of candles left over. Rather than wasting this wax, you can make a really good improvised candle from these remnants. The only things you will need in addition to the stubs of candles are a small tin can and some paper towel. Both of these are usually readily available in a base camp. Small tins of fruit or sweetcorn are of a particularly…

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How To Make An Improvised Candle Holder

How To Make An Improvised Candle Holder

During the shorter days of the year, evenings in camp are longer and darker. Illumination becomes more important. Candles give off a soft, natural light and are relatively inexpensive. To get the best out of candles, however, it’s good to have them raised up off the ground. Making a candle-holder from natural materials is relatively simple. This style of candle-holder both holds the candle steady and raises it up off the ground. Also, if you are looking for bushcraft projects…

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