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  • SPRING WELCOME 2018

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  • OKANOGAN HIGHLANDS IN JANUARY Play all

    This playlist is a set of short videos taken at my Reefer Container Cabin Home in January. I make no claim to being a good camera man however for those who are interested in a secure year around shelter completely off the grid, this content may provide some value. I slept warm and comfortably each night of my stay. It was cold and the snow was just at the point where if there were any more it would have been time to put on the snowshoes. Simple forest living is a big part of this Channel and what better time of year to test how comfortable this kind of "cabin" can be then in the dead of winter in the middle of a snow storm.

    What makes a secure practical long-term bug out or survival shelter? What makes a good primitive cabin which is safe from rodents and other animals during periods when you are away? What makes a cabin that's cool in the hot hot weather of summer and warm during the below zero temperatures of winter? This is my solution for a wonderful primitive camp. No electricity, no telephones, no urban noise and wildlife all around. Its simple and it works! A refrigerated container or reefer with a nice little wood stove will provide dry, warm and safe living deep in bear and cougar country. From this base we can hunt, hike, ski, snow mobile, or snow shoe. Or as is often the case just sit back by the campfire and enjoy the natural world.

    Our focus is TIMBER CONSERVATION, FRUGAL BUSHCRAFT and SIMPLE FOREST LIVING.

    Our mission is to practice simple sustainable conservation on this diverse highland timber lot and enjoy the outdoors in a responsible, frugal and harmonious fashion. We hope you will both enjoy what you see here and learn something useful. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE and share your bushcraft experiences. All family friendly discourse is welcome. HAPPY TRAILS and good luck with your project.




    TO SEE OUR LOCATION CLICK ON THE "Weather Conditions" LINK on the "ABOUT" page.

    Some of the TREES* on this timber lot:

    DOUGLAS FIR (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
    PONDEROSA (Pinus ponderosa)
    WESTERN LARCH (Larix occidentalis)
    ENGLEMANN SPRUCE (Picea englemanni)
    QUAKING ASPEN (populus tremuloides)
    BLACK COTTONWOOD (Populus trichocarpa)
    RED ALDER (Alnus rubra)


    Some of the WILDLIFE* in the region:

    MULE DEER (Odocoileus hemiohus)
    WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus)
    BIGHORN SHEEP (Ovis canadensis)
    BLACK BEAR (Ursus Americanus)
    MOOSE (Alces alces)
    ELK (Cervus elaphus)
    MOUNTAIN LION (Felis concolor)
    COYOTE (Canis latrans)
    WOLVERINE (Gulo gulo)
    BOB CAT (Lynx rufus)
    LYNX (Lynx canadensis)
    FISHER (Martes pennanti)
    ERMINE (Mustela erminea)
    LONG-TAILED WEASEL (Mustela frenata)
    MINK (Mustela vison)
    PORCUPINE (Erethizon dorsatum)
    SNOWSHOE HARE (Lepus americanus)
    STRIPED SKUNK (Mephitis mephitis)
    YELLOW-BELLIED MARMOT (Marmota flaviventris)
    NORTHERN FLYING SQUIRREL (Glaucomys sabrinus)
    RED SQUIRREL (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
    GOLDEN-MANTLED GROUND SQUIRREL (Spermophilus lateralis)
    COLUMBIAN GROUND SQUIRREL (Spermophilus columbianus)
    YELLOW-PINE CHIPMUCK (Tamius amoenus)
    HOARY BAT (Lasiurus cinereus)
    SILVER-HAIRED BAT (Lasionyeteris noctivagons)
    TOWNSEND'S BIG-EARED BAT (Plecotus Townsendii)
    YUMA MYOTIS (Myotis yumanensis)
    LONG-EARED MYOTIS (Myotis evotis)
    LITTLE BROWN MYOTIS (Myotis lucifugus)
    CALIFORNIA MYOTIS (Myotis californicus)
    FRINGED MYOTIS (Myotis thysanodes)
    LONG-LEGGED MYOTIS (Myotis volans)
    GAPPER'S RED-BACKED VOLE (Clethrionomys gapperi)
    LONG-TAILED VOLE (Microtus longicaudus)
    MONTANE VOLE (Microtus montanus)
    MEADOW VOLE (Microtus pennsylvanicus)
    BUSHY-TAILED WOODRAT (Neoloma cinerea)
    DEER MOUSE (peromyscus maniculatus)
    WESTERN JUMPING MOUSE (Zapus princeps)
    MASKED SHREW (Sorex cinereus)
    MONTANE SHREW (Sorex monticolus)
    WATER SHREW (Sorex palustris)
    VAGRANT SHREW (Sorex vagrans)
    *These lists are compiled from Washington State flora and fauna information for the Okanogan Highlands. An internet search of the scientific names will bring forth a remarkable amount of fun and very interesting information.
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  • REEFER SHIPPING CONTAINER CABIN HOME Play all

    What makes a secure practical long-term bug out or survival shelter? What makes a good primitive cabin which is safe from rodents and other animals during periods when you are away? What makes a cabin that's cool in the hot hot weather of summer and warm during the below zero temperatures of winter?

    This is my solution for a wonderful primitive camp. No electricity, no telephones, no urban noise and wildlife all around. Its simple and it works! A refrigerated container or reefer with a nice little wood stove will provide dry, warm and safe living deep in bear and cougar country. From this base we can hunt, hike, ski, snow mobile, or snow shoe. Or as is often the case just sit back by the campfire and enjoy the natural world.

    Some of the TREES* on this timber lot:

    DOUGLAS FIR (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
    PONDEROSA (Pinus ponderosa)
    WESTERN LARCH (Larix occidentalis)
    ENGLEMANN SPRUCE (Picea englemanni)
    QUAKING ASPEN (populus tremuloides)
    BLACK COTTONWOOD (Populus trichocarpa)
    RED ALDER (Alnus rubra)


    Some of the WILDLIFE* in the region:

    MULE DEER (Odocoileus hemiohus)
    WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus)
    BIGHORN SHEEP (Ovis canadensis)
    BLACK BEAR (Ursus Americanus)
    MOOSE (Alces alces)
    ELK (Cervus elaphus)
    MOUNTAIN LION (Felis concolor)
    COYOTE (Canis latrans)
    WOLVERINE (Gulo gulo)
    BOB CAT (Lynx rufus)
    LYNX (Lynx canadensis)
    FISHER (Martes pennanti)
    ERMINE (Mustela erminea)
    LONG-TAILED WEASEL (Mustela frenata)
    MINK (Mustela vison)
    PORCUPINE (Erethizon dorsatum)
    SNOWSHOE HARE (Lepus americanus)
    STRIPED SKUNK (Mephitis mephitis)
    YELLOW-BELLIED MARMOT (Marmota flaviventris)
    NORTHERN FLYING SQUIRREL (Glaucomys sabrinus)
    RED SQUIRREL (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
    GOLDEN-MANTLED GROUND SQUIRREL (Spermophilus lateralis)
    COLUMBIAN GROUND SQUIRREL (Spermophilus columbianus)
    YELLOW-PINE CHIPMUCK (Tamius amoenus)
    HOARY BAT (Lasiurus cinereus)
    SILVER-HAIRED BAT (Lasionyeteris noctivagons)
    TOWNSEND'S BIG-EARED BAT (Plecotus Townsendii)
    YUMA MYOTIS (Myotis yumanensis)
    LONG-EARED MYOTIS (Myotis evotis)
    LITTLE BROWN MYOTIS (Myotis lucifugus)
    CALIFORNIA MYOTIS (Myotis californicus)
    FRINGED MYOTIS (Myotis thysanodes)
    LONG-LEGGED MYOTIS (Myotis volans)
    GAPPER'S RED-BACKED VOLE (Clethrionomys gapperi)
    LONG-TAILED VOLE (Microtus longicaudus)
    MONTANE VOLE (Microtus montanus)
    MEADOW VOLE (Microtus pennsylvanicus)
    BUSHY-TAILED WOODRAT (Neoloma cinerea)
    DEER MOUSE (peromyscus maniculatus)
    WESTERN JUMPING MOUSE (Zapus princeps)
    MASKED SHREW (Sorex cinereus)
    MONTANE SHREW (Sorex monticolus)
    WATER SHREW (Sorex palustris)
    VAGRANT SHREW (Sorex vagrans)
    *These lists are compiled from Washington State flora and fauna information for the Okanogan Highlands. An internet search of the scientific names will bring forth a remarkable amount of fun and very interesting information.
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  • DEADWOOD STOVE: made in USA Play all

    First of all, no one paid me to do these videos.

    I just like this product and the Americans that make it.

    Here is some detail from their website:

    The Perfect Accessory for Camping, Hunting, Fishing, or Wilderness Survival

    The Deadwood Stove is a valuable piece of equipment for any camper, hunter, fisherman, or outdoorsman. It is rugged, compact, and portable. The Deadwood Stove uses sticks and small pieces of wood to operate, eliminating the need for propane, liquid fuels, charcoal, electricity, or large stacks of firewood.

    Efficient — The Deadwood Stove produces maximum amounts of heat using minimal amounts of fuel. This efficiency makes the Deadwood Stove perfect for everything from camping to survival scenarios. You won't need to purchase expensive fuels again; with dead limbs, scrap lumber, and sticks, you have all of the fuel you need to operate your Deadwood Stove.

    Easy to light — Simply insert newspaper or kindling in the combustion chamber. Light the fuel with a match, lighter, or magnesium starter and insert sticks into the feed tube. In a couple of minutes, you're ready for cooking!

    Easy to operate — The cooking temperature is controlled by increasing or decreasing the size and amount of fuels used. A few sticks generate enough heat to cook eggs, pancakes, hamburgers, steaks, or popcorn; just about anything you can cook on your kitchen stove top. The Deadwood Stove is capable of heating one quart of water to a rolling boil in 10 minutes at most altitudes.

    Durable — The Deadwood Stove is designed for continuous use and is covered by a five-year limited warranty. The combustion chamber and cooking surfaces are made of heavy 11-gauge steel, and all construction is welded so there are no bolts, rivets, or seams to deteriorate.

    Dimensions

    Height without the leg extensions = 14.5 in.
    Height with leg extensions = 21.5 in.
    The grill surface = 8.5 in. x 8.5 in.
    Footprint with leg extension = 11 in.
    Footprint without leg extensions = 7 in.
    Weight = 18 pounds

    For more information about the Deadwood Stove or how to use it, please refer to the User's Manual at their website:

    http://www.deadwoodstove.com/

    Happy Trails, Okanogan Forest
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  • BACK WOODS BUMMING Play all

    Enjoying idle time in the natural world.
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  • HIKING WITH A FIVE YEAR OLD Play all

    This is my solution for a wonderful primitive camp. No electricity, no telephones, no urban noise and wildlife all around. Its simple and it works! A refrigerated container or "refer" with a nice little wood stove will provide dry, warm and safe living deep in bear and cougar country. From this base we can hunt, hike, ski, snow mobile, or snow shoe. Or as is often the case just sit back by the campfire and enjoy the natural world.

    Some of the TREES* on this timber lot:

    DOUGLAS FIR (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
    PONDEROSA (Pinus ponderosa)
    WESTERN LARCH (Larix occidentalis)
    ENGLEMANN SPRUCE (Picea englemanni)
    QUAKING ASPEN (populus tremuloides)
    BLACK COTTONWOOD (Populus trichocarpa)
    RED ALDER (Alnus rubra)


    Some of the WILDLIFE* in the region:

    MULE DEER (Odocoileus hemiohus)
    WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus)
    BIGHORN SHEEP (Ovis canadensis)
    BLACK BEAR (Ursus Americanus)
    MOOSE (Alces alces)
    ELK (Cervus elaphus)
    MOUNTAIN LION (Felis concolor)
    COYOTE (Canis latrans)
    WOLVERINE (Gulo gulo)
    BOB CAT (Lynx rufus)
    LYNX (Lynx canadensis)
    FISHER (Martes pennanti)
    ERMINE (Mustela erminea)
    LONG-TAILED WEASEL (Mustela frenata)
    MINK (Mustela vison)
    PORCUPINE (Erethizon dorsatum)
    SNOWSHOE HARE (Lepus americanus)
    STRIPED SKUNK (Mephitis mephitis)
    YELLOW-BELLIED MARMOT (Marmota flaviventris)
    NORTHERN FLYING SQUIRREL (Glaucomys sabrinus)
    RED SQUIRREL (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
    GOLDEN-MANTLED GROUND SQUIRREL (Spermophilus lateralis)
    COLUMBIAN GROUND SQUIRREL (Spermophilus columbianus)
    YELLOW-PINE CHIPMUCK (Tamius amoenus)
    HOARY BAT (Lasiurus cinereus)
    SILVER-HAIRED BAT (Lasionyeteris noctivagons)
    TOWNSEND'S BIG-EARED BAT (Plecotus Townsendii)
    YUMA MYOTIS (Myotis yumanensis)
    LONG-EARED MYOTIS (Myotis evotis)
    LITTLE BROWN MYOTIS (Myotis lucifugus)
    CALIFORNIA MYOTIS (Myotis californicus)
    FRINGED MYOTIS (Myotis thysanodes)
    LONG-LEGGED MYOTIS (Myotis volans)
    GAPPER'S RED-BACKED VOLE (Clethrionomys gapperi)
    LONG-TAILED VOLE (Microtus longicaudus)
    MONTANE VOLE (Microtus montanus)
    MEADOW VOLE (Microtus pennsylvanicus)
    BUSHY-TAILED WOODRAT (Neoloma cinerea)
    DEER MOUSE (peromyscus maniculatus)
    WESTERN JUMPING MOUSE (Zapus princeps)
    MASKED SHREW (Sorex cinereus)
    MONTANE SHREW (Sorex monticolus)
    WATER SHREW (Sorex palustris)
    VAGRANT SHREW (Sorex vagrans)
    *These lists are compiled from Washington State flora and fauna information for the Okanogan Highlands. An internet search of the scientific names will bring forth a remarkable amount of fun and very interesting information.
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