Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Weekend in the Mountains

     I spent last weekend up in the White Mountains with my long time friend Sean, and as always, it was beautiful. I don't get to go skiing a lot because of how expensive it is, but since Sean is a Snowboard Instructor at one of the mountains up there, I got to ride for free, which is incredible! With my Forester and my home made ski/snowboard rack, my friend Lee and I hit the open road up North.
     About 2 hours later we arrived at our friends apartment in North Conway, NH. We were welcomed with open arms! We walked into a home cooked dinner consisting of fresh steamed cauliflower, baked potatoes and a creamy bechamel sauce. Yummy. We played some cards, listened to some music, and rested for skiing in the morning.

     The next morning we headed to King Pine. King Pine is a small mountain located in East Madison, NH.  Although small, King Pine has some awesome trails, great snow, and short lines! We skied here for about a total of 5 hours on Saturday and had a lot of fun. They also had an AWESOME tubing park which I regret not trying. Saturday night came and we were exhausted. We ended up making some pasta with an assortment of sauces for dinner.  Yum. We put in a movie, talked a bit and got some rest for our big day skiing Sunday.
     Finally Sunday morning came. Of course it wouldn't be right if we didn't have a nice home cooked meal right? So we made some delicious egg and cheese sandwiches to start our day of strong. After breakfast we headed out to Bretton Woods. Bretton Woods is located in Carroll, NH and is NH's largest mountain that offers skiing and riding. BW is my favorite mountain (I've yet to go out west) of all time. I'm a huge fan of glades and BW has tons of awesome glades of all different kinds.  After a phenomenal day of skiing at Bretton Woods we hit the road back to North Conway to our friends apartment to have some dinner before we made the trek home. And of course, we made delicious black bean veggie burgers with some cajun potato wedges. Can you tell I love to eat and cook? haha. 
    We finally made our way to my car to head home around 7:30 PM Sunday night. After another 2 hours in the reliable Subaru, we were back in Derry, NH around 10:15PM Sunday night. If you took the time to listen to be blab about my weekend, then thank you. And here's a coupon code to my website! You can use code: "MyWeekend" (no quotes) at checkout while purchasing any paracord product I offer and get 20% off each item. 

 Bretton Woods and the Mount Washington Hotel. BEAUTIFUL! 
(Not my picture)


Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Woodman's Pal Survival Tool

    Ever since the Woodman’s Pal Tool was designed in 1941, it has been included in military and civilian survival kits. Its original name was LC-14-B by the U.S. military. It is now referred to as the “Survival Tool Type IV” by the military. In order to teach soldiers how to use this tool, the U.S. Army commissioned a booklet called “Fighting with the Woodman’s Pal”, which helped soldiers learn hand-to-hand combat with this tool and the proper form when using it during any situation.
    No matter what model you choose, this tool is no nonsense, tough tool that is an essential part of your survival gear. Woodman’s Pal Tools are made of specially annealed 1/8” thick steel. From there, the tool is hardened to Rockwell C-47 and has a resin bonded fluorocarbon coating to prevent corrosion.

The Woodman's Pal Today
     Compared to the original Woodman’s Pal®, today's tool is practically identical to the original. Only the best materials are used to make these tools, making its quality and integrity hard to achieve, which makes each tool unique. The blade is SAE1075 cold rolled spring steel, hardened to Rockwell C47. If the blade were low carbon steel, it would not be able to hold an edge. Harder steel would become brittle in cold weather, which can cause the blade to crack or chip during heavy use. The handle is shaped from a single piece of American hardwood, cemented and riveted to the tang. The belt-looped sheath is heavily stitched, and rugged.
    There are 23 stages of productions when making a Woodman Pal tool, from the blanking of the steel to hand lacquering each handle. All stages are done by hand, with a few of them using machines unlike any others in the world. Edges are precisely rolled resulting in double-convex perfection. When you get a hold of this tool, you’ll feel how well it was made.

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