Survival-Pax Blog: Updates & Weekend Adventure & Christmas Wishes

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Updates & Weekend Adventure & Christmas Wishes

Charity Auction Updates

The Spyderco Ladybug that was auctioned off for charity.
So, the results of the Cutlerylover Tortured Ladybug Auction were surprising, to say the least. Personally, I would have thought that the knife would have sold for more than $20. It's humorous really, because people on Jeff's (Cutlerylover) YouTube Video were saying that the auction should have started at $2,000. I guess it just goes to show that a lot of people say things that they don't actually intend on committing to.

Anyways, $20 will be donated to charity. I'm sure that it will help in a small way, at least.

General Updates

So, I've been planning on making a video for some time now. I actually went out to record a video about a week and a half ago. After many technical difficulties and a rigid time schedule, we weren't able to use the footage to make a video. It comes with the territory, I guess. Combined with the Christmas rush here, at Survival-Pax, I haven't been able to get out to make any new videos for the past few weeks.

Despite that, I do have plans on doing a lot of recording next week, to have footage for videos for the weeks to come. My goal is still to put out at least one video every two weeks and I will try to work as hard as I can to make that happen.

Weekend Adventure

Walking on a frozen river is fun, but watch out for thin ice.
This past weekend, I had the privilege of helping lead my local Boy Scout troop on a winter camping trip. There were 13 of us and we stayed in a single cabin. To make the trip more interesting, the cabin had no insulation and no automatic heating. The only source of heat was a wood-burning stove, which forced all of us to learn how to maintain the stove if we wanted to keep warm. Combined with the fact that the temperature outside was about 4 °F at night, maintaining the stove was critical if we wanted to keep warm that weekend.

The campground had a very cool suspension bridge.
The whole weekend was a learning experience. The leaders, myself included, figured that having the stove full of wood would last us most of the night. Well, needless to say, we were wrong. I woke up at 3:00 am, shivering in my sleeping bag and trying to figure out if it was worth it to get up and put more wood in the stove. I ended up getting up and adding wood to the stove. After getting it nice and hot, I walked past the stove and smelled something. I noticed that I had brushed up against the stove, scorching my jacket in the process. The stove was so hot that it melted the fabric of my jacket instantly. Needless to say, we were warm for the rest of the night, but now I'm in the market for a new jacket.

Apart for my jacket getting burned, one of the kids ended up jumping out of his bed while playing and he ended up touching the stove with his hand. That gave him some small second degree burns, which weren't that bad. It could've been worse. I'm glad that I brought a first aid kit. (See, you should always have a first aid kit with you!) While it's necessary that we had a stove for warmth, it really was a big liability. After the kid got hurt, we made doubly sure that everyone was careful about what they did when they walked around it.

Cooking hot dogs over a fire.
My favorite thing that we did last weekend was hike around the campgrounds. The grounds were amazing, especially with the weather that we had. We walked along some wooded trails and even walked on a frozen lake and river. The rest of the weekend's events consisted of playing outside until we were cold, then coming in to warm up, then going back outside. The weather was great and the scenery was beautiful. Winter is my favorite season and I love being outside, if I can find a way to stay warm.

I taught the boys some outdoor skills, as well. I taught them how to split wood with a large knife (batoning) and how to start fires in the winter. During lunch on Sunday, we had to cook over a fire, so it was necessary to get it started in order to eat a warm meal. Easily enough, we got the job done, using some vaseline-soaked cotton balls as tinder, conveniently lit with a fire steel.

When we left on Monday, it started to snow pretty badly, making the return trip take nearly double the time it took us to get there. We got home safe, thankfully. Looking back, it was a great weekend, and I'm glad that I went. It's important to go on trips like that every once in a while to get out of the monotony of every day life.

Christmas Wishes

I also wanted to take the time to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas on behalf of all of us here at Survival-Pax. I hope that all of you will be spending the day with loved ones, remembering and appreciating all that is most important in life.
Don't forget the true meaning of Christmas.
Take care guys!

Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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