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Tentipi Safir 7

Ive been looking into the Tentipi range of tents. The Safir 7 would cost me about $3500 AUD shipped to Australia. This size spans 4.5 meters. The next size up the Safir 9 I believe spans 5.3 meters. The problem with the larger sizes would be finding a spot to pitch it in the bush where you wouldn’t have to clear trees.

My new van is almost ready to pick up which is being used for storage and traveling but when my old caravan sells Im intending to live full time in a tipi. This style I can have a small fire place inside for cooking and heating.

Id like to set up a platform system something like this

These have to be imported. Survival Supplies Australia have contacted the company to be a sales agent but they require a showroom .

Camp Cook kits

I was watching Dan Becker on Youtube at the same time testing out my MSR Pocket Rocket when a friend arrived for a visit and asked about the MSR, So I decided to write down my thoughts on suggesting products for them.

Firstly what are you interested in. Fuel economy, weight, how fast a stove will boil water, cost of the stove, ignition system, pack-ability, reliability. Im not an ultra light hiker. Id like to have one of these stoves in the car for break downs or for cooking lunch on the side of the road when traveling. Im in the bush I dont care how long a stove takes to boil. If one stove takes 30 seconds longer than another brand I dont care I haven’t owned a watch in 40 years.Im looking for an emergency style stove for a quick meal.

msr pocket rocket and snow peak combo set

Ive never owned a jet boil (kit) I always wanted a pot I could cook a meal in not just boil water for dehydrated meals. I like that option. I also dont like titanium it heats up too quickly and burns food. Id only use titanium for ultra light hiking and for boiling water only for pre-prepared meals.

this ias the best I can do with pictures at the moment one more week in the leg brace

The pots I use are a Snow Peak combo set in alloy and Im trying out a Stanley stainless steel pot. At this time I only own the MSR pocket Rocket after many hours of researching on youtube (check out paleo hiker md) but Im looking for a second stove to keep in my car permanently. The Jet boil mighty Mo is the direct competitor to the MSR and sells at the same price. However for a car stove how can you beat $30 for a 360 degrees fumo. The fumo would be a good starting point for anyone not sure or has never used a butane stove. However Ill still end up with a jet boil mighty mo just to see if I like it more than a msr pocket rocket.

The stoves I would suggest

jet boil mighty mo $99

360 degrees fumo $30

msr pocket rocket 2 $99

Comparison Stoves

There is only one store Ive found that sells the Soto brand in Australia. I haven’t had much to do with them and are only here as an option. The Jet boil stash, Im not paying anything over $100 for a stove. The only time Id look at this stove is if I was into ultra hiking which Im not. Couldnt find a Snow Peak Giga Power any where. The Msr Reactor for over $500 I think id break it in a day.

Soto amicus $80

soto windmaster $110

msr reactor $520

jet boil stash $229

Snow peak giga power N/A

Stoves where to purchase

Soto stoves


snow peak trek combo



sea to summit alpha spoon

Gosamer Gear bamboo spoon

Holy Grail of camp cook kits

jet boil mighty mo

360 fumo

msr reactor

ditching the jet boil

Paleo Hiker MD for every stove comparrision

Wool Anoraks

Do I need a wool anorak in Australia ? Probably not but the temperatures lately Ive been reconsidering. Id really prefer one that opened at the front but no company were willing to modify their existing products. I have contacted the Wandering parson who was making a prototype many years ago but am still waiting on a reply.

The next best option is a Mackinaw by Stormy Kromer. However I ordered mine just as the USPS shut down deliveries to Australia and it traveled halfway around the US before being returned and the company who then refunded me the cost minus the I believe $160 AUD in postage. Which I thought was nice customer service. I would still prefer a hood.

I am currently trying out a woolen poncho by Blues Bushcraft Boutique and am thinking about making it into a Mountain-man Capote design. Otherwise Im thinking of ordering a Lester River in a larger size and having it opened at the front.

mountain man capote

Boreal Mountain $300 to $340 / USD $430 AUD

Lester River $335 USD / $480 AUD

Asbell Wool $150 USD Northwoods model / $220 AUD

The Wandering Parson ETSY $515 AUD including shipping

Blues Bushcraft Boutique Poncho

Stormy Kromer Mackinaw

Alternatives to Filson

Lester River Anorak

Rule of Puppets

Looks like were being ruled by puppets, all owned by Klaus Schwab after seeing the same retoric by Prime Ministers in New Zealand the Nederlands, Canada Im waiting for the same to happen here with albo.

I had a conversation with someone that said they were no longer sheep because they have started paying attention.My response was. They were still sheep they just didnt have the glazed look in their eyes anymore.

People say that things have changed . Well no they havent its always been the same its just that people are paying attention now.

Freedom is slowly being replaced with something else. Many people will willingly give up their freedom for the feeling of safety, but that feeling is an illusion.

Try paying attention People.

Reporters without borders ranks the US press as being the 53rd freest press along with Botswanna and Crotia.

Terrorism is being used to break the economy.

“Governments – Create fear to remain docile”

Signs of a restrictive regime

Sealed Borders

Banned Press

Forbidding off shore accounts

Restrictions on gun laws

Restrictions on passports

Bank seizures of personal funds

Nothing has Changed its much easier to find laws in the US than whats going on in Australia but this shows that the same BS has been going on for three hundred years not many people pay attention.


John Adams

Alien and Sedition acts

Civil War

Abraham lincoln

Suspended Habeus Corpus


Woodrow Wilson

arrested 10,000 radicals and deported non residents

F.D Rosevelt

120,000 Jap-American residents arrested in internment camps


Eisonhower 10,000 comunists blacklisted and imprisoned

New Laws US still trying to locate virtualy the same AU laws.


US Patriot Act


Homeland Security Act

Military Commisions Act

Which allows the US Government to declare citizens as enemy combatants and imprison them without trial

John Warner Defense Authorization Act

Which declares the president with the power to declare a public emergency and station troops in any city within America without permission from local government

Swiss banks wont deal with US citizens

Banks have to designate the US government as a intermediary which which means they have to report information on US clients and withhold a percentage of interest, file tax forms with the IRS, register with secuties exchange commission.

California planning on taking DNA samples of everyone arrested within its borders

Customs have the authority to confiscate, copy, analyze any laptop or data storage device brought across the border

Ahead of Schedule collapse of society

Canada Travel Bans

Do they really think were not watching

World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab

Nederlands dictatorship

Noam Chomsky Crimes of US presidents

Social Engineering to remove vehicle ownership

Banks to seize funds in the event of a collapse

Who really made money in the Afghanistan War

Canadians Fleeing

Everything that has happened in the last three years and Id say much longer than that has been nothing more than an exercise in Social Engineering to gain control. This is whats going on around us. I like studying history and the more I look back on pivitel events in the last 30 years in Australian history the more Ive come to believe they have been false flag events leading up to what has happened and what will be happening in the near future. I have always wondered why the Jews didnt leave Nazi Germany when they had the chance. I now have the answer to that question. The big question is now even if you could leave where would you go. Every single western country that was once believed to be safe are now WHAT EXACTLY? Boil little frogs boil.

The boiling frog is an apologue describing a frog being slowly boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of sinister threats that arise gradually rather than suddenly.

Lock Picking

(Keep it Legal, join Lock Sport Australia.)

I developed an interest in lock picking when I worked in the security industry however i found there were much easier ways of breaking in than standing there picking a lock. I was going to start my own business at one stage helping people on a residential level to prevent break-ins many years ago.

However with lock sport starting up withn Australia the last few years and being on a walking frame for a time Ive been looking back into it as a hobby. Below is a list of equipment that I have started acquiring.

Sparrows Ranger set

6 x Picks with thermal handles

1 x Level 1 Wrenches

1 x Padlock shim set

1 x Wafer keys


1 x Mini Jim

Australian bump key set small

1 x Lockwood LW4

1 x Lockwood LW4R

1 x Gainsborough TE2

Sparrows traveller hooks

Southord auto jigglers

Sparrows coffin keys

Sparrows quick shims

Sparrow mantis

handcuff shims

Sparrows master switch

Sparrows shank

Sparrows 3 in 1 clear practice lock spool, standard and serrated

Brockhage practice padlock

Practice handcuff

Lishi LW5 2 in 1 6 pin and spacer

Youtube channels i like. the modern rouge, lock noob, lock picking lawyer, its tactical, deviant oliam, dark arts lock picking.

Keep an eye out at DALP for up coming training courses.

Lock bypassing

Pick every sort of lock

lock picks

lishi LW5

Australian Tool Sources

Mushroom Growing Course

I just completed the Mushroom Growers Course By Chris Gilmore at Outdoorcore. The course covers such things as oyster mushroom growing, lifecycle and needs, preparing spawn, Inoculating on cardboard, growing in mason jars using coffee grounds, closed loop nutrient cycling, harvesting and second flushes, trouble shooting, growing in straw, mono tub fruiting chambers, pasteurizing and inoculation phases, log tower methods, growing shiitake on logs, when to harvest, processing and storing, ecology and identification.

I found it very interesting. I mainly took the course for the mushroom growing season here only lasts a few months what better way to have a crop all year round than to grow your own. Permaculture principles were discussed such as having three food sources from the one project such as coffee from the grounds, then mushrooms from being inoculated into the used grounds to then recycling into compost after the second flush or crop.

Something I hadnt known before was the mushrooms have their edges turned over they havent as yet released their spores. when the edges have gone out straight the spores have already been released. I feel confident in being able to grow mushrooms now.

(Beware of the introductory prices. This course was listed as 449USD and I was charged $79. I still have not heard back from Outdoorcore regarding this discrepancy).

Paracord Tutorials

Stopper knots

Two great knot tutorials on zipper pulls. I was looking for a project to do indoors, then remembered I didnt have the bags with me i wanted to replace the zipper pulls on or any paracord for that matter.

Zipper pulls

Snake Knot

Paracord tools and titanium Marlin Spikes.

How to Use a Fid

Knotters tools

Titanium marlin spike

More on knots

A Panic Knot this will make number 31 of bushcraft knots worth knowing. Im not into complex knots. The easier the better. I thought this would be a great one for the tool box , very easy to remember.

Panic knot

Notes from After Armageddon – Pandemic Scenario Documentary

“After Armageddon” is a docu-drama narrating the tale of what changes occur to North America after the region is struck by a severe flu pandemic, wiping out an overwhelming majority of the population. Depicting the lives of a family hailing from L.A. who struggle to survive among the epidemic struck region and battles all odds. The father in this family is a paramedic and takes every precaution to keep the disease at bay. The film also has a narrator who informs the viewers about the severity of the situation.

The son and wife of the man wants to move to a safer location but he refuses to oblige them. It is quite horrific to see armed gangs looting houses for scarcity of food and essential commodities. Finally, the family is forced to leave their house and find a safer location. The filmmaker excels as he depicts the process of degeneration among humans in such a severe situation.

Tendencies for governments to plan for the normal – disasters arent normal, may become overwhelmed and not ready

People form together in gangs to obtain resources needed

No law and order – predators appear

Find things along the route that will be useful and your going to take them

Going to have to forage which is a nice term for looting

Without food, water, or power cities become waste lands

Variations of skill sets required to survive

When cities become inhabitable youll have to leave

Will have to become invisible to be passed by

Harder to protect family members

If enough people try to evacuate at once, roads will become jammed and impassible.

Major gridlock a secondary event

Desperation rises after exits blocked

People will pretend to be authorities

Who are really officials and who arent

On average a pandemic occurs every 30 to 40 years as a predicable cycle. Its been almost 100 years since seeing a rapid moving virus such as swine flu, combined with a mortality rate of avian flu.

Takes dense populations to allow a pandemic to arise and then spread. Cities most vunerable.

2007 is the first time that most of the worlds population has lived in cities

Transmissionability relys on person to person proximity

Global networking can mean a disease can now spread in hours or days, faster than we can react.

When warned a few times before, the level of sensible reaction goes down

When a potential pandemic first appears and it cant be identified, they will transport a patient to specialist hospitals where two hospitals will then be infected.

Potential for vacine production, but not time or volume needed.

Initially many will try and leave cities, this may be one way of letting it spread to the country side

Not many examples of mass migration that have gone peaceably

Hard to evacuate a small space in a short ammount of time without there being complete chaos

Trying to maintain critical services when many wont turn up exactly when and incease in servies is required

Medical care providers will do best but will be overwhelmed

Hospitals will become full and be closed/barracaded. They will become places of infection and wont have drugs or vaccines anyway

LA County has 10 mil people, average hospital have beds for 25,000. 4000 available on any given day. When close to capacity maybe only several hundred beds.

Medical supplies in critial ammounts

Antibiotics will be worth their weight in gold

When or if, will care givers say “I have a family, their at risk and leave patients”

When point comes to say lets close the borders the damage will already be done

Individuals will recognise that survival and well being is in their own hands and may not be prepared for it

9 Meals to anarchy, in less than two weeks the world may be changed

Infection rates rise, not containable (reduce travel)

Mass communication systems break down from overuse adding to general chaos

Effects police, ambulance, fire, rescue services, the people that look after power supply and internet

Global internet designed to survive a nuclear strike but cant withstand failure of human labour

When internet fails then transport, freight, logistics, goods and services stop production lines

Mother of all dominoes liquid fuels. When fuel slows or stops then other domino’s start to fall

No trucks then no grocery’s, shops replenish every few days

Most people have 3 days of food in the house, to go to ground would need 3 months

When you no longer have goods or services, then you have pandemonium

How thick in the veneer of civilization is how many days to anarchy

Pandemic may last 90 days, very few people have supplies to last long enough to not need to go out and resupply during that time

Staff and fuel shortage trigger multiple power and fuel outages and power station failures

102 nuclear power plants in US but only 5000 workers to run them

When system out of balance there will be a series of shut offs, with commutations down. Dependant on information by electronic means

Domino Effect – Power, Water, Communications, Food, Fuel

First Immediate problem in cities in an aftermath are unburied bodies with no organized services for removal

After pandemic burns out then survivors succumb to cholera, dysentery, famine

Disease declines, people become immune for atleast that cycle

Sit and wait it out – gripped by despair and boredom, no electronic entertainment

Some will not be able to emotionally transition this stage of nothing being the same as before – State of disassociation when cant deal with situation

Reliant on freezers to store food before that they used cold stores

With blackouts sewage stops. How to deal with sanitary issues along with water supply

When hungry one way or another youll need to feed your family

When garbage piles up a city closes

Dead bodies have pathogens and require burying asap

People can become predatory to secure supply’s for themselves

Prisons effected, cant keep criminals locked up

Stores Cleaned out by third day, thats when things get crazy

Gangs formed to obtain resources

Security becomes first and foremost

Become invisible by making house look like its already been looted

Better not to be seen than to try and fight

Reduce interior lighting to blackout conditions, reduce smoke and cooking smells

At some point in a crisis the city becomes uninhabitable and will need to leave

Sheltered in place for so long and exhausted food supply – will have to leave city

Lots to think about and lots to plan in that event

Fuel – mileage of vehicle, ability to carry goods by foot or push bike

Bug Out Bags – water is heavy and bulk of weight

Use easy to carry foods with lots of calories, shelter

Security will become paramount – people will kill for what you carry

ID for in case situation stabilizes

Making it to another state may be more difficult but making it out of the city may be even harder, blocked roads etc

Avoid roads chocked with dead cars

Traveling light and fast by foot will be a challenge

Main roads will be ambushed, this will be the most expected way to travel. Use alternative routes

Find routes to travel sector to sector to get through difficult points

Larger towns will be abandoned to try and find better places, hoards of people will strip the countryside as they go, refugees will swamp surrounding city areas

Safer to travel by foot but may not be practical, or efficient to reach a safe destination

We will become Opitunivores – find things along route and take advantage of them

Every level you rise in survival, competition gets different

People in smaller communities block roads and arm themselves to keep out contagion and reduce impact on resources

Lifeboat Scenario – If lifeboat is full after ship sinks, do you pick up people in water and kill everyone too or do you row away

Parents have to worry about taking care of their children on top of taking care of themselves, adds to stress and vulnerability

How would people react to no matter where you go it will be dangerous and my children might die

Abandon cities in search of food

Sources of water most important when bugging out

Need to remain invisible by not taking an easy path

Most of the time to maintain safety and security youll want to avoid roads even if clear, they will still be the most frequently traveled

People are capable of barberism and selfishness but also great generosity when banded together against a common enemy. There is a limit to generosity – not infinite

Obvious food sources will be emptied earlier, check nooks and crannies that may have been overlooked – industrial complexes

First things most critical after a disaster are food and fuel

Food will be power as a resource

Bartering worth more than money

Fuel – Cary extra fuel containers and check every vehicle when passing. Dont need a syphon, just pierce tank with a hammer and screw driver or use drain plug and wrench. Destroying the tank wont matter with no fuel to replace long term use.

Farms are reliant on fossil fuels for fertilizer and mechanical agriculture

3 months into scenario, easy pickings already gone. Youll have to be creative and know where to look for food and resources

Longer the senario lasts the more food will spoil

Filtration of water becomes important – either treat with chemicals, filter or boil

Under dire circumstances people look at pets as a source of food, usually other peoples not their own

Children adapt faster to famine states of mind

Order may become established faster within smaller towns – secure borders and limits on who enters like nations do but in smaller regions

Authority is local but power to enforce is through coercion and threats

Phases – destruction, reconstruction and resurgence

Amateur radio requires no infrastructure to work

Living by wits

No prisons, penalties are shooting on the spot

We like to think that progress has made us nice people but were nice mainly because were rich and comfortable. When not comfortable we wont be that nice

Areas will be repopulated due to water resources

Limited health care, will go back to 1700-1800s no immediate pain relief or antibiotics

Without medications mortality rate rises

Salvage for trade will only be worth transporting high value commodities

Cowboy Plate

I came across the Cowboy Plate by Firebox on the Aussie Storm Website while looking to see if the 1.6 litre Tatonka pots were back in stock. Ive gradually become interested in minimalism not that you could tell from the amount of camping gear I own. However living in a van and traveling from one state to another every year you tend to dispose of things gradually to make it easier to pack up and just keep what is absolutely essential.

This is a process which I am far from. My aim is to get down to one plate, one bowl and one cup. I have given away the remainder of my crockery and went down to scratch resistant caravan style cookware and have been looking for a titanium plate to take its place now i have now microwave that requires non metallic crockery. Narrowing it down to a Kieth brand.

I’m thinking the cowboy plate may be the answer that Ive been looking for.

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