i can only think after being barred by the moderator for insulting their lover/attack dog GoOF, that this site is rum by children . Thanks for that . I know you and you alone will see this as i'm barred. The childish nature of you and your favourites only makes me think that you are imbeciles of beligerant fasion. Me and my friends think you are absolutley hilarious, and wonder why you have an outdoor website being as your prime intrest seems to be one of pettily interacting on the kingdom of the internet. Its been a waste of time joining and has only been something of nonsense.
the most annoying thing in the country! Queen victoria and i smoked tobacco to keep them away , it works well, and yes i think huskys right , have heard of it off the tv about co2, and from personal experience its definatley the face nose mouth ears that they congrigate around. Thats why this year have purchaced a brand new treckmates sun/rain hat and a mosquito head net, the brim works well to keep the net off the face. Hinders my tea , cigarettes biscuits nice view philosophy , but i manage to force them through!
hard work for little result without a long standing camp, or a wood burner. They don't have a real place in backpacking as you are mostly mobile.
I have had camp fires backpacking, saving fuel and energy i thought. By the time i had finished boiling a can of stewed steak and running around finding fuel (in the middle of a recently cleared pine plantation) i was worse off, and just in time to sit down and hate the dying fire, feeling worse by far than i had at when i started.
two people may nelp a little, but i have a wood burner now (titanium contraption from backpacking light) keeps the fire small and hot and stops you having to heat the ground and dry it out, and have found DECIDUOUS trees are FAR better burning but pine is good as a starter.
if you have the time for a camp fire don't worry about the scaring from an open fire , ray mears says you have to deal with it responsibly just like a letrine and your rubbish , hide it well.before you start dig up the turf in clods and put them to one side. I dont use rocks anymore , some logs or soil suffice as the rocks can be water holding , some can be internally cooled (good river rocks are too cool)and some can be just explosive, end of the day i have spent a while with rocks exploding and cracking wondering if i was going to be blinded, its no joke in the half light. If you can get non porus rocks and warm them gradually they should be alright, but it will take a day or two. When your done, get some water and wet the ashes and scatter them like ray shows us and then wet the scar. Dig it with the trowell a bit and turn it over and mix it and then add more water . Place clods of earth back, and bambi appears from the thicket !
This i know from using camping experience with ma 'n paw since i was 5 at a campsite by the river wye, and a short lived attempt whilst backpacking.
No green wood
pine is not good fuel
place it at least 10m from your tent, if for smoke reasons if nothing else
the smoke always blows in your direction even if the winds blowing the other way, if you move position it follows you no matter where you sit.
They take an hour to get going and are very tiring.
pack poncho? Rain cover for rucksack, 100% waterproof for good. No breathability problems in the wet or cold , no problems with waterproof wax rubbing off/in . Microfleece underneath, far more breathable than gortex etc. Lightweight compared to an event jacket/waterproof jacket+rucksack cover+. Ease of use. You can also utilise a poncho if bivvying as a small tarp Them damn meshicans and cowboys know a thing or two.