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Laughing Whitefish Falls

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Laughing Whitefish Falls is an absolutely beautiful waterfall nestled in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In this video I take you along with me as I day hike this waterfall. If you are ever in this area, you won’t want to miss out on this hike. It is very accessible to all levels of hikers, and the trail is very well maintained.

This waterfall is also located right along the North Country Trail (NCT) for those of you working towards your #Hike100NCT patch.

Here are the coordinates to the trail head in case you would like to add this to your next yooper adventure:
Laughing Whitefish Falls Rd, Skandia, MI 49885
46.382275, -87.077158

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If this is your first time with us, my name is Dave, and David’s Passage is the name of my vlog. This passage in life started with a desire to share my love of the outdoors with the world. My hope is that those who tune into my videos will be inspired to venture out and enjoy all of creation for what it’s worth. This video blog features videos on an array of outdoor-related topics, as well as DIY projects that might just help you more fully enjoy the outdoors. New videos come out on Tuesdays at 3pm EST, so please subscribe and be on the lookout for new content soon!
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The Smudge Fire – Mosquito Hack

By | Bushcraft, Camp and Hike, DIY | One Comment

Hate mosquitoes? I do, and this video will show you one way I deal with them when I’m in the bush.

My first exposure to a smudge was many moons ago when my aunt passed away and some native fire keepers came in and smudged her house. Her husband was Chippewa, and after a person passed, it was their tradition to fill the house with smoke in order to purge the house of spirits (or something like that. It was a long time ago :-)

Well, it turns out that smoke is pretty good at purging areas of bugs in general, and that is what a smudge fire is all about. The basic principle is simple; make a smoky fire. Since mosquitoes (and bugs in general) hate smoke, they will keep away from it (for the most part).

In order to contain the smudge and make it portable, I use an old soup can with a wire coat hanger rigged into a handle.

This is also an excellent way to make a coal transportable over long distances. Just keep adding punk wood to the can while you hike.

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If this is your first time with us, my name is Dave, and David’s Passage is the name of my vlog. This passage in life started with a desire to share my love of the outdoors with the world. My hope is that those who tune into my videos will be inspired to venture out and enjoy all of creation for what it’s worth. This video blog features videos on an array of outdoor-related topics, as well as DIY projects that might just help you more fully enjoy the outdoors. New videos come out on Tuesdays at 3pm EST, so please subscribe and be on the lookout for new content soon!
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See you outdoors!

Intro music for this video was written and recorded by myself.

Other music in this video came from the YouTube Creator Studio.

North Country Trail

NCT Day Hike – Lowell, Michigan

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In this video I take you along with me on a recent (and frigid!) day hike on the North Country Trail in Lowell, Michigan. This day hike represented the final miles for my #Hike100NCT challenge. This challenge is sponsored by the North Country Trail Association in conjunction with the National Park Service to encourage folks to get out on the trail this year in celebration of its 100 year anniversary.

The temps and winds varied for the day with averages at around 10F with wind chills bringing it down to -5F.

We started our hike at a boy scout cabin in the Lowell State Game area in Lowell, Michigan. From there we hiked about 7.5 miles north, and then back to the cabin. This was a group day hike with the Michigan Hiking and Backpacking Facebook Group.

I got to meet some really cool people, and it was amazing weather for a hike. Afterwards we all went over to the Flatt River Grill in Lowell for some much deserved grub. I had their Flatt River Burger with fries and it was amazing. :-)

See you outdoors! :-)

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If this is your first time with us, my name is Dave, and David’s Passage is the name of my vlog. This passage in life started with a desire to share my love of the outdoors with the world. My hope is that those who tune into my videos will be inspired to venture out and enjoy all of creation for what it’s worth. This video blog features videos on an array of outdoor-related topics, as well as DIY projects that might just help you more fully enjoy the outdoors. New videos come out on Tuesdays at 3pm EST, so please subscribe and be on the lookout for new content soon!
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The J Stroke

Canoe Tip – The J Stroke

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In the video below I demonstrate how I do the “J Stroke”. This is a canoe paddling technique that allows you to keep your paddle on one side of your boat, and propel yourself straight.

One of the frustrations in canoeing is keeping the bow of your boat straight. This is especially true if you are solo canoeing. The first instinct is to lift your paddle out of the water, switch sides, and then correct your direction by paddling on the other side. Although this works, the problem with this method is three-fold. One, you often drip water in the boat, getting your gear wet. Two, doing this all day long can really take a toll on your energy levels. And three, at the end of the day (and into the next) you are almost certain to have sore muscles (unless you’re a young buck :-)

With the J Stroke, you keep the paddle on one side of the boat for the most part; keeping the water where it belongs (in the river). Also, because you’re not constantly lifting it out of the water all day long, you can actually paddle a lot longer during a day, and will keep your muscles a lot more happy.

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If this is your first time with us, my name is Dave, and David’s Passage is the name of my vlog. This passage in life started with a desire to share my love of the outdoors with the world. My hope is that those who tune into my videos will be inspired to venture out and enjoy all of creation for what it’s worth. This video blog features videos on an array of outdoor-related topics, as well as DIY projects that might just help you more fully enjoy the outdoors. New videos come out on Tuesdays at 3pm EST, so please subscribe and be on the lookout for new content soon!
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See you outdoors!

Intro music for this video was written and recorded by myself.

Other music in this video came from the YouTube Creator Studio.

Charlestown State Park

Charlestown State Park Day Hike

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In this video I take you along with me on a rainy day hike in Charlestown State Park in Charlestown, Indiana. This park sits right on the Ohio River, and is very rich in history. For this hike, I hiked trails 3 and 7 which led me down to the banks of the Ohio River. This is a very well-marked, and mostly paved hike. This trail took me down to the historic Rose Island, which was sort of an amusement park in the early 20th century. There were still many remnants of the park left to enjoy which you will see in the video.

Before going any further though, I do want to apologize because I kept pronouncing this place as “CharlesTON” instead of “CharlesTOWN”. My bad :-)

One thing that was nice about this particular hike, is that because it was rainy and in late November, I had the trail all to myself. Along the trail were many signs, and interactive kiosks that told the history of the park, which was nice too.

Here are a couple of links you may find helpful if you are ever decide to check out the area:
http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2986.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlestown_State_Park

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If this is your first time with us, my name is Dave, and David’s Passage is the name of my vlog. This passage in life started with a desire to share my love of the outdoors with the world. My hope is that those who tune into my videos will be inspired to venture out and enjoy all of creation for what it’s worth. This video blog features videos on an array of outdoor-related topics, as well as DIY projects that might just help you more fully enjoy the outdoors. New videos come out on Tuesdays at 3pm EST, so please subscribe and be on the lookout for new content soon!
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To keep up, subscribe and visit: http://www.davidspassage.com
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See you outdoors!

Intro music for this video was written and recorded by myself.

Other music in this video came from the YouTube Creator Studio.

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You’re Invited! Fall Colors Day Hike

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Join me and others from the Michigan Hiking and Backpacking Facebook Group for a day-hike on the North Country Trail through the Lost Nation State Game Area in Pittsford, Michigan.

This day hike will take you along 7(ish) miles of the North Country trail during a time of year traditionally ablaze with the colors of fall.

It’s all happening on Saturday, October 24th at 9am.

No huge agenda other than just enjoying creation together with a bunch of fellow trail junkies. You might just meet some kindred spirits :-)

We will meet up at 9am in the Family Dollar parking lot in Pittsford, Michigan. From there we will drive to the starting parking area, then send some of our vehicles to the end parking area. After the hike, if several of us would be willing to take people back to the start for their cars, I would greatly appreciate it. I may have a 15 passenger van available as well to shuttle folks if we need it. The Family Dollar was just built this past month, so it is not on any maps. If you need directions, it’s on the corner of M-34 (Hudson Rd.) and Pittsford Rd in Pittsford, Michigan. This is such a small town so if you can get to it, you can’t miss the store.

Please bring items you would imagine needing for a normal day hike in the fall including water, food, jacket, hat, camera, good shoes/socks, rain gear etc. If the chance of precipitation is anything greater than 40% in Pittsford, Michigan on the day of the hike we will cancel. It’s no fun hiking in 40-50 degree weather when it’s raining out! :-)

I would rate this trail as moderate in difficulty due to several stream crossings, and a bit of steep/sometimes muddy terrain in parts, so be advised if you are new to hiking.

If you would like to camp here the night before, please follow this link for information on dispersed camping on Michigan State land (http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10365_10883-31303–,00.html) It’s free, but there are some things you need to know/do. Please, please, please practice LNT while here.

For information on this section of trail, here are a few more links:
http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/huntingwildlifehabitat/sga/Lost_Nation_SGA_map.pdf
http://www.northcountrytrail.org/cnd/mash_lostnation.htm
http://www.summitpost.org/north-country-trail-lost-nation-state-game-area-northwest-section/610122

Here are a few maps of the trail we will be hiking:

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If you have any questions about this get-together, just hit me up, and if you plant to come, please let me know via the Facebook event. :-)

See you outdoors (literally this time :-)

– Dave

 

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Pathfinder Stainless Steel Bottle Cooking Kit Hack

Pathfinder Stainless Steel Bottle Cooking Kit Hack

By | Bushcraft, Camp and Hike, DIY, Gear Reviews | No Comments

I am a big fan of the Pathfinder 32oz Stainless Steel Bottle & Nesting Cup Set. This is a super rugged cook set for anyone who spends any time outdoors. As you will see in the video, I have put this mess set through the ringer. But this isn’t so much a review video as it is a gear mod, or hack video.

In this video I show you how to make a simple steam basket for the Pathfinder Stainless Steel Bottle Cooking Kit.

Here’s how to make the alcohol stove shown in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGdJPZXU-Ts

To purchase one of these cook sets, head on over to: http://www.selfrelianceoutfitters.com/32oz-gen3-bottle-nesting-cup-set-with-bottle-stove-combo/

If you would like to try this and purchase your grill topper online, visit: http://amzn.to/1epMpO2 But I will say that I found them cheaper at my local Wal Mart.

 

Hammock Hanging

Hammock Hanging Simple and Cheap

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In this video I show a very simple and cheap way to hang your hammock. This is the same method I have used for years now. This is a very affordable and lightweight solution for those just getting into the hammock camping world. With just a couple of heavy duty nylon webbing straps you can make your own hanging solution that will make your hammock camping setup super easy. The nice thing about this method is that the straps you end up making will most likely fit right in to your hammock bag. The straps can also be used in other ways as well. I have used these straps as improvised waist straps and well as lashing straps to tie additional gear to my pack.

Here are the straps I used in the video.
http://amzn.to/1zVHzBC

These straps have a tensile strength of 3,500lbs, so your hammock will break before these do.

Morel mushroom

Morel Mushroom Hunting – Tips and observations

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In this video I take you along with me on my morel mushroom hunt. Along the way I share several tips, tricks, and observations about hunting these amazing mushrooms. Be sure to watch to the end for some final observations that may help you find them in your area.

WARNING….
NEVER consume any wild edible plant that I talk about on this channel without consulting a local expert in your area first. ESPECIALLY when it comes to mushrooms. The wrong ones can KILL you!

 

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Turn Trash Into a Backpacking Stove

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In this video I demonstrate how to convert a random trashed pop can into an improvised alcohol stove for backpacking, hiking, camping etc.

Back Story: So I hit the trail the other day with the intention of having some wild leeks and ramen noodles for lunch. When I got to a good spot to park things to eat, I realized that I left my alcohol stove at home. Lucky for me I was able to find someone else’s trash pop can and convert it into an improvised alcohol stove using my multitool.

Alcohol backpacking stoves are very simple to make and come in endless varieties. Add this one to your list of things to try soon!

Next time I will be sure to remember to pack my favorite alcohol stove.