FINALLY! Someone starts taking advantage of being in a rain forest in a big way. Sam hollowed out a large log to act as a rain catchment device. I can't believe all of the others are not taking advantage of their tarps + pan or dry bag to make a rain catchment device. You can easily catch enough water for a full day from your tarp when it rains that much. My Hennessy Hammock setup with two catchment setups will easily fill two 12 oz water bottles in an overnight light rain. You add a much larger tarp and bigger container and your success can be exponentially improved. I just don't understand everyone's water problems, granted I'm not there but all is see is rain and in the woods there is moss everywhere! ring that moss out and you could have a massive water supply laying in the woods all around you, granted it's not a sustainable source like a river or a spring but it is enough to get by with for awhile. Also every concave portion of every rock will likely be full of fresh water if things get really desperate.
Mitch's fire craft- he said he has made over 100 strikes for fires over the last five days and its taking anywhere from 10-20+ strikes per fire so his Coughlins ferro rod is showing considerable wear. When I saw he brought that tiny Coughlins ferro rod I was completely shocked! When you can choose any ferro rod on the market for long-term self reliance then why would you not choose the largest ferro rod with a reasonably high magnesium content? I wouldn't think of going into a long-term self-reliance situation without a 6"x1/2" ferro rod, but like I've said a few times above to each their own and go with what you trust and have experience with and trust in. I was glad to see someone finally charred some natural materials (using the fishing kit container as a charring container is a great addition to the kit). Having charred material in such a wet environment should make fire craft 1000x easier even with very marginal tinder material! Good job Mitch, I'm glad someone finally decided to char something!
Dustin- Seeing lots of good opportunities on the beach where he is located. Tons of driftwood and rope washing up on shore, resources galore on the beach this just shows how much you can get by using a possum mentality and collecting every possible resource that presents it's self to you. The pallet could be an amazing raised bed, shelter wall and much more, so many possibilities in that item. He did have a fairly decent rear wall to his shelter built, but it seems like after he got three walls around him he just gave up on improving his shelter. He then decides to tap out after a rain storm due to cracking and breaking branches. Why not move into a more open area instead of tapping out?
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