Foraging for beginners

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Blog provided by 3f UL Gear apologies for any Chinglish and poor translation. We will aim to redo this in our own words in the future. 

Many people asked me whether seam-seal the Lanshan tent with silicone glue is a must. My answer is that it depends on the situation. If you buy a non-PRO version, you don’t need to apply glue, because it has been taped in the factory and has the high-performance waterproof ability. If you buy the PRO version which is made by 2 side silicone coated Nylon, Congratulations, you will get a new skill!

This method works for any silicone ultralight tent. Not limited to Lanshan tent.

You can find something like a syringe in the package go from the Lanshan Pro, which is the best gluing tool for ordinary people we can find. Although it does not necessarily have the simplest operation, but the result must be the nicest looking.

 

This is a reliable glue. Although it doesn’t dry fast, it’s easy to buy. If you have a better choice, please tell us and we will recommend it to other hikers.

 

In this official instruction of glue, the way they apply glue is to use a small brush to smear the seam, which is also done by most people, but we do not recommend this method because it is very difficult to operate, in the end your beautiful tent will become like this:

believe it will ruin your good mood all day and curse our tent.

 

Our suggestion is to use the syringe we sent with the tent. The specific operation method is shown in the video below:

 

Sorry its chinese! but you will get the drift. English Version just below.

 

 

In English

First of all, you should set up the tent in your backyard. It must be full pitched and tighten.

After that, squeeze the glue into the syringe. According to experience, if your handicraft is good, half a tube of glue is enough. We don’t recommend applying a lot of glue, because it will increase the tent weight.

Before sealing, firstly is to make sure where need sealing. The positions that must be sealing marked with red, the optional sealing area marked with yellow, and the area that no need seam sealing showing as black. We do not recommend seal all seams, because that will increase the weight.

The operation can be carried out from top to bottom. Hold the syringe in one hand, the other hand hold waist for stability. Apply the glue evenly along the seam. In the black UHMWPE patch area, apply it with your fingers after coating to form a thin layer of glue. Remember wipe your finger with papers after that.

If you are a DIYer, it not a big thing! If not, this DIY experience will open up a new world for you.

 

After all seams are sealed, don’t hurry to package the tent. According to the performance of different glue, you need to let it dry for 1-12 hours.

 

In conclusion, If you feel that you are not good at DIY or a perfectionist, you can choose to seal only the red area, so that Lanshan Pro can also withstand in the storm.

 

Finally, if you have a better seam sealing method, please tell us to benefit more people.

Did you know that there’s a relatively simple way of adding some seasonal variety to your camping diet? Foraging is not so much about living off the land (that would be quite hard, and probably involve some hunting), than just trying a little taste of the land. Remember, we’ve got a great range of camping stoves and all the other accessories you need to cook up and serve a feast out there in the outdoors.

Here are our tips, depending on whether you’re inland or near the coast.

(Note: we haven’t included mushrooms, as they require specialist knowledge to identify, and can be poisonous.)

Woodland

In autumn and winter, you can eat beech nuts raw, or acorns after boiling them in hot water to remove the bitter tannins. Then there’s chestnuts to roast in a dry pan over the fire or camping stove. In spring you can eat dandelions raw in salads, or sautéed. Nettles are another abundant and nutrient-rich spring edible, from which you can make a simple tea, or blanch and eat as a green. In late spring and summer, you can gorge on bramble berries, which grow abundantly in UK hedgerows. Try adding them to your morning campsite porridge. Another abundant and healthy summer target is yarrow, which can be eaten raw, cooked as a vegetable, or used in stews.

Coast

If you’re near marshy land like estuaries, look for samphire, which can be cooked and served as a green. Seaweed of all kinds can be eaten, but you might want to try a few types to find which ones you find the tastiest. Seaweed can be eaten raw, but many people prefer to boil or dry it out first. If you fancy something living, both limpets and winkles are plentiful and nutritious. Limpets need to be struck once, hard, to get them off the rock. Extract the flesh from the shells and poach them in water (same goes for winkles, except you can cook them in their shells and extract them as you eat).

Happy foraging! Remember, we’ve got all the gear you need to love the outdoors. Our team is always happy to help if you have any questions.

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