3 skills to master to take your bushcraft to the next level

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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.

The most basic and satisfying bushcraft skills to learn are building a shelter and making a fire. These skills are fun to master and you get to see immediate visible results from your efforts. However, if you want to take your bushcraft skills to the next level, you need to take the time to learn the three skills listed below.

1. Tree and plant identification

Bushcraft is about interacting with your natural surroundings, so being able to identify trees and plants is an essential, though often overlooked skill. Plant identification isn’t as fun as building a shelter or making a fire with your hands, but it is a skill that can vastly improve your bushcraft ability. Most dry wood will burn, but you need a deeper understanding than that. For example, you need to know that while birch burns well, it also burns quickly. This makes it great if you want to heat up a kettle, but not so good if you need to cook a meal. If you’re foraging for wild food, you need excellent plant identification skills. You shouldn’t eat anything you find in the wild if you’re not 100% sure it’s safe.

2. Water purification

Access to water can be one of the biggest barriers to wild camping and developing your bushcraft skills. We need 3-5 litres a day, but if you’re hiking through the woods with a lot of gear, you will need more than that. When you’re out for several days, you’ll also need more than you can carry. Far too many people think buying some water purification tablets is enough. It isn’t. What happens if you lose those tablets? At a minimum, you will need to understand the five contaminants and how to purify them. The five contaminants are:

• Turbidity
• Protozoa
• Bacteria
• Viruses
• Chemical pollutants.

3. Outdoor cooking

Eating the same meal out of a can every time you go camping quickly gets boring. There’s no reason why you can’t eat a healthy and varied diet while engaging in bushcraft. There are many single pot dishes that you can create from fresh ingredients. If you’ve spent the time learning about plant identification, you can also add ingredients from your surroundings. Sausages and beans can be improved by adding foraged mushrooms, but you need to be able to identify which ones are safe to eat, as many varieties of mushroom are poisonous to humans. Practise making a variety of meals at home to determine what tasty but practical meals you can make.

Check out our blog on 5 genius hacks for outdoor cooking next for more great wild camping tips.

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