Homemade wax for outdoor clothing

Outdoor clothing wax can be expensive.  Here is my homemade wax for outdoor clothing.

A lot of clothing I wear can take a coating of wax to make it more waterproof or hard wearing.

Homemade wax for outdoor clothing
Out in the woods stopping to make some food.

When out and about say foraging for fungi and good water proof jacket is a must.

Some people say that most of my clothing holds a Fjällraven badge and yes it does its due to there clothing being perfect for the outdoor environment.

The Fjällraven G-1000 material is really well made and takes wax very well. Fjällraven make there own wax: Greenland Wax.

Greenland wax is made mainly from bees wax and parafin wax with other secret ingredients and is a great product to protect your clothing.

At £9.00 a bar it is quite expensive if you have many items to wax and once the garment is washed it normally needs re-proofing even if wash in a cold wash.

So after a little experimenting I have come up with my recipe for homemade wax for outdoor clothing.

How to make homemade wax for outdoor clothing

Ingredients:

  • Bees wax beads
  • Parafin wax beads
  • Pine tar essential oil
  • Pine resin
  • Citronella Essential Oil

You will need an old sauce pan, gas stove, something to stir with and some mounds for the bars (I used old plastic snus tubs).

Method.

Homemade wax for outdoor clothing
G1000 fabric is perfect for waxing.

Measure equal amounts of bees wax and parafin wax into the saucepan and add about 10-15 drops of pine tar/citronella essential oil and pine resin.

Gently melt and stir the ingredients now the pine resin might have some foreign particles in it and these should sink to the bottom.

Once all of the wax has melted and the mix is well stirred gently pour into mounds and cool.

So why add the pine resin and pine tar oil?

Pine tar is used in many natural products in Nordic Countries and the Sami use the pine tar as a natural mosquito repellent.

I can’t say that it is 100% guaranteed to get rid of these tiny vampires but if your like me and get bitten any help is better than none hence the reason some citronella is added as well.

Once the was has cooled remove from the moulds, I use a Stanley knife to cut down the side of the snus tubs and pull the wax out and there you go homemade wax for outdoor clothing.

Homemade wax for outdoor clothing.
Shop brought waterproofing wax
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Swiss Army Rocket Stove

Swiss Army Rocket Stove

Ive had a Swiss Army Rocket Stove for about 4 years now and recently haven’t used it that much.

It is on the top of my list as a versatile and easy to use lightweight stove.

Originally the Swiss Army used these stoves.

I love the way that you can either heat water straight in the bottle or by using the cup.

The advantage of using the cup is that you only need to heat the amount of water you need

If you are using water that you need to purify by boiling this can be done straight in the bottle.

The Swiss Army Rocket Stove itself is a basic rocket stove it doesn’t gasify the products of combustion so small pieces of fuel are required (sticks / pine cones).

You could us it with Hexi-blocks or a meths burner can be placed inside.

 

As you can see from this post about stoves I do have a large collection of stove and they each have there advantages and disadvantages.

The disadvantage with this stove is the fact you need to be able to find dry fuel.

I guess you could you use hexamine blocks but that’s something I haven’t tried.

These stoves are great if you are hiking through a wood.

Just watch out that you don’t get it too hot as a friend found out the back of the stove melted (it is only aluminium).

Remember fatwood burns really hot and will leave your stove in a mess so a cloth bag to keep it in will stop the rest of your kit going black.

 

swiss army rocket stove
Swiss Army Stove in use

Have a go these stove aren’t very expensive at £17.00 (unissued) or £15.00 (issued) they won’t break the bank.  These stoves can be found online at Military Mart

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Packing for four days in the Lake District

Packing for four days in the Lake District.

Packing for four days in the Lake DistrictI find that I constantly pack and repack and this was the case whilst Packing for four days in the Lake District.

The first thing I do is write down what I want to take with me then start to cross out things I don’t really need, mark things that would be nice and circles things that are a necessity (like Rum).

The Plan

The plan is to go to the Lake District, Park at Bowness and head to Scoat Tarn and from there I’ll just see where it takes me in a circular route back to the car. I’ll be follow routes I’ve preplanned into ViewRanger

During the Fjällräven Classic last year I learnt a lot from my mistakes on what I took with me.

So have adapted my gear to suit what I need and what I don’t need. I’m terrible for “if you haven’t got it you can’t use it” attitude sometimes and have wanted to lower the weight of my bag so have done this in a few different ways.

I still could lower weight but we all know that when you lower the weight of certain items you increase the price of said items.

Packing for a four days hiking / wild camping in the Lake District
Tent pitched at Scoat Tarn

The plan is to tent camp but I also fancy the idea of tarp camping but I am a bit concerned about the mosquitos if sleeping under a tarp.

I’ve just picked up this lightweight tent of AliExpress. I’ve read a few reviews about it and for the price it seems ok. It’s a copy of a really expensive tent but looking at reviews it’s the same quality, hydrostatic head and weight.

This tent weighs just over 800gms and uses a walking pole as the main tent pole. It’s really small when packed away and for the price £54 well worth it (well let’s try it out first).

Kit list:

  • Back pack
  • Tent (new light weight tent)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleep mat
  • Tyvek ground sheet 180x 80
  • Jetboil
  • Rain trousers
  • Rain jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Sleep wear
  • Wash kit
  • First aid
  • Camera gear
  • Trowel
  • Water bladder
  • Water bottle
  • Sawyer mini
  • Head torch
  • Uco gear candle lamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Compass
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Mosquito head net
  • Hat & gloves
  • Battery pack
  • Freeze dried food

The dog has her own backpack so I don’t have to carry her food.

Marley showing her new rucksack.
Food will consist of freeze dried meals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a selection from different companies and I have written a review here.

Most of the meals our from a British Company called Fuel your preparation.

These are not marketed to the outdoor market but marketed towards disaster relief but the size, cost and energy of each meal looks promising (let’s just see what they taste of).

I plan to do another couple of nights hammock camping elsewhere so have other items in the car as I want to spend a night or so hammock camping.

Camera Gear

Most of all of my photos and video are taken with an iPhone 6 and a GoPro.  You are limited to what you can take with these devices so I have purchased a new app called slow shutter so hopefully I can take some low light shots.

I still find it very difficult not to take certain items in the back of my mind there’s a little voice “what if you need this?”  What you take if you where Packing for four days in the Lake District ?

Here is the post on the adventure.

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Lightweight multi use hammock and tarp tents

Lightweight multi use hammock and tarp tents.  I like the idea of having a choice of whether to hang between the trees or ground dwelling when there are no trees or weather and environment puts you on the ground.

Lightweight multi use hammock and tarp tentsYou have the ability to adapt and also being lightweight you are not carrying items that you won’t need.

 

Kit required

To be able to deal with these scenarios my kit is as follows.

  • 3 X 2.8 DD Hammocks super light tarp (460g)
  • DD Hammocks Frontline hammock (620g)
  • 3 season down sleeping bag (800g)
  • Tyvek sheet cut to size of sleeping mat
  • Exped down lite sleep mat (620g)
  • DD Hammocks Poncho (370g)

Total of 2.87 kg

Lightweight multi use hammock and tarp tents

This then gives the ability to hang or ground dwell. In the hammock setup you won’t feel the cold on your back as the sleep mat will be used in the hammock with the sleeping bag.

In the ground setup with your can setup a a-frame tarp using a ridge line if you have anything to tie too or you can use your walking poles and guy lines.

Hex peak setup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another option for Lightweight multi use hammock and tarp tents is the hex peak setup but this leaves the tarp open on the front but utilising the poncho as a door you can overcome water egress.  In this setup there is plenty of space in side to keep out of dripping rain but it is vitally important to setup with the rear of the shelter facing the wind.

Fully enclosed setup

There is an option for a fully enclosed tarp tent, this will stop any water egress apart from running water underneath but down fall is it will heavily condensate up due to no air flow.

So using this setup you have the ability of both hammocking and ground camping. If you had the DD jungle hammock you could lose the poncho as the base of this hammock is waterproof but I like the idea of having the poncho if the heavens open whilst walking, using it as a temporary shelter whilst stopping for lunch etc or using it as a door with the hex peak setup.

This setup with the rest of your lightweight kit shouldn’t bring your weight over 10% of your body weight.

 

 

Tarps and Hammocks By DD Hammocks

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Revolution Race GPx Trousers

Revolution Race GPx Trousers.  I’ve seen this company pop up on my Instagram feed a bit and seen that a lot of people in Scandinavia wearing there stuff so thought it was time to give them a try. 

Revolution Race is based in Sweden and only sell online.

The idea for RevolutionRace and Fritidsfabriken was born on a hike to Everest Base Camp in Nepal a couple of years ago.

 

revolution race GPx pants

The co founder of Fritidsfabriken, had trouble finding clothes for the trek with a perfect fit.

The garments she found wasn’t up to her expectations, being too expensive and the fit being far from what she was after.

The cheaper brands were even worse, not able to impress her with neither function, design nor fit.

She thought that someone should go about and address these issues, offering an outdoor brand who made functional clothing with a great fit at affordable prices.

The clothing looks well made and it seems as if someone has actually designed and tested them for the environment they are designed for.

They don’t use retailers so there clothing can only be found online and with tracked delivery the trousers I ordered where here in 4 days.

I was trying out the Revolution Race GPx Trousers.

They are a multifunctional hybrid pant with stretch.

It has reinforcements on the knees, around the seat and in the lower legs.

GPx is developed for multifunctionality, it is suited for all kinds of activities like hiking, fishing and generally anything outdoors.

The reinforcements in Duralite flex is both wind and water resistant, the stretch panels ventilate and gives an incredible comfort.

The knees are fitted with pockets for knee pads.

Revolution Race GPx Trousers suit most outdoor activities and has the advantage that it can be waxed for greater water resistance in the reinforced parts on the seat and knees. 

First thought:

Revolution Race GPx Trousers

They are quite figure hugging so a good fit is needed, looking at reviews a few people have ordered them too small and got them replaced with larger sizes with no bother.

Personally I wear trousers that are quite baggy so I have lots of movement.  With the 4-way stretch this isn’t needed and having them figure hugging has its benefits.

I had just put these trousers on when I was called to a fire (I work as a on-call firefighter).

Revolution Race GPX pantsThese trousers where worn under my fire fighting PPE.

I thought was going to get really hot and sweaty.

I found that after 5 hours arduous work I was still very comfortable in these trousers.

They had a real baptism of ‘Fire’ (excuse the pun!).

 

Now how water repellent they are has yet to be tested.  I have waxed the seat, knees and ankles to give a bit more waterproofing on these areas.

All in all they are great item of clothing and I look forward to trying more of their clothing.

I would recommend wearing the Revolution Race gpx trousers during day hikes and long thru hiking.

I wore these whilst spending 5 days hiking and wild camping in the Lake District or would wear them during the Fjallraven Classic.

Pockets

The revolution race gpx trousers has 7 pockets in total.

  • 2 x leg cargo pockets (left pocket has internal phone pocket), right pocket has a zipped side pocket,
  • 2 x hip pockets (these are in the stretch material so not much can be stored in these
  • Rear right zipped pocket.

 

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