I have a 2018 Toyota Tacoma that I wanted to convert into a camping and mobile work unit. The goal is to be able to be a digital nomad that allows for me to work continuously while also allowing me to travel and do things. This means that there are a couple constraints that I have that need to be addressed head on as I work on this.
Jobs to Be Done
â¢ Sit on the Side
â¢ Sleep for 2
â¢ Comfy on the Bottom
Checklist / Camping
Cards Cooler Hiking Water Wood Toilet Paper
â Salt and Pepper
Toothbrush Stove Boxers
â Swimming Trunks
Toothpaste Charger Sleeping bag Sleeping mat Cash
â Nonalcoholic beer
â Vegetables zucchiniÂ
â Matches---Getting in around 10
- What are the basics of survival?
- How do you hunt / forage food?
- Pick time when to go and what to hunt
- Where we can hang out and do stuff
- How can I make this a ritual?
- How different knives work
- [ ] Cold Steel Ghurka Kukri
- [ ] Make your own sheet for knife. Leather working
- [ ] How do you make a good knife?
- [ ] What is a cool design for a knife?
- [ ] Project: Yunger Blades
Based on rarity/difficulty I would propose the following ranking of preferred hunting from most to least preferred:
1. Migratory Birds (duck, dove) and Quail (safe, simple, tasty, we could practice with skeet shooting, quail takes 10-45 minutes to defeather/skin and process for breasts, ducks require 1 day cooling then about an hour to process and butcher, we can handle meat processing in my backyard, allows for 8-10 day trip)
2. Turkey (big game, entertaining, tasty [I suppose], 1-3hours to skin and process, we can handle meet processing in my backyard, allows for 8-10 day trip)
3. Feral pigs (likely delicious, fun and large, year round open season, problem = risk of them charging at us and requires us to develop a safety plan, requires 4 day processing time for meat unless we butcher ourselves [requires dehairing, hanging for 24 hours, then butchering of about 5-6 hours], likely 10-12 day trip minimum)
4. Deer (delicious, very elusive, high chance that none of us would actually kill something, requires 7-14 days for processing of meat unless we butcher it ourselves [6 hours per carcass], 14 day trip)
- Greenwood/close to Charleston = Zone 2
- Charleston all around = Zone 3
- Ideal hunting group size = 4 or fewer people (works well for us four)
- Based on info below, our ideal hunting date range would be 8-14 days between Nov 2019 - Mar 2020.
- 2 way radio/walkie talkies
- Firearms: this becomes difficult. I can ask to borrow my father's shotgun and trevor has his pump action shotgun (although we may need to plug it as I believe it can hold 7 shells which would be against regulations). I suspect that hunting with 1-2 guns would be sufficient and allows us each to trade off on who is firing. Otherwise, we can rent
- Hunting gear (jackets, boots, etc) = we can find this stuff pretty easily.
- Wildlife Management Area (Public Land) RegistrationÂ
- Small game (Includes quail and rabbit, the only ones we would likely hunt)
- Seasons = Private and WMA public land (Nov 19 - Mar 1),Â
- Expected days before a kill = same day
- Home meat processing = 10-45 minutes to defeather/skin and process for breasts
- Seasons = Private and WMA public lands (Nov 22 - Mar 1)
- Expected days before a kill = same day
- Home meat processing = 1 hour to skin and process for meats
- Weapons = shotgun (no. 2 shot or less, no buckshot or slugs), rimfire rifles (.22 or smaller).
- Risk = hogs will charge you.
- Seasons = Private lands (open year round during daylight or night hours [on properly registered properties]), WMA public lands (open year round during daylight, Zone 2 = Jan 2-10, Mar 20-28, Zone 3 = [still hunt, no dogs] Mar 4-9, Nov 2- Dec 29 - Fri and Sat only,Â
- Expected days before a kill = same day-2 days
- Weapons and Equipment = during open hog hunt (any legal firearm [but no buckshot], ideally .30 caliber or higher, or bow, any bait or electronic call) during hog hunt with dogs (must have dogs, no still hunting, handguns only), must wear solid international orange hat/coat/vest
- Facility meat processing time = 4 days
- Big game (requires Big Game permit)
- Deer require tags once killed (we get 3 antlered and 8 antlerless in SC)
- Limits: Antlered deer (bucks) = max 2 per day / person, Antlerless deer (does) = max 2 per day / person
- Expected days before a kill = 2-5 days (they're elusive)
- Hunting time = one hour before sunrise to one hour before sunset, no Sunday hunting unless on private land
- Weapons = Private land (no caliber or magazine restriction), WMA public lands (shotguns with buckshot or slugs, no .22 caliber or less rifles
- Facility meat processing time = 7-14 days
- Season = Private land (March 20-May 5), Public Wildlife Management Land (April 1-May 4 - typically Thurs - Sat only)
- Limit 3 per season, 2 per day max
- Expected days before a kill = same day-2 days
- Hunting time = 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset
- Weapons = shotguns (no slugs or buckshot)
- Home meat processing = 1-3hours to skin and process
- Migratory Birds/Waterfowl - requires SC Migratory Waterfowl Permit ($5.5), and Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp ($25), SC Migratory Bird Permit endorsement on our hunting license
- Illegal birds to NOT shoot (songbirds, eagles, hawks, owls, vultures, herons, egrets, and woodpeckers)
- Waterfowl specific limitations include day of the week limitations (Mon - Sat, or Wed AM, or Sat AM only)
- Season typically Nov 17 - Nov 24, hours = 30 min before sunrise to sunset
- Limits = 6 total per person per day (more specifics on which types of ducks and their specific limits are available
- Home meat processing = 1 day of cooling in a fridge, 10-45 minutes to defeather, skin and 1 hour to butcher
- Requires Harvest Information Program Permit
- Seasons = Private land and WMA public land (Sept 4-Oct 13, Nov 10-24, Dec 15-Jan 15), hours = 12 noon to sunset
- Public dove fields: Berkeley and Charleston County (Sept 1, 8, Oct 13, Nov 17), Colleton County (Sept 1, 8, Oct 6, Nov 10), Orangeburg (Sept 8, 29, Nov 17, Dec 29)
- Weapons = shotgun 10 gauge or less, with load capacity of 3 or fewer shells, only voice-produced bird calls (no electronic ones), can use decoys
- Limitations = no baiting (grain, salt, or feed) and no hunting on a field that has "obviously/knowingly" been baited within the last 10 days.
In this astonishing tale of adventure and survival Roosevelt details his participation in the 1913-1914 Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition, undertaken a year after his failed bid for reelection. The team set out to find the headwaters of the River of Doubt then paddle the river to the Amazon. What was originally intended to be âzoogeographic reconnaissanceâ soon turned into a tale of survival, with turbulent whitewater and peril around every bend of the river, so much so that it nearly took the life of the âBull Mooseâ himself.
Legendary Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton details his own efforts to cross the Antarctic by sled. Adventure tale turns survival story when Shackletonâs ship, Endurance, becomes trapped in the ice, where it would remain for ten months before the hull finally surrendered to the strength of the ice, forcing the men to set out on foot for a distant whaling station.
Photograph courtesy of Olaf Rieck
A chilling account of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster as told by John Krakauer, author of Into the Wild, who witnessed the tragedy unfold firsthand. The onset of a powerful storm just as multiple teams attempt to summit Everest leads to devastating results, and those on the mountain are pushed to the brink of their endurance to make it out alive.
The tragic yet inspirational tale of Christopher McCandless, a young college graduate who abandoned a promising future in exchange for a life on the road. Hitchhiking across North America, McCandless eventually reaches his final destination, Alaska, where he aims to survive on his own in the wilderness. Krakauer follows McCandlessâs philosophical journey full circle, from rebellious twenty-something who just wants to escape society to man who is fighting for his life and realizes that a life without the company of others is not complete.
âTwo years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Escaped from Atlanta. Thou shalt not return, âcause âthe West is the best.â And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the Great White North. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.â
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a French pilot better known for his work The Little Prince, was equal parts adventurer and literary giant. His poetic musings on the life well lived, combined with his recounting of various calamities he and others faced while flying the mail over the Sahara and the Andes mountains, makes this one adventure book no man should be without.
âNobody grasped you by the shoulder while there was still time. Now the clay of which you were shaped has dried and hardened, and naught in you will ever awaken the sleeping musician, the poet, the astronomer that possibly inhabited you in the beginning.â
The report of the first expedition to travel west to the Pacific and return safely, as recorded by the famous expedition leaders. Follow along in this classic account as new species, new peoples, and new worlds are discovered.
Stephen Ambrose, better known as author of the bestseller turned miniseries Band of Brothers, offers an insightful look into the life and adventures of Meriwether Lewis, co-leader of the Corps of Discovery, also known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Captain Cook is most famous for his multiple voyages throughout the South Pacific in the late 18th century, where he made first European contact with many island civilizations, including the discovery of Hawaii. In this thrilling retelling of his life and adventures, Dugard examines Cookâs unequalled rise from peasant to sea captain, followed by his tyrannical turn and eventual demise.
In this, his first book, Capstick shows us why he became a legend in the world of big game hunting. Capstick makes a field of ten foot high grass (and the angry fauna that no doubt reside there) the most terrifying thing on planet earth, but also the most exciting.
âIf 12,000 pounds of screaming, screeching, infuriated elephant bearing down on you has somehow rattled your nerves to the point that you miss the six-by-four inch spot on his foreheadâ¦then you may as well forget it. The most talented mortuary cosmetician in the world couldnât rewire you so your own mother would know if you were face up or down.â
This is the 1907 account by Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Patterson, who was dispatched to Kenya by the British East Africa Company to build a railway bridge over the Tsavo River. During construction, workers were regularly killed by a pair of man-eating lions later known as the Man Eaters of Tsavo, or as the locals called them, the Ghost and the Darkness. Patterson set out to rid the workers of this threat, and the story is thrilling.
What type of man was Christopher Columbus? Eccentric? A madman? The greatest explorer that ever lived? Draw your own conclusions through an examination of the journals of Columbus himself, where he chronicles the build up to the initial 1492 journey and all the expeditions that followed.
âI should not proceed by land to the East, as is customary, but by a Westerly route, in which direction we have hitherto no certain evidence that any one has gone.â
Cultural explorer Wilfred Thesiger went to the wild deserts of the Middle East to seek out respite from the oppression of society. While there he became the first man to cross the Rubâ al Khali, aka âThe Empty Quarter.â The Empty Quarter is one of the largest sand deserts in the world. Compromising a large portion of the southern half of the Arabian Peninsula, it is composed of 250,000 square miles of the most deadly terrain on terra firma. Thesiger set out to cross this great expanse and planned to create a map of the region during his journey. He succeeded, crossing the vast unknown of the Empty Quarter not once, but twice, between 1946 and 1949.
âFor years the Empty Quarter had represented to me the final, unattainable challenge which the desert offeredâ¦To others my journey would have little importance. It would produce nothing except a rather inaccurate map which no one was ever likely to use. It was a personal experience, and the reward had been a drink of clean, nearly tasteless water. I was content with that.â
A masterful description of the Colorado River as told by the leader of the first expedition to follow the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. A must for whitewater river rats.
Hillaryâs own account of he and Sherpa Tenzing Norgayâs 1953 summit of Mount Everest, the first confirmed Everest summit ever.
âMy solar plexus was tight with fear as I ploughed on. Halfway up I stopped, exhausted. I could look down 10,000 feet between my legs, and I have never felt more insecure.â
The bestselling account of Shackletonâs legendary Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which changed from an ambitious expedition to a brutal struggle for survival against the extremes of Antarctica. Lansingâs extensive research into Shackletonâs journals and interviews with surviving crew members provides thrilling insight into the harrowing ordeal faced by the men of the Endurance.
Personalities conflict and wills are tested as an unlikely group of backpackers becomes lost in the wild in this modern day tale of survival set against the backdrop of the Amazon rainforest.
When Joe Simpson and his climbing partner Simon Yates set out to climb the treacherous Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes, they knew they were undertaking a very dangerous task. When an accident sends Joe crashing into a ravine, Simon assumes his death and is forced to continue on without him. Left alone and critically injured, Simpson proceeds to crawl down the glacier, arriving barely alive at his base camp 3 Â½ days later. An astonishing tale of one manâs will to survive.
Hailed as the story that inspired Herman Melvilleâs Moby-Dick, this sea story recounts the experiences of the Whaleship Essex, which was attacked and sunk by an irate sperm whale in 1820. Following the attack, some of the crew escape to a local island where they are slowly ravaged by hunger and disease, eventually resorting to cannibalism to survive.
The dreadful account of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, which crashed in the Andes Mountains carrying a Uruguayan Rugby team and friends. Alone for seventy two days with no other resources available, the survivors found themselves forced into eating their own dead to survive.
Dean Kingâs reexamination of the 1815 wreck of the Commerce off the coast of Africa and the unbelievable hardships faced by crew as they struggled to survive in the deadly Sahara Desert is one of the greatest survival stories ever told. Keep a tall glass of water next to you while reading, youâll never appreciate it more.
A fascinating account of Ferdinand Magellanâs life, most notably his groundbreaking circumnavigation of the globe. Bergreen makes even the details of trip preparation and basic elements of life at sea into page turning events in this excellent historical narrative.
The search for The Lost City of Z, a mythical city supposedly hidden deep in the Amazon, has drawn adventurers and treasure hunters alike for centuries. Follow the author as he attempts to solve the mystery of the fate of Colonel Percy Fawcett, original seeker of Z, providing insight into Fawcettâs life and adventures along the way.
Following the sinking of his boat during a transatlantic sailing race, Callahan found himself lost at sea with only rudimentary equipment and a life raft. Fighting weather, exposure, and shark attacks, he managed to survive seventy six days before being rescued.
Explorer Wilfred Thesiger takes a turn at travel writing with The Marsh Arabs, in which he recounts his time spent among the indigenous Madan culture of southern Iraq during his Arabian adventures.
Set to sea with Thor Heyerdahl as he sets out to confirm his hypothesis that the Polynesian Islands were settled by Peruvian seaman who travelled in balsam wood rafts across the Pacific. In order to prove his theory, Heyerdahl built his own balsam wood raft and set sail from South America. 101 days later, he arrived at is destination.
The tragic true account of the swordfishing boat the Andrea Gail, which was lost at sea during the 1991 Halloween Norâeaster. Sebastian Junger offers a glimpse into the life of a Gloucester fisherman and the dangers that accompany a life at sea.
Following the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis by a Japanese submarine in July 1945, the surviving crew found themselves floating alone in the Pacific, many without so much as a lifejacket. For four days the crew stayed huddled together, fighting off shark attacks the entire time, before being rescued. Of the 880 sailors who survived the initial sinking, 317 were pulled from the water alive.
This masterpiece of adventure literature, written by a survivor of the doomed 1910-1913 British Antarctic Expedition, details the events leading up to the expedition and the tragedies that befell expedition leader Robert F. Scott and his men while travelling on foot across the great southern continent.
âPolar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised.â
As an accomplished mountaineer and documentary filmmaker known best for the IMAX film Everest, David Breashears is no stranger to adventure of the highest order. In this, his autobiography, he takes us from one brush with death to another on some of the worldâs most impossible peaks and offers a unique insight into the life of a professional mountaineer.
A cornerstone of travel literature, this work by the famous 13th century explorer inspired generations of explorers. Most notable among them was Christopher Columbus, whose desire to find a western route to the Far East was inspired by Poloâs account of the culture and resources there.
Herzogâs account of the first summit of Annapurna, a 26,200 ft mountain in the Himalayas. As expedition leader, Herzog and his team not only had to reach the summit but had to create a climbing route, as the mountain was almost completely uncharted. A classic of the mountaineering genre.
Ralstonâs tale is one of pure determination and the will to survive. While climbing in a Utah canyon, a falling boulder wedged Ralstonâs arm between the rock and the canyon wall, effectively trapping him. Surviving for six days on virtually nothing, he eventually cuts off his own arm with a pocket knife and makes his escape, which included repelling down a cliff one-armed and a lengthy hike before he found rescue.
K2, the worldâs second highest mountain, has rightfully earned the nickname the savage mountain, with approximately one of every four who attempt a summit dying in the process. This is the story of the first Americans to reach the summit of K2 and successfully return, as told by the mountaineers themselves.
With less than 100 miles separating Atlantic and Pacific in sections of Panama, one would think that finding a route across would be simple enough. As this book shows, however, many dangers awaited the 1854 U.S. Darien Exploring Expedition, which miserably failed in its task, suffering from disorientation, disease and death before turning back.
The search for Timbuktu of legend, Africaâs mythical gilded city, drew adventurers and treasure seekers like moths to a flame, and often at their own peril. Here the author gives detailed accounts of the major expeditions in search of Timbuktu, along with the unbearable hardships faced by those who endured them.
The tale of the Spanish adventurer Cabeza de Vaca, who led an group across the North American continent long before the days of Lewis and Clark. Travelling over a course of eight years, he crossed much of modern day Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before turning south into Mexico.
A lively account of turn of the century race to reach the North Pole. Frederick Cook had not been back long from allegedly reaching the North Pole when Robert Peary surfaced, claiming to have beaten him there. So who was the conqueror of the North? In an adventurous retelling of the menâs expeditions, Henderson seeks to settle the debate once and for all.
Another account of the 1996 Everest disaster (see Krakauerâs Into Thin Air) as told by the leader of the IMAX expedition on the mountain at the time, Jamling Tenzing Norgay. Norgay, son of the legendary Tenzing Norgay who first conquered Everest with Hillary, offers his own account of the disaster while simultaneously sharing intimate stories of his fatherâs legendary climbing career.
July 20, 1969 will long be hailed as the ultimate testament to mankindâs spirit of exploration. With no more distant lands to explore, man took to the stars, beginning what will be the next stage of exploration and stepping boldly once again into the unknown. Recalling in detail the triumphs and tragedies of the Apollo missions, Chaikin places us right in the command module and rockets us into the heavens alongside the brave men who achieved what most had long considered impossible.
In 1911 Sir Douglas Mawson, setting out with a small team to chart the Antarctic coastline, had little idea that he was embarking on what would become one of the greatest stories of survival in the history of polar exploration. Following the death of his entire team and the loss of most of his equipment, Mawson is left alone to survive in the frozen wilderness and lives to tell the tale.
Nothing says adventure like a good Viking sea story. This is an account of the Vikingâs chance encounter, and later attempted exploitation, of what is believed to be North America five hundred years before Columbus set sail.
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In this vibrant mix of adventure and academia, Swedish geographer Sven Hedin recounts his exploration of much of the uncharted regions of central Asia at the end of the 19th century. Many editions include the authorâs own hand drawn maps of the region.
An intimate look into the lives of the men on board the whale ships of the 1950âs; this book offers a glimpse into the hard life at sea in a bygone era.
Man vs Wild host Bear Grylls recalls his transition from being bedridden (the result of faulty parachute deployment) to being the youngest Briton to summit Everest. An inspiring tale of determination and adventure, Grylls is as entertaining on the page as he is on the screen.
Follow Mark Twain as he traipses through Old World Europe on his first pilgrimage to the Holy Land, marking the curiosities of the foreign lands with the characteristic wit and irony that made him famous. A classic in travel literature.
âTravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accountsâ
For hundreds of years men have set out to explore the secrets of Tibet, hidden high in the mountains of Asia and long known as âthe roof of the world.â In this collection of accounts, Hopkirk examines the various expeditions that set out to explore Tibetâs mysteries and their successes and failures.
A compelling report of a death defying thousand mile winter journey on horseback from Constantinople to Turkey as told by Frederick Burnaby, known best as the first man to cross the English Channel alone by hot air balloon.
A legend in the world of big game hunting, Corbettâs shooting skills were equaled only by his ability to tell a good story. In this, his most famous work, Corbett details the hunting of several man eating tigers in the Kumaon region of India including the Champawat Tiger, which alone killed 436 people before Corbett came along.
The autobiographical account of Peter Fleming, brother of Ian Fleming of 007 fame, as he and a team embark on an expedition down the Amazon in an effort to discover the fate of Colonel Fawcett, who disappeared into the jungle years earlier while searching out the Lost City of Z.
Dugard paints a portrait of famed African explorer Henry Stanley and the famous Dr. David Livingstone different from so many historical narratives before him, and does so in his usual thrilling style. A true page turner that you is guaranteed to keep you up at night as it follows Stanley and Livingstone through the wilds of East Africa at a time when danger lurked around every corner.
- Principles of Gardening / CultivationÂ
- How do you create a good ecosystem?Â
- How to make good places to build gardens?Â
- How to keep them healthy?Â
- Project: Build a Worm Bin
- How to create a greenhouse?Â
- What does a greenhouse do?
- Project: Automatic plant watering system
- What is the process of starting to fish?
Work on an open source gardening / first project together
Origin of Species
more about the forest
Make a garden
Learn more about trees and wood and different types of wood
Learn about different forests and trees
Backpack for 6 months
Automatic plant watering system. build it.