Primitive Camping with a Tarp and Haversack

To celebrate National Trails Day, I backpacked Angelina National Forest, Texas, USA, carrying only a tarp and haversack. Because the weather was warm, a sleeping bag was not necessary. My 8 ft x 8 ft (2.4 m x 2.4 m) tarp made a comfortable hammock. It was awesome to hike in a beautiful, fire-maintained, upland longleaf pine savanna. This adventure allowed me to practice primitive fire-making skills with flint and steel. One of the trails led to the Aldridge Sawmill Historic site which became a ghost town in 1927.

Most US National Forests and BLM land permit dispersed camping, similar to what is shown in this video: However, specific rules are different in various locations. Contact local authorities to determine what is permitted. For information about Angelina National Forest see: ,,

My cordura tarp and haversack were custom-made by malcolm coderre, The Hidden Woodsmen gear line: . Videography by Ken Kramm, 9 June 2014; Canon Vixia HF G10; Final Cut Pro X. “Undaunted” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Direct Link: .

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