September 23, 2021

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Camping With A Bedroll & Haversack: #1 Bedroll Basics & Tips From The 1800s

Welcome to the miniseries “Camping With Only A Bedroll and Haversack.” Part 1 is titled, “Bedroll Basics & Tips from the 1800s.” You will learn how to make 1) Horseshoe Blanket Roll, 2) Tarp Shelter, 3) Pine Needle Bed, 4) Pit Fire, 5) Candle Lantern, and 5) dish cleanser from dirt.

This video is not a reenactment. It uses modern materials to illustrate traditional methods

This miniseries demonstrates hiking, camping and wilderness survival techniques used during the 1800s. Many of these techniques have been largely forgotten, but are as effective today as when they were first discovered. Although modern tools and technologies are used in the videos, I attempt to use older technologies and improvise solutions to survival problems in a way similar to what our ancestors did before the American West was “settled.” The miniseries is based on historical accounts from American pioneers (, Civil War Veterans (such as: John M. Gould, 1877, How To Camp Out, Advice From A Civil War Veteran) and naturalists, such as John Muir and Henry David Thoreau.

Don’t be afraid of touching dirt or using it to clean your cookware. “Friendly bacteria” found in soil that will lift your mood and are natural antidepressants. They work similar to Prozac. For more information see: and Eating dirt was common in the American south (and elsewhere) worldwide during the 1800s. Recent research shows that eating dirt (specifically clay) may have several health benefits. See for example: Disclaimer: Do NOT EAT DIRT unless you know exactly what you are doing. Be aware of possible bowl obstruction, soil contamination and disease.

Videography by Ken Kramm; filmed in east Texas, USA, February 2013, Canon Vixia HF G10, Final Cut Pro X. Music: Yankee Doodle, Creative Commons 1.0 license, Ta-ra-ra-Boom-de-ey! Heftone Banjo Orchestra, Brian Thomas Hefferan, Director,