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2020 Overland Challenge – Part 1 – Co-Pilot / Wife Driving Blindfolded on the BFG Obstacle Course

This was just one of the many challenges over 3 days. It was a great event and we came in 2nd overall! What a great weekend. Check out the video of Connie driving blindfolded.

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Normalcy Bias – Be Aware of It, Make Better Decisions

Normalcy bias is disbelief that a catastrophe could happen to you. Its easy to think that “normal” is the standard state of events and those things happen to someone else or another community or even country. It is easy to imagine “that couldn’t happen in the United States”. Join me as we walk through this …

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We are almost done with the DIY Slingshot Kits

After getting lots of emails and requests, we decided to do another batch of Montie Gear DIY Slingshot Kits.  They make a great Christmas present.  There are only 24 available, so get your pre-order in now.  They should start shipping by 31 Oct. Go Here to preorder.

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Preparing for Difficult Times – Resilient Communities

We all know that we are in the midst of difficult times. Between the corona virus and political issues and riots, these are trying times. I’m concerned they will get worse before they get better. Normally I try to concentrate on outdoor adventure, but I’m concerned that there are other messages that need to get …

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Building our Campsite / Overland Destination – Day 2

Day 2 focused on moving the last stumps out of the way and putting in more water lines and yard hydrants (spigots). The additional yard hydrants will make it more convenient when all of the campsites are occupied. The water lines for the outdoor shower and cabin also went in. Steps for the spring include …

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Building our Campsite / Overland Destination – Evening of Day 1

We accomplished a lot on Day 1. Most of the stumps were removed. The brush and logs that were left from the last trip were cut up and pushed into piles on the side of the property. I also was able to start cutting some of the unhealthy trees on the perimeter. The brush piles …

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Building our Campsite / Overland Destination – Morning of Day 1

We’re working on the campground. Join us to see how it looks before the heavy equipment arrives.

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Carvers Gap to Roan High Knob

The trails around Carver’s Gap and Roan Mountain are extremely popular and with good reason. It is an easy hike to the Knob and the view is outstanding. Just be prepared to have to work hard to find a place to park. You can also check off your bucket list item of walking on the …

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Read Family Camping Book for Free

2020 has been a crazy year. Despite the Covid-19 stuff, Connie and I have still managed to safely go camping and 4wheeling. If you want to find out more about how to go camping (and take your family) then you can read my first book on camping for free at http://montie.com/book/. Many of the topics …

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Fred Behrend Trail at Roan Mountain State Park, TN

Roan Mountain State Park and the surrounding area has great hiking. The hike along the Appalachian Trail where it passes through Carver’s Gap is a must do hike. It is an easy hike and the views are spectacular. This year we camped at the Roan Mountain State Park with friends. The whole Covid-19 mess meant …

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Place for Everything – Making Camping Easier

I’ll start off by saying that our campsite organization due to my wife’s organizational skills and effort. Just giving credit where credit is due. If you are disorganized when you are camping, there are 3 likely consequences. Consequence #1 – the pile of items that don’t have a place will migrate to somewhere like the …

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Powering a Propane Shower Using Your Car Battery

Thanks for following our outdoor adventures! We just got back from a great week long trip to the Western North Carolina mountains. We camped up at 4000 feet of elevation near Hot Springs, NC. Because we were going to be gone for a week, we took our big tent. That was a lot more comfortable …

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Choosing Your First Firearm

Today’s world is kinda crazy and many people are reacting by purchasing a firearm. Instead of concentrating on which is the perfect firearm to do everything, instead concentrate on your journey to be proficient using your firearm. The skills are much more important than which firearm you carry. Lets spend a few minutes and walk …

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Shower Setup and the Teardrop – Pimping the Teardrop – Part 2

Join me for a tour of the shower setup for our teardrop. This is especially helpful for camping during the Covid-19 outbreak because it means we don’t have to go into the public bathrooom or shower at the campground. It also works great when we are boondocking. The waterflow to the shower can be powered …

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Should You Wear a Mask – The Science Behind Why You Should

There is so much misunderstanding and misinformation about this subject. So I break down my understanding of why you should wear a mask. It is longer than I intended, but hopefully it is simply stated and makes a good argument for why masks should be worn. If you physically cant wear a mask (small percentage …

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