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jWoodyNE
Weekend camping trip report - First time for me at Branched Oak, about a 30 min drive Northwest of Lincoln, NE. Threw my Whelen Lean-to for the second time, first time on my new Amsteel ridgeline. Had an old friend and a new friend with me, being anglers of different species, they got along nicely (even had some cross-pollination of knowledge).

I tuned up some of my pocket knives with the Sharpmaker, and we had a killer dinner of Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout marinaded chicken tenders, with Sweetie's BBQ Baked Beans and Paprika Corn.

[I also might have begun my Coleman collection today, with purchase of 4 lanterns, a single-burner stove, and catalytic heater - via Craigslist. More on that later 🙂 ]
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[[And here's a link to my first outing with the Whelen, posted over at Bushcraftusa:  https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/olive-creek-lake-sra-ne-planning-outing-with-a-diy-plastic-whelen-lean-to.250323/#post-4434334 ]]

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The low-pitch of the structure was not exactly what I wanted, but I'm fairly certain it was because my Satellite Anchor Pole made for a very long ridgeline which sagged (Couldn't find two trees that would give me a southern back wall, where the prevailing winds originated - but the ridge of the structure was tight). The last time pitching I enjoyed a nearly 6 foot peak, so I could walk around in it, but with the guy'ed out back I had plenty of sleeping room.

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The awning is intentionally lower on my foot-side of the structure to shed water during rains, which it had to and did successfully. I think with this low pitch, if I dropped the awning down at a 60° angle, the thing would be bombproof even with head-on rains.

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Peak was probably about 4.25 ft or so.

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Tuned up some pocket knives. This guy'll cut phone book paper now 🙂


I kinda started a fire with dryer lint and an emergency firestick starter, just on a lark, but I think it sold me on the idea of magnesium fire starters. Will probably get a block of it, and my Opinel pocket knives make great strikers.

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I used Hickory wood chips to smoke the tenders. I think my campmates approved [​IMG]
Here's the recipe for the beer marinade: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/beer-marinade-recipe-1970392 (I prefer Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout).

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My new buddy, knowing I haven't had success with camp coffee brewing, had me a full thermos and full pot waiting for me at wake up. My old buddy made ham steaks and eggs, seasoned with his homemade Chipotle Seasoning Salt. It made me happy.
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Will not be getting out this weekend, because responsibilities and all that, but might try for 2 weeks from now. It's starting to far enough along in the season for heat to interfere with camping comfort, so we might try somewhere nearer Omaha. Lets us ride into town for the A/C.
 "qui tacet consentire videtur" - He who is silent, when he ought to have spoken and was able to, is taken to agree.
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PetroMax
Your Whelen is very well made. I can see how the lightness of the tarp material makes your version very versatile. I have the Beckel Canvas , canvas Whelen, yet to use it camping, but I have it and really adore it. LOL . The Whelen is such a cleverly designed one man shelter it really amazes me.
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Yosemite John
I have a Beckel Canvas Whelan as well.
Clever design!
A Happy Camper
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jWoodyNE
@PetroMax , thanks for the compliment.  I followed some DIY plans, marking up a 12x24 tarp and cutting it out, then tarp-taping all the edges.  I've yet to put in any grommets because I don't use them for tie-downs, but will probably end up putting in the ones that allow the awning wings to join to the main body's wings.

I do have plans to sew my own Whelen from some 10 oz waxed cotton canvas, hopefully a project for this winter.  Perhaps my Coleman Catalytic heater will help make my camping season a few weeks longer 🙂 
 "qui tacet consentire videtur" - He who is silent, when he ought to have spoken and was able to, is taken to agree.
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