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Congratulations to FCpl Braun for his completion of Challenge/Activity #8: Prepare for an Aircrew Survival Exercise - Part I. These were submitted on 14 May 20.
Cadets are encouraged to complete the previous challenges over the course of the summer.
I did this on the weekend with my Dad.
I laid out a few extra items that I might take myself if I was going on a backpacking trip, but wouldn't bring on an FTX (knife, camp stove, bearspray, flint & steel).
Here are my pictures for Level 2, Challenge 8.
I completed this one today with my Grandpa. We only used a knife, a hatchet, and matches (no rope).
We gathered the tinder and kindling and shavings from a squirrel nest first.
I peeled cedar saplings to use the bark for lashings of the frame.
Then I cut and sharpened the cedar trees for the stand.
I was able to tie the frame together with the cedar strips.
If I did this again I would definitely use pine or spruce boughs for making smoke instead of cedar because the cedar didn't smoke much.
I added spruce branches on and it smoked a lot more. This would make it more visible in the daytime.
I would make it at least 7-8' tall and make the platform out of thicker live chunks so they wouldn't burn through so fast.
I enjoyed doing this project today!