58 pattern poncho camp out and grey squirrel patrol also featuring one of the first bivvy bags
Hello. And welcome to finish day off I'm. Very glad you joined me I've. Got my hands on some vintage, military gear I'd like to show you. I've. Already done a bit of a gear drop. This. Is the 58 pattern, punch. Off, our. Slicker may be america's, mike corliss. Obviously, this was introduced sometime around nineteen fifty years this. This went with their their kit or webbing. Let. Me put it on a show you. So. This is what it looks like. Pretty. Good coverage just, let me take it off. This. Was used in the British and the Irish Army. Certainly. In the Irish Army up to perhaps 20 years ago this would have been in use. It's. A pretty simple item, basically. What it is is a good good-quality poly tarp that's what it looks like to me. With. A with a hole and a hood stitch done it's. Quite basic and I believe in the British Army but, I know for sure in the Irish Army this, was, all that was issued and the way of rain gear they, didn't issue rain, trousers, which, seems, crazy. So. This also doubled as a shelter or a tent you. Tie. Up the hood and you stretch it out I. Don't. Claim to be an expert on much of anything so. We're going to try and set this up and see how we get on ok, let's. Go set up camp. Ok. Guys we're going to set up camp here now. I got this equipment, from a good friend of mine who. Was in the Irish military. For. A good many years and. He told me how, to use these, and, where. They set up and. Generally pick simmer like this with some shelter from the trees and with. Plentiful trees to to. Rig their punches, from, okay. So I've put down a little, bit of spruce boughs. Just. To get us off the damp and for a little insulation. I'm. Going to put a sheet of black polythene, over this. And. I'm using the palette in because I have two punches one, of which I'm going to use as a ground sheet and I, don't want to get any sapper, or dork on this this doesn't belong to me so. I'm taking care of it. Okay. They're pretty tough and durable and. Pretty. Bomb-proof very, simple but bomb-proof. Okay. On my ground she's. Just. Going to put a kit matte. Now. This is the other piece of kit. The, bag is obviously a bit faded from the Sun. This. Is one of the very, first movie bags that came around, he. Told me this was used in the British Army as well it's. Not gore-tex, it's not breathable, it's. Simply waterproof, bag. And. I'm sure they were very happy to get these when they first came on scene. So. I'm quite interested to try this and see what it's like okay. Now. The weatherman says that make it 2-1, tonight - 1 Celsius. So, want to try off my own sleeping bag this is just a reasonably priced bag, cozy take 450, and. I want to see it's supposed to be. Good for up to minus 4 and I, want to see how this fares out so. Put this into the baby bag. Now. We set up our rain fly. And. For this my friend recommended, bungees, you. Said it's the best way to do it. Obviously. You need to tie up the hood with a piece of string. Okay. And we'll take out the sides I. Have. A stack of good quality 10 pegs but, you think I could find any of them so. I've made these are homemade ones some from some heavy wire I think it's bull wire they call it so. They should do fine. I'm. Gonna drop the feet a little lower. We. Raise the head a little. So. Guys. That's. Your basic, setup and this. Is exactly the place they were choose to camp and, he said the best setup and the only setup they used was, to keep it low to the ground as, low as they could as low, as they could possibly get it. As, I say it's not a huge tariff is not a huge shelter. At all it's, quite minimalistic. And. This is just. About barely enough cover. And. To finish off they would put their backpacker they, usually had a Bergen which would be bigger than this, they.
Put Their backpack to, cover up the opening at whatever, side they expected, the the worst of the rain or when to come from so. Goes. Something like that okay. So. That's camp set up guys. I've. Got a snack bag along and I've got some food for later. I'll. Leave it up there for safety maybe. Today. We're on grey squirrel patrol and, the, American grey squirrel is an, invasive species here I saw. One down here maybe 11 years ago but. I've not seen one since, but. I keep patrolling the area I keep an eye out for them and, I'm. Doing this to protect our native red squirrel, the. Greys have white, mouths basically, in England I don't, want that to happen here so. We're, going on grey square patrol okay. Let's. Go. Okay. My friends, I'm. In the natural wood now this. Is the best squirrel habitat around basically. Because we have bought. A gazillion his and trees and hazel, hazel trees grow his nuts. So. This is where most of our hunting will take place. We're. Just going to move and. Move. Quickly stuff, and look and then. We let Dyson use his nose Dyson. Is a pretty young dog his destin'd two years old and, he doesn't really know what he's at yet. But. It's all part of growing up. So, that's the plan it's. Highly unlikely we see agree I hope, to god we don't see one, it's. Also highly unlikely would see a native red they're. Very elusive even, though they are protected, and not hunted, they're, very very elusive, they run and hide the, minute to spot anything sometimes, you get one that'll stand and if so I'll give you a look I. Won't. Bore you too much with the hunting that's our plan okay see, you later. And. Back at the shelter it's, it's ace p.m., I haven't. Been hunting all this time I had to go home and sort a few things out. I've. Rearranged, the shelter, a little bit it, was very very low so I've brought it up a bit I think I was a bit over, optimistic. So. I've raised it up and we. Have some rain arriving so I need to get in fairly quickly I get back to you once I'm inside okay. It. Was a bit of a wriggling contest. We're. In the puncher and we're. Tucked up and we're ready for sleep, it's. Raining way of fairly steadily not too heavy but. Nice and steady. It's. It's plus two degrees at the moment, so. We'll see how tonight goes I don't, wanna shut off the camera and we'll see you later bye, bye. All. Right guys. It's. 4:46. I've. Come wide awake and I'm starving. I've. Got to head home, it's. Rained most of the night. Just. Showing you in here. We. Have. Quite. A good bit of condensation, here.
Especially Your own where my head. Was, not. Too bad farther, down not. Too bad a night it rained most of the night we stayed dry. There. Is a fair. Bit of condensation over, here Warsaw. What. What are very interested, in is. They're, going to pull the. I'm, going to pull the punch out of the way in a moment and what a very interest in finding out is how did the baby. Bag Pharaoh's, just. Give me a moment and I'll get the puncher out of the way and we look at that okay. So. This is the outside of the bag guys I don't, know if you can see but there is some moisture on it. Just. As what we had is really. Just. Condensation I would say building off from the poncho give. Me a moment and I'll open it and we'll see what it's like inside. Okay. So this is the inside of the bag guys I. Don't. Know how, this showing on camera. But. It's quite a nice few, droplets of moisture there. It's. Certainly not breathable, and moisture. Certainly does build up. Maybe. Maybe. Small obvious here. Quite. A bit of a moisture yeah, it certainly not breathable. Well. It's been a long wet night and the poncho, kept the rain off of us any, moisture has built up his conversation. From myself. So. That's the 58 pattern poncho, it's something I've been wanting to try out for a long long time I finally. Got my hands in one. It's. A bit smaller it's a bit minimalistic. I, certainly, would like something bigger. But. It did the trick and it did the trick for a hell, of a lot of guys keeping. Them out of the weather. Anyway. I'm, away home I want to get some breakfast, I. Hope, you enjoyed it guys and thanks very very much for watching bye bye.