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Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 12:22
Hey, i was just wondering, what axe should i carry on the AT

SGT Rock
10-27-2006, 12:24
I think you messed that up.

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 12:24
Yea, i realized i cant put pictures in a poll.

SGT Rock
10-27-2006, 12:28
You can link to the images.

wilderness bob
10-27-2006, 12:29
None actually, not needed at all. I will be just dead weight.

Gray Blazer
10-27-2006, 12:30
You probably don't have to carry any. I've found several on the AT that the boy scouts left after they realized they were so heavy and unnecessary. If you are a musician, you can bring your axe. I heard about one guy who carried his tuba.

Outlaw
10-27-2006, 12:32
I will be just dead weight.

Hey, Bob, PB is wondering about carrying axes on the AT... not you! LOL:D

RITBlake
10-27-2006, 12:35
bring the heaviest one possible.

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 12:35
I was thinking maybe something like this.

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=214972-1078-7850&lpage=none

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 12:36
The amin reason i want to carry an axe ia mainly because of my name. I mean what's a Paul Bunyan without his axe?

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 12:38
I am sorry for that attrocias spelling, i have a bad cold and it's affecting my fingers.:D

What I wanted to say was, what's a Paul Bunyan without his axe?:cool:

Gray Blazer
10-27-2006, 12:38
That might work for Tom Thumb, but, not Paul Bunyon.

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 12:39
Hey, i'm thinking about weight here.

Appalachian Tater
10-27-2006, 12:41
If you're going to carry an axe, carry an axe:

http://www.ics.uci.edu/~eppstein/pix/j4p05/PaulBunyan.html (http://www.ics.uci.edu/%7Eeppstein/pix/j4p05/PaulBunyan.html)

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 12:44
Or maybe something like this would work.

http://www.redhillgeneralstore.com/A51944.htm

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 12:44
If you're going to carry an axe, carry an axe:

http://www.ics.uci.edu/~eppstein/pix/j4p05/PaulBunyan.html


Thats what i call ane AXE.:D :D :D

Outlaw
10-27-2006, 12:45
What I wanted to say was, what's a Paul Bunyan without his axe?:cool: Gonna have your 'ol Blue carry your pack for you too???

Frolicking Dinosaurs
10-27-2006, 12:46
Well, what with all the pink blazing, I'm going to mount this baby on my hiking staff: http://sussen.com/photos/DX_636av.jpg

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 12:56
Gonna have your 'ol Blue carry your pack for you too???

I was going to have my dog carry my pack, but she may be to small at 1 foot, four inches tall and 2 feet long, and about 21 pounds. Unfortunately, i would have a picture up, but it isn't working.:D

P.S. She's a beagle.:D

Just Jeff
10-27-2006, 12:58
Go all out and get this one (http://www.road-school.com/2001/s01paulbunyon.jpg).

SGT Rock
10-27-2006, 12:59
I was going to have my dog carry my pack, but she may be to small at 1 foot, four inches tall and 2 feet long, and about 21 pounds. Unfortunately, i would have a picture up, but it isn't working.:D

P.S. She's a beagle.:D

I thought those things were them funny tasting Jewish biscuts with the hole in the middle.

Outlaw
10-27-2006, 13:02
Go all out and get this one (http://www.road-school.com/2001/s01paulbunyon.jpg).

That's the funniest looking beagle I've ever seen!

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 13:13
I thought those things were them funny tasting Jewish biscuts with the hole in the middle.

??:confused: :confused:

Just Jeff
10-27-2006, 13:17
Bagel, Paul.

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 13:18
Bagel, Paul.

A 20 pound one? :confused:

Just Jeff
10-27-2006, 13:19
Not in MY pack!

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 13:20
I am starting to get very confused.

jlb2012
10-27-2006, 13:23
two words: Gränsfors Bruks

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 13:24
Ok, this is an english language only site. No german french or whatever that was.

jlb2012
10-27-2006, 13:25
its a brand name of hand forged Swedish axes

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 13:27
its a brand name of hand forged Swedish axes

Oh, ok.:D But really guys, i need some feedback.

Skidsteer
10-27-2006, 13:37
You could take an ultra-light version (http://www.anniescostumes.com/60017.jpg).

STEVEM
10-27-2006, 13:38
I thought those things were them funny tasting Jewish biscuts with the hole in the middle.

Can you believe he says this while sitting there eating canned boiled peanuts?

SGT Rock
10-27-2006, 13:39
I thought old Paul used a double bladed ax and wore hobnail boots?

SGT Rock
10-27-2006, 13:40
Can you believe he says this while sitting there eating canned boiled peanuts?

For the record I HATE boiled peanuts. But I do like those roasted pumpkin seeds.

twosticks
10-27-2006, 13:59
You have to be careful carrying an axe around while hiking. You don't want to chop the wrong twig. I'd go with the other poll and bring a sword. You could be like the Ninja Paul Bunyon. Leave the beagel at home, bring a cat, and you can share his take on the food he catches.

halftime
10-27-2006, 14:00
Have you checked out Gerber's Back Paxe?

http://www.ccoutdoorstore.com/gerbacpaxaxe.html

TN_Hiker
10-27-2006, 14:51
Bagel, Paul.

rofl......thanks JJ......now I have spewed coffee all over my desk.

TJ aka Teej
10-27-2006, 15:01
Who won this year, Wisconsin or Minnesota? :D

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 15:29
Have you checked out Gerber's Back Paxe?

http://www.ccoutdoorstore.com/gerbacpaxaxe.html

I don't think i want to spend that kind of money for an axe.

weary
10-27-2006, 15:51
Hey, i was just wondering, what axe should i carry on the AT
I prefer a splitting mall with a couple or three steel wedges. The combination is great for reducing the weight of blowdowns before dragging them in for an all night fire in front of a shelter.

Outlaw
10-27-2006, 16:02
Hey Paul, this ain't the 1800s anymore. Screw using an axe. Just grab yourself a big 'ol Stihl 088, a 5 gal. jug of fuel mix & a gal. or so of bar oil. Nothing will stand in your way. Strap that sucker on your beagle and your good to go.

Just Jeff
10-27-2006, 16:11
Seriously - why do you need an axe on the AT? Unless you're doing trail maintenance, you can just use your ninja skills to karate chop whatever wood you need.

Or you could talk to Tha Wookie - he could probably teach you to commune with the wood and convince it to walk to your fire pit and light itself like the Native Americans did. :D

STEVEM
10-27-2006, 16:21
What about a yoke and harness for ole' "Babe the Blue Ox". She could easily haul a nice gasoline powered log splitter.

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 16:35
What about a yoke and harness for ole' "Babe the Blue Ox". She could easily haul a nice gasoline powered log splitter.

I think this is one of the first times a dog has gotten a trail name. Thanks guy.:D

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 16:36
Hey Paul, this ain't the 1800s anymore. Screw using an axe. Just grab yourself a big 'ol Stihl 088, a 5 gal. jug of fuel mix & a gal. or so of bar oil. Nothing will stand in your way. Strap that sucker on your beagle and your good to go.

If you dont realize what this thread is for, please refer to page 2.

Heater
10-27-2006, 17:17
I think this is one of the first times a dog has gotten a trail name. Thanks guy.:D

I would have named her Peanut Butter.

Heater
10-27-2006, 17:23
If you dont realize what this thread is for, please refer to page 2.

Just get the chapest and lightest one because it will be in the hiker box soon enough.

Or, get a plastic one and lash it to your pack if symbolism is all you are going for.

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 17:25
Just get the chapest and lightest one because it will be in the hiker box soon enough.

Or, get a plastic one and lash it to your pack if symbolism is all you are going for.

Well, i want sybolism, but i also want usibility. If i'm carrying an axe, i might as well use it.

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 17:25
I would have named her Peanut Butter.

Her name is lady. Her trail name is Babe the Blue Ox.

Just Jeff
10-27-2006, 19:32
Ok...here come the predictions.

100:1 odds that axe doesn't make it past the GA border (if you're going NOBO). A plastic one, maybe, but not the real thing.

STEVEM
10-27-2006, 19:40
Ok...here come the predictions.

100:1 odds that axe doesn't make it past the GA border (if you're going NOBO). A plastic one, maybe, but not the real thing.

Is'nt this how the Minnesota Smith thread started?

RAT
10-27-2006, 19:48
I would suggest the Martin backpacker axe. It is lightweight and has excellent tones and the neck action is really great ! :D HAIRNT !

Seriously, that is the only kind of axe I would even think of, there is just no need for an axe and I bet it wont make it out of Ga. and even so would never make it to Maine. A small super-liteweight pack-saw like I carry on work trips would be of more use and much much lighter, still I personally wouldnt carry anything like that for long distance hikes.

RAT

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 19:53
I would suggest the Martin backpacker axe. It is lightweight and has excellent tones and the neck action is really great ! :D HAIRNT !

Seriously, that is the only kind of axe I would even think of, there is just no need for an axe and I bet it wont make it out of Ga. and even so would never make it to Maine. A small super-liteweight pack-saw like I carry on work trips would be of more use and much much lighter, still I personally wouldnt carry anything like that for long distance hikes.

RAT

Hey, that's a good idea, do you have any idea what it costs?

STEVEM
10-27-2006, 19:57
PB, Maybe you should get some of that Axe body spray stuff. If the TV ads are right you'll drive the hiker babes crazy.

Tabasco
10-27-2006, 19:59
Axe?? I thought you were supposed to carry a sword?

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 20:02
Who said anything about a sword?

Paul Bunyan
10-27-2006, 20:03
Hey, that's a good idea, do you have any idea what it costs?

Lol, i just googled that martin axe. Thanks Rat, i needed a laugh.:)

Heater
10-27-2006, 20:04
Hey, that's a good idea, do you have any idea what it costs?

The Martin backpacker "axe" is a guitar. RAT is a guitar picker and "axe" is slang for guitar. It was a joke.

Blissful
10-27-2006, 21:12
Her name is lady. Her trail name is Babe the Blue Ox.


Here's the pic of Lady

http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/files/6/0/0/8/ladyincanoe.jpg

RAT
10-27-2006, 21:29
Hey, that's a good idea, do you have any idea what it costs?

New between $165 and $195 but you can get some much better deals on ebay .


The Martin backpacker "axe" is a guitar. RAT is a guitar picker and "axe" is slang for guitar. It was a joke.

Yup ! :)


Lol, i just googled that martin axe. Thanks Rat, i needed a laugh

Heh, I will do anything for a laugh, makes life more enjoyable eh ? Glad it worked, but my point still stands, you do not need to carry an axe (of the chopping kind) on the trail ! Axe body spray ? Nah,, that crapp stinks.

RAT

Heater
10-27-2006, 21:35
Axe body spray ? Nah,, that crapp stinks.

RAT

They have funny ads though.

Heater
10-27-2006, 21:40
Quote:
The Martin backpacker "axe" is a guitar. RAT is a guitar picker and "axe" is slang for guitar. It was a joke.
Yup ! :)

RAT

But... back in the Cosmic Cowboy daze, instead of "Axe", we called them "GitFiddles". Remember that? :D

UCONNMike
10-28-2006, 21:00
bring the heaviest one possible.

he's right, the heaviest one possible. better safe than sorry.

...but really, that question was a joke right?

freefall
10-28-2006, 22:02
If you're going to carry an axe, carry an axe:

http://www.ics.uci.edu/~eppstein/pix/j4p05/PaulBunyan.html (http://www.ics.uci.edu/%7Eeppstein/pix/j4p05/PaulBunyan.html)

I especially like the super shiney hard hat- must have on the trail!

STEVEM
10-29-2006, 01:29
Paul Bunyan, Tell us more about your plans. You're 16 and planning to thruhike? Going with family or a mentor? When I was 16 I'm not sure I knew which school bus to get on.

Gaiter
10-29-2006, 03:49
you can an axe here for 50% off http://www.spirithalloween.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.browse/categoryID/a99a1d17-2620-4962-94de-0c9a761d300c/
its as useful as the real thing, maybe you can find a sticker or patch that you can just put on the back of your pack

wilderness bob
11-01-2006, 09:01
PB,
Pardon my typo on my last entry, It will be dead weight. IMO not needed for a thru hike and those who start with one normally send it home when they start shedding excess weight off of their back (like most hikers do). I guess though you can always use an axe in case of a Bear attack. Just cut your hiking partner's leg with it so they cannot run faster then you. What? It could happen.

Paul Bunyan
11-13-2006, 16:37
Hey, thanks guys. These posts

Paul Bunyan
11-13-2006, 16:41
have really been helpful.:rolleyes:

But anyway, i think i have my axe problem solved. If there are any more suggestions i am open to them though.:)

Paul Bunyan
11-13-2006, 19:31
Problem was stated in the beginning of this thread

Answer is plastic axe strapped to top of pack.

Still open to suggestions.

sum41punk91
11-13-2006, 21:49
if your going for symbolism i recomend something like this
http://www.buynsellit.com/cntlhobby/BJewelry/342.jpg or this
http://www.eagle-engraving.com/KCAXE.jpg

The Weasel
11-14-2006, 19:36
Hey, i was just wondering, what axe should i carry on the AT
I suggest a Fender Stratocaster, V neck would be easiest to lash to your pack. Not sure what kind of amp you want to carry, that's a harder question, man.

The Weasel

Paul Bunyan
11-15-2006, 15:55
I suggest a Fender Stratocaster, V neck would be easiest to lash to your pack. Not sure what kind of amp you want to carry, that's a harder question, man.

The Weasel

I think we had this dicussion earlyer in the thread, i am taking a cutting implement (or symbol of one), not a guitar.:mad:

Thanks anyway.:D

The Weasel
11-15-2006, 16:32
I think we had this dicussion earlyer in the thread, i am taking a cutting implement (or symbol of one), not a guitar.:mad:

Thanks anyway.:D
Look, Dude, he wants to carry the best axe possible, the Stratocaster has been the weapon of choice by anyone with brains from Buddy Holly to Ron Wood.

The (Rockin') Weasel

Paul Bunyan
11-15-2006, 20:35
Look, Dude, he wants to carry the best axe possible, the Stratocaster has been the weapon of choice by anyone with brains from Buddy Holly to Ron Wood.

The (Rockin') Weasel

I dont think you are getting the point.

The Weasel
11-15-2006, 20:38
I dont think you are getting the point.
Axes don't have points. Frets, yes. Points, no. Even if you were talking about wood cutting axes, even those don't have points. What kind of amp are you going to use, man?

The Weasel

Paul Bunyan
11-15-2006, 20:43
Axes don't have points. Frets, yes. Points, no. Even if you were talking about wood cutting axes, even those don't have points. What kind of amp are you going to use, man?

The Weasel

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
:datz :datz :datz

Heater
11-15-2006, 23:04
Axes don't have points. Frets, yes. Points, no. Even if you were talking about wood cutting axes, even those don't have points. What kind of amp are you going to use, man?

The Weasel

B. C. Rich guitars do.
Flying V.
Explorer.

SGT Rock
11-20-2006, 15:58
Get a Gransfors Bruk Mini-hatchet. At least you can use it for a knife and to chop some wood for a fire at camps. If you are going to carry something, make it a useful tool. And it only weighs 11 ounces.
http://www.treemanknives.com/tek9.asp?pg=products&specific=jphnkml4

Paul Bunyan
11-22-2006, 12:21
That looks a little pricey for me.

The Weasel
11-22-2006, 12:53
That looks a little pricey for me.
That's why I am such a fan of the Stratocaster, much cheaper than higher quality axes, easier to maintain too.

The Weasel

sum41punk91
11-22-2006, 21:38
ok weasel seriously if your going for electric get an ibanez rg they look kool and they are hhs plus the got the lockin whammy or floating whammy however youd like to call it.

halftime
11-22-2006, 21:53
ok weasel seriously if your going for electric get an ibanez rg they look kool and they are hhs plus the got the lockin whammy or floating whammy however youd like to call it.

Why not an air axe? cheaper, weighs nothing and you don't have to plug it in.

Just Jeff
11-22-2006, 22:37
Plus, an air axe can make all kinds of sounds that you can't get from an ibanez.

Paul Bunyan
11-23-2006, 00:48
People, please, put this discussion back on track. THIS IS ABOUT CUTTING IMPLEMENTS, NOT GUITARS.:mad:

Whew, i needed to get that out of my system.

Now, where were we.




:confused:







:confused:







Where were we?????????????????????????






Oh yea, cutting implements that SOME PEOPLE (cough, cough) are mistaking for guitars (cough, cough, hack, cough). Not pointing out any specific people (cough wea, cough sel) or (sam cough, cough, punk cough, cough). But anway, i would apreciate any LEGITIMATE SUGGESTION as long as it is'nt to pricey.

SGT Rock
11-23-2006, 02:18
Well the GB Mini is a little pricy, but you could always ask for someone to get one for you for Christmas. The dang thing is razor sharp and has a thin blade that can be used as a knife. Plus it is a quality piece of hand made gear from real craftsmen that would last you a lifetime plus some - something to pass on to your kids someday. It wouldn't only be a tool for this thru-hike. Other than something like this which could also serve uses as I mentioned (like a knife) I really cannot think of an ax like implement that I would reccomend. Even the smallest Gerber light hatchet with synthetic handle is heavier (almost twice as heavy) and the blade it too wide to serve as a knife: http://youroutdooroutfitter.com/product_info.php?cPath=158_298&products_id=1204

And that original GB mini link was a little pricy. Here you can get it a little cheaper:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270052397400&category=41182

RAT
11-23-2006, 03:01
That's why I am such a fan of the Stratocaster, much cheaper than higher quality axes, easier to maintain too.

Where are strats cheaper at ?



Plus, an air axe can make all kinds of sounds that you can't get from an ibanez.

yeah thats an excellent idea !


People, please, put this discussion back on track. THIS IS ABOUT CUTTING IMPLEMENTS, NOT GUITARS.:mad:

Whew, i needed to get that out of my system.

Now, where were we.


You`re the one wanting to carry an axe on the trail, that in itself is "off track" :D I have seen thousands of hikers, cant recall ever seeing any "axes" other than guitars. Why ? Becaz they are too heavy and you dont need them ! You can always use the guitar axe for kindling in a emergency ;)


http://youroutdooroutfitter.com/product_info.php?cPath=158_298&products_id=1204

Nice axe sgt rock !

RAT

SGT Rock
11-23-2006, 03:08
I've never had one myself. But after some posts about the thing over on my site I am very interested in getting my hands on one myself.

And for the record - Earl Schaffer had a hatchet ;) I remember one passage from his book where he got to camp and some people there where sort of second guessing his choice in carrying a hatchet - until he cut wood and had a fire going. I personally wouldn't carry one on a thru-hike. But since Paul is wanting to be like the original guy - maybe he should be cutting lumber on the way north.

RAT
11-23-2006, 03:09
Of course I was just messin' with him lol, I think it is only fitting for someone with a trail name of Paul Bunyan to carry an axe, but what about a Blue Ox ???

RAT

SGT Rock
11-23-2006, 03:15
Get a blue backpack. Nickname it Babe.

generoll
11-23-2006, 09:31
check out the 'Fiskars' hatchets and axes at your local Home Depot. The hatchet has a light plastice handle coupled with a decent head which seems to have and hold a decent edge. The hammer on the backside has a small footprint so you need to pay attention if you are using it to pound stakes, but it's probably better for your tent, stakes, and hand then the usual flat rock.

SGT Rock
11-23-2006, 11:01
Well the Fiskars and the Gerbers are about the same hatchet - Fiskars owns Gerber. The only real difference is the Gerber comes with a more hiker friendly sheath for the head.

Two Speed
11-23-2006, 11:13
Well the GB Mini is a little pricy, but you could always ask for someone to get one for you for Christmas. The dang thing is razor sharp and has a thin blade that can be used as a knife. Plus it is a quality piece of hand made gear from real craftsmen that would last you a lifetime plus some . . . Sounds like you've used one. I'm hanging on the price, but real craftsmanship? :-?

That ain't easy to find around here anymore.

SGT Rock
11-23-2006, 11:58
No, not personally, but I would love to get one. The wife would balk though. But a user on my site that I consider reliable swears by them. He posted some great stuff about one on a thread over there that has me convinced.

generoll
11-23-2006, 12:07
I just bought one of the Fiskar hatchets for $20 at home depot. It may not be quite as tiny as the Gerber and the 'sheath' is definitely not as hiker friendly, but if the price of the Gerber is the sticking point then a trip to your local Home Depot is never wasted, IMO.

SGT Rock
11-23-2006, 12:07
Here is a link to the post: http://hikinghq.net/forum/showpost.php?p=15617&postcount=24

Paul Bunyan
11-23-2006, 15:42
I just bought one of the Fiskar hatchets for $20 at home depot. It may not be quite as tiny as the Gerber and the 'sheath' is definitely not as hiker friendly, but if the price of the Gerber is the sticking point then a trip to your local Home Depot is never wasted, IMO.

Yea, i've seen those hatchets, but i'm wondering, is there any way to get a better sheath for it? Maybe buy one to fit a Gerber??

SGT Rock
11-23-2006, 15:50
If you buy a Gerber of the same length, you basically get the same hatchet with the sheath.

Paul Bunyan
11-23-2006, 16:36
But how much more exspensive is Gerber compared to Fiskars?

SGT Rock
11-23-2006, 16:54
Shop around. But here is an example:

Fiskars 14" hand axe (smallest Fiskars I could find) - $23.99 and weighs 18.6 ounces: http://www.backyardstyle.com/shop/index.php?page=shop-flypage-7710
Review: http://www.physics.mun.ca/~sstamp/knives/fiskars_hatchet.html

Gerber 14" hand axe - $27.35 and weighs the same (well it has a sheath too) http://www.ruggedoutdoorsman.com/servlet/Detail?no=3214
Review: (same as above basically)
Extra cost for the Gerber? $3.36 to get the sheath you want.

But, do you really want a hatchet over a pound and 14" long. You can get the smaller Gerber (no Fiskers in that size I could fine) here:

Gerber 9" for $27.90 (you can probably find it cheaper) weight: 17.5 ounces with sheath http://www.sportsmenexpress.com/Products/Gerber+Blades/Back+Paxe+Axe,++9%22+Clam-Packed/6233.html

So you pay a couple extra dollars for the Gerber, but it comes with the real sheath.

SGT Rock
11-23-2006, 17:00
Gerber 9" for $27.90 (you can probably find it cheaper) weight: 17.5 ounces with sheath http://www.sportsmenexpress.com/Products/Gerber+Blades/Back+Paxe+Axe,++9%22+Clam-Packed/6233.html


http://www.ruggedsportsman.com/catalog.php?id=18173

See, $25 and some change. I already found a cheaper deal LOL.

Paul Bunyan
11-23-2006, 18:36
What's the warrenty on these kind of things?

SGT Rock
11-24-2006, 03:48
Man Paul, don't you read these links LOL.


The Back Paxe comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty from Gerber.

minnesotasmith
11-24-2006, 07:37
None actually, not needed at all. I will be just dead weight.

If you want some options for firewood cutting, there are multiple saw options that are far more lightweight/lower bulk. I'd look at a wire saw first.

If you need an ice axe, IMO you have likely seriously screwed up with your hike scheduling. My thru took 9 months, and I never once wanted one.

SGT Rock
11-24-2006, 10:08
Humor thread Minnesota Smith. Try to stay on track here ;)

sum41punk91
11-24-2006, 14:07
well paul you put this in the humor forum so naturally guitar players are gonna throw some jokes out there but if you are just trying for symbolism and not a woodcutting object get yourself a keychain or necklace with a little axe on it its light, gets the point across and about 20 dollars less than anything else you are going to find.

homebrew
11-24-2006, 16:15
:sun Just get yourself a Stihl. You could run it off your denatured pepsi can stove fuel w/some oil mix. Oh, then get yourself a Jason mask and when you come to the geodesic dome (piece of crap) shelter-cut it down!

SGT Rock
11-24-2006, 16:34
There you go. Cut up shelters for fire wood. :p

LostInSpace
11-24-2006, 18:10
There you go. Cut up shelters for fire wood. :p

Save the floor. Walls and roof are okay to burn! :p

Two Speed
11-24-2006, 18:22
Ya'll are definitely a bad influence on me. It is not my fault I got all torqued up and got a maul this afternoon and it will be everyone else's fault that I'm gonna split a few pieces of firewood tonight and have a small bonfire behind my condo. If that ain't bad enough, I may grill a steak and tilt one or two adult beverages, too. :eek:

See what ya'll got started? Are you satisfied now? I certainly hope so! :D

LostInSpace
11-24-2006, 18:29
Is one axe really sufficient? Assume that an axe is useful for more than one purpose, like a big tent stake during a storm. Unfortunately, that's when you are likely to need it for the purpose of building a fire, so wouldn't you be better off carrying at least two, especially if you get light ones?

Paul Bunyan
11-24-2006, 21:17
:sun Just get yourself a Stihl. You could run it off your denatured pepsi can stove fuel w/some oil mix. Oh, then get yourself a Jason mask and when you come to the geodesic dome (piece of crap) shelter-cut it down!

what about dicks dome in shenendoah?

Paul Bunyan
11-24-2006, 21:19
:sun Just get yourself a Stihl. You could run it off your denatured pepsi can stove fuel w/some oil mix. Oh, then get yourself a Jason mask and when you come to the geodesic dome (piece of crap) shelter-cut it down!

How did you get from a cutting implement to a unit that makes illegal alcohol?:eek: :confused: You guys amaze me.



Keep up the good work.:D

emerald
11-24-2006, 21:58
For starting this thread, you should be given a Paul Bunyan Woodsman patch (http://www.meritbadge.com/awd/paulbunyon.htm).

You could just sew it on your pack and you'd be good to go. Better than a useless plastic axe.

Had I not given away all my Boy Scout stuff some time ago, I'd send you mine. Strange how that sort of thing works.

I don't care much for what hand axes in the hands of some people do for the appearance of a shelter's immediate surroundings.

emerald
11-24-2006, 22:12
What I just posted doesn't warrant a green emoticon and I am after all posting in the humor forum.:-?

Here's an added bonus (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showpost.php?p=253215&postcount=3065) you're likely to enjoy.;) Good luck and remember to HYOH, okay?:) Be sure to note the reason for editing!:D

Paul Bunyan
11-24-2006, 22:53
[quote=Shades of Gray;276236]For starting this thread, you should be given a Paul Bunyan Woodsman patch (http://www.meritbadge.com/awd/paulbunyon.htm).quote]

:eek: I should have this!!!!

I have a totin chit

I helped some new scouts get theirs

I have sooo cleared trails for two hours, i did for six weeeks with 2 seperate YCC programs.

I love having my dad as a Scoutmaster. :D

Paul Bunyan
11-24-2006, 22:57
Be sure to note the reason for editing.

Yea, when i type fast, i make lots of mistakes.:(

Oh, i'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but what does HYOH mean? :confused: I'm sorry, i dont use abbreviations much.:rolleyes:

Just Jeff
11-24-2006, 23:26
HYOH = hang your own hammock.

But some folks say it means "hike your own hike." Silly ground dwellers. :D

emerald
11-24-2006, 23:27
Yea, when i type fast, i make lots of mistakes.:(

Oh, i'm sorry if this is a stupid question, but what does HYOH mean? :confused: I'm sorry, i dont use abbreviations much.:rolleyes:

Did you look to see what I listed as my reason for editing my MSU post? It could be thought of as a guitar reference!:D

Here's an HYOH cross-reference (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showpost.php?p=256696&postcount=23) to one of my posts some readers seemed to like. I liked that one too, but most of the credit should really go to clured.

Paul Bunyan
11-24-2006, 23:33
HYOH = hang your own hammock.

But some folks say it means "hike your own hike." Silly ground dwellers. :D

Nice jeff, hey i've have always wondered (since i joined wb that is), what does your quote at the bottom mean?

Paul Bunyan
11-24-2006, 23:34
Did you look to see what I listed as my reason for editing my MSU post? It could be thought of as a guitar reference!:D

Here's an HYOH cross-reference (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showpost.php?p=256696&postcount=23) to one of my posts some readers seemed to like. I liked that one too, but most of the credit should really go to clured.

How do you choose the edit post option? i cant find it.:datz arrgh.

Just Jeff
11-24-2006, 23:45
Nice jeff, hey i've have always wondered (since i joined wb that is), what does your quote at the bottom mean?

http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=16054&highlight=cular

Paul Bunyan
11-24-2006, 23:49
http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=16054&highlight=cular

I couldn't access it for some reason.

Just Jeff
11-24-2006, 23:58
It's in the humor forum - you have to subscribe to the Non-AT forum to see it. I had to resubscribe just to get to it...now that I've unsubbed again I can't access either.


Why in the heck do people still say "nucular"?! Do they not hear the whole world making fun of Bush about it? Can they not read? Apparently no hooked on phonics, b/c it's pronounced EXACTLY as it's spelled - NU CLE AR. Why can they pronounce "clear" but when you put a "nu" in front of it they say "cular"? I'm gonna quit saying "clear" in protest. If I can see through it, it's "cular". Like the crystal cular water in mountain streams.

In case you're wondering, it was Mike Scheuer, the former head of the CIA's former UBL unit, that set me off. Grrr.

Jeff

Paul Bunyan
11-24-2006, 23:59
ahh, i get it.

Just Jeff
11-25-2006, 00:02
Yeah - not so cosmic, is it? Made for an amusing thread for a little while, though. Nothing about axes in there, either...

Paul Bunyan
11-25-2006, 00:05
so how would you pronounce that?

emerald
11-25-2006, 00:25
How do you choose the edit post option? i cant find it.:datz arrgh.

That's a feature only available to those who donate to WhiteBlaze.net. It doesn't need to be lots of cash. Once a person has done so there's a button that appears in the lower right-hand corner of one's posts which can be clicked upon to edit that post.

Ordinary members can only edit their own posts. Some people can edit others posts, like this (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showpost.php?p=273702&postcount=4726). Not many people can edit others posts. That was just another one of my silly slackpacking posts from MinnesotaSmith Update. Matt and I were just kidding MinnesotaSmith.

A post can be edited for up to 2 weeks if I remember correctly. After 2 weeks have passed, the post can no longer be edited. It sort of is what members of Congress do when they say they reserve the right to revise and extend their remarks. I think of it that way.

It's important to not change posts in such a way that they are no longer meaningful in the context of the thread. It would be especially bad form to alter a post so as to make someone else look foolish. I take it upon myself to limit my edits to things like punctuation, spelling and sometimes adding things, like a link or additional information. I think of it as a priviledge, one that should not be abused.

Just Jeff
11-25-2006, 00:28
Like the dictionary says - noo-klee-er

To be fair, dictionary.com does have a blurb about pronouncing it nyukuler.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/nuclear


In pronouncing nuclear, the second and third syllables are most commonly said as [-klee-er], a sequence of sounds that directly reflects the spelled sequence ‑cle‧ar. In recent years, a somewhat controversial pronunciation has come to public attention, with these two final syllables said as [-kyuh-ler]. Since [-klee-er], the common pronunciation of ‑cle‧ar, might also be represented, broadly, as [-kluh-yer], the [-kyuh-ler]pronunciation can be seen as coming from a process of metathesis, in which the [l] and the [y] (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/)change places. The resulting pronunciation is reinforced by analogy with such words as molecular, particular, and muscular, and although it occurs with some frequency among highly educated speakers, including scientists, professors, and government officials, it is disapproved of by many.

emerald
11-25-2006, 00:32
so how would you pronounce that?

You know, if you intend to hike the A.T., you really should know how to pronounce Appalatchin.:-? I really don't think anyone by the name of Paul Bunyan should say that word otherwise. You do say Appalatchin, don't you?:rolleyes: ;)

SGT Rock
11-25-2006, 01:09
Ya'll are definitely a bad influence on me. It is not my fault I got all torqued up and got a maul this afternoon and it will be everyone else's fault that I'm gonna split a few pieces of firewood tonight and have a small bonfire behind my condo. If that ain't bad enough, I may grill a steak and tilt one or two adult beverages, too. :eek:

See what ya'll got started? Are you satisfied now? I certainly hope so! :D

Yes. Yes I am...


Is one axe really sufficient? Assume that an axe is useful for more than one purpose, like a big tent stake during a storm. Unfortunately, that's when you are likely to need it for the purpose of building a fire, so wouldn't you be better off carrying at least two, especially if you get light ones?

And there you go. That is some wisdom right there. Chopping trees could be considered like playing golf. Would you go to a golf course with just one club? I think not! What you need is a small bag full off different hatchets and axes - that way you have the correct one for each job.


You know, if you intend to hike the A.T., you really should know how to pronounce Appalatchin.:-? I really don't think anyone by the name of Paul Bunyan should say that word otherwise. You do say Appalatchin, don't you? ;)

I sure hope so. Saying it wrong and walking around with a bag of axes, folks in the south are going to assume he is trying to start something if he says it wrong.

atraildreamer
11-25-2006, 02:52
The amin reason i want to carry an axe ia mainly because of my name. I mean what's a Paul Bunyan without his axe?

Do you have a blue ox to carry your gear too? :D

Two Speed
11-25-2006, 07:21
. . . What you need is a small bag full off different hatchets and axes - that way you have the correct one for each job. . .A small bag? A small bag you say? I direct a moist "pfui" in your general direction.

And yet . . . you're on the right track. What one really needs is the exact hatchet, axe, maul or wedge for each specific job, and probably a few spares, too. You note that I did include mauls and wedges. How could any self-respecting woodsman not have an appropriate selection of mauls and wedges handy?

All kidding around aside, does anyone remember Lumberjack '03? Got out of the military, goofed up his credit something fierce, somehow decided hiking the AT was the way to rectify the credit problems, etc. Long story short, he started out with an 80 lb pack, including a full size axe and hatchet, just in case he needed to cut a little firewood. To give you an idea how slow he was I passed him like he was standing still. To be passed by a lowly section hiker? The shame!

Every once in a while I wonder where he wound up.

emerald
11-25-2006, 10:13
Saying it wrong and walking around with a bag of axes, folks in the south are going to assume he is trying to start something if he says it wrong.

Exactly, and they might assume he's about starting something more than just a small cooking fire (pronounced as one would there)!:D

My favorite southern word is one you should know already, Paul. If you don't, you'll find out soon enough. That word is tired.;)

Paul Bunyan
11-25-2006, 11:14
You know, if you intend to hike the A.T., you really should know how to pronounce Appalatchin.:-? I really don't think anyone by the name of Paul Bunyan should say that word otherwise. You do say Appalatchin, don't you?:rolleyes: ;)

Strangely, i pronounce it Apple-ay-che-an. I dont know why.:confused: I just do.

Paul Bunyan
11-25-2006, 11:15
A small bag? A small bag you say? I direct a moist "pfui" in your general direction.

And yet . . . you're on the right track. What one really needs is the exact hatchet, axe, maul or wedge for each specific job, and probably a few spares, too. You note that I did include mauls and wedges. How could any self-respecting woodsman not have an appropriate selection of mauls and wedges handy?

All kidding around aside, does anyone remember Lumberjack '03? Got out of the military, goofed up his credit something fierce, somehow decided hiking the AT was the way to rectify the credit problems, etc. Long story short, he started out with an 80 lb pack, including a full size axe and hatchet, just in case he needed to cut a little firewood. To give you an idea how slow he was I passed him like he was standing still. To be passed by a lowly section hiker? The shame!

Every once in a while I wonder where he wound up.

Ok, first i was told that bringing a hatchet would be bad, and know your saying i should bring mauls!!?:confused:

You guys amaze me.:rolleyes: :D

Paul Bunyan
11-25-2006, 11:16
Exactly, and they might assume he's about starting something more than just a small cooking fire (pronounced as one would there)!:D

My favorite southern word is one you should know already, Paul. If you don't, you'll find out soon enough. That word is tired.;)

Unfortunately, i have already seen that word in action. Personally though, i prefer to use "Hey Y'all, watch this!".:D

emerald
11-25-2006, 11:51
Strangely, i pronounce it Apple-ay-che-an. I dont know why.:confused: I just do.

That might be a good thing.:-? Keeps them guessing.;) They won't have a clue from where you've come or where you're going!:D

SGT Rock
11-25-2006, 12:01
Ok, first i was told that bringing a hatchet would be bad, and know your saying i should bring mauls!!?:confused:

You guys amaze me.:rolleyes: :D

Well, just off the top of my head:

1. A small hatchet
2. A large hatchet
3. A single bit axe
4. A Pulaski
5. A double bit axe
6. A maul
7. About a half dozen splitting wedges
8. An adze
9. A hammer
10. A froe

And you probably ought to bring some tool maintenance supplies:

File, hone, linseed oil, honeing oil, and some extra wedges for the heads.

Heater
11-25-2006, 12:04
Safety glasses. Preferably the goggle type. Don't forget to wear your safety glasses.

emerald
11-25-2006, 12:06
Here's an image (http://www.trailjournals.com/photos.cfm?id=146647) posted to trailjournals.com of 2 Class of 2006 thru-hikers, one who made it and one who didn't. The next image (http://www.trailjournals.com/photos.cfm?id=146653) might give you some idea which hiker dropped out. I hope things go better with Babe, just like they go with Coke.:D

emerald
11-25-2006, 12:14
Ok, first i was told that bringing a hatchet would be bad, and know your saying i should bring mauls!!?:confused:

You guys amaze me.:rolleyes: :D

A draw-knife might be handy too!;)

emerald
11-25-2006, 12:17
He might have some more good ideas for you!:D

veteran
11-25-2006, 12:40
Some other photos of the GRANSFORS BRUKS MINI HATCHET (http://www.treemanknives.com/morepics.asp?prodid=741).

Just Jeff
11-25-2006, 12:51
What one really needs is the exact hatchet, axe, maul or wedge for each specific job, and probably a few spares, too.

Definitely. B/c if you have multiples to choose from, you can probably leave the file and sharpening stone at home...that's some serious weight to cut from your pack.

emerald
11-25-2006, 12:55
dangerous things

When I was a Scout, I was taught that a dull axe is a dangerous thing. On 1st thought, that might not seem to make sense.:confused: A sharp axe responds supposedly as expected, while a dull axe often does not, resulting in injury.

Dull or sharp, I never saw an axe that would respond to me when asked to go out in the rain and fetch some firewood.:D

Paul Bunyan
11-25-2006, 14:35
Well, just off the top of my head:

1. A small hatchet
2. A large hatchet
3. A single bit axe
4. A Pulaski
5. A double bit axe
6. A maul
7. About a half dozen splitting wedges
8. An adze
9. A hammer
10. A froe

And you probably ought to bring some tool maintenance supplies:

File, hone, linseed oil, honeing oil, and some extra wedges for the heads.

You are kidding, right.:D

Right ?:)

Right?:o

Oh crud..........

Two Speed
11-25-2006, 14:43
Definitely. B/c if you have multiples to choose from, you can probably leave the file and sharpening stone at home...that's some serious weight to cut from your pack.Yep. That's how us gram weenies see things.

You are kidding, right.:D

Right ?:)

Right?:o

Oh crud..........Well, actually Sgt Rock's list is a little short. What decent, self-respecting woodsman would venture into the wilds with only one maul? Got to have a selection of a 6 lb, 8 lb and a 10 pounder, minimum.

emerald
11-25-2006, 15:39
You might want to consider packing this item (http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/product_pages/View_Catalog_Page.asp?mi=1495). You never know when you might come across a good place to build a shelter.;)

On the other hand, you could simply use the existing shelters and bring a tent.:-?

Paul Bunyan
11-25-2006, 16:46
I was hoping this thread would become like the sword thread, but it actually has become quite serious, i am impressed.

David S.
11-25-2006, 17:05
My apologies if this has already been mentioned but you might check out the Gansfors Brux mini-hachet. I was at a store in Ely MN about 1 year ago and I picked the thing up and immediately fell in love with it. I didn't love the price but I could tell it was worth every penny. Someday, I will own one. What struck me was how rediculously sharp the thing was, how light it was and how just darn good it felt in the hand. I wanted to start chopping on something in the store but realized it might get me in trouble.

Here is a link:

http://www.boundarywaterscatalog.com/browse.cfm/4,1277.html

LostInSpace
11-25-2006, 17:44
The amin reason i want to carry an axe ia mainly because of my name. I mean what's a Paul Bunyan without his axe?

Well, with a name like that, you certainly can't carry a wimp-ass axe. You need something like this axe (http://www.bigthings.ca/newbruns/nackawic.html).

halftime
11-25-2006, 20:26
http://www.southsummit.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=405

halftime
11-25-2006, 20:29
http://www.backcountryoutlet.com/outlet/CMP0019/CAMP-USA-XLA-210-Ice-Axe.html?mv_pc=r108&CP=MSNShop&CMP=SPC-MSNShop&ATT=CMP0019-xla210iceaxe&GCID=C14965x009&keyword=CMP0019+xla+210+ice+axe

emerald
11-25-2006, 20:59
Now, Paul I wouldn't want to cause you to feel uncomfortable.:o Most everyone knows all about you already, but there may still be some few who have not yet heard of your accomplishments.:rolleyes: I think you're apt to become the greatest thru-hiker to ever set foot on the A.T.;) Those who and I can't fathom how have never heard of Paul Bunyan, go here (http://www.brainerd.com/pbtrail/tale.html).

emerald
11-25-2006, 21:11
OMG!:eek: I can't believe no one has provided you with The Source (http://www.peaveymfg.com/PRODUCTS.html) for a peavey (http://www.peaveymfg.com/HISTORY.HTM) and/or a cant hook.:rolleyes: You won't want to leave home without one if not both.

Paul Bunyan
11-25-2006, 23:08
Not we are getting into logging, whats next, making the entire AT treeless?

Just Jeff
11-26-2006, 01:24
So what would you name the DVD about Paul Bunyon's AT hike? Half a Million Steps?

SGT Rock
11-26-2006, 04:23
True. With Paul's prior accomplishments, he may be able to fix all of the trail problems IDed by Minnesota Smith as he thru-hikes. I can just see him now attaching a chain to Babe and pulling the AT stright in a couple of areas.

Paul Bunyan
11-26-2006, 09:52
Just one problem, havent found a babe yet. Anyone know of a blue ox for sale?

halftime
11-26-2006, 12:40
Just one problem, havent found a babe yet.

:-? Brings up a new perspective on this adventure. And at such a young age.:D

Heater
11-26-2006, 12:47
Just one problem, havent found a babe yet.

Check out the hikerbabe thread. :D

Blissful
11-26-2006, 17:43
Check out the hikerbabe thread. :D


HEY!!!!

:eek: :mad:

(mother speaking)

Paul Bunyan
11-26-2006, 17:58
Check out the hikerbabe thread. :D

I'm sorry that was Babe, the blue ox, as in the fictional animal. Sorry about the misunderstanding.:rolleyes:

emerald
11-26-2006, 18:19
Austexs and Paul, I just Wikied (the verb, not the adj. wicked in the Maine sense) Paul Bunyan and learned that Robert Frost wrote a poem called "Paul's Wife," found in New Hampshire.:-?

Paul, you may want to keep one eye on the A.T. while looking with the other once you get to The Granite State.;) Don't tell your mom I said so, okay?:eek: :D

emerald
11-26-2006, 18:40
Paul, I've begun a search for a blue ox, but they seem to be quite rare. I'm going to need help if there's any hope of getting you outfitted properly for this A.T. Journey of yours. Time is short. We're going to have to pool our resources.

Okay, so who's with me on this one? I'm no expert on cattle so I thought the best place to start might be Wikipedia. Everyone who wants to help Paul find a blue ox, go here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle). He'll need one to carry all this gear we're recommending!:D

Paul Bunyan
11-26-2006, 18:44
Paul, I've begun a search for a blue ox, but they seem to be quite rare. I'm going to need help if there's any hope of getting you outfitted properly for this A.T. Journey of yours. Time is short. We're going to have to pool our resources.

Okay, so who's with me on this one? I'm no expert on cattle so I thought the best place to start might be Wikipedia. Everyone who wants to help Paul find a blue ox, go here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle).

Thanks Shades of Gray, keep looking!!:D

LostInSpace
11-26-2006, 18:51
Didn't Mongo ride an ox in Blazing Saddles? Maybe Crossbow Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures, has some connections.

halftime
11-26-2006, 19:04
Paul, I've begun a search for a blue ox, but they seem to be quite rare. I'm going to need help if there's any hope of getting you outfitted properly for this A.T. Journey of yours. Time is short. We're going to have to pool our resources.

Okay, so who's with me on this one? I'm no expert on cattle so I thought the best place to start might be Wikipedia. Everyone who wants to help Paul find a blue ox, go here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle). He'll need one to carry all this gear were recommending!:D

Might try this

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Ox

LostInSpace
11-26-2006, 19:08
Most regulations specify "no horses" on the AT. They don't specify "no livestock", so I'm wondering how the rangers are going to take you bringing along an ox. :-?

emerald
11-26-2006, 19:09
halftime, ya'll have any blue longhorns out there in Texas? I hear everything's bigger there!:D

emerald
11-26-2006, 19:12
Most regulations specify "no horses" on the AT. They don't specify "no livestock", so I'm wondering how the rangers are going to take you bringing along an ox. :-?

Better check with The Weasel on that one. Sounds like you might have identified a loophole.;)

halftime
11-26-2006, 19:21
halftime, ya'll have any blue longhorns out there in Texas? I hear everything's bigger there!:D

Havn't seen any blue longhorns lately but will keep an eye out.

Wouldn't supprise me however, if some of those Aggie fans don't try to sneak up to Austin and paint ole BEVO maroon.

Have to admit that out here the term "BIGGER" is a matter of perception, but I think most Texans will tend to agree with you.

halftime
11-26-2006, 19:25
Better check with The Weasel on that one. Sounds like you might have identified a loophole.;)

Check out the link in my post #72. This should get around the livestock issue.

halftime
11-26-2006, 19:26
Check out the link in my post #72. This should get around the livestock issue.

Sorry that should have been #172

woodsy
11-26-2006, 19:35
Along with the various axes you will also need some of thesehttp://www.oldjimbo.com/survival/cb.html . Paul Bunyon never left home without them .

emerald
11-26-2006, 19:52
Check out the link in my post #72. This should get around the livestock issue.

Well, I'm no lawyer, but it seems to me there's already a precident with respect to longhorns on the A.T. If someone gives Paul grief, he should use the "pot calling the kettle black" defense.:p

Someone please post a thumbnail of a longhorn on Hump Mountain or a link to WhiteBlaze's photo gallery of same.:)

emerald
11-26-2006, 20:05
Along with the various axes you will also need some of thesehttp://www.oldjimbo.com/survival/cb.html . Paul Bunyon never left home without them .

Well, now, those are right nice, but I once had something even better that I sold to a forestry student at UMO. They were Nokia Kevlar-lined boots with rubber bottoms, leather tops, orange and black in color. They were to the top of Katahdin once and I wore them while an MCC team leader.

That's what Paul ought to be wearing. They were really nice and I have often wished I still had them. Like many good things, they're now no longer available.

LostInSpace
11-26-2006, 20:37
Etiquette for Hiking with an Ox

1. Always keep your ox on a rein or halter. A well trained ox will keep the same pace as you walk. A six foot halter works well. Attached to your belt, it keeps your hands free.

2. Leave No Trace (LNT). Clean up after your ox. Bury waste just like you would dig a cat hole for yourself.

3. Erect your tent or tarp 50 to 100 yards away from any shelter or campsite. Oxen and shelters do not mix! The smell of other hikersí food, mice at night, and other distractions can be a problem. Also, some hikers don't like oxen. By keeping some distance from a shelter or campsite where other hikers are camping makes good sense, and there should be no trouble.

4. Don't let your ox near a water source. Get the water to your ox.

5. Take your ox off trail at least 10 yards when the ox needs to pee or take a dump. (No deposits on the trail!!)

6. Always remember to keep your ox under control when passing other hikers. Step off the trail a few yards to let them pass or if you pass them. Even if your ox is friendly, some folks don't want to be bothered by your ox.

7. Train you ox to bellow as little as possible when hiking with you, and to stop bellowing immediately upon command/being prodded.

woodsy
11-26-2006, 20:51
Can WB's Paul Bunyan fill his caulked boots?

http://bangorinfo.com/Focus/focus_paul_bunyan.html

emerald
11-26-2006, 20:56
Longhorn (http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/showimage.php?i=9133&catid=newimages) on Hump Mountain. I'm thinking those horns might be the points referred to earlier in this thread, but I'm not so sure they wouldn't get in the way.

Not blue either. Back to my search. There's got to be something better! [Insert you own humor here]:D

LostInSpace
11-26-2006, 20:57
HEY!!!!

:eek: :mad:

(mother speaking)

There was a female singer, I think in NYC, that called herself Babe The Blue Ox (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/dropd.com/issue/9/CiboMatto/). :eek:

emerald
11-26-2006, 21:05
I read on Wikipedia that Paul Bunyan created Mt. Hood too. I have little doubt all of what we've heard is true, but I'm inclined to believe he must surely have been a Mainer.;)

sum41punk91
11-26-2006, 21:10
couple of important things not adressed,where the hell you gonna get a flannel shirt that big, your forgeting that you need to bring huge a gun in your golf bag cuz you arent gonna have any romm for a pack with all those axes,wedges,mauls, and wetstones, next thats gonna be a heck of a pooper scooper, finally you are forgetting the sword numnuts.

emerald
11-26-2006, 21:16
(No deposits on the trail!!)

Bumper sticker seen, not entirely visible, on the back of a manure-spreader: No deposit, no return!:D

woodsy
11-26-2006, 21:19
I read on Wikipedia that Paul Bunyan created Mt. Hood too. I have little doubt all of what we've heard is true, but I'm inclined to believe he must surely have been a Mainer.;)

No doubt about it, we mainers are happy to call him one of own. He only moved to minnesota after chopping down all the trees here, LOL
Now if we can get FD's photoshop working we should have a real AT legend for 2007, blue ox and all.:D

emerald
11-26-2006, 21:24
Where the hell you gonna get a flannel shirt that big?

Texas.:rolleyes: Swords are discussed elsewhere.:p ;) :D

emerald
11-26-2006, 21:41
I've got some recruiting to do.

emerald
11-26-2006, 21:59
I had an idea (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showpost.php?p=276836&postcount=4963) about how to generate some more assistance in finding the elusive blue ox. We'll see what comes of it. I'm not giving up. This is too important! Resuming the search.

emerald
11-26-2006, 22:11
No doubt about it, we mainers are happy to call him one of own.

Please donate your 2 cents to this worthy cause.:D

Paul Bunyan
11-26-2006, 22:12
I believe i may have found the answer.

I found two different ones, but they still have to be dyed blue first.:D

http://www.bbtoystore.com/store/BB_frosty.html

and

http://www.bbtoystore.com/store/BB_theox.html

Are there any suggestions better then these?

emerald
11-26-2006, 22:23
I had an idea (http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showpost.php?p=276836&postcount=4963) about how to generate some more assistance in finding the elusive blue ox. We'll see what comes of it. I'm not giving up. This is too important! Resuming the search.

mweinstone apparently isn't biting, yet!

It's still early. Die, sword thread die!:D

woodsy
11-26-2006, 22:24
Please donate your 2 cents to this worthy cause.:D[/quote]

O.K. Here's the pair in color: http://www.brainerd.com/pbtrail/tale.html

Paul Bunyan
11-26-2006, 22:27
mweinstone apparently isn't biting, yet!

It's still early. Die, sword thread die!:D

Hey, that thread was cool.:D

But still, if we can get enough people, i hope to make this as poular as the MS thread.:rolleyes: Yea, like thats ever going to happen.

emerald
11-26-2006, 22:29
I believe i may have found the answer.

Are there any suggestions better then these?

Surely, Paul. You give up too easy!

At best, those would be dyed oxen, and toys. What you need is the real item. A genuine blue ox!

This is a thru-hike you're talking about, not something to be done half-way.:rolleyes::D

Paul Bunyan
11-26-2006, 22:34
Well, i mean if anyone wants to go up to a real live longhorn and paint him blue, be my guest! How i'd catch, tame, feed, and train him is another story.

halftime
11-26-2006, 22:36
mweinstone apparently isn't biting, yet!

May be awhile since it takes him 8 posts to compose 1 sentance.

emerald
11-26-2006, 22:41
But still, if we can get enough people, i hope to make this as poular as the MS thread.:rolleyes: Yea, like thats ever going to happen.

Ye of little faith.:rolleyes: Do you believe that kind of thinking kept MS moving toward his goal when the going got tough? No, not a chance!

I see a new link has been provided and I've got to study up on cattle. You have no idea the contacts I have.:)

Paul Bunyan
11-26-2006, 22:44
Oh boy, what have i gotten WB into.:rolleyes: :p :D

emerald
11-26-2006, 22:53
May be awhile since it takes him 8 posts to compose 1 sentance.

I like your enthusiasm, but let's not taunt Matt too much just yet. Once he's hooked, then you can play with him all you want. He does seem to take it pretty well.

DawnTreader
11-27-2006, 11:05
Paul,
ax and blue ox aside. Tell us about your thru-hike! When are you leaving.. Are you going with your family? How excited are you? Nervous? What do your friends at school think of your grand adventure? How are your preparations going, besides the neccesities, (ox and ax). It's not everyday you see a 16 year old hiking the trail.. good luck to you, we'll all be tracking your progress...
Peace DT

Stonewall
11-27-2006, 11:52
Heres Babe dyed blue for you.
Before............................................ ................... After
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n35/skytoproberts/frosty.jpghttp://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n35/skytoproberts/Babe.jpg

Paul Bunyan
11-27-2006, 12:00
For starting this thread, you should be given a Paul Bunyan Woodsman patch (http://www.meritbadge.com/awd/paulbunyon.htm).

You could just sew it on your pack and you'd be good to go. Better than a useless plastic axe.

Had I not given away all my Boy Scout stuff some time ago, I'd send you mine. Strange how that sort of thing works.

I don't care much for what hand axes in the hands of some people do for the appearance of a shelter's immediate surroundings.

Hey, Shades of Gray, do you know if there is any specific application for this award? I looked on merit badge.com but didn't see any. do you know of any?

Paul Bunyan
11-27-2006, 12:00
Looks good. ;)

Paul Bunyan
11-27-2006, 12:07
Paul,
ax and blue ox aside. Tell us about your thru-hike! When are you leaving.. Are you going with your family? How excited are you? Nervous? What do your friends at school think of your grand adventure? How are your preparations going, besides the neccesities, (ox and ax). It's not everyday you see a 16 year old hiking the trail.. good luck to you, we'll all be tracking your progress...
Peace DT

Hope to leave March 1st, '06 amd do a NOBO. Going with Blissful (mom) and Skipper (dad). Because we (as in my parents and i) have done most of VA, me hope to take a little break off for a week or two. We have to go pretty fast because i have to get back before my local community colege's fall semester starts.

Yes, i am getting excited. Nervous? a little. I mean, who wouldnt?

Well, thankfully because i am homeschooled, i dont need to worry about school friends.:rolleyes: But still, al my other friends are either for it, or think i am wasting half a year of my life.

Preparations, well, i think i have most of my gear. I'll get up a list as soon as i compile it. I still havent decided on my ox or axe yet,:rolleyes: but you never know.:D

Thanks for the comments, and i think this thread is really turning out well.

Heater
11-27-2006, 13:25
Hope to leave March 1st, '06 amd do a NOBO.

Better get moving... you're a little behind schedule! :D

crinklroot
11-27-2006, 13:51
this works pretty good for splitting small stuff and it is pretty light.
http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/product_pages/view_catalog_page.asp?id=1747#

good luck

The Weasel
11-27-2006, 14:32
Well, I understand better now. Paul is interested in Blue Ox, but I'm certain, from watching this clip of them, that it's a Fender, although perhaps not a Stratocaster.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKUb7KorZfs

I'm not sure if they make an ultralight one, though. I'll keep checking and report back.

The Weasel

halftime
11-27-2006, 14:47
halftime, ya'll have any blue longhorns out there in Texas?:D

This is closest I've seen. Imported though. http://www.belgianblue.co.uk/

Gray Blazer
11-27-2006, 14:53
Hey, that thread was cool.:D

But still, if we can get enough people, i hope to make this as poular as the MS thread.:rolleyes: Yea, like thats ever going to happen.Here's my contribution....you don't need a lot of people responding as long as you keep adding something to it everyday. There, I did my part, now, it's up to you!

halftime
11-27-2006, 15:08
http://www.sportslogos.net/logo.php?lo=1450

sum41punk91
11-27-2006, 22:30
Crinnklroot-this works pretty good for splitting small stuff and it is pretty light.
http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/pr...ge.asp?id=1747 (http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/product_pages/view_catalog_page.asp?id=1747)#

good luck

Dont listen to crinklroot if you are gonna get an axe get an AXE:banana
http://www.knightsedge.com/medieval-weapons/double-headed-war-axe-2600.jpg
as for the ox heres the plan... we are gonna jump a farmer right, then we get the ox take him to a detail shop and have him painted blue, have him shined and waxed and hang a little pine tree from his head, get BABE tattooed on in pinstriping and sharpen the horns all thats left is training him and since shades of gray is so eager we will let him do it;)

Paul Bunyan
11-27-2006, 23:41
Sounds great, when do we start?

Uh......,the axe may be a bit to much though.

Paul Bunyan
11-27-2006, 23:45
One idea though, instead of jumping a farmer, lets get this one:

http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/showimage.php?i=7575&c=553

LostInSpace
11-28-2006, 02:10
Nope! Painting would be considered animal cruelty. You're gonna have to dye it blue! I'm not sure how long the dye lasts though. You had better call ahead to make tentative reservations for re-dying at the appropriate trail towns. Maybe identifying shops that can handle large dye jobs is something that ought to go into the Companion.

PS: Maybe you can get Loreal or Clairol to sponsor your hike 'cause you're going to need a whole lotta dye!

emerald
11-28-2006, 06:48
Need to get to my job which pays the ISP fees shortly. So I must post and run. I hope that's not considered a crime.:D

My attempt to help Paul find a Babe was really more along the lines pursued by halftime. I belong to an agricultural fraternity and studied and lived with students who were pursuing various degrees in the life sciences. Some of my brothers were studing animal husbandry although I never took such a course. I saw my hypothetical quest for the perfect blue ox as an opportunity to learn something about cattle breeds and to speculate about how hiking with a blue ox might work out on the virtual A.T.

Everyone not on my quest should feel free to Seek Thy Own Ox!:D I will not permit myself to be distracted from my own path to which I am now fully committed. The toy blue ox was an interesting contribution I appreciate, but I don't see that ox twitching any logs or assuming any of Paul's burden. In fact, I think Paul would end up sending it home.;)

emerald
11-28-2006, 18:00
Paul, you will recall I suggested you adopt the philosophy of hike your own hike earlier in this thread. I was lurking over on The Thread, so called, last night thinking I might witness it's long overdue demise. I noticed you were there too, spouting off. I hope you learned your lesson.

That thread at this point resembles the "Seinfeld" episode about nothing.:rolleyes: It's no longer about a hike. I suggest you stay here and worry about your own hike, something truly wonderful that is about to happen for you and your family. Let Matt alone.

LostInSpace
11-28-2006, 18:11
PB, have you found an orange trowel big enough to handle an ox dump? Forget about sticks and tent stakes. They aren't going to work unless you want to spend all day digging a cat hole (maybe more like a buffalo hole)! Or, are you just planning to use your ax? LNT is going to require a lot of work. No quick pit stops.

emerald
11-28-2006, 18:14
halftime, I feel your presence. Talk to me. We need to get busy about fixing up Paul with his Babe. I can't hardly believe a man of his stature was intimidated by mweinstone, but the sooner he starts worrying about his own hike, the better off he will be.

We need to do something to lift his spirits. Now are you with me on this one, or not?

emerald
11-28-2006, 18:32
I have no doubt about my claim, but I am sure this hike hinges on support from Texans and Mainers.

Texans know how to think big and Mainers are the most humorous people in the entire world, hence my earlier post. The second most humorous people live in New Hampshire. I think that might be because New Hampshire lies so close to Maine, but I'm not sure.;)

I wanted to try to get Samuel Clemens to contribute, but I don't think he's available. Maybe we can steal some of his ideas, if we run out ourselves.;)

Please remember, we are posting in the humor subforum.:D Sometimes people from New Hampshire and Maine can say something like was said on The Weasel's thread with a perfectly straight face while you die laughing!

We're in this hike for the duration and for the fun of it, don't forget.

emerald
11-28-2006, 18:41
Heres Babe dyed blue for you.
Before............................................ ................... After
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n35/skytoproberts/frosty.jpghttp://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n35/skytoproberts/Babe.jpg

This morning I believe I failed to see the significance of your contribution. I apologize. You are someone who can get the job done and fast. Paul's family needs people like you supporting his hike. Please don't let my failure to immediatly grasp the significance of your post discourage you.

Today while on my job in the other world, it occurrred to me that blue, toy oxen and lots of them are going to come to play a very important part in this hike! I cannot thank you enough.

emerald
11-28-2006, 19:08
Paul,
ax and blue ox aside. Tell us about your thru-hike! When are you leaving.. Are you going with your family? How excited are you? Nervous? What do your friends at school think of your grand adventure? How are your preparations going, besides the neccesities, (ox and ax). It's not everyday you see a 16 year old hiking the trail.. good luck to you, we'll all be tracking your progress...
Peace DT

Glad to see you're here. I need you to do something for me. You've got to track down that spittinpigeon guy for me. He's just the person for a job essential to my plans.

Watch yourself over there on that Lobster thread, that rapscallion has a way of asking some of the most provocative questions and then darting under a rock. Once you're preoccupied defending yourself, he'll sneek up behind you and give you both pincers to the bum!;)

woodsy
11-28-2006, 20:01
Paul Bunyan,
Glad to hear yer comin this way next year, I got some honkin pine trees needin choppin. I'll feed you and ol' blue ta git-r-done . They dun all growd up since yer great grandaddy left fer minnesoda, ayuh.

emerald
11-28-2006, 21:53
Paul, I feel I contributed to your run-in with Matt on MinnesotaSmith Update. I shouldn't have allowed myself to get so stirred up about that sword comment.:rolleyes: I'm afraid it might have been a case of monkey-see, monkey-do. I was not setting a good example.:o

We need to get more posters from places where your great deeds are known and have influenced the lives of so many for the better.

DawnTreader's posted from Michigan. Now's there's a place where people love the great outdoors and know all about you.

I visited Michigan once. My 2 favorite places were Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Pierce Stocking Drive. In cyberspace, Paul, you can do anything. Click on this link (http://www.nps.gov/slbe/) to go there now, I promise you'll feel better. We've just got to cheer you up!:)

emerald
11-28-2006, 22:16
There's bound to be something happening here before long. I can't believe we haven't heard anything from those Minnesotens.;)

They claim him as their own. Somebody's bound to stir things up soon, but these things take time, you know. Not everyone sits by his or her computer all day long. Some folks do have a life.:D

DawnTreader
11-28-2006, 22:31
Shades,
I think I can get a hold of Spittenpigeon... give me a few days.
Rapscallions ain't got nothin' on me. This could very well be the best thru hike ever...
DT
p.s. The sleeping Bear dunes are awsome.. so is pictured rocks national shorline ect. ect.

emerald
11-28-2006, 22:49
Does anyone have a list of all the railroad crossings of the A.T. handy? Would you PM that to me ASAP? Thanks.

emerald
11-28-2006, 22:55
Shades,
I think I can get a hold of Spittenpigeon... give me a few days.

Rapscallions ain't got nothin' on me.

DT

You're the man!

halftime
11-28-2006, 23:28
halftime, I feel your presence. Talk to me. We need to get busy about fixing up Paul with his Babe. I can't hardly believe a man of his stature was intimidated by mweinstone, but the sooner he starts worrying about his own hike, the better off he will be.

We need to do something to lift his spirits. Now are you with me on this one, or not?

Shades of Grey:
No need to be concerned: The making of a legend is well underway. No doubt that Paul Bunyon's Axe Thread is destined for greatness. It will rise above all others and will delight those who participate. Just think of the enlightening debates thus far! A brief list below only scratches the surface of what the future could bring:

1. The merits of fine cutting instruments (worthy of a legned)
2. Pracicality of such instrument as essential hiking gear
3. The very doubt (those of little faith) that such instrument would find its way past the state line. Can see a serious wager emerging here
4. History and Fokelore
5. Appropiate attire for a lumberman (aka Thru Hiker) breathable flannel?
6. Footware
6. Guitars
7. Musicians
8. Sport Drinks
8. Need for trail maintenance
10. Need for shelter improvements
11. The coloration of cattle
12. Boy Scout Merit Badges
13. Roller Hockey team logos
14. Halloween toys
15. Legalities of carrying weapons
16. Animals on the trail
17. Toilet etiquette of oxen
18. And of course-Paul Bunyons quest for the perfect Babe (done tastefully of course under the aura of a Mother's watchful eye)

If anyone has doubts that any of these subjects have not been touched on within this trread, look deeper within. Can anyone find more?

emerald
11-28-2006, 23:38
This is closest I've seen. Imported though. http://www.belgianblue.co.uk

What we need can be sent FedEx overnight in an envelope.;) Air freight not necessary these days. I'll get with you via PM to work out the details.

Where is that kid Paul? Seen him lately? Honestly, I think we need a leash for him!:D

emerald
11-28-2006, 23:59
Hope to leave March 1st, '07 and do a NOBO. Going with Blissful (mom) and Skipper (dad). Because we (as in my parents and I) have done most of VA, we hope to take a little break off for a week or two. We have to go pretty fast because I have to get back before my local community college's fall semester starts.

Banking Virginia?--brilliant!:)

Note 1. Need to consider how banking will impact A.T. construction projects for 1997.

Note 2. Date not the same as in original post, which was '06.:confused: I hope Paul doesn't try to begin this year next year.:rolleyes: He's could be really stretching what's possible even in cyberspace if that's his intent.

It makes my head hurt even thinking about it. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

Stonewall
11-29-2006, 01:12
This morning I believe I failed to see the significance of your contribution. I apologize. You are someone who can get the job done and fast. Paul's family needs people like you supporting his hike. Please don't let my failure to immediatly grasp the significance of your post discourage you.

Today while on my job in the other world, it occurrred to me that blue, toy oxen and lots of them are going to come to play a very important part in this hike! I cannot thank you enough.

No harm no fail.:D

sum41punk91
11-29-2006, 08:07
OK sorry about my sword comment earlier it was just a joke from the other thread that i wanted to throw in... so paul if WB and all its members happen to get you a FOR REAL blue ox are you gonna hike with it?
next is if shades really has this thing going to get you a blue ox i would be willing donate a little cash... and finally if you stumble over lobsters thread just grab a pot of boiling water and some melted butter he wont give you too many problems.

Jaybird
11-29-2006, 08:27
Hey, i was just wondering, what axe should i carry on the AT





NONE!


leave it @ home!

sum41punk91
11-29-2006, 12:41
ok jaybird...this is in the "humor" forum, not to be taken serious, you should probably read the entire thing before you post not to be mean though.

Paul Bunyan
11-29-2006, 12:53
I agree. By know, it looks like the real title of this thread should be"PB, his walk in the woods", or "The Blue Ox, Myth or Fact?".

RadioFreq
11-29-2006, 12:56
Hey, PB, what's your favorite color? ;)

Paul Bunyan
11-29-2006, 12:57
Hey, PB, what's your favorite color? ;)

Actually, red.:mad:

Paul Bunyan
11-29-2006, 12:58
i'm not mad, that face is my favourite color.

halftime
11-29-2006, 13:56
Actually, red.:mad:

Now I think a red ox would be much easier to find than a blue one. But suppose it would'nt maintain the image of Paul Bunyon. Guess red could be the color of your shirt (as long as its plaid).

emerald
11-29-2006, 16:56
I'm back from the real world and I can return later tonight, but right now I must post and run. It's something in the other world that just can't wait.

There seems to be some interest here and a few things which need to be cleared up a bit. I'll get right on that when I return.

Before I depart, I just wanted to ask Paul if he has selected a pack to carry on his real hike and what color it will be in all seriousness.

Remember, we have a bunch of hikes that will be taking place at the same time, both real and imaginary.

Paul Bunyan
11-29-2006, 18:41
Right now, i actually have two packs.

For the winter i am using a Mountainsmith, not sure of the CUI, but its pretty big.

For the summer, i'm using a REI UL 45, also not sure of the CUI.

If a deal comes up, i may get a different pack for winter, but Skipper said he'd sew in a sil-nylon hydration pouch for it.

emerald
11-29-2006, 18:54
I'd been invisible for much of my time here on WhiteBlaze. Always thought it would create some interesting options in the real world. While there may be some advantages on the cyber-A.T., it's not really been all that exciting.

So my green light is on and I see there are others too.

Paul Bunyan
11-29-2006, 18:56
Oh, for pack colors, the Mountainsmith is green, the REI is orange, grey, and green.

emerald
11-29-2006, 18:59
Paul, do you want to settle the axe issue tonight?

Paul Bunyan
11-29-2006, 19:06
What do you mean?

emerald
11-29-2006, 19:07
If you want a Photoshopped pack with a Paul Bunyan Woodsman axe on it, maybe that could be arranged. Maybe the "axe" could be put on a photo of your winter pack until we could get you the actual patch if you want to go that route.

Paul Bunyan
11-29-2006, 19:09
ok, what are we talking about here? Making a pack or making an axe pack or making a pack axe or making an axe?

emerald
11-29-2006, 19:18
Hey, PB, what's your favorite color? ;)

I see we have our 1st post from a Minnesotan, an A.T. troll.:D I know that one, he'll be harmless!;)