I'm in the process of getting my very first camping gear collection together. I've got the extreme basics left over from my Civil war re-enacting days(plates,pots/pans,cups,silverware) but I'm lacking in just about everything else!
I'm trying to find a good(but more importantly, cheap) A frame tent to start my collection properly. Here's the kicker though; all the A-tents I've found have either had no bottom(a fatal flaw in the Northwest's rainy seasons) or some other flaw. My first choice was a Stansport Scout Backpack tent I found on Amazon, but several reviews mentioned it was not waterproof.
I'm also looking for a good all-around survival knife. I know the look of a knife shouldn't factor in, but I can't help myself. I love the KABAR and Bowie knives, but I haven't found any solid reviews on either(except knife forums).
I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas as to what I'm looking for. Ideally, an A-frame tent made of waterproof material(with a floor!), and a good knife I can use to prep food, fillet fish... basically anything that might require a knife's attention while out in the wilderness.
I may also need other gear, what do you guys think? All I have now past that basic stuff I mentioned is some surplus military gear. Webbing, plenty of pouches, and a waterproof rucksack. A good start, I think.
I'm going with
several friends, and we're all urban born and bred. I'm the only one making a serious effort to learn how to survive in the wild, so I feel it's my responsibility to look after the others, especially since I'm the one pushing for camping in the first place!
Any help is appreciated, and any advice as well. I know next to nothing about true camping, I've only ever been to KOA's and the like. So anything you feel could help, please share!
Cheers, and good hunting,