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  • How to Build a Survival Shelter

    Learn how to Build a Survival Shelter. This is an awesome skill to know if you want to impress your friends next time you go camping #MidasOutdoors Sleeping outside in a primitive survival shelter with no tent and no sleeping bag?! In the rain? Are you crazy? This idea may indeed seem crazy and a bit daunting to many of us. However, with a couple of hours, proper materials and the right mindset, constructing and sleeping in a primitive survival shelter can be a life-changing experience. Although there are many types of group and individual primitive survival shelters, in this article we are focusing on the debris hut. These structures are fairly easy to construct and can be a warm, dry place to spend the night. First of all, location is key. Aside from the normal criteria which includes avoiding low spots, steering clear of standing dead trees, etc….proximity to materials can save a lot of time and energy. Take the time to find a spot that feels right. For construction, the first thing you’ll need to build a survival shelter is a strong ridegepole that is at least a little taller than you are with your arm stretched above your head. You’ll also need something for one end of the ridgepole to securely rest on—a stump, boulder, fork of a tree, some kind of prop. The other end rests on the ground. At the high end, the ridgepole should be at about hip height. Once your ridgepole is in place, you’ll need ribbing. Lean the ribs against the ridgepole fairly close together leaving a door at the high end. Once ribs are in place, crawl inside feet first checking to see that you have a little room to move, but that it is still snug and cozy. If your survival shelter is too big, you will have trouble staying warm. Imagine you are making a sleeping bag out of natural materials! Next, add a layer of lattice, something to act as a net to hold debris in place when it is piled on next. Brush and twiggy branches may work well. The debris that you have available can help determine how small the spaces in your lattice can be. The structure is now in place and it is time for the essential component of insulation. Of all the things you’ll learn about how to build a survival shelter, not having enough insulation…

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  • Warm Water on The Go

    There is nothing worse than not having warm water on the go while camping. Well we have the perfect solution for that #MidasOutdoors Randburg Midas is pleased to be adding these new awesome camping whistle kettles to their extensive camping range. The uses for hot water are endless, here are a few practical uses: Coffee & tea Cooking Cleaning dishes Sterilising equipment Purifying water Visit us and buy yours today! Phone: 27 11 789-4411 Fax: 27 11 789-1448 Email: randburgmidas@midas.co.za Working hours and days 8:00 – 17:00 mon-fri and 8:00 – 13:00 sat Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #RandburgMidas Facebook Twitter Youtube Google+ Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest

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  • New stock has arrived! Folding tables & chairs

    When camping, anything that can fold up is a winner #MidasOutdoors Randburg Midas is pleased to be adding new products to their extensive camping range. The folding tables & chairs. Whether you are going camping or taking the family for a picnic, this new range of foldable furniture will come in handy. Visit us and buy yours today! Phone: 27 11 789-4411 Fax: 27 11 789-1448 Email: randburgmidas@midas.co.za Working hours and days 8:00 – 17:00 mon-fri and 8:00 – 13:00 sat Connect with us and share your photos of your goodies from Randburg Midas and tag #NewStock #MidasOutdoors: Facebook Twitter Youtube Google+ Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest

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  • Build the Perfect Camp Fire

    Learning to build the perfect camp fire is a great skill to master for those cold night camp fires. Be sure to come and see us at Randburg Midas before your next camping trip for all the gear you will need! So, now you’re really ready to go. You’ve got a site, collected your tinder, kindling, and fuel wood and now you just need to put it all together. How are you going to build your campfire? The way you assemble your wood before lighting it is called the Fire Lay and there are a few classic methods to use, depending on what you will use your fire for. I nearly always start with a teepee unless I’ve been asked to create a large council fire for entertainment. Whatever type of fire you decide to make, keep these things in mind: Plan where you will light it – leave an opening to reach the tinder. Light the upwind side so the wind blows the flame into the fuel. Leave air space between pieces of wood. Build UP, not OUT. Create a higher pile of wood rather than a flatter pile. Teepee Fire This is my favorite and I believe the most useful and easiest to light. The key is to stick a few sticks into the ground to supply support for the rest of the kindling. Place your tinder bundle on the ground or on a small piece of bark. Stick three or four kindling twigs in the ground to form a teepee above the tinder. Lean small kindling twigs against the downwind side of the tinder. Leave an opening on the upwind side all the way to the center tinder where you can light the fire. Continue to lean twigs around the teepee structure. Work your way up to pencil-sized sticks, leaving plenty of air space between sticks. Poke three or four pencil-sized sticks into the ground forming a larger teepee structure. Lean some smaller fuelwood pieces against this support structure. Have additional small fuelwood and kindling ready in case it is needed. This style produces a fast flame and quickly falls into itself in a pile of coals. The heat is directed up to a single point and is useful for boiling water in a single pot above the teepee. Once the teepee collapses, fuelwood can be laid around it like a log cabin or just criss-cross on top of the flames. Log…

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  • Congratulations to our winners!

    The winner of our Facebook competition is Zothani Latha. The winners for the Midas web site entries are as follows: Midas Tool Kits: Lindokuhle Zono Midas Liquid Gold: Aldine Marcus Midas Batteries:Anthony de Jager Winners will be contacted by a Midas representative shortly!

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  • What do you guys think about the new Ford F-150?

    What do you guys think about the new Ford F-150? Some will not be happy with the V6 turbo replacing the V8…Like if you want to see this car coming to S.A!

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