Thursday, 10 March 2011

The Most Massively Useful Thing A Bushcrafter Can Have?

A micro fibre travel towel: 
shown in the traditional outdoor blog style, 
with brass and blade [for no discernible reason]

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels...

"A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value - you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to- hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with."

The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

All true, great advice, and well worth keeping an eye out for in the sale bin of your local outdoor store.

More soon



Murphyfish said...

Ah once more some sage advice my friend, for indeed many a road, fraught with incalculable danger, may well be traversed safely in the knowledge that one's travel towel is there by your side. Great for getting wax out of your ears too....

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

A great Shemagh and highly flammable too

Murphyfish said...

and I was wondering how you'd hide that head of yours this summer;-)

Chad Love said...

You get a terrabytes worth of brownie points for referencing one of the canons of modern literature...

The Suburban Bushwacker said...


And written not too far from where I'm sitting, for insistence there is an estate agent called hot, black, desiato around the corner. But in the book..

"Hotblack Desiato is the ajuitar keyboard player of the rock group Disaster Area, claimed to be the loudest band in the universe, and in fact the loudest sound of any kind, anywhere. So loud is this band that the audience usually listens from the safe distance of thirty seven miles away in a well-built concrete bunker.'

Bit of trivia

Raimo said...

In Lohja and Espoo near Helsinki they fenced off the school building with barbed wire, in order to ban children the access to a school.

Sweden was silently pursuing principles of racial purity. During 41 years some 60,000 people were sterilized as misfits.

The Swedish government was responsible for the most iron ore the Nazis received. Kiruna-Gällivare ore fields in Northern Sweden were all important to Nazi Germany.

These massive deliveries of iron ore and military facilities from Sweden to Nazi Germany lengthened World War II. Casualties of the war have been estimated at 20 million killed in Europe. How many of them died due to Sweden's material support to Nazi Germany, is not known.

The Swedish drinking toast (skal) has a rather macabre background; it originally meant 'skull'. The word has come down from a custom practiced by the warlike and terrorist Vikings who used the dried-out skulls of their enemies as drinking mugs, with the evident advantage that the mug held a large quantity of mead and could be easily replaced.

The Viking raids are remembered: Spanish-speaking mothers warn their children that if they do not behave, the Norwegian (el noruego) will carry them off.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

Well Raimo that was more a guest post than a comment, not sure what it has to do with the hitchhikers guide to bushcraft, but interesting.

Survival Spot said...

Simple but so very true. Don't know why I don't have one yet.