A few months ago I got a tip on a geocache that has eluded me twice in a row. It was called Sheep Camp, and was hidden by a cacher known as Whizzkid. Whizzkid is one of those cachers that likes to make his caches really difficult to find, and I'm not just talking about how he hides them. He also doesn't like to write much in the description, give hints or even tell you what size the object you are looking for is. Basically, his stuff is almost impossible to find.

Well, I finally ran into a family of cachers and one of them told me what to look for at Sheep Camp, so my girlfriend and I packed the kids in the car and drove out to the desert to once again look for Sheep Camp! My girlfriend was the one to make the find, and she was super happy about it because it was the first time she actually made the find on any of our caching adventures! If you go looking for it, you should know that Whizzkid has a drill, and likes to put holes in stuff.

Over by Sheep Camp there was another cache that I had never been able to find in the past as well, and that one is called Coyote Oblisk (sic). It is a really cool cairn or man made rock stack formation, and each time I looked for it before I always made the mistake of looking in the cairn itself. Here is a picture of it from the first time I looked for it.

The picture doesn't do it justice. The cairn is probably 6.5-7 feet tall. Anyway, after reading one of the latest logs we got the hint to check the big crack area in front of the cairn and BOOM! My daughter and I both spotted it!

Since the last time I was out in this area, someone hid a new cache called Coyote and Cabin Vistas named after the cairn cache and a cabin down below in the canyon. The hint for this was "toe of camel" and my dirty mind started looking for a vagina shaped rock formation. It turned out to be hidden in a tin Camel cigarette container instead! LOL! Anyway, here is my little Bubs with the cache.

With these three caches I finally completed just about all of the caches in the area!

Some more have sprung up in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area though, so I'll have to head out and find them when I have some time. Still though, after two previous attempts finding these felt pretty damned good!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas this past weekend! Mine was okay, except I didn't have my munchkins this year because they spent the holiday with their mom. Still though, I got to spend it with others who are also very important to me, but I digress...

I wanted to show you the custom knife sheaths I made for my USN KA-BAR knife, my Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Survival Knife and my Hawke Peregrine 2.0 knife. Out of these three, the only one that had a stock knife sheath that I hated was the Bear Grylls knife. The others have really well made sheaths. Still though, I like the mountain man style of sheath and felt that these knives would look cooler on me if I was wearing them in a custom leather sheath that I made myself!

Let's start with my KA-Bar sheath. This was actually the third one I made, so by the time I had this one done I was getting pretty good at sheath making. My only problem with stock KA-BAR sheaths is that they hang too low in my opinion. I prefer my knives to ride a little higher, and with the single slot mountain man style I can also comfortable wear it on the small of my back!

Custom KA-Bar mountain man sheath

This next one is my favorite! It's for my Bear Grylls knife. The reason it is my favorite is not only because I think it turned out the best, but also because the stock sheath looked so cheesy! This sheath makes the Bear Grylls knife look so cool in my opinion! Just like the other sheaths, this is made using the one slit mountain man style. The difference between this one and the other two is that because the knife doesn't really have a hilt I was able to mold the leather to fit over the handle part way by soaking the leather first in water and drying it over the blade and handle thus making a securing strap unnecessary.

Custom Bear Grylls mountain man sheath
Finally here is the sheath I made for the Hawke Peregrine 2.0 knife. It was the first sheath I made and although I'm happy with it, it didn't turn out as good as I wanted. After making this one I quickly figured out the rivets were not necessary, the inner piece of leather needed to be a tad bit thicker and I could have used a little more leather cement to secure it. Still though, the sheath is durable and I've taken it out in the wild several times now without issue.

Custom Hawke Peregrine mountain man sheath

You can also see that on every one of these knives I added a ferro rod holder strap so I can take a combustion tool with me no matter where I go. The Bear Grylls knife is the only one that comes with one as a part of its stock sheath. Having the ferro rod in place also helps to better secure the sheath to my belt.

I think if I were to do any of these over again I would use thicker leather. For the bulk of the sheath I used some strap leather from Crazy Crow Trading Post, and it turned out to not be very thick at all. The inner pieces of leather I picked up from Michaels and is bordering on raw hide. I think I'd use a belt type leather next time, but these ones will be fine for now.

So what do you think? Like them, hate them? Let me know in the comments!

EDIT: After writing this post I decided to make a new sheath for the Hawke Peregrine, and I decided to go with a similar design to my Bear Grylls sheath. One difference though is in the ferro rod holder. I made this one longer and tighter to ensure the rod stayed in more secure. I LOVE this one! Check it out!