Fire by hand drill

Fire by hand drill

Sunday, 17 April 2011

A personal challenge


For a bit of fun and a personal challenge.

Yesterday afternoon I went off to the woods with a small amount of kit to spend the night and see how I got on.

I had,

My trousers, t-shirt, microfleece and a Paramo Pajaro Jacket, which is excellent by the way!! And a Montane Bivvy jacket.

A bag and first aid kit


My Leuku
Small folding pruning saw
A Fallkniven u2
Fallkvien dc3

Ferro rod

Metal cup
Full water bottle

I am going to get some new batteries for my camera to download pics.

I really enjoyed the experience and I was lucky in that I got very good weather.

I arrived at about 2.00pm yesterday and set about building my shelter in a seclued spot I know.

I went for a simple lean-to structure with a debris roof. I had to put a support pole in the middle of the cross bar because it was to thin and sagging a bit with the weight of the roof. I built up a thick layer of larch branches and then spruce bows to sleep on. I managed to get the bed about 1 foot thick which actually worked well.

I build the fire about 1 pace from my shelter in a long format to provide me with warm.

My mistake here was cutting lots of willow for the fire to feed it over night. Of course it burns to quickly and I was left cold with no fire wood. I should have known better really.

I managed to forage alot of plant foods to munch on and had 2 meals over the period.

Beech leaves, Willow herb pith and leaves, nettles, Wood sorrel, New Spruce needles for tea. Golden Saxifrage, Plantains, Lime leaves.

i also caught a frog which would have helped get some protein but I didnt eat him and in fact we had a good chat.

However i did find that after building my shelter I had a serious blood sugar drop. I think I went at it a bit hard as I often do and wasted alot of energy.

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