Sunday, 23 April 2017

Spring

It's so wonderful to feel everything coming back to life and the sunshine invigorates. I've been out and about taking a few photo's as I walk. Enjoy!




Friday, 29 July 2016

Poole Harbour Wildcamp

Re-visited a favourite spot last night with my wildcamp buddy Mr S - it's a spot overlooking Brownsea and is so peaceful. The wind was blowing across so we set up on the calm side of the peninsula right on the waters edge. Wonderful views and got to see the firework display on Poole Quay from the opposite side!


We set up our DD multicam tarps (a great pattern by the way, which disappears nicely into the foliage) and spent a quiet evening watching the wildlife and occasional pleasure cruise that steamed by. Bivying on the ground is a great way to enjoy nature!



A Woodgas stove heated up the food and made the necessary brews - it runs on twigs so no fuel to carry and leaves no "fire pit" to scar the ground.


We broke camp, leaving no trace we had even been there and walked on out in time to get to work - mission accomplished! Needless to say we want to get back there again soon!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Woolsbarrow Fort

Hi Folks
I've been meaning to take a walk to Woolsbarrow Hill Fort in Wareham woods for some time. Today the weather was a bit iffy but I decided to pack the water-proofs and go for it - and I'm glad I did! As I got closer to the site there were a couple of signs along the pathway pointing me in the right direction. Then all of a sudden I turn a bend and I am up on top of it, with wonderful views all around.. I stopped for a quick brew and to take some photo's then made my way onwards. I passed some Foxgloves in flower and took a quick snap. There was a fresh breeze blowing and it helped keep me cool as I marched onwards - I carried a fairly heavy pack to keep myself in trim. I can see me returning to this site a lot as it was a pretty special view and it was surrounded by huge areas of forest.




Saturday, 28 March 2015

Bush Chair

One thing I miss when out in the wilds is somewhere to sit, especially when overnighting. I try and find a chunk of tree big enough to roll up to the fire and sit on but its not always possible. So I've been keeping my eyes open for a suitable DIY solution - this is what I have so far. It's a small piece of Nylon with rolls at either end with a length of cord through each end. Essentially a mini hammock. You need three poles about head height to bind together to give you a tripod - the top of your chair is suspended from the top, the lower edge tied off at a comfortable height (about knee height). So far I'm pretty happy with it - I will report back on its comfort and degree of success once I've properly field tested it.
Oh, and apologies for not having a photo of me sat in it - it's not easy to take a photograph of yourself relaxing in a chair :)


Friday, 20 March 2015

DIY Hex Tarptent

Hi Folks
I've been using a Tarp as a shelter over the last year - I like the freedom it gives you and the fact that you are out under the stars at night (while still being able to shelter from the rain!). But you do need trees to be able to erect a tarp easily. I've been thinking about doing some overnighters on the beach so would like to have an alternative when there are no trees to sling a ridge line. I do have a Polish Lavvu which is a great little shelter - the pyramid shape is stable and it needs only a centre pole and a few pegs to put up. But the Lavvu weighs 3.5kg and I really don't fancy lugging that for miles on my back with my Winter sleeping bag and gear. So I planned my perfect shelter......... and this is what I came up with.




It weighs only 950 grams and, due to offsetting the position of the pole, has a nice large area for me to sleep without touching the walls. I used PU Nylon (in Danish camo pattern) and it came out pretty well. There is more information and a dimensions on the BushcraftUK forum HERE
Not to get out there and give it a proper workout!.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Woodgas Stove

I've been intrigued by reviews of the "woodgas stove" - not having to carry fuel for your stove sounds like a big advantage to me. You just burn twigs and sticks, which are in plentiful supply. I paid my £13 and it soon arrived - it is made from stainless steel and folds down to reasonably small size. On my walkabout today I got to try it in anger and it boiled up a mug of water in about five minutes from unpacking it - that's as good as my Trangia but cost nothing to run!



The stove has a double skinned wall which pulls additional air up and into the top of the stove, providing a secondary burn of waste gases. Bottom line, it burns hot and fast - you can see the gas jets in the photo's coming out under the rim.
So I look forward to getting much more use out of my stove - I'll report back on my experiences.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Solo Overnighter

Did my first proper solo overnighter in a favourite spot of mine recently. Unfortunately my usual bushcrafting companion was taken ill at the last minute so I decided to go out on my own anyway. It was an excellent experience - lighting a fire became a much larger worry on my own as it was below freezing and the area I was in was sodden with water. Thankfully I got it up and burning happily - I split some smaller branches in half lengthwise which revealed their inner dry faces.


I have gone over to using a tarp instead of a tent for the last year - it gives you more freedom in where you can set up. And you really can't beat sleeping under the stars - open your eyes and you can see the sky above you and sometimes catch the occasional inquisitive bird or animal checking you out.


A blazing fire - camp TV! There is nothing better :)


On my way back out the next day I passed a few shelters that had been made from natural foliage. I must check them out in more detail next time I am in the area.
I learned a lot on this night out. Being on your own means you must be in control of yourself  and what you are doing. You also need to keep your mind in check - it's easy to worry about things when you are on your own. But I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to my next trip out.
Cheers
Phil