- No sleeping pad
- My body kind of formed a crevice under the tent as I sank into the snow.
- My sleeping bag is a cheap menards summer bag
- I left my hand warmers up at the truck
I worked outdoors for years so I am well aware of layering. I was thankful to have layers because I was too hot while I was gathering wood then too cold around 10:30 but no big deal I just took off or added layers and it was all good.
|Oh yea coffee in the morning on an open fire|
I fell asleep to coyotes having a fit along with geese honking( odd that they where flying at midnight in February) and critters rustling around in the brush. I woke up this morning to numerous different bird calls and squirrels arguing. After I got up I started a small fire to get some coffee brewed, ate some gorp, put in a dip, and broke down camp, then headed home to see my family.
So what did I learn this outing
- I need to get a better sleep system. I've been eyeing up the military sleep system/ bivvy that's rated down to like -40
- Having my trusty revolver is always a comforting feeling especially when I have to hike through unfamiliar woods at night
- My Stanley mini pot needed some mods. The plastic tab on the lid burned off so I replaced it with some 12 gauge copper wire. The handle that's on there is ok if you are cooking on a stove but sucks for cooking over a fire so I drilled two holes and added a length of 12 gauge copper wire for a handle and a spot to hang it from a tripod. Now I believe the pot will be perfect.
- I missed my wife, my kid, and my dogs even though I was only away for one day and night, fortunately I was still able to give them a call and keep in touch.
- Having my big axe would have been nice for some of the bigger logs but I don't feel it would be worth the weight
- A Bahco Laplander is a mean little saw that is worth its weight in gold.
- Having a Becker BK2 and a Mora is an excellent combination for carving and most camp tasks.
|The only gear I really needed|
|Mods to my cookware compared to the original|
- My pack
- Bahco Laplander
- Estwing hatchet (I can leave this home next trip and just bring the BK2)
- Vaseline cotton balls and a bit of jute twine fluffed up
- Headlamp (a godsend compared to trying to hold a flashlight)
- Extra batteries
- Nalgene bottle
- Stanley pot
- Extra socks
- thin gloves
- My revolver
- trail food
- Hand warmers
- My bushcraft journal and a pencil
- Cell phone
Camp in the morning My spoon that I carved from oak and then burned the bowl out