Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Our First Mini Trek

Last Saturday, we went on a small trek on the mountain near where we live. The mountain is actually named after a man who hunted there in the 1750s. Our mission was to trek in and set up a hunter camp that we can go back to. We started on a lean-to shelter.


There were several small trees bent over that provided the intitial frame. We then began adding limbs to make the structure.

We pretty much got the structure built. It will need a layer of pine limbs and dry leaves next time.


While Alan worked on the shelter, I went out to find some lunch. After a short walk down an old logging road, a nice fat squirrel presented itself. I had my .62 cal fowler loaded with #6 shot and they did a nice job on the squirrel.
We gathered some dry wood and Alan got the fire going with his flint and steel. It wasn't long until we were enjoying our squirrel and a nice cake of bannock bread. This was my first attempt at bannock and it turned out pretty nicely! We hope to go back and finish the camp soon, so stay tuned! :)
-Andrew

2 comments:

  1. Wow! You guys are so talented! :)

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  2. I think it is good to have some form of permanent shelter in the woods. I had until a couple of years ago always made a primitive shelter on site, but I have now constructed a half-faced shelter for use on treks.
    I made the shelter without having to dig any post holes, by utilising two standing trees. You can see some images on my blog at: http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com/search?q=half-faced+shelter

    Regards, Le Loup.

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