The 2nd outing of the year took the club down south this time.
The 10am start kicked off at 10.45 much to the chagrin of The President who is currently considering a new tardiness policy. The commitee is to ratify th new "If they turn up late they'll be left behind in future policy" at the next meet, this will superceed the "Should of left 'em behind" policy that was tabled on the day.
The camp was preceeded by a 5k hike up the side of the mountain and tree line through what what started out as a light rain but gradually increased throughout the day. Not long up the road I took some footage of the impressive flow of what is normally a large mountain stream but that day it was nature showing off. At this spot last May a few of the guys popped in for a paddle, needless to say there were no takers this day.
The hike although wet was great and despite the beautiful views the highlight was the river crossing. Due to the route and heavy rain we were faced with trying to cross the river at an awkward point just before we arrived at the site.
A lot of scouting was required and minor reroute to find an appropriate point to cross. Luckily for us we came across a point where there were some stones and we were able to cross using the fallen branches from on old dead beech tree.
We finally got to the site at about 14.30 and nearly everyone chipped in setting up the tarp for the camp and getting firewood, which was some craic given how wet it all was. We got the fire going about 16.00 and some folk began setting up their shelters while others continued getting the firewood. There were 8 of us out on the day so plenty was needed, incidently 2 newbies. Thankfully everyone got set up cos as ye can see below it didn't clear up much!
Most of us got dinner by 19.00 and then a few headed off for an early night, yes some of us need 14 hours sleep it seems!!!! The rest of us stayed up till around 10 before heading to bed. The main theme from this trip was ensuring you are prepared in future. Whether it's the right kit, from shoes to wet gear, or just a map so you know where to go, planning a trip such as this with as many folk in these conditions means that you have to be well prepared and I think the whole team got a good lesson out of this trip.
The camp rose round 8.30 and we got to making fire and breakfast
and some of us got to enjoy this view over a bowl of porridge.
We took a more direct route back down to the carpark and got back down in good time, hitting the cars at around 12
A motley damp crew!
More updates to follow later
thanks to gris for the photos
Good job lads. Its good to see you out when conditions are less than ideal. This is when your skills are tested. Its always a learning experience.
Ill post an update from Beautiful British Columbia when I get photos together
Hick, welcome aboard mate!
That river had a good flow going. When it comes to river crossing, its always a good idea to air on the side of caution. The Mountain Leader syllabus will teach you that a river at knee height should not be crossed. Ive crossed similar rivers at waist height in a decent flow. Bad idea but we had no choice. We ended up using a group wedge to stabilize ourselves and got across at a slow steady pace. We loosened all bag straps and used the tallest person on the leading edge to judge the depth.
Guys Check this out if it's true it may get even harder to find spots!!
Looks like there's an initiative being explored with regards to selling off large portions of Forrestry in Ireland to private investors, there's info on the site and a petition
The government were going to sell off forests in England too until recently. Now apparently they have changed their minds. Whether or not this was to do with the petition and all the signatures or not I can not say, but I suggest you chaps sign that petition ASAP.
Regards, Le Loup.
After a wet weekend out last month we were hoping that we would get some dry weather for our trip to Cavan. Unfortunately for us we seem to have attracted the wrath of a rainman ... Friday night was wet and cold but we managed. On Saturday morning it snowed but luckily for us our rainman had to leave early on Saturday and the sun came out ...
Looking back at the photographs food seems to have been the theme for this weekend. This was not planned but we did eat very well this weekend. We did get to practice some skills though in between eating
Tony gave a bowdrill demonstration
Fire by friction ....
Vegetarians may need to look away now ....
Steak cooked on a hot stone
Gearoid brought down this salmon and ponassed it for dinner
We decided to cook in a ground oven again
Leg of lamb ready to go in the ground oven
This is what came out ...
We identified some wild foods ... Burdock
We tapped a birch for sap ... a refreshing breakfast drink ...
The hammock village
All in all it was another sucessful club meet. We had a good mixture of old and new friends with plenty of craic around the fire ...
An excellent post, thank you.
was a shame to miss the saturday evening, looked like great craic,
I have a nice hock of ham in the freezer that could suit a April meet!!
Thanks to Roberto for the pics!
In the meantime I'd also like to thank Tom for the lift home that afternoon, just wish he'd lay off the whole religion stuff!!!
Thanks for a great weekend great food and great crack.
have room around the fire for one more? I can be useful, don’t eat too much and can be relatively well behaved when I put my mind to it. Mmmmmm, lamb. Now, where would one find the mint growing to make the jelly and what kind would it most likely be?
Hey Brother, I think that Bushcraft IS about eating good food, sitting around a warm fire and having a hot cup of tea!
Nice weekend out lads. Great to see things happening.
I recognise that accent ...
Hi Aebhric ... if bushcraft is about eating good food and drinking tea ... we do work hard at perfecting those particular skills...
Don't know which country you are in, but welcome.
Keith aka Le Loup.
You have me interested now, are there any ferrero rocher involved?
I don't think that this particular Ambassador will get the reference to Ferrero Rocher Tony