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    Trip Report March Wild camp: Bread making and fire lighting practice

    Thanks glad you enjoyed it and I hope your doing ok across the pond. The madness of coronavirus has really kicked in over here this week and the government have really stepped up their response. We're not on lockdown by any means but everyone is taking responsibility to self isolate. Hopefully...
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    Trip Report March Wild camp: Bread making and fire lighting practice

    Thanks Kepis, glad you liked the video. The bread was awesome and well worth lugging the little dutchy out into the woods!
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    Trip Report March Wild camp: Bread making and fire lighting practice

    Hi all, Thought I'd share a link to a video that I made during last weekends woodland wild camp. I packed in my little 1litre dutchy and baked a nice loaf of bread. I also had a bit of fun practicing feathersticks and enjoyed some success. This was also my first camp out in a new Dutch army...
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    A Challenge Evening fast challenge

    Good experiment and thanks for sharing some useful snippets of information. You must be reading my mind at the moment as I too have grown a little wary of an over reliance on birch bark as a tinder and have started to wander down this rabbit hole of education! I'm heading out on a camp next week...
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    Hooped Bivi Bags....thoughts!

    Cheers Scott, I'm taking it out on a camp next weekend and will no doubt post up a trip report and video.
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    Hooped Bivi Bags....thoughts!

    By way of an update - I ended up getting a brand new Dutch Army Hooped Bivi! It's the FECSA version, which means that the zips are a bit fragile. But at least with a brand new one, I know that it hasn't been abused and I can take extra care with it. Might even look at modifying it with a YKK...
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    Hooped Bivi Bags....thoughts!

    Thanks and indeed I have clocked the OR range of bivy's. They look nice and are impressively lightweight. I was initially very keen on the helium bivy as the pertex fabric is normally pretty good. However, I was a little put off with the criticism that their design gets in terms of the way the...
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    Hooped Bivi Bags....thoughts!

    Cheers, I think I'll definitely avoid the FECSA dutch bivi's. I missed out on an ebay auction of an XL Carinthia version of the Dutch bivi earlier this week, the bidding went a bit mad in the final 20seconds! It ended up going for £146 + £14 delivery from Germany. I know they're good, but that...
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    Hooped Bivi Bags....thoughts!

    Thanks, I'm familiar with those bags and they do look awesome. A quick google search shows them retailing for £472 though and that's a bit rich for me! I'll keep my eyes peeled on ebay though. A small tarp or poncho is a must when bivvy camping in the rain though, makes for a nice admin area.
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    Hooped Bivi Bags....thoughts!

    Cheers, I had seen that. Simon makes some good videos and knows a thing or two about bushcraft. To be honest, it was that video which flagged up the issue with the FECSA version of the Dutch hooped bivi. I then looked back at some other videos on youtube and discovered that a lot of people were...
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    Hooped Bivi Bags....thoughts!

    Cheers Paul, agree that a tarp and bivi should work well. I'm interested in the hooped variety as they also have better bug protection for the summer. The bivi's that I've listed above should also enable you to store some kit inside as well. I've seen that some people store their packs down...
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    Hooped Bivi Bags....thoughts!

    Hi All, I thought I'd reach out to you guys and gauge your thoughts on hooped bivi bags. I'm out camping once a month, every month (have been for the last 3 and a bit years) and have been doing a lot of bivi camps. I'm enjoying it and fancy treating myself to a posh new bivi bag. Part of the...
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    Trip Report A windy wild camp in Kent...

    Nice one, glad you enjoyed it. Des will be pleased as punch when he see's that people are listening to the podcast! I'm obviously a bit biased in my opinion, but I rather like that Des is keeping things authentic with it (farts an' all)!
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    Trip Report A windy wild camp in Kent...

    Cheers Scott and thanks for the sub. Yes the tarp did deflect the wind quite effectively, although I did also choose a fairly sheltered spot which undoubtedly helped quite a bit. I was also surprised at how well the superlight tarp performed, it's a worryingly thin fabric, but it has so far...
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    Trip Report A windy wild camp in Kent...

    Hi de hi campers! Thought I'd share my latest vlog from last weekends wildcamp. I joined a few friends for a night in a local woodland. As part of this camp I loaded up my rucksack and walked 5 miles into camp. It proved to be a bit of a beasting for me as my rucksack weighed a ton (I had 5ltr...
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    Puukko advice

    I've had the Casstrom Woodsman for a couple of years now and it has been a very good blade for me. I use it for all sorts from firewood prep: feathersticks and occasional batoning to whittling tent pegs, cooking rigs etc. The quality of the knife and sheath is very good, the blade has a nice...
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    Day Out Twilight

    Some wonderfully written words, many thanks for sharing. Lovely images too, capture the mood very nicely. Would I be right in thinking the remains of the castle refers to Thurnham Castle by Detling Hill? I've walked that section from Canterbury back to my home in Rochester with an overnight...
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    A Challenge A bit of backyard bushcraft....

    Well, I was trying to be diplomatic, but since you put it like that...yep you're spot on!! Absolutely not, that's all part of the fun isn't it!
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    A Challenge A bit of backyard bushcraft....

    Well done, that bread looked great. You really can't knock a bit of back garden bushcraft, especially when you're getting the kids involved. I'm often found in my back garden or shed messing around with something remotely crafty or bushcrafty. Recently, I've been dabbling in some spoon carving...
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    Bushcraft diary

    I use a plain old note book, not as a diary per se, but rather a means of documenting things like kit lists, plans for my monthly camping trips and lessons learnt. I never actually take my note book out on my adventures though, I just refer to it when I make plans in between outings. There is...