Camp Salty - Mors weekend

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Tank

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Over the weekend I meet up with Sam (Man of Tanith) and Ian (Woodsmon) for a Mors inspired weekend at Sam's permission.

The plan was simply, to enjoy a get to together and practice some skills. We decided kit would be as close to the kit choices Mors spoke about and utilising the skills from Mors books and teachings.

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So the list that came to mind was the following.

Roycraft pack frames
Blanket rolls
2 kilo survival pot
Super Shelters
Buck saws
Pot hangers
Birch polypore strops
Pine pitch glue

=== Food ===
--Friday--
Dinner - Woodsmon stew

--Saturday--
Breakfast Pancakes
Lunch English rarebit
Dinner Leg of lamb and roast veg

--Sunday--
Breakfast - Dutch oven meat feast

I arrived late Friday but I gave Sam and Ian time to do some woodland maintenance. I arrived in time to watch Ian buck up the trees that needed to come down.

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The rest of the day was short, setup of camp and getting dinner on.

Due to my late arrive I was in the hammock for the night as I had plans to try making a super shelter on the Saturday. For this night sleep I brought a pack with my hammock kit. This fact will come into play later.

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The light went fast be we we worked faster and got dinner on the go.

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The next day we started the day with pankcakes and coffee

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Tank

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Super shelter

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Mr fox came back at 2 am for a close up sniff around camp, being very brave and had a look into the super Shelters.

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The next day it was get up, breakfast, coffee.

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Then I also noticed some of Sam's kit out the back of his shelter and we realised Mr fox had been in with Sam and robbed him.

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Other craft photos

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It's been a long weekend and hopefully this post works and the photos are in order.

Great time and thanks to Sam and Ian for a awesome weekend

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Toddy

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That looks totally excellent :biggrin:

I hope you all get more weekends out like that too :cool:

Thank you for sharing :) I can almost smell the woodsmoke.
 

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Thanks for sharing, looks like great time had by you all. goodjob

Were there any lessons learned, appreciation for modern kit vs older, skills appreciated more etc?
 

Tank

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Thanks for sharing, looks like great time had by you all. goodjob

Were there any lessons learned, appreciation for modern kit vs older, skills appreciated more etc?
Yes , definitely was but I need some time to sit down and put some water to my thoughts

Currently back to the 9 to 5 of walking dogs in the woods.

I'll come back to this message when I have a bit more time later

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Tank

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Thanks for sharing, looks like great time had by you all. goodjob

Were there any lessons learned, appreciation for modern kit vs older, skills appreciated more etc?

Skills wise..

I take huge enjoyment in being able to craft an item from the resources in the woodland. With time and practice (over the years) it has become a smoother transition from the idea/requirement, to gathering the materials. The task of crafting to using the tools feels almost effortless. This weekend has reinforced to me the importance of continually practicing skills to become efficient when you need to get multiple tasks done.

This was my first attempt at making a super shelter. I knew I would likely make mistakes but understanding the properties of the materials I had access to made the building of the shelter easier and quicker.

I should state that the shelter was made from the woods. The hazel poles were gathered elsewhere and brought to the woods for the weekend as Sam said there was only one small hazel stand in the woods and little in the way of thin straight poles for the shelter.

If I was to redo the shelter again I would make it a bit lower and bring the poles in to decrease the volume that needs heating, this would also have given me the extra length I feel I needed to get the poly sheet cover the shelter better.

The shelter was comfortable with the flexible hazel and I was comfortable in my t-shirt and mor survival scarf until about 2am when I put on my insulated jacket, at 4am I put the wool blanket over me. In the UK with our current temps I feel I would have cooked so the candle heating worked surprisingly well, again this would have worked even better if the shelter was a little smaller.

I would love to do this again in colder temps and design the shelter differently.

The final thought is... I was making an effort to drink through the weekend, especially while working. I felt like I was drinking lots of water but I still got dehydrated by the end of the weekend. Today I still feel like have a hang over even though this was a dry weekend.

Kit wise...

I missed a small folding saw, ideal for those small jobs such as gathering the saplings and cutting the hazel to length.

The 2 kilo survival kit needed a small bag to put the bits in when I was actually using the pot

It was good to be using the Mora classic again, so light I often forgot it was around my neck.

and finally I apricate my 4 season £300 down quilt
 

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