October 5

Finally, Back Out in the Woods After a 10 Year Break


My First Solo Overnight Bushcraft Camp in 10 Years

Even before a global pandemic trapped me in a house for 6 months with 3 kids under the age of 10, I was itching to get back into the wild. It's been 10 years since my last solo overnight camp, but I decided it was time to put my bushcraft skills to the test. So, I scraped together the kit I needed, left home and ventured off into the woods alone. It all went according to plan (mostly), despite an unexpected nighttime wake up call...

Setting  Up Camp

I found a lovely, secluded spot in the forest and set up camp. 

  • 00:00 - Clearing the brush to ready my campsite.
  • 00:50 - Unpacking my kit and pitching my tent.
  • 04:37 - Using axe to start carving sticks into pegs.    
  • 06:00 - Finishing off pegs with knife & axe, then tying guidelines to them.

Fire & War Breaks Out!

Starting my camp fire took longer than expected, but I eventually got it going - Is there anything more satisfying? Nighttime was a little warmer than I would have liked, but my sleep was probably more disturbed by the sounds of incoming fire. Thankfully, with my keenly trained ear and sharp reasoning skills, I was able to determine that I was not under attack and that the sounds were fireworks celebrating the American Independence Day. The irony...

  • 09:40 - Trying & succeeding in starting a fire.
  • 10:45 - Having a rest and a drink by the fire.
  • 11:20 - War breaks out. 

Breakfast At Dawn

After single-handedly fending off the Americans to defend British soil, I managed to get some rest before dawn broke. A little breakfast and coffee by the fire to cap off my first adventure back into the wild... and to soak in my final moments of solitude before breaking camp and heading back to the chaos. 

  • 11:30 - Dawn breaks. Cooking eggs and coffee.
  • 18:22 - Enjoying breakfast. 
  • 19:38 - Breaking camp. 

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