Bushcraft In Penshaw Woods

Posted in Penshaw Woods on March 21st, 2012 by David Murphy

On the 20th March myself and my mate Paul The Muss Wild Camped in some local Woods at Penshaw Co. Durham to practice and put to use some of Paul’s new-found skill and gear.

I felt like the pupil been taught by an up and coming master of bushcraft, we started with the fire which Paul lit first time with his fire steel and we proceed to cook as it was getting late,

we cracked open some cans of lager had a great laugh quite a bit of catching up to do, then we proceed to erect our shelters, my poncho went up first in a new configuration which I named the flat roof open side 🙂 not expecting rain again the poncho was put up just as practice for when the eventual comes.

 Scenes from Our Camp Above

 then out came the Terra Nova Jupiter bivvy, Paul trying his Dutch Bivvy for the first time and I quite liked it for space him being able to put in his larger than my backpack inside where I struggled with the jupiter, the Dutch Bivvy also has a different way of unzipping apart from side entry visibility is through the front via a window which mesh can be zipped over, the visbility on the jupiter I like in a different way front vision is reduced but you can see directly above behind and to the sides perfect and the mesh is almost invisible on a clear night and the breeze is very plentiful sometimes too much which there’s the option over partially covering with the outer waterproof skin. My second night spent in the bivvy and am liking it more each time just wish there was a bit more space width wise but I suppose you can’t have it all as the pack down size is very handy.

Above my Rather Burnt Titanium pan Which I put on the fire to boil some water to clean it out and forgot about it.

 

I had a great evening will be doing some more of wood camping with Paul soon from a secret location.

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Cold Law Cheviots

Posted in Cold Law Cheviots on March 19th, 2012 by David Murphy

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Above is the Actual Route from GPX file

 

Satmap screens of the summit and trip log.

 

Me at the Trig Point with my Osprey Exos

Arrive at Harthope valley 14:30 my satmap said 15:30 but was an hour out due to me not correcting it, the weather was sunny and warm there was a breeze at the summit but nothin to bad I took my time errecting the poncho shelter.

And setting up my Tera Nova Jupiter for the first time in the wild, thinking I wouldnt require the hooped pole with having the tarp as shelter from any weather I proceed just to wrap myself up in the sleeping bag and leave the bivvy bag open this may have been ok on a summers night but I was soon realise my mistake, winter northernly winds howling over the cheviots arnt to be taken lightly, I wish I could have measured the wind chill as removing my gloves for a minute at a time was numbing my hands and my face was so cold I couldnt bare it any longer I had to slot the hooped pole into the bivvy and zip myself in.

A great clear night and one of the best starry nights I have ever seen was had the first also been in the Cheviots.

Some view of the Sunset
 

 Sunset

 Sunrise 


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