Monday, 11 January 2010
Winter Camping Trip in the Tipi at Comrie Croft
A couple of mates and myself had planned a January camping trip at Comrie Croft for a while and we weren't going to let the snow put us off. We had the Nordic Tentipi, firebox and a good few other bits of kit to keep us warm. Firelighting was a bit trickier in the colder temps as was finding tinder but birch bark helped out a great deal as well as cotton wool for a back up with the firesteels.
Waterproof trousers were a must for snow clearing at first, but an improvised elastic band round the bottom of the combats saves your trousers getting wet in the snow. Thermals are a must underneath.
I got a chance to try out the new Mick Spain bushcraft knife I handled last week and enjoyed trying to identify all the wildlife tracks in the snow!
Food was of the army ration and sausages type, the more carbs the better. Lot's of water was drunk (partly as the beer was just too cold) as dehydration this the blood in colder weather but a little Macallan 10 year fine oak whisky took the edge off the chill.
The trip was originally planned to be a biking adventure but temperatures in the minus degrees and lack of grit on the roads meant we had to go by 4 wheels. So much for Bushcraft Biker but I'm always one to agree with people who use the best tool for the job and the excellent Land Rover Discovery 3 was just the ticket. It certainly is practical but doesn't have any of the character of a motorcycle for a camping trip and essentially that fun part of the journey was lost but needs must.
I highly recommend camping in this weather but make sure as I'm sure you would to take the right gear and almost too many clothes. I ended up sleeping in two pairs of thermals, socks and two micro-fleeces.
I've another trip planned for late January and can't wait.