Wilderness adventures

@xfahctor (14128)
Lancaster, New Hampshire
July 19, 2015 9:06pm CST
a few weekends ago, my girlfriend and I spent some time wandering the wilds of the forest near where I live. Most of it was spent hiking and exploring, but we decided we were going to camp out there for at least one night on the 4th of July. We took only a few basic food stuffs, a blanket, a few survival supplies and some water. At the chosen spot, hidden in a very thick part of the forest, we built a shelter to sleep in. I put up 8 poles in a teepee form, she came up with the idea to wind some rope around it so we could weave pine boughs in to it. She gathered and wove most of them herself (she's a regular survivor-girl). While hiking up in to the forest, we ran in to a guy I knew who had some property down below where we would be camping. He invited us down that night for a cook out, bon fire and fireworks at their camp. So late the evening, we left our camp site and wandered down for the festivities (about a 40 minute hike). It was a great time, had a few beers, some chedderwurst, enjoyed the bonfire. Then the rain came. My friend quickly set off the fire work display before it got too bad. But by the time it ended, we were drenched. Too drenched to even consider staying out there for the night. So, we hiked back to our site in the dark in the rain and gathered a few of our belongings before my friend showed up with his 4 wheeler to give us a ride back down to the road. What struck us though, was how dry everything in the shelter was. Gotta admit, it was really well made. In fact, because of our location under a thick forest canopy, even the area outside the shelter wasn't that badly soaked. The irony being if we had just stayed at the site to begin with, we would have been dry, warm and comfortable. All in all, it was a great experience. I am what you could call a survival enthusiast. I have a great interest in primitive survival and bush crafting skills. This was a gret way to practice some of that and get out in to the solitude of the forest. .........and.....why yes.....that is a Narwhal sitting on the outside of the shelter, it joined us for the excersion.
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• United States
20 Jul 15
way to much hype there.. *blush*....seriously " She gathered and wove most of them herself (she's a regular survivor-girl)." prior to this adventure i have spent like 4 nights of my life in tents...and most were in the back yards of peoples houses lol but i have learned a lot..and all in all i am d***d proud of that shelter........no pine tree better get in my way....i have access to a machete and am NOT afraid to use it!!
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• South Africa
20 Jul 15
Nice shelter there, I must imagine how relieved you were to find that your shelter was all dry and still in tact. Survivor-girl indeed.
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• United States
20 Jul 15
@khozaps yeah..I was pretty proud. Being a city Gal I was uncertain how I would fair on a "minimalist " camping adventure. But it was fun...and definately an adventure (fun as well)
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
20 Jul 15
@fruitcakeliz You short sell yourself. ;)
• United States
20 Jul 15
Cool shelter. That's it in the pic, right? Looks very solid and reliable...kinda reminds me of the Blair Witch Project too. Ooooooooh Awesome
• United States
20 Jul 15
@druscullia34 yes...we built that....i cannot even begin to tell you how much pine sap i was covered with.....and thank GOODNESS for finding some high potency bug spray !! )
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@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
20 Jul 15
@Druscilla034 Yep, that would be the one. And yeh, the bugs were un-freaking-real out there. We had the high test stuff (98.11%DEET) and they still swarmed us.
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@GardenGerty (105555)
• United States
23 Jul 15
@xfahctor Lemon grass essential oil repels mosquitoes really well. I put it on the shirt collar and cuffs and never wash that shirt, just wear it over my shorts and tank tops, etc.
@cupkitties (7600)
• United States
21 Jul 15
WOW! Um will you give us a tutorial for that shelter? I'm gonna need it because I decided to become a forest hermit once I turn 80.
• United States
21 Jul 15
materials were a good place in the woods, a machete a small axe and some rope....and a stuffed narwhal we did also take out additional water/ supplies we planed on leaving for future ventures the day before......
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@PhredWreck (6051)
20 Jul 15
Danged Narwhals...say hi to 'em just once and they follow you everywhere...
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
20 Jul 15
He is actually my amp operator. He insisted on coming along and took credit for everything. But he made it a fun weekend, he brought the whiskey and other recreationals and speared us a couple hot dogs and cheddarwurst for dinner.
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@GardenGerty (105555)
• United States
23 Jul 15
How neat. I think this is a great idea, hope I remember it if I ever have to build a shelter in the woods.