This place is my "home" it's very special to me. I walk along the Sumiyoshi River almost every day, my son plays in it, I've fished in it, read books by it, and just sat and stared at it for many hours down in the city. Walked it from the ocean up to just about the top too up into the mountains. Many many hours in the mountains in and around this valley. It even helped me find my way home the day I got really lost up there. Cool river, lots of history to it, and a real connection to me.
This was a hike up to a place I can get good wood and back to a place I can start a fire. For the hardwoodsmen challenge in the Turley Knives forum.
Not my greatest pics I forgot to figure out what I set wrong on the camera after my last outing until the very end. Less talk, more rock.
Our favorite trail head. So many wonderful days have started here leads to all over the East side of the Rokko Mts.
It's kinda hard to get off the trail in our mts lol.
These ladies I believe from the looks of it were on a minimal kit tactical survival expedition.
Gosuke dam, was built after the Great Hanshin Flood in 38 which killed 600 and destroyed thousands of homes.
Over the river.
Scouting my spot. They have a problem with invasive Sasa grass here (not sure in Eng.) and last spring we met an old guy who had cleared this entire area with a little scythe style hand held nata just as a volunteer. We thanked him, and I didn't see much Sasa either this time.
Towards the cedars.
What's the best tree for bushcraft?
This was a group of 4 "yama girls" (mt girls) it's huge trend here for young women to be going up hiking and I think it is awesome. Funny too, you see like $200 eVent mini-skirts in the stores. They looked at me funny, maybe cause I was this foreign guy with a giant saw dressed in olive drab off the trail looking for firewood.
Back to my spot with wood in hand. 2 hours later and about 50 f-bombs dropped, I had it.
And back to the bus stop and on home. Love this valley just a ton.
And I already posted this twice here but whatever if it gets someone to try harder things go for it. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life, let alone in the bush. And yeah haters I used my right when the flames started, it was all adrenaline, not cheating, I didn't even know until I watched the video. Putting sticks on a fire with your left hand ain't hard lol (the rest is though trust me! use an axe.)