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    Default Day Trip - Last Snow Trip (Hopefully)

    Seems as winter has been dragging on forever here in WNY, I hit my usual patch of woods where we had 4 or 5 inches of snow. Figure this has to be the last snow trip of the year. Goal today was just do a little hike(part of the same portion I did last week so I didn't take any pictures of that), drop a few smaller trees with the axe for practice and then just enjoy the day out in the woods.

    I downloaded a free app for my iphone that I figure might interest some people, it is called "MapMyRun", I figure I would test it out on my day hikes just for kicks to see if it would work with crappy cell reception out in the woods.

    I only used it on the way back out of the woods because I wasn't sure if it would track and let me take pictures as well, but it seems to stay running when you minimize it to take a picture.





    Stream was almost frozen over



    My little semi-perm camp I setup a while back, looks cool to see it before all the snow gets tramped down



    I'm not the most confident with an axe yet when dropping a tree so I found two dead standing trees to practice cutting down, pretty small diameter but they are a little more forgiving(and way more wood than I needed for the day trip).




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    Top broke out of the 1st tree while I was chopping it, thankfully it fell away from me



    Practiced bucking the log in half with the axe(usually just use the saw)





    Did a mish mosh of fire prep, some shavings, some bark scrapings, then a bunch of pine twigs, also found a bird nest in the pine tree by my camp. Knocked it down it had a bunch of snow inside and was mostly mud, but I pulled some dryish grass/twigs from the bottom. Lit the bark scrapings first, then put the birdnest stuff on, then shavings and twigs.





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    Was running low on water so I melted some clean snow for tea





    Lunch time



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    Crazy how the beech trees keep their dead leaves all through fall and winter into spring







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    That's a great camp you have there. I'd love to be able to have place like that.

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    Good stuff man, did you buy another Council tools?
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    Yep hit a nail embedded in a tree with my wetterlings refurb I usually use took a pencil eraser size chunk out of it. Gotta figure out how to file it out.

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    Looks like a great day out... I really like those beech tree leaves for tinder this time of year. I always grab a bunch to help get my fire started. The phone mapping is cool too. Thanks for taking us along.
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    Amazing those little beachnut trees hold their autumn leaves all winter often through nasty weather. Nearly all of my snow is gone. Just some in the shade and old blizzard drifts that have seen better days.
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