Discussion in 'General Bushcraft Discussion' started by NWPrimate, Dec 4, 2017.
Hmmm ... as an aside, maybe I'll start doing bushcrafty things on my ride ...
BTW, riding in the rain (and hail, and snow) is so. much. fun. And you're right, it is its own skill set. I've got it down at this point, but it took a while.
Keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times, and don't forget to look up at the road occasionally while you're making those feather sticks.
I haven't done a separate post about my trip yesterday, for I have a lot of photos I want to sort out and make a thorough report, as it was my 1st proper bushcraft outing in general, let alone in the rain. However, it did happen yesterday by the original deadline and it was raining. I did 6 hours in total, rain intensity was ranging from light during the 1st hour, medium for the next couple of hours and during the last 3 hours it was like this:
From the 6 hours, I was hiking for 2 in order to get to my spot and back home. The other 4 were spend on a single spot and I did practice some bushcrafting, also spent time just sitting around thinking, pipe smoking, eating, feeding the fire I managed to make despite the rain and generally having a blast of a time. Didn't mind the rain at all, in fact I welcomed it.
So, If i promise to create a proper report, will I get the 6 hours worth and the meeting the original deadline, too?
Absolutely! I'm looking forward to the report whenever you get the time to put it together.
We're sitting around -30C/-22F right now. The temp is supposed to bounce around this week, but it looks promising to start next week. Fingers crossed for rain. LOL!
Looks like I will finally get a chance to play!
As promised, here is the report of the trip:
And wouldn't you know it, but work called minutes after I posted that....
I'll have to live vicariously through @Quinlan and @Sinjin for a while.
Excellent report @Quinlan ! You're in for 4 entries.
My first entry ...
It was pouring and very windy out here on the coast today, so I went out for 4 hours to enjoy the day.
I recently received, based on @NWPrimate's excellent recommendation, ECWCS Gen II Level 6 pants and jacket, plus a Gen III jacket. I wore the Gen IIs today. They were awesome -- great fit, tough, comfortable ... I was warm and bone dry.
I hiked north from my house into the Sitka Spruce / Hemlock forest, where I worked on the Bushclass twig bundle fire elective. While simple, it is remarkably instructive, because of course everything is soaking wet. I collected Red Alder branches that snapped off the trees, set up two opposing bundles, and tied them together with a Salal branch. I rooted around for some Sitka Spruce fatwood, and made scrapings and shavings.
A spark from my ferro rod and voila!
Again, simple -- when you know how -- but one of the reasons I joined Bushclass was to learn how to start and maintain a fire when everything is wet, which out here is most of the time. So it was very satisfying.
I hiked down to the beach for a while,
and got coated in blowing sand because of the gale-force wind, which was fine -- I'm used to it.
At the north end of the beach I headed back up into the forest and just poked around in places I haven't been. For the first time, I successfully resisted hauling fatwood home. I have plenty, but for some odd reason I keep wanting to bring home more. I told myself it's been there for eons so it'll be there tomorrow.
It was very dark in the mature forest, and as the afternoon wore on it was like dusk. Time to head back.
Here is a shot looking toward home, taken during a break in the rain. It was a wonderful outing.
Good stuff @Cascadian ! You have such a beautiful playground. I'm glad to hear that the rain gear is working is working out for you too.
Don't forget to make a post in the Outings, Trips & Expeditions forum too. You can start your own thread, or post in the Ongoing Mini Trip Reports thread. A lot of people that aren't participating in the challenge probably aren't following this thread anymore, and I want to make sure they see you guys playing in the rain.
We had rain here this morning when I got up. By the time breakfast was over it was snowing. Hasn't stopped yet.
Wonderful outing indeed, the coastal scenery is breathtaking !
It's raining! It's raining!! It's raining!!
It's fogging! It's fogging! It's fogging!
It was pouring rain when I took bacpacgirl to school this morning.
But, as I reached the parking lot at my favourite spot by the river, the rain completely stopped. It was a pretty cool morning though, even though I didn't get rained on. I ditched my rain jacket, in favour of a lighter poncho and headed out for a hike. My trip report is here: https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/frozen-river-after-the-rain.214416/#post-3661309
My feet did get completely soaked, because my husband lovingly removed my insulated rubber boots from my car when he borrowed it yesterday, and didn't tell me or put them back. I had a choice to make: go for a hike with cold wet feet or go home. I went with soggy socks! I could have put plastic bags over my socks, but I thought I'd play Woman in the Creek a little bit. My feet never felt cold, but it was above freezing. Be that as it may, I'm really glad I keep plastic bread bags and an extra pair of wool socks in my pack!
FWIW, here's the gear I had with me, including my extra socks. https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/your-wearable-kit-for-a-day-in-the-woods.213401/#post-3662943
Been far too long with no outdoor time, and there's certainly no shortage of rain in these parts
Thanks for the opportunity!
I'm in. It should rain tomorrow and I am going to try to take advantage of it.
@NWPrimate, here are my second and third entries:
Both outings were a bit under 4 hours.
Please note that for the most recent outing (today's), it was only raining for the first two hours or so. Stupid sun broke through a little. Feel free to not count this one if it does not meet the challenge's standards.
Great write-ups @Cascadian ! I'm really enjoying these. It looks like you're learning a lot out there.
Did you ever end up making a post in the Outings, Trips, and Expeditions forum for your first entry on the 11th?
Thanks for your support @NWPrimate! I really appreciate.
Not yet. I'll have to get on it
Bump for the potential of rainy weekend outings for people in the green areas.
Still loving my ECWCS rain gear!
One thing I'm learning is that the more generous fit really allows for better air circulation, making life far more comfortable.
Thanks @NWPrimate for the awesome recommendation. Definitely one of my happiest purchases.
That's great to hear. It was 33 degrees and nasty out in my woods yesterday; with steady rain knocking globs of wet snow off of the trees to the point where it was pouring more in the forest than out in the open. I was out there for a couple of hours in the ECWCS gear and it is so comforting knowing that it can stand up to what whatever nature throws your way.
I really like my Marmot jackets and cheap rain pants, but when it's that nasty out, I'm always a little uneasy about the possibility of them failing or leaking through. I've spent a lot of time out in some of the worst weather our area has to offer in the ECWCS stuff, and it hasn't let me down yet, so I have a lot of faith in its ability to keep me warm and dry.
Everyone come see me in florida, I'm getting all the rain!
Cascadian...."stupid sun broke through a little"....
Where else do you hear someone mad that's it not raining lol...love it!
Looking at 1.6 inches tomorrow! Excited for an opportunity to finally take part of this GAW and test out my Christmas Plash platka.
Curiously the radar photo that @NWPrimate posted about 20 days ago looks nearly identical to tonights radar.... it is almost like there are patterns to this stuff!
Have fun out there @TheWhiteWoodsman ! I'm looking forward to your report.
I got lots of that crystal rain coming down right now.
I've enjoyed seeing all the hardcore rain sloggers in this thread.
I've been battling a low key season all flu thing for two weeks now and have watched many proper rainy days pass me by without going out to play. Low key for me means I could shrug it off easily, but I am playing the devil's advocate and decided to let it go, just in case I make it worse by going out. But, with the extension, there is still time to go out and play in the rain!
"Wood you build a knife challenge"
Project start: 17/02/2018
Project deadline: 16/02/2019
Ope. There it is.
Hopefully my use of the plash platka as a lean to isn't too much of a de-qualifier as I probably would have been more comfortable and dry had I continued to use it as a poncho...
Could have some more chances in the next days
Very nice! While I did try to specify no overhead cover, it looked like you still got the full experience. Let's count it as an entry and you can remove any doubt by going out again if you get the chance.
I was hoping this might be the week I'd get out to complete this challenge.
Got rained out.
Hello all, looks like I'm gonna get wet this weekend! Keep y'all posted!
I'd love to, but the rain is too cold;
I know, right?! I'll make you a deal @CivilizationDropout, you can live vicariously through me when I go out tomorrow! Haha!
Deal. Bring your spear.
I went out today before I saw this. Sorry. I don't actually own a spear, but I'll make one tomorrow for you. Stand by.
Welcome to my world...Muwha hha ha ha hha!
Do I need to make a spear for you too @Primordial ?
I hope this counts towards an entry in the challenge.
I'm going to make time to check out the video later today, but I have no doubt you earned an entry.
@atlastrekker 's video from the Mini Trip Report thread...
That was seriously wet!
I have wondered for a while if @Iz intentionally allowed using your rain jacket to cover kindling in the Hardwoodsman SWF in the Rain Challenge just to teach people this exact lesson.
Exposing yourself to cover your kindling is a huge gamble. It might be a viable option in a place like Florida where it may be 90 degrees and pouring buckets, but if hypothermia is a possibility, a rain jacket and dry clothes are at least as important as a fire; and probably even more so.
I'm guessing spending time in a downpour in what appears to be a cotton hoodie was an experience that will stick with you and may serve as a reminder the next time you're wondering whether to bring a rain jacket on a day hike.
I have to commend you for even attempting the HW Challenge in those conditions. That was a pretty solid downpour and making a fire in that would be a real challenge even with a lighter/PJ cottonballs and your jacket on; much less soggy feather sticks and a ferro rod while you're soaking wet. It looked like you did a solid job on your prep given the circumstances, but the volume of water coming down was just too much.
Great job getting out there when it was obviously a bit daunting and uncomfortable to do so!
Still gonna attempt to get in on this one if possible. Not sure if it'll happen, but I'll try.
That would be awesome! I hope that you get the time.
No joke. It was seriously wet. By the time we got back home, this place was about a 2 mile walk from my house, every inch of me was soaked. One of the things about California weather, its either dry or like 2 inches of rain a day. There is no in between usually. The point of me even doing this stuff is to learn some serious skills, so that's what is happening.
Thanks for the kind words.
Just more snow for me. I just had my 3rd nor'easter in 2 weeks and there's the potential for another next Tuesday or Wednesday.
Growing up my friend and I used to go hiking and spend all day in the rain. I spent a lot of campouts and did a lot of hikes in the rain. The first time I went to Philmont in '94 it rained a good 6 days which were all day rains.
I will probably end up going out in the rain to do the challenge but probably not in the GAW. I hate doing tasks while taking pics, vids etc.
My hat is off to those of you that can do both at the same time. I dont like breaking my flow.