Maryland Winter 2014 Trip Report

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  1. Scott Allen

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    Several hardy folks met at Green Ridge State Forest for, what is now, our annual gathering over the Martin Luther King weekend. Myself, my son (D.J.), 7 year old granddaughter (Skyler), and "Zig the Bushcraft Dog" arrived at the trailhead around 1430. As we were readying our packs, Busheagle pulled in. The weather was clear and around 46* as we made the short, but steep downhill hike to the Adirondack Shelter which was to be our base. Gurnewbie was already in camp and had his tent set up in the field next to the shelter. I didn't get any pictures the first night, as we were in a hurry to get our super shelter up, wood cut, water in, and supper on. Hopefully, someone else will post a few. It got steadily colder and clouded up all afternoon. Soon, Lerxst2112 and his daughter Cassidy, Santa, Fred, Brad, and Dirt Bag with his son Jack arrived and began setting up. None too soon as it started snowing and the wind picked up.

    The next morning I awoke before daylight to 10* and the wind still blowing hard.
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    It didn't snow much, but it was pretty chilly. The girls were real troopers and hit it off like they had known each other for years.
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    As it turned out Skyler was getting sick, so I hiked her back out and took her home. We found out after a doctor's visit, she had gotten strep from someone at school.

    Meanwhile back at camp..... After I returned we started gathering huge amounts of wood for cooking and the coming cold night.

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    I needed a good bit of hardwood because I had 4 large chunks of brisket that I had marinated and planned on slow roasting them over the fire. I found a good downed hickory log that supplied plenty of good cooking coals for the purpose. Here are roasts after I had just put them on. One is marinated in honey mustard, the next is buttermilk ranch, another is Italian dressing, and the fourth is rubbed with Cajun Seasoning:
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    Dirt Bag provided some delicious smoked salmon, Busheagle had a great loaf of sourdough bread, and Lerxst2112 made a killer pot of chili. Needless to say, we ate pretty well, as always! Santa brought a new to our crew drink called "Bent Fork", I brought some Wild Turkey, and Lerxst brought a nice scotch for fireside sippin'. The Bent Fork is a concoction that would sneak up and slap you if you didn't watch it! Too smooth.....
    Here are a few shots from Saturday night:
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    The next morning, it was again around 10*, but no wind to speak of. Everyone got breakfast and then started packing up for the trip home.

    Some of my thoughts were:

    1. This is the first time I have ever done a "super shelter". I used a deer cart to bring in a bale of straw since we are not allowed to cut browse in the State Forest. I first laid a canvas tarp down, built a "corral" of logs to keep the straw in place, and then we set up my 9' x 9' oil cloth tarp lean-to over it. We then attached the space blanket inside and a piece of plastic sheeting for the front. Everything worked well with the exception of the plastic. This, I blame on myself for bringing 2 mil instead of the 7 mil I had originally planned. I was trying to save weight and portability and 2 mil was just too light for the conditions. I had to deal with the light plastic flapping in the wind all night and I didn't bring enough to cover the sides of the lean-to also and got snow in my face most of the night. Lesson learned! We did stay warm however, so it wasn't a complete fail.

    2. Many hands make light work!

    My crew had a great time and are looking forward to doing it again soon. If any of the rest of you have any pictures, please add them here and your write-ups as well. Thanks again, guys for an enjoyable event!

    Scott
     
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    It may have been cold but it was still fun !!
     
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    Here are a few more pics. Thanks for the Trip Report Scott! I had a great time with all you guys. Looking forward to the next one! Thanks!

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    There is nothing better than Family, Friends, Bushcraft and a great outing!!!!

    Just Awesome!!!!
     
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    Thanks for the extra pictures, Bill. That guy in the top one sure is a handsome critter!

    I wanted to add a couple more gear afterthoughts:

    1. The Bob Dustrude 24" folding bow saw - I can't say enough good about this saw. I've given my review before and am still very pleased with it. Everyone who used it over the trip raved about how quick and easy it went through wood. We cut some very dense and hard hickory and it went through it like a hot knife through butter. You hardly know it's in your pack, it's so light weight and it is very sturdy. A great bushcraft purchase for me!

    2. The Serbian Mess Kit - I have also reviewed this before and still like it, but have noticed a few things. First, it is very heavy. I knew this before, but it is bothering me more of late. Secondly, I used the can opener that is integrated into the table knife for the first time. It was unwieldy and frustrating to use. It got the job done, but I kept having visions of using my HB axe to open that can of chicken! And lastly, if you plan to fry even a little bit (bacon, eggs, etc...), you don't have much of a pan to do it in. I have a WWII USGI mess kit also and am going to play between it and the Serbian kit and see which one is more functional.

    3. Surplus MSS - I acquired the various components for the MSS last fall through some trades and strategic eBay bidding. Although heavy, I must say that I've never slept warmer during the type of weather that we were and are having. As I've said before, at almost 6'3", I was pushing the height/length limits of the bag, but not enough to cause me discomfort. So far, I can't say enough good about this system. I haven't dealt with extreme rain or moisture with it yet, but I'm sure it won't be long before I do. I'm a happy camper!

    Scott
     
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    Wow Sounds like you guys had a great time. Sadly I could not make it out due to surprise family obligations. However I did make it out overnight once in the backyard between all the chaos when it got into the teens. Brrr. I can't wait for the next shin ding you guys have as I will be there.
     
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    Looks like you all had a great time. I'll keep checking back for future trips
     
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    hi! sorry not to have chimmed in earlier. BENT FORK 1 gal apple cider, 1qt. rum, 1 pt. cinnamon whiskey, 8 oz. honey. good hot or cold. had a great time and am so glad that I invested in the mss. our little trip out in the cold really brought home to me how drastically cold effects motivation. Half of what we had planned on doing ended up as collect wood, keep warm,sleep.
     
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    I'm looking at the pictures but I'm not seeing any potatoes...
     
  12. Scott Allen

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    Lol! I don't recall any Dave, except for some instant loaded mashed potatoes that my son and granddaughter ate the first evening.

    How are you getting along? Feeling any better?

    Scott
     
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    The insurance company isn't going to pay for another MRI, so the specialist can't do much for me. I'm coming along very slowly but getting a little better each day. I'm hoping to try my first outing at the end of April. I'll be relying heavily on my son to do a lot of the camp chores, but he volunteered for it and is excited for the chance.
     
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    Peace and smoke Bro, feel better!
     
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    One step at the time so as to not re injure anything.
     
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    If you want to come out this way for your outing and it's not the weekend of the 24th-27th, I'd be glad to help out.

    Scott
     

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