Discussion in 'New Jersey' started by Wolfcri, Jan 11, 2017.
I'm using the day off to try my hand at leather craft. Mask for carving axe and knife dangler.
You are the man!
I have a couple pallets for the Fire. Down here we burn wood pallets (skids) to heat the neighborhood.
I will bring my Dutch oven, blue tarps, Kelty 12 in case anyone needs them.
Good for heat, questionable for cooking.
Depends on the wood. In the area around my woodland in central Pa there are a number of pallet mills that primarily use oak.
Dual purpose. Very hot at first for heat, then they burn down quick and make good coals for cooking. Some are pine while others are oak. We put them on hole most of the time. You can also break them up or cut full pallets into quarters.
But mostly, they are fun for a fast, hot, fun fire late in the night.
Update and Teaser:
I have the day off so I decided to update the first post with all of the cool stuff we have to give away at the campout.
Thanks again to @IA Woodsman and @GreenFrog who donated a bunch of great items!
Participate in the following events to win prizes!
Prettiest Feather Stick
This one was @GreenFrog 's idea. Carve a feather stick out of whatever kind of wood you like. A panel of non-partial judges will select the most beautiful curls. This will take place on Friday.
Friction Fire Challenge
For this event, we will have teams of up to three people. The specific rules for this challenge will remain a secret until Saturday when we start. Feel free to start conspiring now. All teams must come up with a team name.
Percussion Fire Challenge
Please bring your flint and steel fire kits! This will be a fast paced, single elimination style, individual event. Participants are free to use whatever steel and stone, charred material, and natural tinder they like. You can bring your tinder from home or gather it at the campout. This event will take place on Saturday.
Cook up whatever you like with as many ingredients as you want. Your item or dish must be cooked over the evening campfire on Saturday. I'll select a couple judges to help me select the winner of this individual event.
For this event, you can craft any kind of trap you want. A panel of judges will select a winner based on craftsmanship, originality, ingenuity, or whatever impresses them most. Your trap must work when the appropriate force is applied on the trigger. This individual event will take place on Saturday.
A couple of prizes will be awarded based on silly, secret conditions.
Sounds good. Anything we burn will need to fit into the fire rings.
Another fun challenge could be a 1 match fire with race to boil water with only what you collect from the landscape..with or without use of a knife. 2 minute wait time per each new match needed.
i concur....wolfcri for BCUSA NE Regional Director........shaping up to be a great meet up......your challenges sound great.....still coming down here in wayne, nj.....since 11am last night.....
I've got one of these in my kit somewhere. Knew it would come in handy. Just need to charge it up with butane before I leave. I was in some similar contests back in Boy Scouts. Teams work great for this challenge.
i volunteer to be a "bush cookoff" judge......its always "all about the Teams"......
I'm not really into competitions, but I don't mind participating in judging.
My plans for these three days are sleep, read, carve, hang out, eat a bit. List not in order of priority or frequency.
I will enjoy climbing into my cozy hammock each night though!
I've always sucked at competition, but if you need a judge that knows pretty much nothing, I'm your woman!
My plan is to play with knives and my hatchet, cook over fire, learn some compass skills and tire myself out enough to sleep through the nights.
Total newbie but my hubby and I are going to try and stop by on Saturday. Any particular time better for us to swing by? Also we cut a tree down last year and I have a bunch of large unsplit logs that we can bring with us if you all need some plus a ton of 1" to 3" inch diameter small logs or if anyone is going thru Neptune you can pick them up earlier
sounds like a g great meet...have fun
These days when it comes to competition I consider myself a field horse.
I'm interested to see how others cook Bannock. Do some more carving. Check out the nature in the park. Look for Jersey fatwood.
I'm glad to hear you might stop by @MommaJ ! I think any time is a good time, hopefully you both can hang out a bit!
I'll be bringing some premixed and some separate ingredients for banana bannock, so feel free to join me I too want to check out the nature and would LOVE to FINALLY harvest a decent bit of fatwood - if I can plow through the snow/slush/mud (whatever it winds up being??) to get to where stuff is!
I wonder if the snow GOT some of those blood sucking monsters in the Pinelands?
For those arriving Friday, what are your ETAs? I'm looking at mid-afternoon; anywhere from 1-3 depending on how my prep/packing goes tonight/tomorrow, and how tired I am from prep/packing Friday morning I'll be coming in by myself from Morris County. My husband Ted will be joining us Saturday as of now. Hoping to find a good spot with 3 trees - will be borrowing a hammock and setting up my tent!
I expect to be there before 9AM. If I get there early I'll scout around a bit. I assume Wolfcri wants to designate a couple areas for special activities. A wood chopping area might be one. Short hop over now that the bridge is open.
I just need to swing by a store and get eggs and maybe extra bacon.
I have supplies to make Johnny cakes. When I've made or had bannock in the past it seemed kind of bland to me. Looking for ways to improve it.
Thanks for asking
Hopefully @Pastor Chris can chime in since I am borrowing his hammock and following his lead - first time trying a hammock, and I want my tent close to it for backup.
I would think 14' to 16' would be the target.
I'd like a couple trees to tie up my tarp (tent camping) but I'll defer the best spots to hammock campers or use poles.
I have an indoor hammock setup that is 12' and it's tight on some hammocks.
It might be good to know how many hammock campers are coming and "reserve" some spots.
I usually like 15-18' for the Blackbird which you will be borrowing. I will happily help when you get there. I plan on being fairly close to 10am!
I've been sorting through gear today and enjoying the prep!
Great! Thanks for replying The help would be greatly appreciated!
haha!! Yeah, I'm getting all psyched as I'm getting things organized and packed I'm also on new tarp overload (BCO tarp, Kelty tarp, etc.) and really excited about trying them out!
Days could be spent solely on playing with tarps, rigging, and sets.
Might just wind up like that.. plus playing with my firebox stove
So much to do.. thank goodness for a long weekend! Hoping all the fun activity will keep me warm!
I will be there around 10:00 am Friday. I would love to be there sooner, but I have to put Goblin on the school bus.
As far as the layout is concerned:
When I get there, I would like to arrange the picnic tables and fire pits into a gathering area. It will be large enough to give everyone room, but not so spread out that we feel like there are two separate group sites apart from eachother. The two fire pits will have room around them for everyone to cook and gather, but will be in fairly close proximity. There will be room for trade blankets or demonstrations too, if people are interested in setting them up.
If there is interest in @Ratdog 's hawk throwing target, a clearly marked throwing lane will be set up and the "impact area" will be away from people.
Other than that, I hope for everyone to be comfortable and happy so please feel free to set up wherever you like, however you like. I think we will have plenty of room.
I'm a Presbyterian Pastor and, as such, an expert at moving tables.
Love this plan, as I really want to be part of the whole of the group. Your plan will definitely encourage that
Trying to decide between between hanging or tenting this trip. For those that have been to the site, are there enough trees for several of us to hang?
We could always save a table or two to move once you arrive.
Are you using one of your tarps over the hammock or is PC loaning a tarp as well?
I was raised Presbyterian, so I believe you. Thankfully, four hundred and eighty three folding chairs and several dozen stack-able ones, all prone to pinching and dislocating fingers, will not be part of the equation.
hehe Oh, that's OK... my back will have enough work just loading the car and trying not to spaz out on me getting it to the spot (though I'm always happy to help where I can!)
I'm bringing several tarps, and part of my fun will be figuring out how to hang my tarp above the hammock. I am also thinking to provide some extra protection for my tent, that I might try to rig a windbreak tarp around it somewhere.
I keep reading things and adding to the list of stuff to bring. Cinnamon bannock. So added the cinnamon and brown sugar. Then there is this or that and I find something in my basement I think might be useful or good to try in cold weather. Bag of chert, bag of cattails, fatwood, etc. Or maybe needed as a backup or to loan.
Not sure why Pastor Chris called this car camping. Can't possibly get this all in a car.
I'll be in AN hammock, as will NJRedneck and Ratdog.
I will be in my own hammock. I'm not sharing yours
Here is one way to squeeze all the hammocks in.
Another hammock and maybe two people (2 hammocks). Also not sharing my hammock!
That's some funny stuff right there!
I'm a pastor in New Jersey, not Florida! LOL.
I was going to be bringing this:
Untitled by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr
Instead I'll be driving this:
Untitled by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr
That must be one BIG hammock!
Ah ... I meant "an hammock" but typed "my" ... silly me.
Curious about the snow depth down there in the pines?
Waiting for an updated aerial photo.
Hope to make it around 2pm on Saturday after work. Just in time for appetizers.
Guys I hate to do this but I need to bail on this, but I need to bail on this trip. My son has been sick all week and taking him camping in the cold would be bad parenting. I hate bailing on two events in a row within two weeks. I hope to make the next one. Have fun and stay warm.
It's that time of year. Best not to push it. Wife has been sick all week with a bug she caught from the grandson. I've been hoping I don't catch it and so far so good.
If you are close enough you could stop by in the afternoon.
Tough turn, but family has to come first. You can live vicariously through us with our trip reports, and tabasco_joe is right- if you're more local, maybe stop by yourself for a few hours. Hope your son take a turn for the better soon!
Wolfcri and the rest of the NJ group, I know that I was only a tentative for your meet, but I will have to respectfully withdraw. I bit off a little more than I could chew with the travel involved (5.5 hours if traffic is good). I hope to be able to get down your way in the future though, so consider this just a postponement of my visit haha. I hope you all have an awesome time and I look forward to the After Action Report and photos.