3 days solo bushcraft tenting commute – northern barren position, fishing, canoeing, Lavvu, wood range etc.
3 days in the same camp with tent and wood stove. Catching fish, a day trip in a canoe, make candle sticks, birch bark container and leather bag, cooking fish over campfire, washing cloth etc. Open the full video description for more information.
This is the short version - here is the long version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpE9MBN_YIY
Date: 07-08-2019 to 09-08-2019
Day: 10°C (50°F)
Night: 8°C (46,4°F)
Location: Sapmi - the land of the Sami people in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Clean and remote classic northern wilderness. Fresh water rivers. Pine, spruce and birch forrest. Mountains, bears, wolves, eagles, reindeers etc. No wildlife is giving campers problems. I can"t give you any information about my location, only that I am somewhere in Sapmi. You need to be the owner or get the owners permission if you want to do the same.
Water, chaga tea and hot chocolate. Dish with fish (pike), salt, oregano, wok vegetable mixture and tomato source. Pike over fire with no seasoning. Wild cloudberries and blue berries. Store bought pizza that just need some heat. Crispbread with syrup and apricot jam. Pancakes (just water and flower) with apricot jam.
A few questions:
1. Is the water safe to drink?
Yes. Sapmi is clean and all water is safe to drink. Meltwater from nearby mountains.
2. Why did you keep the matchboks design so simple?
The plan was not too but the birch bark turned out to be a bit too dry and brittle and I just made a quick one. Also just not the best choice of joint to use on a design without using glue. The bark was in this case not green cut from a green tree, but just some dead bark about to fall off a green tree - offen not ideal bark, but sometimes manageable. The ideal is to use green bark cut from living trees doing the harvesting season in spring - it is a lot more fleksibel and don"t need hot water before bending.
3. Any tips about fishing with a fishing rod?
No. This was one of my first times using a fishing rod. I usually do my fishing with nets... I barely know the names of the gear I did use or how to use it... but lovely experience to do some fishing with a rod and I will defiantly spend the time learning more about it... but so far don"t I have the experience to give any tips - not other than ask locals, ask the local fishing gear store and use the internet.
4. What kind of leather did you use for the bag?
Unknown. Just some thin and very soft skin from a local store.
5. What kind of sewing kit is that?
Traditional sami belt sewing kit, homemade. Just a small one you always carry with you - in base camp will you usually have a bigger sewing kit.
6. What knife are you using?
Puukko, homemade. Traditional Scandinavian knife design. Video about how I made it here on the youtube channel.
9. What kind of soap did you use?
Traditional bar soap, just cut into small pieces. Use that for washing hands and washing the shirt and washing just about everything.
10. Can you give a few points on what makes the wooden clothespins works?
Yes. You want a piece of branch with a knot or similar in one end preventing the split to go any further. The bigger the diameter of the stick, the tighter the clothespins hold. Splitting the wood like I do in the video is a great and safe way to do it - just make sure to hold the knife and work piece exactly like I do it (so you are unable to cut yourself in case the splitting goes faster than expected).
11. Why did the fish say that sound when you killed it?
It is just my hand squeezing air out of the fish. The fish is not screaming or anything like that - it is dead.
Some of the gear used:
1. Pants = Klattermusen Gere 2.0 Regular
2. Boots = Redback original
3. Backpack = M39 swedish military
4. Pot and kettle = Eagle 10L and 1.5L
5. Tent = Savotta 4P
6. Stove and owen = Winnerwell
7. Canoe = Ally 16.5
Video gear: Canon EOS RP, Canon 50 1.8, Røde videomicpro+, Zoom h2n, iMovie.