MIDNIGHT TO MIDDAY! – Attending to Camp within the Darkish and Constructing within the Day. On the Castle within the Woods.
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I arrive at the fort in the woods in the dark, at midnight. Camp out for the night then wake up, cook a great breakfast over the fire, and spend the day building the fort in the woods.
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Hey folks how are you joe here i woke up at home about one in the morning i looked outside saw it was snowing so i threw together a bag real quick i decided let's go over to the fort spend the night there and then spend most of the day tomorrow uh fixing it up and just building even more because the snow is obviously here to stay now so uh yeah.
Hopefully the snow keeps up we're going to spend the night there and cook up some good food in the morning start building my wife said i'm crazy some random camera on the road hey folks how are you joe here we're about to jump right into the big video but first a huge shout out to my sponsor.
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Tarp it's still snowing so bonus let's get out there good thing about having the four here is that i don't have to have much gear i have a relatively small backpack my shelter's already here all i need really is like warmth.
Some tools some food that's about it i'm here now i haven't gone up to it or entered it but let's go see it together okay pretty good some snow got in here on the top like.
Normal and there's some snow load on the tarp itself but other than that everything looks great okay we've got to get settled in and go back to bed here bed's nice and dry everything's dry it's just here on top of the fire pit that's wet oh full of snow at least.
This is my backpack everything fits good this is the extra tarp i threw in at the last moment just for that type of stuff in case but other than that it's like a 35 liter backpack for a winter camp because of the four again not too bad i see some bunny tracks in here.
That's kind of cool bunny tracks right there but yeah like i said everything's pretty slick looking pretty dry and snow free just this one spot and it's not a ton like the other day um you saw me camping that was just around the corner from here.
So we gotta clean off this uh snow from here a little bit i believe and then uh go to bed it's actually not too cold to be honest with you oh not too bad either maybe some of that melted off of there i'm gonna fix this up on this trip i got another idea how to.
Make it a little bit more sturdy we'll still have the tarp there but yeah i have a good idea or what i believe to be is a good idea but that was a huge dumping we got the other day and uh yeah it's coming down decent now too so i'm happy happy with the whole.
The old fort with snow proofness snow resistance is a better term still snowing maybe not as heavy as it was but still going got some icicles cold never bothered me.
Some good food cook up in just a few hours from now so sleeping pad bag it's not even actually that cold out negative three i think and a bivvy pillow oh i gotta put some pegs.
Something to come falling off it'll be another job for tomorrow okay i haven't used this sleeping bag in a while let's touch on the musty side all right folks i'm gonna get a few more hours of sleep here.
And get up pretty early i would assume and uh start working and cooking and just spending the day out here i hope it keeps snowing but we shall see needs to be a little bit wider all right folks.
A good night or good morning either way good morning slept in a little bit later and i thought it's like 8 8 30 almost so uh yeah anyways.
I think i might have got to bed around 3 30 or something like that yeah this bed uh this bench is a little on the narrow side even for skinny joe so that's one of the things we'll have to do today pound some steaks in too because i i need like a crib so i don't fall out.
Found some big tall stakes in add more logs fix up the top here and uh yeah hang out do some other stuff build a big fire i forgot to bring uh more rocks from home i'll have to do.
That next time if they're not frozen in place all right putting out them nice and dry though like it is still snowing nice okay so the temperature dropped a little bit i'm sure of it.
A little bit of snow on my my sweater but nothing crazy like honestly a little bit of snow on that for the fort i will take it it's pretty freaking good pretty freaking good man all right that was amazing i felt really good.
Okay you know get up get a little bit more warm head out there collect some wood a good day yeah it's snowing he smokes.
So on some paracord some long lost paracord on the ground not too bad for the amount of snow that's out there a little bit in here and i plan to fix that even more not perfect but even more this time.
If i keep up with the snow around the fort might be able to keep a nice walking trail around it even through the winter we'll see they are not too shabby and once we get the fire going all that.
Rustle melt uh nice the old grandma's ass with new and improved paracord beeswax wrap which is holding up nicely oh just shaved that one look at it this time.
It's there's just like ice on there there we go there we go look at all the ants that came out of that one oops sure guys can't decide no anticide i'm so sorry.
So so sorry uh hope you guys are getting a little bit of smoke on that side it's a weird noise coming over there some moisture that's gonna take a hot minute to get going while that's working it's magic i'm.
Gonna head up to the roof and see what i can do there's a bunch of stuff that's about to melt or it is melting i might knock that down and get out of the way and start to work on the roof i do have a good plan for it again i think yeah.
Yeah this gotta happen that fire is going to be a minute before it dies down to coals so i can cook my bacon on it so let's go get a tree a dead standing tree preferably for what i want to start to do to the roof ah so i can't or actually don't want to.
Block off everything here because i need this to be able to let light in and for smoke to escape so for me to add poles the whole way across from here to here it would really block out a lot of light i'm not really sure about how much smoke it would would trap because there's.
Still gaps and everything but i i don't want to block light so i figure if i put some poles starting there one maybe some ribs two four or five of them going across and then tying them off to there and the ridge pole i think that will do a couple things it'll tighten this right up.
Which will look way better and be more protected and it'll keep the tarp from sagging and me potentially potentially ripping out me being worried about it like this has held up for almost four years again like look at it's getting a little thin thin in spots you know what i mean but i don't want to get rid of it.
Because that's the whole spirit of the fort so let's do that that's still going strong i got choke cherry and oak choke and airy cup to cook it in installments because i wanted flame for this that's done done done.
And uh i want coals for the bacon and my bagel bacon bagel bacon egg bagel built breakfast burrito sandwich farmer's wrap now because this thing is so wampus it's not straight like it's cockeyed because the trees weren't you.
Know it's not straight it's not a 90 degree angle i all of the logs are going to be different this side's much shorter than this side so maybe i'll start with the shorter side now yeah i'll start with the shorter side because here we go here we go.
Something to measure with so if we want it to hang off and come apart come past that just a touch this is almost perfect length for here so i'll cut it just a little bit longer than this new pot hanger i got i made this up because the other one i had was unwieldy it was too big unyieldingly unwieldy it was too big.
Because the other one i had was way too big was bulky and in the way and i couldn't move it around too much this one that just sits on that hoop take it off when i want and then that can just stay there or get thrown up it's not a big deal just a little.
Notch out i don't want it too long because then it'll impede things so i'm just going about an inch longer than the pot hook okay let's see how that fits okay.
Looks good that's what we'll do and then we'll tie them all on push the fire over so i can get some good coals put my bacon on because i'm a hungry boy because i'm hungry but nope not gonna do it not gonna do that dab some of the oils.
Off came out almost perfect a little piece in here but i don't care about that pretty oily anyways all right let's get some bacon on this piece and call it good whoa pretty good breakfast i'll get going on some more work i gotta keep one piece of bacon to eat.
Outside of that look at how good and toasted that is it's gonna be nice and tasty oh my tummies are rumbling this is probably so hot stuff oh my oh my that food was really good i hit the spot.
Give me a bunch of energy let's get some work done all right i'll take the shorter one first i'm glad i did it this way too because the shorter ones will be heavier because they're fatter it's all around good fit.
And one more and that'll support the snow weight and still give me light and like i've said many times this isn't square so pulling this side and getting a little bit more coverage on this side is not going to.
Affect the light or the smoke escape on that side it's still coming out on this side and it's not it's not doing anything over there so this will be plenty and i can still roll it back if i want to i'll just tie a quick little knot on there pretty cool pretty happy with that.
Looks better already he's holding the tarp up more yeah you can already tell it looks better like that i just want to get this one up here because the droop the old sag i don't like it i do like.
I do like my fire pit i was thinking maybe i'll just take some rocks off the back and put them in the front there but i like the way it is it's kind of growing into the ground with all the dirt getting kicked up onto it and stuff so it's nice and solid now i'll leave it there and just add maybe only two or.
Three more rocks and not even that big like just a couple of thin ones to go here maybe just fill in here like this yeah right like that if i can do that i'd be happy and that's plenty it's like two feet wide maybe don't balance up here.
All right i've untied this just to give myself access so here to tie these uh ribs on see up here looks pretty solid inside pretty solid man canadian jams all around yeah there goes the camera.
Go bro are you okay i'm so sorry i'm so sorry i dropped you so i had to do it here all right they're all tied on now my dilemma is this like for looks definitely if i were to just tie this.
Down to there it would be it would look much better you know it'd be it'd be uniform and be straight across i don't know how much better it would be for keeping snow off of it like normally it's up like this right.
But actually probably about that high to be honest with you so it has an angle to it but the snow does gather there anyway let's try it let's tie it down here for now and see because i always it bothered me the way it looked but it was for function but.
Let's see let's just try it and see and uh where's come stories we got to put a new tarp on all right we got six inches of snow on top here at least eight maybe yeah maybe eight.
Gotta love the fort i love this fort okay that's just gonna get turned to ice and melt anyways i might as well push this all off the front uh to start my beginnings of my snow wall for this year.
Might as well start now no reason not to get a good base going okay for all of my work up there which which i swear is more than it seems by the evidence down here it's all cleared for the most part and i've got a slick new system that rigging it up like this allows me.
To do it i'll show you that after but i'm gonna take off some layers and shovel this a little bit closer to where i want it to be for the start of my snow wall slash slide slash quincy slash passage fred penner passageway into my shelter here.
Was fred penner specifically canadian i think mr dress-up was i could be wrong on all of these accounts i know mr rogers wasn't saying fred petter might have been he crawled through a law regardless i'm sorry if i'm wrong but he crawled through a log at the beginning of his show every time.
oh i had cheese curds in my pocket i forgot to put on the dern sandwich cheese curds squeaky cheese oh that makes me angry i'll roast some after maybe oh no oh oops i knew it was missing something the old squeaky cheese darn it.
During it all the heck it looks much better under here more structured more uniform okay we're gonna uh we're gonna shovel here is the ground normally and here is where i piled most of the snow i thought i tried to do it evenly but it kind of tapers off this.
Way anyway we'll uh get a shovel get a shovel to start shopping like i said not too shabby we got like a foot up maybe not even but close enough kind of tapers this way it's all good what i'm going to do is uh the more snow comes to just build another exactly the same as one of these same width maybe.
Two feet wide here same height boom and then i can start filing so up here and gradually working it down into like a dome or slide whatever the case may be whatever fancy fancy's my tickle you know what a weird saying.
Tickles brother of the bivvy as you can see she's a touch on the uh the narrow side now i know last time i said this backlog was secure and it is it's stuck right in here it's not going anywhere on both sides but the thing is i think i.
Can put a couple logs at least one log behind it i'm losing space behind here that really i don't need to keep open that much even if i closed it off like another log i would still have room to reach my cheese curds that i accidentally threw down there so instead of just building out this way.
This way i want to go this way as well so we'll we'll do that and then we'll pound in some bigger stakes over here and then back here right behind it so that i don't fall out things that will come up and protect my sleeping pad my baby from falling out of it.
Some wood on fire beforehand cedar this is gonna be super crackly and poppy because i put the cedar on so i'm gonna move my bevy away from it just as a preemptive measure will smell nice though all right or one up on you mr tree.
Okay some people always ask me why i cut so high it always depends on different reasons but this one is wampus this one doesn't start straight until up here so i'm cutting it where it starts straight so i don't have to cut it more time there's nobody that comes back in here except for me so i don't have to worry about people.
Falling on them or anything like that ah okay one to one mr tree you got me got me down the back okay one clean these up real good because we'll be laying on them.
Sleeping pads and whatnot so no pokey poke free zone over here we'll start with the one that i took out already to measure with that's that and that one there that we just got another.
Another i'll try to put this one on the back yeah perfect okay so that one can go on the back that's a bigger one and that can like kind of be a stopper for the end before i put the stakes in and then i think i will switch out this one because it's a little high.
Does that make sense a little bit of a lump there but with the sleeping pad it shouldn't matter too much it didn't last night if the lump was there oh this is much wider oh yeah okay.
This will fit my whole sleeping pad this time so i added three pieces to it i believe two on the front one on the back we'll get the big uh the big stakes now and solidify this whole shebang this whole bed it's got to be getting close to.
Lunchtime i think eat some cheese freaking squeaky cheese snow is pretty humid probably good moisture content good water content no dirt in the old lid all right so it's pretty suck i just been storing my paw hanger up there.
Instead it's out of the way i don't have to worry about trying to put that big one anywhere slide it like i was before this fits perfectly and this loop just goes around a little knot on the stick and it's that easy so that can sit there and melt slowly while i do my work here.
All works here i might have to make a couple shorter ones for back here just because the room tech hammer is impeded by the top logs you can see i put it right tight close in there against the bed log the cross beam and the bottom piece on.
The ground so in theory it should be pretty strong it's sticking up enough oops where it's going to block my bed from falling off like i want so we're going to do one back there.
Hammer that one better one back there one there and maybe one in the middle i still have the ability to drop my pot down simple with a simple slide of the paracords this is the new one i haven't pounded in at all you can see how.
Significantly shorter it is it will still keep my stuff in i just can't afford to pound it in far like that's probably it i would love to get this one in but maybe this one doesn't have to be too sturdy if that one's in there ah shoot yeah i can't.
I'll cut this i'm gonna cut this well it's here cut it goes here when the wood's in the ground man cut it while it's there cut it while it's there no joe don't despair my uh.
Blossoming career is a crapper all right let's see parappa the rap okay i've cleared up all my problems that'll stop the stuff from going out for the most part maybe i can just use this one as a.
Situation anyways i gotta get more back there so it'll be okay okay it's stuck it's just a little sloppy we'll get one tight in there we'll get a tater whoopsie.
All right one down okay well it's in there oh i hit my knee with the blood of the oh i felt good that's so so good so very.
Turn oh okay solid enough now oh man i like broke the ground it must be frozen under there because look at it's like a pressure crack or something it's crazy.
Huh just going to trim up the top here get rid of that mushroom it could potentially cut a sleeping bag or something but no big deal all right cool get my crib on well on its way it's all melted could be a little bit.
Hotter drop it down a touch there we go just about there ha ha back in business now nice you got looks like i got plenty of room oh yes.
Oh man this is so much more stable i felt like i was gonna freaking roll off the bed all night long yeah this is it doesn't move i've got the stoppers it's not me or my sleeping bag from rolling out it's pretty level.
Oh this feels really good this feels so good i might take a little nappy poo here oh man i wish this was like this last night anyways um tea is done or water's boiled at least so let's get that going right now i'd love a little tea.
Find myself not wearing the gloves too much unless it's actually really cold but they're good to have to work with hot things and tools and stuff with we got the lunch of champions going on here squeaky cheese and tea um it's nice to sit in here.
And see nothing but white up there and have nothing no snow in here at all except for what i've accidentally kicked in off the top or whatever that hasn't melted yet right at the front but this is dry like try sand that's awesome so it's a nice comforting.
Safe out of the elements place i love it i love it and this is the perfect time of year to be here for me okay we're gonna get uh this tea into us get some cheese curds down the old gullet and uh maybe maybe lay down for five ten minutes.
We'll see where the day goes though it's already i don't know probably one o'clock 1 30. and uh yeah go home before supper for sure i'm a hungry boy already yeah it's one o'clock thanks for all the views on the last.
Fork video and a couple videos before that that's awesome to see super happy about that switching it back up to this type of stuff is uh obviously what you guys want to see i got a lot of good comments too after that last port video and the little rant i did people are saying just.
Do what you want but it's nice to hear i gotta do what's smart too though but anyways thank you appreciate it you guys are always good to me we got a little little sappy also getting a little sappy here sorry oh that's hot melt that cheese going down.
Well this is what i was afraid of once it started melting if the the water would find or sorry the melted snow would find its way through some holes in the tarp like i can see one right here it's dripping through quite a bit so i didn't know how big of a deal it was.
Going to be but look at this it is a big deal because look at all the water on my sleeping stuff you don't want that obviously while you're sleeping so we're gonna have to fix that i'm glad i brought that extra tarp out.
We'll fix it up today because that's a pretty big pretty big problem to have first thing we're gonna have to do is get all the snow off of here i'm gonna grab my gloves real quick but like there's a you know a good amount i'm going to put the part.
This white tarp that i'm using to put up on top of here after down to catch all the snow that i push off of the back here so i can bring it to the front and use it for my snowball so that's kind of a cool little double use.
Action so uh laughs precarious like a squirrel oh squirrely joe that's what they call me all swirly joe.
You know legend of old squirrely joe legend says you could ride on the wing of a sparrow all right oh the tarp is separating completely all right it's probably not good.
All right well first things first let's show the damage this is uh this is what it was i guess this tarp is connected in two parts which is weird or tarp but it's starting to separate and then when i slide down it.
It looks even more but like you can see it there it's just this lift here and it's going the wrong way if it was facing the other way it might not be that big of a deal but we're going to leave it there and put this secondary tarp on top so it's going to be okay when.
It's got some snow though let's get that over in the front ah it's heavy more gloves just filling some spots in then i'll start sliding and widening it out you see all humans are snowing.
Hence why i don't mind working without gloves all right that didn't hurt a little bit more snow to the wall all right that's on but that looks horrible let's cover it up just a nasty piece of wood so.
So ugh oh snow so check it out just white right white everywhere and then come to the fort you get a little pathway.
Free of snow all right come on in oh it's it's dry it's dry in here look at this oh there's no snow and there's dirt on the ground and you can get comfortable oh stay a while i don't mind if i do okay thanks oh.
Well i'm gonna call it a day here lots of stuff done lots of improvements and uh ready for next camp out here definitely so i'll go home and spend some time with the family and start editing to.
Very very fun trip fun overnight i'm glad i did it that way it's not something i normally do head out in the middle of the night and like anyways it was good i'm really happy with the way everything turned out i'm happy that i got the snow before it stopped because it's.
Really tiny bit but nothing like it was it's not barely anything right now but it was coming down pretty good earlier as you saw so it's always fun to get that and be outside in that i have a good feeling about this winter i really do.
All right i'm gonna pack down camp i'll still take you on top of the roof before i leave and show you um the little bonus that i got by doing uh those logs i can i can close it up completely and i'll show you that so like say if there's a a storm like a winter storm or it's just blizzarding or whatever and just too.
Much snow coming in and i say screw it i don't care about the the smoke or whatever there's other places for it to go out i can actually overlap the flat roof tarp over this tarp now and be completely covered from the top with that double tarp on the back now i.
Feel pretty confident the only thing the only snow that comes in it's going to drift sideways is through here and i really if i wanted to i could put up like a space blanket here block the walls off when i'm camping if i really wanted to i could put a freaking wood stove in here if i wanted to i might do that one for one one night one little.
Camp out with the wood stove in here try and block off as much stuff as possible set it up like maybe right there vent it up the top would be kind of fun but who knows anyways lots of options lots of stuff to do and uh lots of time to do it so i'm gonna pack up camp okay.
All right here's the whole system white tarp brown tarp fixed with sturdy ridge poles green tarp roof tarp cleared off for the most part anyway.
Let's let this down so here's where the improvement comes in give me a second here do the whole nine yards and i might actually i'll leave that like that while i'm gone so that no snow comes in the top oh boy.
Cooking with gas now all right let's do that cool now after uh next time i'll i'll get up a stopper on there properly so i can block it right off but super happy for now way way more enclosed than it was way more uniform looks better feels.
Better cool coolly coolly cool well it's time for this guy to get out of here i really hope you guys enjoyed this video i had lots of fun here at the fort up on top of the ford inside the ford sleeping at the floor underneath the.
Fort highland snow at the floor cutting wood for the fort in the woods all right guys we'll see you again with another video i don't know what the next video will be but i'm sure it'll be good i hope you'll like it just like this one see you next time.
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