Winter Camping Adventure in the Works

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by RightHand, Oct 30, 2005.


  1. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    For the past few years I have been taking my 3 grandchildren (age 7, 9, 11) on tracking adventures and they are all getting pretty good at it so I have decided to step up the training to a winter camping weekend in my woods. I'll take just my 9 yr old grandson first and we'll only be about 1/4 mile from the house so if it doesn't work out, we can easily hike back home. The spot I have in mind has on the clef of a mountain ridge with a stream. I want to take him in with only a backpack and basic survival supplies but we will bring sleeping bags on this adventure. Then I want to teach him to build a snow shelter and find our own food. We'll try for fish but they're iffy and hopefully find rabbit tracks, etc. then snare some prey. I've been going over snow shelter building with him and found the following link which, although pretty extreme for our adventure, has some really good techniques http://www.usap.gov/travelAndDeployment/documents/FieldManual-Chapt11SnowShelters.pdf

    If the weekend works out okay, we'll plan another with his 7 year old sister. My 11 yr old granddaughter isn't too interested in going us.

    At the moment, this is the only reason I'm looking forward to winter.

    Anyone have any suggestions for our adventure weekend?
     
  2. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Sounds like you got it covered pretty much, sounds like fun.
     
  3. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    No suggestions. But; Major kudos to you RH!!

    Your grandchildren are very lucky to have you!
     
  4. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Tranks Tracy. That's what Grammy's are for.
     
  5. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    You getting closer to this adventure?
     
  6. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Funny you should mention it. I was with my grandson this evening and that's all he wanted to talk about. He wants me to bring a rifle because we have so many turkeys, he figures we can have a good dinner. Then he said if we didn't have a rifle, we'd have to use a knife to kill the rabbit which he plans to snare. He's ready to go this weekend but there isn't any snow on the ground! Gosh I love that kid. He's always ready for an adventure.
     
  7. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I hope you'll be bringing a camera
     
  8. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    The camera will be as important as the survival bag.
     
  9. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    IIRC, didnt you get a copy of 'Naked into the wilderness' on the first group buy I did? If so you might show him how to do the dead fall in there with a rock or log, its real simple and effective, the one with the forked stick pointed up and a stick through the fork to hold up one side of the rock with a string from the other end to the trigger and a baited twig to hold the trigger in place.
     
  10. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Good idea MM. Thanks
     
  11. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    No problem. I know Ive found a lot of info in there thats realy cool and nearly all of it Ive tried was pretty easy to follow and do, friction fires though are just a pain in the butt regardless...I smoke so I carry a zippo any time Im clothed and some times when Im not along with fluid to refill it a time or 2 and flints, I'll stick to that meathod. lol
     
  12. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    b:: I cant wait too see them RH [bow]
     
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