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    Bark River Golok Review and Outdoor Photos!

    I just got back from a few days away in the wilds of Scotland.

    Usually I would take my axe... but... as an experiment (to see if I could travel lighter) I took my newly acquired Bark River Golok.

    I set out on Monday after studying the weather forecast for a few days.

    It was cold and wet , but, atmospheric.



    I set up camp.



    And took out the Golok for some wood collection.



    I was impressed with it's capabilities, although I wished I had the full spined version and not the tapered one....for the extra bit of weight forward. (anyone want to swap... let me know. )



    I managed to get a small fire going that night,but, all the wood I could find was soaked through, so to keep warm I went to sleep in my hammock.

    The next morning brought a nice surprise.



    I broke camp and headed North.



    Here is a hand held attempt at a panoramic of Loch Ordie.



    I walked for about 12 miles on Tuesday and it was getting dark at about 6pm when I finally decided to make camp.



    I was able to get a much better fire going this time using the dry lower branches of the surrounding trees.

    There was no water source though... so I had to melt snow and filter it through a clean sock into my water bottle..... It tasted ok... well... better than dehydration anyway.



    The next morning... I gave myself a "well done" for reading the forecast right.

    Here is the view while lying in my hammock.



    I plodded the miles back to civilization in glorious sunshine and after getting to the nearest pub for a pint and a Steak and Ale pie... I felt refreshed and healthy.... although sore and exhausted.

    Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoyed it.

    Cheers.

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    Nice trip Soupy

    The Golok is a great tool. Did you find it more useful than an axe then??

    Which part of Scotland did you go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edd-UK View Post
    Nice trip Soupy

    The Golok is a great tool. Did you find it more useful than an axe then??

    Which part of Scotland did you go?
    Thanks Edd.

    I found the Golok "faster" than an axe and it came into it's element when limbing and trimming.

    I would have wished for an axe if I was dealing with thicker wood, but, as it happened I was just limbing branches and trimming them down.

    I started just North of Dunkeld and headed up past Loch Ordie. (OS map 53)

    It's a good part of the world.


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    Quote Originally Posted by soup_monger View Post
    I started just North of Dunkeld and headed up past Loch Ordie. (OS map 53)

    It's a good part of the world.

    Just had a look on a map, nice part of the world
    I really need to get out and about more

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    Looks like a good time. Thanks for sharing.


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    Thanks guys.

    It was a bit early in the year for me to be out and about, I usually prefer to go in Spring when the landscape is coming back to life after Winter.

    Glad I grabbed the chance to get away though.


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    Great pix!

    Corrr! Steak & Ale pie & a pint!! Now THATS the way to end a hike!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu View Post
    Great pix!

    Corrr! Steak & Ale pie & a pint!! Now THATS the way to end a hike!!!
    Aye!.... It was superb.


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    Beautiful country out there! Nice pics and review, too!

    My wife is begging me to take her to Scotland someday, and these pics of yours aren't helping any...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drivetech View Post
    Beautiful country out there! Nice pics and review, too!

    My wife is begging me to take her to Scotland someday, and these pics of yours aren't helping any...

    You should do it one day.... give me a shout if your heading over.


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    You should do it one day.... give me a shout if your heading over.

    I will do that! She needs to sell a few more books before we can afford to go, though (gotta make sure I have plenty of beer money )...
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    The landscape is so gorgeous! <sigh> I watched a film about Andy Goldsworthy yesterday - and now your pics, and it's just so lovely there! Thanks for that Soupy - very uplifting, even with the sock part!








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