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.