January 19, 2017
adirondack, axe, buck, bushcraft, camping, fishing, ice, saw, wild, wilderness, woodsman
I’ve been reading a lot about winter trekking and hot tenting this past year and finally had an opportunity to get out for a few nights to a place called Good Luck Lake. We did some ice fishing, snowshoeing, star gazing, a lot of fire wood processing and plenty of camp cookery. Now I’m back to day dreaming about the next one and hopefully will find the right place to hot tent and pull some trout through the ice!
We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks—anywhere that we may be placed—with the necessity always present of being on time and up to our work; of providing for the dependent ones; of keeping up, catching up, or getting left. “Alas for the life-long battle, whose bravest slogan is bread.”I am talking … to those of the world’s workers who go, or would like to go, every summer to the woods. And to these I would say, don’t rough it; make it as smooth, as restful and pleasurable as you can.” – Nessmuk -Woodcraft & Camping
January 18, 2017
adirondacks, camping, cedar river flow, hammock
Back in November, I had an opportunity to explore the Cedar River Flow. My friends and I had plans for Bog River Flow but due to construction on the dam we were unable to access the area. Good thing the Adirondacks are so full of great options for public open space to explore.
October 25, 2016
adirondacks, bushrcraft, camping, fish, hammock, Nature, rewild, trout, wilderness
My friend Ron and I had a great trip in early October to the St. Regis area of the Adirondacks. We hit the autumn colors at peak, portaged to hidden ponds, caught brook trout for dinner, had a crayfish boil, lounged in our hammocks and just enjoyed the incredible beauty and peacefulness the wilderness area offers.
It’s wonderful to return to an area you’ve been before but have a completely new experience based on hitting a few side ponds, staying at different campsites and going in the “off” season. We could have counted the people we saw and heard on one hand. The video sums up the trip nicely and shows a mix of it all including some bushcrafty skills mixed with modern gear.
Portage to the smaller ponds away from the roads
Brookie that leaped for my spinner
Beautiful Autumn Colors
My JRB Hammock
Mushrooms stashed by squirrel
Brook Trout Cooking in Cold Steel Pan
Camp Cookery Setup
Camp Cookery at Night
Korean Short Rib! Delicious after a long day.
View on the portage trail
Only site on the pond
View from our site
Camp tools for this trip.
fog lifting over autumn colors
view near long pond
final carry back to car.