Cold Weather Wilderness Weekend- S&T/ Nature Studies

  • November 16, 2012 · 4:00 PM
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4 pm Friday 11/16 through 4 pm Sunday 11/18

We have changed the venue, we will NOT be going to French Creek but to the Civil Air Patrol Ranger Training Station instead.

For this exciting Survive and Thrive/ Nature Studies venture we will provide a format to learn new skills related to cold weather survival as well as give our members a free flowing space in which to PRACTICE THE SKILLS  that have already been taught to you.

This is a great opportunity for newbies that know not much and hardened bushcrafters that have forgotten more than most others will ever know.

This is a FREE event.

Mike Danker, Jerry Hartman, Hugh Brenner, Brian of SEPA Survivalist, Charlie White and Fernando Salguero will all be on hand to help guide this weekend successfully.

Among other skills that will be shared we will certainly focus in on:

- Autumn/Winter wild food ID and foraging in the North American region

- Fire building and tending without matches or lighters

- Creating shelters that will keep you and loved ones warm through the night. You can make your own shelter and sleep in it if you wish.

- Basic orienteering and reading the night sky

- Modern and primitive tools and techniques to stack the odds in your favor

- Trap and snare setting for small game

- Stealth, subterfuge and camouflage

- Charlie White will be setting up a "trading blanket" on Friday and Saturday evenings. This is a great bit of practical fun. Bring any useful items that you can use to barter and trade for items that you are lacking. Food, tools, flashlights, hides and the like will all be on the blanket.

You must understand a few things if you plan to participate. -

* It will be COLD. Plan to layer up not only your clothes but also your bedding and tent. If you have a fair weather tent, bring a tarp to seal it up and keep the air and water out. Extra socks, tough boots, sturdy gloves and a warm hat. The more blankets you have with you the better off you will be. You may choose to sleep in your vehicle if that suits you, the parking lot is 35 yards from our campsite.

* We will provide a propane cooking station , a cleaning station, a power station ( phone charging etc). Toilets are on site.

* Be prepared to feed yourselves. A calorie is a heat fuel unit, stock up well.

* We will have a fire with hot water for tea/coffee/cocoa/instant soup going around the clock.

* Bring a folding chair or two for sitting around the fire (a blanket will be an asset here too).

* We are always family friendly. Feel free to bring kids and adults with you if they are of an age and mindset to grow from this experience. Please leave any that don't want to be at our event at home.

* Drug and alcohol use is not welcome at this event.

* This is a rain or shine event. Be prepared for rain and snow with a poncho or other rain gear.

* Bring any tools or gear that you want to try out. Think about fire steel,bow drill, magnesium fire sticks, knives, camp axes, compasses etc.

* In addition here is the official Survive and Thrive 5lb A to Z Bug Out Bag list of must have items.
DO NOT FEEL THAT YOU MUST HAVE ALL OF THESE WITH YOU IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE, however many of these items will be put to good use over this weekend.

a. Leatherman Wave / Gerber Multitool
b. 8" zip ties - 30 ea
c. 3 mil. 55 gal Contractor bags - 2 to 3 ea
d. 3 mil. clear plastic sheet - 8ft x 10ft
e. 550 MILSPEC paracord - 50 ft (not just any rope)
f. Duct tape - 20 to 30 ft on a flat roll
g. Signal mirror
h. LED flashlight with an on/off switch
i. Unlubricated , unribbed condoms - 3 ea ( water carry and wound seal )
j. Compass - button compass ( with moving face) is preferred to the needle compass
k. Whistle - it is better have a whistle without a ball inside
l. Latex surgical tubing - 6 to 10 ft
m. Clear medium or tall trash bags - 2 to 4 ea
n. Butane Bic lighter 1 ea
o. Strike anywhere matches dipped in wax ( not too thick)
p. Firestarters - fuelsticks or cotton/petrojelly balls in foil - 8 or more ea
q. Magnesium block w/ spark stick
r. Gatoraid / electrolyte powder
s. Medium sized fishing hooks 10 ea
t. Small bottle of chlorine powder
u. Bandana, large - 1 ea
v. Alcohol based hand sanitizer ( multi use )
w. Travel sized baby wipes - 1 pack
x. Gauze pads & cotton balls - 2 ea
y. Powerbars - 3 to 6 ea
z. Triple antibiotic salve / Neosporin

Finally, if you :

A. Do not have a tent, sleeping bag or camping gear

B. Have tent space to share

C. Wish to carpool to and from the event

D  Wish to travel by car caravan to and from the event

E. Have any other questions

then please contact Fernando ASAP at[masked] / [masked]

This camp out is a cooperative between several meetups, including Nature Studies and Survive & Thrive. Besides plant foraging we'll distill oils from trees and use them for medicine, fuel, glue, torches, water-proofing, etc.  As it may be a bit nippy in November I'll emphasize fire -based skill demonstrations, like making burn bowls and utensils, cooking with acorns, crab apples, seeds and other fall yummies. Collect your acorns, lambs quarters, grass seeds and Autumn fruits now to bring in November and we'll make all sorts of good food with it. Of course we'll hunt for edible and medicinal plants and fungi, and gather various plants for making cordage around the fire. Fernando, Jerry and other friends will be instructing on making fire, finding and purifying water, building shelters, compass/map reading, reading the night sky, and more. Any particular requests, let us know and we can probably find someone to teach it. I look forward to learning from everyone!

We will provide a propane cooking station , a cleaning station, a power station (phone charging etc). You will bring your own tent, sleeping stuff, food, knife, and any outdoorsy tools you've been waiting to try out. Toilets are on site. Potable water is not far. And don't forget your MEDICINE. It's a long drive home.

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  • FERNANDO ANTONIO S.

    We did everything that we set out to do and then some ! Hugh and Brian were fantastic in their patient approach and dedication to empowering others with hands on knowledge. Hugh hauled so many teaching aids into our camp I was blown away with his preparations. Brian was great with the traps/snares and fire starting aspects, not to mention teaching how to de-feather and gut a fowl in the wild Wade was a wonderful addition with his hand drilling and cordage making skills. Elizabeth K also demonstrated a keen skillset that we should all aspire to (she rocks !). Mike Danker and Charlie White were great pillars of mountain man and pioneering culture with their tips, guidance and examples throughout the weekend. Those two around a campfire make for long lasting memories. It was good to see so many old and new faces this time out. My son formed memories that will stay with him for the rest of his days, as have I. Thank you all, I am humbled to be a part of this energetic expression.

    November 19, 2012

  • Hugh

    We all had a great time, except for Fernando's rooster.

    November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time!

    November 18, 2012

  • Suzie

    Fantastic!!! Thank you Hugh for sharing your time, energy, knowledge and hand picked delicacies. Lori and I learned and enjoyed this valuable class. Look forward to future foraging.

    November 18, 2012

  • wade m.

    I am likely to be in and out this weekend. I live 12 minutes away.

    November 15, 2012

  • Lou

    guys enjoy be sad and have fun. I will be donating my tractor trailer and time on Saturday to bring some relief to the people of New York so I will have to bail on this weekend. Sorry and have a great time.

    1 · November 7, 2012

  • Reggie

    I am hiking Hawk mt. (2 miles from the camp-site) prior to coming Friday 11/16/12. Anyone, who wants to come pls feel free to let me know as I have the family membership so, you dont have to pay the $8 fee. Length/difficulty of hike will depend on the weather that day.

    Easy hike: approx 1-2 miles (touristy trail)
    Intermediate: approx 2-4 miles w/ some rocky terrain
    Advanced: approx. 5 miles w/ approx. 2 miles of rocky terrain requiring some rock scramblings. See you all!

    1 · November 7, 2012

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