View Full Version : Happy Bushcrafty New Year: See you in a week
Bit early, I know, but I'm one of the few, the happy and lucky few, who won the competition on Ray Mears' DVDs a few weeks ago, so tonight I'm off to Lapland to spend a few days with the other winners, Ray and Lars Falt (and that chap who paid fifteen grand to Children in Need, I believe) doing whatever it is that needs doing in the frozen north.
I'll try very hard not to be smug, okay?
Have a cracking New Year, everyone. I'm hoping that the northern lights will put in an appearance. Rumours abound of a sauna and "snow dip," so the chances of a full moon sound perilously real...
See you in 2004,
Have a good trip Jack. You lucky, lucky #@&%!!!!!
We expect a highly detailed debriefing on your return!
bjb - :You_Rock_ I know you'll have a great time. Wish the North our best and I hope that you do see the Northern lights, I've seen them from Newfoundland and it's an impressive sight.
Right you lucky swine we want pictures, lots of them!!! :-D
In all seriousness have a good time and enjoy yourself. I have seen Arora borialis once and I envy you at the lattitude you will get to see them at, by all accounts they are awe inspiring.
Enjoy yourself mate, we all want lots of piccies when you get back.
Awesome adventure! Congrats and stay safe!
Know you'll make the most of it Jack, have a great time, Alick
Nice one Jack
there always better when there free :-D
Happy New Year Jack,
And what a way to start it! Enjoy
Is there any space for me in your rucksack Jack????? I'm only small - honest!!!! :roll:
Have a great time!!!!!
Have a good time..... you lucky so and so ;-) and we'll all catch up with you in 2004
Back from the North, and very tired.
If you ever get the chance to learn any elements of bushcraft from Ray Mears you should jump at it. Not only a wonderful bloke and real gentleman, he is also a teacher of exceptional ability and he certainly knows his stuff. The last few days have been, quite simply, the most wonderful experience of my life to date, and I should like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Ray and Rachel, as well as to everyone else in Lapland and on the trip, who worked together to make it such a unique and memorable time. I'm still digesting everything I have learned and sifting through the memories, but aside from rediscovering the joys of running water I'm not terribly glad to be back in England!
The trip was not the same as the regular Arctic course run by Woodlore for numerous reasons - you'd be amazed how having only a few hours of daylight affects everything you do, for one thing - but I think that all of us have come away having learned a lot about the subject (and what a vast subject it is) and a good deal about ourselves. It's impossible to explain how the falling temperature makes lighting a fire increasingly difficult, but once you have experienced it you understand that when the mercury is dropping towards minus thirty centigrade a fire is essential and knowing how to light one could save your life. Experiencing the frozen north has been quite an eye-opener.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I think I need some sleep.
Good to have you back bjb :super:
So you survived then. Not surprised realy as you had Ray with you ;-)
Welcome back you lucky.... lucky..... lucky man
Good to know you had a fantastic time,
come on then, day by day account, chop-chop we`re all sitting here waiting :-)
I didnt realise the week had gone so quick, was going to start a hate campain against all those lucky sods to win the trip lol
We should organsise a meet sometime, think there are 4/5 of us on this site rom staffordshire