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Man of Tanith
18-07-2011, 20:09
So last weekend I had my first camping trip since the birth of Jake.
To mark this Alex (xander) decided to buy an absolutely mahoosive piece of pork for us to eat, I also invited pete my sister's other half along as he has been saying for a wile he was keen to come out and do some ''basic''camping instead of the car camping he usually does with my sister.
So off I trundled with my dad as driver and set up the communal tarp that would also act as the sleeping area for Alex and myself.
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I sat around for a while and tried out my anniversary present from Lisa a nice shiney woodlore knife, Boris my mascot is in this photo but honest I did the work not him.
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Still on my own I dug the pit to cook the piggy in. I also drank several cups of tea and enjoyed just being in the woods its been a while since i was last out so was nice to get out.
Then Alex and his ladies turned up
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Shortly followed thereafter by Pete
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I got the fire going in the trench to cook porky in and Pete set to with a hell of a lot of enthusiasm getting some fire wood cut
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I thought it might be wise to actually look at the pork and was a little stumped bout how to go about it
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Eventually we decided to wrap it in silver foil and then bury it and see what happened
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Alex and I then worked on something Mesquite who was meant to join us until he fell ill suggested a voyageurs cooking set up
http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af167/man_of_tanith01/jakeandcampingalexandpete050.j pg
Alex got the cooking fire going soldiering on bravely despite a broken wrist(not done on the camp I hasten to add)
http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af167/man_of_tanith01/jakeandcampingalexandpete071.j pg
Boris watched all of this with great interest
http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af167/man_of_tanith01/jakeandcampingalexandpete078.j pg
We soon got some water on for a brew those who are interested one of the pans is from the Swedish army trangia set up the other is a mors kochanski pot I picked up a while ago
http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af167/man_of_tanith01/SAM_0069.jpg
And then it was the waiting game so I whittled some pegs for Alex's new bivi bag
http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af167/man_of_tanith01/SAM_0076.jpg
Pete had a brew and Alex took the photos
http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af167/man_of_tanith01/SAM_0077.jpg
After four hours (22:00hrs) we wrapped a convenient plank to act as a chopping board then unearthed the pig
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as you can see from this photo the pork wasn't cooked enough but we had considered this as a possibility and had a cunning plan up our sleeve
http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af167/man_of_tanith01/SAM_0110.jpg
and that cunning plan was sharp pointy sticks! to hang the meat over the fire
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so back to the waiting game watching it cook over the fire shooting the breeze and having a beer
this was our evenings viewing
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finally at midnight i snapped and decreed i was going to eat it cooked or not (I had had a bacon sarnie at 11.45 in the morning and nothing else I was famished)
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turned out really well moist and succulent and oh so tasty
then we wrapped the remaining pork up in foil and chucked it on the embers to carry on cooking to the morning and went to bed
in the morning we rescued the parcel from the fire unwrapped it
http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af167/man_of_tanith01/SAM_0190.jpg
and had a pork roll for breakfast
http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af167/man_of_tanith01/SAM_0193.jpg
before packing up and going our separate ways
hope you've all enjoyed the photos and found it interesting
in future if cooking in the ground i think i shall completely surround the meat in coals rather than only have them beneath the piece of meat buit all in all it was a very successful evening

warthog1981
18-07-2011, 20:31
excellent thanks for sharing looked fun :)

xander
18-07-2011, 20:49
BIG THANKS TO SAM AND PETE as one handed camping is not an easy task lol
we had a great time setting the world to rights and chopping wood and burning it make tea and coffee and testing out all my new kit and of course cooking and eating a small bit of pork :)

Mesquite
18-07-2011, 20:49
Nice one Sam... goodjob looks like I missed a great time I'm gutted I couldn't make it. :(

As for the hangi I think I know where you went wrong... did you have any big stones in there being heated up prior to putting the pork in? If not then next time try getting hold or a load of engineering bricks and line the pit with them before putting the fire in.

Man of Tanith
18-07-2011, 20:53
Nice one Sam... goodjob looks like I missed a great time I'm gutted I couldn't make it. :(

As for the hangi I think I know where you went wrong... did you have any big stones in there being heated up prior to putting the pork in? If not then next time try getting hold or a load of engineering bricks and line the pit with them before putting the fire in.
No steve we had charcoal briquettes and that was it
i shall try and get my mitts on the engineering bricks you speak of
the offer for a camp is still there when you are hail and hearty mate

drewdunnrespect
18-07-2011, 21:07
looks like an ausome camp and looks like some ausome food was had now the title on the othe hand the way it reads i reckon could be a
title of a comedy sketch anyways thanks for sharing

drew

Man of Tanith
18-07-2011, 21:12
thats was half the intention drew :)

Man of Tanith
18-07-2011, 21:21
Here Mesquite where wouldi get some of them there bricks?

Mesquite
18-07-2011, 21:25
No steve we had charcoal briquettes and that was it

There's your problem... as soon as you covered the pit over you starved the briquettes of oxygen so they wouldn't have kept burning.


Here Mesquite where wouldi get some of them there bricks?

Builder merchant would do them.

If you go in and tell them what you're after and have they got any broken ones you ought to get a good deal on them :)

Engineering bricks are best because they're fired at a higher temperature than ordinary bricks to make them waterproof

Man of Tanith
18-07-2011, 21:26
nice one
i feel a trip a coming on

Shewie
18-07-2011, 21:28
Great stuff lads, looks like a right good weekend that


goodjob on the pork

woodspirits
18-07-2011, 21:42
great pics and storyline :) thanks for posting sam

steve

Man of Tanith
18-07-2011, 21:47
no worries mate i do my best to write it as it happened so i can copy it into my journal when i get the chance
shewie the pork was bliss although the long wait might of helped a little

I_Camp_@_Butlins
18-07-2011, 22:20
Pete here... thanks to Sam and Alex for my bushcraft introduction, three men with five arms between us managed a damn good meal... Oh and I nearly killed Sam's badger but retrieved him from the fire before he was cremated!...

might even venture out if the tent next time and go under the tarp...

Cheers

Man of Tanith
18-07-2011, 22:24
try the tarp pete its a much better experience
mooch over to the intro section and say hello to everyone mate they're a friendly bunch

JonathanD
18-07-2011, 22:27
Great stuff. I always find that looking at things with no idea what to do with it works really well after a while Especially at that point when you get bored looking and just try anything while you go and do something cool.

Man of Tanith
18-07-2011, 22:30
i have a few cunning plans in mind for future trips JD leg of lamb is one but i want to make two fire trays first and dozens of other ideas bubbling around in my little head

gsfgaz
18-07-2011, 22:31
great post ,, that pork looked tasty ... great camp set up , cheers for sharing ...

MartinK9
18-07-2011, 22:32
Great pics Sam, thanks for sharing. Nice to see the knife being used too. :)

Man of Tanith
18-07-2011, 22:33
told you it would be a user mate :)

xander
18-07-2011, 23:36
There's your problem... as soon as you covered the pit over you starved the briquettes of oxygen so they wouldn't have kept burning.



Builder merchant would do them.

If you go in and tell them what you're after and have they got any broken ones you ought to get a good deal on them :)

Engineering bricks are best because they're fired at a higher temperature than ordinary bricks to make them waterproof

the briquettes were still well hot when we dug them up i think some on the top would have helped and a but longer lol but you are right rocks or bricks would have helped loads

Biker
19-07-2011, 06:36
Great read fellas. Glad you had a great intro too Pete. Gotta be better than going solo that's for sure.

John Fenna
19-07-2011, 07:16
Hello and welcome to Pete!
That looks like a great intro to the game of "bushcrafting" for you :)
Cummon Xander - there must be a heroic story to the arm... :D

SimonM
19-07-2011, 07:28
Looks like a fantastic trip, with some good eating too!

Next time you do a pit oven, as well as the hot stones / bricks, put a couple of damp towels on top then cover with the soil. It helps to steam your meat, keeping it moist.

Also throw a few veggies in with your meat, cabbage, potatoes, carrots etc...nom nom nom.

Enjoy

Simon

xander
19-07-2011, 08:15
Cummon Xander - there must be a heroic story to the arm... :D

lol well i ran myself over with a massive radio controlled car
http://www.wheelspinmodels.co.uk/i/31914/
one like that
i was driving it past me and a m8 and it hit a house brick it skidded out so pushed my m8 out the way and tried to jump it but it clipped me sending me cartwheeling through the air i put out my right arm and 14 stone of me landing on it fractured my wrist lol DOH

John Fenna
19-07-2011, 08:22
lol well i ran myself over with a massive radio controlled car
http://www.wheelspinmodels.co.uk/i/31914/
one like that
i was driving it past me and a m8 and it hit a house brick it skidded out so pushed my m8 out the way and tried to jump it but it clipped me sending me cartwheeling through the air i put out my right arm and 14 stone of me landing on it fractured my wrist lol DOH
OK so we have the story...
" Selfless bushcrafter sacrifices self to save mate in high powered vehicle crash horror"
Heroic enough for me....
Pity you were driving at the time., though it does add a touch of farce to the story...
"Bumbling bushcrafter runs self over while trying to vault toy car" :)
Heal fast!

geordienemisis
19-07-2011, 08:24
Looks like all had a good time and i think the meal with the veg and whatnot was top class. Well done and great pics too.

Ex-member EagleOwl
19-07-2011, 08:44
Only in bushcraft can the answer to a problem involve the use of pointy sticks.

BPR_MiK
19-07-2011, 09:06
that looked and ace trip..well done one the cooking.

Grendel
19-07-2011, 09:12
Looks good. Still havent managed to get out wild camping yet.

Man of Tanith
19-07-2011, 20:23
many things can be answered with pointy sticks they just might not be the answers wanted :)

Ape_Ogre
20-07-2011, 14:51
The main problem with this thread is... it's made me really hungry, I can smell that pig cooking ! Lovely stuff, jealous.

I have seen this cooking in a hole method before and I am sure it works very well but I think you'd miss the smell of cooking meat you get with the pointy stick method... looks like you got the best of both worlds !

xander
20-07-2011, 14:54
im thinking ill save up next time get a big bit off beef hmmmmmmm lol

garyford
20-07-2011, 22:41
once you have been out a gain you will learn how to do things wright,but my 9 year old would know to put hot rocks on top.best luck next time.

Man of Tanith
21-07-2011, 00:40
The main problem with this thread is... it's made me really hungry, I can smell that pig cooking ! Lovely stuff, jealous.

I have seen this cooking in a hole method before and I am sure it works very well but I think you'd miss the smell of cooking meat you get with the pointy stick method... looks like you got the best of both worlds !
it was a lovely smell and made much better viewing watching it cook over the fire


im thinking ill save up next time get a big bit off beef hmmmmmmm lol
perhaps a smaller bit of meat next time would work better?


once you have been out a gain you will learn how to do things wright,but my 9 year old would know to put hot rocks on top.best luck next time.
Well it was an experiment and a learning experience based on something i remembered my old scout leader doing over a decade ago. your nine year old is very lucky to have a dad who practices bush craft so he can learn directly from you,alas i am having to learn it all from books and recollections that are quite old.
mind you frpm my mistakes others will learn so it isn't a bad thing :)
cheers
Sam,

GordonM
25-07-2011, 19:08
Great stuff Sam and gang! Boris the badger is an outstanding mascot, nice one!

@garyford - no need, sir, for the attempt to pi$$ on Sam's parade. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Gordy

morch
25-07-2011, 19:50
Nice pics and a nice set-up too. Ta for sharing the weekend

Dave

Man of Tanith
25-07-2011, 20:21
cheers gordy glad you like Boris he has accompanied me on many trips including both the Woodlore courses i have done so far.
The entire family has a badger each as a running joke/theme
i am already planning the next trip up the woods hopefully my good lady and our new born will be able to come out and join me