We had planned a little fieldtrip yesterday, trying to see if we could find signs of spring and for some outdoor "cooking"; making some soup and grilling a saucage.
I checked the weather and forecast weather was some sun, some clouds, maybe some rain and about +8C. So I figured I would travel "light", meaning no backpack. A good reason to try out my Finnbag's new layout, too. Just to be on safe side I brought my German poncho.... We were all dressed in cotton pants, hiking shoes and boots, t-shirt, wool sweater and the kids wore their raincoats, whilst I wore my army cotton fieldjacket.
Logistics required a different way of thinking on my behalf. What to take on a hike such as this one and how to distribute it (the weight and volume). We all had 1 filled up canteen, there was food for 3 and I brought my standardstuff, too. We all had a fixed bladeknife, a foldable one and a set of binoculairs, too.
The first signs of spring we found were in the wooded area, right behing the house.
|this little flower is about 5-6cm high|
They were going good! The pace we kept meant that we were still able to talk and we did not break into a sweat. My son opted for the old Dutch army canvas pack, carried as a shoulderbag. He had his canteen on the wastebelt, all ex-army and of the same vintage, too.
As I said, I brought my poncho along, too. Rolled up in it there's a small sack, containing 4x1meter bungees, 2 guylines and 3 metal groundpins..... This allows me to put up a rainshelter in very little time..... just in case.
On our way home I noticed that my fellow woodswalkers moved less well-coordinated than on the way in. They were quit tired. I guess that, besides the 5km walk in, the cold had drawn on their reserves pretty heavily. I spared them the long walk home and called my wife to come pick us up.
While we were waiting, we had some time to scout the area. We noticed some very tall anthills some 15 meters apart. One was at least 1 meter high and the other was even higher!
|I do not know who has stuck his head into this one, but there must have been some nasty surprises for him/her waiting!|
|Can you guess what the darkbrown stuff is???|
|yep.... These babies were up to 1cm each!|
|We heard a car coming....|
One of the things my son was carrying, was a toiletpaperdispenser. I have shamelessly copied this idea from Johan Forsberg's blog HERE . My daughter had the pleasure of fieldtesting this idea and she was more than happy with it! Especially when travelling with kids I can really recommend this idea!!
Here's a shot of the contents of my Finnbag. Apart from the filled canteen with pouch and metal cup, the poncho and the large firstaid-kit, is was packing the following items;
Small compartments from left to right;
- DC4 + firesteel in pouch. The latter can be attached to the belt,
- multitool with small flashlight build in,
- notebook and pencil in ziplock, binoculairs and lenseatic compass
- sewingset, fabric handkerchief, foldable sunglasses/snowgoggles, foldable cup and spork, large sturdy plastic bag and a tin Wilma's Nordic Summer.
- large firstaid-kit and reflective emergencyvest
- German army gloves, foraging bag/net, ziplock with 10 meters paracord, fieldlibrary with Collins gem Food for free and SAS survivalmanual, ziplocked to keep dry and a compasspouch with my camera.
With the Mora clipped to the front, the whole thing weighed a total of 6kg, but as said, that was with the filled canteen and poncho, adding 2,5kg. It was not uncomfortable to carry, but I will have to find another way of carrying the canteen, I guess.
The pack was still bulky and the snaps kept popping open. I have some alteraltions in mind for the pack, like adding loops to secure the Moraknife. Carrying it like that was quite handy. I need to add some padding for the shoulderstrap, though. I will also need to modify the closingsnaps in some way, too, because I was constantly worrying about losing gear.