Jul 05 2008

Lodge Preps and Etc.

Published by at 12:03 pm under Expeditions and Experiences

First of all, thanks to: Santiago, Simon, Samuel, Robert Z., Sean, Darlene, Robert D., Douglas, Gerald, Randall, Halley and Survival Acres for all of your donations! It will surely help me pay some hunting license fees (I like to keep my path clear if I can).

The focus of the last weeks has been procuring the materials needed for my winter lodge. The four main beams have been cut down and debarked and I have in excess of 40 spruce poles to make the roof out of. One of my brother has been logging firewood for my father, which has given me a great supply of birch bark. Now in the summertime, there is no need for a lodge, so I either live out in the open or in the lavvo (tipi).

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Foodwise, I have been some modern food, but mostly game and fish. The second picture here is of my favourite way of preparing the local trout, which is the clear summer staple in this area. Any trout that I don’t eat straight away is split, sliced and hung up in the smoke to dry. When dry it is gently fried in the coals. This makes it turn out like a deliciously crunchy fish-bisquit.

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Other things I’ve been eating in various quantity, from various sources:

  • Caribou
  • Roe Deer
  • Moose
  • Wood Cock
  • Trush
  • Magpie
  • Black Grouse
  • Frog
  • Lamb’s Quarters
  • Nettle
  • Rosebay Willowherb
  • Dandelion
  • Chickweed
  • Orphine
  • Blueberry (at the coast)
  • Wild cherry (at the coast)
  • Mussels (at the coast)
  • Sea Snails (at the coast)
  • Several species of seaweed (at the coast)

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Some other things I’ve done, not mentioned above:

  • Made some more Aspen bark containers.
  • Made a willow basket.
  • Hafted an axe.
  • Stitched up a rawhide container to store food in.

I haven’t mentioned that I’ve had visitors. Thomas from Germany and Patrick McGlinchey from Scotland. Both a pair of primitive nutters. Here it may look like they have been smoking more than fish, but that’s just an attempt to smile in overly smoky conditions.

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The southern coastal oak forests are huge, too bad that the seashore itself has been almost totally built over by cottages and houses. Because of that I didn’t care to stay there any length of time. I’d be extremely thankful if someone would show me a relatively untouched piece of coast somewhere between Skien and Kristiansand.

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Here are a few sceneryshots from the area of the high school where I work occasionally.

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Regards
Torjus

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Lodge Preps and Etc.”

  1. sam_acwon 05 Jul 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Great photos, good to see you’re doing well. Do you intend on preserving lots of food for winter or just shifting to different foods (e.g. more meat)

  2. Mungoon 05 Jul 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Wow – that trout looks delicious! Can you tell/show us how you catch them? Are you using modern fishing equipment or nets?

    My dad gave me a big bag full of birch bark yesterday when I dropped by to visit, but nothing like the quality and size shown in your photograph. You should have some fun there…

    Cheers,

    Mungo (a.k.a. Simon)

  3. Torjus Gaarenon 06 Jul 2008 at 11:07 am

    Sam

    When the spawn runs start in the autumn I’ll dry as much fish as I can manage. Both to use as bait and food during the winter. Probably quite a lot of berries and fungi too. Opposite of common belief, summertime is actually the leanest time with this type of lifestyle. Game is hard to find because they are well fed and have young. The fishing isn’t much better. Winter provides a lot better opportunity for trapping and hunting.

    Mungo

    I’m using both a modern fishing rod and a net. As of yet, I have not discovered any primitive method that even comes close to the modern rod’s efficiency in summertime, when nets doesn’t really fish all that well. I have a few ideas though and they’ll be tested very soon.

  4. Survival Acreson 06 Jul 2008 at 7:40 pm

    I’m curious, have you achieved the 3 – 4 hours of ‘food production activity’ level yet experienced by ancient humans, or are you spending more time then this to produce food?

    Not that it matters of course, I’d rather be fishing any day and all day!

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