Bushcrafting 

January 2017

Jan came to me on one morning with a great idea, to sleep outside in the forest. After a discussion we agreed to make it happen.
In the Netherlands it is not allowed to camp without a permit, on places that are not designed for a camping spot. We looked up information about place where we could camp. As you might can guess we used Google.
"Paalkamperen" in the forest is a fine possibility, but there are a few rules you need to follow. But these rules should not be too hard for people. Because it was the first time, we could camp in the forest. We made some preparations with this in mind "don't forget anything". When we where packed we thought it was pretty cool to walk to the camping spot. Which it was at least in the first 5 minutes and in the pictures . But while walking I feld a beating pain on my back, so we will do this differently next year. 

January 2018

We learned a lot from our first-time bush-crafting. In 2017 we took too much stuff with us. Including but not limited to firewood to cook, but also to keep us warm. Especially during the night (because the night it can get quite cold, because you don't move as much).
In the forest you can find all the firewood you can find. You can even find firewood if it rained for days of even weeks. You would think you can't but boy where we wrong. Al of our stuff we took with us in 2017 we put in our backpacks, that where way to heavy to even think about putting it on our backs/shoulders. And to walk with them. But we didn't know that yet, so a travel later got Sandra some back problems. So to prevent this from happening again we took a cart with us, to put our stuff in. 
While walking we arrived at a spot where you are allowed  to camp, So, the first thing we did was making a shelter in the late afternoon. Then we started searched for our firewood and made a fire for hot coffee and tea.
In the early evening we started with making a chicken stew. When it gets dark you can enjoy said stew from your own campfire. We had a great stay in the woods in the Chaamse Bossen.

November 2019

It took more than a year that we went back to the spot where "Paal Camping" was allowed. There was a huge storm some nights before so we had be careful with any branches that could fall down from trees. As usual we first made shelter and start searching for dry wood. Easy peasy, the branches that had fallen were dry and excellent. We did bring our small 2 persons tent but we agreed that this was the last time as we want to sleep in the outside with just a tarp. It saves 2.7 kilograms in weight and a tarp keeps us dry from the rain. Only down side is that you can not close it. Sandra made for this weekend again a nice stew meal on the open fire. Needless to say that you eat a lot when temperatures drop and chopping wood. Next morning we made bacon and eggs on the campfire and started our day in a steamy forest. Its always nice to enjoy the forest, being active and appreciate each other company and love.

December 2020 

Hi Join us on our hiking tour through the woods to find a location to make our Tarp Tent shelter for a one night Winter Camping. The spot we chose had a nice small lake where we found some material to sit on believe it or not a left over BBQ. We made ourselves a fire and Sandra cooked a nice diner over a tri-pot made from 3 stakes from the forest. The home made wood stove kept us warm through the night where the temperature dropped below -1 Β°C / 30 Β°F.

March 2021

We hiked through a Dutch National Park called the "Drunese Duinen" The park has increadable nice sanddunes which sometimes can be quite high. Then we followed our way to a camping spot near a small lake. There was always a sheep farm where we found some protection from the wind behind some trees. We set up our tarp tent and used our bushcrafting skills to make a fire and start our outdoor cooking directly on the open fire from a tripot. Sandra even made some bread. We had a nice evening and morning with stunning views. We do apologies for the wind noises in our video. 

October 2021

Solo Camping bushcrafting in the woods. Regretfully Sandra had to take a surgery for her knee and was unable to hike. So I made a plan to do it on my self this year. I prepared all minimal equipment for a one  overnight bushcraft trip. I chose the Monday as it is more quit although everybody is heading for work. OK, I had to collect wood for the evening and the first problem arised. The handsaw was stuck in a branch that bended when almost half thru. Bummer. No worries, I took my axe and freed the handsaw, hurray. I realised that filming and being active takes a lot of planning and organisation. I went to the location and had to make choises. On the open area with good light it was very windy, where it was sheltered it was dark and difficult to film. I chose the last one and had to hurry before it became too dark. I made fire and started to cook on the open fire with a tripot. The food was delicious. I had a great night with all sounds of animals around me. I even sweated and lost 1.5 kg πŸ˜€. In the morning with a fragile sun I made bacon and eggs and started to collect all my stuff. I made the camping spot back to how I found it with no trace or litter at all.  In one word it was wonderfull.

December 2021

This was again a solo camping experience. Sandra was recovering from her knee surgery. I made a choise for a location without too much luxury. So this place was in Belgium on a farm with two rivers and some small woods along the side. The lady of the house was stating that why I chose such bad weather to go for camping. I simply stated that that was exactly the purpose. I experienced  real survival as the wind was hard and everything was wet from the rain.
So the Tarp almost flu in the air and the wood was not able to set fire. I got hungry and needed food and a warm drink so it had to work. Eventually the fire lit up and I saved my evening by cooking on the fire. The rain kept on dripping on the tarp, while I continued cutting wood to keep me warm. It was not easy but it gave great satisfaction to be able to survive. Please watch this video on YouTube if you want. 
Cheers Jan.

January 2022

Sandra is Back! 

We had planned to have a bushcraft overnight stay in the woods with a nephew of Sandra. Regretfully he became ill so I had find a new partner or go alone. Sandra volunteered to go along with me although she could not hike as much as normal.

So we adapted our plan with less hiking and more tasks around the camping spot. Sandra arranged the cooking and she trained her photography skills around our camp.

The strong wind from the west made us to create shelter behind bushes and we made our layout for the fire pit and tarp set-up. Regretfully the wind turned 90 degrees and the smoke of the fire pit came directly into the tarp. We tried to put the fire somewhere else but the wind kept changing πŸ˜….

Nevertheless we had a great evening with nice sunset and a brisk morning with a great breakfast fro  SandraπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ.

May 2022

Hello beautiful people welcome again to our website.

We take you on our Wild Camping and Bushcraft adventure in Belgium. We show how to built a Tarp Shelter set-up with the use of branches from a tree. DD Tarp The branches came from a fallen tree next to the river. The spot was in Sint-Huibrechts-Lille at a river called Warmbeek in Pelt Belgium. The weather was super sunny but also quite windy. We started to make a Bushcraft camp and collecting dry wood for the fire this evening. I made a trip pot to do cooking directly over the open fire. We made a marvelous meal with asparagus and some meat. It was a very relaxing night with plenty of sounds and we slept like a rose. In the morning when we woke up it was raining. We directly made a fire for Sandra so she could start baking her bread for our breakfast with bacon & eggs and coffee. The birds were singing for us. After breakfast we started ramping the camp down again. It was a great adventure and we liked it a lot. 

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