Grand Bushcraft Weekend Meerdaalwoud 2019

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It is still a while to go, but the intention is to put some information here in advance about the coming bushcraft weekend, and (if possible) my preparations with text and photos.
Although every bushcraft trip is different, it is always the intention to be as well prepared as possible, and to take into account the period of the year – in this case October – possibly cold and rain. Our cooking skills are also constantly being improved, and the cooking equipment has been adjusted. It is not a glamping trip, but comfort and good food is one of the priorities of a successful bushcraft event. And all this without having to hire a moving van to get everything to the location.

It is also not a one-man camp, but we are with a limited group of 5 to 10 people.
Myself and my daughter will give a paracord workshop on Saturday or Sunday, and the intention is to further improve our bushcraft skills and enjoy the event.

Click here to sniff up the atmosphere of the Grand Bushcraft Weekend 2018

(New) Preparations

13/9 – Purchase of a new tarpaulin, must be able to protect 4 to 5 people against the rain, and enough space to work, cook, eat …, chosen for a 4 x 4 m pe tarpaulin, bought at Hubo.be for € 19. The tarpaulin will be hung as “shade sail” or “rain tarp”, one supporting cord running below the opposite points, the sail attached to it with two prusik’s, 2 guy lines to attach the other two points. Example on https://www.instructables.com/id/Rain-Tarp-Design/ Pictures later on bushcraft site.

HUBO
https://www.instructables.com/id/Rain-Tarp-Design/

17/9 – A converted Hungarian stove will be used for heating and cooking. The stove, which is actually made only to heat up a Hungarian goulash kettle, is converted by means of a fire bowl on the bottom, which must ensure that the stove does not overheat and get damaged. To do this, we use the fire bowl of a small bucket barbecue, add small legs ( bolds ) and air holes in the bottom of the bowl.
I have already tried this without these changes last year, it works, in the sense that the fire bowl does indeed protect the stove, only the combustion was not optimal and this due to a poor oxygen flow/supply, hence the increase in height and the air vents. — 27/9 – Legs of the stove adapted with wingnuts, for easier transport.

28/9 – barbeque bowl adapted with bolts as legs, and holes for air circulation

Shelter: Dutch Army tent, regardless of the misplaced reviews that you can find on YouTube, the Dutch Army tent is a comfortable, bomb proof piece of protection – strong in all weathers ! , made of thick and strong cotton (occasionally waterproofing) and a super-thick rubber bottom (resistant to army boots) I have used a few other tents, and this is my favorite tent.

27/09 – To be able to use fresh meat at camp you need a good cooler, I read about the Yeti, but it is not available in Belgium – or not that easy, Coleman is, but also not cheap, and not the best.
Then I read various articles on YouTube about adjusting a cooler box with insulation foam in a spray can. In other words, a DIY Yeti? why should I not try this?
This will be the next project before we leave – stay tuned!

Link : https://youtu.be/7OfTrpg3ZZs

The Event

Location : Meerdaalwoud, De Kluis
De Kluis 1, 3051 Sint-Joris-Weert – 50°47’57.1″N 4°39’56.4″E

Fire & Shelter : Meerdaalwoud ( forest ) 13,51 km² – quite large for Belgian standards, a fire pit with sufficient extinguishing water on each camp field

Water & Food : Free drinking water, a bar with Belgian beer ( and other drinks ) and real outdoor catering

Other:  two sanitary building with sufficient toilets and showers

Number of participants : more than 800

Number of workshops : more than 140

Weather condition : dry weather during the day

Crew : as always very motivated and bushcrafty

External professional participants : Bushpappa , Natuurpunt , and other

Rating : 5 star – Highly Recommended

Pictures : due to the new strict legislation on privacy matters, GDPR, only a limited number of photos were placed on which (in my opinion) no clearly recognizable faces were visible: https: // … – If you still think you can recognize yourself or someone else, and you would like to have this picture removed, please leave a message.

Camp site with PE tarpaulin stretched in delta form, supported by 3 steel tent poles (2 x 1.8 m and 1 x 2.5 m), perfect rain shelter, with enough space for 4 and up to 8 people. Also the heat from the stove kept hanging under the tarp, very comfy.

Me and my daughter gave a workshop “mad max” paracord bracelet, and although my thumb was burned by the melting of the paracord ends, it was still a pleasant Saturday morning.

The intention was to take a lot of pictures, unfortunately I felt a bit sick that weekend, hence the few pictures – luckily my daughter had taken some.

With every bushcraft trip, improvements are made to equipment and methods. We are already looking forward to the next bushcraft event and I will certainly write about prefered equipment, events and our workshops to come.

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