Rain and Spiders oh my! Part Ten
Let's wind this sucker up.
Up until now I've just relayed the notes I took. I hope they are of some help to someone.
Now the course was an over nighter. I'm no bushy that's for sure. The last time I went camping was an absolute disaster. Let's all have a good laugh at Dingo
So I bought a 4WD and tent and took my missus camping. We had a great drive and explored the countryside visiting rural towns. Then as the day was ending we bought firewood and camped at a commercial camp ground.
First problem. I hadn't set the tent up at home so I was doing it for the first time in fading light. OF course I didn't have any means of driving the stakes into the ground fortunately I borrowed an axe from a nearby camp. I messed up and didn't have the gap between the outer and inner parts of the tent. No problems, it's not going to rain I said
Second problem. Have you ever tried to light a fire with fire wood a lighter and no kindling. And I mean, NO kindling. Yeah, that's not going to work. My missus was tired and getting a little irritated. I was quite annoyed at myself so we just turned in for the night.
Third problem. Missus wanted to go to the loo during the night. Got a torch Dingo? Of course I f*(&^ don't. So we use the torch function on the phone.
Fourth Problem. Revisit the last two sentences of the First Problem and see if you can guess.
At the break of day, we're wet and a little annoyed. I kick the tent down, throw it in the back of the 4WD in a heap and we drive back to the big smoke. As we're driving the car doors lock, then unlock, then lock and unlock. Irritated I told my missus to stop playing with the lock. She denies doing so. Turns out the remote on the car got damaged from the rain. So we're driving on the highway with our doors locking and unlocking and had to wait until the remote died. Great, just great.
And that was the last time we went camping about 12 years ago.
Fast forward to my course.
I can't remember nor can be bothered to look back to Rain and Spiders oh My! part one. But severe storms were forecast for the course. I got the course at a discount but a discount on expensive is still expensive. So I'm going.
The shelter for the course were debris shelters you made yourself / or with a group. I'm not good with making friends. It's not like I'm a prick or anti social, it's more I'm just shy (for want of a more masculine description). So I was by myself.
We were shown various shelters that were already constructed. Our instructions were we could make our own, canabilise existing shelters or renovate them. Everyone wandered off to look at the other shelters so I nabbed the last one we had been shown and it was the best. Woo hoo
Of course I couldn't get a fire going because everything was wet. So much for my expensive fire lighting kit. The night went well in that there was light rain and of course water got through but the shelter was big enough that I could just move. I slept well as it was humid but I had a breeze and I had a sleeping bag.
Come morning I checked my watch and there were hours until the course restarted. Cool, I'll just sleep more. Then the heavens opened up. And the shelter just didn't hold up to the torrential down pour. Meh, I packed up and quickly made my way to where the course was held.
Other people's experience. The Thai's on the course had a tarp so they were fine.
Now for the "And spiders" part = The ex-Army guys fared the worse. Why? Because they'd disturbed a nest of Huntsman spiders so they spent the night being inundated with 8 legged freaks. In the end they bailed on their shelter and slept on the dirt where the course was being held.
What did I learn from that over nighter?
1. You're not going to die if you haven't eaten for a few days. This actually was a good experience because it allowed me to know what to expect so if I'm caught out, it's one less stressor. I suggest giving it a go
2. Building a debris shelter sucks. It's a lot of work and whilst it's better than being open to the weather it's not that awesome.
3. Making a fire is a skill. Having a bic lighter is no guarantee of a fire.
I sincerely hope that I haven't bored everyone and that someone manages to have a take away that they can incorporate into their preps
Oooo - nearly forgot
A large V is the international "I'm in distress" symbol and can be bought from boating and fishing shops. Or just create one with rocks / pain it on your car
3 sounds in succession = local distress signal
3 blasts of your whistle, car horn, slam car door, Gunshots.
Camp toilet - everyone goes in the same area. The caravan of South Americans moving up to the US - Mexico border weren't good at that skill