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    last years trips finally

    was just going through some pics and realized there were a years worth of trips i never shared at hf.heres some of them.
    was out every weekend of january.and a good portion of feb.all of my trips were solo with the exception of the frozen butt hang were i enjoyed the company of some other hammock forummers .
    Mac and Four dog


    my clark keeping me warm at -14deg f


    two weeks later solo me and the clark got down to -18degf.
    da wool


    hauling firewood to camp.the fire alone did not seem to keep me warm had to stay active.hauling and cutting firewood did the trick.


    i credit this double layer hammock chair,i filled with leaves,and every dryed weed i could find on site ,and useing as a top quilt,for keeping me cozy warm.


    it had about 4 in of loft.i also used a fleece blanket and a 32deg bag on top.the clarks pockets were stuffed with wool cloths,and some down parts and pieces of some coats i had taken apart at the seems.i also had bags of cattail down harvested near camp, stuffed in the pockets.pictured are the cattail down and contents of my makeshift top quilt


    love haven a big long fire in the winter.this was common throughout all my camps.


    this weekend i tried out the pod system.it only got down to about 28 this night so i ended up being way to warm in my -20 bag.


    also that weekend i got some fairly good pics of this wolf.


    this was about 150 yrds from were i was to set up camp.camp was about a mile of trail on a small bit of high ground surrounded by black spruce swamp.i was calling predetors when he came in about 30 yrds away.i called him to about 20 yrds at this pic.he came in to about 15 yrds before spotting me and running off.what a beautiful animal he was.he acted like the prince of the area.like he owned it.my little camara did not take good enough pics by far to do him justice.


    about a week later i was dragging the sled accros some remote lakes about a mile in again.i had seen numerous otter tracks and was wondering how they got back into the lake .


    at exactly that moment my left leg found out.now my left leg was wet up to the thigh.


    i got a fire going very quick and dryed out.


    heres a shot of my sled.started useing it after my rick tote cracked up during the -18deg trip.

    for those wondering what a rick tote is,me pulling it after the 1st frozen butt.


    slept on the ground the first time in allmost 5 years.made this shelter and slept in it a night got down to 10 deg.not very comfy,but i had to try it.
    what i started with.


    my bed.spruce/fir boughs and goldenrod stems.i covered up with a wool and a fleece blanket.

    useing that sled.

    the next morn.i burned allot of firewood overnight.i stayed mostly warm.really missed the hammock although i had it set up about 200 yrds away,just in case.


    did a few summer trips.not many pics.
    woke up to this view after a night on the river


    literally.
    i was exploreing a new area when the road i was on dead ended into this closed down bridge.i walked accros to see if there was any good hanging on the other side.it was thick and skeetery.walking back accros the bridge i thought ,hey i bet my hammock would fit right accros here, and there would be less bugs....



    the bank was a perfect spot for my campfire


    also trying out my peaked tarp v2 that weekend


    allmost stepped on this little cutey that weekend.


    took my nephew on an overnighter canoe trip.


    we fished all day ,camped on a mid river isle,fried fish and slept in hammocks.a near perfect weekend.



    of course i had allredy made him his own set up.


    deer season saw me back up in the boonies.stayed thirteen nights.in temps 14 to 40.no deer for me this year but i had a good time.
    fully enclosed tarp.


    lots of snow to start.a trackers dream.


    campfire cookin every meal




    some good views.superior(lake)in fact


    lost lake.superior way in the background


    saw some deer.


    a mid dec trip i had the winters first big longfire.


    hung the clark tarpless

    so i could enjoy the view of the years last full moon.she was spectacular.


    thanks for reading/looking.
    bill
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    Thanks for the pics! Jealous of the wolf encounter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferret View Post
    Thanks for the pics! Jealous of the wolf encounter.
    your welcome.i wish a wolf encounter for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by bloomgorge View Post
    those are some sweet pics, was that fawn hiding or hurt?
    thanks.he was just hideing.this is their natural defense and why they have spots.the spots help camoflage them,they are also scentless when this small so predators can not find them that way.he got up and toddeled off,seems he did not like the pic.takeing.


    Quote Originally Posted by Fronkey View Post
    Holy crap that was an awesome trip report!

    Where did you see the wolf?

    Man, we for sure have to hang this year, you get to see all the cool things!

    Fronkey
    all my trips except the fbh were in michigans u.p.the more you get out in da wood the cooler things you see.
    thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by mbiraman View Post
    Great report. Good to see you trying survival shelters . Something i want to do as well,,,with a bottle of vit I . Great pic of the wolf as well. As someone who has had an up close and personal experience with a wolf i know how great that felt. Thanks for sharing.

    bill
    it was very hard to say no to the hammock.but roughing it for the night made me realize how much i love my hammock.
    thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by kbajg View Post
    Probably hiding or thinking it was but I will let him answer for himself.
    On our farm while cutting the early spring hay fields the fawns will lay like that and sometimes you have to physically move or shew them so they don't get tangled in the equipment. "By the way we always saw them & none were hurt"

    Beautiful pictures by the way & thinks for taking us along!!!
    good fawn info and thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Bannerstone View Post
    What to say but thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

    David
    you are welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by TZBrown View Post
    Fantastic pics of that wolf. I really liked the bridge hang spot.

    You sure did have a fun filled year. Hope we get to hang out together again next year

    Thanks for taking us along on the adventure

    TZ
    thanks TZ.good year for sure.look forward to hangin with you again as well

    Quote Originally Posted by stairguy View Post
    Very nice lonetracker, look forward to more time on the trail w/you.
    thank you sir.as do i with you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hangin'Yankee View Post
    Thanks for the update lonetracker. Especially loved the wolf pics. We need to hang together again. Sam(headrush) still talks about you every once in a while.

    HY
    we do.i look forward to hanging with the both of you again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Les Rust View Post
    great stuff, lonetracker. Yes, those wolf shots were awesome. thanks for sharing. hope to see many more this coming year.
    thank you.i keep the camera handy.i will share it here if i get any good ones.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    I loved my trek through those pictures!
    Good to see you on the MCBH for 5 minutes Lonetracker.
    Shug
    i am glad of that wolf brother.5 min was a wee bit to little.

    Quote Originally Posted by Markunas View Post
    Great pics....I love the look of the northwoods...beautiful country your in there...thanks for sharing
    i love the way this northwoods looks myself.glad to share ot with ya.

    Quote Originally Posted by ofuros View Post
    Nice round up of a year that was........
    thanks.it was a nicely rounded year

    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Good stuff LT.
    Nice to see your out and about.

    Edit: R.I.P. little rick tote..you have done good service.
    i am normally out more then about.i kinda miss the ole tote.it did serve well.

    Quote Originally Posted by DivaB View Post
    Thanks for sharing with us!!
    you are quite welcome.
    diyin to hang

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    those are some sweet pics, was that fawn hiding or hurt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bloomgorge View Post
    those are some sweet pics, was that fawn hiding or hurt?
    Probably hiding or thinking it was but I will let him answer for himself.
    On our farm while cutting the early spring hay fields the fawns will lay like that and sometimes you have to physically move or shew them so they don't get tangled in the equipment. "By the way we always saw them & none were hurt"

    Beautiful pictures by the way & thinks for taking us along!!!

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    Holy crap that was an awesome trip report!

    Where did you see the wolf?

    Man, we for sure have to hang this year, you get to see all the cool things!

    Fronkey

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    Great report. Good to see you trying survival shelters . Something i want to do as well,,,with a bottle of vit I . Great pic of the wolf as well. As someone who has had an up close and personal experience with a wolf i know how great that felt. Thanks for sharing.

    bill
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    What to say but thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

    David

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    Very nice lonetracker, look forward to more time on the trail w/you.
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