OK so the little guy is out for the night to do his portion of the contest [& now back home]
EDIT: 1/22/11 @5:30PM
Here is what I have took for photos of him getting started so far & will edit this post later with his complete adventure or mishaps...will have to see what he captures on his camera. The camera battery has presented itself with failing big time due to the cold weather, regardless of the prior charging cycle before the trip. 24 hours should past very fast when you are having fun at something you love. His idea of bugging out at his age may not be the same as ours, so please keep that in mind. Also interesting what he felt was important enough to take photos of…hopefully they provide the events of what he did appropriately. Trying to tell the tales of his adventure
It was a somewhat sunny & warm 22 degrees when he started out around 4pm on our way to the drop off point
Road headed up into Green Mountain National Forest to give an idea of where he will be.
From our home this is the general are where I want him to be. Yellow arrow provides a visual clue.
Getting his stuff out of SUV
What he does not have room in the pack for is now in the sled, we really need to build a pulk
Here he is avoiding the camera or trying too
Trying to get his pack situated
Off he goes...
This is his bug out food he made a couple of weeks ago, he says he wants hearty wholesome food & not some quick thing to boil with water…whatever, he has breakfast sausage, sweet sausage with onions, chicken patties, & bread, not shown is the oatmeal, cocoa & kool aid mix he also has in Ziploc baggies, plus other items like spam, soup etc. he calls it his B.O.M.B bug out meal bag.
He then seals it up in one bigger bag??
Here is the photo I shot while driving home that somewhat shows the falling snow we are getting tonight. Hopefully this will keep the temps warmer.
It was -6 last night at our prearranged midnight health & welfare safety check [phone call]. All was good except the camera batteries as they were failing, he got this shot on the way into the area, a stump provided his camera support.
He says that it was too dark to shoot pictures once he decided upon a location, so the pictures kind of show what he did for supper with the stove. He used the Coleman stove as he did not want the pocket rocket as it is prone to cylinder freezing and becoming useless & the whisperlite was too hard to prime for him. He had some PJ cotton balls in his gear & that is what he used to get a small fire going for the evening. He let it burn out around 9pm he claims.
Only after sleeping with the batteries to keep them warm for the morning, he says he was able to get a few pictures
He mentioned how he changed his socks in the morning. One can sweat while they sleep and soggy feet suck.
The camera also allowed him to see the spot on his face, since he forgot to bring a mirror to check for frostbite. One has to be careful with any and all exposed skin. In the background you can see how deep the snow was and searching for firewood was tough work.
Morning was very bright and around 12 degrees at 8:30am.
It is amazing at how well a plastic sled works for an improvised shovel. This allowed him to clear the snow and make room for camp in the night. Otherwise setting up on 2 plus feet of snow would have been too challenging. Or to even keep you off the cold snow while doing other chores
He quickly got the fire re-going to warm some water for oatmeal. Warm food out in the cold bush makes for a happy camper. Other than the water he had in a 3 litre bottle he melted snow for his use. You can also see where the fire started to turn the snow bank into ice crystals.
Here he is warming his sausage links
He searched around for a campsite and chose the tall pine tree for some added protection in case the snowfall got to be too much. The tent is a Coleman Sundome 7x7 which in no way was ever meant for these conditions. He feels the temperature inside of the tent during the night was around 15 degrees. The ticket was the -15 sleeping bag and the foam pad that keeps the cold from penetrating into your gear and body.
This photo depicts how dense the forest really was; he followed an old tele-mark trail for easier hiking in the waist deep snow the area offered. Otherwise snowshoes would have been very helpful.
Little Mikie says it was surprisingly bright during the night even though the snow was falling & was so tranquil. Nothing like being in the outdoors this time of year. When I met him around 4:35pm this evening, he seemed to be a bit wet & tired, but nothing else. I think 24 hours was enough for him in these conditions and tonight is supposed to get to around -15.
Now if only the camera would have functioned properly would we have more photos to share of the events. I do hope you enjoyed his adventure. I really do not think he has done that bad for only being 14 years old.