LOL Neil! Well, given that the site is 1km from the road and down 10m (steeply) at the end, I don't think the farmer would be happy with the destruction of his field
Right, video done eventually!
Not mentioned was that a heron flew by me at about 10m away, awesome sight. And a wee robin was bold enough to come within 3m to see what I was doing. I left some fruit and nut mix when I left for him/her/whoever.
Parked up and walked across the fields and down into the glen. Total of 1km from the car. Had to take pack off 3 times to negotiate barbed wire fences. 1 over and 2 under lol
Arrived around 14:00
Put up tarp, hammock and gathered fire wood.
Prepped fire around 16:00 and finally got it going around 16:30. Failed yet again to get it started with the ferro rod and birch bark. Never had this problem in the summer so I'm assuming it must be the damp.
Got my dinner on of sausages, onion, and eggs. With coffee of course.
Sat and read my book by the fire until 19:20 although, being on a slight slope, it wasnt very comfortable.
Once the fire had burned down I got into my hammock and continued reading until 21:00 when I decided to get some kip.
Lesson learned: Make sure your hammock is level! I got some sleep but kept waking in a heap at the bottom. Slept in thermals in my army arctic bag with a liner and used my roll mat and bivvy bag under me. Should have been inside the bivvy bag as I was still cold though.
Got up around 08:00 and prepared some wood which I had kept under the tarp overnight for a breakfast fire.
Another ferro-rod / birch bark fail and even the kindling went out the first time. I see from the video that there was a load of moisture coming from the kindling.
Once I got it going again breakfast was on. Bacon, eggs and onions. (and coffee of course)
Broke camp and hiked the 1km back to the car around 12:30
Unfortunately I lost one of my knives during the pack up. I'll go back and find it another day.
Second lesson: Reduce the pack weight. That lot totalled 25kg and my back is really painful now.
All in all though I had a good night though.
Thanks for reading this.
P.S. Back feels much better after a 1/2 bottle of rum