Monday, 5 September 2005

Storm

First off a big thank you to everyone who has contacted me after the Observer article, sorry if I have not got back to you yet but life has become very hectic, much more so than I had ever imagined.

I had a cunning plan; I would use those little fiddly one portion UHT milk containers so I could have white tea. A splendid idea I thought when I put a couple of the containers in my fold away saucepan along, with all the other bits and pieces that get stored in there, three days or so ago. Now I don’t know when it burst but it was certainly long enough ago to cover everything in a thin layer of sour milk, what a lovely smell. I had to use some of that valuable drinking water on washing everything.

After a while I realised that the flashing lights in the distance were probably a speed camera, there being no roads, and was more likely lightening. There was a storm brewing, a big one and it was heading towards me, I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to test out the alleged waterproof properties of the Hammock. It was only when I had finished tying it to three trees and one bush that I remembered about the whole not sheltering under trees in a thunder storm; it then occurred to me that perhaps it was not the best idea in the world to strap myself to three trees in the middle of a storm. By now it was raining quite a lot and I thought it best to take the hammock back down seeing as there was no point in it getting wet if I was not going to be in it. Imagine my delight to be lying on the ground in the rain, some of me stayed dry. I think I got a couple of hours sleep. Fortunately I believe that body heat will dry the sleeping bag tonight.

6 comments:

Pat the Chooks said...

Caught your interview on Radio 2 this afternoon - good one. Linked a post to my blog out of utter respect.

Jon Hall said...

Hugh,

I wish you luck, but those woods are VERY VERY muddy in winter...

http://c1xv.fotopic.net/p2120660.htm

Jon Hall said...

Oops.

http://c1xv.fotopic.net/p2120660.html

Freddy said...

I also listened to your interview on Radio 2 as well. I think your absolutely bonkers but I wish you luck in your endeavours. Have linked to you from my blog.

filiusbloggeri said...

Your blog has been a great source of information. Rarely do I read a whole blog but I just read yours from top to bottom (actually bottom to top).

If you have any squirrel issues, perhaps I can help.

Paul said...

Dear Hugh,

Handy hints on Tarp and Hammock Camping and all things 'bushcraft' at:

http://www.bushcraftuk.com/

If you have any questions they're a friendly bunch and I'm sure would give you any advice and support. I think we'll be following your expliots with interest.

Paul W.