Chapter one. Date - 12.28.17 Location - Western Alberta, Canada I headed out to my base camp to participate in the shelter contest that Ash was putting on. Weather was really cold today, but I was bundled up pretty good in all of my Carhartt Arctic gear. I also was wearing my outdoor research ninja mask and had my north face wool hoody on underneath my parka. You can beat that sh*t. It's tough and functional for severely cold conditions. There was not much snow, and thankfully, no ice on the trail. We had a good dump of snow, then it melted for a few days then everything froze. Some trails i have been on were completely treacherous unless you had ice cleats on. There were no tracks here either. This was good. I build my base camp in a location where it has never been found in the last 3 years... I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to be out. My grandfather always told me to go to the bush to find healing. He was right. Every step I took was rebuilding my soul. The chickadees chirping in the background, while squirrels chatter away, obviously annoyed by my presence. The sign of rabbits and mice in the fresh snow...A slight breeze which was strong enough to hear as it swept through the trees. Crisp winter air that made my lungs cold with every breath. Not a man made sound was heard aside from the noise I was making. I finally made it to camp. I had finished this place this spring. I build it to be used with canvas tarps. More of a long term shelter. I have plans to build an elevated food cache, as well as improve my perimeter wall all the way around the shelter. The floor is elevated off the ground as well. I love this place. Naturally, I had to take a picture of my beloved Gransfors Bruks Double Bit Felling Axe. I had left birch bark, kindling and firewood last time I was here. Good thing too, because I was as cold as the devils heart later on and didn't have the patience or energy to gather materials to build a fire. Here is my set up for the day. Eberlestock Halftrack loaded with knives, food and other goodies. Carhartt arctic parka and bibs, Muck Arctic Pro boots, ESEE 6 on my leather belt and of course, my axe. Part 2 is coming shortly.