The Bushman Chronicles!

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    the trees filtered out the smoke nicely

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    boiling puddle water for the mashed spuds
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    hogging out a douglas fir stump to get to the fatwood core

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    hard stump, split apart with the spike. Yea this tool will do just fine for cougar or bush meth head dealings.
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    the ever awesome 5COL EPDM RANGER BANDS. Made a little knife secure tab for the Mora
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    getting the spud bag out. Sure like that cadpat poncho....it really blends in here.
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    love me some mashed garlic and herb spuds. Forgot the Asiago shredded cheese though....

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    after puttering around for awhile, eating, I doused the fire and headed back out.

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    vintage photo.....

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    some puffballs, not ready for stomping on yet and releasing trillions of spores
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    a fine tool
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    after about 45 minutes of steep uphill climbing, got back to the truck and washed off the sweat and grime. Another flawless day with the L.R.R.P.R. gear (Long Range Recreational Pacing Rig)

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    drove back to Van and enjoyed a flat of icy cold Sleeman Classic Lager, and a Frenched pork loin
     
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    Enjoyed seeing the hawk in action.
    All these hawks from different knife brands poping up everywhere give me the itch for one.
    Btw, great light in that first pic.
     
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    So after much debate at the building Strata Council , regarding bbq's on the property.....they refuse to yield. So i've decided to start hauling slabs of meat into the woods, build alder wood fires and get a coal bed going and grill meats in the woods. Lots of knife pics and meat pics.

    Looking forward to this! I'm working damn hard now at the new job and can actually afford to eat meat once a week!

    I think BC's wilderness and oceans will be a perfect backdrop for this!

    meat, heavy metal, beers, fire, knives, tomahawks, 4x4's and wilderness!
     
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    That hawk is a good one for sure. I like mine very much, although it's been a while I used it...
     
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    The hawk just needs the Bushman patina:cool:..nice report and pics sir.
     
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    going to use my Dads German machinist files to shape the point into something more lethal, and also to put a back edge on the ax portion (the part that one would use to hook a limb and pull / control it. Once the shaping and sharpening is done, going to do a blackening of the tomahawk head, boiled pickling vinegar, muratic acid and brass black.
     
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    Nice!:DLike the scout rig also...
     
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    Aug 5/2018, sunny, hot, humid....."The Hike Up A Mountain, Attack By Neutrino Bears, Sweat like Hell,Procure And Drink Tons Of Water, Damn This Trail Gets Steeper And Uglier!! Tour"

    Started out in Vancouver, loaded up the L.R.R.P.R. webbing kit, added some aged cheddar and bagel sammiches, walked out of the apt, noting the horrified stares of a certain problem neighbor as i walk towards my 4x4 rig carrying my webbing and knives over my shoulder.

    That neighbor is not my problem today. Today is Sunday, Church Of The Woods Day. They will be dealt with by Police another time, once another neighbor writes a witness statement.

    Left vancouver and hit the Sea To Sky. Encountered a major slowdown past Lions Bay. This continued for awhile.......until I saw the culprit (approx 5:33 in video, they had been in emergency mode and limping up the highway at 5km per hour until they reached the driveway) ....and oh man did i laugh............an ELECTRIC CAR ran out of BATTERY! gee , that sucks.....guess you get a TOW (about $150). Meanwhile regular ICE vehicles can simply refill from a jerry can. Try to plug in your electric car in rural areas or in the woods. Sorry....ZERO sympathy. The tech is fine for CITY USE....but it has yet to prove itself anywhere else. Sorry. LOL. When electric vehicle makers can make me a 4x4 with locking diffs/axles , 24" ground clearance and a 5000km range on a charge.....i'll change my tune.




    Pulled over at the Deeks Lake parking lot and locked the hubs in. Transfer case in 4Hi and off i go up the old venerable, washed out road. The bridge at the beginning is rotting and starting to fall apart. Won't be long until a fullsize 4x4 rig collapses it.........

    video does NOT really show how damn steep that road is. After the bridge its 4LO ,with the 3/4 ton auto tranny in L1 low tow range. (because of the 60 Hamster Power Engine......LOL)

    when my rig stops by the Hikers.....i kinda got distracted by girls legs...........missed my line and spun the rear wheels.....LOL. Road is DAMN STEEP and loose and washed out at that point. Had the sun in my eyes the whole time.....missed so many good lines and ended up in the rough




    parked and checking the L.R.R.P.R. load out.

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    the area im heading into (little tiny lake at 1100 meter (3600 feet) mark)

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    rough trail map, showing Kallhanie Creek (blue), lake (red arrow), "trail" (white lines), bypass trail/brutal scramble trail (yellow), BONK point/turnaround spot (bug eyes)

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    3D side view of the mountain i was hiking up, to give an idea of terrain steepness


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    heading up the old overgrown logging road (from the 50's) I could have driven the Moose Is Loose (BushTracker) up it for several klicks........but i did not want to stress the OIL SOAKED timing belt (front main seal is partially out and leaking bad) too much.

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    this road carries on for many KM's......2-3 klicks then a zigzag again and again and again and again etc.....it just gains elevation for days.

    clearing fallen trees with the SYKCO ChopHouse

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    Eventually the de-commissioned old road is blocked off for good.....massive gatekeeper of boulders

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    turns into seriously overgrown fern and alder choked trail.....12" wide

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    opens up a bit....LOL

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    this trail is an old logging road that zig zags for over 50 km's up the mountain. This entire area was logged in the 70's. Now it is a full forest again. The ferns take over the road first, then the alders. If you fly over these mountains, you can actually pick out every old road, just by observing the foliage differences.......cedars and douglas firs on both sides , alder trees in the middle. You can also see how DENSE the forest is to the right and left, hence no "as the crow flies" bushwacking, not without becoming completely exhausted in less than 50'. This is also why its hard to find lost hikers here. You can walk right past them and not hear them in the woods next to you.

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    some webbing gear shots, Ranger Bands (5Col's) on the left strap hold the TQ and bear banger launcher / cartridge. On the right strap, more Ranger Bands secure a vac-packed Izzy and some Burts Bees lip balm. Above that is a GI Strobe

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    Surly

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    first water re-supply was dried up, not even damp under the rocks. Already downed 3 liters of water on the drive up, and at the trailhead. Had two liters in the canteens on the L.R.R.P.R. , minus a few sips. Decided to reserve the water until i could find a water seep or creek.

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    hiked on thru the "trail" , KM after KM, found some mountain berries. These turn to mush in your hands but are awesome tasting. Great in yogurt.

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    the trail is not maintained, and is poorly marked. I should have brought my flagging tape and remarked the trail...but used blaze marks in the alders (these are considered weed/trash trees, are of no value except for smoking meats/firewood so i feel no issue with marking them. They grow like crazy)

    old blaze marks visible below the new blaze marks

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    after several hours of gaining rapid elevation and hiking switchback after switchback, I dropped the webbing and pulled out the "musette bag" (Hidden Woodsmen) , for a high carb, high fat , tasty multigrain bagel with 10 year old aged cheddar, hot mustard and Cayenne pepper.

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    some extras tucked away, along with another bagel

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    oh yeah.....

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    chowed down, finished off the left side canteen and swapped it to the right canteen pouch. Carried on up the mountain. Trail opened up in spots.

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    found a tiny seep at one of the little water rivulets

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    after scraping a trough with my boot heel, i waited. Took 15 minutes to get not much at all.......you'd need to soak it up and wring it out into your canteen

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    carried on and up. These upside down bowl spider webs were everywhere. (TIP: these catch major amounts of humidity in the AM.......scoop a ton of the webs up with a shemagh for a little moisture)

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    view of the Howe Sound thru a gap in the trees.

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    at this point i am literally only 500 meters up. Been zigzagging ALONG the side of the mountain the whole time. 4 hours in now.... 3 liters of water consumed between home and the trailhead, 3 liters since the trailhead. No urinary output yet, just sweat. Vest is soaked, arms, legs, head, hat, scrim net soaked. Still bloody hot though.

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    finally reached a water trickle. Drank my other canteen, refilled both and treated with drops. Drank a second canteen while I was there, then refilled/treated it. Lots of little wasps around the trickle, getting their fill too.

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    on and up. Well hydrated, muscles feeling loose, feet feeling great. Hotter than hell here. Was 35 deg Celsius up the mountain, no breeze until about the 700 meter mark

    Attack Of The Neutrino Bears

    Been a LOT of black/brown and grizzly activity on the North Shore mountain ranges lately. I heard a loud rustling and crash thru the dry leafy undergrowth up ahead about 30' feet. Could see the undergrowth moving a lot. Crap, here we go........

    threaded a bear banger cartridge into the launcher and fired it, while simultaneously pulling the safety off the bear spray and readying it for deployment. The KABOOOOOOM! echoed 4 times around the mountain cliffs. The movement in the under growth stopped and then i heard it.

    the chitter chatter and noise of two damn big squirrels running up trees and squawking at each other. Damn Neutrino Bears! o_O:D

    laughed and carried on. And up. And around another switchback. And then another. Not even at 550 meters yet. I started calculating the distance to the lake and figured since i started late (1400 hours) I would not make it until 2230 - 2300 hours at the latest....hmmm. Decided to keep going as far as I could anyways.

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    HELL CLIMB

    rounded yet another switchback and noticed the trail diverted off the heavily overgrown old logging road. The old road ahead had not been waled on in years........looks like most people took the newer trail.......

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    I should have carried on the old logging road trail, despite the heavy fern growth......this new trail rapidly became a scramble/climbing trail. Thank god i was not wearing a backpack.....i would have been top heavy and lost my balance multiple times. The L.R.R.P.R. rig kept the weight low and tight to the body.

    Cougar Scratching post. Fresh enough you could smell the fresh exposed cedar.

    lower scratches were only about 2-3' from the ground, figure Junior Cougars were scratching
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    you can see the slope grade. It got twice as steep further on
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    lots of big rocks to hike up
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    getting steeper
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    hanging on as i rounded the stump. Trail was very loose here.

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    this 5' diameter douglas fir stopped all those smart car sized boulders.
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    looming monster of a douglas fir root ball. That rock is about 2' across
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    I shut off the cell gps/ location sharing at this point, after writing down my Coordinates and sending them to Reno Lewis (location sharing) . My battery was at 50% and I wanted to conserve it.

    The next part of the scramble was up almost vertical terrain. Lots of people had slipped and fallen....there was evidence of boot slips, torn fabrics caught on sharp roots etc. Eventually I made it up the slope and it emerged back onto the old logging road. Why the shortcut? it made NO SENSE......it took longer and was more physically intense than just keeping on the old road...........

    anyways...the trail carried on..........and up, and on and up.,........

    found a creek, totally buried under 12' tall underbrush. Managed to refill my canteens again. That open creek slot in the forest goes up for approx 1km to the cliffs.

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    moth and flowers

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    Still climbing........

    By this point it was 1815 hours. I was still only approx at the 800 meter mark. 3/4 of the way up, and there was still another 4+ hours to go. I marked my spot and turned around, heading back down the old trail.

    freaking jungle. Should have brought the Esee Lite machete and done some brush clearing (next time!)

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    was feeling good and loose so i double timed it down the old logging road trail. Made excellent time to the 4x4. Cooled off , drank more water (10 liters total consumed today), popped a salt/sugar tab and had a choclate bar before descending the main access FSR in 4Lo and headed home. Stopped at Toby's in North van and picked up some cold ones.

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    thats it.

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    Nice stuff. The further from humanity, the better I like. Give me hogs, bears, murder kitties, even mozzies. Still better IMHO.
     
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    Very cool thread Bushy! Do you ever use a pump instead of tabs?
     
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    dont need a pump or tabs yet...i'm too young! :D

    no i hate pumps. Too big, too bulky, too much extra to carry. The new EF-Chlor tabs i have , one tab treats 20 liters of water. I just make a solution in a small Nalgene lab bottle and dose the canteens accordingly. I can literally carry like two tablets in my kit (but i carry more). Fill the canteen by straining thru the mesh shemagh, add three drops of concentrated EF-Chlor soultion, shake and GO!

    whole idea with the L.R.R.P.R. Webbing rig was to be as light, minimalist and streamlined as possible. Tabs take up exactly 1" x 5" x 1/4" space in my load out, and weigh about 20 grams. The Nalgene lab bottle is 3" x 1.25" and when full of solution , weighs less than 2 OZ
     
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    Good stuff man, always happy to provide overwatch as well.
     
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    I freely admit to water envy. East, West, North, from here everybody gets at least clear water to start with. Here even after pre filtering, and sending thru a pump/purifier...it still taste and smells like just what it is, river water. Safe to cook with, or drink, but it's still river water..my nose tells me so.
     
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    So reading a few ClubTread (local) hiking reports......apparently I was not far off from the Lost Lake/emergency hut. Several hikers report (a few years back) report doing this hike to the Hut in two hours.....from the Hwy Parking lot......Hmmmmmmm, 2 hours? Im not convinced of that.....at all.........in winter its a 8 - 10 hour snowshoe and thats going hard core.....

    I was going hard, the thick undergrowth was not really a slow down factor for me.......and i sure as hell did not make the Hut or the lake in 2 hours..........
     
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    Hey BM, you still have the Fiddleback? if so how are you liking it?
     
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    Sure do Bro..... its a little laserbeam.

    Going to get a kydex sheath made for it, so it can go on the webbing shoulder straps
     
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    yea when its spawning season here, some of the river waters taste real nasty.......so I throw in some NUUN citrus tabs or Gatorade powder
     
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    SUN AUG 12, 2018, warm, overcast, humid, "The Big Cougar, Insurance Fraud Vehicle, SAS MKettle Brew Up Tour"

    Headed up to Porteau Road, near Deeks Lake BC (North of Lions Bay). Spent a few minutes rigging bankline and flagging tape on the damaged wood bridge. Its not much, but its something visual to catch the eyes of people that use the old bridge.

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    carried on up the old road and parked the rig. Chatted with a couple of lads that had hiked from Cypress Mountain and spent the night in the meadows before Deeks. They were going to head all the way to Whistler BC.

    Donned the L.R.R.P.R. webbing and headed out. Came across two ethnic females, mid 20's who had no idea where they where............As well, no water, no nothing, but flip flops and cell phones that don't work up here. They were also severely dehydrated. I asked them some questions, were they in a group? alone? what? they were in a group of 5 with one "experienced" "tour guide" and got separated. I asked them if they stayed on the gravel road we were on...yes....but then no no.....they tried to go down a little trail about 30 minutes up........ thinking it was to the parking lot.....

    JESUS H CHRIST!!! that is a 12" wide game trail that spits you out onto mossy slippery 500 feet high cliffs over the hwy...........!!!

    This is NOT an area you go unprepared, or with no experience. The weather changes rapidly, the terrain is brutal, there are cougars and bears a plenty...etc.

    I rehydrated them with my two canteens, and told them EXACTLY how to go down the old logging road to the parking lot. There was enough hikers out today that they would have no issues from this point down. Easy walk. Esp with no packs!

    weather system holding steady on the mountain tops.

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    I carried on, up the trail from last weekend, but took the left fork of the old decommissioned road this time.

    found a water drenched fungi

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    some edible, yet tasteless and chewy tripe
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    spur road off the spur road, off the main Deeks Trail FSR
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    new knife (with fresh epoxy soaked leather wrap) from Prodigal Knives in Logan Lake BC
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    after 20 minutes found a nice cliff bluff with lots of moss. Good camping spot
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    found a discarded tarp and a females thin purple hoody.............both had been here a while. Always get curious when i see tarps and womens clothes in the forest..........esp since the days of Clifford Olsen here locally.,.......

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    entering the track trap....this spot seems to pool water when it rains, and then a ton of animal (and other) tracks are easy to find in the firm yet moist mud.


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    dirt biker had been thru here in the last two days (no rain for months up here until this weekend)

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    found some big cat prints. Size of my hand. About 3/4" deep in the firm/moist mud. Big Cat!

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    actually looking back at these in a negative photo.....these look to have 5 toes.....

    @Reno Lewis - your opinion?

    UPDATE: it is indeed a cougar paw print, the dew claw can often make the 5th "toe" mark.

    CO figures by the depth of the track in the firm yet moist clayish soil, and the size compared to my hand, that the cougar is about 150 - 165 lbs, quite large.

    Also interesting to note....I have started to map out wherever I find cougar sign in that area, the scratching tree, the track trap prints and more. I'm starting to get a VERY good idea of the travels of the big cat.......I going to pursue this more and map more signs as i find them.

    If i can spare the cash i might just put up some very camo;ed game cameras.
     
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