Nov 25/2018, rain, sleet, snow, "Wet Day At The Lean To Tour" burned a tank of gas and drove all the way up to the lean to for a few hours of solitude and fire. buncha pics. after several animal encounters the last month I decided to stop hiking silently all the time. Brought the bike pump powered EcoBlast, a solid 120 DB's of horn. walked up the cliff trail, and onto the powerlines clearing and let off a dozen or so long bursts. Figure any animal in a 3 km radius would bugger off after that. My ears are ringing. short burst. Video does not do the horn justice - the camera mic cut the noise down big time.....its waaaaay louder in person. macro of the soaking wet lichens and mosses snow is down to about the 6000' mark big bear paw print, was not here last weekend. I refilled the ecoblast to 150psi and let loose again with it. lol another macro of various mosses and lichens. I like the one on the bottom left seeing as it was pissing rain and sleet, and I had forgot my CDN pattern 82 smock (I wanted to get action photos for you guys for the Smock thread) I got the fire going hot with pine knots and hemlock. All i was wearing for a top was a thin undershirt and a british wool sweater. I was fine. Even away from the fire. gathering water took the smaller lower back pouch (JayJayBreconsUK Roll Pouch) i had removed to make way for the massive TYR Tactical lower back pouch, and reinstalled it ABOVE the TYR Tactical pouch. The fit is perfect. all this food was stowed away int he smaller roll pouch (bag of bannock mix, large can of beef stew, 4 smokies and some cheese) making bannock in the bag poor mans reflector oven...LOL....works damn well though, I burnt my hand when i reach in front of the foil............ bannock on a stick. burp. smokies and beef stew Breech Can (tinder tin) in the elements. 100% dry tinder. Sent this photo off to the owner (ADAM) of Empire Tactical. Hope he uses it in his catalog. sleet started coming down hard, enough that I thought I better pack up and head out....in case the roads got bad (temps were dropping) found a nice water hole on the way out...it fills up from all the moss on the massive rocks, and quickly. I filled up both my canteens using a canteen cup and the lil watering hole filled in quickly. thats it, quick and dirty day trip. Round trip 240 km's......but nice remote area and no one to bug me for having knives or axes or a fire.