On Saturday morning we were divided into groups, and each group given a map. We had to navigate to five different locations, covering a distance of 16kms, and at each location we had to do or make something for one hour.
Our first activity was with Beth and using Birch bark and soaked Birch roots
we had to make sheaths for our knives.
Here are the sheaths that our group made.
At our next location we met Thomas Eriksson one of the directors at Morakniv and we had to again build a fire and burn through a string in the fastest time possible.
My time was 1 minute and 31 seconds, but unfortunately Johan Forsberg beat me with a time of 1 minute and 22 seconds.
At our next location we met with Johan Skullman. Here we had to navigate in the forest with first with a compass and then with a Swedish compass; a long straight pole used to maintain a bearing.
Then he demonstrated how to correctly use a Primus multifuel Expedition stove. After the demonstration, we had to boil 1 litre of water and be timed doing it.
Our final task with Johan was to build and cast with, a hobo fishing kit.
After a short walk, we had a lunch break. We were all provided with a pack of “Real Turmat” freeze dried food and had to boil water to mix with it.
After lunch, we hiked to Jögge, who gave a demonstration on how to sharpen our knives
Our final activity was with Dave Canterbury, where we had to make two different types of fish trap-lines.
After this, we hiked back to camp for our evening meal. The atmosphere was much quieter than usual as we knew that to next morning the event would be over and we would be heading home.
I would like to thank all those at Morkniv who organised this event and made us feel welcomed and their and their ambassadors.