Morakniv Adventure Part 5

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.

morakniv hike

Our first activity was with Beth and using Birch bark and soaked Birch roots

birch roots

we had to make sheaths for our knives.

beth workshop bark sheath

Here are the sheaths that our group made.

our bark sheaths

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.

morakniv firelighting competition

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.

johan skulleman swedish compass

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.

boiling water morakniv

Our final task with Johan was to build and cast with, a hobo fishing kit.

johan skullman hobo fishing

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.

morakniv lunch break

After lunch, we hiked to Jögge, who gave a demonstration on how to sharpen our knives

jögge knife sharpening

Our final activity was with Dave Canterbury, where we had to make two different types of fish trap-lines.

dave making fish trapping lines

fish trap trigger

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.


Morakniv Adventure Part 4

The evening began with a fire-lighting competition.  Each contestant gathered materials for a fire and then when the clock started, you had to start a fire with a firesteel and burn through a piece of string as quickly as you can.

dave canterbury fire lighting competition

After the fire-lighting there was a different competition but unfortunately I have forgotten the name for this one.  Two people hold a piece of wood and stand either side of a line.  The idea is to get your opponent off balance so that they cross over the line, or they let go of the piece of wood.  Johan from Nordic Bushcraft, was very good at this and won the competition.

dave and johan

Jögge Sundqvist has a alter-ego who he calls “Surolle”.  He put on a show for us in one of the tipi’s

watching sorelle

During the show he carves to rock and pop music, with a slideshow running in the background

jögge sundqvist surolle

with a little help from Dave Canterbury he made a shrink pot drinking cup

jögge and dave

The remainder of the evening was spent around the camp-fire, with beer, whisky and some good laughs.

On Saturday we were all up early to prepare for a 16km hike, but more about that in my final post tomorrow.

preparing for hike

Morakniv adventure Part 3

At Beth and Jögge’s workshop, everyone had the chance to make a spatula and spoon from fresh Birch.

spoon and spatular maiknig

We started by splitting fresh Birch in to workable pieces

log splitting morakniv 2017

Then people learnt how to use an axe to make rough shape

morakniv adventure axe work

and refine the shape by using a shaving horse and draw-knife

mora shaving horse work

The workshop ended after a couple of hours and then we moved to Dave Canterbury’s workshop; boiling water in under 10 minutes.

dave canterbury fire-lighting

He began by talking about his 5 Cs of survival; a cutting tool, a combustion device, cover, a container, and cordage.  Dave’s pathfinder company had provided all with a Pathfinder Bush pot cooking kit,

which I thought was a great bit of kit; having a tight fitting lid, a pouring spout, a bail-arm to hang it over a fire and two handles on the side for pouring.

As part of Dave’s workshop, we had to use these pots to boil water in under 10 minutes using the method he demonstrated.  We gathered armfuls of dead Pine branches, Birch bark and we made fine shavings from fat-wood to ignite with our Morakniv Eldris knfe and fire-steel.

Once the fat-wood and Birch bark were ignited, the pot was placed next to them and all the Pine branched were placed over, to produce a large, hot fire

dave canterbury boiling water

While it is always good to learn new methods and hear other peoples views and opinions, I had some issues with this method as it goes against some of the principals I have been taught.  Firstly, it was impossible to know when the water was boiling, unless you spread out the fire and removed the pot top, but then ash and chard wood fell into the water (see picture above).  Secondly, the severe heat distorted parts of the pots; a couple of bail-arms lost there temper and the lid of  my pot and some others no longer fitted securely.  I would still recommend buying one of this pots as they are still a great bit of kit!!  Click on the pot picture above for a link where to buy one.

dave with boiled water

Here we all are boiling our water.

morakniv fire makers

Once we had boiled water, we then had to place cotton cloth and punk wood in to the pots and placed them back in to the fire to produce char-cloth and chard  punk wood to then use to produce a second fire (to be fair this could also be when my lid was distorted).

On Friday evening we were all provided with meat and vegetables and a receipt and we had to make our own food.  Myself and my friends Johan Forsberg (from Nordic Bushcraft here in Sweden), Adrian Boots (from England) and Michele Lupoli (from Italy) joined forces to create our evening meal.  I had my BioLite Campstove with my and it worked well with Dave’s Bushpot.

After our meal it was time for everyone to gather for the evenings fun and games, but more about that next time.

Morakniv Adventure Part 2

We arrived at the camp site at about 5pm on Thursday.  We set up our tents and shelters and at 7pm we headed to the catering tipi where our evening meal was served.

food is served

We spent the evening around the camp fire with music, song and laughs as we all got to know each other.

evening fun morakniv 2017

We awoke on Friday morning to bright sunshine.

morning morakniv adventure

I used my new Aqua Quest 4m X 3m guide tarp as a shelter.

aqua quest tarp tent

I slept on my Thermarest cot, with my NeoAir mattress and used my new Alpkit Pipedream 400 down bag to sleep in.  you can see in the picture below that I used my camera mono-pod as the centre pole.

inside my shelter morakniv

After breakfast, we were divided into groups to attend a variety of workshops.  My groups first workshop was with Johan Skullman,

johan skullman morakniv

who demonstrated what to pack for a few days hiking, and how to pack your rucksack.

johan skullman mora adventure

After Johan’s workshop, we moved to Beth Moen and Jögge Sundqvist for a carving workshop.

beth and jögge

More about that and much more next time!!