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Lytle Creek, CA-Overnighter

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by bearthedog, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. bearthedog

    bearthedog

    May 17, 2006
    My photos from an overnighter in Lytle Creek, CA.

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    The hike in


    Hydrating before the hike

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    We went from a desert like terrain into a rock boulder field

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    into a creek bed

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    into a marshy area where we usually have to hunt for the trail

    machete country
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    Mud found an old friend
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    Setting up camp and craft


    As the hammocks were being hung I went to make up my bed for the night

    I use the back (spine) of the machete on dry wood to buck off the branches, saving my cutting edge

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    Chopping dry wood with the machete was all about weakening it enough to break with a foot or by dropping it on a boulder

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    The frame

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    Dry sticks and bows to create the springy structure

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    A hug sized bushel of pine bows taken from a few different trees for the top

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    My bed for the night made mostly of dead wood from what was on the ground with a machete


    For a grill, these small saplings were easily cut with one swipe

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    Fire prep

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    Food

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    Someone has been sitting in my bed

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    Night of the critters

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  2. bearthedog

    bearthedog

    May 17, 2006
    Campfire stories

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    Pale Swallowtail

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    Big ass rocks

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    Mummy face

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    The tomb

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    My gear for this overnighter

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    Gossamer Gear Riksak Backpack

    -fleece
    -beanie (fleece)
    -gloves
    -platypus 2L
    -MSR titanium mug
    -camera case
    -Adventure Medical Kits Emergency bivvy, water purification tabs, rain poncho, sandpaper (400/600), survival business card

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    Carried in pockets or on belt
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    -RB
     
  3. tknife

    tknife

    Mar 18, 1999
    More great pics. What are those bugs? I hate creepy crawlies!
     
  4. cattledog

    cattledog

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    Oct 7, 2011
    Nice pictorial thanks enjoyed it.
    First thing that came to my mind was it looks like rattlesnake country.
    Did you drink and or treat the stream h20
     
  5. jcl-MD

    jcl-MD

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    Aug 30, 2008
    Great pics !
    Looks like fun!!


    THANKS
     
  6. WILLIAM.M

    WILLIAM.M

    Apr 14, 2006
    Great photos and Gear as Always

    You go to the Best Places

    Thanks for posting Bro
     
  7. coaldigger

    coaldigger

    Jan 27, 2007
    Awsome pics 'ol Bud...how was the sleep on the branches ? No bug bites ? I see your still using the Marbles Orange wonder ! I like the "Cheap" machetes !
     
  8. imaginefj

    imaginefj Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    What is in the leather bag?
     
  9. bearthedog

    bearthedog

    May 17, 2006
    Rattlesnake country, I have seen several through the years, but none this last time.

    No, I just drink it, haven’t filtered water in years.

    Thanks pal.

    I love cheap, light reliable tools.

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    I didn’t take a sleeping bag, or pad. I just had day hiking gear.
    Sleeping on the bed was amazing. It is from the old Mors Kochanski video and in his book. Easy to make, but it takes some time. Very lofty and lots of spring. I only used a “hug sized” bunch of green bows for comfort. I never felt the cold of conduction. I had an all night fire and had to wake a few times to put some more wood on it, but I slept better than I had in years. I actually slept until 9:30 am. Too comfortable to get up.

    The other two, in their hammocks with pad, had a cold night. Just different types of sleepers we are.

    Just a small kit, Maglite solitare, and SAK Hiker.


    -RB
     
  10. HikingMano

    HikingMano

    Sep 2, 2008
    Good stuff, thanks for sharing that Reuben :thumbup: Those spider looking bugs are creepy!
     
  11. bearthedog

    bearthedog

    May 17, 2006
    Despite the onslaught of bugs, none bothered me partly because I was on a raised bed and partly because I don’t care about them. I can’t recall ever hearing of people killed in their sleep by bugs. I have also been around a lot of bugs and had everything crawl on me, so those types of things don’t bother me.

    The Isula ant is a different story, I will usually try to avoid them.

    -RB
     
  12. TheGame

    TheGame

    Sep 24, 2008
    That last time I slept without a sleeping bag/blanket outside I was swarmed by mosquitoes.. Not sure how you can manage without at least a cover. (I don't mind mosquitoes in the day, they never actually bite me. But at night they keep me awake)

    Great pics though :thumbup:
     
  13. bearthedog

    bearthedog

    May 17, 2006
    I slept by the fire all night so the smoke helped and there was a nice breeze.

    -RB
     
  14. HikingMano

    HikingMano

    Sep 2, 2008
    Where I am, my concern is ticks and the Lyme disease they may carry. Granted, the west coast has less of a problem with Lyme disease than the east coast, and I doubt ticks are crawling around at night looking for hosts (one should be aware when walking through grassy/bushy trail margins and being right in leaf litter though), but as far as bugs go, that's my only real concern. They're the only reason I wouldn't simply use a tarp shelter anywhere. I wouldn't want a rattlesnake or something cuddling up in my bag for warmth either, but I'm sure chances of that are slim to none.
     
  15. The Warrior

    The Warrior Insane Viking Moderator

    Mar 11, 2011
    Man, awesome photos. Looks like a great time, thanks for sharing.
     
  16. bearthedog

    bearthedog

    May 17, 2006
    Finally got some pics of it.

    What’s in the pouch?
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    -RB
     
  17. Kirk_Ferentz

    Kirk_Ferentz

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    Feb 16, 2010
    Where is the trailhead to get up to those rocks?
     
  18. bearthedog

    bearthedog

    May 17, 2006
    Look up Mormon Rocks and you will find everything you need about how to get there.

    -RB
     

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