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Michigan Bushcraft Spring Gathering 2019

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Here's a look at the 2019 gathering! We had a great time and enjoyed meeting new friends and learning new skills. This is definitely a gathering worth going to and it's only going to get bigger and bigger! It is held the first weekend of May at Lumberman's Monument near Oscoda, MI. There is great camping available and it is located on the beautiful Au Sable River. Some of this years' topics included fire starting, knives, blacksmithing, wild edibles, shelters, cordage, flint snapping, throwing an atlatl, making an ax handle, fly fishing, and much MORE! If you like bushcraft and survival, camping, adventure, good food, campfires, and great fun.... you should consider going next year! Thanks for your views, comments, and support! You can check out my recommended gear at my Amazon affiliate store: https://www.amazon.com/shop/girlinthewoods By shopping at my store you are helping to support my channel! This is my Amazon affiliate store. Thank you! My Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/girlinthewoodsgoods?ref=shop_sugg My Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/girlinthewoodz/ My website: https://www.brookewhipple.com Winter: Brooke Whipple PO Box 281 Reed City, MI 49677 My husband Dave Whipple's YouTube channel, Bushradical: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo698VL13Dip93yh0f4Rc5Q
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John Kugelfischer (9 days ago)
I have enjoyed your outdoorsy activities for years, including Alone and your half-years in Alaska. But you went to my HOME TURF! It's so funny to see you standing on an overlook that I stood at just last summer with my 86 year old mom, who then went canoeing on the AuSable with us! And SHE didn't even tip over! You're welcome back anytime. Just make sure to bring your energy.
Girl in the Woods (8 days ago)
Lenella Maxwell (16 days ago)
Thanks for sharing. So interesting!
Timber Wolf (23 days ago)
I love your Videos! Hy from germany
Girl in the Woods (20 days ago)
Deflector Bushcraft (24 days ago)
Hi, very good video. Thnx for it from Czech Republic :-)
sue zaple (25 days ago)
great video, looked like a lot of fun
Jameson H (27 days ago)
Hey brooke! From one Michigander to another love the videos. I would love to know what kind of crusher you are always wearing!
Girl in the Woods (26 days ago)
Go Smooth Go Light (27 days ago)
Ok ... lol ... I watched this one again. I tried sleeping on a hammock, but for whatever reason, it left me aching. But, the hot tent/fly systems would be great with my Coleman cot! Ahhh, "smoothing it"! Enjoy AK, Brooke. God Bless
Kerry Williams (29 days ago)
Lucky lady I like your videos alot. Thanks
Lyndey Repic (1 month ago)
You wear those pants ALL the time. What are the details on those? Where did you get them?? ***P.S.-- Love your channel, b t dubs. Girl power!
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
LOL yeah i do. thrift store pants... i sewed on the patches and pockets
BudgetTravelGuy (1 month ago)
Hmmm....this may open up a whole new world to our travel adventures!
Hunt Stuff (1 month ago)
We’re in Michigan are these gatherings I live in Deerfield
Brenda Abbott (10 days ago)
Devils Lake here. We should look up all the people in this area who would love to go. Everyone pitch in and we could get a bus and all go up.
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
Lumberman's monument near oscoda
BAKİ KOÇ (1 month ago)
Çok güzel
Jessie Kanehl (1 month ago)
Is this every year up in Oscoda? We used to camp up there all the time!
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
first weekend of may, yes
Bao-Han Ng (1 month ago)
Thank you!
polishpicl (1 month ago)
Such a perfect teacher just like me!!!!!!!!!don't need a microphone,,,don't need to yell..just be strong like us and the people will come and listen!!!!!
programsource (1 month ago)
Really enjoyed meeting you & Dave at the Gathering! Nice job on the video and thank you for the plug for "Dave's Bar & Grill" and the rest of our hammock crew.
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
thanks you too!
Brandons Bushcraft (1 month ago)
Wish I could have been there With y'all Brooke ..I'm like a lil kid I love the Outdoors n building things like Shelters ..Great Job Brooke Awesome Video ..I have never been to Michigan. ...
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
thank you!
Brandons Bushcraft (1 month ago)
Looks like Alot of Fun Brooke .. Happy Mother's day to ya ..
sunluvr59 (1 month ago)
Great video, lots of interesting info.
Uniquelyyours1 (1 month ago)
Happy Mother's Day, Brooke:)
Steve Mclain (1 month ago)
Happy mom's day
lalee 75 (1 month ago)
Man I wish I lived closer! If you ever come to Georgia look me up!!!
Ironbomb (1 month ago)
Bummed I missed you all...☹️
scott Smith (1 month ago)
Hey Brooke I just wanted to wish you a Happy Mother's Day for tomorrow and stay safe and God bless you and your family
scott Smith (1 month ago)
Girl in the Woods you're quite welcome Brooke
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
Nutmegger Yankee (1 month ago)
Happy Mother's Day, Brooke!
Paige Webber (1 month ago)
The problem I have with survivalist thinking is the random disregard for the trees in the forest. There is no junk tree. That ideology comes from the exploitive practices of the logging industry that has stripped our lands of living trees that contribute to the very oxygen we breathe. Where I live they are developing the land, cutting all of the trees according to a highly illogical city parameter, that is ignorant to the coastal environment we live in. The trees protect our homes and neighbourhoods from the ocean storms and the salt air. The ignorance is these people come from the city, and are building cracker boxes that won’t last in this environment. They take out a 30 year loans for a 10 year house. 😞
Jarret Moore (1 month ago)
I never knew Michigan had this going on😥
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
Only the second year.
rockytop wrangler (1 month ago)
Bushcraft,Wilderness outdoor gatherings look like a great time,,so much talent out there....the sharing of skills and ideas among like minded friends...thanks for sharing,Brooke................Stay Safe and God Bless.........
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
yes it was great
Ironbomb (1 month ago)
You guys there thru Saturday? I live not far from L.M.....would like to meet some folks
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
it was the first weekend of May
James Hutto (1 month ago)
I'm only just learning about that alone show. Seems like you have accomplished quite a bit.
bruce krueger (1 month ago)
I'm originally from Wisconsin so I'm pretty adverse, in winter time survival feed urself or u wont survive till the next week
bruce krueger (1 month ago)
Man I wished u lived in the north west we could Bush craft in my neck of the woods theres bear cougar and many other predators falls the best time very wet and cold , its nothing but pure survival keep sending ur vids
Gary Irwin (1 month ago)
Wow that blows me a way. I live in Oscoda and didn't even know that was going on. That looked like a hoot too. The Monument area is one of my favorite hiking spots. I must live under a rock or something. You can bet that next year I'll be there.
myfamilynme (1 month ago)
So much fun! The basket making...incredible! Thanks!
Shawn R (1 month ago)
Cool time.
William Rodriguez-Pupo (1 month ago)
This is "BS" I can't find anything like this in SoCal... Bummer!!
f p (1 month ago)
Hi Brooks & Dave, Nice film from a cosy instructive event. I'm sure it will inspire more folks to get out and be happy. Greetz from Holland.
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
thank you!
Steve Linderman (1 month ago)
sent you and bushradical a package from Silver Lake, KS ten minutes ago. Not sure how else to message you/ I'll be eager to tell you about the package soon. Love you guys!
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
cool thanks!
Doug Bucher (1 month ago)
Sure made my day, that sure looked like a fun trip, thanks for taking us along. 🇺🇸 God Bless you and your family have a great day 🇺🇸
Chris Sheridan (1 month ago)
Welcome to the hammock life. 😀. It was great to meet you both!
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
haha thanks you too!
autumnwear (1 month ago)
Is there a link for this event? It looks like so much fun! I think it's awesome that they let kids be involved. My kiddos would love this.
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
Michigan Bushcraft Spring Gathering 2019 on FB
Grumpy Grunt (1 month ago)
I miss Michigan.
Looks like a fun gathering! I started camping with a hammock 13 months ago. Now it's hard for me to want to sleep on the ground! When I finally got an underquilt last fall, I was really in love! I've slept comfortably down to at least the upper teens this past winter. I also love how ridiculously light weight my hammock system had made my backpacking gear setup. It's almost too good to be true!
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
yeah i had no idea it could be that good- i'm getting myself set up better now!
Lee_Küllick (1 month ago)
It was one of the best sunsets I have ever seen! Thank you for hanging with us at the event! And thank you very much for the feature! -Lee
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
Cool thanks Lee!!
Shell Cshells (1 month ago)
What a wonderful gathering!!!!
Rosemary Wallace (1 month ago)
Very cool people, all.
Lisa Dundas (1 month ago)
Great video! We missed a lot but it's nice that you got video of the highlights, especially the foraging!
Manoel Farias (1 month ago)
thank you...!!!???
Joseph Troyer (1 month ago)
Ruth Rushlow is apparently Awesome! You also Brooke! thx for video.
Barry Grantham Jr. (1 month ago)
Thank you for coming out and visiting some of your fans. Your time and information you two shared was most generous. Hope to see you and Dave again next year!
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
cool thanks!
Kenton Durrant (1 month ago)
Another great video. Good to see you are doing well
Ruthie H (1 month ago)
What a cool event! I need to find one in the New England area!
Tim Parsell (1 month ago)
Thanks for putting this together and posting, Brooke! It was so much fun that weekend and a pleasure hanging out with you and Dave. I wish I could have seen more of the presentations myself instead of being at my setup, but these videos give me a glimpse of what I missed. BTW, Gluttony is the name of the hammock forums meetup in October every year. The entrance fee is a pack of bacon, which is "cooked on the hour all weekend long". When you're hanging with them, going away hungry is your own fault lol. Not going to step on your toes here, if you'd like me to provide contact info for Charlie and I for next year's Gathering let me know! -Tim
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
OH! BACON! lol got it! haha it was great to meet you all and of course we'll be back next year! Yes.... that would be great information. I can pin it to the top in the comments or put it in the description.
Catherine Remchuk (1 month ago)
Thanks Brooke and Dave!!! I wish Michigan wasn't so far for me.🙁 Someday I want to make a trip to the UP when my responsibilities dwindle!!!! I hope you realize how much we enjoy watching all your videos...I really look forward to them...brightens my day. So in the meantime my grandson and myself will do our own backyard bushcrafting using all the skills we learned from you😊
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
that's awesome th hanks much!
Steven Johnson (1 month ago)
There is Reece she was so excited she made it to your video!
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
Oh cool!
Rod Markins (1 month ago)
Thanks guys. For sharing this with us.
Christopher Ellis (1 month ago)
Yes, R Mifsud, that is how to "smoke" herbs, put them on the coals, and inhale them. One can also infuse and inhale. Pipes and such are another matter. 🖤 Linden is my favourite bast to work with. 💚🇦🇱
James Parlane (1 month ago)
You need to protect yourself from cougars. My sister is a cougar. She is 2 weeks older than her husband.
Chandrashekhar Yadav (1 month ago)
So so beautiful.. 😊
M1a.o (1 month ago)
Great video, beautiful day, interesting people and good ideas, it's nice to see this kind of action everywhere! A beautiful day for you Brooke 🌞👌🍀🌲
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
cool thanks!
John Roberts (1 month ago)
Hi Girl in the woods , it sounds like your having a lot of fun ! 😊👍 ❤💚💜💙💛
Martha Neuhauser (1 month ago)
I've seen those chairs that rock at Ace hardware store for about$50.00
Sidney Mathious (1 month ago)
That is a nice event and the people there can learn so much about how to survive in the forest if they have to. I live in Arkansas and there are so many people here who don't know how to survive in the wilderness and would die if an emergency came. I love the things many are teaching everyone else and glad that you all enjoyed your visit there and learned more.
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
yes it was great!
Walter Gottschalk (1 month ago)
Hello Mrs. & Mr. Whipple, thanks for sharing this Video really nice Landscape some new Stuff ife never seen before, given me some new Ideas. Have a nice Weekend and GfG - Walter
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
awesome thanks!
Duck Landes (1 month ago)
I've always liked the idea of hammocks, but I sleep on my stomach. Waking up after being being bent backwards all night is not fun.
Grumpy Grunt (1 month ago)
You can also look at one of the various 90-degree hammocks out there. I have an Amok Draumr, but there are all kinds of "bridge" hammocks and other designs for us stomach sleepers. Good luck!
Duck Landes (1 month ago)
It's been decades since I tried a hammock, because they were so uncomfortable for me to sleep in. But in the past few years I've seen reviews of what look like much more comfortable and well thought out hammock. I just haven't been willing to spend a couple hundred bucks to try them.
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
Yeah I like to sleep on my stomach too but if you get a nice long hammock and get it set up properly, I'm learning that it can be quite comfortable!
Relic Reapers (1 month ago)
Great stuff, loved the cortage part
Relic Reapers (1 month ago)
Girl in the Woods I know what I'm trying this summer 😀
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
yeah she does awesome work!
My Alaska Dream (1 month ago)
That looks like a beautiful area.
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
Carol-Ann Trudell (1 month ago)
What an interesting video. Loved it! God bless you both and your family always.
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
thank you!
Ronda Kudrna (1 month ago)
justin taylor (1 month ago)
I never heard of this event... I need to participate!!! I live in Michigan!!!
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
First weekend of May!
Robin Glover (1 month ago)
Oh i so wish that was close to me.any gatherings in Oklahoma??
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
I'm not sure!
Chubbeth's Thunder (1 month ago)
Looks like a lot of fun. A bunch of happy people because they got outside and lived. Thank you very much. You and your family have a beautiful and blessed weekend!!!
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
thanks yes indeed
Ronald Strayer (1 month ago)
Looks like you guys had fun. That is something I would like to go to. Been to Michigan once but didn't have too much time to spend there. Definitely would like to go back someday. I have that same hat that your friend Lee had on towards the end of the video. Take care, Ron.
Linda Wallace (1 month ago)
That looked FUN!! Good advice all around!! ✌️😀👍💥👏👏👏👏
Dave Kibbey (1 month ago)
That looks like a lot of fun. Sorry I missed it. I will put this on my calendar for next May. Safe travels for you all when you head to Alaska. We'll miss you down here in Michigan. Have a great summer.
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
thank you!
Tammy Fleming (1 month ago)
Cool stuff!
Charles Glover (1 month ago)
Lol... "If you can't tie a knot... Then tie a lot". I've always been fortunate enough to know a bunch of knots, bends and lashin... In scouts we called those shelters a "Lean to" , but you're absolutely right; the objective is making a shelter fast and sturdy you can get into and survive... The key to self preservation is not dying. Haha.
Gail Stokely (1 month ago)
A great video. Enjoyed, watching. The scenery at the end was beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Outdoors with Dale (1 month ago)
This looks like a great event. I'll have to mark my calendar for next year and see if I can go. Is there possibly a web site link too?
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
facebook page right now- Michigan bushcraft spring gathering 2019
al m (1 month ago)
Looks like a great community.
bgurtek (1 month ago)
Brooke, regarding strength in the ridge pole; a piece of pine in good condition should be strong enough. It's surprising but the highest tensile strengths in wood species is often a pine or fir, according to my uncle's Strength of Materials book.
Plain 'Ole Chuck (1 month ago)
I need to attend a couple gatherings.. look like a blast !
John Boley Jr. (1 month ago)
The moment you had the underquilt on camera, I started laughing out loud. I already knew you were bitten by the bug. :)
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
yeah they sold me for sure!
Rosie Cotton (1 month ago)
Hammock hot tent!! So cool!! 👍👍
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
i know!!!
KIM I (1 month ago)
That would be good song tittle(Got to find the spots)... Be well campers!
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
alaskalograft (1 month ago)
Looks fun. Now get up here to Alaska. I'm ready for a coco lime! 😋
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
LOL Sooooooooon! Miss ya!
Kerryjane Voth (1 month ago)
Really enjoyed seeing this event. Question: would you use a debrie shelter in the warmer months? How do you deal with the creepy crawlies(spiders and ticks etc)
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
yes you can use it in summer- start a tiny smudge fire and smoke it out
Barone B (1 month ago)
Kerryjane Voth switch to a hammock use permathrin spray
CHERYL T (1 month ago)
Now there's some good times to remember, looked like some awesome fun for sure ty for sharing this loved it👍😊...
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
thanks cheryl!
PurpleHaze929 (1 month ago)
Great seeing you both. Being at that gathering was second nature to you. Looked awesome.
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
thanks it was great
House of Solomon (1 month ago)
Coffee cone = prized possession
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
somebeech30 (1 month ago)
Great video brooke and dave and all the others in the video..im glad you like my neck of the woods, fresh air and pine needles..haha
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
yep it was beautiful
Looked like a gr8 time!! Looked very education... thanks for sharing 🌲🌲
Go Smooth Go Light (1 month ago)
Brooke and Dave ... Thank you SO much for the tour of this awesome gathering!! Lord Willing, I'll be there in 2020 (I put it on my calender before I finished the video) I used to attend a "Mountain Man Rendezvous" at Bowens Mills near Yankee Springs back in Barry County, MI. This one looks even more interesting to me. Maybe Dave will be taking orders for his version of the Kephart by then. Sign me up!! See you there ... God Bless
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
Sweet see ya there!
Richard Cranium (1 month ago)
Thats fantastic. Glad you two had such fun. Some great displays and talks going on. I, too, want to try hammocks. My back and shoulders are toast, so we shall see. Try a cheapie before I buy a nice bridge hammock:) I loooove the looks of those underquilts... but I prob need a thinner one, I put out many Big Boy BTU's. Ha.
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
Corrinda K Dipo (1 month ago)
Love all the interesting things that was made incredible Great Thank you Brooke for Sharing 👍
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
thank you!
Ralph Easton (1 month ago)
Thanks Brooke for taking us with you on this trip.
Rudy O (1 month ago)
Isn't it great that Michigan has so much to offer. I'm so torn on what to do when I retire..
Hoppe’s 9 (1 month ago)
Rudy O Yeah. It snowed twice today on May 10 in Elmira.
Angel Smith (1 month ago)
Brooke, where can I find that these things are going on? I always catch it after the fact.:(
Tim Parsell (1 month ago)
@kathryn patterson the best way is to follow michiganbushcraft or myself (tim_parsell) on Instagram. Between the two of us you'll be able to find out about any outings we're planning.
kathryn patterson (1 month ago)
@Tim Parsell how do i find out about the camping trips? & thanks sooo much for helping to organize this!
Tim Parsell (1 month ago)
There won't be another gathering "like this" until next Spring, at least in Northern MI. We'll have a few more camp trips through the summer and fall though if you're interested. -Tim, MBSG co-founder
Girl in the Woods (1 month ago)
not that i know of
Angel Smith (1 month ago)
@Girl in the Woods Are there more of them happening through the summer? In other parts of Michigan?
joanne d (1 month ago)
I wanna go!
kathryn patterson (1 month ago)
First wkend in May! Next yr
Wilma Mowery (1 month ago)
Thanks for the video I was getting worry about you ☺

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