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!
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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.
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
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. 😞
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.........
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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😊
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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