I have taught the ways of the wilderness for well over thirty years and have authored a novel which dives deep into the shadows that follow you as you traverse wilderness trails. It is my hope to reach as many people as possible to tell everyone that the wilderness is not a place to be wary of. It is the only place where a person can dig deep into their soul and find that which is hidden to them by modern day society.
~ R.G. Wright - Hawks Shadow

Monday, February 14, 2022

Snowshoeing at Minus 30

 When temperatures drop well below zero, the forest becomes quiet; very quiet. 

The sound of your passage echoes off trees and spreads deep into the surrounding woods. When you stop moving, silence fills the air and you stand alone, immersed in the wonder of the woods. 

The cold is relentless as it looks for ways to seep into your skin. Walking helps to generate heat; however, the speed at which you walk must be carefully controlled, for if you should begin to sweat, the water will dampen your garments and hypothermia will stalk you. 

Learning how to create and maintain a fire in the dead of winter is a skill which must not be taken for granted. Without it, you are at the mercy of the cold which surrounds you. 

Hiking in the winter is an activity which is invigorating and challenging. Being prepared to face the bitter cold is a necessity. 

If you have the skills and are prepared, there is nothing like a long snowshoe hike through the deep silent woods of winter. 

Happy Trails. 


Sunday, February 13, 2022

Bitter Cold | Firewood Gathering | Yamaha Bravo

 Firewood gathering can be a huge chore; however, if you look at the work as a chance to workout and be outside for days at a time, collecting firewood for the homestead becomes somewhat fun. 

On this particular day, the sun was bright but the temperature was brutally cold. I fired up my little snowmobile and away we went to cut up some trees which had blown down in a violent summer storm.

The little Yamaha Bravo is a perfect sled for the woods as it is nimble and narrow. Air cooled and no frills it's perfect for the punishment I put it through to supply my home with wood. 

Come along for a ride and experience a day in the woods collecting firewood. 


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