Recently I had the privilege of “guiding” a group on a 5-day hike on the North Country Trail in the Allegheny National Forest. We did the same stretch I did back in March with the addition of hitting the Minister Creek loop trail. There were two adults and 4 teens ranging from 12-17 with us. All in all, we covered about 21 miles of trail over 4 days, carrying between 35 – 50lbs on our backs.
we spent some time reading and talking about the book of Colossians, hitting hard the concepts the Apostle Paul talks about regarding putting off the old self, and putting on the new in light of what Christ has done.
Some of the primitive skills I had a chance to work with the boys on included…
– the Dakota fire hole.
– water purification
– camp setup
– fire-starting (especially distinguishing between wet and dry wood as well as how to start a fire with wet wood)
– crayfishing (and eating yummm)
– net makin
Below are some photos to check out and I’m hoping to post some video once I get the chance to edit it. If you have any questions about any of the photos, or where they were located, please do not hesitate to ask in the comments section. g
– several wild edible plants
as well as some other general bushcraft skills here and there along the trail.