Friday, 10 September 2010

I Know What I'll Do Next Summer

"......out here in the cheap showiness of nature." Rev Lovejoy

Ever since I saw Ray Mears go there on TV I've wanted to go to the legendarily beautiful Värmland region of Sweden. He called canoeing its lakes and hiking it's forests “close to a religious experience!”

I've also long wanted to go on the prestigious WEISS survival course which is held there, unfortunately I'm not the only one, so when I had the money all the places were booked up. Now Gary from Bearclaw Bushcraft who organises the UK contingent for the WEISS course, has teamed up with a local crew to offer a mix of guided and self guided trips. At merciful prices.

They do the whole mix: Bushcraft courses, Fishing trips, Canoe expeditions and Hunting. At this time Gary doesn't yet have all the details of how this winters hunts will be organised and the full details of the firearm permits for EU and non EU nationals, but cash permitting, I'll let you know before I leave!

 What is firmed up is next summers canoe trips:    

           14 days hire for $160.00 or €125.00

Tents (2-man)                          $64  or € 50
Waterproof pack/bag               $30 or  € 22
Pack Barrel 120 liters              $22 or € 17
Canoe cart                               $39 or € 31
Sleeping Bag incl. inner sheet $53 or € 41
Sleeping pad                            $14 or € 11
Triangia cook set                     $14 or € 11
Backpack                                $52 or € 40

If you're only able to go for a week your looking at about 60% of these costs.

You see - Just like Rev Lovejoy said 'the CHEAP showiness of nature'!

If you reckon you're going to make it get in touch as The Northern Monkey and myself are planning to go and we cordially invite you to drinks and a storytelling competition around the lakeside campfire one night.

More soon
Your pal


BeMistified said...

Can I just say that you are so awesome. I hope it is as spectacular as you want it to be. Summer will be here again before you know it!

Bob West said...

Very interesting. I enjoyed your blog. I am now a follower. I hope you will get insights from mine as well.
All the best, Bob West

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

You can say that as often as you like

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

I'll be sure to have a look. Spot of house painting this morning though.

GoofyGirl said...


The Suburban Bushwacker said...

And that's a legally binding written contract, your ass is mine.
PS you know the rules: Ya don't row - Ya don't go

GoofyGirl said...

Hey, just because I said I want to go, it doesn't necessarily mean I can go. Even the website for Weiss says so: All participants need to have entry level bushcraft know how or have similar military or wilderness experience prior to attending the WEISS course.
Soooo.... contract schmontract Herr Bushwacker, my goofy ass is staying right where it is.. with me.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...


Your ass'll be on the wiess course before you know it. In the meantime its a week or two canoeing that you've sighed up for. You're Scottish no wimping out now!


GoofyGirl said...

Scottish only by heritage, not lifestyle :)

Though... whiskey does make me do funny things..... none of which involve sheep.