For this excursion we spent four days exploring four different areas near Gaylord MI, and challenged ourselves to practice our outdoor skills and learn something new. It was a chance to get our bodies and gear warmed up and field tested for upcoming 2022 adventures. This was a series of one-day events, so folks could join us for whatever days worked for them. We’d be dispersed camping with our vehicles in a different location each night.
We had scenic 5-10 mile hike each day, plus challenges involving skills taught by FBET such as land navigation, foraging for wild edibles, backwoods cooking, bushcraft etc.
Backwoods Cookout Challenge
We challenged each attendee to make a dish to share using backwoods cooking techniques and/or ingredients that were new to them. People could practice ahead of time, but it should involve something that’s new to them this year. Cooking on an open fire was encouraged but not required.
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We used our portable campfire pizza oven for the cookout challenge, not to cook pizza but to roast some meat for Halifax Donairs. Here’s a video showing how we made this pizza oven, in case you’d like to make one yourself: