Turmat dehydrated food.
I came across these whilst taking part in the Fjällräven Classic in Sweden earlier this year. They where supplied by Fjällräven to all hikers and my first thought was the weight of each portion.
As they are dehydrated they weigh next to nothing compared to wet MRE meals.
I chose a mixture to take with me pulled pork, kebab stew, cod in curry sauce and salmon with pasta.
The kebab stew was a little spicy for me but the meat tasted just like donner.
Pulled pork was good but my two favourites where the two fish ones.
Once rehydrated they actually looked like fish and tasted like fish. The cod in curry sauce wasn’t really curry tasting but very good to eat.
Packs. Weigh 85g before rehydration and 450g when rehydrated and with 452kcal per 100g they are just what you need.

  1. To rehydrate open pack at the top and add boiling water to the fill line.
  2. Stir the water into the dry mix making sure you get everything wet then reseal bag.
  3. Wait 8 minutes.
  4. There is another tear line lower than the first used to open bag now tear along this which makes the bag shorter so you don’t need a massive long spoon to get to it all.

So I must say they where really good. Some people didn’t like them but I thought they where good.

A quick night out

My eldest was taking part in a scout camp so I thought I’d go help setup and claim a night out in the hammock.
I’d been to this area before so knew where I would hang but unfortunately the sheep where grazing in that field so had to improvise.
The trees on this estate are ancient so tree huggers would struggle to reach around trunk so with a bit of thinking I came up with a plan.
I used a thick horizontal branch and the roof bar of my car to string the ridge line. Normally I run the ridge line under the tarp but it had and was going to rain heavy I didn’t want water seeping under tarp along ridge line.
I attached tree huggers to branch and roof rack and slid the whoopie slings over.
After adjusting the hammock I clipped on the under blanket and threw in the quilt. One thing I will change is the dd hammocks quilt has snaps at the bottom to stop it coming of your feet but these always pop off. I’ve been meaning to stitch this and never got round to it but will do this soon.
It was a clear night in the end so after a dehydrated turmat meal left over from taking part in the Fjällräven Classic in Sweden and a Polish beer I hit the sack.
I was woken by the sound of 200 sheep being chased by 5 scouts at 06:00

Frontier Stove

Can’t remember where I saw these stoves advertised I think it was on the bushcraft uk forum but I thought ‘got to have me one of those’.
At the time they where retailing at about £80 and with some Christmas money a week later there was a cardboard box at my front door.

Wild Camping in Dartmoor, cooking pulled pork on the Frontier Stove.

First meal on the frontier stove was a pork joint given by a local farmer that was slowly cooked all day in a local orange wheat beer by Greenjack Brewery.

Magazine article published about the Frontier Stove.

I roughly cut vegetables and put them in the Dutch oven for the last 2 hours and I must say it was fantastic.

I really enjoy using the frontier stove with a Dutch oven as the heat can be controlled and coals can be placed on top to heat the food inside from above as well.
There’s nothing like slow cooked lamb in a Dutch oven served with couscous or veg.
The added advantage to the frontier stove is the lots of different add ins you can get for it like a flashing kit to install into tent / shed, spark arrestor or the water jacket.

Now when I brought the water jacket it was around £80 so quite expensive but I must say what a great bit of kit.
Basically the water jacket is stainless steel that fits and clips around the flue so you can heat water then once it’s boiled you can turn the jacket to the back of the stove so it frees up cooking space and keeps the water hot by using the wastes heat which is radiated to the flue.
Great bit of kit as you always have hot water.

There is a great little add on which is the metal rod on the side of the stove which is brilliant for drying clothes or tea towels.
So many times people have stopped and commented on this stove. We where stopped once and the photos where put in a camping magazine.

The Fjallraven Classic Sweden

Fjallraven Classic

The Fjallraven Classic Sweden 2017 in aid of SARS999.org.uk

The Fjallraven Classic Sweden | Initially the plan was to fly to Stockholm and spend a week walking through a nearby National Park.

That plan was thwarted once the wife had seen an advert online for the Fjallraven Classic Sweden which follows part of the Kungsleden route.The Fjallraven Classic Sweden


(King’s Trail) is a hiking trail in northern Sweden, approximately 440 kilometres (270 mi) long, between Abisko in the north and Hemavan in the south.

It passes through, near the southern end, the Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Europe.

The route we took was to start in Nikkalouokta, join the Kungsleden at Singi and finish in Abisko.

So we decided to change plans to participate in the Fjallraven Classic Sweden but we also decided to invite another friend and do the hike in aid of charity.

All three of us work for the East of England Ambulance Service in varying roles, HEMS Critical Care Paramedic, Paramedic, EMT.

We also all do other roles for other emergency services: Lifeboat Coxswain, Fire Fighter and Coastguard.

All for charity mate!

We had decided to raise charity for SARS who are a charity that provides assistance to the ambulance service in the form of Rapid Response Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics.

Suffolk Accident Rescue Service is an emergency medical charity which provide specialist volunteer doctors and paramedics to assist the East of England Ambulance Service at the scenes of serious incidents.

So the Three team members: Myself: Martin Grove (EMT & Firefighter), Adam Wright (Paramedic & Coastguard) and Rod Wells (HEMS Critical Care Paramedic, Lifeboat Coxswain & SARS Responder) started to plan our 110km hike through arctic Sweden.

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Camp cooking

One of my favourite things whilst out in open is camp cooking. I have many different methods, coolers and recipes that I like to use but my favourite item to cook in is a Dutch oven.
No depending on where I am I sometime use the Dutch oven on top of my frontier stove but of course if I’m hiking I’m not going to carry all of this.
I’m quite lucky as I have use of a piece of land that I can drive to so I can get my hammock up and get the Dutch oven cooking.
The great thing about a Dutch oven is the ability to turn the lid over to fry breakfast or bake bannock on it.
This night was a quick “I’ll go camping tonight” so packed a few things grabbed a bag of organic lamb mince from fridge, a few veg, some beer, bacon and sausages and if I headed to this piece of land I can use. This was also the first time hammock camping with the dog.
I got the hammock and tarp up then set to getting a fire kit and started to make tea which was going to be lamb meatball stew.
Roughly cutting veg and making the meatballs using rosemary, egg, breadcrumbs and a little salt and pepper I rolled the meat balls and dropped them into the pot consisting of veg and stock.
Letting it summer for an hour I started in my Polish beers I had brought.

Food was great so me and the dog shared it then sat by the fire for a while then got into hammock which wasn’t easy with her moving around all the time but finally she settled.
The night was cold there was a frost in the morning. I had been using my dd frontline hammock with under blanket and quilt and I was perfectly warm especially with the dog.