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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Hair Ice

Hair ice or sometimes called beard ice is an unusual phenomena that only occurs in very set climatic conditions and only with dead wood with a particular fungi in it.

Unlike other forms of frost which we know about and see often, like hoar frost in the pic below

Hair ice only forms at certain temperatures and in certain conditions but the result can be spectacular

From a distance it can look like a plastic bag or other discarded trash

On closer inspection it looks a little like a fungus, but really close up..its pure ice and it's wondrous when it forms like this

You'll never see sights like this for real if you don't get out into the woods..

Monday, 29 January 2018


We've had quite a few storms recently and they're causing even more widowmakers and hung ups..

These were down when we went out yesterday, always look up and around, be careful where you set camp and take precautions.
Let's be careful out there.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The perils of widowmakers

How many times have we heard the old adage, before you sit down - look up!
Of course on the day you get complacent is the day something will happen. Rotten trees and storms don't mix and if you happen to be in the vicinity of a widowmaker.... this can happen lol.

The thing that ticked me off the most was that we'd only been there 20 minutes.
Anyway, pack back on and a long march out of the woods and a trip to hospital.

Nothing that a few stitches couldn't fix and a story to be told around future campfires, no doubt it will be embellished with each telling !