Backcountry Emergency Hut TEST!


Okay, we’re out here in the Okanagan on the back side of Big White Mountain and come across an emergency Hut. Sometimes people get lost around Big White so we thought, “let’s do a mock scenario and pretend we are lost, cold, and let’s see what happens. Here is Daryl. So here we are and we’re going to go in and see if they’re prepared for fire lighting. Is there enough material in there to help someone survive. As I was walking up to the door here, I noticed, before I stepped on the porch, some other types of visitors were here too. I’m guessing these pokey little hairs show that we have had a porcupine visit here.

Yeah, here I’m going to zoom in right. Oh! That’s why you don’t want to get poked by a porcupine. Hmmm, so if you get cut you can do some stitching with those. Just use a porcupine needle. All right, let’s go start a fire and get warmed up!

So the first thing we’ve got to do when we are freezing cold, we must find the stove and some matches or something to light a fire. Candles? It’s nice of them to leave the lighter nice and handy so that we could actually see it as we enter. We have paper there, okay, and it’s in a plastic bag I presume so that uh they hope it doesn’t get wet.
Is there anything living in the stove there like rats or anything?

So let’s take a look here and I’ll pause the video while we get set up for the fire, or do you want to just get set up now and see if we can light that baby [Music]

Yeah we don’t want to use all the fire lighting material.

You have all of our fire wood and everything!

We’re just going to see if we can get a flame going first though.


Another dead BiC lighter! No way, why would they leave a dead BIC lighter? It’s gotta work I’m freezing cold man! Make it work!

Well, good thing Big Buck is on the scene! Oh Big Buck carries [QUICK-FIRE] ferrocerium rod striker!

I never leave home without a stick or two of fatwood in my pocket!

So, you’re telling me that QUICK-FIRE is
going to light those sticks on fire [Laughter]

Yeah, we take our striker and our fatwood and we’re just gonna fluff a little bit. Just like in the other video’s.

Nice quick and easy.

Make a little pile, I’ll put that right here on top of that paper. No way!

I’m gonna take our ferrocene rod and QUICK-FIRE striker.

you can smell the Fir or Pine. Holy!

There we go.

Paper burning yet? HaHa, the paper’s not even lit yet. It is starting tp go now. Fatwood is ruling the day! And you could also split that fat wood up into smaller sticks to  help

get a little longer burn if that flame isn’t going to burn
long enough. Like yeah you have firewood here but if you wanted to? Oh, when when you buy the the QUICK-FIRE ferro rod and kit

we’re considering Two Fire Sticks with it,
one for fluffing and one for feathering nice  starting material

so that way you’re not losing out on your fluff stick. That one will last for hundreds of fires.

Your Fatwood feathering stick there will get you there, your fire will be going, guaranteed, your fire will be going in extreme conditions. Thanks Daryl!

Zum Peak in Cascade District

Zum Peak in Cascade District

Zum Peak in Cascade District

Zum Peak in Cascade District

Free Camping at Zum Peak in Cascade District recreation site has 2 Campsites and you can go to the site with a four wheel drive! Enjoy exclusive Camping, Hiking, Nature Study opportunities.



Zum Peak in Cascade District, BC

Site Description:

Zum Peak in Cascade District is a small, 2 unit recreation site. The recreation site is a folksy destination for camping (campers), berry picking and is the trail head for the Little Douglas Lake trail (hikers).

Driving Directions:

Free Camping at Zum Peak recreation site is situated off the west side of Highway #5 (Coquihalla Highway). Entrance from the Coquihalla Lakes exit #228. From the south cross over Highway # 5, from the north once off the highway turn right. Follow the paved road for a few minutes and then the road turns to gravel and is called the Upper Coldwater Road. Follow this road for 6.6 km to the site. Not suitable for large motor-homes or 5th wheels. Small trailers, tents or truck campers are OK.


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Camping Etiquette in BC Mountain Lakes

Camping Etiquette in BC Mountain Lakes

The wonderful thing about this place we live in is the incredible beauty and the ability to get away from it all. The solitude and privacy we find when trekking in the British Columbia outback is lovely and coveted by folks worldwide, when so many of we humans live in communities sandwiched together like the proverbial sardine! So, when one throws ones gear into a boat and find ones own bit of peace and quiet, leave me the #u@*! alone! Oops, not that my partner and I have ever been interrupted enjoying some alone time at a discreet location on one of the many Oyama Lake islands or anything!

Here are a few unspoken rules that will make everyone’s outdoor experience sweeter when camping for free on our crown land. Especially on the private uninhabited islands speckling our mountain lakes where we should be able to claim them for a night or two and be left the hell alone!

tent and campers free camping on bc lakes and islands

  1. If you see a camp. Keep going and pass it by til you find your own space.
  2. Don’t be invasive. There’s literally hundreds of other areas to explore. And you too will enjoy your space if all respect this simple rule.
  3. Leave no trace. Yeah, like none!
  4. Which means no garbage nor food leavings. It’s bad to leave your stuff – the wildlife will lose its wild – this is a big issue!
  5. Toilet. Dig a hole. Bury it. No one needs to see where you were doing your thing.
  6. That includes toilet paper.

These basic 5 tenets make for a wonderful experience for all who follow you. And keeps our time in the wild natural and free.