posted on May, 2 2011 @ 09:14 AM
I’ve been hanging out in the chat room lately and have come to learn DaMod is up there in Wyoming, (A place where it can and does snow year round,
up thar in the high country.) my old stomping grounds. I own a cabin up in Pinedale and have a long time buddy who’s my partner in a small hunting
guide service. (Wondering how good a friend Jason is since I’m always stuck being the beater and camp cook?)
Anyway talking to DaMod got me to remembering the old Robert Redford movie “Jeremiah Johnson” who was a real person and a true mountain man!
For the purposes of this thread I’m talking about the scene where Johnson’s Mentor Bear Claw Chris Lapp, teaches him how to make a hot bed of
dirt thrown over a bed of coals. Didn’t work out so well in the movie as shortly after lying down he jumps up smoking and beating at his back and
butt! Made for a funny moment in the film but this is a real and long practiced bush skill, one that can keep you from freezing to death on a cold
First you need to dig your bed. Make it as long as your body core, crotch to shoulders. (Add extra width if more than one person is sleeping with
you. Pick a spot where you’ll be sleeping out of the wind, rain and snow, then dig your trench. At least 8 inches deep! Don’t fling the dirt just
anywhere your gonna need it later…
I’m not going to go into how to build a fire, that’s been well covered in other ATS threads. Refer to them if need be. But once your trench is
dug, build your fire in that hole. Do your cooking cleaning up or just warm up because what your after is not the fire itself but the hot coals. Once
the fire dies down you rake out the coals the length and width of your sleeping area and recover with that dirt you dug out. (Make very sure you’ve
covered all the coals) On top you can lay a covering of leaves or pine needles a ground blanket then yourself.
If you did this right you’ll be sleeping in a nice warm spot no matter how much it snows or how far the temps drop.
Well there you have it, a real mountain man hot bed… and remember practice makes perfect and this time of year is perfect to practice before your
life depends on this skill. Besides you dont want to end up like Reford did in the movie, do you?
edit on 2-5-2011 by DaddyBare because: (no reason given)