Bannock is one of those simple yet delicious recipes one needs in the trail craft pocket.

It is not  high-rise yeast bread, yet it is very tasty in a variety of ways.

I’m sure there are many recipes online about this bread

  • 3 cups all-purpose  flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder aka 2 large heaping tablespoons worth, maybe a half one if unsure
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup shortening (lard, bacon grease, melted butter, canola oil)
  • 2 cups water (approximately)

I add water just so its a bit on the watery side than too dry. I generously oil my cast iron skillet and place on a low heat side of fire or grill etc.

  1. Mix dry ingredients well in large bowl or zipper close plastic bag.
  2. Add shortening; work it into dry ingredients until you get an even meal consistency.
  3. Add about half of the water and start to stir and mix with a fork/spoon etc.
  4. Keep adding water and mixing until you get a good kneadable dough consistency.  make sure its not a thin batter.
  5. I pour into skillet and level out with spoon etc
  6. Cook until a deep golden brown on both sides, and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or until sides pull away from skillet

You can also add in berries, fruits etc that you gather while outdoors as well to the mix

It will only be limited by your imagination


Fire ban? Propane fire rings can save the weekend camping experience.

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Made it to Lake Merwin, Wa. about 8pm last night. My son, Alex, and grandson Brantleigh are here.  We were looking forward to sitting by the fire.  Fortunately, a fire ban in our area still allows “propane appliances” and includes propane fire rings.

Winter Camping

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My son testing out all his Christmas presents the day after about 6years ago

that year he got the tent, his -20* mummy bag, an axe, wool mittens with leather outers and I cant remember now what else, Santa was too good to him


I told him to stay off the ice, did he listen LOL



I never did get my coffee pot I lent him back LOL

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Summer end near….. Mostly work with little play…..

Well…..  It’s already getting darker earlier and earlier.  Warm days are being mixed in with the brisk mornings here in Washington state.  Don’t feel like I got as many weekend trips in as last year.  Did a bunch of work at my place on Lake Merwin.  Got the big stuff finished like fixing dry-rot in the old trailer, re-roofing the a-frame building that protects the old 1977 Ideal 35 footer.  Installed new flooring and a new shower (that leaked and caused the dry-rot issue).  But it came at a price other than just monetary.  It meant fewer Kokanee trips on the lake.  Usually by this time of year I have a freezer full and start canning. Read More

My 1st Try at Kayaking

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It dang near killed me HIHI

Making it impossible to work.


This little guy makes working at my desk impossible sometimes.

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The Journey Begins with this new site 8/18/18

This site is the destination for Ham Radio Venture Overland.  HRVO is a group of like minded outdoor enthusiasts who are Ham Radio operators.  The intent is to share information related to ‘everything’ outdoors.  We share diverse interests like Survival, Overlanding, Bush Craft, Jeep Trekking, Repairing and maintenance of our equipment, Roughing It, Ham Radio, and even my personal favorite these days, Glamping in my trailer with air conditioning.

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