Earth Day, Serfdom, Foraging & Tanuki

Humanity’s annual reminder that we live on – and with – Planet Earth. Earth Day was first proposed by activist John McConnell in 1969 and was introduced to the world in 1970. It’s a day filled with hope and hypocrisy, but it should be celebrated by all those who hold Mother Nature dear, not justContinue reading “Earth Day, Serfdom, Foraging & Tanuki”

Preparing for WW3 – Surviving Russia vs Ukraine, Off-Grid & Online

Russia vs Ukraine, NATO, the U.S… A war that would literally be on my doorstep. I thought I was prepared for anything – virtually off-grid, self-sufficient, experienced in bushcraft and outdoor skills… Just like many others who call themselves preppers and survivalists. But we live in the 21st Century, and the world is a muchContinue reading “Preparing for WW3 – Surviving Russia vs Ukraine, Off-Grid & Online”

Snow Camping WAY below zero in a Hammock – and how to build a campfire

Snow camping in a DD hammock at minus 20 in the Carpathian Mountains. Winter camping is amazing, and using a hammock is a challenge. With temperatures dropping to minus 20, and deep snow all around, heading off to the hills and forests to spend a night or two out in Nature means packing a fewContinue reading “Snow Camping WAY below zero in a Hammock – and how to build a campfire”

How to Prep for a Winter Storm – 93% are unprepared for a blizzard

There’s a monster snow storm incoming with hurricane winds, icy roads and heavy snowfall. What should you do to prepare for a Winter Storm like Izzy? Last year, Texas suffered massively from the Deep Freeze because it wasn’t prepared – it looks like the same will happen again this year, along with New York. Don’tContinue reading “How to Prep for a Winter Storm – 93% are unprepared for a blizzard”

Mushroom Picking – Experience Nature and Understand Who You Are

Back in the forests of the Carpathian Mountains of East Slovakia, this time looking for birch bolete and cep (porcini) mushrooms. After seeing the prices of cep (and we’re not going to even mention black or white truffles) in the Italian speaking Istria region of Croatia, and how much visitors are charged to spend aContinue reading “Mushroom Picking – Experience Nature and Understand Who You Are”

I’m back and I’m mobile…

It’s been a few years since I used carpathianadventure.com as I had combined my main site with my blog. Looking back I think that was a mistake, which I now plan to rectify. There is a great community who use WordPress, and I feel my daily blog fits this site much better. There have beenContinue reading “I’m back and I’m mobile…”

Still blogging…

For those of you who think I’ve just disappeared after ceasing to maintain the carpathianadventure site, you can follow the adventure I call life at http://edwardotoole.com/blog/ I miss many of you and your comments so come over and pay me a visit!

Creepy Forest Ghost Spot Creature

No idea what this is:   A strange object I captured on the trail cam in the forest (photo frames, not video). It appears to be about a foot long, vertical and consists of 5 small equidistant ‘spots’. Bizarrely, it’s in the same location that we had a tree come crashing down in front ofContinue reading “Creepy Forest Ghost Spot Creature”

Pension Poľská krčma,Horný Smokovec, Tatra Mountains, review

Over the weekend we stayed at my friend’s Pension (sort of like an inn) in the Tatra Mountains. It’s called, bizarrely, Poľská krčma, which means the Polish Bar. She and her partner have only had it for a few months (since December) and have done quite a bit of reconstruction on it. It’s in anContinue reading “Pension Poľská krčma,Horný Smokovec, Tatra Mountains, review”

Trip to the Tatra Mountains

We’ve just got back from a few days break away in the Tatra Mountains in North Central Slovakia. Thankfully, it wasn’t having the same weather as we have had for the last few months. The air was clear, cold and bright rather than damp, foggy and swampy – although we do have a lot moreContinue reading “Trip to the Tatra Mountains”