Practice makes perfect.
Once again there was a “secret mission” organized by our “Event Team”…
The way led us this time from Solothurn with the Bipperlisi train to Oberbipp. We hiked uphill towards Wolfisberg, above us the cloudy sky. At the forest our wilderness guide Daniel Kamber was already waiting for us. After a short introduction he explained to us that Apaches were the best trackers of all time. They could read about 5000 information from traces of a living being. Fascinating!
After Daniel Kamber showed us the traces of last night’s game change, he led us to a huge badger’s burrow and told us some interesting facts about wildlife. On the way to the next station we passed some tracks of wild boar in the maize field.
The next stop led us to the house of the Kambers, where they run a wilderness day-care center for children in the garden and also offer various wilderness courses. There we spent the rest of the day. The children there are always outside, except on extremely cold winter days. They have plenty of space to play and unfold. A fire was already burning in a shelter next door. Coffee and snacks were served after the steep ascent. We are just not all sporting aces. 😉
Before we were divided into groups, Daniel Kamber explained how intuitive archery works. Shooting with bow and arrow is dangerous and so we were informed about the safety measures so that nobody gets hurt. As a curative teacher and survival trainer, Daniel knows exactly what he is talking about.
After we were divided into three groups, the first group started with shooting exercises. Hit the target or the fox or the owl? May the best and the most accurate win! At some point, the apple got its chance, as it did with Wilhelm Tell, and we had to hit this small target. Some few even succeeded! Was that just a coincidence? 😊
The second group learned how to make a rope out of grass. It wasn’t difficult, but with time I got cramps in my fingers. Typing on the keyboard is not the same as doing fine work with the hands.
The third group was allowed to start carving a wooden spoon. First the contours are drawn on a piece of wood, then the hollow is burned out with hot coal and sanded. The hard part came last: carving the spoon shape. Those who had a good sack knife with them could be happy. The rest struggled with blunt knives, saws, and axes. Very few were able to take home their finished product ready for use. Unfortunately, most of them were not finished. I also count myself among them.
Between the rotations of the posts we formed rolls from a finished dough and placed them on the grill. The served Chili con/sin carne was very tasty.
A demonstration of how to make a fire without a lighter or matches was very interesting. Although I don’t think I’ll ever need this knowledge, I’m glad I’ve seen it before.
The weather cleared up, it slowly got warmer.
After the officially finished part cookies were served. The fingers wounded by the eternally long wood carving reached for it almost hastily. While some had gotten to the taste of archery and were still shooting around, our “Event Team” prepared the aperitif. The small talk was replaced by a easy conversation.
In smaller groups for fast or slow walkers, we went down again from Wolfisberg to Oberbipp, where the Bipperlisi brought us back to Solothurn. The event pleased everyone.
I don’t know how everyone else had fared, but I could have fallen asleep on the sofa around 6 pm, because somehow I was quite exhausted. Since I didn’t want to smell like a smoked sausage, I enjoyed a warm shower and was happy not to have to search for water in the wilderness to treat myself to this luxury.
Many thanks to Kurt and Jonas for this special experience!
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