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Keg 3 | Day 6

Up and out collecting a few sticks above the barn at 96% condition. It’s foggy out and a wolf smells me and follows all the way back to my protective structure. I pop out to take a look and I scare her off with my ugly Mackinaw once again.

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I drink a hot tea and take torches from the 49 minutes left on the fire. I head out into the fog past the dock with my FLT in the positive. Good weather and no wolves all the way to Poachers. I drop 34 out of 44 sticks in the rail car and continue farther in this good weather.

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Past the bear cave, I crouch to avoid detection by a wolf as I am on my last torch I have to hurry to start my warming fire. I collect sticks while taking warmup breaks and boiling water every chance I get. I break down all my spent torches and with 80 sticks here plus the 34 in the rail car it’s a pretty good haul and an early nights work complete. Below 50% stamina so it’s a good time to head back. A wolf scared away twice with fire on the trip back as I pass the rock island in the middle of the muskeg. After the forge fire gets warmed up I set up some more fires to practice my fire starting skills. I drop all of my scavenged supplies from the day, cattail heads, cattails, reishi and take the can opener out and open my dog food for dinner. One more can ready means I can leave a can here always on the forge so I don’t forget to take 2 cans with me on my runs. I head to bed for 10 hours.

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Keg 3 | Day 7

Wake up in the late morning, 11am or so, 100% condition and FLT of -23C in the wind outside and 3 hours left on the fire. I wish I could just go back to sleep for a few more hours but I’m not tired at all. Take stock of fuel – 53 sticks in the locker, 24 on me, 20 coals, 7 reclaimed, 4 cedar and 2 fir logs. I manage to aggro a wolf out by the bunkhouse walkway so I run back and practice some more fire making. After an hour or so the wind dies down and only 1 temp down arrow so I pull torches and head out towards the broken tower. I crouch past the wolf and then down the trail and over the log bridge then collect sticks in the upper ledge after that. Drop down by the log rail cars and more sticks to find. Wolf alley is fully populated it looks like so I cut under along the shore by the low blind. I cut in between 2 wolves and get a few more sticks before having to scare a wolf away with a fire. It’s a game of cat and mouse but this is the best place to find loads of sticks so it is worth the risk as long as visibility is good. I sprain both ankles climbing up to Marsh Ridge but there is a good supply of birch bark and sticks up here too. I light a fire outside the cave then go inside to find the 11 coal that I left here on day 1 or 2 and guts that are at 94%. Also there is the hoard of 23 birch bark that I collected and dropped before the update as it was useless then except for tinder, now it’s a huge score. Rabbits are down to 3% and 2% and I am trying to salvage the pelts.  

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I harvest 1 pelt and the other 2 carcasses expire. More birch bark and sticks collected as the pain of my ankles fades away. I gather my supplies, take torches from the fire and point to home. I deploy the rope at the ledge and plan to climb down so I don’t have any more sprains but once I deploy I get notice that I need my ankles to climb down, I thought it was only wrists had to be sprain free unless this is part of the new update.

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I do the ultimate mountain goat down since my torches are burning down there I need them to keep fire alive. It’s a beautiful starry night over the muskeg and I can see a deer in my path. It will act a good screen for any surprise wolves until I can make the train tracks.

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My deer screen works perfectly and just at the end of wolf alley a kill is made. I set up a safety fire a short distance away then toss a torch and scare the wolf away whimpering. I take a few 0.5kg steaks and cook them on the fire I eat my fill so I will have calories to burn when I get to sleep back at the barn. Other than that I leave 2L of water and at least 2.5kg of meat cooked, 5kg more on the carcass as I don’t want to push my luck as I am getting tired, I have a full backpack and the fog has settled in.

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I pass the log cars and a bark scares me, I circle up the hill to strafe away and manage to find the bear island path in almost zero visibility. I catch the faint outline of the bear in front of me, wolf still behind – am I going to get out of this jam? I circle behind the bear and it doesn’t seem to notice me, the wolf can smell me though and is not giving up. As I cross the last dangerous section of ice before the farm I decide I’ve had enough of this following and start a fire and scare the wolf back. I’m safe now to pick my final ice crossing without incident and amble up the forge fireplace and bed.

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Keg 3 | Day 8

Wake up in 100% perfect condition with FLT of -5C outside. Good day to collect more firewood. As per my calendar I decide on High Blind route across the muskeg to the old abandoned camp area. Haven’t been then since Day 5 and the sticks should be back by now. When I light up a fire there is a light fog but FLT has gone up to -1C and I break down several branches without even taking 10% off my temp meter.

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After several more runs I can hear the wind picking up and the fog clearing – an aurora is starting tonight. I quickly pull 4 torches from the fire and sprint towards Poachers. I make it almost there and my torch is snuffed out, another match gone to history.

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Temp is still not very cold, should I head for home or use another match/torch and keep collecting? I head for home but with almost full health I decide to take a small health loss and break down a branch and a bush while already in hypo risk. I lose about 25% but I should be getting that back tonight anyways. It’s all part of the interloper balance, take the hit when you can to get more supplies. In the end I make it back to the forge with 101 sticks.

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I collect more sticks around the barn and also take a torch out and light some more fires training myself on the fire skill. After I light one last fire I get the notification of Fire Starter Level 3 come up, this will be good for my fire length and for my fuel stores. I eat my last can being careful to have the can opener on me so I can have a backup water making can and I top up my stomach with a few cat tails and it’s time for bed.

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On 6/23/2019 at 2:15 PM, Gooner77 said:

I make it almost there and my torch is snuffed out, another match gone to history.

Temp is still not very cold, should I head for home or use another match/torch and keep collecting? I head for home but with almost full health

So - did you save that match after all?

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I did not light up until I arrived at the forge, so I guess I saved a match until then. 

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