Today’s topic is backcountry sauna construction. Buckle in.
First, make sure you physically victimize yourself over terrain like this:
Then, after you’re done feeding the troops tacos and instant refried beans, effectively putting an end to the bitchin’ and moanin’, you’ll want to get a fire going. Break out the whiskey, because things are about to get weird.
When you’re about a quarter of the way through your whiskey stash, ask your buddy if you can borrow his tarp. Your wife might roll her eyes and say something like “what are you doing with that thing?” Never mind the skepticism. Just wait until your sauna is steaming and they’re fighting for space. You’ll get the last laugh, trust me.
Start heating a few large rocks in the fire. I read somewhere that you’re not supposed to heat river rocks because they’ll explode in your face. So don’t do that. You should be fine with a few dry rocks.
As your rocks are heating, you’ll want to choose a proper sauna location, preferably near the fire. Here I am, a self-proclaimed backcountry sauna genius, using what the good Earth gave me:
By now, your fellow campers are at least curious. They might even get in on the construction phase. Which is good, because up to this point this was a one-man sauna (boring). High five your friends for letting their sauna guard down.
Now on to the minor details. Figure out a way to transport your super hot rocks. Load up on icy cold snowmelt from the nearby stream. And then hop in, robe or no robe. Doesn’t matter. You’re in backcountry sauna mode, dude!
Slowly pour water over the rocks. Magical steam will appear. Nature is so mysterious like that.
That’s a pretty crappy set-up, I’d say. But come on. It works. Not bad for a fist timer. I’d use a bigger tarp, and maybe heat my rocks a little longer next time. And kick all those bums out.
Eric, is that you. Nice to hear from you.
Nice to hear from you too, amigo!
So, you spent too long in the sauna and forgot how to use a keyboard? LOL Hope your adventures are fine.
This was an interesting post. Reminds me a little of a documentary I saw on the way the Aboriginals heat their spaces.
I was just thinking you were gone, never to be seen or heard from again, and then this — A backcountry sauna! Lol! Thank goodness! You were missed, friend. You always make me laugh. 😀
Hey Murtaugh! Good to hear from you! Cool sauna.
Good to hear from you too!
Very interesting lesson here and I’m sure many outdoor enthusiasts will want to try it! 🙂 I’m a camper, but not a backpacker; my hubby is, though! I’ll have to tell him about this! 🙂
I’ll keep that in mind! Thanks, Eric!
Haha! Thank you for the entertaining post! I’m not sure I have the cajones to try this out first hand.
Whoa, this was from a while back. No winter camping for you? You can make a sauna out in the snow and keep warm! 🙂
Just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Hope you get some time off to relax and spend with your loved ones!
Happy New Year, Eric!!