A Bushcraft Camp Comes To Life

Bushcraft course parachute shelter nestled in the woods
The parachute shelter of one of Frontier Bushcraft’s camps nestled deep in the woods. Photo: Paul Kirtley.

A student on one of our Elementary Wilderness Bushcraft courses took a great time-lapse sequence of the main camp coming to life one morning.

Duane Yates got out of his sleeping bag not long after 04:00. He set up his tripod and pointed his camera towards the parachute shelter which forms the focus of our base-camp area. The camera was then programmed take photos at 20 second intervals.

Duane was kind enough to send us the time-lapse sequence and we have uploaded it as a video, including music by Ziggy Evitts.

The following video is only 3 minutes long but it contains the sequence of what Duane’s camera captured over the space of several hours.

At first the camp is quiet. The sun starts to penetrate the woods in the background and eventually its rays reach the parachute. Then people start to appear. The campfire is lit and the kettle is filled. People eat their breakfast. The camp becomes increasingly active, almost seeming to bustle just before the first formal activity of the day is due to begin…

**Let us – and Duane – know what you think of the video and the time-lapse sequence by leaving a comment below.


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Paul Kirtley is owner and Chief Instructor of Frontier Bushcraft. He has had a lifelong passion for the great outdoors and gains great satisfaction from helping others enjoy it too. Paul writes the UK's leading bushcraft blog as well as for various publications including Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine.

21 Responses

  1. hedgey

    What a great base camp, very well set up for all kinds of activity’s.



    • Paul Kirtley

      This is one of our favourite spots for a base camp. Not only does it have a lovely atmosphere, there are lots of useful resources close by.



  2. Richard Tiley

    I loved the early part of the sequence with the sunlight playing across the parachute. It’s fascinating to see the tricks of people being there one moment and vanished the next. It’d be really interesting to try and perform a similar exercise around the camp fire, watching it grow, blaze and die down as night comes on before being rekindled in the morning. Great fun – thank you for sharing it.

    • Duane

      Thanks Richard,
      Good idea about the camp fire, might give that one a try.

    • Paul Kirtley

      Hi Richard,

      Glad you enjoyed the video. The first time I watched the sequence, I had to go straight back to the beginning and watch it again – the sun creeping through the woods is wonderful to see sped up like this.

      Let us know if you get a good campfire sequence.

      All the best,


  3. David

    I really enjoyed watching the rays of sunshine coming through the trees, lovely. Then, as usual, everyone gets up when the kettle is on. Good video.

  4. Duane

    Great choice of music Paul, That fitted really well with the movement in the video 🙂

  5. Sheri

    Fantastic footage Duane. Was a great week, brings back some great memories!! 🙂

  6. George Aitchison

    My kind of Reality TV. A great series of shots.

    I will look to try this out.



    • Paul Kirtley

      Hi George,

      Thanks for your comment. Glad you enjoyed the video. Please post a link when you’ve done something similar 🙂



  7. phil ogden

    Just watched with my 5 year old.He asked if they are real people or wood ghosts. Great vid very atmospheric.

    • Paul Kirtley

      That’s great – I love the way kids interpret things in surprising ways. Glad you both enjoyed watching.

      All the best,


  8. Paul Harris

    That was awesome, Great time – lapse and also captured a morning in the woodland exceptionally well.
    Great photography Duane and looks like a great campsite Paul.

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