This may sound like a juvenile escapade, but if justification is needed, then it was a lot of fun, despite being the least comfortable nights sleep that I have had in a long time!
Kevin Langan is graphic designer and in his spare time, to get outdoors, is currently on a mission to build 100 wild huts, in all kinds of rural and urban environments, from whatever materials are available. Being a designer, there was a lot more to this than stacking branches into a pile. Here was the design brief.
It took us over 10 hours to build, which is considerably longer than we spent sleeping in it – but that isn’t the point. It was a wonderful wilderness experience. All the wood was already dead and fallen, so no damage was caused, and the only binding material is gardeners twine – which isn’t very strong or easy to work with, but is completely biodegradable.
Rich Patterson runs a company called 360 pix and brought his camera along.
And Al Humphreys has created this short film about the build.
Here are some other photos from my first wild hut experience
Kevin Langan, the instigator of this great adventure has also written a great guide book called ‘The East Highland Way’ which is a route he created to join the famous West Highland Way and the Speyside Way – he kindly gave me a copy and I thoroughly recommend a look if you are a walked and interested in exploring Scotland.
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