With a couple false starts, Spring may have finally arrived here! And while I have been shooting 70m indoors steadily since March (and occasionally throughout the Winter) at Peel Archery Club, I have also begun venturing outdoors at The Archers of Caledon to try to squeeze as much outdoor practice in as I can early in the season. It hasn’t always been very comfortable, but it has always been pleasant. It’s all about dressing for the weather and being prepared, even at -1°C with light wind and snow:
Sometimes however, that Wintery weather is just too intense to go out. As was the case on the April 14/15 weekend, we had a pretty decent winter ice storm that made driving a little too dangerous. Thankfully, last year Norm bought me a small target butt so I can shoot at home:
It’s a tight fit, and with the renovation still underway, a little messy. Once we complete the renovation, I won’t be able to shoot in the basement anymore, so it will be back to the stairwell for me!
This past weekend though was bright, calm, and warm! I managed to get some shooting in outside before coaching on Saturday morning, and the hard packed ice/snow was still there, making me feel like an Elf while I walked to the target and back:
My 70m form has started to settle in and I managed a few good ends and even my first broken nock at 70m (unless you count Norm’s nocks that I seem to always break):
By Sunday the snow had pretty much all melted, leaving puddles of mud everywhere. It was still really nice out, and I managed to drag some friends out too!
Monday was absolutely gorgeous out as well, and I guess there can be too much of a good thing. By the end of the day, I discovered that I had gotten myself a pretty good sunburn on my face, neck and arms, complete with arm guard lines. An important reminder to always be prepared, even when the weather is nice .. wear sunscreen!
And speaking of being prepared; Norm and I will be teaching this year’s Outdoor Orientation Course at The Archers of Caledon! We’re pretty excited.