I spent some awesome hours roaming around in a gebirgsjäger camp looking for treasures and good rust. Of course I knew that only the top soil would be soft enough to dig, and sure enough, following a signal I met ice around 15-20 cm deep. Other places even closer to the surface. Maybe I ll remember to go back and check that signal again in a couple of weeks, coz it was a good one :D The first relic to find its way to my pocket this season was a nice signal flare casing. I haven`t found any good casings for ages so it was welcome. I grabbed with me a Mp 38/40 loader, and I spent a fair amount of time scanning the forest floor to find the rest of the broken Luftwaffe ladle, with no luck. I dug up a metal cutter, which I ll use electrolysis to clean up, and then display it together with some trench-art. Other than that I found a handfull of the usual rubbish, but a beautiful Finnish coin closed the first day of digging.
I ve been out for two more small trips, mostly for recco. On the first site I took the wrong direction and found nothing, so I ll be back there later. The second place I had discovered sketched onto a map, showing a single barrack in the hillside. It took a little bit of walking but I found it on the corner of a field. The soil there was wet and marshy and the few items I dug up, several full stripper clips, gasmasks and canisters and some cutlery, was in very poor condition. I might go back there later this summer though for a second look when the ground has dried up.
A few of my favorite spots are more inland and was under snow last week, but finally SPRING IS HERE ! :)