• Stories from "Out There"

    Solo Trekking in The Wilderness – Going “Out There” Alone (Part 2)

    Solo Trekking in The Wilderness – Going “Out There” Alone (Part 2) { Excerpt from Part 1: ……. Nice .. About 14 inches of Beautiful Rainbow Trout. I put him on an improvised “stringer”, and dropped him back in the water .. and settled back to watch the river go by, Something caught my eye, and I went to look .. Across the feeder creek I watched a Beaver busily dragging branches into the water and tugging them Up-stream along the creek? (This would bear some exploring  maybe tomorrow) } Day 3 Continued … As evening approached I pulled the trout out of the river, Gutted and Cleaned it, and…

  • Gear,  Wilderness Survival

    5 best Bushcraft Survival Knives – Tools That I have Known and Loved

    Over the years I have had quite a number of “Woods Tools” .. Each of these “tools” had its pros and cons .. and I imagine I might  still  – at this late date – find one or a few that I ‘might’ Really Like .. But these are the 5 Best Bushcraft Survival Knives that I currently have and Use, and they would be hard to beat, I think. …. Side Note: There are people out there who have paid Hundreds, if not Thousands of dollars for a Wilderness Knife, only for it to be stored away .. ‘they’ call them “Safe Queens”, or “Vault-Queens” … (It has been my observation, over…

  • Stories from "Out There"

    Solo Trekking in The Wilderness – Going “Out There” Alone (Part 1)

      I have in mind a place “Out There”, that I would like to go check-out .. A place no more than a dozen miles in from a relatively accessible trailhead, with not that extreme of an elevation gain, nor so treacherous, as to be un-doable as a Solo Trek – ‘alone’ in The Wilderness.I am thinking about doing this Outing over a 7 to 10 day period, depending on the weather, and other variables that might limit or prolong the outing. Pre-Trip Research The long-range weather forecasts look favorable, and both Aerial and Topographic Maps of the area are readily available, so that is good. Gear I will be…

  • Wilderness Survival

    Best Wilderness Survival Books –

    Introduction. Many Moons ago, when I was just a young’n (in the late 40s and early 50s .. And before I had found any of the Best Wilderness Survival Books to learn from) .. My Folks would load up our travel/camping trailer, and we would head to The Woods .. (My Father was quite the Outdoorsman, with Much to teach me) From the week after School was out, till the week before school started again, we would be “Out There” Seeing and Hearing and Smelling and tasting and thoroughly Being a Part Of “All Things Wilderness”. During the rest of the year I sought out Everything I could find, on…

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    Let’s Go Survivaling.

    Heading “Out There”/ Survivaling Assuming that I am going Bushwhacking “Out There”, for 3 to 5 days, What am I going to want to put together – in a Trekking Bag / Pack, in order to Assure my Survival, provide for my Needs, and perhaps allow for some measure of ease and comfort? Let’s start with what I will be wearing, and the items I will have in my pocket(s) For the purposes of this exercise, I am assuming an outing during Spring thru Autumn, with ‘at least initially’ No Rain/Snow or other inclement weather .. No Extremes in temperature (let’s say mid 50’s to mid 70’s during the day,…

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    Cutting Tool(s)

    One of the most important Tools that you will want/need, in a Wilderness Survivaling situation is going to be a good Cutting Tool. Now, depending on where you are, and what you are doing, there are Many types of Cutting Tools, and you may choose to carry with you one or a number of them. Knives If you are just going to carry one knife with you (One Tool Option*) you will want a knife that will do the many tasks you are going to be needing to do – from Cutting, to slicing .. Perhaps Chopping and/or Splitting larger wood. Some items to consider might be: a basic pocket…

  • Stories from "Out There"

    Night of The Spiders

      For people who are into – or who are considering – sleeping on the ground (in an improvised shelter, or under a tarp), this will either make you smile .. or drive you out of the woods .. lol * A little background: Between mid 1984, and mid 1990, My Wife and I were living in Port Angeles, WA – Yet, during that time I spent probably a cumulative total of 2 years Alone in the Wilderness. I had a permanent campsite, and primitive shelter, established ( about 14 miles from the highway, and an additional 8 miles deep into the backcountry of Olympic National Park ) I would…

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    About Wilderness Survivaling

    A little history: I was born and raised in the Southwestern US – Way back in the mid ’40s. My Father was retired from the US Army, and As a child, my father my mother and I would load up in a camper trailer that my father had built. We would leave the day after school was out and go visit national parks national forests and other wild areas. And would not return until the week before school began again. Survivaling Years back, when I would go “Out There”, My Wife would tell people that I was out “Survivaling“. Ever since then, I have used that term to cover the…