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    Surviving the outdoors (Finding your way safely back home)

    It just takes a minute to get turned around. There are ever so many ways to lose your way “Out There”, and before you know it, you can be faced with Surviving the outdoors, and/or finding your way back home .. Ideally arriving there Relatively Unscathed. The most common ways that people get in trouble “Out There”: Wandering off of the trail: This is one of the major causes of people finding themselves lost. Whether you are looking for something in particular .. Following an “animal trail” .. Or just not paying attention, eventually you might note that “One Tree Looks pretty much Like All The Others” .. And unless…

  • Bushcraft,  Wilderness Survival

    Injuries in the wilderness (Self-Aid and First-Aid in the woods)

    What Could Possibly Happen? No matter how experienced you are, and how careful you try to be, Injuries in the wilderness Are ‘eventually’ Going To Happen to you. Being prepared to deal with accidents and injuries “Out There” will mean the difference between returning from your outing “Relatively Unscathed”, and having a Very Bad Time. I have spent ‘literally’ Years “Out There, and have of course had my share of oopsies and Owies.. But, Fortunately, I have never gotten Severely Injured “Out There” Self-Aid and First-Aid Kit So .. What do I typically carry with me, to deal with owies? The Essentials that I have in my “PFAK” (Personal First…

  • Bushcraft,  Gear

    Best water filter (for bushcraft and Survival)

    My Choice, for Best Water Filter  … { IMHO – YMMV } You Need “Clean” Water!! What I Use I have, over the years, most often relied on Boiling, to provide for “Clean” drinking water. You might see different ideas on boiling water .. Often I see so called experts call for “A Rolling Boil” for a full 5 minutes (or even as high as 20 minutes) Yet, The FDA states that “Baddies” are Killed at 160 degrees F. The Truth – According to Joe – is that “By the time your water reaches that often quoted ‘rolling boil’, and cools to drinking temperature (anywhere on earth), It Is Safe” !! You can…

  • Bushcraft,  Gear,  Wilderness Survival

    The 13 Essentials (of Wilderness Survivaling)

    The 13 Essentials (of Wilderness Survivaling) Before looking at the 13 Essentials (of WIlderness Survival), Here is a little background on the concept. You are probably familiar with the traditional “10 essentials” (originally formalized in the 70s by “The Mountaineers”  Map  Compass  Sunglasses and sunscreen  Extra clothing  Headlamp or flashlight  First-aid supplies  Firestarter  Matches  Knife  Extra food … Later expanded to the following “Categories” Navigation: Map and compass, [GPS device], [satellite communicators], [extra batteries or a battery pack] Headlamp: Plus extra batteries Sun protection: Sunglasses, sun-protective clothes, and sunscreen First aid supplies, Including foot care and insect repellent (if required) Knife: Plus repair kit Fire: Matches, perhaps a lighter (and tinder?)…

  • 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…

  • Bushcraft,  Wilderness Survival

    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,…

  • Gear

    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…