Posts in category Survival Skills

Char Cloth

Char cloth (or charred cloth) is a swatch of fabric made from vegetable linen, such as cotton, that has been converted (i.e. decomposed using a process call pyrolysis) into a slow-burning fuel of very low ignition temperature.  A single, small spark placed on char cloth will ignite the cloth which will begin to glow red.  […]

Are We As Tough As Our Grandparents?

Anyone who grew up with relatives who survived the Great Depression and World War II probably have the stories that were passed down from those eras engraved into their subconscious. I know that whenever I go to purchase something expensive and not truly necessary, my grandmother’s voice saying “do you really need that?” immediately comes […]

Going Camping? Check Out These Apps..

Here are the best camping apps to make your adventures go a little more smoothly… FOR THOSE WHO like a little more comfort or help with planning, there are a number of apps that can help you make your outdoor adventure a little easier. Whether you’re heading on a relaxing camping trip or a hard […]

Is That Fish Toxic?

There are no simple rules to tell edible fish from those with poisonous flesh and it’s a simple fact – toxic fish contain various types of poisonous substances or toxins in their flesh and are dangerous to eat. In general however, they have the following common characteristics: Most live in shallow water around reefs or lagoons. Many […]

Survival Trapping

You can typically acquire more animal food using traps that shooting – and trapping requires much less time and energy than stalking and hunting.  Saving time and energy lets you dedicate that saved time to foraging and or building shelter.  To be effective with any type of trap or snare, you must do the following: […]

What Do You Know About Moss?

I have always liked the look of moss growing between pavers in the garden area. Other than that to be honest I have never given much thought to moss at all! Until I discovered the various uses for it in a survival scenario.   The picture above is sphagnum moss.   It is a natural sponge of sorts […]

Hunting Skills Of Our Grandparents

Judge Distances Without a Range Finder Today’s laser rangefinders make life extremely simple; by just pointing and clicking they give you an exact yardage measurement. In the days of old, people could literally call those same distances within degrees of accuracy with nothing more than a quick glance. The really bad part is this trick […]

Outdoor Kids

I’ve always noticed that most kids love being outside. Once you break through their worries and coax them away from the tv their natural curiosity takes over. With the right attitude and a little planning even blackflies, pouring rain, hungry bellies and tired legs won’t detract from the fun. Bottom line: kids are primed to love […]

How Search and Rescue Look For The Lo...

When was the last time you were traveling and looked up only to realize that your real and perceived locations no longer matched? It’s a common and unsettling experience to say the least. In these moments, humans tend to use a combination of observational, logical and investigative techniques to reorient themselves and get back on […]

North American Trees Used For Syrup

As winter wanes and spring approaches, wild foodies all across North America tap into the time-honored tradition of sugar production – mainly, the transformation of maple tree sap into maple syrup and sugar.  This process, passed on from the Native Americans to the early settlers, is still quite popular today, and is responsible for one […]