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Leaf Identification (Infographic)

Leaf Identification (Infographic)

A few days ago we shared some information about chestnuts and why they’re a great survival food to know about. But of course, knowing how to identify all kinds of plants and trees is a vital skill for wilderness exploration and survival. I have to admit that I’m not incredibly strong at identifying plants and trees, so when I saw this infographic from Red Rover Camping on Pinterest, it definitely piqued my interest. I’m always trying to work on this skill of plant identification and I love visual guides like this. This is definitely a good one to keep on […]

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Locate a Suitable Site for Your Camp

Locate a Suitable Site for Your Camp

When it comes to survival and doing it right, one of the most important skills you can have is knowing how to find and choose the best site for your camp. Simply having a nice flat area is not good enough. You need to think about a range of factors first. One of the most important things will be elevation so you are away from areas that might be affected by a flash flood. Setting up your campsite in a valley or a gulley is a bad idea for this very reason. If you are near a lake, you do […]

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Campfire Popcorn the Old Fashioned Way (Video)

Campfire Popcorn the Old Fashioned Way (Video)

Well, this is just one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. The vastly experienced bushcraft YouTubers, Far North Bushcraft and Survival, show us how to pop popcorn right over an open flame, and it is pretty awesome. I actually really love popcorn as a survival food, it’s not too heavy, keeps forever, and there aren’t a whole lot of foods that you can prepare so quickly and easily with little more than some cooking fat and heat, or, open flame in this case. I will definitely be bringing along some popcorn on my next trip to […]

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How to Make Cowboy Coffee

How to Make Cowboy Coffee

Coffee has always been one of the staples of the cowboy diet, as well as trappers, hunters, and mountain men of yesteryear. You’ve probably seen the scene many times, in old Western movies or novels, of cowboys sitting around the campfire in the early light of the morning, brewing their coffee in tin pots right over the open flame. While we included a percolator or french press in our list of camp cooking essentials, there’s a simpler way to brew coffee out on the proverbial trail: cowboy coffee.  Whether you’re camping, backpacking, or actually driving cattle back to the ranch, knowing […]

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8 Camp Cooking Essentials

8 Camp Cooking Essentials

If you find yourself getting tired of energy bars and protein shakes every time you’re out on the trail, it’s time to liven up your camp cooking. The right tools keep the fun in preparing the fuel that keeps you going. No matter your culinary skills or preferences, these essentials deserve a spot in your camp kit for every trip.   Utensil Dopp Kit This is a simple utensil organizing kit. Your kit should include: a spatula, mini whisk, can opener/corkscrew/bottle opener, knives, forks, spoons, a pocket knife, seasoning, oil, soap, and a sponge. Egg Holder Eggs are an ideal […]

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How to Choose the Right Hiking Boots

How to Choose the Right Hiking Boots

Every avid hiker or outdoorsman knows the value of a quality pair of hiking boots. A bad pair can ruin a camping trip or even cause an injury, so you need to be sure you get the right boots for your needs.   First, consider how they’ll be used. The most common hiking injuries are twisted ankles and stubbed toes. The rougher the terrain, the more ankle support you’ll need to keep yourself safe. Will you be walking well-kept, manicured pathways? A low/mid-cut leather boot will be comfortable. If you prefer more rugged trails for hiking and backpacking, ankle-high boots […]

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Benefits and Drawbacks to Hammock Camping   

Benefits and Drawbacks to Hammock Camping  

  Hammocks aren’t just for relaxing on the beach or in the backyard.  Hammocks can be a useful piece of gear for camping or survival.  But they aren’t without their shortcomings, here is a short list of some of the benefits and drawbacks of hammocks for camping and survival.   Benefits You don’t need to have level ground to get a good night’s sleep. Hammocks are a great way camping on steep slopes. You don’t have any poles to break or bend like tent. When a hammock is packed away it is virtually indestructible unless your pack that it is […]

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Upside-Down Fire

Upside-Down Fire

As I’ve said before, if all you know about fire is the tee-pee camp fire, then you don’t know enough about fire to survive in anything be the most ideal scenario.  The more versatile your fire building skills are, the better chance of survival you have in a variety of scenarios.  The amount of, and the type of fuel available to you in the wilderness will not always be the same.  Likewise, the purpose of your fire, and the weather conditions that you are going to be using it in will change.  For times when you will need a slow […]

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Identifying Animal Tracks (Infographic)

When you are out in the woods or wilderness, you definitely won’t be alone. One of the most essential skills you can have is figuring out who you are sharing the area with. For the sake of tracking game, finding water, or keeping yourself safe from predators, identifying animal tracks can be life-saving. If you have children who you are trying to prepare for a self-reliant life and equip with crucial survival skills, this is a particularly fun activity, as little ones tend to love animals. When hiking or camping, it’s always exciting to find animal tracks from the critters […]

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Outdoor Navigation Basics

Outdoor Navigation Basics

Learning to navigate in the wild, without the aid of signs, landmarks, and roadways, is a challenge that many survivalists have to overcome before they feel comfortable heading out to practice their survival skills. It’s important to understand how to use some basic tools when it comes to outdoor navigation. Even if you have a GPS that never fails, you should always be prepared with a low-tech backup, just in case. A map and a compass are probably the two most basic tools for outdoor navigation that survivalists can rely on. While using these tools isn’t as simple as television […]

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Survival Wilderness Cooking

Survival Wilderness Cooking

I wanted to highlight a couple of videos I stumbled upon today. This one demonstrates the use of a large flat rock as a cooking surface. In this video I wanted to highlight how he managed to use the log as a stand for his cooking surface and a heat source. I have seen pre made cooking logs in some grocery stores near popular camping / hiking spots. But you can also create them yourself with some careful knife work and a fire starter. If you liked that, you might also enjoy: Click Here To Get The Best Survival Medical […]

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