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Readymade Woods Whistles

While enjoying some much needed alone time this past weekend in the Chattahoochee National Forest, I was cutting through a stretch of woods with tulip tree, white pine, hickory, and oak. As I usually do, I picked up a large acorn cap for a whistle. Even though it’s been decades since my mother taught me […]

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Mors as he stands for a cover shot, presenting his Bush Knots DVD, showcasing the most common and useful knots based on solid field experience.

Bushcraft Legend: Meet The Practical & Profound Wildwood Professor, MORS KOCHANSKI

The internationally-followed, godfather of modern bushcraft — Master Woodsman Mors Kochanski! by Christian Noble & Joe Flowers In the modern era, there are only a handful of men who have significantly contributed to the pursuit and furthering of research, education, and scholarship of wilderness living skills and modern survival. Within that circle there exists a […]

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Rabbitstick, you don’t know what you’re missing…

If you know me personally, or have been reading my stuff here and elsewhere, you know I push the Rabbitstick event that takes place in southeast Idaho every September (see my complete post on it here from 2013). So why am I such a big fan? Because it’s a great place to learn and the fellowship […]

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TJack Survival: Knives, and primitive skills with Dave Wescott of Backtracks and Rabbit stick

Nice YouTube video below from TJack Survival with our friend David Wescott. Need more info on Rabbitstick, see HERE.  

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Via Ferrata and Canyoning – Improve Your Physical and Mental Health with Outdoor Recreation

by Melissa Lang As a rule, those of us who take a keen interest in our health know that enjoying the outdoors is a part of the lifestyle. However, today we’re at risk of being more sedentary than ever. With long commutes, long working hours, the average office worker sits down for approximately 10 hours […]

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Rabbitstick 29 – Plan Now!

Registration is open!  CLICK HERE!   Need more information about the Rabbitstick staff and instructors? Sign up for monthly email notifications that will inform you of classes being given by these great instructors during all times of the year and in different parts of the country. This is how it works, click the “Sign Me Up” […]

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Celebration of Life for Steve Watts 7/24

CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR STEVE WATTS July 24th 2-4PM Steve Watts July 25, 1947 – March 21, 2016 JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR Steven Miles Watts COME TO HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY, SHARE MEMORIES, AND FIND PEACEFUL RESOLVE WITH HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS SUNDAY, JULY 24th  FROM  2 – 4PM Schiele Museum’s Aboriginal […]

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“Mors tells the best stories…” (pic heavy)

My son Duncan and I took a holiday to Canada this summer. The last half of our trip was full of adventure in Jasper, Banff, and Yoho National Parks. We visited Jasper Lake, Medicine Lake, Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, Lake Louise, took a dip in Banff Upper Hot Springs, drove the Icefields Parkway, and were […]

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How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

I‘m sure everyone who loves being outdoors has experienced them – itchy mosquito bites. Flying critters harass you when you want to relax in your garden or during a vacation in exotic countries. I had my fair share of insect bites and was fed up. I needed a method to prevent them. Some years ago […]

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Encourage Children to Experience the Outdoors with an Amazing Camping Adventure

by Melissa Lang Experiencing time getting to grips with nature has a unique experience on our wellbeing. Of course, this is due to the physical aspect of hiking, playing and general exercise that we enjoy when spending time outdoors, the flood of endorphins that are triggered by physical exertion can’t be matched, but something else […]

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Glamping: You Might as Well Stay Home

by Nick Cesare Lately I’ve heard some talk among my friends about this new trend in outdoor activity called glamping. The term is a portmanteau of “glamour” and “camping” that pretty much is what it sounds like: camping in glamourous or up-scale conditions. Although the term is fairly recent, the roots of glamping stretch far […]

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SOAP Note app (Wilderness Medicine)

If you’ve had training in Wilderness Medicine, you likely learned how to do a SOAP Note for assessing a patient’s condition; this note being critical information for you as well as the higher standard of care of a physician once the patient reaches civilization. For those that have not had medical training yet, SOAP is an acronym for […]

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Geocaching: Merging Tech and the Outdoors

Geocaching: Merging Tech and the Outdoors

by Dayton Pushing my ten year old uncle to spend even an hour outside is an ordeal. He clings to the computer like a security blanket, only it cannot be carried around from place to place. Instead, he remains with it, basking in the blue artificial light, a poor substitute for the sun. Over a […]

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Horace Kephart Days; May 20 & 21

Horace Kephart Days 2016 Friday, May 20th (1 to 5 p.m.) Visit with a group of outers in a 1920s demonstration camp. Here, in the woodsmoke, Kephart’s camping and woodcraft skills come to life in their proper setting, the Backcountry Farm of the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, NC. Saturday, May 21st (10 am to 4 […]

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Battle of Stoves Follow-up on Firebox Nano

This is a follow-up to Chuck’s great article, Battle of the Stoves, of which he really likes the Folding Firebox Nano Ultralight. I have to say I like it as well, but especially after doing my own little comparison to the Vargo Hexagon Wood Burning Stove and a discovery with the U.S. Canteen Cup. I […]

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Battle of the Stoves

In my opinion, there is nothing better than cooking outside in the backcountry. Nothing goes better with a good cup of coffee, sitting next to a flowing creek, listening to the sound of nature, and soaking in the majesty that is God’s country than a meal cooked afield. Cooking afield always tastes better no matter […]

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Between The Rivers Gathering; May 30th – June 4th

Between the Rivers Gathering May 30 – June 4th, 2016 in Valley, WA (near Spokane). Learn primitive living skills, outdoor survival skills, preparedness, classic camping and sustainable living! Early registration deadline of May 1st is coming fast. Check out the INSTRUCTORS for this year and get registered today! BTR PHOTOS HERE!

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Solo Stove (a review)

We were contacted by Solo Stoves and asked to do an honest review on their Solo Stove Lite and the Pot that they sell for the stove. Being that I have cooked in the outdoors for decades, I was very excited to test out new gear. I am always looking for great made gear at […]

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Steve Watts Remembrance April 10th

Sunday, April 10th from 1 to 5 pm. Schiele Museum of Natural History 1500 East Garrison Boulevard Gastonia, NC 28054

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Steven Miles Watts

1947 – 2016 The thoughtful man that Steve was, he called me right after he saw the photo below just to tell say how much he loved the trip we took together and especially that photo. The trip was an incredible visit to the Camp Fire Club of America, Dan Beard’s resting place, Bear Mountain […]

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Homage to the Split Paper Match

Early on in a 7-day class taught by Cody Lundin, myself and two other fellas learned for the first time how to split a paper match. My initial thought was this is a “just in case” solution should a resource become limited, i.e., two fires from one match. Little did we know there was much more to […]

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Bushcraft: The Case for Canvas

GET OVER YOUR GORE-TEX March 02, 2016 By Darren Bush In 1969, chemist Bill Gore took some polytetrafluoroethylene, heated it and stretched it, creating a membrane that had 14 million microscopic holes per square inch. The holes were large enough to let water molecules escape, but too small to let liquid water through. Waterproof breathable […]

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Sans Trees Hammocking in Florida

by Kyle Albinus I love my hammock. In fact the company that made my hammock, Byer of Maine, changed the design and my old version is still better. The problem at hand was that there is a beautiful field of grass that didn’t actually have trees to hang my hammock for the night. Don’t get […]

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Flint and Steel

by Michael May Mankind has possessed the ability to control fire for many thousands of years, and in this time we have developed a number of clever ways in which to start fires. To begin with, the most widely spread methods of fire making were friction-based. That is to say, the heat created by rubbing […]

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Why Binoculars are Essential for Hunters and How to choose the right one

by John Lewis at Epic Wilderness If you are still considering whether or not you should get a pair of binoculars for your upcoming hunting trip, you should give this article a read. No, I am not saying that binoculars are only essential for hunters. In fact, I carry them along during hiking, camping, etc. In […]

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