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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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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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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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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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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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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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KAMP KEPHART 2016

Kamp Kephart 2016 See below for the Kamp Kephart 2016 class schedule taught by Steve Watts at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia, NC. Space is limited so sign up quick!  To download the registration form in PDF, click here >>—> KAMP KEPHART 2016. Check out Steve Watts FaceBook Page!

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Mike Peters, with Ultimate Bunker stands at the doorway of a 100% steel underground bunker during the PrepperCon expo Friday, April 24, 2015, in Sandy, Utah. Hundreds of survivalists and "preppers" are gathering in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy for the first annual PrepperCon, featuring demonstrations of underground bunkers, food storage, and armored vehicles. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Anthropology, Survival, and Emergency Preparation

It has been a warm autumn, but winter is coming, and with it storms and extreme cold. Summer heat waves will follow. As we saw with Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy, electric and water services will fail, supermarket shelves will be stripped bare, and disaster-relief services will be overwhelmed. Nowadays, when something goes wrong, […]

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Arrow Making

by Jeff Martin Primitive cultures and their means of making bows and arrows have always been an interest of mine. As a young boy, I remember visiting museums throughout the West with my Grandmother, where I had a deep fascination towards the Native American way of life. I always asked my Grandmother where the arrowheads […]

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Camping with Younger Kids

Making it Fun & Educational by Joe Fischer Taking your kids camping is the perfect way to bond as a family and provides your children with ample opportunity to learn about nature. The only issue here is that many activities that adults find captivating are less than entertaining for the little ones, and boredom can […]

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Camping in the Old Style; Oct. 10, 2015

Classic Camping celebrates the Golden Age of Camping in America (1880s – 1920s). This was a time when camping meant sleeping under canvas and cooking over an open fire. It was a time when the most innovative urges of the Industrial Revolution were featured front and center against the backdrop of a vanishing frontier… a […]

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Aeta Jungle Survival Trek with Colonel Thomas “Tomahawk” Moore

I was lying on my bamboo bed in the cool of the early morning jungle dawn. I was using a damp cotton bed sheet as a blanket, and my reeking pack as a pillow. It was very uncomfortable. The humidity and my wet clothing were conspiring to make comfortable sleep impossible. It had been raining […]

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Between The Rivers Gathering, May 26th – 30th

A note from our good friend Patrick Farneman… I can’t believe that gathering time is only 2 weeks away! My, how time flies. The site is being prepped, and the gate will be well-marked and ready to gather in all of our Between the Rivers family for this third year. We are excited to share […]

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Extreme Barbecue with Steve Watts

From the book, Extreme Barbecue: Smokin’ Rigs and 100 Real Good Recipes by Dan Huntley and Lisa Grace Lednicer. Steve Watts is an outdoor kitchen magician. Parachute him in the wilderness and he’ll be cooking by the end of the day, without a pot, pan, or matches. While most all modern cooking contraptions are made […]

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Horace Kephart Days – May 15th and 16th (and a special book update!)

This is a DO NOT MISS Horace Kephart Days at the Schiele Museum of Natural History May 15th and 16th (details below). A great opportunity to spend time with not only the Kephart Family and Steve Watts, but David Wescott will be in attendance signing the new edition of Camping in the Old Style; now available for […]

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Gypsy Jack’s Camping Journal, Whelen

“I was sitting directly across the campfire from Old Sure Shot himself. With the halo of the setting sun behind him…the rising flames before him…and his face obscured by the swirling smoke of his pipe…he appeared to be a man on fire. And, I suppose he was. Townsend Whelen had sat out to do just […]

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Valentine’s Day, Woodcraft Style

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A Bedroll Sling/Tumpline for…

Tramping In The Old Style  by Steven M. Watts 2014 “Tramping” in the literature of the Classic Camping era refers to “pedestrian camping” or “camping afoot”… what would one day come to be known as “backpacking.” The references to shoulder slings or tumplines for packing bedrolls are almost non-existent in the writings of the Classic Camping […]

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