Friday, December 26, 2008

Dolly Sods Wilderness

Dolly Sods Wilderness, a 10,215-acre tract managed by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the Monongahela National Forest. It is a federally designated wilderness with minimal trail markings.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Polarized sunglasses

Polarized sunglasses absorb the reflected glare and pass the useful light to your eyes so you see more fish and structure under the surface. The truth is that I use Ray Ban polarize sunglasses they are expensive but worth the extra cost to me. Make sure you use bands to slide on the sunglasses so you don't loose them over board.
When I first started bass fishing without polarized lenses I could not make out the structure under the water's surface.I started using the Ray Ban sunglasses and I could not believe the difference.When I was wearing the Ray ban polarized sunglasses I could actually see the bass under the water.I could make out the bass swimming near rocks or trees that were under the surface of the water.Read more on polarized sunglasses.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Choosing The Best Fishing Times

Every fisherman dreams of a bigger catch! Is it possible to know beforehand when you should plan a trip to enjoy some fishing, catch more than usual, and come home feeling 100% satisfied? Based on my own personal research around the best fishing times, I think it is.
When I first started fishing, the best fishing time for me was whatever time happened to suit me. I tried different lures, baits and techniques until I'd spent a small fortune in my quest to improve my fishing catch. When I finally heard about the "Solana Theory"--or fishing by moon phase--like most anglers, I was skeptical.
What I'd read sounded too complicated. All sorts of factors needed to be checked and the determined angler needed to be at the water's edge at exactly the right time, TO THE MINUTE, in order to improve on his average catch. Was I really willing to take my hobby that seriously? Let's just say that curiosity got the better of me.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Training for Rock Climbing Book


“Training for Rock Climbing:
Insider Secrets from Climbing's
Top Professionals”
Inside you will find powerful climbing tips, training tricks, and insider secrets that will make you a stronger and better climber.
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The Training for Rock Climbing™ system includes the best strategies and most closely-guarded secrets from the top climbers— which would easily cost you THOUSANDS of dollars and YEARS to learn on your own.
These same experts suggested I sell this course for at least $147.00... since it contains so many helpful tips and techniques. But since I want ANY CLIMBER to be able to benefit from this— regardless of your budget— I’ve decided to sell the entire Training for Rock Climbing™
Training for Rock Climbing!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Survival basics book

Survival basics that quite literally could be the difference between you and your loved ones surviving a disaster or not surviving at all
How to avoid panicking when the unexpected happens and instead start immediately taking steps to ensure your survival!
Why having survival skills is so important – even if deep down you think you’ll never ever be in a disaster and have to use them!
What essentials you need to ensure your survival – plus, where to find them and how to store them to ensure they are there when you need them!
How to use the “natural” world to create a “map,” tell time and predict the weather – it’s not nearly as hard you might think!
How to survive in different climates and terrains, When a disaster occurs, we often view survivors as being lucky. But the truth is we can do a lot to improve our chances of surviving a disaster and “Ultimate Survival: Secrets to Staying Alive Anywhere, Anytime!” reveals what those things are.
Survival basics Click Here!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hiking and backpacking in the wilderness

Hiking and backpacking in the wilderness means leaving the safety and predictability of civilization behind. That is part of the adventure, and part of the danger. Here are six hiking and backpacking tips you can use to make it much safer, without taking away from the adventure.
1. Carry a compass, a map, and the knowledge of how to use them. Even if you don't have a good map. any map is better than nothing. People lost in the wilderness have often hiked farther into it because they had no idea in which direction was the nearest road. Practice with the compass near home, and use it before you need it, just to keep in practice.More tips on hiking and backpacking

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The first sign of frostbite

Frostbite is a freezing of the skin and deeper body tissues. There are varying degrees, but the treatment is similar for all of them. In any case, the real degree of the frostbite usually won't be known until after it is treated and the damage can be determined.
The first sign of frostbite may be a loss of feeling in the affected area. White patches on the skin are the next obvious symptom. Watch for a white tip of the nose. The skin will appear pale and waxy. The fingers may even clack together like pieces of wood in serious cases.
Frostbite Treatment

Monday, November 17, 2008

Truck tarps

Camo tarps, for your hunting or storage needs Grommets in each corner, and approximately every 3’. Tear resistant, waterproof, poly rope in hem for reinforcement. Useful for covering vehicles, boats, furniture, air conditioners, firewood. Truck tarps - Unique covers for Pickup Truck beds

Friday, November 14, 2008

Survival in the wilderness

It is vital for survival in the wilderness that you see the situation for what is really are and not for what you would like it to be. It is advised that you keep all your hope and expectations grounded in reality. When you put yourself into a survival situation with expectations and hopes that are unrealistic you are leaving yourself open for disappointment and failure.
It may take a number of skills to survive in the wilderness, but your most important skill and tool is your attitude. If you believe in yourself, keep your feet firmly grounded in reality and have faith in your skills, your chances of surviving in the wilderness are much greater.
The most important factor in anticipating stress when surviving in the wild is, know yourself as to your strengths and weaknesses.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Keep a backpack ready for tough times

A Bug Out Bag can get you through those rough times. It's even possible to be comfy during some disasters with the right gear. Let me tell you basically what a Bug Out Bag is.
A Bug Out Bag is a backpack or shoulder bag that you have ready to go at a moment's notice. But this isn't any regular bag. It's packed full of emergency gear to get you through those tough times.
In a well-packed Bug Out Bag you'll find stuff like…
Food
Water
Warm Clothing
Basic Tools
When you have some of the comforts of home, that hurricane doesn't seem so bad. The same goes for earthquakes, tornadoes, riots, war, and anything else nature or man throws at you.
When disaster strikes, you won't have time to pack supplies. You'll have to get out – and move fast! There won't be any time to pack a bag. But there will be time to grab one you already have ready to go.
Select a suitable backpack
Pack your Bug Out Bag to meet your particular needs
Make shelter using basic supplies
Pack tools you may need in the wild (or in the city)
Make your Bug Out Bag the ultimate tool to get you through tough times.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Panning having a survival kit

Next to planning having a survival kit is probably one of the most important parts to surviving in just about any situation.It is a good idea to put together a couple survival kits. One kit to keep in your pocket at all times and others that can be placed at home, at work, and in your vehicle.
Preparing and carrying a survival kit is an essential part of survival. Even the smallest survival kit, when properly prepared, is invaluable in a survival situation..
Knowing your environment is important when picking the types of items you will need in your survival kit. The amount of gear in your kit will depend on how you will carry the kit. A kit carried in your pocket is going to be a lot smaller than one that is stored in a vehicle. A good pocket survival kit should be about the size of an Altoids mints tin. In fact, my favorite kit is one that I made with an altoids tin.
For the case, you can use anything from a metal Band-Aid box, a first aid case, an altoids tin, an ammunition pouch, or another suitable case. Your case should be:
Waterproof. or Water-repellent (or vacuum sealed in air tight plastic)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Making a fire in the wilderness

Natural Tinder
Natural tinder comes in many forms, depending on the geographic region. In the eastern half of the United States, the leaves of deciduous trees can be used. In the American West, pine needles and the bark from juniper trees may be more popular. Some common forms of natural tinder include:
Pine needles
Leaves
Grasses
Bark
Avoid gathering material from live trees or plants to avoid creating an eyesore and impact. Besides, tinder burns better when it is dry and has no moisture content.
There are different types of material that are man-made and perform the same function as natural timber. Some can be easily found around in the backpack, others can be purchased from an outdoor retailer. Some common items that can be brought from home are:
Paper
Cardboard
Cotton balls
Lint from the dryer.
Newspaper
Keep these items in a resealable plastic bag to keep them dry.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Winter backpacking tips

“Typical tent stakes won’t work in the snow,” “They’ll pull right up.” However, SMC Sno-Tent Anchors are wider than traditional stakes and have holes that fill with snow so they’ll stay in place.
All sleeping bags aren’t created equal. Not even close. You should know your sleeping bag’s rating before you go winter camping. I would recommends a bag rated to zero degrees, such as the Marmot Never Summer. I also recommends a synthetic bag over a down bag. Synthetic bags are heavier and take more room in your pack, but they provide more insulation than a down pack if they get wet.
Winter backpackers don’t have the luxury of 15 hours of daylight as they do in the summer. A good headlamp is a must. The Black Diamond Spot has four LED lights and runs on three AAA batteries. The headlamp has three levels of brightness and a strobe setting for signaling for help.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Deer hunting book

Learn Some Of The Best Tips And Tactics For Landing The Trophy Buck And Getting Deer To Cross Your Path More Than Ever Before.
The Trophy Buck!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Crossing a stream safely

The narrowest point in a stream may be the most tempting but is probably the most dangerous point to cross because the current is more powerful there. The widest part is probably the safest. At any rate, going for the slow and deep is usually safer than shallow and fast.
Always release your hip belt before crossing a stream in case you are knocked off your feet. This way you can easily rid yourself of the pack if you are washed downstream. This could save you from drowning, and it is better to lose your pack than your life.
If you are trying to cross a snow-fed river near the end of the day, consider waiting until morning. Pitch camp and spend the night there. The stream’s flow will be reduced during the cool evening, and it will be easier to cross the stream before things heat up during the day.
Long pants have more drag on you than shorts. Cross in shorts or even nude or in underwear. Once across, you can warm up by redonning your clothes.
Some crossings are safe enough to do barefoot, but why take chances? Wear your boots or camp shoes, if you have them. A number of companies make water socks— scrunchable shoes with a rough sole made for gripping rocks and stream beds.
When crossing rapids, face upstream and move sideways like a crab. Using a hiking stick or pole will help you maintain your balance.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sportsman Kit

 The Sportsman Kit contains the following:
2 each Precision Oilier (#51014)
2 each 1/2 Oz. Grease Tube (#21014)
 1 each Wipe Cloth
 3 each Foam Swabs
* All of the above is packed in a clear carton with direction sheet.
Fishing and marine equipment, snowmobiles and sleds. bicycle chains, derailleur, free-wheel clusters, cables,rifles, shotguns and hand guns.ski bindings, zippers, pool gear, beach gear, outboard motors, outriggers and downriggers,inline skates.Non-toxic,anti-corrosive and impervious to salt and fresh water.Synthetics outperform petroleum lubricants.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Purchasing a sleeping bag

When purchasing a sleeping bag, for instance, it is important that you know all the different types before hand, there are more than you think! The same caution should be applied to footwear, tents, cookers, and all your clothing including your under wear. Having the correct equipment for the time of year is vital. Long Johns for the winter, the correct season sleeping bag, a suitable tent, the correct type of boots and outdoor clothing wet weather jackets and trousers are a must, especially when hiking in a country with variable weather patterns. Most people find camping outdoors a fun and enjoyable experience. Teaching your children the skills of living outdoors and survival can be invaluable in later life. Most good outdoor equipment stores can also provide books and sometimes videos on using outdoor equipment and survival aids. So what are you waiting for? Go outside, have fun and make the best use your camping equipment.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Frostbite Treatment

Frostbite is a freezing of the skin and deeper body tissues. There are varying degrees, but the treatment is similar for all of them. In any case, the real degree of the frostbite usually won't be known until after it is treated and the damage can be determined.
The first sign of frostbite may be a loss of feeling in the affected area. White patches on the skin are the next obvious symptom. Watch for a white tip of the nose. The skin will appear pale and waxy. The fingers may even clack together like pieces of wood in serious cases.
Frostbite Treatment
Quick rewarming of the affected areas is the usual treatment. This can be as simple as putting your frostbitten fingers under your arms in mild cases. In more serious cases, the treatment of choice is hot water. Frostbitten toes can be effectively warmed against the bare stomach of a good friend.
Refreezing of thawed body parts can cause substantial tissue loss. Therefore it is important to not only treat the affected areas, but to have a plan for protecting them from the cold thereafter. For this reason, there are times when it may be best to leave the affected parts frozen.
One such instance is when a foot is seriously frozen, but is needed to walk to safety. Thawing it out before you can easily keep it thawed not only might result in more damage, but a thawed foot may be impossible to walk on due to the pain. More than one person has had to leave a foot frozen in order hike out to safety - even when this has meant the loss of the foot.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Games For Fitness And Boot Camp


Fitness Expert Reveals Fun, Calorie Burning Games For Fitness And Boot Camp Instructors.
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I am stronger than I thought I could be and my body is rewarding me with shape that others notice. Most importantly, though, I notice!
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Some survival tips

1..always keep batteries
2..be able to move for long periods of time in a moments notice.
3..have a solar panel and battery for it
4..coleman fuel,lanterns and tents..
5..forget those big generators..get use to no gasoline
6..don't rely on the government for shit..
7..guns..this is very important as the coons will steal your shit..
8..don't blame the electric company for an act of mother nature..
9..throw your portable tv away after feb because the converter box will weigh as much as a freezer full of bad meat..
10..plan on the long haul as this may just be a test...
11..don't rely on your neighbor as he will be heading for the woods to..
12..don't plan on comming back...look at galveston...gone...
...did i mention guns and ammo...lots of it....
13..just a matter of time..don't freak out by any means..
14..don't worry,,be happy....

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Backpacking or camping in winter

Backpacking or camping in winter? Remember the army survival guide acronym for cold weather wilderness travel: COLD; Clean clothing; Avoid overheating; Loose, layered clothing; and Dry clothing. This is a recipe for staying warm.
- Winter backpacking can mean using a lot of stove fuel to melt ice and snow for drinking water. To use less fuel, carry a piece of black plastic, like an opened-up garbage bag. Lay out the plastic in the sun and scatter snow on it. The black plastic absorbs the sun's heat and should quickly melt the snow if it is near freezing. Carefully pour the water off. If the snow is clean, you can forego purification.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Black bears


Black bears typically have two cubs, rarely one or three.
In 2007, in northern New Hampshire , a black bear Sow gave birth to five healthy young. There were two or three reports of sows with as many as four cubs but five was, and is, extraordinary.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Exposure to intense cold

After prolonged exposure to intense cold, your body’s chemical reactions begin to slow until they generate too little energy for your muscles to work. By carefully regulating blood flow, your body will protect your key organs while preserving your extremities—at least for a while. In the cold, blood is generally directed to the core of the body and flows only intermittently to the extremities to bring oxygen to cells there. After prolonged exposure to cold, blood travels only to the most essential parts—your brain and heart. As severe hypothermia sets in, these organs may be the only ones left functioning.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Smokey Mountains


Hiking to the top in W.Virginia Smoky Mountains about 6,500 feet up.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Deer Hunting Book

The All-new Deer Hunting Book With Huge Bonuses That Will Attract All Deer Hunters.Most new and 'average' hunters are satisfied with marginal results year after year... yet, with just a little help, some excellent inside knowledge, and tips from successful hunters.... well - their ability to harvest the buck of their dreams comes into the realm of possibility. You still have to work at it... but it makes a huge difference when you have the knowledge working for you.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bear attack GATLINBURG, Tenn

GATLINBURG, Tenn. - An 8-year-old Florida boy and his father were treated and released from a hospital after battling a black bear in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
But there have been two fatal attacks in eastern Tennessee: A Tennessee school teacher was killed in 2000 by a female bear and cub during a day hike in the Great Smokies and an Ohio family was attacked in 2006 in Cherokee National Forest, killing a 6-year-old girl and injuring her 2-year-old brother and mother.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains

Gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains were removed from the federal endangered species list, and management of wolves within Idaho passed to Idaho Fish and Game. Wolves will be managed as a big game species under the Idaho Wolf Population Management Plan adopted by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission March 6 and under the state’s earlier Wolf Conservation and Management Plan approved by the Idaho Legislature in 2002.

Monday, July 14, 2008

hiker lost on Utah’s highest mountain

It's an amazing story of survival - a hiker lost on Utah’s highest mountain battles two nights of freezing temperatures. The 61-year-old Ohio man got separated from his friends Friday on King’s Peak in Summit County. After two days of searching he was found alive and in good health.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Camping Tips Book

Find out how to go on spontaneous and cheap camping trips -- like for a festival or an overnight excursion in the countryside. Even for this kind of camping, getting the run down on what you need can help keep you safe and comfortable while you're away from home.
Camping Tips, Information And Advice To Help Beginners Get Started And Prepared With Their Camping Trip.
Camping Tips!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rattlesnake Bite Help

Don't waste time trying to catch the snake — this may result in another bite or another victim. Please do NOT bring the snake to the Emergency Room.

What NOT to do...
There are many myths in the treatment of rattler bites. Here is a short list of what not to do if someone is bitten. All these actions may worsen tissue damage or cause complications from rattlesnake bite.
* DO NOT APPLY TOURNIQUET OR TIGHT BAND.
* DO NOT APPLY COLD PACKS OR ICE TO THE SKIN. IT DOES NOT PREVENT OR SLOW SPREAD OF VENOM
* DO NOT MAKE INCISIONS OVER FANG WOUNDS OR USE MOUTH SUCTION.
* DO NOT APPLY PRESSURE DRESSINGS.
* DO NOT APPLY ELECTRIC SHOCK.
* DO NOT CONSUME ALCOHOL, CAFFEINE, ASPIRIN OR ANYTHING BY MOUTH.
This is what to do with snake bite.
* KEEP VICTIM DOWN, STILL AND CALM.
* REMOVE ALL CONSTRICTIVE CLOTHING OR JEWELRY FROM EXTREMITIES AS SWELLING WILL BE A PROBLEM.
* LOOSELY IMMOBILIZE EXTREMITY.
* KEEP BITTEN AREA BELOW HEART LEVEL, BUT DON'T
ALLOW IT TO HANG DOWN.
* TRANSPORT VICTIM IMMEDIATELY TO THE NEAREST MEDICAL FACILITY WITH
* RATTLESNAKE ANTIVENIN.
* MARK ADVANCEMENT OF SWELLING WITH INDELIBLE MARKER EVERY 15 MINUTES.
* IF ABLE, CALL 911 TO ALERT HOSPITAL AND OTHER EMERGENCY PERSONNEL
* TO YOUR SITUATION. THEY CAN GIVE YOU DIRECTIONS, ADVICE AND PREPARE FOR YOUR ARRIVAL.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Great White Shark picture


This is a actual picture taken off Australia.what saved them was that the shark wasn't hungry, they were in the water not on
the surface, and there was no fear coming from them - only because they were not
aware. Probably better that the kid didn't point for them to look
behind them.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Chigger BitesTreatments for Chigger Bites

While nail polish isn't a good treatment for chigger bites, anything that can help control the itching can be helpful, including:
take a bath or shower as soon as possible after any possible exposure to chiggers
apply your favorite OTC anti-itch medication, such as hydrocortisone, Calamine lotion, Sarna, oatmeal baths, etc.
oral Benadryl
a prescription strength steroid cream
Although chiggers in North America don't usually carry any diseases, the bites themselves can get infected. Insect repellents are another good way to help you avoid chiggers. In addition to applying it on your exposed skin, it can help to apply your insect repellent around your ankles, wrists, neck, and waist, which is where the chiggers often gain access to the rest of your body through your shoes, shirt, pants, and shoes.
Another good way to avoid chigger bites is to keep them out of your backyard, especially if your lawn is infested with chiggers. Since chiggers like high grass and weeds, keeping your lawn well groomed and treating the infested area with an insecticide may be helpful.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Making a friction fire in the wilderness

1. Gather tools
You'll need to find or make four tools
Bow: a two-part lever made by tying a shoelace or skinny pack strap to the ends of a strong but flexible piece of wood
Drill: a thin spike made of soft wood like cedar or basswood
Board: a flat piece of hardwood split from a branch or trunk
Block: a small piece of wood, stone or bone to put pressure on the drill
2. Prepare the board
Use a knife or sharp stone to bore a circular hole in the board, about halfway into its total thickness. Now cut a 30-degree notch through the entire board that connects the circle to the plank's closest edge. This will allow sawdust from the wooden parts to collect and ignite.
3. Align the parts
Wind the drill into the bowstring, and fit the pointy edge into the depression on the board. Kneel close and use your opposite foot to stabilize the plank. Press the block tightly on top of the drill.
4. Begin drilling
Slowly maneuver the bow back and forth to spin the drill and warm up the pieces. Increase speed until heavy smoke appears. You need to wear off and compact enough hot sawdust from the wooden components to create a small, glowing ember in the board's notch.
5. Light the tinder
Once an ember has formed, gently fan it — or blow on it as if you were whistling. Tap the board to transfer it to a nest of dry, dead plant matter, like paper, bark or grass. Add wood, and you should have yourself a fire.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Fishing with kids

Target fish species that are relatively easy to catch. Bluegills and other sunfish are near the bank this time of year, and they're usually easy to catch. Catfish are likewise a good choice. If you fish from a boat, go after sand bass and even crappie. Largemouth bass are the most difficult to catch of the common game fish. Save bass fishing for when your youth angler has more patience and better skills.
 •Use natural baits to lure fish. Kids like the action involved in casting and retrieving lures, but they'll catch more fish using earthworms or live minnows for bait. Make a game of catching insects that can be used for bait. Fishing tips

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pine cones make great fire starters

Pine cones make great fire starters. Even better, dip them in wax. Dry pine cones don't have a tar or sappy residue like green wood might have. It's the moisture that produces it.If you decide to try and cook over them let the wax burn off and use the coals to cooke with.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Eat off of the land

Being able to eat off of the land is priceless in a survival situation. It is important that you locate a decent food supply from your surroundings and be able to build a shelter to protect you from the elements. Dining on wild animals and plants can be your only chances of getting out alive. But be aware that not everything edible is safe to eat.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Wilderness survival tips

Do you beleive that mental stability is more important in wilderness survival, or vice versa?
In the same manner, if the body is under stress thirst, hunger, pain, cold or heat, the processes associated with our minds will run slowly, poorly,and can even shut down.
So, as to say which one is more important,I would say both realms are equally important to ensure better chances to survive the wild.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Design Boot Camp Workouts

“Sure Victory: How To Design Boot Camp Workouts That Blast Fat And Build Power” is 64 jam-packed pages of information including:
What differentiates a boot camp from other fitness programs and why they are so effective
Learning the role of a good instructor and why working out in groups is important to the strategy
How to assess a participant’s fitness levels and set goals based on that information
How to select the right equipment to maximize training
What exercises attack fat the best
Strategies to make your “recruits” stronger and more powerful
A guide to teaching proper nutritional habits to your class
Charts of the actual physical fitness requirements of the U.S. military
Over 75 colored pictures and descriptions of the most effective boot camp exercises
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Friday, April 4, 2008

Outdoor survival skills

Outdoor survival skills can mean the difference between escape/rescue and tragedy. Fortunately, most survival skills are simple and easy to learn.
Here are the top ten things to do in a survival situation, in order:
1. Don’t panic. Breathe. Relax.
2. Give yourself first aid if needed.
3. Inventory your survival items.
4. Assess any imminent weather dangers.
5. Find an open area where you can be seen from the air.
6. Create appropriate shelter.
7. Drink lots of water.
Survival isn’t just about skills, but also attitude and mindset. Desire to survive, determination, persistence, willingness to plan, and learning survival skills ahead of time all increase your chances of survival. The best time to learn survival skills is before you need them.
Once you get into a survival situation, it’s too late to prepare and to learn the skills. Now is the best time to prepare to survive. Get your gear and get into a survival training class!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Camping and Kids

How to take the kids camping, lets go camping. With those few simple words you are instantly a hero to your children. To ensure you remain that way during the camping trip, you better make sure you have planned well and are prepared for all types of contingencies. Along with lots of snacks and back-up rain gear, bring along these activities and suggestions to keep your children occupied and happy while camping.
Scavenger hunt - Depending on the age of your children this can be as simple or complicated as you would like to make it. For younger children that you want to keep close to the campsite, make sure you take a good look around before sending them off to hunt - make sure the items can be found close-by.
Nature book - Fold 5 sheets of construction paper in half and staple them together along the fold to create a nature book that your children can fill full of keepsakes. In a bag, put in a glue stick, tape, and some writing instruments and encourage them to find interesting treasures to put in the book or draw pictures of.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Starting fires with a mischmetal flint

Butane Lighter and Tinder
Starting fires with a mischmetal flint in a dry climate is easy, but in wet weather, you may need a cigarette lighter and some flammable helpers to get your fire going. Cotton balls covered in wax,solid backpacking stove tablets.Whistle
When you are lost in the woods, signaling for help should be a high priority. Blowing a whistle periodically requires much less energy than yelling and the high pitch sound may travel further.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Camping Tips

This is a collection of some more backpacking tips and survival techniques for camping and hiking - in the wilderness.
- Be careful with backpack stabilizing straps that cross your chest. These are supposed to keep the pack from sliding around and throwing you off balance, but if they are too tight, they don't let your chest expand enough when breathing. See if you breath more fully or easily when these are loosened.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Simple fish trap for camping

Air condition your tent. If the day is dry and hot, wet any large piece of cloth in the nearest stream and lay it over the roof of your tent. The evaporation can cool the interior of the tent by as much as ten degrees Put your tent in the shade. Just be sure that if you are using a shirt or other clothing that you'll be needing, to allow enough time before dark for it to dry completely.
In many mountain streams you can see the trout, but it's hard to catch them. Try a simple fish trap. Pound sticks into the stream bottom, and weave plant stems into them to make walls that water can go through, but not fish. Create a small corral, with a narrowing opening you can chase the fish into. Once they are there you can spear them or possibly just flip them onto the stream bank with your hands.
If you carry hand sanitizer when backpacking it can be used as a fire starter too. They are normally at least 70% alcohol, and burn easily.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Backpacking pillow

Running for the bushes? Tea made from the roots of blackberries, raspberries and their relatives can stop diarrhea. Fill the bottom of a cup with the cleaned and shredded roots and pour boiling water over them. Steep for five minutes before drinking.
Lost your pack? A simple way of making a backpack is to use a jacket, if it is warm enough to get by without wearing it. Zip it up, cinch the bottom shut if it has a drawstring and tie the ends of the sleeves to each other. You can then carry things in it by slinging it across your body diagonally, switching shoulders from time to time.
Want an backpacking pillow? Use a heavy-duty ziplock bag filled not too full with air. Put it inside a sweater or something else soft for comfort.Camping and the outdoors.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Start a fire in a cold climate camping tip

Want to start a fire in a cold climate? Look for sap oozing out of pine, spruce and fir trees. This can be broken off in chunks if frozen, or scraped off with a stick. It burns for quite a while, even when wet, making it excellent for fire starting.
Run out of aspirin? Cover the bottom of a cup with shredded willow bark, and make tea with it. Allow it to steep for a few minutes before you drink it. Willow bark contains salicin, closely related to salacylic acid, which is used to make aspirin. You can also try chewing on a few balsam poplar buds, which also may have some salicin in them.
Frozen water bottles can be a problem when backpacking in winter. Unless you are getting cold, try carrying your water bottle inside your clothing somewhere.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wild berries you can eat

Knowing a few wild berries you can eat can isn't just about potential survival situations. It also means you can have delicious healthy snacks and a good excuse for a break when hiking. Here are some of the wild foods you can eat on one day hike in Glacier National Park: Blueberries... Service Berries... Rose Hips... Blackberries... High Bush Cranberries... Strawberries... Raspberries... Thimbleberries... Currants.Backpacking tips

Monday, February 25, 2008

magnetized needle

Cradled in a couple pieces of thread, a magnetized needle can be slowly lowered onto the surface of a cup of water, and will actually float there due to the surface-tension. Drop the ends of the thread and the needle will turn to align north-south.
Hiking high in the mountains can make you very hot. There are often snow banks that persist through summer above 12,000 feet, so why not use them to cool off. Rub that snow on your arms and put some on your head. The real point here is to lessen your need to sweat, so you can make your drinking water last longer.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Waterproof your own matches

Many plants can be used as an antiseptic dressing for cuts, if you have nothing better. One such plant is St. Johnswort. You can apply a few mashed up leaves to a nasty cut or scrapes, replacing it occasionally,it can heal in a couple days with no scar. It is known to be anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal.
You can waterproof your own matches by either dipping them in shellac, nail polish or melted wax. You may have to scrape some of the coating away to get them to light easily.Camping and Outdoor Tips

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Tea of witch hazel

Tea of witch hazel leaves can be used for relief from insect bites and sunburn. Witch Hazel once was a common astringent that women used as a "tightening" and refreshing face wash.Backpacking and Hiking Tips

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

How To Start A Camp Fire

- A Few More Tips
- Collect twice as much firewood as you think you'll need for the night.
- Blow vigorously on the hot coals to restart the flames of a dying fire (and add fuel).
- Spray kindling with insect repellent or other flammable liquids to make it burn more easily.
- Use a large piece of birch bark to shelter a fire if starting it in the rain.
- Wood on the ground is usually wet. Look for standing dead wood or trees and branches that are leaning against other trees or rocks.
- You can break a long piece of wood by inserting the end between two close trees and pushing on the far end. Be careful not to fall when the wood breaks.
- Don't break wood over your knee or by jumping on it. Lean it up on a rock and step on the middle of the piece.
- Unbreakable pieces can be burnt in half in the fire.
- Use a base of green logs or sticks for a fire on the snow.
- If firewood is scarce, use as small a fire as possible, to extend your fuel supply.
- Collect and carry dry tinder in your pocket, in case it is raining when you need to start a fire.
Key Points
1. The best way to learn how to start a fire is to practice.
2. A fire requires tinder, kindling and fuel.
3. A balance of air, heat and fuel is necessary for a fire to burn well.
4. Fire starting without matches or a lighter is very difficult - bring a lighter and matches.More camping tips.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

poison ivy rash wilderness survival tip

I've seen a poison ivy rash clear up overnight by using the juice from jewelweed. This plant grows in wet areas, and water dripped on the leaves beads up, looking like jewels, hence the name. The stems are translucent, and the plant has dangling yellow or orange flowers.
Planning to have a fire at the end of the day? As you hike, collect some dead pine needles, dried moss, etc. This way you'll be ready to start a fire when you stop for the night, even if it is a bit wet by then.
Does the color of your clothing matter? Light colors attract fewer biting insects. Flashy bright colors have been shown to attract grizzly bears. On the other hand, having something bright and easily visible to rescuers from the air could save your life if you are lost.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sunglasses backpacking trips

Starting a fire without matches or a lighter is tough. Just for kicks, try any of the primitive fire starting methods you have read about sometime. I think it will convince you to bring matches and another starter on every wilderness trip. It is also a good idea to carry dry tinder in your pocket, so you are ready to start a fire even if it rains.
Be careful about using rocks from a wet area for building a fire-ring. You can have rocks explode from heating, and it can be very dangerous. Water trapped inside can't escape fast enough, causing the rock to explode, and throw sharp pieces at you.
Sunglasses are a good idea on most backpacking trips, but especially so if you will be hiking in the winter or at high altitude. High altitude sun is more damaging to your eyes, and snowblindness is a risk if you are hiking in a snowy environment.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Hike early

You can use the plastic bladders from boxed wine to carry water, and as a pillow. Normally I use a plastic soda bottles to carry water when backpacking, but when I have needed to carry more water I've used the plastic bladders from boxed wine. They are light and very strong. I also inflate the bag with air to use it as a pillow. It just needs a soft covering of some sort, like a sweater or shirt.
Buy paperback novels at thrift stores and rummage sales for reading on the trail. You can burn the pages in the campfire as you finish them, thus reducing your weight as you go.
Hike early. Start getting ready before it is even totally light. An early start means an early finish - no setting up camp in the dark. It also means hiking when it is cooler. It is a safer and more enjoyable routine.Backpacking tips.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Backpacking Tips

Knowledge saves weight.you can leave the rainwear home (except for a 2-ounce emergency poncho) if you are in the eastern Sierra Nevadas in September. You can just about leave the sleeping bag behind on summer trips in some parts.
Socks, especially if they are thicker, make good water bottle insulators when you want to keep your water cold or hot. This is assuming you use regular plastic soda bottles for water, as I do.
You should also avoid setting up camp at obvious animal watering holes.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Campfires Camping Tips

Planning to have campfires? It may be tough to start one if everything is damp. Carry a fire starter or two, to make it easy. Pieces of cardboard soaked in candle wax work well, even when wet.
Dried peat moss can be used for insulation to turn a light jacket into a warm coat. Just stuff the jacket full without removing it. It can also be used as mattress material or toilet paper.
Sleeping bags should not be stored in stuff sacks. This constant compression will eventually crush the insulation, making for less loft and therefore less warmth. Store bags unpacked on a shelf or in a large cloth bag.Camping and Backpacking Tips

Monday, January 21, 2008

tarps and tents camping tips

Old raincoat sleeves can be made into lightweight water-resistant stuff-sacks with a little sewing. Old nylon jacket sleeves will work too, and make lighter stuff sacks, though not water resistant.
Club moss spores were once used as 'flash powder' by magicians. Drop a pinch over a flame and it create an instant and large flash for signaling rescuers. It is also just fun. The flower heads often give off little puffs of the yellow spores as you walk through them. Collected green, they will open and release their spores in a day or two if kept in a warm dry place. I have collected more than a pound this way, for just a few hours work.
Don't fold tarps and tents. Stuff them into their stuff sacks. Folding repeatedly in the same way creates weak spots in the fabric.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Edged weapons from wood camping tip

You can make expedient edged weapons from wood. Use these only to puncture. Bamboo is the only wood that will hold a suitable edge. To make a knife using wood, first select a straight-grained piece of hardwood that is about 30 centimeters long and 2.5 centimeters in diameter. Fashion the blade about 15 centimeters long. Shave it down to a point. Use only the straight-grained portions of the wood. Do not use the core or pith, as it would make a weak point.
Harden the point by a process known as fire hardening. If a fire is possible, dry the blade portion over the fire slowly until lightly charred. The drier the wood, the harder the point. After lightly charring the blade portion, sharpen it on a coarse stone. If using bamboo and after fashioning the blade, remove any other wood to make the blade thinner from the inside portion of the bamboo. Removal is done this way because bamboo's hardest part is its outer layer. Keep as much of this layer as possible to ensure the hardest blade possible. When charring bamboo over a fire, char only the inside wood; do not char the outside.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Peat moss backpacking tip

You can cut the top off an old fleece hat and use it as a neck gaiter. Just be sure it isn't too tight. Keeping your neck covered is a great way to prevent too much heat loss.
Peat moss was used as a surgical dressing during world war two, and had distinct advantages over cotton, including antiseptic and astringent qualities. It is soft, and absorbs a lot of moisture too. Keep this one in mind for emergencies.
Don't hang a wet sleeping bag by one end to dry it out. The insulation can shift and clump up. Lay it out to dry, or hang it horizontally across some bushes or branches.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Backpacking tip antiseptic dusting powder

Raising your body heat. You can get by with less cold weather wear and sleeping gear if you have more body heat. One way to create more is to eat fats before going to sleep. Fats create heat when they are digested Corn chips are oily enough to help if you can't stomach a half cup of olive oil before bedtime.
Clubmoss spores can be used as a antiseptic dusting powder for wounds and skin problems. The spore heads often give off puffs of the yellow spores as you walk through them. Collected green, they will open and release their spores in a day or two if kept in a warm dry place. I have collected more than a pound this way, for just a few hours work.
When using a pack with a hip or waist belt, the weight should be primarily on your hips. Lean forward and you should feel the shoulder straps come off your shoulders. The shoulder straps should be tight enough to stabilize the load, but shouldn't actually carry much weight.More backpacking tips

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Out of insect repellent tip

One of the most important principles of survival in cold weather is to always be thinking ahead. Have enough firewood, stop early enough to properly prepare camp, etc. It is difficult to do much once it is dark and you are cold. Plan ahead.
Out of insect repellent? You can rub yourself with the fresh leaves of the yarrow plant Carry some leaves for later application.
Don't wash your sleeping bag too often. Washing machines - especially those with center agitators - are hard on bags. It is better to keep it as clean as you can to reduce washings. Drying it in the dryer, on the other hand, can fluff it up before a trip.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Air condition your tent

If the day is dry and hot, try wetting any large piece of cloth in the nearest stream and laying it over the roof of your tent. The evaporation can cool the interior of the tent by ten degrees. Just be sure that if you are using a shirt or other clothing that you'll be needing, to allow enough time before dark for it to dry completely.
Hiking and thirsty? Try thistle stems. The varieties with thicker stems can be peeled carefully when younger, and eaten like celery. They are common high in the Rockies, and full of moisture. It is often easier to scrape off the spines with your knife or the sharp edge of a rock before you cut the stem. If you are camping in a group with more than one tent, consider bringing a lightweight tarp. Pitched over the space between two tents, it can provide a dry passage back and forth and a place to cook out of the rain.More Backpacking tips.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Wild onions backpacking tip

Wild onions are one of the safer emergency foods, because their distinctive odor makes identification almost certain. If it smells and tastes like an onion or chive or garlic, it almost certainly is. Cook the bulbs if you eat large quantities, to make digestion easier.Read more on Symptoms Of Frostbite When Outdoors.