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.