Tuesday, December 20, 2011
One thing there is no shortage of in this book is information. It's crammed full of helpful skills from somewhat luxurious wilderness living with all the latest technology and equipment to showing you more primitive skills. There is a wide variety of survival skills covered in detail throughout the entire book.
Over the last couple of years I have used this book as a reference to accomplish many tasks in the outdoors with great success. I have learned so much from using the techniques illustrated in the handbook. The details concerning each particular skill given are pretty amazing considering all the information covered and the illustrations are excellent.
There are a few small complaints however. I found that there were just too many boxes, bubbles, and sidebars on almost every page. If you were just using it as a reference this wouldn't be problem, but if you are reading through the entire book it can be a distraction and makes it a pain to read. It's not a book you would probably pick up to read for just a few minutes. I eventually had to make it a discipline to sit down and read a couple pages a day.
Overall this would make a fantastic addition to your library. It is an excellent reference and one I would highly recommend.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
On Facebook Les said, "I have been in talks with the networks for some time to make this a reality and it all happened on Friday...in fact in three weeks I head out for the first one
I dont want to sound pretentious but my only reason is YOU....you have all been so kind and all requested I do some more that I thought - "yep....i should head out and show once again how it's really done!" still no camera crew - still real survival."
I am extremely excited to see this new season.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Shelter was easy to find as there were many large boulders in the area that provided an excellent source of natural protection from the elements. Because the weather was clear, I decided to put off lighting a fire until after I'd scouted around on the lookout for food. Water wasn't really a concern because I was on a fresh water lake with many nearby streams flowing into it.
Lighting a fire turned out to be the most difficult and frustrating time of the day. Even though there was an abundance of great materials and the weather was absolutely perfect, it had rained the entire day before, which resulted in everything being soaked. I tried using waterproof matches, which were damp from a hike the previous day, but the dampness made the heads crumble, rendering them useless. Thankfully I had brought along my firesteel, which ended up being my ticket to success. Finding dry tinder was another time consuming problem I ran into. I gave cattails and cedar bark a try, but had no success because of the dampness. I eventually found some relatively dry lichen up in some nearby tree, which took a spark along with birch bark. All this took well over an hour but was well worth the effort.
Although I didn't continue the exercise for more than just that day, I came away having learned a few interesting things pertaining to bushcraft and wilderness survival. I learned that the key to overcoming challenges in the wild is persevering until you reach success and never give up. Something else that stood out to me throughout the day was just how essential it is to perfect your skills in firecraft. Fire plays into all the priorities of survival. It is a critical part of protection because it keeps you warm. With location it helps you to signal for rescue. It also purifys water and cooks your food. Knowing how to turn an ember into a flame is a foundational part of wilderness skills. Always include multiple methods of lighting a fire in your kit.
That wraps up the stand out experiences of the day. It was a very enjoyable time and I would love to know what your experiences have been in similar times of testing your skills.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sometimes it is necessary to contain your fire. This can easily be attained by improvising a simple stove out of a pop can. You can use any type of can, but pop cans are the most common to find because of littering.
as possible. It is possible to pop most dents out.
to use some force to break through. Be careful not to push
too hard and accidentally stab yourself in the hand.
in the side of the can helps with lighting the fire,
air flow, and balance of the stove.
work too) poke many holes in the bottem and sides
of the can. This is critical for a good air flow.
ready for use. Now you have to use the basic skills for
making a fire.