August 12, 2014
One spring, while hiking in Yellowstone, two friends of mine got lost. One of them fell down a mountainside and went into shock, so they had to spend an extra night in the snowy cold. (...)
Of the 40,000 species of spiders worldwide, the United States is home to only a fraction of them. But of those, it’s important to recognize the venomous ones from the harmless. All spiders have four pairs of legs, four pairs of eyes (usually), two distinct body sections, and fangs in varying sizes, so how can you tell? There’s a variety of venomous spiders throughout the United States. Check out the charts below to learn about some of the most dangerous spiders that may live right in your hometown. (...)
If you were lost in the wild without any clean water to drink, making your own solar still could be a great way to get clean water until you can get back to civilization.
But what is a solar still?
A Solar still is a method of distilling (cleaning) water, using the heat of the sun to evaporate water from soil. Functionally, you’re turning the water from the soil into vapor, and then you collect the condensation to drink. Solar stills can range solar ovens to using a simple tarp over a hole in the ground. (...)
June 19, 2014
Once a weapon of myths and legends, the bow and arrow can now be found in any sporting goods or outdoors store for bow hunting enthusiasts . . . And while there is a large selection of bows and arrows to choose from, have you ever wondered what it’d be like to make your own handcrafted bow?
In a survival situation, knowing how to make your own bow and arrow could help you get food to feed yourself and your family—if you run out of MREs and Mountain House pouches and have to hunt. (...)
Paracord is one of the most practical supplies you can have in an emergency. You can make tourniquets, slings, and splints using a pack of 50 foot Read More
June 19, 2014
Shooting bows and arrows at my great-grandpa’s house was one of my favorite pastimes as a child. There are few things as satisfying as seeing your arrow hit its mark! On the one hand, shooting a bow and arrow feels quite natural and can be somewhat self-explanatory. On the other hand, there are many things you can do to improve your accuracy. Here are the basics for proper form. (...)
June 17, 2014
My brothers once volunteered at a local state park and cleared out overgrown greenery, only to discover later that they’d been thigh-high in poison ivy. Oh, nature, you’re sneaky. (...)
While it’s true that moose typically aren’t aggressive towards people, if provoked, they can be deadly. Unlike deer (the moose’s close cousin), moose aren’t usually afraid of humans, so they won’t run away just because you’re there. (...)