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A white-out storm during a hunt or a vehicle stuck in a snow drift can often lead to a deadly serious situation. But, strangely, that same snow is a versatile and useful substance that can help to get you out of trouble. Here are my ten favorite ways to use snow for survival purposes. Your first concern in an emergency is shelter. Snow can be turned into many styles of survival shelter. From igloos and quinzees to snow caves and tree wells, a shelter of snow can mean survival on a sub-zero night.
Your second survival priority is water, which snow can also provide. Just be sure to melt it first for safe consumption. Boil the water if the snow is old and potentially contaminated by animals. [ Read Full Post ]
Feeding your campfire and pitching your shelter are major chores for both recreational camping and survival scenarios. The new 4-in-1 Woodsman from Zippo Outdoor was built to handle many outdoor tasks with just one easy-to-modify tool. So how did it work in my camp?
Right out of the package, the Woodsman was easy to handle and had enough heft to chop respectably. The entire tool weighs 2 pounds 13 ounces, making it a little heavy for backpacking, but plenty light enough to take to deer camp or for strapping onto a Bug Out Bag. The ax handle seemed a bit long, but the 20-inch length is necessary to accommodate a saw blade of decent length. [ Read Full Post ]
Birch tinder fungus (Inonotus obliquus) is a woody type of fungus that grows on a variety of species of birch trees. You’ll find this crusty, black growth primarily on yellow birch and white birch trees, often at higher elevations. And if you’re looking for something raw from the wild that catches sparks like char cloth, this is it.
Although birch tinder fungus (also known as clinker polypore and chaga) is often used for alternative medicine treatments, its value for survival fire starting really puts it on the map. This punky material is better than traditional char cloth, even without being charred. Here’s where you’ll find it, and how to make it work. [ Read Full Post ]
If you’re familiar with the practices of maple sugaring, then it’s an easy transition to the sycamore tree as a sap source. The act of collecting sap for drinking water and syrup dates back centuries, and it is still a valid way to get some calories and clean water, whether you’re in survival mode or tapping your backyard trees for fun.
The native range of the American sycamore tree covers much of the eastern U.S., although you can purchase seedlings from tree growers and plant them virtually anywhere in the lower 48. Sycamores can be found growing wild in all states east of the Great Plains, except for Minnesota. Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) is very easy to spot in winter, even at a distance. [ Read Full Post ]
Snow is not necessarily an enemy in a blizzard. It's a great insulator, and if you build a proper snow shelter, it'll keep you safe and warm for a short period.
You can quickly make an effective snow shelter in a tree well (the depression in snow around a tree trunk formed by the protective canopy of branches above it). [ Read Full Post ]
For those who are unfamiliar with the use and action of a fire piston, it really is a fascinating device. The basic operation of this fire starter involves a piston slammed down into a sleeve, which generates heat and ignites some tinder imbedded at the piston’s tip. This compression ignition system should sound familiar to anyone who’s familiar with the diesel engine. Legend has it that German inventor and mechanical engineer Rudolf Diesel got the idea for his famous engine by watching a fire piston in operation.
A few weeks ago, my friend Roger showed me his repurposed Mini Maglite, which is now a fully functional fire piston. It only required a few steps and it’s a really neat project, for kids and grownups alike. Here’s how you can make your own fire piston this weekend from an old Mini Maglite body and a some basic materials from the hardware store.
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