Curling up with your pet to stay warm certainly does work, just ask the authorities of Elgin, SC, who have recently credited one family dog with keeping a missing 2-year-old boy safe and warm as he spent a night lost outside with temps in the 40s.
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Yes, there really are three ways to get fire from a flashlight. For the first one, we need to stack the deck in our favor with a simple trick. Put a book of paper matches inside the flashlight housing on large bodied flashlights.
The next two of the methods of fire starting are based on useful properties of flashlight components, namely an electrical fire with the battery and an optical fire using some tinder and the flashlight’s mirrored cup. Here are the specifics you need to know for each method. [ Read Full Post ]
A female grizzly mauled and killed a hiker in Yellowstone National Park yesterday, marking the first fatal grizzly bear attack within the park's boundaries in 25 years.
A couple was hiking on the popular Wapiti Lake trail when they seemingly startled a mother bear, park officials said in a statement. The sow apparently perceived them as a threat to her cubs and attacked the male hiker. [ Read Full Post ]
Survival expert and knife designer Ron Hood, of the Hoods Woods survival school, passed away on the evening of June 21 in his home in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Ron will be remembered for his many contributions to the survival skills and outdoor sports industries.
We here at Outdoor Life send our deepest condolences to Ron's wife, Karen, and his son, Jesse, who were the love of his life. Ron was not only a beloved husband and father, but was one of the most respected wilderness and survival experts in the world, as well as a veteran who served in Vietnam and a respected knife designer and developer. [ Read Full Post ]
A fast-moving wildfire broke out in northern New Mexico Sunday, June 26, and has led to voluntary evacuations for the city of Los Alamos, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory. If that name rings a bell, Los Alamos was the site where the world's first atomic bomb was developed.
The Las Conchas Fire began Sunday afternoon, about 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos. The blaze has burned more than 3,500 acres, and is endangering one of the nation's key nuclear weapons laboratories, along with the nearby communities. Authorities have said that the fire was rapidly advancing toward the National Laboratory, but had not yet reached lab property. [ Read Full Post ]
Fishing is the ideal method for acquiring protein with minimal gear in a survival situation. Sure, hunting is a great way to get some meat, but you need guns and bows, which often don’t fit in a survival kit.
You can take snares with you or build traps from the natural materials around you, but it takes a lot of time to make them, set them up and then wait for the animals to hit them. The stack of fish I can catch in a day with hook and line will pile up higher than a stack of critters anyone can trap in one day with a pack full of snares.
Dunk A Worm
Some of my fly-fishing purist buddies frown on my habit of “worm dunking,” as they call it. But when it comes to minimalist fishing, it doesn’t get any more streamlined than a hook, several yards of monofilament, a long stick and a worm. [ Read Full Post ]
Some wildlife biologists believe there will be a greater-than-average number of grizzly attacks this year. According to officials with the Alaska State Department of Fish and Game, the state just had its first bear attack of 2011.
"As far as I know, this is the first significant incident of the year," said Gordy Williams, who is a special assistant with the Department. [ Read Full Post ]
Three miles outside of Marion Forks, Oregon, Jerry William McDonald went through a 68-day ordeal that ultimately ended in his death from hypothermia and starvation.
The question on many people’s lips is simply, “Why didn’t he just walk back to town?”
Authorities say that McDonald was a transient, and estranged from his family. But he was not without resources. When the 68-year-old Oregon man got his pickup stuck in the snowy backwoods, he still had gallons of water, extra fuel and warm clothes, but not enough food to sustain him for the length of his ordeal. He also had $5,000 in cash, a jack for his truck, and chains on his tires.
McDonald kept a journal of his struggle, but he never clearly said why he was staying put. Perhaps the vehicle was his home, and he did not want to abandon it. Perhaps he was simply waiting for help. [ Read Full Post ]
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