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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Acorns and other tree nuts are the most valuable food we can get from any wild plant. There are many different types of tree nuts that offer a great back-up food supply at home and in the wild. Black walnut, butternut walnut, pecan, hickory, beechnut, hazelnut and even Pine nuts can be eaten after picking the meat from shattered shells
The common and abundant acorn requires only a nut cracker. But these high calorie nuts were a staple crop to many of our ancestors around the Northern Hemisphere. Coming in at 2,000 calories per pound, this abundant food crop is too valuable to ignore. Just make sure you know an acorn from a buckeye, as buckeyes (and the very similar looking horse chestnut) are poisonous for people to eat. [ Read Full Post ]
I would certainly hope that every outdoor enthusiast has a few books on survival skills.
Yes, you may have every episode of your favorite survival show on DVD, and you might even have some kind of survival app on your fancy phone. But to me, these just don’t take the place of a real paper book.
So what’s in my library? [ Read Full Post ]
Staying hydrated plays second fiddle only to shelter as a critical survival priority. Yet outdoorsmen often walk around at some level of dehydration, especially on long trips and hunts. That little headache, that extra tiredness, the clumsy thing you did—it could very well be a result of dehydration.
Cold, dry, or windy weather usually aggravates this situation. Who wants to drink cold water or take the time to make a hot drink when you’re busy outside in cool temperatures? And dry or windy conditions will steal extra water from your skin, and therefore from your body.
So here are some time-tested ways to both ensure you are drinking enough, and to remind you to stay hydrated no matter what you are doing or where you are. [ Read Full Post ]
Whether you are adventuring deep in the back country, or you simply forgot to check the weather before your day hike, there are some handy old sayings that can help to predict the short-term weather. Using the moon, wind direction, indicators of moisture increase, and the color of the sky, you can form a good guess about the weather you’re about to encounter.
The Moon’s Appearance
“Pale moon rains; red moon blows. White moon neither rains or snows.”
When the air at night is very clear, the moon appears white. This sign speaks of fair weather to come. But when moonlight passes through air laden with dust particles, it can appear pale or reddish. The more dust particles in the air, the greater the chance that moisture will have something on which to form raindrops. [ Read Full Post ]
Bamboo is just one of those things, like rope or duct tape, that can be adapted to create an infinite number of material items. From survival gear to homesteader equipment, bamboo’s uses seem to only be limited by the imagination of the user.
So what are the 10 best ways to use bamboo for survival?
1. First, you’ll want to get a survival shelter built in the event of an emergency. Bamboo poles are both strong and lightweight, which makes them a great choice for building shelter elements. [ Read Full Post ]
When most folks think of signaling for help, a giant “SOS” sign on a deserted beach is usually the first thing that comes to mind. But what if your best chance for rescue might come from a ground-based search team? While ground-to-ground search signals are smaller and less showy than ground-to-air signals, they can still be valuable lifesavers. Here are some of the top signals that you could build at ground level so that a search party can find you.
Sticks and Stones
Rock cairns and stick structures are great examples of ground signals. Place rocks or small logs to form arrows that point the way to your camp, or in the direction you are headed in the event of a “self-rescue.” Signals like these were common in centuries past to blaze trails and create paths. Techniques like chopping shapes into tree trunks were also used to communicate information and allow people to find their way. You can chop arrows into tree bark to point searchers toward your camp so they can find you. Use a hatchet or even a rock with a sharp edge.... [ Read Full Post ]
Rub-a-dub-dub, imagine spending 26 hours floating in the waters off Sitka, Alaska, in a 4-by-4-foot tub. That’s what Ryan Harris, 19, did late last week after the 28-foot aluminum boat he and a friend were fishing from capsized. The Coast Guard rescued Harris on Saturday, two hours after his fishing buddy Stonie “Mac” Huffman was found alive on a beach 25 miles northwest of Sitka.
The two men had been fishing for coho salmon two miles from Cape Edgecumbe when the hydraulics on their boat failed. They fixed the problem and started heading to port when a massive wave knocked the boat on its side, dumping the men into the water before they could send a mayday. “We had no radio, no cell phones,” Harris told the Daily Sitka Sentinel. [ Read Full Post ]
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