The transition from summer camping to overnight into the shoulder season of fall and even into early winter requires a change in gear – especially clothing and your sleeping system. Clothing, from layering to insulation, is a whole other area of preparation. Sleeping gear can be as simple as adding to what you already have.
You don’t need to have any backcountry experience to know – “Don’t eat the yellow snow!” But what about snow in general – particularly in winter emergency/survival situation? The partial answer is “No” and “Yes”! Caution reigns for both options. Because snow is about 70% air, a fist-sized clump of snow is only going to
Like many other outdoor enthusiasts, I really like knives. These versatile cutting tools are handy around camp and vital in a life-or-death scenario. But what kind of knives do you need for survival? Everyone has their own opinion, and these thoughts may vary wildly from expert to expert. I’m a proponent of carrying two different knives
Broken trolling motor, but can’t afford to upgrade? Well, if you have an old angle grinder lying around the garage…it’s your lucky day! In this short video, Rulof Maker shows us how to build a trolling motor with an angle grinder and a few other odd-and-ends. And by the looks of it, the DIY Trolling Motor actually works quite
Whether you’re heading out alone for a simple overnight get-away or embarking on an extended, minimalist-style adventure, choosing the right type of sleeping shelter is a major consideration. Besides weight and volume, utility also plays into deciding what type of gear to bring along. The choices are straight forward and offer a good range of
Tinder is any dry material that readily takes a spark, match or other intense heat sources and easily ignites. They are the “fire starter” fuel and the foundation for most all campfires. Besides twigs, bark and other natural materials, there are also a variety of commercial tinders on the market. They are especially handy when you
Paracord is an essential piece of emergency/survival gear. There are several characteristics and properties that qualify cordage as authentic “paracord”. All ‘rope’ is made of strands that are either braided or twisted together. Structurally, paracord uses the kernmantle technique similar to how rope for mountain climbing is made. Its outmost layer is a braided nylon sheath
Even if you are a totally committed landlubber, you no doubt have a need for keeping gear dry whenever you venture outdoors. Backpackers and paddlers alike know the value in a good dry bag—both in the field and in the wallet! Here’s a quick, convenient and effective way to create your own functional and inexpensive
A good campsite can be defined in many ways depending upon your preferred level of back-country comfort, the lay of the land where you can pitch your tent and to a lesser extent, the season in which you are out enjoying Mother Nature. Ask most anyone and they’ll tell you their preference is a flat,
My warmest and most comfortable nights of sleep during a North Dakota winter camp out was while nestled inside a tent pitched in two feet of snow cover. A featherbed at a cozy chalet in the Swiss Alps could not have served me any better. Pitching a tent on snow-covered ground means you’ll either remove
It’s the opportunity to put one’s skills to the cold-weather test that makes winter camping attractive to so many back-country campers. One of those tests may be in dealing with all the snow in and around the campsite. Under most conditions, a mantle of the white stuff can be put to use in many ways. Snow’s
One of the hardest aspects of winter camping is the ground itself! Frozen soil can be as hard as cement and often so dense that it can’t even be broken up enough to get a stake to hold. Here’s a rundown of the most common anchoring methods used for pitching/securing a tent when cold-weather camping.
Many times the line between adventure-seeker and certifiably crazy is a blurry one. Take Hunt Jennings, for instance. On Thursday afternoon, the professional kayaker surprised onlookers at Minneapolis’ Minnehaha Falls by A) informing them that professional kayaking is an actual thing and B) taking the 53′ plunge over the raging falls.[embedded content] Mr. Jennings survived
A warm, dry and comfortable sleep is not only refreshing and relaxing after an adventurous day outdoors, it’s a critical aspect of staying healthy and safe as well. Staying warm involves more than just being cocooned in a bag full of synthetic down feathers. Your sleeping platform and what you are wearing as you crawl
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, entrance to National Park Service sites across the country on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, is free! Click here to find your nearest National Park. The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and it says it want everyone to join the party! It is the
It’s always a good idea to refresh your knowledge of basic first aid skills so that when the time comes for action, you have a more focused base of information to call upon. Knowing the fundamentals of treating a bleeding wound now may save you critical real-time minutes afield. The outdoor arena is full of
Inspired by the surging popularity and comfortable, all-terrain ride of fat tire bicycles, Under Armour® has developed Fat Tire Boots, a funky new style of hiking boot that is sure to be one of the hottest products of Spring 2016. Finally, fatter is better, which is feel-good news for those of us who will never be
While I initially considered it more of a parlor trick, using a snack chip or other food for an emergency fire lighting tool does have merit. My bias toward this topic being duly exposed, let me offer some positive points on the aspects of this “survival” technique. Image Source: Instagram photo by @doritos The main
Newsworthy items from around the world, for the Sportsman like you! First protected in 1864, Yosemite was the inception of an idea that would later be the mission of the National Park Service…that it “preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of
Michael Cavanaugh was kayaking on Irondequoit Creek in East Monroe County, NY. when he was attacked by one of the most dangerous animals known to man…the North American beaver. Nate Reynolds, Baycreek Paddling Center trainer, witnessed the attack. “I heard my name called out from the shop and I ran out the door to see
In response to an article I posted on being able to find the North-South direction line using your watch as a sundial-like tool, a reader pointed out that this “survival skill” only worked with an analog watch because of its clock face and hour hand; he deemed a digital watch to be completely useless. I
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon — all are well-known and well-visited National Parks. But if you’re the adventurous type who likes to go off the beaten trail or maybe you just don’t like crowds, there’s plenty of beautiful National Parks that don’t get nearly enough
This is a good time to remind outdoor enthusiasts about the dangers of ticks! While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra careful in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1) Avoid Direct Contact
Earlier this week, the National Park Service celebrated its 98th birthday by offering free admission to its 58 National Parks (plus National Monuments, National Recreation Areas, National Historic Sites, National Historical Parks, National Seashores, National Military Parks, and National Battlefields). That got me to thinking…how many of these National Treasures have I actually visited myself?
The 15th annual Arizona International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) and Arizona Boat Show are set for February 19-22 in the University of Phoenix Stadium and outside areas in Glendale. The event’s media folks say it’s the state’s largest annual display of fishing and hunting products and destinations. The event spotlights the top local dealers and lines
Any time we can enjoy a comfortable day out on the water, it’s important to refresh ones self on the hazard of drowning. What to look for might be quite different from what you expect to see, especially as depicted in so many Hollywood movies. Imagine a beach scene: in one area you see a boy
Disc-O-Bed is proud to offer the Camo-O-Bunk, featuring America’s No.1 Camo and the official camouflage of the Quality Deer Management Association, Mossy Oak Break-Up Country. This versatile ready-to-go bunkable cot – with its patented lock-in disc system – makes for an easy, one-person assembly that is tool-free and only takes a few minutes to set
Great for the mind, body and soul After a cold winter and being stuck indoors, it feels great to finally get outside. The combination of fresh air, warm sun and tasty mushrooms is sure to have you coming back for more. It’s also great exercise and an easy way to drop those winter pounds, too.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has advice that goes for many residents in much of the United States: Avoid Tick Bites! The KDHE notes spring and summer are hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking seasons. It is also the time of year when
It’s not uncommon for most of us who consider ourselves competent outdoor enthusiasts to feel we have the skills necessary to handle ourselves in both routine tasks and emergency situations. Whether it’s using a knife to trim sticks when building a shelter, tying a specific knot to secure a load, or even being able to