70 Days in Alaska Living Off the Land

Many of us dream about one day just checking out and heading into the hills to live a life of the mountain man. Others often live with the nagging question “I wonder if I could really stay out there for an extended amount of time and live by my wits?” Most will never get to realize their dream, while others will drop out before they start. But there is one person who had this dream and finally one day was able to realize it, putting himself to the ultimate test—heading into the Alaskan Wilderness with no food and foraging, hunting and fishing his way through 70 days.

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Chicken with Honey Beer Sauce

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I believe it was early 2010 sometime and I was on business at JFTB (Joint Forces Training Base) Los Alamitos. After a long day in the field, a group of us went to the pub on base for a much needed drink and meal. The pub is a little unique in that it has an outside patio with gas grills set up where one can grill up their own food, have a drink, and watch the military aircraft come and go.

I decided to grill up some chicken, knowing well my chicken grilling skills always seemed to leave the chicken on the dry side. But hey, I was hungry and chicken is what I was craving. When I ordered up a breast to toss on the grill, the bar maiden asked if I would like it marinated for about 20 minutes first. “Why not”. I watched her as she proceeded to pour out a healthy dose of teriyaki sauce in a shallow bowl, followed by Guinness straight from the tap. To this she immersed the chicken breast and set it aside.
To this day I can not forget how juicy and tender that chicken was after I pulled it off the grill. Sure, I seasoned it with a bit of salt and pepper and some other things once on the grill, but the sweetness of the teriyaki and beer really made a difference.

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Happy People… Extended Episodes

Last year I wrote an article about the documentary “Happy People, a Year in the Taiga“. The documentary follows Siberian trappers as they make a life in the Taiga. Sometime back, the documentary was broken down into four separate one

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The Dangerous Side of Survival TV

Here is an eye opening account of what many of us already knew. Cody Lundin Pretty much dismantles the Survival TV business brick by Brick.

It’s a fairly long Story, but well worth the read, covering all the shows, not just Dual survival. It does talk of all the shenanigans the producers pulled and attempted to pull on the Cody and his cohost, however.

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On the wall of a tiny wood cabin outside Prescott, Arizona, hangs a large poster of Cody Lundin staring intensely with a thin half-smile. Below him is a quote: “Learn survival skills from an expert.” Lundin was one of the stars of the Discovery Channel series Dual Survivalfor three and a half of the show’s first four seasons, until he departed abruptly late last year. He has been a survival instructor, running his Aboriginal Living Skills School, since the early ’90s. This cabin is ostensibly the school’s store, though there’s little for sale beyond some knives, a few magnesium fire-starters, and small tubes of AfterBite.

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Diving Sparrow Kephart— REVIEW

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Most folks don’t know who Horace Kephart is, but to a lot of us he embodies what traditional camping is—a time when leather and canvas were synonymous with camping.

Horace Kephart, undoubtedly, romanticized camping with his book, “Camping and Woodcraft”, written in such prose as to spark the imagination of any young person in the field of camping.

Kephart, to many, is considered the dean of camping and as such has created a cult following of sorts.

I can’t deny he hasn’t affected me as well and as an homage I wanted a way to pay back the inspiration that was Kephart.

Every October there is a set of dates put aside for the commemoration of Kephart, known as Kephart days.

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How to Make Your Own Bacon

Hardly anything can compare with the sweet sound of bacon sizzling over an open campfire on a cool crisp morning as you quietly gaze over an open mist covered lake, as you sip on a hot cup of coffee.

Let’s face it, bacon is so awesome we even have a national bacon lover’s month. But what is even more awesome is making your own bacon.

Here’s an easy recipe that will have you licking your chops after you cook them up.

The recipe below is from Michael Ruhlman, with process modifications based on the guidance of our local charcuterie expert,

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Decoding California Trapping Law

Though California has major restrictions for many things, trapping being one of them, it is still possible to pursue it here, legally. In fact, trapping licenses can be gotten after taking a test and paying a fee to the DFG. The big thing for any budding trapper, here in California, is decoding the laws.

I’ve gone through the manual many times and have arranged important parts in an order that makes sense, as it relates to they methods of take and the animals.

To begin, throughout the manual one will find reference to fur bearing animals, so lets figure out which animals are considered fur bearing

According to the manual Fur Bearing mammals are the falling:

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Live Free or Die

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As if one is not already overwhelmed with the litany of survival type shows currently on television, NatGeo has introduced yet another to the already popular genre. But does it live up to the name? Tonight’s premiere episode introduced us

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34 Delicious things You can Cook Over a Campfire

As much as I enjoy camping and the sight and smell of a campfire, you’d be hard pressed to get me to make a campfire in the heat—not even for cooking. But, as fall is knocking on our door and the whether cools, oh baby, I’ll use any excuse to make a fire. And if I can cook something over it, even better.

Yeah I know we’re still in summer—Hell (pun intended), we are stepping into a heatwave this week, with the temps climbing, according to some websites 108 degrees—but I had to repost this great article I found. If nothing else for the images and the idea that in the next few short weeks I’ll be gett’n my outdoor cook on and trying out some of these.

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Foraging Apples

Nothing makes my mouth water like a good cold crisp Granny Smith Apple sliced up and dashed with a little hot sauce and salt. Of course Granny Smith Apples aren’t the only apples around. In fact, as we quickly approach fall, one can take delight in some wild apples.

Green Dean, one of my favorite bloggers, has a great article on apples in general, including wild ones

Wild Apples are one of the most common over-looked foraging foods. People take one taste, spit it out, and go on their way.

Because of the story of Johnny Appleseed (who was a real person) most folks think apples aren’t native to North America. There were plenty of apples here when Europeans arrived, but they were Wild Apples not cultivated apples. What’s the difference?

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