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.


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


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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5 Tips For Choosing The Right Fishing Rod


Have you ever gone fishing and noticed the person fishing next to you seems to be able to cast a country mile, yet you can’t, even though it seems both of you are using the same length rod? The truth is a little science in rod selection was behind his/her ability to do so.

Not too long ago, I was on the hunt for a new rod to match my reel (Like I needed another setup), so, reel in hand, I set out to a sporting good store that has a good selection of rods.

After using the new guide concept method and checking to see if the guides lined to form a bullseye, by sighting down the stripper guide, I quickly was disillusioned by the many offerings of even some of the more expensive rods…

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Campfire Club of America

Welp, it looks like our friends over at Masterwoodsman.com have hit it out of the park with this one, yet again!
The videos contained in the article are priceless, in my opinion

I’d no idea of such club, and after reading the article I have only one question… Where do I sign up?


Last year I wrote an article which included an excerpt from the book,On Your Own in the Wilderness by Townsend Whelen and Bradford Angier. In that article was a quote mentioning the Camp-Fire Club of America (CFCA). I, and my friends who study and appreciate Classic Camping, have seen mention of the CFCA in text from the early 1900′s and obviously up to the late 50′s; however, we assumed they simply did not exist these days. And little did we know the extent to which they have and what they continue to do for conservation.

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