Deboning Smoking Trout, Easy Way

Deboning and Smoking Trout, The Easy Way

As I gather my gear for the family camp trip, I find myself researching new things I can try for cooking. The cobbler, biscuits, bacon and so forth is a no brainer, but since this trip is headed to one of my favorite trout fishing destinations—Kern River— I’ve decided to look into some different ways … Read more

Measuring Width without Tools

Measuring Width without Tools

I’ve  written an on how to calculate the width of an area using nothing more than your compass. John McCann told me as soon as he read that article, it reminded him of a method his father shared with him at a younger age. His method didn’t require a compass and there was no need … Read more

How to Fix a Broken Zipper

How to Fix a Broken Zipper

We all have gear that use zippers—pants, packs, jackets, etc. At some point, and usually when you least want it to, the zipper will break. At best the zipper slides. At worst, it is jammed leaving you unable to access your gear. Before you decide to throw out the gear, while kicking and swearing, check … Read more

Cold Process Soap Making

The following are some videos that should help you with cold process soap making… The Best Cold Process Soap Recipe by Heart’s Content Farmhouse Basic Cold Process Soap Making Video by The King’s Roost

Why I Don’t EDC a Knife Anymore

Why I Don’t EDC a Knife Anymore

Two days ago, I made a pretty bold statement—A knife is likely the least important tool for a wilderness survival kit. That statement wasn’t exactly made in haste. It’s something that had been brewing inside of me for quite some time. For several years, I, too, carried a knife—always a folder and sometimes a fixed blade … Read more

Ultralight doesn’t have to be Expensive

Ultralight doesn’t have to be Expensive

Many people mistakenly believe going ultralight is expensive. While it can be, more often than not, it is less expensive than your non-ultralight counterparts. Here are some quick action steps you can do today to lighten your pack, as well as saving you some money before you make the decision to buy. The first obvious … Read more

Improved Bow and Drill

Friction fire is one of the most sought after skills. People spend many frustrating hours trying to make fire by rubbing two pieces of wood together. The most common method is the bow and drill. You have all the right materials in place, you have read everything you could possibly get your hands on about … Read more

CELESTIAL NAVIGATION (using stars)

What is LURD? L.U.R.D, which stands for left, up, right, down is a unique way of finding what direction you are facing using any star in the night sky. Why not just use Polaris (North Star)? The answer is quite simple. With so many stars in the galaxy, it can be quite daunting to figure … Read more

Campfire Reflector Wall Doesn’t Work… Part 2

Campfire Reflector Wall Doesn’t Work… Part 2

Last week I wrote an article on the science of why a campfire reflector wall, as shown in the original article, doesn’t work to reflect heat the way we have been led to believe for so many years. I explained how the Inverse Square Law affects the heat radiation, so there would be no noticeable … Read more