I got a new pack, the Osprey Exos 38.

Well, I done did it. I gotta a new pack. As much as I value my own path, I’m always open to ideas and tools which make sense and help me become more efficient. After repeatedly reading about the Osprey Exos series of packs and how comfortable they are, my impulse could no longer be … Read more

Entre Lobos (Among Wolves) Movie

Entre Lobos Among Wolves Movie

Synopsis Shot in Spanish, Entre Lobos (Among Wolves) tells the remarkable story of a poor country boy named Marcos, who at the age of 7 is handed over to his father’s employer, a rich landowner, who in turn delivers him to a life of labor with a hermetic shepherd in an isolated valley in Sierra … Read more

Ferro Rod vs. Bic Lighter

Ferro Rod vs. Bic Lighter

This article grew out of a post I started on Dirttime.com and Facebook as a way to summarize and discuss some thoughts and findings on the often hotly debated topic of ferro (ferrocerium) rods, versus lighters— Bic during quick research. It has been a commonly held belief the ferro rod is superior than a Bic … Read more

Kephart on Sheath Knives

On the subject of hunting knives, I am tempted to be diffuse. In my green and callow days (perhaps not yet over) I tried nearly everything in the knife line, from a shoemaker’s skiver to a machete, and I had knives made to order. The conventional hunting knife is, or was until quite recently, of the … Read more

Botany in a Day Book Review

Botany in a Day Book Review

Part of your outdoor survival and self reliance education should include knowledge of plants. The learning, however, can be overwhelming, so much so that it can scare some people off from learning it all together. Fortunately, however, even just learning a few plant families can greatly increase your knowledge, even if you don’t know the … Read more

Native American Ethnobotany Review

Native American Ethnobotany Review

Not too long ago, I received an email from a student, asking if I could point her in the right direction of a resource that could help her with the Native American uses of plants. And while there are many, only one resource came to mind when she said Native American, and it is a … Read more

Darn Tough Socks. Not Just Another Sock Review

Darn Tough Socks. Not Just Another Sock Review

There are many items I have I really don’t give much thought to and for that reason don’t give any thought to writing a review about them. But as I walked out of REI today with four pairs of socks totaling $70, I realized some people would think I’m nuts for having spent that kind … Read more

Diving Sparrow Kephart Review

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 … Read more

Teva Arrowood Trail Shoe Review

When I received the call for a new project lasting two and a half months, I decided to get myself a new pair of shoes able to last the long twelve to thirteen hour days. More than anything, I needed shoes able to help me survive the long days of running around on varied terrain. … Read more