The early fur trappers who worked the icy streams of the Rocky Mountains lived a hard, lonely life. With the westward push of pioneers and gold seekers still years in the coming, the trappers of the early 18008 had the alpine meadows, the craggy peaks, and the rolling hills of the high country virtually all to themselves.
The instructor in the survival class was standing outside a lean-to shelter constructed of parachute nylon. As the sun beat down on his students, it was difficult for them to imagine the frozen environment which he was describing.
You are a family man. You work at least 40 hours per week. You have children to take care of, a yard or small garden to tend, and in your spare time, you read articles such as this one in hopes of finding valuable information for you and your loved ones.
Mankind’s greatest achievement is the “invention” of fire, and our entire evolution was possible with the help of fire. Few things are more essential to survival than fire, and making fire without matches should be one of your survival skills.
The desert can be a demanding environment to put it lightly. Never — repeat — never underestimate the serious nature of desert survival and the plethora of problems it can create for you. Being in sound physical condition before it’s too late is one way of preventing or lessening the effects of fatigue. Never work so hard at a given task that exhaustion sets in. When the senses become dulled from exhaustion, your predicament takes a potential turn for the worse.
In late summer and early autumn is the best time of the year to forage for some tasty berries. The best berries listed in this article are easy to spot, often grow in quantity, and are easy to collect. Since these are the best berries you can get your hands on, expect a lot of competition.
I remember back in 2007 the story about a National Park Service biologist working at the Grand Canyon that died after contracting the Black Death, also known as wildlife disease. If you like to go hunting or trapping is part of your survival skillset, you should take all the necessary precautions to avoid contacting wildlife disease.
In the United States, the wild hog numbers are soaring and farmers across the nation are being harassed by these invasive animals. The main problem is that no one really knows the exact number of these feral porkers and they seem to be running around the countries undisturbed. Luckily, the wild hog hunter can help trim their population and hopefully, stop them from conquering new grounds.
The rope is one of the oldest tools known to man. For thousands of years, man has twisted vines and plant fibers to make rope. Primitive man first used rope to bind simple tools to handles.
When survival foraging is on my “TO DO” list for the week, I often referred to, what I call a rule of fair foraging, “Reap where you did not sow, but only if it would otherwise go unused unless you take it?” And it’s amazing how much goes unused . . . especially in community gardens.
Everybody knows what full-automatic fire is, but how many of us know what it’s like? Military veterans will remember the experience they had during Basic Training, where they may have had a brief orientation and fired off several short bursts on full-auto.
Sexual assault is a common occurrence in our modern society, and it seems that this subject is not given the proper attention it deserves. Even worse, few women acknowledge the fact that they may one day be subjected to such a scenario.
It has been nearly two hours since we left camp. The aspen trees rustle in the ravine below us as we walk in the shadow of a desolate rock ridge. There are no brushwood or trees on this barren trail. It will be another mile before we are cloaked by the forest. The rest of the crew are coming up behind us with more equipment. I think my bladder shall burst.