We’ve all heard stories of people who went on a day hike or afternoon hunting outing when disaster struck. A short hike or hunt turned into three days lost in the woods, or even worse, the person went missing for weeks and was never heard from again. Backwoods calamities happen every year in America and beyond.
I’ll never forget the moment when all of the stars aligned: good weather, a dead apple tree, a south-facing slope, the day before Mother’s Day—and there it was. Peeking up through the dead leaves below me was the first morel mushroom I’d found on purpose, and I beamed with pride. Since that significant day, I’ve become a hopeless, morel-mushroom-hunting addict.
I love spending time outside and interacting with the environment around me. However, nothing bothers me more than ticks, and ever since I can remember, I’ve hated these little buggers. While you can’t totally avoid interacting with ticks, you can do certain things to prevent being bitten.
A lot of movies, TV shows, and survival stories have shown people that sucking the venom out of a snakebite is the best thing you can do if you get bitten by a snake. The majority of people have perpetuated this survival myth, and they have it deeply embedded in their minds. I believe it’s time to address this myth and tell things the way they are.
Any serious prepper will have a bunch of survival bags set up in various locations for a number of potential disasters. Everyone talks about what these bags should include, but almost no one talks about the bag itself. Today, that situation changes, and we’ll look at how we can choose a bag that should last more than the resources it holds.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 10 to 50 million Americans develop allergic rashes to poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac every year. These plants grow almost everywhere in the United States, except Alaska, Hawaii, and some desert regions of Nevada.
Stepping over rocks while on a remote trail is a good way to lose your balance and twist your ankle. Not so much a problem if you are near home, it becomes a major problem if you are miles from a trail.
Footcare should become a priority to those that spend a great deal of time in the outdoors. After all, your feet are perhaps the most important part of your engine, and they carry you wherever you need to go. Here is an introduction to footcare in the field.
If you don’t properly care for and maintain your gear, even expensive gear won’t serve you well for long.
Strength in numbers is a clichéd expression, yet it’s still vitally important when discussing organisms that can possibly kill you on contact. The enemies in question are bees, and they can be one of the most underestimated adversaries you face in the great outdoors or even in your very own backyard.
Backcountry travel has a way of showing us how our daily lives are killing us with too much comfort. In the great outdoors, you carry your home on your back, each day you have to dress as Mother Nature tells you to, and showers become a luxury compared to “back home.”
Anyone who has ever spent a night under a tent in the great outdoors should be more or less familiar with the basic standard for choosing a wilderness campsite. Nothing beats a rewarding day out in nature, and having a safe place to lay your head down at night is mandatory to start fresh the next day.
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.