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A Bushcraft Camping Outfit - Equipment for Living in the Woods

A Bushcraft Camping Outfit - Equipment for Living in the Woods
The author's bushcraft camping outfit. See below for numbered version and listing. Photo: Paul Kirtley. Whether you are camping in the woods for a weekend or staying out for weeks, this bushcraft camping outfit is a good base model. One of the considerations for my kit is that it has to provide good durability for the cost. A Modular Approach As I’ve mentioned in other articles, I take a modular approach to my wilderness bushcraft equipment. Reduction One thing I’ve learnt over the years is that less is often more. Bushcraft Camping Equipment The author's bushcraft camping outfit. Shelter and Sleeping Kit 1. 2. 3. 4. Tarp set up for camping. Carrying Kit 5. 6. as my rucksack liner. Cooking and Water 7. Billy can kit - stuff sack, billy can, billy can insert, collapsible water bag (MSR Dromedary), and collapsible bowl (Sea to Summit Kitchen Sink). 8. 9. 10. 11. Personal Hygiene 12. containing toilet paper, wet wipes, alcohol hand-gel and a cigarette lighter. 13. Clothing 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.

The Top 100 Items to Disappear First by Mr. Smashy Survival Cache You could also call this “The Top 100 Things You should start stocking up on.” Even if you don’t need more than 2 (you should always have 2 of everything) each item on this list will be great for bartering. I’ve linked to a couple of the items you are less likely to find at Wal-Mart and other local stores. Generators Water Filters/Purifiers Portable Toilets Seasoned Firewood Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps Coleman Fuel. What’s Missing? What do you think will disappear before these things that’s not on the list? Reprinted with permission from Survival Cache.

An Ax to Grind: A Practical Ax Manual, 9923-2823-MTDC, Getting the Hang of It (continued) Sharpening "Putting your nose to the grindstone" implies tedious, repetitious, and unending work. You will find that sharpening a dull or abused ax is indeed tedious and repetitious, but to do it right you have to do it slowly (Figure 62). Figure 62-The right way and wrong way to use a grinding wheel (drawings by Frederic H. Never use an electric high-speed dry bench grinder to sharpen your ax. If you don't have a pedal grindstone, your options are limited to a file and whetstone. Figure 63-Tools for sharpening (clockwise from top left) include leather gloves; ax-bit width gauges; 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch mill bastard files; Carborundum scythe stone; Carbor-undum ax stone; file card; and grooved Carborundum sharpening stone. Fit your file with a guard to protect your hands (Figure 64). Figure 64--File guards help keep your fingers away from the sharpened ax blade. Clamp the ax to the bench at a comfortable height (Figure 65). Now it is time to hone the edge with a whetstone.

10 Fascinating Cases of Mind Control Animals Controlling the minds of other living creatures is simply the stuff of science fiction right? Well for some creatures becoming a real live zombie is a daily hazard. Here are 10 examples of real parasitic behavior modifications. Phorid flies Pseudacteon The genus Pseudacteon, of which 110 species have been documented, is a parasitoid of the ant in South America. Toxoplasma gondii is a common parasite the definitive host of which is the cat, but the parasite can be carried by all known mammals including humans. Euhaplorchis Californiensis This parasite lives in the gut of shorebirds and produces eggs that are released in the bird’s stool which are spread into the salt-water marshes and ponds of southern California. Jewel Wasp Ampulex Compressa When a female jewel wasp is ready to lay its egg it finds a cockroach and administers two stings. Hairworm Spinochordodes Tellinii This worm’s larva develops and grows inside orthopteran insects (grasshoppers, crickets, etc.). Lancet Liver Fluke

Edible and Medicinal Plants The information on this page is presented in an older format. We have vastly expanded our edible plants information with far more information, and far more plants. You can find this information at our new site Abal Calligonum comosum Description: The abal is one of the few shrubby plants that exists in the shady deserts. This plant grows to about 1.2 meters, and its branches look like wisps from a broom. Habitat and Distribution: This plant is found in desert scrub and waste in any climatic zone. Edible Parts: This plant's general appearance would not indicate its usefulness to the survivor, but while this plant is flowering in the spring, its fresh flowers can be eaten. Acacia Acacia farnesiana Description: Acacia is a spreading, usually short tree with spines and alternate compound leaves. Habitat and Distribution: Acacia grows in open, sunny areas. Note: There are about 500 species of acacia. Edible Parts: Its young leaves, flowers, and pods are edible raw or cooked.

Arming Yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Build the Ultimate Survival Shotgun Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. As a Survival and Preparedness instructor, I take my line of work very seriously–sometimes too seriously. Occasionally, though, I like to take on survival projects that are just downright fun. This article highlights one of those projects. I’m fortunate in that I’ve been able to turn my passion into my profession–this being the study of Survival and Preparedness. Ultimately your survival needs fall into five main categories. WaterFireShelterSignalingFood Every survival kit must include contents that directly or indirectly meet these five basic survival needs. Mossberg 500 Pump Action Shotgun Before Survival/Zombie Modifications I will now break down each survival modification and detail why it was included in the final build. Ammunition First things first: the gun itself. Your Arsenal: Bird Shot, Buck Shot, and Slugs In addition to hunting, a shotgun is an excellent self-defense weapon. Side Saddle on the Stock Saw

Backpacking Dinner Recipes - Wild Backpacker End your day with a delicious, energy-restoring meal Who says you can’t eat well while backpacking? After hiking all day, end the night with a dinner that isn’t short on nutrition or taste. Below is our collection of backpacking dinner recipes to prepare before the hike and enjoy prior to your night’s rest. Because the last thing you want to do while hiking or backpacking is dirty pots and pans, most of our dinner recipes can be prepared in just a single zip lock bag! Ham and Pea Ramen 1-2 packages Ramen noodles1/2 cup dried peasParmesan cheeseHamRed pepper flakes At home: Repack Ramen noodles and dried peas into one zip lock bag, throwing away the flavor packs. On the trail: Add noodles and peas to a pot of boiling water. Cheesy Bacospuds 2 1/4 cup instant potatoes1/2 cup instant dry milk1 packet Butter Buds1 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley flakes1 1/2 Tbsp dried onionsSalt and pepper to taste3/4 cup crumbled bacon1 package powdered cheese spread Tuna Spaghetti Backpacking Biscuits Alpine Pasta

Extraordinary Claims Wildwood Survival - Wilderness Survival, Tracking, Nature, Wilderness Mind Swedish Firesteel Army Model In the world of man, names are very important. McClane. Rambo. Basic Backpacking Menu Planning What’s on Chef Glenn's backpacking menu? I rustle up familiar comfort foods like Mashed Potatoes with Meat & Vegetables or Mexican Beef and Rice with Peppers. By combining one meat, one vegetable, and one starch, I get a tasty meal with lots of color and texture; and the balanced nutrition I need to tackle the next leg of the trail. My basic backpacking menu plan accomplishes three objectives: Reduce meal weight to three ounces or less with a dehydrator.Vary meals with interchangeable ingredients that I like to eat.Cook and eat in a small pot using ½ ounce of fuel or less. Removing water from food (but not the flavor and nutrition) with a dehydrator can cut the food weight in your pack by two-thirds. Meat & Beans (¼ Cup Dried) such as: Ground Beef or TurkeySliced Ham, Turkey, or Roast BeefShrimp, Tuna, Crab LegsBeans (Pre-cooked Black, Red, White, Pinto, etc…) Vegetables (¼ Cup Dried) such as: Starch Base (½ Cup Dried) such as: ¼ Cup Meat or Beans¼ Cup Vegetables½ Cup Starch Base1 Cup Water

10 Ways Our Minds Warp Time How time perception is warped by life-threatening situations, eye movements, tiredness, hypnosis, age, the emotions and more… The mind does funny things to our experience of time. Just ask French cave expert Michel Siffre. In 1962 Siffre went to live in a cave that was completely isolated from mechanical clocks and natural light. When he tried to measure out two minutes by counting up to 120 at one-second intervals, it took him 5 minutes. But you don’t have to hide out in a cave for a couple of months to warp time, it happens to us all the time. 1. People often report that time seems to slow down in life-threatening situations, like skydiving. But are we really processing more information in these seconds when time seems to stretch? To test this, Stetson et al. (2007) had people staring at a special chronometer while free-falling 50 metres into a net. 2. We’ve all experienced the fact that time seems to fly when we’re having fun. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Time is relative