Archive for September, 2012

How To Escape From a Sinking Car

As soon as you hit the water, open your window. This is your best chance of escape, because opening the door will be very difficult given the outside water pressure. (To be safe, you should drive with the windows and doors slightly open whenever you are near water or are driving on ice.) Opening the […]

Bushcraft: Making Fire With The Bow Drill

When you are first learning bow-drill fire-making, you must make conditions and your bow drill set such that the chance of getting a coal is the greatest. If you do not know the feeling of a coal beginning to be born then you will never be able to master the more difficult scenarios. For this […]

How To Protect You & Your Family From Civil Unrest Abroad

Each year thousands of people around the world are killed or injured in riots or other forms of civil unrest. As recent riots in places as varied as Dubai, Paris, and San Bernardino, California, suggest, civil unrest can occur just about anywhere where there are enough people. The best way to stay safe during these […]

Edible Wild Plants: Mountain Cranberry (Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea)

The Mountain Cranberry (Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea) needs no introduction to northern peoples, for it is one of the staple fruits of all northern lands. In fact, the Norwegians have so long depended upon this fruit that the Norwegian colonists who have settled in the Middle West import the berries in vast quantities from Norway and from […]

Emergency Food For Babies

Infants and very small children would be the first victims of starvation during and after a pandemic, unless special preparations are made on their behalf. They need foods that are more concentrated and less rough. Most American mothers do not nurse their infants, and if a family’s supply of baby foods were exhausted the parents […]

Edible Wild Plants: Common Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus)

Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) is an annual plant native to the Americas. It possesses a large inflorescence (flowering head). The sunflower is named after its huge, fiery blooms, whose shape and image is often used to depict the sun. It has a rough, hairy stem, broad, coarsely toothed, rough leaves and circular heads of flowers. The […]

Basic Automobile Winter Survival Kit

The first week of September has finally arrived this year and with that marks the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall and then Winter. For must of us in the northern parts of the United States and the world we experience some pretty harsh winters on occasion. Winter travel, especially by passenger cars […]

Edible Wild Plants: Chokeberry (Prunus Virginiana)

Chokeberry (Prunus Virginiana) also known as bitter-berry, or Virginia bird cherry is a species of bird cherry (Prunus subgenus Padus) native to North America, where it is found almost throughout the continent except for the Deep South and the far north. The raw berries have a good flavor but are very puckery, much as choke-cherries. […]

How to Start a Fire in the Rain

Fire needs 3 elements to survive: Fuel, Air, and Heat. This is known as the “Combustion Triangle”. Deprive a fire of any one of the elements and it dies. Water does two things; it deprives a fire of oxygen and it cools the temperature to below the combustion point of the fuel being used. Our […]

Bushcraft Soap: How to Make Soap in the Woods

Soap making in the woods can be an almost automatic thing. Anyone who’s done much camping knows that, if you throw some white ashes from a hardwood fire into your frying pan after dinner, the lye in the ash will combine with the fat from the cooking to make a crude soap. This works fine […]

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