unless you live in a swamp, tropical environment or in the southwest, a machete is just about worthless. considering the average machete is 1/8 or less thick, they’re too thin for battoning. you can also forget about splitting with one since they lack the required mass, and anyone who digs with their cutting tool(s) is foolish beyond belief. digging sticks are used for that task to preserve the edge on the tool you intended to dig with. a garden trowel is better yet. if you really think you need to clear under brush and grasses, the woodsman’s pal or even the ontario rtak 2 are more practical choices.
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The instinct to survive is in our blood. For centuries, it has fueled us to find food, water, fire and shelter, no matter what the situation may be. However, survival hinges on more than just the skills to satisfy basic needs. True survival requires preparation and resourcefulness, and compiling the right plan and proper gear well before the going gets tough. It's having the capacity to expect the worst and be ready for when it happens. Whether a dead car battery leaves you trapped in a snowstorm, or misreading a trail map leaves you alone, lost and hungry in the backcountry, being prepared with the right survival equipment can make the ultimate difference in an emergency situation. With reliable brands like UST, Ultimate Survival, and more, you'll find the most reliable and durable survival tools here at OpticsPlanet.
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In the event of flooding, fire, or extreme weather, urban bug out bags mean getting your family to safety quickly without forgetting essentials like medicine, diapers, cash, first aid, or contact lenses. Even if the threat never materializes, you reduce your overall stress by knowing you just pick up your bags and GO. Your concentration remains on your family’s safety, not on packing up supplies.
“I always carry a fixed-blade knife,” says Matthew Sanders, a retired Army Ranger who worked the aftermath of Irma and Harvey. “It’s good for a lot of jobs, and I can tie it to a stick for a hunting spear.” His knife requirements are simple: a stainless-steel blade around four inches or less, to abide by most state knife laws. The 4.4-inch TSR has a compartment in the handle that stores sewing needles, fishhooks, and line. The sheath holds a magnesium rod to spark a fire, a ceramic sharpening edge, and a signaling mirror. $90
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Excellent Paul. It’s hard to top off your article as it is comprehensive a plenty. I used tin cans to cook in when I was young and have survived to tell the tale, although nowadays, the cans are mostly coated with plastics and vinyls, yuk. But a cheap container bought at a dollar store (or thrift shoppe) will serve well to start. I do have a suggestion, and it’s not really bushcrafty, but perhaps a sharp whistle in case of emergency? And it cannot be overstated that correct seasonal clothing is essential as your first shelter. The trick is to use what equipment you got and use it well. Enjoy the outdoors, it’s not a competition, it’s an experience. Work with nature, never against it. Keep it simple. Keep it safe.
Thanks for yet another handy, informative sharing of experience and knowledge. I would be torn between, a map and compass combination, something to do after dark (in the winter) or a friend to share the experience with. I always enjoyed practicing with friends, I appreciate that some people might rather acquire the skills alone if self conscious. However i think that for a total novice knowing that they are not alone could be a good thing in the dark of a wood or forest at night. this is just my thoughts, based on the fact that my son is 12 years old. please guys always tell someone responsible your plans. Where you will be going and when they should expect you back by.

I became interested in Mors Kochanski after learning about his "Super Shelters." A most useful adaptation of the Super Shelter concept is the "Harlton Hacienda" developed by Mors' assistant instructor. This shelter can be set up in minutes and keep you alive in the most bitter cold (although it reportedly may require a pickup truck size pile of small firewood to heat overnight). I had access to Mors' "Northern Buschcraft" published in 1988 and widely regarded as a classic on bushcraft in the Canadian boreal forest. There is no mention of the super shelters in this book, but it is old. Along comes a "new" book by Mors with a new title "Bushcraft" published in 2014. Mors' is clearly very proud of his super shelter concept in his youtube videos, yet there is no mention whatsoever of these shelters in his "brand new" book. Why?
The iRonsnow Solar Emergency Weather Radio is a AM/FM & NOAA radio, meaning it broadcasts weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office. Besides, giving weather updates this emergency radio is also a LED flashlight, and cell phone charger. It comes with three charging options micro usb, hand crank or solar. If you are stranded without power you can still charge your radio by just cranking it. Its light weight of less than one pound and compact body make it easy to fit in your emergency kits or backpack. This is a great radio to have if you live in an area that gets heavy snow storms or hurricanes. PROS: Functions as radio, flashlight, and phone charger. CONS: The hand crank charging can take a while to work. Image Courtesy of Amazon
Love your blog, and this was another great article. I’m a budding US outdoorsman, meaning I spend more time reading and learning about outdoor life/ bushcraft / survivalism than I actually get to practice it. After reading this article, I had the thought to search for an agenda for a bushcraft excursion, both a day trip and an overnight trip. What I mean is a checklist of things to accomplish, like one might get from a class in order to demonstrate what has been learned. ie, navigate to a location, process wood and make a fire, set up a shelter (for overnight trips), and so on.
Radio transceiver, standard VHF marine when operating near inland shore, 121.5 MHz AM VHF guard channel capable aircraft band transceiver to contact rescuers and high overflying commercial and military aircraft visible by contrails, an optional amateur radio if a licensed radio amateur, (see Ham Radio) or an AM/FM/Weather/Shortwave radio receiver to receive precise time for celestial navigation as well as weather information 50+ Wilderness Survival Tips!
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