How to melt ice over a fire using rocks.

Melting Ice and Snow For Drinking Water

Methods for Melting Ice and Snow and Why it’s a Good Idea to Do So Often times eating snow can feel like a good way to wet your whistle, and many times it’s totally fine to do so. However eating cold snow when you are sitting in cold weather and not moving can drop your […]

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Making and Using a Hand Drill To Start a Fire

Hand Drill Fire Starting This is a great way to make a fire in the wild. Learning this method will surely increase your bushcraft survival skills. I will also show you a little secret that will make this much easier than you could imagine. A fire drill is usually one of the most difficult ways […]

Smoke signals for rescue

Signaling For Help – International Distress Signals/Markers

How To Signal For Help Using Various Methods In a situation where you need to be rescued, you might only get one good chance to alert people of your presence. Use these tactics to get a rescuers attention. Using Smoke Lighting a signal fire is likely the most obvious way to get an overhead chopper […]

water loss and dehydration signs

Water Loss and it’s Effects on your Body

The Effects of Dehydration Water is obviously a very important part of your body. In the table below, you can see just what will happen if you get dangerously dehydrated. The main reason I made this table is for you to able to identify just how dehydrated you or a companion might be. By observing […]

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How to Make a Survival Lean-to and Fire Reflector

Making a Lean-to Shelter The lean-to shelter is very easy to build and will offer pretty good protection from the elements. If properly constructed it should keep you dry and out of the wind. Follow the detailed images below and you can easily learn this important survival skill. To make this shelter you will only […]

How to make your own snowshoes step by step.

How To Make Snow Shoes in a Pinch

Making Snow Shoes in the Wilderness Step by Step This is a very easy process that will have you hiking on snow in no time flat! There are many times in my life where I have made these in the outdoors. They really work well and can make walking much easier in really heavy snow. […]

Dogs wearing backpacks

Dog Backpacks

Backpacks For Dogs – Styles and Tips A great way to ensure your dogs needs are met in the outdoors on a hike or backcountry trip is to keep the dog necessities right on your dogs back! Inside of a dog backpack you can easily fit a small bottle of water, a bag of food […]

Vegan hiking boots

Vegan Hiking Boots

Hiking Boot and Shoe Options For Vegans Many vegans are dead set on using only non animal based materials in everything they own. Frankly I have found that there are very limited options in this category. There are a lot of boots and shoes that are entirely synthetic and contain no leather or animal skin […]

Close up image of the petal of the pink monkey flower.

Red/Pink Monkey Flowers

The Red or Pink Monkey Flower (Mimulus lewisii) These are named this way by the head of the flower that looks like a happy monkey. They are a large snapdragon like plant usually growing in large bunches. They are also know as the Lewis Monkeyflower and are a member of the Figwort family. They also […]

Step 5 Making a jungle A frame shelter

Making a Jungle A Frame Shelter

How to make a Survival Jungle A-Frame Shelter For starters you will need:  Rope or cordage 7 sticks that can hold your body weight a tarp, blanket or sheet (preferably 2) Cutting tools (knife, ax, machete etc.) Step 1). Make your first “A” and attach it to the crotch of a tree, or heavy branches […]

Berries on the American Mountain ash tree

Greenes Mountain Ash – Wild Edible Plant

Greene,Western or Cascade Mountain Ash (Sorbus scopulina) These are quite common in the Rocky Mountains. You can eat the berries from this tree, however they can be a little strong tasting. They grow up to about 1-6 meters tall and are pretty easy to identify. Their berries are bright red or orange colored. On the […]

Leafy spurge invasive species close up.

Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia escula)

Leafy Spurge In the Rockies This is an invasive species brought over from Russia at some point in the early 1800′s. They are avoided by cattle and can be fatal if they eat too much. This plant can be found all over the Rockies. The Leafy spurge is a close relative to the Christmas plant […]