Choosing the Right Axe

When it comes to the outdoors, the tool most often associated with camping has got to be the axe. Axes were the first tools invented for chopping trees and building shelters-but the usefulness doesn’t stop there, axes can also be used for splitting wood, hammering in tent pegs, and according to legend even shaving.

There are as many different styles of axes as there are regions in the world. The axe has evolved over the centuries into what we commonly see today. There are three different sizes of axes. The hatchet, the long handled axe, and the splitting maul. Each axe has its own place in the outdoors and if properly cared for by keeping the splitting edge sharp and the axe dry, will last a lifetime.

choosing the right ax

Hatchets are used for splitting small logs or kindling of about 2” in diameter.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Camouflage Techniques

Camouflage is the art of blending yourself or an object into the surrounding environment. Animals and armies around the world have been using these techniques for centuries, but now photographers, paint ballers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts are using camouflage techniques as well.

camouflage clothing for hunting outdoors

Commercially available crypsis patterns such as this are effective at camouflaging a person who is not moving in the woods. Ideal for hunting.

Camouflage is the main defense of many sea and land animals. Skin and fur colours allow animals to hide from, and seek their prey with ease by either blending into their surroundings, or by distracting other animals as to their location and speed.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Staying Warm Outdoors

If there is one thing people like, it’s being warm. Without warmth in the outdoors we are susceptible to hypothermia, chills, colds, or at the least one very long weekend, and that thought’s just downright chilling. Staying warm, but not too warm, in the outdoors is a very important part of the outdoor survival basics.

how to stay warm outdoors

Know how to stay warm when outdoors in the winter

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

How to Build an Emergency Shelter

Shelter is one of the basic elements of survival. Along with food or water, a good shelter is necessary to survive. Shelters have been constructed from nearly every material on the planet at one point or another in history. Some are huge castles made from stone, others are lightweight tents made from fabric or animal skins. All have three purposes, to keep the occupants safe, warm and dry. A good shelter can be constructed quickly from almost anything and almost anywhere.

how to build an outdoor shelter

Even a rough shelter of leaves and branches can help in an emergency outdoors

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

First Aid Basics

Getting injured in the outdoors when you are miles from a hospital is a serious topic. No one likes to think about getting hurt and many people avoid putting together a proper first-aid kit or taking the time to complete a training course in first-aid because of this. The possible medical conditions that can affect someone are numerous. Anything from a heart attack to splinters are all possible and must be prepared for whether you are on a hike in the woods, at work, an extended camping trip or in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

first aid basics

Having a good first aid kit is the best step to good outdoor survival

This is a daunting task to say the least when you think about how much equipment a modern hospital has in its inventory, but there are some items you can purchase that will help. With the high cost of medical supplies and the likelihood of what you will actually need, shop carefully and try to purchase items that can be used in as many different situations as possible. Read the rest of this article »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Building a Duck Blind

A duck blind is best built in the late summer along the shore line of where you intend to hunt. Choose a location where you know the ducks will land and pick an area to build your blind where the shot from your gun will not hit anyone or anything.

how to build a duck blind

A simple horizontal frame and masking materials are all that is required to build a good duck blind.

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The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is one of the most astounding trails for hikers in the world. The Appalachian Trail is approximately 2,200 miles (3,800km) long and runs continuously from the states of Georgia to Maine passing through an incredible 14 states. Any serious hiker needs to attempt to hike part if not all of this trail in their lifetime.

The Appalachian Trail was opened in 1923 and ran from Bear Mountain to Arden, New York. Although short, it was destined to grow-and grow it did. After the 1925 Appalachian Trail conference in Washington D.C. the Appalachian Trail Conservatory was founded and finally the man-power existed to start blazing and mapping trails.

hiking the appalacian trail

The Appalachian Trail has amazing views at all times of the year, particularly in fall near Mount Minsi.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Buying Snowshoes

Snowshoes were invented centuries ago by the aboriginal peoples of North America. Snowshoes made it easy for people to walk through the winter conditions without sinking into the snow with every step. This was important both for nomadic tribes and those which needed to hunt to survive the cold winters. The first European settlers quickly adopted snowshoes to help travel around the many trap lines they established.

buying snowshoes for winter hunting

These traditional snowshoes are based on Algonquin, Huron and Ojibwa designs however the bindings are modern versions of the original leather bindings.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson