Archive for the ‘General Outdoors’ Category

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Establish Location when Lost

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How to find your location when you’re lost

Nobody likes to get lost, so when this happens what do you do? Much of how you determine your location depends on where you are lost. Perhaps you are in a strange city, on a highway in a snow storm, or out in the middle of the woods. Each situation has it’s own unique challenges to establishing your location. Staying alive and arriving at your destination in one piece are all part of the Outdoor Survival Basics series.

No matter where you are lost, the first thing to do is remain calm, stop moving or pull over, and begin to figure out where you are. This can be accomplished in many different ways. If you are in a city find someone friendly and ask where you are, and how you can get to your intended destination. Don’t be shy, we have all had to do this at one point in our lives. Just try to do it before the squabbling with your travel partner begins.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Outdoor Survival Basics

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Know what to do when you get lost in the outdoors. Ten steps to outdoor survival basics.

Getting lost whether travelling on vacation, or out hiking in the woods can be a frustrating and even scary experience. While most people are found within a few hours of getting lost, others can spend much more time stranded.

There is no single reason people become lost and the reasons can vary from sliding off the road in winter weather, losing track of direction while driving or boating, to accidents while hiking or hunting.

Following these 10 simple steps and carrying the proper basic equipment will help keep you safe until help arrives and ensure your survival.

While actual priorities may change based on the situation, the topics listed below represent the most important things to remember and are listed in the order they should be addressed. When this survival series is complete, each section will link to a more complete article on that step. Make sure to read through them all.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Finding Water in an Emergency

Water is the most essential nutrient to life. Humans, animals and plants all need fresh water to survive. An adult human can consume nearly half a gallon (2 litres) or more during physical activity on a hot day so access to fresh drinking water during an emergency is one of the most important parts of the outdoor survival basics.

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Fresh water is one of the most important aspects to survival

Collecting Water – The Tools
There are several ways to collect and purify water. The most important item you can carry with you, or keep in your vehicle is a metal container that is capable of carrying and withstanding boiling temperatures. A metal coffee tin, canteen, or even an old soft drink can works well. Make sure to remove any plastic coatings from inside the can by heating it before you boil the water as this coating can melt and contaminate it. Stainless steel water bottles of 500ml to 1 Litre size work well and are practically unbreakable. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson