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    Skunk Ape Water Moccasin Big Cypress Hike.

    This is my second attempt in as many years to sniff out the Skunk ape. In fact I had an entire wish list including the following: 1. Skunk Ape. Not likely. 2. Florida Panther. Maybe but cats are so elusive. 3. Eastern Diamond back rattler. Maybe. 4. Black bear. Maybe. 5. Coral snake. Not...
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    Summer hammock camping on the Appalachian Trail.

    A friend came down from the cold north for a walk on the AT. The plan ended up being 45 miles for 5 days though the electronics said it was 58 miles as it measured each foot step. We got a late start on the first day so would have to pull some miles to get this done. Temps were in the 90's for...
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    Night Grape Vine Possum!!!!

    I was doing my standard 5-mile conditioning backpack night run. The weather was great. No bugs and the temps cooled down. For fun jogged a few miles using the MD2 Lithium ion low mode which can't be more than 5 lumens. Too stressful during the pitch black night off road. I guess if it...
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    Bushcraft Killed the Mora 911. Bonus Mora firecraft!!!!!

    Just a Mora knife rant and bonus Mora firecraft. Rant mode. As Bushcraft increased in popularity gear makers naturally wanted to cash in. Seems anything with "bushcraft" within the product description means a premium in pricing so Mora needed to do something which is only natural. So how...
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    Gear for a 21 plus mile night backpack jog.

    Friday night is often set aside for pushing myslef and testing gear. I like to experiment with covering a good amount of ground with a backpack. This is useful for both hiking and within my preparedness plans. The faster someone can safely cover ground to a destination the less overall exposure...
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    H&B Forge Lady's Hawk and Traditional Bushcraft Breakfast review!

    Here is my view of the H&B Forge Lady's Throwing Tomahawk and traditional bushcraft breakfast as seen on the internet. The real focus of review is the Lady's throwing hawk which can also go by another name, mouse hawk. I have never actually done the traditional bushcraft breakfast as seen on the...
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    Backpack Hot Tenting. Water, Wood and Power!

    Hot tenting is a term used to describe a heated tent shelter system. Today there are options for backpacking one over harsh terrain and longer range. For this outing I decided to go over the essentials of a backpacking hot tenting system. Hot tenting allows options which can be more difficult...
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    DIY Clip On Waterproof Bic Fire Starter Kit. Extra Duct Tape. Field tested!

    Back in 2012 I posted a few videos showing a DIY clip on modified Bic/Spark-lite firestarter that not only is waterproof but can clip on a pack. Some people noticed this gear item asking about it. I intended to post some more on the DIY fire kit but always had something else to do. Dirt time is...
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    I backpack ran over 20 miles today and liked it!

    Later in the afternoon I headed out for what promised to be a long conditioning run. The goal was to finally break 20 miles backpack trail running. This is a bit harder than running on a road IMHO because of the hills and rough ground. Some areas along the way were too difficult to jog because...
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    Fatwood Brimstone aka Sulfur Matches

    Once again the hydrocarbons are back and they're not messing around. Some years ago I got these fatwood Brimstone matches from a friend who runs a bushcraft school. Never did anything with them tossing 1/2 the lot into my larger flint and steel kit. Photos of my larger F&S kit were taken during...
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    Super charge your bow drill set. The mushroom of immortality.

    During a recent outing I failed to succeed with a bow drill set. It was cedar on cedar which often works for me. My intent was to try again at home using the same set to analyze what the issue in the field was. So let's GO! Worked the spindle over to make sure it was straight...
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    Day hike and Day camp.

    In the final installment of the MLL get out there challenge I did a day hike combined with a day camp. My intent was to cover a good distance and pratice marginal firecraft. Would also look for opportunities such as wild edibles. During the hike I was suffering from a progressively worsening...
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    20 miles with Hammock, MLL knife challenge and Parastove.

    As part of a challenge to get out there and use a knife, the MLL Amazon I went on a two day 20 mile backpack outing. I wanted to hike the harshest terrain around. A place I went through 10 years ago, avoiding doing so again till now. Also wished to use a shelter system which combines a hammock...
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    Birthday party friction fire.

    Today little guy during his 10th birthday party wanted to see his uncle spin a coal so off to the front yard the entire gang went. Not all bushcraft is done in the woods for fun or survival. Sometimes entertainment as well. I actually did two friction fires. One was on request the other was for...
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    Real firecraft for an actual outing.

    We see lots of stuff online showing firecraft practice and tutorials but what about in a real world setting such as a group outing. Fire with an intended purpose, not just for the purpose of showing though clearly lots of people show firecraft being used for cooking etc. No big deal and nothing...
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    3-day winter outing. Hot tent group outing. hot tent tents.

    It was time once again for my favorite group winter outing. Unlike many solo backpacking trips I didn't have to worry about pack weight. The sled with Kifaru EMR and large ALICE on board. The pack on my back. GO! Not much snow this year. Kinda surprised me. No...
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    The Revenant. Movie firecraft fact or fiction?

    I only saw the movie once and don't have a photographic memory, not by a long short. That said I noticed the main character started a fire using a carbon steel implement, in that case a fork, dry grass and blackpowder. So that got me thinking. 1. Would that method actually work? 2. Is it...
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    MLL Amazon initial impressions and sub zero outing review.

    This knife was sent as part of a "Get Outdoors" challenge from thomdarrah on Bushcraft USA. Very generous as the only expectations are that I get outdoors with the tool, do an overnighter and dayhike then post pics and video about it. Gosh that's what I like to do anyways! This is actually not...
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    Fall Foraging challenge outing. No food, water or modern firecraft implements.

    Disclaimer. Always carry multiple modern means of firestarting. Always pack enough water and a means to filter/purify more. Pack enough containers to carry potable water to satisfy your requirements. This was just to practice skills. The Challenge was complete an overnight bushcraft outing with...
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    Article: Some basic bowdrill tips and tricks.

    You can view the page at http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/content.php?r=741-Some-basic-bowdrill-tips-and-tricks