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Important Knots For Bass Anglers

<b>Ever Feel Like You’re Missing That Special Fishing Knot?</b><p>How many times have you been out on a bass fishing trip facing a specific situation where a …

Top 13 Outdoor Camping Tent Designs We Love

Sometimes it’s fun to give up the comfort of staying at a hotel and to just use a tent instead. It’s adventurous and it can be a great experience. …

Half of all Americans Won’t Survive 2 Weeks without Electricity

Survival Skills: The Figure 4 Deadfall

The figure-four deadfall is often the first trap illustrated in the trapping chapter of your handy pocket survival guide. As a result, it's often the …

A Bushcraft Camping Outfit - Equipment for Living in the Woods

Whether you are camping in the woods for a weekend or staying out for weeks, this bushcraft camping outfit is a good base model. It forms my standard …

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All Terrain Trailer | By Campa Usa

Campa USA manufactures great expedition solutions. The All Terrain Trailers are truly engineered products, with every component receiving critical …

5 Knots You Need to Know How to Tie at All Times

We’re doing something different today with our Knot of the Week series and taking a look at five knots that you should know how to tie at all times. …

Tarp knots Infographic

Rigging a tarp or dining fly provides shelter from the wind and rain and shade from the sun. I often use a tarp rather than a tent because there’s …

Survival

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Life Saving Rope Skills

By on23 January 2012 in Knots<p>The most important knots in the world<p>The bowline (rhymes with “colon”) is reputedly the most important knot in the …

The Ultimate Guide To Starting A Fire In The Rain

It might be my imagination, but it seems that emergencies always bring bad weather along with them. Just when you need some sunshine and cool …

Field Dressing Deer: Fix Your Most Common Mistakes

So it’s hunting season and you’re standing over a deer you’ve just “reduced to possession,” as writers of hunting regulations like to put it. For …

7 Steps to Better Backpack Hunting

By Nate Simmons<p>In our Backpacking column, we spend a lot of time talking about very specific things. While these are all very important, sometimes …

Choosing the right size tent

The MSR Hubba Hubba set up at Middle Velma Lake, California<p>I don’t like elbows in the ribs or being snuggled close by a tent-mate I don’t like that …

44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival

Gaye Levy, <i>Contributor</i> <b><br>Activist Post</b><p>My love affair with paracord continues. Not only is it strong and useful for a myriad of tasks, it is colorful and …

How Can I Outfit My Next Backpacking Trip on the Cheap?

<i>A:</i><p>Every centimeter of your pack—and each buck in your wallet—counts. Stuffing it with gear that pulls double or triple duty is one of the smartest ways to consolidate space. I picked seven of my favorite multi-purpose items that you can get for under $7. Hiking smart shouldn't break the bank.<p><b>1.</b> …

Building Cabins Off The Grid

<i>Three years ago, outdoor writer, photographer, and consummate sportsman Peter Mathiesen left his hometown of St. Louis to start a new life in Alaska.</i> …

Dry Measure: How To Dry Wet Boots In The Field

You almost made it across the creek--but now your feet are soaked, your boots are sloshing, and you're headed for misery, if not frostbite. There are …

Load Adjustments: How To Make A Backpack Carry Its Own Weight

<i>Photo by Jeff Wilson, Illustrations by Mike Sudal</i><p>Years ago, trying to hastily pack out a mule deer buck from Idaho's backcountry in one trip, I …

How to Navigate with The Stars and Find Your Way

Celestial Navigation has always been an interest of mine. Just knowing all that’s required is to look up towards the heavens and discern direction …

Survival Packing List | 12 More Survival Gear Items to Pack

<b>Pocket Chainsaw</b>: This is a man-powered chainsaw. These are perfect for cutting limbs quickly and easily. By attaching a rope you can toss it into a …

59 Uses for Paracord

Construct a bow drill<p>Improvise pack straps<p>Tie down equipment on a vehicle<p>Climb/descend steep terrain<p>Build a stretcher<p>Clean out the hose on your …

Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video)

<b>Can't afford a glass greenhouse? Check out how to build your own underground greenhouse for cheaper and for growing veggies 365 days a year, even in</b> …

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eco-Aquaponic House is a Self-Sustaining Urban Farm

Michael Jantzen’s Eco-Aquaponic House is a cylindrical steel structure that creates a self-sustaining environment for growing fish and plants – waste …

Aquaponics

The beginner's guide to starting a veg garden

There has never been a more interesting time for edible gardening. It is right on so many levels. It saves money, saves the planet and satisfies our epicurean appetites. Edible gardening is an opportunity to grow interesting flavours fresher than money can buy. It is the key to children being more …

How To Turn A Beer Can Into The Only Camping Stove You'll Ever Need

You can whip one of these up in a matter of minutes. They’re so easy to make and they work really well. First find yourself some scissors and a …

7 Tips to Survive Cold-Weather Camping

Winter camping can be fun, but it can also be just plain cold. Plan ahead to make your cold-weather camping trip comfortable and memorable.<p>It's cold. It's snowing. And it's a great time for a camping trip.<p>The moon makes the snow-draped forest glow, and the retreat of the summertime campers means …