This blog post is dedicated to my good friend Christopher Putnam on the eve of him leaving for Navy Boot Camp. Thank you for volunteering to serve my friend. I stirred and moved my left wrist in front of my face to bring my watch into focus. It was already past 8AM and although I had been … Continue reading Fall Foliage Camping Trip – Camp Time – Part 2
Last month we held our Fall Basic Survival Course in Cumberland, RI. We had a great group of people laughing, learning and practicing survival skills together. All the students passed the course and I believe they got a lot out of it. So far we have a traditional camp cooking workshop and winter survival course … Continue reading Fall Basic Survival 2015
As we drove south through the notch, heavy rain and dime sized hail were pounding the exterior of the jeep. Visibility was down to almost nothing but to my right, I could still see the historic marker where the Willey house used to stand. I remember visiting the area in my childhood and learning about … Continue reading Fall Foliage Camping Trip – The Willey’s – Part 1
Almost a decade ago we started our endeavor into Survival training, Bushcraft and the desire to teach folks Woodsman skills. We had spent years in the out of doors to this point, be it hunting, fishing, camping and trapping to a small degree. The Survival community at this time, though not entirely new, was relatively small. This is when we started our research, the practicing of skills and even attended some courses from some of the top schools of the time. Throughout our journey in making ourselves more comfortable afield, it was amazing to see how fast the community began to grow.
As we continued to grow ourselves, we started our youtube channel and began to share things we either already knew, had recently learned, and even the things that we were trying out for the first times. This was a pleasurable time and lots of folks started doing the same. It was cool to see…
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So I believe even just the title of this blog can and may cause some controversy, as it’s one of the most talked about topics in the Bushcraft, Survival and Woods Living communities. But that is not my intent here. I would just like to share a bit more on what I have come to believe (personal opinion, for what its worth) on the topic.
I can remember several years ago, in and around 2007 or so, where I was about two years deep into my research on the topic of survival. As most of you know, it all started for me by watching Les Stroud (Survivorman) on television. I have always been into the woods via hunting, fishing and the likes, but Les peaked my interest in survival. And so it began…
My quest for knowledge started, and I had all I could do to get away from the computer…
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When one stops for a moment to think about survival they often conjure the image of John Rambo and his legendary knife. You know the one with the hollow handle, matches, fishing line, and the compass on the bottom? I am not knocking carrying a knife or a mini kit with you in the woods, … Continue reading A Flash of Genius
“Are you familiar with the area?” the older gentleman asked. “Yes I am” I replied, “How can I help you?” “Do you know how I can get to the confluence of Nancy Brook and the Saco River?” I thought for a moment of poor Nancy Barton, a classic New England tale of love, betrayal and … Continue reading Crawford Notch, White Mountains, New Hampshire
We hope you are having a great week. We are having a productive one here in the office and are happy to announce our first basic survival course will be July 18-19 in Cumberland, Rhode Island. We'll camp out, learn and practice basic survival skills, and eat some good food around the fire. We hope … Continue reading July 18-19 2015 – Basic Survival Course
There are no egos in the woods. Well that's not entirely true, but when they do appear they get checked pretty quickly. They usually aren't checked by another person or authority figure but instead by the experience itself. When the rain is coming down, the temperature is dropping and bellies are grumbling, our true character … Continue reading No Egos In the Woods
“Nineteen, Tango, Charlie, Juliet, two, seven, three, zero - two, nine, eight, one.” I gave out my eight digit grid coordinate and glanced up from my map at Sarge, looking for his nod of approval. Eric’s voice called out from behind me. “I have, nineteen, tango, Charlie, Juliet, two, seven, two, nine, five - two, … Continue reading Woodsman School, Land Navigation