The Summer Basic Survival Course has come and gone. We were fortunate again to have a great crew. The jokes, laughs and camaraderie flowed naturally. Everyone was a quick learner and passed each task presented, coaching each other along in the process. I hope to see everyone around the campfire again soon!
I don’t like carrying a lot of weight around, unevenly distributed across one shoulder. I’ve gone on more than one hike or scout before and come back feeling a little sore and crooked. A small backpack solves this problem but they don’t let my back breathe well and I end up with a wet, sweaty … Continue reading What To Carry?
Journal Notes: A fungus that is parasitic on birch and other trees, known for its medicinal properties. The sterile conk is irregular in shape and looks like burnt charcoal. This isn’t the fruiting part of the fungus but a mass of mycelium (vegetative matter). The fruiting body will usually appear after the tree is dead. It … Continue reading Tree and Plant Identification #2 – Chaga
Journal Notes: February 13, 2016 - From around 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM temperature dropped from 17 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit as recorded in nearby Laconia, NH. Westerly wind was blowing steady at 15 mph with gusts around 25 mph or more. 9°F x 25 mph wind = -12.1°F (feels like) Ice was 8 or more inches thick average. … Continue reading Ice Fishing, Lake Wentworth, NH
Journal Notes: Birch sap can be collected in a similar manner to Maple sap, except about a month later and it usually only flows for about a month. The sap also needs to be gathered about three times more often than maple sap. The Sweet Birch has a smooth bark with distinct horizontal lines. In … Continue reading Tree and Plant Identification # 1 – Sweet Birch During Winter Months
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
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
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