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?
Many people think of pre-colonial New England as an “untouched” wilderness; however the various Native American people who lived here were excellent farmers and land managers. Primary sources tell us, when the first Europeans began to arrive, they found acres upon acres of land cleared for agricultural purposes and paths through the woods, which were routinely … Continue reading Woods of the Past #1 – Intro
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
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