Happy Labor Day! With Hermine at the doorstep I hope my fellow Southern New Englanders are hunkered down inside with their families today. Some of you might have seen the post on our FaceBook page where I recently purchased a copy of Tim Smith's The Woods Cook, Outdoor Cooking With A Professional Guide. I bought it mainly because … Continue reading Book Review: “The Woods Cook”
I started this post last winter before my old computer died. I’m inside working on the new computer today so I’ve finally decided to dust this document off and finish it up. Hope you enjoy! I hadn’t been up to New Hampshire to see my buddy and mentor Derek Faria since early last spring so … Continue reading Ice Fishing and Overnighter (February 2016)
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
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
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
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