Flash & Bang in the Outdoors

Flash & Bang in the Outdoors
Lightning is a spectacular weather phenomenon, and I have been reminded of its awesome power during the afternoon storms here in North Carolina. Last week we were starting out a hike at the 6,000 feet altitude in the Mount Mitchell mountain range when a storm quickly formed. Luckily, we were able to quickly walk down to ...

Backpacking with Olive Oil

Backpacking with Olive Oil
Olive Oil is an excellent choice to take when backpacking. Not only is it healthy and contain a high calorie per ounce weight ratio, but it also has a multitude of non-cooking purposes. In cooking, it can be used in place of butter to provide additional flavor and calorie in foods such as soups, pasta, rice, and ...

How much time until dark? 2

How much time until dark?
Using the fingers on your hand is a useful tip to estimate how much time you have before sunset.  This is especially helpful if you need to set-up your tent or get somewhere when you do not have a backup light source available. How to calculate the hours to sunset using the fingers on your ...

Directional Navigation Using the Sun 1

Directional Navigation Using the Sun
Many hikers now rely on GPS and other gadgets for navigation.  Personally, I favor using a traditional compass and map.   Regardless of what device you use when you are out on a planned trip, it is prudent to know how to apply basic navigational skills in case you find yourself lost without either. Quick Common ...

America – Corn Fed & Bred

America - Corn Fed & Bred
The American food system is simply supplying what the American consumer is demanding.  Blame the consumer, not the system.  If you don’t want it or like it, don’t buy it.  There are always alternatives – maybe not as cheap or convenient, but they are there… be aggravated enough to search. ~Safdy The Consequences of Fast ...

Cook in Bag? No! 2

Cook in Bag? No!
Cook in Bag – Backwoods Fast Food We found it to be a little disheartening that so many hikers wanted to know if we offered “boil in bag” packaging at the annual Trail Days event in Damascus, VA. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, this involves the use of a heavy releasable stand-up ...