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Survival Tips

Top 4 Useful Knots

Top 4 Useful Knots

Here are 4 knots you need to know – especially if you participate in outdoor activities such as backpacking, boating, climbing, and caving. Knot tying is a useful skill for various applications, from securing gear to saving a life. These four are particularly useful and […]

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 […]

Directional Navigation Using the Sun

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 […]

Edibility Tips

Edibility Tips

Not Safe White, green, and yellow berries.  Nearly all are poisonous. Never eat the berry (or the leaves) from a plant that has a milky sap. 50% of red berries are poisonous, so unless you can positively identify it, it is not worth the risk […]