Living off the land: Just the phrase has an alluring ring to it. And so does the idea: the notion of utter self-sufficiency, rustling up grub and other resources from the wilderness and prospering free and clear of the grid and the rat-race alike. The phrase describes the everyday reality of human beings for hundreds of thousands of years, and continues to apply to many around the world who live off the land by necessity or choice. For our purposes, though, we’re looking at living off the land as a short-term DIY response to an emergency of one kind or … Continue reading

The Basics of Living Off the Land

Living off the land: Just the phrase has an alluring ring to it. And so does the idea: the notion of utter self-sufficiency, rustling up grub and other resources from the wilderness and prospering free and clear of the grid and the rat-race alike. The phrase describes the everyday reality of human beings for hundreds of thousands of years, and continues to apply to many around the world who live off the land by necessity or choice. For our purposes, though, we’re looking at living off the land as a short-term DIY response to an emergency of one kind or … Continue reading

How to Start an Emergency Fire

Every outdoors person should know how to light a fire. It’s not simply a source of pride at that lakeside cookout with your buddies: It’s also a vital, life-saving skill in case you ever find yourself in a survival situation. Let’s review some firestarting basics, including the requisite ingredients and the easiest way to start a fire. Practice makes perfect when it comes to quickly and efficiently lighting a fire—and speed and efficiency are the bywords when you’re caught out in a blizzard or a torrential downpour, or you just took an unexpected dip in the river and need to … Continue reading

Survivalism Evolved: New Technology That Can Save Your Life

Survivalism Evolved: New Technology That Can Save Your Life Listen, we understand: When many of us outdoorsy types think of roughing it in a survival situation, we like to imagine fashioning fishing rods from saplings, navigating by star-paths, erecting backwoods cribs out of tree branches and hides we’ve cured from beasts we’ve brought down with bows-and-arrows, and generally going the 100% primal route to stay alive. Fair enough, but wilderness travelers turn up their noses at modern technology to their own detriment. Even if you want to limit the gadgetry you haul into the wilds (or stow in your bug-out … Continue reading

Why Everyone Should Own a Paracord Bracelet

Ever see one of those hardcore backwoods folks or prepper fanatics sporting a woven bracelet? Chances are, it’s not simply a fashion choice: It’s a don’t-leave-home-without-it survival tool called a paracord bracelet. The uses for paracord (i.e., parachute cord)—still a military staple—are just about endless. The most common form, 550 cord, has a strength rating of 550 pounds, and multiple strands of it twisted together can handle much greater loads. You can also unravel the component nylon strands (seven to nine of them) in order to access the finer yarn—also called “guts” or kerf—within, which is just as useful. Whether the … Continue reading

How to Stay Active Indoors in the Winter

Staying active in the winter can be difficult. Short days mean the morning comes late and the evening comes early. It can be hard to fit in a workout around everything else going on, especially if that means getting out in the frigid darkness. There is hope, however: staying active in the winter, while sometimes it may seem impossible, in reality just requires a little extra forethought. Here are six ways to keep your blood pumping when the sun is shy and winter is nigh. 1. Indoor fitness classes CrossFit is cult. Right? That’s what you may have heard at … Continue reading