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Primitive Shelter: Evergreen Thicket

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 2012 Survival 25 Comments

Wool Blanket Shelter: Pocket Shelter

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 2012 Survival 24 Comments

Cave Shelter Basics for Wilderness Survival, Equip 2 Endure

Cave Shelters can be a quick fix in a survival situation compared to how much energy and time can be consumed with making primitive shelters. There are some dangers associated with this type of shelter, as E2E Team Member Joe Flower instructs in this short training video. Please comment and give you insite to this subject. – Adam

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 2012 Survival 21 Comments

Wilderness Survival Shelters: Stay Alive – and Maybe Comfortable!

Building a good survival shelter is one of the most important primitive skills there are. If you are going camping in the cold and wet without any gear then you need to know how to stay alive and comfortable. I have slept in enough cold, wet shelters to figure out how to build some warm, dry ones. Learning to build good shelters completely transformed my experience of primitive camping. For years it seemed that I was miserable every time I went out, just too stubborn to give up. So it was a real thrill the first time I slept warm and cozy without even a blanket. The more that I learned to think for myself and design shelters to meet the conditions at hand, the better my camping experiences became. The type of shelter you build, and the location you choose for it, will vary tremendously depending on the time, the place, and your goals. Instead of teaching you solely “shelters,” I want to teach you about the separate elements of shelter. Those elements are: shingling, fire, insulation, and air-proofing. In a nutshell, shingles help to keep you dry. Fire is used directly and indirectly in many different ways for heating. Insulation is used to trap the available heat inside, and air-proofing is like weather-stripping to stop cold drafts of air. Each of these elements come into consideration in every shelter you build. Once you understand each of these elements of shelter then you can assemble them into the appropriate shelters to meet the needs of your specific times, places

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Thursday, March 1st, 2012 2012 Survival 7 Comments

Natural Lean-to Shelter

I know the roof pitch isn’t steep enough to shed water, but I wanted more room inside and I didn’t want the peak any higher. When I’m done I’ll probably add some plastic sheeting on the inside to keep rain from dripping through. I like making shelters against large rocks like this because the rock will hold and radiate a lot of heat back into the shelter if you build a fire at it’s base.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 2012 Survival 25 Comments

Cold Weather Survival Evaluation

Are you ready to bug out in cold weather? What gear would you need? How would you stay clean? I thought I was ready until I actually tried winter camping for ten days. I had a lot to learn, the hard, cold way. Sot and I arrived on Sunday and were stoked to get on the trail to find a place to set up camp. The snow wasn’t deep enough to need snowshoes, which also meant we wouldn’t be making any snow shelters like a quinzee or snow cave. After some scouting we found an open area ideal for setting up the 11 foot diameter tipi and outside fire pit. The hike in only took about 15 minutes with our over packed sleds, and we’re both sadly out of shape. Each sled was loaded with about 60 pounds of gear. After we caught our breath we started to set up. The woodstove and teepee didn’t take long, and within a couple of hours we had a working campsite complete with an outside firepit and lean-to. We froze for the first three nights as I just couldn’t get the stove in the tepee to work. Even with our mountains of wool blankets. In fact, we spent much of the first three nights hanging out in the truck with the heater on waiting for the sun to rise so we could drive to town and have a hot breakfast. Sot had enough of the cold, hard living by Thursday, so I drove him home. While driving him home I got more supplies and the keys for my friend’s cabin that’s on the land we were camping on. I thought it would be great to recover with some easier living in the cabin but I was in for a rude

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 2012 Survival 25 Comments

PATHFINDER BLOW GUN PART 2 TARGET PRACTICE

Target practice with the Pathfinder blow gun! Fun to shoot for sure!

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010 2012 Survival 8 Comments

PRIMITIVE BUTTON

Making a primitive button in the field. Check out BushcraftOnFire’s video here for more information on making different buttons. www.youtube.com

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Thursday, November 18th, 2010 2012 Survival 15 Comments

PATHFINDER DART (swiss arrow)

Practicing with the PATHFINDER DART aka swiss arrow. These are all tools/weapons that are easily made and can be very effective with practice.

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 2012 Survival 22 Comments

SQUISHY BOWL CLEAN UP IS EASY

Quick vid on how easy the squish bowls clean up after field use.

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Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 2012 Survival 19 Comments