about Paul Campbell

11-04-12 006I still remember when we first met. I’d already had his book, “Survival Skills of Native California,” and loved it. Janet Snyder called me one day and informed me that she, Paul, and I would be having lunch that day at a nearby Mexican restaurant.

“He’s someone you should know,” Janet told me.

I had chile relleno, and I don’t recall what Paul or Janet had, but Paul and I quickly became close friends.

When I visited Paul today, I could help but think to myself what a remarkable and true friend he has been. Not just to me, but to so many of us.

Paul laid in his hospital bed in his home, and we chatted briefly, like usual. … Read More

Water In Mexico

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The photo shows a light-colored tinaco in Merida.

[Nyerges is the author of “How to Survive Anywhere,” and other books. He has led survival skills classes since 1974. He can be reached at www.SchoolofSelf-Reliance.com or Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041.]

I’ve heard it so long that it sounds like some religious mantra: “Don’t drink the water in Mexico.”

The meaning is that a visitor to Mexico should not drink the water untreated. And why is that? One explanation that I used to hear back in the 1970s when I first visited Mexico was that, while every place has its own bacteria and organisms in their water, one will get used to the organisms in their water after a while. … Read More

Survival Communities Beware

Many of you may have looked into what are being touted as “survival communities”, with the promise of all kinds of securities and a place to live. In some cases the cost is from fifty grand to 500 grand. Many have joined these factions, thinking it is a smart and prudent move, but it sounds like a nightmare to me.

It is best to investigate deeply the survival community of choice and not by asking questions of the membership or the outfit touting the survival village. I would go so far as hiring a professional investigator. Sure it might cost a few thousand, but save you way more in the long run.

The lists I have seen all seem to … Read More

Be Prepared and Have Cash On Hand

800px-1000_United_States_two-dollar_bills_in_shrink_wrapIn case of an emergency, having cash on hand is a prudent move.

One of the more common instances where having cash on hand is beneficial is a power outage. Without power no bank will be able to operate and credit cards wont work. If you need to buy supplies, you will need cash.

Right now we are in the midst of some major solar storms that could affect the grid in places, even the whole country. Having cash will be the answer for many things. On a local scale, an earthquake could take out power where you live. Having a cash reserve could be the tool for buying supplies you find you need to get you and your family … Read More

Growing Tobacco For Trade

We have all heard about using cigarettes as a trade item but they will run out. It is a fact that under stress people smoke more and even take up smoking , when they were never a smoker in the past. With all the talk about bartering, this is a no brainier. Tobacco is a cash crop waiting to be planted.

It’s not all that hard to grow and can grow almost anywhere. Tobacco only needs acidic soil and little care. Creating acidic soil is not hard to do and many instructions can be found online.

You can even buy a mechanical hand roller to manufacture your own brand. You can also learn to hand roll cigars, lots of info … Read More

The California Fan Palm

palm-Halcon 046[This is an excerpt from Christopher’s new book, “Foraging California,” available from Amazon, bookstores, and direct from Christopher at www.ChristopherNyerges.com. Have you been to one of Christopher’s classes lately? See the schedule at the website.]

Everyone knows the date palms, don’t they? They produce the sweet and delicious dates which you can buy anywhere these days. Many are grown in the low desert of Southern California, not far from Palm Springs. A dried date from a health food store is a delicious thing and I enjoy all varieties. But fresh dates freshly picked sold at a roadside store is quite another creature, and is heavenly. And then, if you have the rare privilege of picking fresh dates from a palm … Read More

5 Tips to Choosing the Right Fishing Rod

Have you ever gone fishing and noticed the person fishing next to you seems to be able to cast a country mile, yet you can’t, even though it seems both of you are using the same length rod? The truth is a little science in rod selection was behind his/her ability to do so.

Not too long ago, I was on the hunt for a new rod to match my reel (Like I needed another setup), so, reel in hand, I set out to a sporting good store that has a good selection of rods.

After using the new guide concept method and checking to see if the guides lined to form a bullseye, by sighting down the stripper guide, Read More

A Survival Kit: What For?

Every survival book and guru shouts and pounds you better have a “kit”. We have books and articles warning of the dangers lurking out there. We have folks who sell the kits, dictating what should be in them. It is to the point if you do not have a kit, as dictated, you are going to die. Without a kit you are just helpless and stupid for not having half a brain and not half the sense god gave a goat. With all of that being said, look at what we have, a whole industry on survival kits has arisen, leaving once again your pockets running short of bucks.

The books sell and the articles gain acclaim over the contents … Read More

Archie Belaney… Grey Owl!

I think it is most likely most of you have never heard of him. If you are from Canada you might have, depending on your age.Archie was a beloved public figure in Canada, Britain and the U.S.

Readers were more than thrilled with his tales of life in the Canadian bush. They loved his hardscabble background. He claimed his father had been a Scotsman adventurer on the American wild west. His mother an Apache indian. After growing up on the frontier, he went to Canada and ranged across the country’s vast wilderness, as a trapper, woodman and riverman.

He embraced the indian heritage earning the Ojibway name Wa-Sha-Quon-Asin, or He Who Walks By Night, something for which he was known

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Campfire Club of America

Welp, it looks like our friends over atMasterwoodsman.com have hit it out of the park with this one, yet again!

The videos contained in the article are priceless, in my opinion

I’d no idea of such club, and after reading the article I have only one question… Where do I sign up?


Last year I wrote an article which included an excerpt from the book,On Your Own in the Wilderness by Townsend Whelen and Bradford Angier. In that article was a quote mentioning the Camp-Fire Club of America (CFCA). I, and my friends who study and appreciate Classic Camping, have seen mention of the CFCA in text from the early 1900′s and obviously up to the late Read More