How many of you have been on a vacation and said to yourself, “I could just stay here. Shuck it all and opt out for a wilder side of life, live like I feel I would like in the wilderness. living as much as possible off the bounty of the land.” Mostly, we never do that. However, way more people have done it and more giving in to that call everyday.
Daniel Suelo has lived without money for over a decade hiding in the Arches National park, living in caves and nooks and crannys of the area. He says it is against the law to live like this, but has defied all that it stands for. He was busted by … Read More
Finally, we’ve got my first book, “Guide to Wild Foods,” published with a full-color edition. I think Dirttimers will really like this edition. The book first came out in 1978 with line drawings, and with each edition, I added more plants. Yes, originally written for the west coast, but many (maybe 75%) are found nation-wide. Plus, I continued to add plants that are more common in the east. There’s even a picture in this edition of Dude eating the bugs off a eucalyptus leaf!
Cheapest is on Amazon, though I am still discounting it on my site (Store at www.ChristopherNyerges.com). Plus, if you buy it direct from me, I’ll autograph for you.… Read More
For about 99% of human history/life, we have been “wild”. We were domesticated just like any other critter. In the case of humans today, we are domesticated by our parents, but buried deep in our DNA is a wild personality. It is embedded in us with a feral memory that is suppressed at very turn.
What we are fed is a pale life of normal behavior and you do not dare to break from this norm. History depicts the cave men as brutes always living in fear, at least that is the Hollywood version in countless bad films. Anyone who has spent any time in the outdoors, slept under the stars, have felt a yearning to be able to stay. … Read More
Non-professionals go to school and are called “Students”. Working Professionals go learn something and it is called “Professional Development”… I guess it is less embarrassing for the egocentric professional to call it professional development. Whatever you choose to call it, continued education is paramount. And in this Bushcraft community, it is equally, if not more, important to keep up with learning as we tackle and challenge mother nature.
I’ve been a long time student of Mors Kochanski, though I’ve never met the man. I’ve followed his writings and videos and pretty much take to the bank, without much vetting, what knowledge he shares. Why? Because he has a proven track record and often backs claims with the science of why. … Read More
I have read many times, over the years, about finding edible plants in your lawn or a neighbors lawn and harvesting them. Personally I feel this is mostly a bad idea. Lawns in general have more chemical additives than any other single place you might forage from. Lawns usually get a lot of fertilizers, with some having a so called weed killer added to the mix. Lawns use far more chemicals per square foot than even commercial farms use, all in the name of a green lawn.
I feel the prudent forager would be aware of the kinds of chemicals he has added to his lawn. If you are confident you know the level of toxic additives you have applied, … Read More
We all have gear that use zippers—pants, packs, jackets, etc. At some point, and usually when you least want it to, the zipper will break. At best the zipper slides. At worst, it is jammed leaving you unable to access your gear.
Before you decide to throw out the gear, while kicking and swearing, check out this article on how to repair those zippers.
We all have a jacket with a zipper that just doesn’t cooperate. So we yank on it, impatiently, and then what happens? The slider gets all out of whack, and the zipper just stops zipping.
You could send it back to the manufacturer for a replacement, but that will cost you: about $10 in shipping, … Read More
Many, if not most, are familiar with the writings of Kephart, Nessmuk, Beard and so on. The truth is, however, they were but few writers of their time, with other lesser known authors taking ink to paper, as well.
John M. Gould, also of that era, was also a writer of the time. Though not as popular, as say Kephart, his work, “How to Camp Out”, is none-the-less entertaining and educational. Written in the same style as those of the time, Gould takes more of an approach to camping. One, however, will still glean useful information. Of note, it is interesting how important weight, or the reduction there of, was so important to those men of the time. In Goulds … Read More
I often come across comments from people saying they can’t get strike anywhere matches in their hometown or state, either because they think they are outlawed, or maybe the company is no longer making them. Truth is, Diamond Strike Anywhere Matches are still produced and it is highly unlikely they are illegal in your state. In many cases, it becomes a matter of shipping, since the jostling, during shipping, can cause them to ignite, though highly doubtful. Regardless the reason, people find it very difficult to find these matches. If you are one of those people that are having difficulty finding them, the solution is to make them your self. and here is an easy to follow tutorial
You … Read More
Most fans of woodcraft/bushcraft are familiar with the popular “Alone in the Wilderness”, the cabin building adventures of Dick Proenneke. Following that genre, however, is another more obscure film, “Dead River Rough Cut”.
Dead River Rough Cut follows to longtime woodsmen friends—Bob Wagg and Walter Lane— as they carve out a living in the wilds of Maine, hunting, trapping, fishing, and logging with oxen.
Though some of the language can be a bit rough for some viewers, students of woodcraft/bushcraft, should watch this video. It really explores the solo life of a backcountry woodsman.
One of interesting things, for me, about this movie is their beaver trapping and how they built their sets, dug through the snow and ice, and … Read More
The term, “Cold Steel” has been around for centuries, well before the “Cold Steel” we know as a knife company, came along.
“Taste the cold steel”. “20 inches of cold steel will do the deed “. “My cold steel will change his mind”, and so forth. Guns are a hot weapon, and what if for some reason you cannot get your hands on one, you name the reason. What’s left are cold weapons, most obvious being a blade of some sort and the myriad iterations—daggers, swords, machetes, Kukris and the everyday butcher knife. In California, the weapon that has killed more people by one man is a butcher knife— Ramon Salcedo killed 7 people with a butcher knife. All knives … Read More