survival kit

Fire – RIGHT NOW!

Many situations need a fire, right now! An emergency or something you come upon. May not even be an emergency or survival situation, yet.

Get a quick and easy fire going

I put wood in the stove, set the Hurlburt fire starter under it and struck a match. Within seconds there was a six-inch flame. After a minute, the wood ignited.

A shelter from the storm

It’s quite amazing how many people (if they admit it) have had a potentially near-death experience in the outdoors. It’s rarely a plane crash or a boat-sinking experience. Actually, these situations are often due to inadequate planning or mistakes. It’s just three years ago that four really experienced outdoorsmen went to shore in October to …

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Never-fail old standbys

It seems we are living in an age of electronic wizardry. Every season there is a raft of new GPS and communication devices as well as night-vision, heat sensors and range-finding scopes. In the current race to get all these new gizmos, we often forget about some old and very dependable items from the past. …

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A whole lotta quakin’ goin’ on

On Monday May 1, 2017, at around 5:30 a.m., a magnitude 6.2 earthquake landed near the B.C.-Yukon border, followed by another slightly stronger one at around 7:30 a.m. The rare event got a lot more people talking about seismic activity in the region, and a few murmured their fears of an eventual “big one.”

Be Prepared

It is absolutely amazing how even a little preparation can get us through challenges that could be insurmountable without a bit of prep time.

Are you prepared to survive Yukon’s wilderness?

The Yukon is a pretty incredible place, but with so much wide, empty wilderness, few people and limited technology capacity in backcountry areas, it’s important to remember to prepare, plan and train before you venture out there.

Firelighters

“It will take a few minutes.” Almost all the time, taking a few minutes to get a fire going is an acceptable part of the outdoor adventure. There are some semi-emergency or worse situations where we need the fire going right now and a few minutes is just too long. Getting warm is an immediate …

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Chainsaw-chip Fire Starter

We get pretty good at fire-starting if we light enough fires, but there are some ways to make it even easier. Solid-fuel fire-starters work well but kerosene-dampened chainsaw chips are always successful at minimal cost. If you cut your own firewood, you can gather the chips around your saw-buck. If that isn’t possible, everyone has …

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Didee & Didoo – Poem “Two Old Ladies” Part Two

Slowly their strength grew An’ the winter they  made it through. The two old ladies survived  the cold weather By working together  and sleeping together. Because they knew  how to survive they kept each other alive. With the warm  weather of spring more food it would bring. All summer they dried  lots of fish and …

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