Wild Edible: Black Birch

The Black Birch is an excellent tree to be able to identify because it offers a variety of uses when out on the trail. It is available in most areas of New England stretching from the southern regions of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire down on through to some areas of The Carolinas, Tennessee, and […]

Gear Review: Trangia Spirit Burner

I came across this little stove earlier this year during a spring weekend outing with a couple other guys.  One guy, Ross, pulled this stove out of his bag to cook up his dinner and it seemed to work quite well and was very compact so of course I had to pick one up for […]

Wild Edible: Kousa Dogwood

Although this edible is not actually wild, it can be commonly found as a decorative tree planted on properties.  The appearance of the fruit on these trees, certainly does not imply that it is edible, but I assure you they are delicious.  The Kousa Dogwood is not native to North America but was imported back […]

August 2014 Basic Fire Starting Class

Today following our Weapons Retention Class we wrapped things up with a little training focused on wilderness fire building basics.  In this course we covered all the basics to starting a fire starting with safety, gathering of supplies, selecting your site, building your fire and the various methods of starting your fire.  For details on […]

Basic Fire Starting

Safety Even when faced with a survival situation, safety should always be your first thought when it comes to much that you do. If you do not keep yourself safe, you will not survive. When it comes to safety with fire, much will be dictated by your environment. The first step is to determine where […]

Wild Edible: Ramps AKA Wild Leeks or Wild Garlic

When I was a kid, I can remember driving along with my grandfather in a fairly wooded area during the spring and pulling to the side of the road for a walk just off the road into the woods.  Here we would find a vast of green “rabbit ears” as he would say covering the […]

A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America

A necessity for your bag, the Peterson Field Guides: Edible Wild Plants is an excellent resource for finding food while out in the woods.  This book contains more than 370 edible wild plants, plus 37 poisonous look-alikes, and are described  with 400 drawings and 78 color photographs showing precisely how to recognize each species. Also […]

Bowline Knot

The bowline is an important knot to know for rescue scenarios. This knot creates a loop that will not slip which can be used around the waist as an anchor point to help retrieve someone fallen over a ledge or down a hole. Also useful for tying boats of course since this is where the […]

Medicinal Plant: Wintergreen

Wintergreen typically has 3-4 leaves with a light waxy appearance and defined veins.  The plant often has small red berries dangling from under the leaves in spring to early summer.  This plant can be found in shady forest areas and quite common in New England.  The roots of wintergreen are vine-like and spread underground to […]