• Off-Road Emergency Welding

    November 12, 2014 Comments (1) Field Craft

    You can feel the adventure and fun simmering away, ready to go to a full boil as you load up your rig for an off-road camping or over-landing journey: your tent, water, sleeping bag, stove, cooler, food, refreshments, and the miscellaneous basic necessities. You even check your spare tire, your jack, toss in a couple

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  • The Blue Belly Lizard

    November 5, 2014 Comments (15) Fauna

    The blue-belly lizard aka the Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) is one of the most common of lizards found in California. They range from sea level to the mountains and only avoid open desert and wet forests probably due to the need for external temperature regulation. The blue-belly gets its nickname

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  • Salmon Ala Danger

    October 29, 2014 Comments (0) Camp Kitchen

    Salmon Ala Danger/ Fireside Salmon with Honey and Barley Ingredients: 4 (4-ounce) skinless salmon fillets (note: should be decent thickness, ask for center cut or steaks) Sauce: 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, divided 3 tablespoons honey 1 1/2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil 1/4 cup rice

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  • The Capybara

    October 24, 2014 Comments (0) Fauna

    Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrocharis) holds the title as the largest rodent in the world and one of the oddest of any animal. A giant relative of the guinea pig, Capybaras can weigh over 100 pounds and despite their fur and boxy frame are aquatic, always living near fresh water in their habitats which ranges from

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  • Foraging For Huckleberries

    October 22, 2014 Comments (0) Camp Kitchen

    Humans are funny, food-obsessed creatures. Our strongest memories tend to be related to our sense of smell and taste. For me, one of the memories I have held so dear since I moved from Montana to California 27 years ago was the tart and indescribable flavor and smell of the huckleberry. As a now avid …

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  • Axes & Tomahawks: Part 1

    October 20, 2014 Comments (0) Field Facts

    The last few years has been a great time for axes and tomahawks. What do we mean “great time for axes and tomahawks”? Well, we mean this…There has been a re-discovery and renewed interest in this family of edged tools and their utter practicality for outdoor use by a new generation of users. Additionally,

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  • Coban Medical Wrap Review

    October 8, 2014 Comments (1) Gear Reviews

    Coban wrap by 3M is an extremely versatile addition to any first-aid kit. As an EMT and Lifeguard I have personally used Coban on everything from blisters on toes to large lacerations and avulsions. Coban’s versatility simplifies your aid kit and saves space by replacing many other first aid supplies. Before

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  • Sharpening Your Knife

    October 3, 2014 Comments (1) Field Craft

    Sharpening a knife can be a therapeutic and relaxing experience, but it’s also an absolute necessity. Using a dull knife in the field can lead to all sorts of harmful situations, which I outlined in a previous knife safety article. In this entry I would like to discuss some basic knife sharpening and repair methods,

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  • The Scout Knife

    October 1, 2014 Comments (3) Field Facts

    At first pass, “Scout Knife” would suggest that this is a type of knife used by “Scouts”, or “Boy Scouts”. Indeed the Boys Scouts of America® do use a multi-bladed pocket knife usually referred to as a “Scout Knife”. Apart from its namesake, what is, makes up, defines a “Scout Knife”, and where

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  • Fermented Chili Sauce

    September 23, 2014 Comments (0) Camp Kitchen

    This has been a staple in my Hawk lair and I’ve been really enjoying spicing my meats and foraged dishes with the seasons best chile sauce. I’m very particular about the chiles, make sure you pick the best looking, unblemished peppers. You may even do a mix of peppers. Seasoned with fresh garlic this fermented

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