• Brewing Hot Beverages on the Trail

    Hot beverage on the trail

    January 23, 2020 Comments (0) Field Craft

    Whenever I’m out camping or hiking on a cool day, I always bring along a small selection of easy to make warm beverage packets and a small camp stove. Having a hot beverage available is great while taking a break on the trail and can be a real morale booster during unexpected changes in weather. …

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  • Lichen

    January 16, 2020 Comments (1) Flora

    The lichen is a remarkable composite organism that can be frequently seen attached to rocks, trees, and even the soil. Often confused for moss, the lichen is actually not a plant at all since it has no roots, stems, or leaves.   Lichens are actually a partnership between two organisms: fungus and alga. The fungi

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  • Pack Books Vol. 1

    January 9, 2020 Comments (1) Field Facts

    A pack book is a book to keep in your backpack or travel bag for any kind of journey. We consider a good paperback book an essential part of any packing list whether you are going for a short hike or a trip around the world. A pack book should be not too big and …

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  • The Caribou

    December 26, 2019 Comments (0) Fauna

    The caribou (Rangifer tarandus) is a large hoofed mammal belonging to the deer family. Depending on where you live, caribou and reindeer are the same animals. Caribou are native to North America while reindeer are native to Asia, Europe, and Santa’s home in the North Pole. There are, however, some reindeer in

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  • Mt. San Jacinto, an Island in the Sky

    December 19, 2019 Comments (1) Field Facts

    Rising over 10,000 feet in the air, the granite peak of Mt. San Jacinto stands in stark contrast to the Sonoran Desert below. High above in the subalpine, it is cool and green; covered in pines, cedars and in a blanket of snow. The desert below is 40 degrees hotter and sparsely dotted with creosote …

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  • The Ponderosa Pine

    December 12, 2019 Comments (0) Flora

    The Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) is a large evergreen tree that is a mainstay of the American West. It also goes by the name Yellow Pine, Bull Pine and about a dozen others depending on the region and the tree’s age. Typically they are found in elevations between 6,000- 10,000 feet, in areas that receive

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  • 7 Easy Steps to Dress for Cold Weather

    December 5, 2019 Comments (0) Do's & Don'ts

    As winter sets in some of us take a break from our adventuring.  We retire to hearth and home.  Sit by the fire, make repairs to our adventure gear and plan for the spring and summer ahead-Some of us, the rest of us get out after it. Adventuring in cold weather can be a great …

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  • The Wild Turkey

    November 28, 2019 Comments (0) Fauna

    The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is often misaligned by city dwellers as a dumb bird, suitable only for the Thanksgiving table. Those of us who are closer in touch with our wild roots, however, know this large colorful thunder chicken as a crafty, wary, and magnificent creature of the forest. Weighing between

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  • Finding & Making Fire with Fatwood

    November 21, 2019 Comments (0) Field Craft

    In this article, we are going to discuss one of the oldest fire-starting sources that dates back into the 1500’s, perhaps even further. During its history fatwood was often used as a lamp or torch wick source due to its water-resistant properties. Also during this time period another use for fatwood was found when

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  • The Snow Plant

    November 14, 2019 Comments (1) Flora

    The Snow plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) is a strikingly red parasitic plant that can found in the conifer forests in the Sierra Nevada range in California, Oregon, and some isolated pockets in western Nevada. The plant’s scientific name, Sarcodes sanguinea, which is loosely translated as “the bloody flesh-like

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