Modern Definition of Primitive Campsite At its core primitive campsites are just like they sound like: basic areas set up for camping but without any amenities you might expect at a normal campground. However, what amenities have come to be expected as standard versus what type of site is truly primitive is something that has changed - especially over the last 30 years. The … [Read more...] about What Is a Primitive Campsite?
Sometimes it's the really seemingly basic questions that keep you up at night. While we've done plenty of really specific articles on important topics like telling copperheads apart from mimics, properly ID'ing water moccasins, or spending over 100 hours compiling the most complete list of venomous U.S. snakes found anywhere online, sometimes it's the basic questions that … [Read more...] about Why Do Snakes Have Forked Tongues?
If you grew up on a property that was overrun by snakes like my brother and I did, then it was only a matter of time before running into a big snake that could pose serious issues. While we were relatively lucky, venomous snakes were rare in our area and we only saw one rattlesnake over 15+ years, having good tools to handle big bull snakes that looked grumpy all the time - … [Read more...] about How to Make Homemade Snake Tongs
There are some brands that just stick out as being premium among active outdoor enthusiasts. Some of these will be very niche that serve a small but passionate group of obsessed followers while other brands might aim for the type of incredible quality demanded for one type of outdoor adventure but which makes it versatile enough for many others. We are firm believers that … [Read more...] about The Best ALPS Mountaineering Tents: Some of the Best in the Business
Kayaks are not especially lightweight, nor should they be. If you're going to enjoy the water you need to make sure that the boat you use can hold your weight and handle any challenges that the outdoors bring your way. Portable kayaks often come in two forms: inflatable models and folding models. So how much does a portable kayak actually weigh and how much of a difference … [Read more...] about How Much Does a Portable Kayak Weigh?
Snake hooks and tongs are an important piece of gear, especially when you are looking at removing a problem snake from your property. Or in my case more than once, when you're terrified of snakes and need to move a nasty looking one, and your realize you don't have the right gear. While snake tongs are extremely helpful for dealing with large snakes who tend to be nasty, … [Read more...] about How to Catch Snakes with Snake Tongs
Sometimes you're looking for something more than your average tent or backyard hangout spot. Clear bubble tents are a great way to create a bit of indoor sanctuary while enjoying the great outdoors. Whether you're looking for a fun semi-permanent outdoor shelter or a temporary easy to toss up bubble for the kids, we have the best choices for all your needs right here. Quick … [Read more...] about Best Clear Bubble Tents for Stunning Family Fun
Like many others, I've long come to realize that hammocks aren't just for backyard relaxation a la Homer Simpson. Whether relaxing in the backyard or wanting a comfortable way to sleep while camping or hiking, hammock camping, aka "hammocking" is a great way to go. That being said if you don't have the right hammock straps to go with the perfect hammock, you could be in for a … [Read more...] about The Best Hammock Straps Reviewed
Maybe the original inspiration was a childhood dare, or maybe it was the popular children's book How to Eat Fried Worms. Whatever the reason, I can't be the only one who has wondered about eating earthworms in a survival situation. Do they actually have a bunch of calories? Protein? Is that really safe or...well maybe "or" and trailing off is the best way to end a question … [Read more...] about Can You Survive Eating Earthworms?
While most people who are lost for a short amount of time in the wild should just stop and wait for rescue, that's not always a viable solution to your current situation. Having to take control and rescue yourself by moving until you find civilization can be intimidating and challenging. Add in the fact that science has shown that people tend to wander in circles when lost … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Going in Circles When Lost in the Wild
Everyone likes to imagine themselves surviving the zombie apocalypse, or any other apocalypse for that matter, like a boss. Finding a great hideout to call Home Base, building it up to the ultimate compound, and maybe even recreating society along the way. Don't forget the sappy and overused trope name like "Hope," "New Hope," or "Utopia." But let's face it, you're probably … [Read more...] about 50 Ways You’ll Die in the Wild
Since 2001 it seems like every year there are more and more rules about what you can and can't bring onto a plane, and it can be hard to keep track of any of it. In fact, for an outdoorsman it can be downright confusing as you're suddenly looking at things like barbed hooks on fishing lures, fillet knives, propane tanks attached to camping stoves. If you're like me at that … [Read more...] about Can You Take a Camping Stove on a Plane?