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?
I've always heard about the chances of being struck by lightning being tiny, but after two close calls in the outdoors, a crazy fishing experience, and meeting someone who lived through getting struck by lightning I started wondering just how uncommon it really was. Was it really a long shot to get struck by lightning, or would be an outdoors freak actually raise my chances up … [Read more...] about How Many People Get Struck By Lightning Outdoors?
Boot knives are an extremely popular type of survival (and potential self-defense) tool. However there's a lot that many people don't know about these knives. Are they effective? Are boot knives legal to conceal carry? Do you need special boots or holsters to carry a boot knife? Or is carrying a boot knife a bad idea that is just begging for an excuse for the police … [Read more...] about Carrying Boot Knives: Best Boot Knives Reviewed
Watching my nephews (5 yrs old & 3 yrs old) discover new things is one of the really awesome joys of being an uncle. Remembering what it was like to have that unabashed sense of wonder and just find certain things so unbelievably interesting - even now as an adult that type of energy is infectious. One thing my nephews absolutely went nuts over: discovering multi-colored … [Read more...] about What Is a Blue Light Flashlight Used for?
I'm embarrassed to admit that for much of my life, I had no idea red lights were anything other than Hollywood special effects for horror movies or submarine war movies. Then a friend who had served in the armed forces and minored in photography in college informed me I was an idiot. Okay, she was way nicer than that, but learning red lights, red lenses, and red flashlights … [Read more...] about What Is a Red Flashlight Used for?
Growing up in the time before the Internet was widespread, well before Google was a thing, information wasn't quite as reliable as it is now which is why every kid running by the river somehow saw a water moccasin every summer. Because of course, every brown or black snake had to be a cottonmouth, right? But considering I lived in a state that didn't have cottonmouths (Iowa) … [Read more...] about How Do You Identify a Water Moccasin?
Sure, Jon and I don't spend much time in the jungles. In fact between the two of us I'm the only one who has been in the jungle and that was once. The one on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. On path. In the tourist area. With lots of other tourists around the well-kept Mayan ruins. Not surrounded by shrubs or snakes. So needless to say we don't need machetes all that … [Read more...] about Best Machetes Reviewed
This is a quick product review of Wild Zora's soups - great for camping, hiking, and backpacking. If the name Wild Zora looks familiar then chances are that you read our review of the best Paleo meals for backpackers. Their brand basically took all but one spot because this is an area where they simply dominated. That's the advantage of really knowing your audience and making a … [Read more...] about Quick Hitter: Wild Zora Soups Reviewed
Going into Christmas last year I had a little bit of extra cash to spend so proving both that outdoor enthusiasts can get excited about weird things and that adults don't Christmas as well as kids, I decided to splurge a bit on some high quality socks. Being someone with large lower legs and giant feet, I know the difference that a great pair of comfortable socks can … [Read more...] about Quick Hitter: Extra-Wide Sock Company Extra Wide Comfort Sock Review
If there's one thing you need as a gunsmith, whether you're just looking at getting started or are a twenty year old hand, is a library. There are so many different designs, gun types, gun models, that there's always a little bit more that can be learned or another book that can offer insight, knowledge, or skills. I know several people who have 10+ books just before getting … [Read more...] about Best Gunsmithing Books for Beginners
Having spent four years in the great white north, and having lived decades in the Midwest before that, I feel especially qualified to talk about surviving the cold of a long Alaska winter. We're not talking about temperate off the coast winters (looking at you Anchorage) – but I lived in the Interior of Alaska. Hello endless -42 degree days & nights. That is about the … [Read more...] about The Best Winter Gear to Survive an Alaska Winter
Last year we didn't get nearly the number of blog posts out as in 2017, but going back through the past year definitely showed one thing: we really hit the quality button hard. There were a lot more truly epic blog posts this year, so even with about 60 articles to choose from instead of nearly 100, it was harder to actually narrow the traditional favorite blog posts list to … [Read more...] about Looking Back: Shane’s Favorite 2018 Amazing Outdoor Adventure Posts