Build Your Own Kayak
Here are ten things to consider about building your own kayak with a friend, after, of course, you share a beer or two.
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Scare Off a Mountain Lion
I was just reading about pepper spray repelling a mountain lion...what about using one of those very loud boating/marine fog horns? These horns are quite small but can be very loud.
» Learn How to Scare Off a Mountain Lion
Survive Falling Through Ice
Don't panic. Just follow these simple rules.
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How to Stitch a Wound
Become a regular Dr. Frankenstein with these tips from Dr. Luanne Freer, founder of the Everest Base Camp Medical Clinic.
» Learn How to Stitch a Wound
Make a Bow Drill
Before the Bic, matches, and flint & steel, there was the art of rubbing two sticks together. A nearly forgotten skill in modern outdoor education.
» Learn How to Make a Bow Drill
Pilot a Canoe in Whitewater
That's the beauty of a canoe. You can stroke them in flat-water, load them with weeks of supplies, and, if you know what you're doing, shoot them down some pretty serious whitewater.
» Learn How to Pilot a Canoe in Whitewater
Survive an Animal Bite
Ever been out traveling or an a wild adventure when you felt, all of a sudden, like you were no longer at the top of the food chain? Here, experts explain how to avoid becoming lunch.
» Learn How to Survive an Animal Bite
Survive a Night in the Cold
What can I do to stay warm if I have to spend a night in the cold without a sleeping bag?
» Learn How to Survive a Night in the Cold
Escape an Attacking Animal
Learn how to escape an angry baboon, moose, or elephant. Thank us later.
» Learn How to Escape an Attacking Animal
Find Yourself with a Compass
GPS's (and batteries) fail. And learning to read a map and use a compass builds good navigation habits, meaning you're less likely to get lost in the first place.
» Learn How to Find Yourself with a Compass
Predict Weather Changes
I’ve encountered a lot of weather folklore over the years from books and other guides. A few methods are reliable, and others may work depending on what part of the U.S. or world you're in.
» Learn How to Predict Weather Changes
Deal with Drowning Victims
The Heimlich has been used for decades to clear the airways of choking victims. For that purpose, it has proved to be a lifesaver. However, the medical community is now advising against its use in drowning cases.
» Learn How to Deal with Drowning Victims
Deal with a Head Injury in the Wilderness
From a practical perspective in a wilderness environment, here's the best approach if someone has sustained a head injury.
» Learn How to Deal with a Head Injury in the Wilderness
Treat a Flesh Wound
Next to muscle strains and sprained ankles, minor wounds—cuts, blisters, scrapes, burns, and punctures—lead the list of injuries in the outdoors.
» Learn How to Treat a Flesh Wound
Find a Reputable Tracking Class
Tracking is a science and not something that involves smoke and mirrors. So I'd say consider spending time with a qualified tracker and then you will get more realistic results and skills.
» Learn How to Find a Reputable Tracking Class
Treat a Snakebite
Whiskey shots aren't the answer.
» Learn How to Treat a Snakebite
Survive a Tornado
Stay safe by knowing the essentials of protecting yourself, and plan for even the worst situations.
» Learn How to Survive a Tornado
Handle a Grizzly Bear Encounter
If you're heading into bear country this summer, heed these important tips from Kerry Gunther, bear management program leader for Yellowstone National Park.
» Learn How to Handle a Grizzly Bear Encounter
Build Your Own First Aid Kit
You can buy a preassembled medical kit from your favorite outdoor retailer, but you’ll usually want to add something to it, and inevitably the supplies will dwindle, forcing you to replace them.
» Learn How to Build Your Own First Aid Kit
Deal with Wet Feet
How should I deal with wet/smelly/rotting feet in the wild?
» Learn How to Deal with Wet Feet
Protect Yourself from Wildfires
What if you are backpacking or camping, and are confronted by a fast-moving wildfire? What should you do?
» Learn How to Protect Yourself from Wildfires
Make a Plant-Fiber Rope
There are hundreds of plants whose fiber can be used to weave rope. Which one you use depends on where you live.
» Learn How to Make a Plant-Fiber Rope
Survive a Bar Fight
Anyone who's been in a real rumble will tell you it's a far more brutal affair than your choreographed fantasies of kicking ass like Patrick Swayze in Road House.
» Learn How to Survive a Bar Fight