How To

Knot Tying 101

I Will Knot is a cleverly-named website that is devoted to the almighty knot. From stopper knots to hitches, loops and bends, the website offers step by step written and video instructions on how to tie such knots as a half-hitch, a bowline and the very romantic fisherman’s knot. Definitely worth a bookmark. Knots courtesy of Cameron Maddux via flickr.
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How to Have Good Sex in the Woods

Do you want to do some nature-lovin'? Here are some pointers that will help you ensure it's a good experience for everyone.If you're in a tent, remember that people can still hear you. And if you have a flashlight, headlamp, or other light source going inside, they can see you too. I would hope you know that a tent is not the place for a candlelit seduction scene. Fire isn't sexy when your tent is the thing in flames....
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Campfire Storytelling 101

Telling stories around a campfire, as some sage author whose name I can't remember once pointed out, is perhaps the oldest human art form. When you listen to a skilled storyteller, you find yourself holding your breath at tense moments and tearing up at sad ones.  Here are ten quick tips to help you weave your own powerful tales. These tips are slanted at true stories, because that's what I know - it's part of what I...
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5 rules for your first time ice climbing

Going ice climbing for the first time? Congratulations! You're going to have a blast. Unless you don't dress properly and go with people who doesn't really know what they're doing, in which case you could end up frostbitten or dead. I know I'm being a little melodramatic, but when you get right down to it, it's true. Here are five rules to ensure that you have a safe and super sweet experience.1. Make sure your companions know...
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How to build a plywood boat.

Want to build a boat and build it fast? Mother Earth News has instructions on how to build a skiff out of plywood; and they claim you’ll be able to get it done in a weekend.  The plans include illustrations. To find them, click on image gallery.
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Survival Tip: Soda Tab Fish Hook.

Littering sucks. But in the case you're nearing starvation, and you happen to find an empty floating about, take advantage of your fortune and use it to catch a fish!  Materials:Soda Can Pull TabCutting tool: Multitool, Giant Pocketknife, Sharp Rock1. Slowly bend the top part of the tab at a 45-degree angle to weaken the corner.2. Taking your time, cut a small chunk out, leaving a sharp angle. (This will dull your knife, but this is...
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More DIY Camp Stoves.

Zen Stove's Open Flame Alcohol Stove: Vegetable Steamer Camp Stove:Emergency Heating Stove:  
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DIY Camp Stoves.

The wildly popular soda can stove: The Penny Alcohol Stove:Tin Can Sterno Stove: 
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Winter Camping 101: How to not freeze to death

 An informational tale...“I’m going to dig my own grave,” I announced. None of the other people clustered around the fire looked alarmed. In fact, a few of them smiled.It was late afternoon on Saturday, February 11th, at a campsite on Boulder Lake in northern Minnesota. The others were fellow college students. We were out here for a night of winter camping. Snow trenches, or, more evocatively, “snow coffins,” are body-sized holes you dig out of the...
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How To Pee in the Woods.

1. Locate your spot. Find a space that is significantly far away from any trails or campsites, and at least 50 yards away from a river, stream, or lake. Soft soil, sand, or snow is ideal.  2. Dig a hole. Use a trowel to dig a whole at least six inches into the ground, and more if there will be solid waste. Keep the dirt or snow close to fill in the hole once you've...
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