Fire pit in snow

3 Steps to Building a Campfire

When we think about camping we usually think about the campfire. After all, a good fire will be the difference between having a comfortable night out or a bad one. There are also a number of extra benefits that come with lighting a fire such as keeping animals away, cooking, warmth, and signaling. So, how do we build the perfect campfire? 1. The Ground The first thing you need to do is to prepare the…

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How to Build a debris hut

Simple Shelters for When You’re Lost in the Woods

Here in the UK, it is very unlikely that you’ll ever truly get lost and have to spend a night or more out. It does happen a lot when hikers decide to head out into the Peak District or the Lake District without the correct knowledge. One of the most important parts of your knowledge base should be how to build an emergency shelter that will protect you from the elements. Keys to a Successful…

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How to Split Logs Without an Axe

When you have a fire going and need some more firewood, it can be a challenge when you don’t have the right tools for the job. We are going to also assume that you don’t have a saw on hand either but that you DO have a knife in your survival kit. For slimmer branches and logs you can use the batoning technique with a fixed blade knife. Make a notch in the top of…

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How to Start a Fire in the Rain

Don’t Forget the Pencil Sharpener in Your BOB

It’s small, cheap, lightweight and it might just help to save your life one day! When we think about useful items to put into a survival kit we often look to the ‘big’ things. The ‘obvious’ things. In doing so, we neglect to look at the smaller, yet multi-functioning pieces of equipment. And one of those often overlooked pieces is the simple pencil sharpener. If you are in need of tinder for a fire then…

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Simple Solar Cooking Tips

Solar cooking is an incredibly easy way of using the rays from the sun to cook your meals. There are a couple of things that you need to get right but solar cooking is not at all hard to master. With solar cooking you can bake, boil and steam without ever having to use your normal stove. And the best bit about it? You can use your solar cooker all year round. There are a…

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