Throwing knives for survival


From the first time I saw James Coburn play the ultimate badass in the 1960 classic The Magnificent Seven (I, and I suspect many of my readers, too), thought, “How cool would it be to have that skill?” Possessing an awesome skill is, of course, impressive, no matter what the discipline, but let’s put this into context. Does throwing a knife…

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Cabela’s announces Plans for a new store in Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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Good news for outdoor fans in Ontario. Nebraska-headquartered outdoor specialty store Cabela’s announced today that it will be adding a fourth Canadian store to their existing lineup. In addition to over 40 stores in the United States, Cabela’s already have locations in Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. The new 70,000 square-foot store, slated for the Park Place…

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Mountain Equipment Co-Op and the Merlin DF Sleeping Bag

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  Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) — one of my favourite outdoor stores — is selling a sleeping bag on clearance, and it’s a good opportunity to tell you about both the product and the store. They’re selling this bag as a “Second-quality” product, and the reality is anything but. The original designation listed this as…

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Are survival kits the “good” silverware that gather dust?


I recently read a brace of posts from fellow outdoor blogs, The Oak and the Mountain, and Wood Trekker talking about survival kits. Now, the reason I came across these posts was because I was actively looking for survival kit ideas. I thought it was high time I re-visited my personal kit. Given that it’s…

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A Day with Pinock Smith


On January 15, 2011, I had the distinct pleasure of spending the day with Pinock Smith, a master builder, known for his traditional canoe-building methods. I first heard of Pinock in the second season of Ray Mears’ Bushcraft, where he and Ray built an authentic birchbark canoe in a week. They worked on screen again in…

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Kindle for kindling?


Of course, if your true need is for firestarting, the old dead-tree book might serve you better for dry tinder. The resource that an ebook reader such as the Kindle can give you access to, however, has such potential. I impulse-bought one last week, and have been loading up with guides and references. Some of…

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