I have taught the ways of the wilderness for well over thirty years and have authored a novel which dives deep into the shadows that follow you as you traverse wilderness trails. It is my hope to reach as many people as possible to tell everyone that the wilderness is not a place to be wary of. It is the only place where a person can dig deep into their soul and find that which is hidden to them by modern day society.
~ R.G. Wright - Hawks Shadow

Sunday, November 22, 2020

How to build a survival shelter

 Survival skills are an absolute must if you travel in the back country. The "what if" scenario is always following you as you wander or paddle. 

For example; what if you are traveling through the woods on a motorized ATV and it breaks down? You're a long way in, there is no way of walking out. Cell coverage is non existent, your cell phone has just become an expensive flashlight.  

Day-light is fading and the cool night air is pushing down on the land. The reality of being stuck in the woods sinks into your mind as you grapple with the situation. 

It's time to get to work. Set your mind free by using your hands. 

Your first task is to build a shelter which will keep you from the elements and prevent you from getting hypothermia. The shelter shown in this video is the only shelter which is easy to build by hand and it will keep you from freezing to death. 

The most important thing to do is stay calm, don't panic. A mistake out here can cost you dearly. Build your shelter and accept the situation for what it is. 

The chances of ever being in a situation such as this is remote, but if it should happen, it's better to be prepared then to be shivering in the dark as fear entwines your soul with its cold fingers. 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

How to build a functional fire pit stand

 Cooking a meal over an open fire is synonymous with camping.  

Several technical problems have to be overcome prior to placing a pot on the fire.
First - you have to have a place to put your pot so that it rests in the flames/coals to heat whatever it is that you are cooking. 
Second, you have to have a means to regulate the heat so that you can cook your food properly. 
Finally you have to ensure the pot will not flop over and spill your meal into the embrace of the fire. 

All of these problems can be solved in many different ways - This video explains how to solve this dilemma using a simple tripod, six feet of paracord, a 1/2" pulley and a tent peg.  

Super easy to build, and even easier to operate, this method is fool proof. It will ensure you will be able to cook and keep warm, any meal that fits in a pot. 

Camping is a life like no other, it will take you into a world which is removed from the controlled world of civilization. You will find yourself in a place where everything that surrounds you is part of a huge multifaceted organism.

Using your hands to create something such as a tripod connects you in a very real way to the world of the green. 

Please remember that when you cut a sapling, you are taking the life of a young tree, select saplings such a poplar. These trees will re-sprout from the base.  

The beaver clan taught me this - the trees they take will re-populate within ten years of their culling.
Beaver with maple sapling - R.G.Wright

Most Campgrounds and Provincial Parks do not permit
the cutting of any living tree. That is good thing!

The tripod in this video was made on my own property and the saplings were selectively harvested. 

This tripod can be made from dead branches - simply increase the stance distance of the legs and you are good to go. 

Happy camping!

Sunday, November 15, 2020

The Story of a Bear

 Years ago, I had the privilege of meeting a young black bear.  

He allowed me to wander with him for several years and our time together changed my world. 

I took a walk on a mid November night. The weather was unseasonably warm and the universe was wide open for my eyes to wander from star to star. 

I sat down on a rock outcrop known as deer ridge and decided to tell you the story of how I met the bear I called Blackie. 

Some words in this video could be considered offensive.   

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