Getting back to the forest

Can you feel it? Can you sense the better weather coming? It is normally at this time of year that I start hankering to get back into the forest. There’s nothing better for relaxing than getting out amongst the trees and immersing yourself in nature. Where I live I have to travel for around 30 […]

Making a torch

Making a torch is an important skill. Making a good torch is even better. I saw the video below on the Survival Lilly YouTube channel. She is based in Austria and has a whole host of bushcraft and camping related videos on her channel. In this one, Lilly uses pine resin (naturally flammable) and other […]

Knowing when to turn back

We have had a little snow today here in the UK and as usual, the media have gone into a tailspin over it. However, when bad weather hits, knowing when to turn back is extremely important. I have only once ever set out on a journey and had to make the decision to turn back […]

What are you preparing for?

Your environment What do you know about the space around you? It seems like a fairly obvious question to ask doesn’t it? Do you have factories near to where you live? What type of home do you have? Are you in a high-rise building or do you live in an isolated cottage. Where you live, […]

Food – spreading the risk

The Nation’s Food Supply Food. It is something we deal with every day of our lives, but many of us give little thought to the supply chain that keeps our supermarket shelves stocked. The UK’s supermarkets tend, like many other businesses these days, to operate on a ‘just-in-time’ delivery system. Some people have speculated that […]

Preparedness – An introduction

The Stereotypes Whenever you start talking about preparedness or self-reliance, it’s not long before someone uses the word ‘prepper’ and with it, come the stereotypes. You the one I mean. The wild-eyed loner who is running for the hills, or the guy who has a huge cache of firearms ready to take on the ‘Feds’ […]

Night drive in the forest

I get an overwhelming sense of well-being whenever I spend time in the forest. I’m not sure if it is the aroma of the trees, the peace and quiet, or the trickling of the streams that run through it. Plus there’s always a chance if you stay still for long enough near a trail, you […]

When the chips are down

For many people this entry will come too late. They have already fallen victim to an outage relating to bank cards across Europe. For users and retailers the chips are down and they are unable to process bank card transactions. Officially it is being described as a ‘service disruption’ however that is little consolation to […]

Tinder from Pencil Sharpened Wood

Don’t worry, I am not about to suggest you burn all your pencils. I came across this nice little life hack on the Emelie Learning Bushcraft channel. The guy from Arctic Wolf Outdoors Adventures showed her how to make tinder to start a fire by ‘sharpening’ small twigs using a pencil sharpener. I hadn’t considered that […]