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How To : Use Diagonal Lashings to tie poles together

Diagonal lashings are a popular type of knot for building structures with wooden poles that allows you to join two poles at a 45-90 degree angle. It can replace a square lashing, but not vice versa. This video will show you how to tie a diagonal lashing yourself, which can be ...more

How To : Create a rope ladder with a ladder lashing

This clip presents an introduction to ladder lashing. Once you get the hang of it, you'll find it's quite easy. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, and to get started creating your own ladder lashes, watch this video tutorial.

How To : Tie a Japanese MKII method of square lashing rope

Square lashing is a great way to hold two things together at a perpendicular with rope or cord. Like most any knot, there is more than one way to tie it, and in this video you'll learn how to tie the Japanese MKII version of square lashing.

How To : Dehydrate food for camping

This how-to video explains how to dehydrate food for backpacking or camping. This is very helpful, and could make meat last for up to 6 months. This could save a lot of money in the long run. Part 1 of 2 - How to Dehydrate food for camping. Part 2 of 2 - How to Dehydrate food ...more

How To : Set up a tent

Tents are a practical and easy shelter to use on any camping trip. Learn how to set up a tent in this free camping video series from an Eagle Scout. Part 1 of 10 - How to Set up a tent. Set up a tent - Part 2 of 10. Click through to watch this video on expertvillage.com Set up ...more

How To : Start a fire without kindling

You don't need a stock pile of kindling to hold the flame and really get your fire started. There are a variety of creative yet effective substitutes. Leftover chips from lunch, an extra toilet paper roll, these are only a few ideas on how to start your next fire. Fire is ess ...more

How To : Bind poles together with a Japanese square lash

This clip presents an introduction to the ancient Japanese technique of square lashing. Once you get the hang of it, you'll find it's quite easy. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, and to get started doing square lashing yourself, watch this v ...more

How To : Tie the Miller's Knot (bag or sack knot)

In order to tie a Miller's Knot, which is also known as the bag or sack knot, you should begin by wrapping the rope around the object you wish to bind: the Miller's knot is a binding knot. It is used to bind things. Next, wrap one of the free ends around it. You are, basically ...more

How To : Make a stone rocket stove

To build a stone rocket stove, you will need the following: stones, wood, a tender pile, and lighter (or something to start a fire) Gather large stones. A fire pit is useful. Make a base with the large stones. Place 2 parallel. Then, close the ends, by placing stones around i ...more

How To : Build a comprehensive chuck box for camping

In order to build a good chuck box, you will need to do a lot of planning in advance, in order to make sure that you have the essentials and keep the weight of your chuck box down. The most important thing is weight, but you also need to consider: assembly, containers, modula ...more

How To : Make an All-Night Campfire with Just One Log

The next time you're out camping, whether it's outdoors in the wilderness or right outside in your own backyard, try this hack out for an effortless campfire all night long. While there is definitely some prep work involved, it's well worth it if you don't need a huge bonfire, ...more

How To : Use the common rope seizing knot

Rope seizing is a technique that is used when two things need to be held together with rope, like two pieces of timber for example. This video from ITS Tactical demonstrates how to use some cord to perform rope seizing on a big, heavy rope so that you can use it to suspend an ...more

How To : Tie two ropes together with different knots

For those who didn't learn any knot-tying skills in scouts, or have forgotten them all now, this video demonstration shows how to do knots from basic to more advanced knots such as Sheet Bend, Fisherman's Knot, Square Knot and Thief's Knot. Knot tying is essential for camping, ...more

How To : Survive if you’re lost in the woods

Getting out of the wilderness alive is a matter of knowing what to do-and what not to do. This how-to video shows how to stay alive in the wilderness when stuck. Make sure to always have a way to stay warm and don't eat anything unless you know it is safe.

How To : Make a good walking stick

This video will show you how to make a good walking stick. Having a 'third leg' can sometimes mean the difference between disaster and safety. To make the perfect walking stick, do the following: Find a nice straight stick, strong enough to support your weight. Cut it at a len ...more

How To : Cook gourmet hut trip Chinese food

Outdoor Bum teaches you how to package your favorite Chinese or Indian food for dinner at the hut. There are three things that are essential to me having a great hut trip: a light pack, good food, and little mess. I've tried to enjoy rehydrated food, and I smiled as I gagged ...more

How To : Pitch a terra nova laser competition tent

We show you how to pitch a single pole Laser Competition tent. This is a must-see video for all those camping lovers as we show you exactly how to pitch a tent effectively. Pitch a terra nova laser competition tent. Click through to watch this video on videojug.com

How To : Tie a marlin spike hitch

Pull the line towards yourself, applying tension. Form a bite. having the working end towards the standing part. Fold the line away from the direction of pull, weave the marlin spike through the hole and then pull the line tight. For a quicker method, place the marlin spike o ...more

How To : Pack patrol boxes with useful items while camping

In this video tutorial, viewers learn about patrol boxes. There are two patrol boxes that are mentioned in this video. The materials that are contained in the first box are: a twin burner stove, propane lantern , adapter hose, propane converter, fat wood, fire starter, matches ...more

How To : Make fire in multiple ways

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to make fire in multiple ways. For this you will need either cigarette lighters or matches. There are also a variety of fire making kits available with fancy strikers to produce sparks and chemically coated paper str ...more

How To : Build an alcohol beverage can stove

LannyPlans shares his unique methods and tools for building beverage-can alcohol stoves, which uses his Alcohol Stove Build Kit, to build a proven design, the Open Well Jet Alcohol Stove. In this video tutorial, LannyPlans shows how to heat treat using a turntable, how to mak ...more

How To : Use round lashing to build a flagpole or A-frame

Round lashing refers to a knot that you can use to hold two poles together easily and securely. This is useful for constructing a flagpole, as the creators of the video did here and building a-frames. This video will show you how to use round lashing quickly and easily for you ...more

How To : Sharpen a knife with a Japanese water stone

When you're out camping in the woods one of the best survival tools you can have in your kit is a sharp knife. Handy for cutting plants, vines, and skinning animals if it's nosh time, a knife must be kept in tip top condition to work efficiently. Watch this video to learn how ...more

How To : Bundle kindling

In this tutorial, we learn how to bundle kindling. First, gather up 25 pieces of kindling together and tie it together with a rope on two ends and in the middle. Before you do this, you will cut the tops off of the kindling so you are just left with the branches. The water wil ...more

How To : Use a square lashing

Square lashing is a knot-making technique that has been made famous by the Boy Scouts of America's massive pioneering projects, and is really integral to any structure made out of poles like the one you see in the thumbnail. This video will teach you how to use square lashing ...more

How To : Make a Swedish Torch (AKA Canadian Candle)

It's known that during the Thirty Years' War that took place in Europe between 1618 and 1648, soldiers used Swedish fire torches (also called Canadian candles) for heating, lighting, and cooking meals. Video: . Today, it's a really great way to cook food and boil water when yo ...more

How To : Make a Compass in Your Kitchen

Things you'll need: Glass or shallow bowl Water Straight pin or needle Cork Small craft or block magnet Magnetize your needle Take your magnet, and rubbing it over and over again in one direction down half the length of your needle. Rotate the needle to make sure you've got ...more

How To : Make leather string or thong from an old glove

You will use an old work glove to make the string. First cut the seems of the glove to the finger tips with scissors. Cut out the palm part of the clove. Remove the elastic off of the back with a knife. remove the hem with your scissors. Next, start cutting at the edge up arou ...more

How To : Construct a DIY "whoopie sling" hammock suspension

When you are camping, it is always nice to have a comfy place to sleep or rest. In this tutorial, learn how to construct a strong but cheap DIY "whoopie sling" for making a hammock. This suspended cocoon will let you enjoy the great outdoors while staying safe, comfortable and ...more

How To : Make a survival whistle out of a willow twig

If you're out in the wilderness with only one or two other people, it's easy to get separated. Even worse, if you planned for the trip to be "all natural" and decided not to bring any electronic gadgets like TVs and cells phones, then there are no lines of communication betwee ...more

How To : Sharpen a swiss army knife

Learning how to maintain and sharpen your Swiss army knife is an important skill for campers and backpackers. You will need to have a sharpening stone that can be dry or wet. To use a wet stone simply add a little bit of water or homing oil. Keep the blade at an angle of 5 to ...more

How To : Construct a camp chair

When you are camping, having a place to sit down other than the ground is always a plus. If you don't have the strength or space to carry a chair with you as you hike, check out this video and learn to make one out of materials you find in the forest. This way, not only will y ...more

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