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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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : Tie the handcuff knot easily

This double loop knot can't be cinched too tightly, so the police don't really use it—but firefighters do to pull people out of narrow spaces by their wrists.

How To : Practice food safety on a camping trip

Before you make that extended camping trek out into the wilderness, there are a few things any self-respecting camper should know how to do. And one of those things is how to safely feed oneself. With this free video guide, you'll learn how to practice food safety when roughin ...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 : Lash a bamboo tripod

In this tutorial, we learn how to lash a bamboo tripod. First, you will tie a clove hitch by taking one piece of bamboo and wrapping the rope around it, then crossing the two sides of the string together to make a hitch. Next, you will secure the clove hitch around the third p ...more

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 classic A-Frame tent

There are tons of quick pop up tents available nowadays, but the classic A-Frame tent still remains one of the most popular. A-Frames are those classic tents with the spikes in the ground that hold it up. They take a little more effort to erect but they are perfect for backpac ...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 : Make a lean-to in the wilderness

Sometimes you need a little shelter when you are hiking or camping. If it starts to rain, or you need a little shade from the sun, it will help you very much to build a lean to. In this tutorial, learn how to make a lean to if you are stuck in the wild. Fashioning a lean-to is ...more

How To : Carry your camping gear for cheap

Are you struggling to buy a high priced backpack for your wilderness trip? Fear not for there is this video out in the world looking to help you! In this video, learn how to carry your camping gear for cheap, without shelling out too many bones for an expensive camping backpack.

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 : Use bowl gold panning techniques

Space Painter demonstrates how to pan for gold. Put the sediment in a pan and fill it with water. Agitate the pan back and forth. The light sediment will rise to the top as the heavy material sinks. Tip the tray into the water trough to remove the lighter sediment. Gold pannin ...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 : 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 : Make a cheap woodburning stove for camping

Finding yourself in the wilderness where there is no chance of possibly making a fire outside is pretty dangerous. But you can avoid the danger by making your very own cheap woodburning stove for the inside of you shelter. Enjoy! In order to heat the shelter we thought that w ...more

How To : Set up a tent when camping outdoors

In order to set up a tent, for a camping trip, you'll need to lay out all of the parts of the tent. Place the poles at the end of the tent. Work on opposite sides. Inserting the pole on both sides. It may be easier with two people. Once you insert the pole, then you'll need to ...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 : Make a Survival Light Source

This is just a simple survival light source. You can use a cheap outdoor solar yard light like the one in the video from walmart. There only about 3 to 5 bucks but you can use them not only as a light source but a way to recharge AA rechargeable batteries. First, it will make ...more

How To : Get Your Camper or RV Toilet to Stop Smelling

Video: . Nobody likes an RV or camper toilet that smells, this video will show you how to prevent your RV toilet from smelling. After many trial and error tactics, we figured out a way to greatly reduce the amount of smell that the toilet in our camper was creating. The prob ...more

How To : Clean your dishes using dirt while camping

Using dirt for cleaning dishes? It can be done! If you're camping in the great outdoors and don't have dish soap, using dirt is a natural method of washing dishes. All you need is some dirt and boiling water to practice this valuable sanitation skill.

How To : Start a fire with a fire steel

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to use a fire steel. The fire steel consists of a piece of steel and a striker. To use the fire steel, simply by pressing one piece against the other to create sparks. To ignite a fire with the sparks, users will need some sort of kind ...more

How To : Use plants in the wild to heal wounds and aches

Here in civilization, any sign of a cold can be instantly erased with a trip to the doctor and the right medicine, but when you're stuck out in the wild without any pre-packed meds, you're in major trouble. Learn how to recognize plants that are not only edible, but also have ...more

How To : Make fire-starters out of dryer lint

The warmth of a fire is great while camping or on a cold winter’s night but it can be difficult to get those log roaring. Use materials you have at home to create some easy, fool-proof fire starters that you can use the next time you need to get some logs burning. Save that s ...more

How To : Protect food from animals while camping

Getting back to nature can be an incredibly rewarding experience – unless critters come along and ruin it! Here's how to keep your food from being plundered. To keep your food protected while camping out in the great outdoors, try bringing along a cooler, a cloth or nylon sack ...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 : Get geared up for camping

Better TV has some stress-free tips to packing your camping gear. Check out this how-to video for getting geared up for camping. Hopefully you don't have to buy all your gear. Watch these stress free tips for packing your outdoor gear!

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 : Properly adjust a hiking backpack

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to adjust a hiking backpack. Begin by loosening all the straps on the backpack. Then load the backpack onto yourself. Have the majority weight of the backpack on the hips. Tighten the hip belt and strap it around the hips. Make adjustm ...more

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