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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 kindling or tinder. Simply strike the fire steel against the tinder to allow the tinder to catch the spark and create a fire. This video will benefit those viewers who are planning to camp or want to learn about wilderness s...

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 7 degrees from the surface of the stone and move the blade back and forth or in a circular motion.

How To: Tie a chain sinnet

A chain sinnet is a useful rope technique to know for climbing, camping or disaster prep. It's a bit tricky for beginners, but you should pick it up before long. In this tutorial, the guys at ITS Tactical show us how to make a chain sinnet using some flaked rope.

How To: Build a campfire in snow

Building winter campfires is a great way to stay warm, cook food, and have fun! Learn all about how to make a campfire, from gathering kindling and cutting wood to lighting and fanning the fire, in this free cold weather camping video guide series.

How To: Properly put on a heavy mountaineering backpack

In this video, we learn how to properly put on a heavy mountaineering backpack. It's very important to do this properly, or else you can severely injure your back. To put this on, grab the strap with both of your hands, then lift it up onto your knees, then slide it and kick it up onto your back. Next tie it around your waist and pull it so it's nice and tight. After this, use a chest strap so it's tight, but not enough so that you cannot breathe and it takes weight off your shoulders. Next, ...

How To: Harvest seed for flour in the wilderness

In this video, we learn how to harvest seed for flour in the wilderness. First, gather up some seeds from your yard inside the different plants. After this, let the air dry your seeds so there is no more moisture left inside of them. After this is done, you can take the seeds and grind them up into a fine powder that you can use as flour when you are baking. This is a great way to eat more healthy and use what you have in your garden instead of going out to purchase flour from the store. You ...

How To: Make a fire starter out of recycled candles

Cut an old sheet of news paper at about five inches in width. Roll it down to create a thick stick of newspaper. Get a roll of string that is specifically made of cotton or use a natural fiber string. Tie the string around your roll of newspaper to make sure it stays together or that it will not unroll. Submerge the rolled newspaper/s on a pot of hot and melted old candles. Let it sit for at least a minute or more as needed. Remove the rolled newspaper/s from the pot and let them dry out for ...

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 between you and your buddies.

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 object or perform other heavy rope-using tasks.

How To: Pan for gold in a lake

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to pan for gold in a lake. You will need the sand that you mined for gold. Put some sand in a pan, put water in the pan and mix it with your hands. Then stir the pan underwater. Loosen the sand with your fingers and keep stirring the pan. Gold being heavy, this will make the gold to settle down at the bottom of the pan and the dirt will remain on top. Then give the pan a good shake and tap it at the bottom. Now you pan the dirt out....

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 around the shape of the glove. Keep going round until it starts turning into one long piece. Go back around the leather and trim up the rough edges and corners. He ends up with about seven foot of string. It's a cheep free w...

How To: Pack camping food

Dr. Cook discusses the best ways to pack your food for a camping trip. When it comes to packing food for your camping trip, the best way is simply to pack everything into Tupperware. Everything will be held neatly in one place, and certain items can even be organized in Ziploc bags, and then put into the Tupperware. These bags are also great for keeping the food dry, and can also be used to pack individual meals. Removing the food from its original packaging and placing it in a Ziploc bag als...

How To: Identify the parts of a compass

The parts of the compass are a base plate with different measurements for calculating mileage and distance. The magnifying glass is used to magnify things on your map. The arrow at the top of the compass is called the direction of travel arrow. To find the degrees on your compass, use the rotating bezel ring, with North being "0", East being "90", South being "180", and west being "270". The magnetic needle inside has a red magnetic north end, which is used to locate "North", and the black en...

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 length you will be comfortable with. Consider wrapping a piece of leather around the top part, where you grab onto the stick. This creates a comfortable handle. Be creative with your stick by decorating it or writing your n...

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 you have a place to sit, but you will be able to leave it once you leave and lighten your load. Enjoy this very cool tutorial, and learn exactly how to make yourself a comfy seat in an otherwise empty forest.

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, a sock, some rope, and sealable, waterproof plastic bags. Keeping your provisions safe will decrease the risk of animal attack, and make your journey out into nature a fun experience.

How To: Start a fire with steel wool and a battery

Forget the sticks and drop the matches, Joe Kelley shows you the easiest way to start a fire in the woods: steel wool and a battery. All you need to do is touch the volt battery to the steel wool. Watch this video camping tutorial and learn how to start a fire with steel wool and a battery.

How To: Cook with aluminum foil

A demo of how to cook a cake with a folding pot and oven that will fit in your pocket. This is very helpful for camping and even for around the house. Have fun with it, and impress your friends with your amazing aluminum cooking abilities.

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.

How To: Pitch a pop-up tent the easy way

Pop-up tents are much more convenient to pitch than the tents of old, but doing it for the first time is still tricky. Watch this video to learn how to set up both types of pop-up tent: the umbrella style and the coiled-spring style.

How To: Tie a Knute hitch

In this video, we learn how to tie a Knute hitch. The purpose for this is to make an easy dummy cord on something with a hold for it. To start, tie a simple overhand knot in one end and then make a bite in the knot. With this bite, insert this into the hole in your item. Once it's through, take the end with the knot and put it through the loop. Then, pull the end of the string until it's tight over the item with the hole. Then you can use this as a handle so you don't lose your item!

How To: Make A Whistle From A Sycamore Twig

I will show you how to make a loud whistle from a twig from a sycamore tree. In fact they are so loud that they could be used in an emergency situation to attract attention from potential rescuers. The international distress signal is 6 whistle blasts in quick succession.

How To: Make and cook with camp fires

This video demonstrates the tripod method of setting up a campfire for cooking in the wilderness. In order to set up the tripod, you will need three large branches of hazel, some copper wire, and a hooked branch to be used to hang a pot from the tripod. The copper wire will be used to attach the hooked branch to the tripod setup and cord or rope may be substituted. Another method of cooking which is demonstrated is to cook food in a pot over some embers. A hole is dug in the ground and a fire...