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  • newJack Mountain on weather.com.  I'm not sure how meteorology can be a lifesaving…
    Jack Mountain on weather.com.  I'm not sure how meteorology can be a lifesaving skill, but it's still pretty cool. 10 Lifesaving Skills You Could Learn at Survival Camp – weather.com Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, and preparing for d…
    - 3 hours ago28 Aug 14, 10:18pm -
  • 2015 Winter Preview: Bushcraft, Survival And Expedition Programs
    Although the nights are just starting to get cool we’ve been thinking about snow and ice and planning our winter schedule. Below is a preview of the programs we’re offering. Additionally, we’ll be offering the Winter Craftsman course in Novembe…
    - 6 days ago22 Aug 14, 2:20pm -
  • Crew at Grand Pitch, East Branch of the Penobscot, Maine.
    Warning: sprintf() [function.sprintf]: Too few arguments in /home/jm99672/public_html/simplog/wp-content/themes/thesis/lib/core/skin/boxes.php on line 1779Crew at Grand Pitch, East Branch of the Penobscot, Maine. View this post on Google+ Post f…
    - 7 days ago22 Aug 14, 12:50pm -
  • Sunset on Telos Lake, Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Maine
    It's more work getting to camp after dark, but the tradeoff is being out during beautiful sunsets such as this one. The lake was like glass as we paddled several miles across Telos to Telos Landing. View this post on Google+ Post from: The Jack Mo…
    - 7 days ago21 Aug 14, 6:14pm -
  • Lunch stop on a remote river
    Notice the inverted canoe used as a lunch table and the green food pack sitting in shallow water to keep the contents cool. View this post on Google+ Post from: The Jack Mountain Bushcraft BlogLunch stop on a remote riverPost from: The Jack Mounta…
    - 8 days ago20 Aug 14, 4:09pm -

SOAR Outdoors - Paul Sveum

  • Canvas Walled Winter- Acclimatization
    12/12/13First of all I want to say that I finally bought that second thermometer I have been meaning to acquire since I moved in and it, in it's infancy has already given me much to think about. To begin, it is 6 degrees outside and the air is 48 de…
    - 14 Jan 14, 6:18pm -
  • Canvas Walled Winter- Cold Bubbles
    12/9/13The past few night have remained cold, dipping down to -10 and I would think close to -30 with the wind chill. I have found that this tent starts to lose the battle with the cold around that point, say -20 or less. At those cold temperature…
    - 6 Jan 14, 4:55pm -
  • Canvas Walled Winter- Welcome Winter
    12/7/13It was funny, the other night I was sitting on the front porch of the cabin drinking some tea thinking that this life (this winter at least) so far has been too easy. Now I don't need life to be difficult, far from it, but I was beginning to…
    - 27 Dec 13, 4:23pm -
  • Canvas Walled Winter- Back Behind the Wheel
    12/2/13Arlo and I in our usual spots- behind the wheel So after a whole mess of windshield time in the past few days, what with the holiday and all, I am finally back living the canvas lined American dream. Somewhere in the middle of the 6 hour dri…
    - 17 Dec 13, 7:01pm -
  • Canvas Walled Winter- Away
    11/27/13Making Lefse with Grandma- the highlight of going home for T-dayJust a small disclaimer: I am currently on sabbatical from the cabin due to our nation's need to keep the domestic turkey population under control, and when you look at the s…
    - 12 Dec 13, 7:00pm -

School Of The Forest

  • Wilderness First Responder
    I’m excited to share the news that I have recently completed a course in backcountry medicine at the S.O.L.O. School in North Conway, NH. Becoming a certified Wilderness First Responder is something I’ve wanted to do for years now and I couldn’…
    - 63 days ago26 Jun 14, 4:07pm -
  • The Barred Owl
    I watched him drop without sound from the Hemlock limb where he sat motionless, eyes fixed, into a thicket of ferns below. Bright green fronds shook from the conflict of one life taking another and like a silent bolt the bird was perched once more. I…
    - 63 days ago26 Jun 14, 3:15pm -
  • Home School Groups
    The month of April has come and gone and brought along with it a lot of excitement and change, as well as new opportunities to get kids out of the house and into the great outdoors! In addition to the core monthly program we are now extending our you…
    - 1 May 14, 4:06pm -
  • Open Water
    Canoe season has arrived! This morning I made my way over to the Jack Mountain Bushcraft Folk School in order to give Tim Smith a hand getting the six boats he’ll be taking with him to Maine out of his barn. The excitement seemed to build as one by…
    - 18 Apr 14, 6:23pm -
  • Cabin Fever
      This past week brought us warmth and sun followed swiftly by brisk cool air and a light overnight snowfall. A chilly reminder to keep our sweaters handy and of what Spring means to those of us living in New England. The change in weather is here a…
    - 18 Apr 14, 3:32pm -

Sam Explores - Sam Larson

  • My First Arrows And How I Made Them
    A couple of months back I was hit by a blast from the past when I found a quiver full of arrows in my parents garage. They were my old arrows. The first dozen that I had ever fletched. I haven't hunted in the last few years, but the memories brought…
    - 44 days ago15 Jul 14, 2:06pm -
  • Nature's Free Luxury Hotels
    Over the past few years I have had the privilege of spending a lot of time in luxury hotels all over North America. These aren't the hotels you see in magazines or on the travel channel. These hotels are far more exciting, enlightening, and economica…
    - 47 days ago13 Jul 14, 2:35am -
  • Cody Lundin Provides Vital Info About "Survival Entertainment" Industry
    This photo is a screen shot taken from the Discovery Youtube ChannelSo as many of you know, Cody Lundin is an experienced survival instructor from the mountains of central Arizona. He has been guiding since the late 1980s, written two books, been inv…
    - 50 days ago9 Jul 14, 2:19pm -
  • Experiences > Stuff
    my garage... yikesI recently moved from my "cheapo, pay off debt apartment" to what I am now referring to as my "slightly better cheapo, pay off debt apartment."I hate everything about moving.I hate paying another deposit, boxing everything up, and o…
    - 18 May 14, 2:31am -
  • What To Get Your Woodsman For Their Birthday
    I recently received an email from a mother who asked me literally one of my favorite questions.It basically goes like this."Hey Sam!My son is turning 11 and is interested in the outdoors. We really want to get him something he can use in the woods fo…
    - 5 May 14, 2:53pm -

Pathfinder Tom

  • Tales of a wandering man – Tomahawks new book
    I have finally gotten around to loading a “Book” of sorts on amazon. It is a collection of stories and some useful info from my travels around the world. I hope you like it. Any money from book sales will … Continue reading →
    - 49 days ago11 Jul 14, 12:22am -
  • Tomahawks online scout course
    I am proud to announce that Death Valley Magazine’s new Training Center (DVTC) is now open and enrolling it’s first course! Tom “Tomahawk” Moore’s (Co-Star of the hit TV wilderness survival show “Dude You’re Screwed) Tomahawk Scout Scho…
    - 28 Feb 14, 3:36am -
  • DVM Expedition Cambodia
    There is still time for you adventurous Pimps to sign up for the Cambodia tour in March. Come join Me, James Price, Vanessa and Khuntia for the fun and adventure! http://www.deathvalleymag.com/dvm-expeditions/
    - 13 Jan 14, 4:22pm -
  • New tracking show on Discovery Channel – “Lone Target”
    I knida dig this new Tracking show on Discovery Channel called “Lone Target”. It reminds me of one that was out a few years ago with the former SAS operator Chris Ryan as the host – cant remember the name … Continue reading →
    - 12 Jan 14, 8:40pm -
  • Chaga tea / Kombucha
      Lately, I have been craving Chaga tea. Being here in Arizona it is kinda hard to come by due to it being a Boreal forest Growth. But, as luck would have it , my good Friend John G from … Continue reading →
    - 12 Jan 14, 8:29pm -

Yukon's Quest

  • Insight Of A Sober Mind... (My Year With NO Beer)
    September 18, 2013:*Affirmation & Intentions-  Today is my 29th birthday.. I Ryan Holt (Yukon) will not consume or alter my conscious state by the use of alcohol or substance for one year. For the challenge, for clarity, for focus, for the will of m…
    - 93 days ago28 May 14, 2:02am -
  • -Boundary Water Expedition Day #9
    *The Best/Worst Day*February 26, 2014:         To put it nicely, lets just say today was a personal challenge at its best...          For the first time since my Marine Corps. years of experience, I was tested physically and mentally throu…
    - 24 Apr 14, 11:38am -
  • -Boundary Waters Expedition Day #8
    *It's Not Delivery*February 25, 2014:  The Sun will always rise        With a full week of this journey behind us, our rhythm and routine has definitely become well established. Like clockwork each of us knows exactly what must get done in the…
    - 14 Apr 14, 10:09pm -
  • YU-KON QUOTE ME #6
    "If I could ask you to remember one thing about me when I come to die... It's, that I lived."                                          -Yukon
    - 10 Apr 14, 3:50pm -
  • -Boundary Water Expedition Day #7
    *Mirage*February 24, 2014:      Tucked away along the shores of Lake Jasper we continued our trek West into the cold and blistery winds of another day with temperatures around -20. It wasn't long before we came to yet another portage connecting us…
    - 7 Apr 14, 1:40pm -

Skills For Wild Lives

  • Bushcraft Kit – Reflections After A Decade
    When I take up a new hobby or interest I have to work really hard to stop myself buying tons of new stuff. Bushcraft was a prime example. It's been a long road but now my habits are very different. Get the lowdown.Bushcraft Kit – Reflections After…
    - 11 Nov 13, 4:03pm -
  • Am I Mad To Take A Solo Wilderness Trip?
    When I tell people I’m off on solo wilderness trips, things could go either way. Am I mad? This seems to be the $64,000 question that they don’t ask.Am I Mad To Take A Solo Wilderness Trip?
    - 5 Nov 13, 12:19pm -
  • A Solo Canoe Trip To Millimagasset Lake, Maine
    I’m making my solo canoe trip in the green heart of northern Maine, the North Maine Woods. I’m headed for Millimagasset Lake. It's not a huge lake but at a few miles long by a couple wide it's a great place for a week or so of fishing, relaxing a…
    - 3 Oct 13, 7:18pm -
  • Outdoor Notebook & Phone Pouch
    I love to carry a notebook with me when I'm outdoors. It's so useful to be able to jot down ideas and notes as I find things of interest. These days I usually have an iPhone with me too. Wanting a way to keep these together with a couple of pens or p…
    - 19 Sep 13, 1:46pm -
  • Autumn Or Fall – It’s All The Same Really
    Catching up - damn I promised myself I wouldn't do this again - let's recap some of this summer's adventure and shenanigansAutumn Or Fall – It’s All The Same Really
    - 3 Sep 13, 7:26pm -

Man Gone Wild

  • Ice Climbing adventure and amazing dog sled
    Today was my favorite day of the trip. 7 am I was pickup by a ice climbing guide. A half hour drive brought us to this 90 meter waterfall. I looked at this waterfall with a little intimidation. My first couple climbs only went about half way up. It t…
    - 26 Jan 14, 1:00pm -
  • Helicopter and gondola ride.

    - 25 Jan 14, 4:56pm -
  • winter sleigh ride
    this had to be one of the coldest days. We had a sleigh ride which was cool but cold.
    - 17 Jan 14, 1:00pm -
  • ice and angel falls
    ice walking and went to a frozen water fall called angel falls. This waterfall was an amazing site to see.
    - 17 Jan 14, 2:54am -
  • Rocky Mountain train ride.
    Spent this day riding the train.
    - 14 Jan 14, 1:43pm -

The Journey Yet To Come

  • On Certification
    Balancing bushcraft practice with the complexities of being intertwined with the modern world can be difficult. It gets particularly difficult for those who try to make their living teaching others bushcraft. How does one demonstrate their competence…
    - 26 Feb 14, 10:10pm -
  • JMB Spring Term Day 35
    Date: May 25, 2009Location: JMB, Masardis, MaineI started floor tillering and basically spent the whole day doing that. (most exciting log entry ever)Accomplishments and Observations:1) Started floor tilleringInitial Reflections:I'm still not getting…
    - 31 Dec 12, 8:54pm -
  • Defining Bushcraft
       I recently read a thread on BushCraftUSA discussing how to (and whether to) define bushcraft. The thread ultimately went nowhere but it got me thinking about what the word means to me. Most of my time is spent studying ecology and that experien…
    - 31 Dec 12, 8:21am -
  • JMB Spring Term Day 34
    Date: May 24, 2009Location: JMB, Masardis, MaineAnother longbow day. I started work on the belly (thickness) and got the whole bow down to 1". I also switched from a a push knife to a spoke shave to clean out the tool marks and square the sides.Accom…
    - 31 Dec 12, 6:35am -
  • JMB Spring Term Day 33
    Date: May 23, 2009Location: JMB, Masardis, MaineMost of the day was spent carving my longbow. A lot of material needed to come off to create the proper taper. The carving process is just a matter of sitting down and getting it done (like many things…
    - 8 May 12, 6:45pm -

Big Fish Bushcraft

  • Shelter-craft
    Shelter building is one of my favorite parts of bushcraft. Thought I'd share some different shelter types I've built and lived in:Here's a hoop house that used a tarp and parachute for rain and bug protection. Didn't have to tie anything down, just u…
    - 30 Jan 13, 9:51pm -
  • I'll try to remember this guy,
    ... when I'm hiking the a.t. and thinking, "I should have cut the trail guide in sections and had them mailed to me in increments to save weight" or "I should have cut my hammock shorter to save weight" or "My pack should have been made out of cuben…
    - 23 Jan 13, 8:41pm -
  • Sam explores the Gila Wilderness
    Big Feesh here in Mass, nothin really worth mentioning on my end at the moment, but thought I'd give daps to fellow bushcrafter, Jack Mountaineer, and all around good guy Sam, who is soon to be embarking on his 100 mile Gila Wilderness trek, where he…
    - 16 Jan 13, 5:39am -
  • Off Topic - Reflecting on a season and a player I'll never forget
    (response to: What is your favorite season for your favorite NBA Player? from realgm.com)That 07-08 Pierce, was the pinnacle of Paul Pierce.His skill level, maturity, and athleticism reached respective heights we will never see again from P2.He pla…
    - 24 Dec 12, 1:19pm -
  • Yessir, another alcohol stove.
    Big Fish here, currently down in Mass for the holidays. Not much going on for the most part, just lounging around my family's house watching Moonshiners on discovery channel. Last night though I found an aluminum budweiser bottle in the fridge, and…
    - 22 Dec 12, 11:59am -

Boundary Waters Winter Expedition 2014

  • 38 Days of Pemmican- Jarell Friesen

    - 78 days ago11 Jun 14, 4:45pm -
  • Movie Time!
    The footage in this video came from all of us, filmed at various times throughout the trip and was all captured at the discomfort of the one behind the lense. It was always a challenge capturing images on this trip due to the cold-batteries refused t…
    - 26 Mar 14, 7:25pm -
  • Answering the Call or The Benefits of Running Your Mouth
    “The adventure is always and everywhere a passage beyond the veil of the known into the unknown; the powers that watch at the boundary are dangerous; to deal with them is risky; yet for anyone with the competence and courage the danger fades.” Jo…
    - 21 Mar 14, 8:46pm -
  • There and Back Again
    It's been a little over a week since we packed up my truck in Ely, said our goodbyes and left the Boundary Waters behind to return to our lives that, by all appearances, have continued on just fine in our absence. My tent (yes I traded life on trail…
    - 21 Mar 14, 8:17pm -
  • Plan B's
    I spent the morning packing, repacking, weighing, and sorting through our supply of food.  After a few hours of work (and tasting- to make sure it was all fit to eat of course, especially the chocolate) we now have five cardboard boxes of similar we…
    - 15 Feb 14, 7:31pm -

Global Awareness, Local Action

Philosophizing with a Hammer

  • My Squirrel Jihad
    Squirrels empty our birdfeeder every day. And they eat every peach on every tree, every summer. They don't eat the whole peaches, they just take one bite out of each of them. They do the same thing with the tomatoes. They chew down the co…
    - 9 Apr 14, 12:58am -
  • Gear that Works: Duluth Trading Company "Fire Hose Work Pants"
    For years, Carhartt dungarees have practically been my uniform. Steve Jobs wore jeans and black turtlenecks, I wear canvas pants and polo shirts. He was a billionaire, but I have a hotter wife. Carhartt's quality has been slowly slipping, though. I'…
    - 14 Mar 14, 12:58pm -
  • Civil Disobedience in Connecticut
    By some estimates, more than 300,000 previously law-abiding Connecticut citizens who believe the Bill of Rights applies to them are now felons. They've refused to comply with the state's new gun registration law. So far, most Connecticut gun owner…
    - 28 Feb 14, 5:53pm -
  • Fire-starting Practice in the Rain
    Today was a day made for hypothermia, just above freezing and raining fairly hard. A foot of slushy snow on the ground. Since the paradox of fire is that the more you need one the more difficult it is to build, I figured I'd take a hike and practice.…
    - 7 Jan 14, 2:54am -
  • On Making Cider
    For much of human history, the safest things to drink had alcohol in them. "Hard" cider was very popular in England, and early emigrants from there brought apple seeds to New England.Grains required for the production of beer don't thrive in the nort…
    - 7 Nov 13, 1:28am -

Robo's Blog-O

  • They put my face on the picture box. Autographs starting at $20.
    A Maine TV station picked up the February edition of the DownEast Magazine article, "The Survivors" written about Jack Mountain Bushcraft School while I was attending the Summer/Fall Semester.  Lots of people ask me, 'Hey Rob, what'd ya do out in th…
    - 18 Feb 14, 5:14am -
  • Made it to the Intermission
    The last 2 weeks in the woods have been amazing!  Myself and 6 other gents, through Jack Mountain Bushcraft School leisurely lived - no - thrived for the whole time we were out there.  Where is there?  A remote lake in the Northern Maine Woods. …
    - 15 Feb 14, 7:00pm -
  • DownEast Magazine's Story on Jack Mountain Bushcraft!
    It was really cool talking to Brian the writer and interacting with Mark the photographer while they were putting the story together for this article.  It's a good article in the sense that Brian came up three separate times to observe the course an…
    - 29 Jan 14, 1:54pm -
  • Places I Have Sleepen: The Finest Cardboard Box in all of Key West
    Late December 2008.  I had been camping out in the Everglades for about 2 weeks and thought it close enough to make a jump to Key West for a Saturday night.  Figured there’d be more going on there than the lake I was camping next to.  So, I pack…
    - 25 Jan 14, 10:15pm -
  • The Best Sorts of Sports
          Now, I’ve always been into baseball.  In Japan, during the 7th inning stretch, everyone sings a song and then all at once let off these giant phallic-shaped balloons that whistle as they shoot into the air and then drop down on everyone.…
    - 22 Jan 14, 11:22pm -

Delicious - JMBushcraft

Guide Spot

JMBS Photostream

Grand Pitch, East Branch Penobscot
Grand Pitch, East Branch Penobscot
- 7 days ago22 Aug 14, 12:49pm -
Telos Sunset
Telos Sunset
- 7 days ago21 Aug 14, 6:09pm -
Lunch On Webster Stream
Lunch On Webster Stream
- 8 days ago20 Aug 14, 4:05pm -
Lining Webster Stream
Lining Webster Stream
- 10 days ago19 Aug 14, 12:15pm -
Cooking Dinner On The East Branch
Cooking Dinner On The East Branch
- 15 days ago14 Aug 14, 1:17pm -
Canoes & Horse Mountain
Canoes & Horse Mountain
- 15 days ago14 Aug 14, 1:17pm -

Spring 2014 Wilderness Bushcraft Semester

Beaver Lodge
Beaver Lodge
- 99 days ago22 May 14, 12:01pm -
Young Moose
Young Moose
- 99 days ago22 May 14, 12:01pm -
Bucksaw Laid Out
Bucksaw Laid Out
- 99 days ago22 May 14, 12:01pm -
Wood Gunwhale
Wood Gunwhale
- 99 days ago22 May 14, 12:01pm -
Tarp Smoker
Tarp Smoker
- 99 days ago22 May 14, 12:01pm -
Little Brookie
Little Brookie
- 99 days ago22 May 14, 12:01pm -

Boreal Snowshoe Expedition 2014

Morning Hauling
Morning Hauling
- 24 Mar 14, 5:13pm -
Improvised Snowshoes
Improvised Snowshoes
- 24 Mar 14, 5:12pm -
Tent By Candlelight
Tent By Candlelight
- 24 Mar 14, 5:12pm -
Snowshoes & Stovepipe
Snowshoes & Stovepipe
- 24 Mar 14, 5:12pm -
Lunch In Camp
Lunch In Camp
- 24 Mar 14, 5:12pm -
Packing The Tent
Packing The Tent
- 24 Mar 14, 5:12pm -

Wilderness Bushcraft Semester - Fall, 2013 Photo Group

And one for the cook
And one for the cook
- 28 Dec 13, 3:38pm -
Walking a canoe
Walking a canoe
- 28 Dec 13, 3:38pm -
Hand Drill
Hand Drill
- 28 Dec 13, 3:38pm -
Paddles enjoying a sunrise
Paddles enjoying a sunrise
- 28 Dec 13, 3:38pm -
Success!
Success!
- 28 Dec 13, 3:38pm -
Candied Grasshoppers
Candied Grasshoppers
- 28 Dec 13, 3:38pm -

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