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The Smudge Fire – Mosquito Hack

By | Bushcraft, Camp and Hike, DIY | One Comment

Hate mosquitoes? I do, and this video will show you one way I deal with them when I’m in the bush.

My first exposure to a smudge was many moons ago when my aunt passed away and some native fire keepers came in and smudged her house. Her husband was Chippewa, and after a person passed, it was their tradition to fill the house with smoke in order to purge the house of spirits (or something like that. It was a long time ago :-)

Well, it turns out that smoke is pretty good at purging areas of bugs in general, and that is what a smudge fire is all about. The basic principle is simple; make a smoky fire. Since mosquitoes (and bugs in general) hate smoke, they will keep away from it (for the most part).

In order to contain the smudge and make it portable, I use an old soup can with a wire coat hanger rigged into a handle.

This is also an excellent way to make a coal transportable over long distances. Just keep adding punk wood to the can while you hike.

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The J Stroke

Canoe Tip – The J Stroke

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In the┬ávideo below I demonstrate how I do the “J Stroke”. This is a canoe paddling technique that allows you to keep your paddle on one side of your boat, and propel yourself straight.

One of the frustrations in canoeing is keeping the bow of your boat straight. This is especially true if you are solo canoeing. The first instinct is to lift your paddle out of the water, switch sides, and then correct your direction by paddling on the other side. Although this works, the problem with this method is three-fold. One, you often drip water in the boat, getting your gear wet. Two, doing this all day long can really take a toll on your energy levels. And three, at the end of the day (and into the next) you are almost certain to have sore muscles (unless you’re a young buck :-)

With the J Stroke, you keep the paddle on one side of the boat for the most part; keeping the water where it belongs (in the river). Also, because you’re not constantly lifting it out of the water all day long, you can actually paddle a lot longer during a day, and will keep your muscles a lot more happy.

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Rose Hips

Rose Hips – Wild Edibles Series

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In this video we explore the wonderful and sweet rose hip. Rose hips are a wild edible that is best harvested in the fall after the first frost or two. In this video we take an up close look at the plant talk about how you can enjoy this wild edible on the trail, and give a few tips and cautions about utilizing rose hips for consumption.

A few cool facts about rose hips…
1) All rose hips are edible, but do vary in taste from species to species
2) Rose hips contain 50 times the vitamin C compared to citrus fruits
3) The hairs on the seed of rose hips were used to make the first itching powder.

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If this is your first time with us, my name is Dave, and David’s Passage is the name of my vlog. This passage in life started with a desire to share my love of the outdoors with the world. My hope is that those who tune into my videos will be inspired to venture out and enjoy all of creation for what it’s worth. This video blog features videos on an array of outdoor-related topics, as well as DIY projects that might just help you more fully enjoy the outdoors. New videos come out on Tuesdays at 3pm EST, so please subscribe and be on the lookout for new content soon!
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wood sorrel

Wood Sorrel – Wild Edibles Series

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Wood Sorrel (aka Oxalis acetosella) has to be one of my favorite wild edible plants to find. It’s taste is one of the best in the leaf world IMHO, and it is super easy to identify. The taste can really give you a boost on the trail. To my knowledge there are no known toxic lookalikes. Having said that, always consult with a local expert first before consuming ANY wild edible plant.

One thing I will say is that wood sorrel contains a chemical called oxalic acid. In quantity, oxalic acid is bad for you, but I can’t say for sure how much it would take to hurt you. One more reason to consult a local expert first. With many wild edible plants, only certain parts can be consumed while other parts are toxic, and certain plants can only be consumed in certain quantities before they become bad for you. My guess is that the amount it takes is determined much by who you are. For example, while a pound might be bad for young children or pregnant mothers, it may be perfectly fine for a 25-year-old. Don’t take my advice on consumption though! Consult with a local expert first.

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Trout Lily

Trout Lily – Wild Edibles Series

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In this video, we take a quick look at trout lily, a very nutritious wild edible plant that grows as a ground cover in many eastern woodlands of the United States. In this video, we’ll get super up close to help you ID the thing in the wild. The entire thing is edible, even the bulb that grows beneath the ground. You’ve probably stepped on this, not knowing the thing was even edible!

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Trout lily
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Pathfinder Stainless Steel Bottle Cooking Kit Hack

Pathfinder Stainless Steel Bottle Cooking Kit Hack

By | Bushcraft, Camp and Hike, DIY, Gear Reviews | No Comments

I am a big fan of the Pathfinder 32oz Stainless Steel Bottle & Nesting Cup Set. This is a super rugged cook set for anyone who spends any time outdoors. As you will see in the video, I have put this mess set through the ringer. But this isn’t so much a review video as it is a gear mod, or hack video.

In this video I show you how to make a simple steam basket for the Pathfinder Stainless Steel Bottle Cooking Kit.

Here’s how to make the alcohol stove shown in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGdJPZXU-Ts

To purchase one of these cook sets, head on over to: http://www.selfrelianceoutfitters.com/32oz-gen3-bottle-nesting-cup-set-with-bottle-stove-combo/

If you would like to try this and purchase your grill topper online, visit: http://amzn.to/1epMpO2 But I will say that I found them cheaper at my local Wal Mart.

 

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard – Wild Edibles Series

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In this video I take you along in identifying and foraging garlic mustard, a wild edible plant that makes a great addition to your trail knowledge. I’ll show you several key identifiers and will provide some tips on how to enjoy this amazing plant.

 

Dryad's saddle aka pheasantback

Dryad’s Saddle aka Pheasantback – Wild Edibles Series

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In this video I show you how to find and identify Dryad’s Saddle or what’s otherwise known as Pheasantback mushroom. This edible fungus mostly grows on the sides of dead trees, and is best found and harvested in early May in my area of the United States. If you’re not having luck morel hunting, you just might have some luck finding one of these.

Key characteristics…
– feather-like pattern on top (hence “pheasantback)
– spores on the bottom
– smells like watermelon rind
– growing on dead tree

To test if this is edible take your knife and cut it. If your knife passes easily through it, that part will make good on the table.

 

Morel mushroom

Morel Mushroom Hunting – Tips and observations

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In this video I take you along with me on my morel mushroom hunt. Along the way I share several tips, tricks, and observations about hunting these amazing mushrooms. Be sure to watch to the end for some final observations that may help you find them in your area.

WARNING….
NEVER consume any wild edible plant that I talk about on this channel without consulting a local expert in your area first. ESPECIALLY when it comes to mushrooms. The wrong ones can KILL you!

 

alcohol stove

Turn Trash Into a Backpacking Stove

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In this video I demonstrate how to convert a random trashed pop can into an improvised alcohol stove for backpacking, hiking, camping etc.

Back Story: So I hit the trail the other day with the intention of having some wild leeks and ramen noodles for lunch. When I got to a good spot to park things to eat, I realized that I left my alcohol stove at home. Lucky for me I was able to find someone else’s trash pop can and convert it into an improvised alcohol stove using my multitool.

Alcohol backpacking stoves are very simple to make and come in endless varieties. Add this one to your list of things to try soon!

Next time I will be sure to remember to pack my favorite alcohol stove.