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Canoeing: Keeping the Inside Dry and the Outside Wet

by Darren Bush

There is no such thing as a tippy canoe…only tippy paddlers. I hear it all the time…”Canoes are tippy.”  “Ooh, that’s a really tippy canoe.”  “Every time I get in a canoe I end up swimming…” My response is always the same. Me: “How wide is your canoe?” Wet Canoeist: “Oh, I dunno. About three […]

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How to Field Dress a Squirrel

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. **Disclaimer: This post contains a graphic step-by-step depiction of the skinning, slicing, and disemboweling of a real squirrel. If you’re eating, have always felt a deep affinity for woodland creatures, or faint at the sight of dismembered squirrel gonads, please skip this […]

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How to Make Your Own Canoe Paddle

by Darren Bush

This post is part of a series brought to you by RAM. For more information about RAM Series trucks visit us at: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/guts_and_glory/. What’s this?Making something with your hands is a rewarding experience no matter how you do it. When it comes to making a canoe (or kayak) paddle, it’s a very personal thing. Here’s a step-by-step photo guide on how to make your very own canoe paddle.

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How to Cook in the Great Outdoors: A Primer on Dutch and Reflector Ovens

by Darren Bush

This post is part of a series brought to you by RAM. For more information about RAM Series trucks visit us at: http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/guts_and_glory/. What’s this?
There are essentially two ways to bake in the great outdoors: reflecting heat from a campfire into a reflector, creating an oven, and trapping heat in a cast-iron dutch oven by applying heat in the form of coals directly to the surface of the oven. Both have advantages and disadvantages and today we’ll give you a primer on each method.

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Wilderness Survival: Know Your Distress Signals

by Chris

Let’s say your plane crashes on a desert island and you’re stranded with only a rugby ball as your friend (a volleyball isn’t a manly enough companion for you). Each day you scan the skies, waiting, hoping, aching, to spot a rescue plane coming your direction. If a plane does buzz your island, will you […]

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How to Fell a Tree

by Brett & Kate McKay

A few years ago, AoM reader Will shared his tips on how to split firewood. Great advice, but where do you get those small logs to split in the first place? You can buy logs, but a man heads into the forest to get them at their source. It’s a manly job that requires you […]

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3 Knots Every Fisherman Should Know

by Bryan Schatz

I recently took up fishing. This means that I have recently taken up drinking beer at the pier and on top of the cliffs overlooking the ocean. I sit and drink and watch the ocean alongside my voiceless companion, Fishing Pole. I enjoy Fishing Pole’s company, primarily because of his complete silence. He communicates only […]

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Forecast the Weather Like Daniel Boone

by Chris

Technology has brought the world a long way, enabling us to consume more information in a few short minutes on Google Mobile than folks decades ago could locate in a week by plowing through books at the local library. And yet, with all this readily available information and the focus on being able to find […]

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Surviving in the Wild: 19 Common Edible Plants

by Brett & Kate McKay

So you’re stranded in the wilderness. You consumed the last nub of your Clif Bar two days ago, and now you’re feeling famished. Civilization is still several days away, and you need to keep up your strength. The greenery all around you is looking more and more appetizing. But what to nibble on? Some plants […]

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How to Escape a Riptide

by Brett & Kate McKay

Summer is drawing to a close. If you made it to the beach this year, you managed to get your tan on and survive a shark attack. Congratulations! But there is another swimming danger that you should be aware of and that is moving into its most dangerous season: the riptide. Riptides (properly called rip […]

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Tarzan Skills: How to Swim, Dive, Climb, and Swing Like the Lord of the Apes

by Brett & Kate McKay

For nearly 100 years, Tarzan of the Apes has entertained and captivated men in print, radio, and film. To men who feel locked in an iron cage of corporate and suburban life, Tarzan represents the possibility of harnessing their primal side and escaping into the wild to revitalize their man spirit. In fact, the character’s […]

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Cooking Around the Campfire: 9 Easy and Delicious Foil Packet Recipes

by Brett & Kate McKay

In the quest to streamline your camping trips, foil packet meals can be one of your greatest allies. It’s cooking at its simple best; you take some ingredients, wrap them up in a foil parcel, and place the pouch in a campfire’s coals to cook. You can prepare these foil packets before you head out […]

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10 Wilderness Survival Lessons From Hatchet

by Brett

Share The other day I was sorting through some old books and stumbled upon a childhood favorite, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. The last time I read it was nearly 15 years ago, so I decided to read it again for old times sake. For those of you who haven’t read Hatchet, the basic plot is […]

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How to Split Firewood

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Will which originally appeared in the Art of Manliness Community. Share I’ll admit it: for me, splitting wood has nothing do with lowering the heating bill. I like that satisfying thunk! and the feeling of power, seeing that big obstinate piece of wood doing what I want. […]

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Three Essential Campfires: Snack Fire, Cooking Fire, and Comfort Fire

by Brett & Kate McKay

You can tell a lot about a camper’s experience by the type of fires they build. Inexperienced campers usually build the same, heaped together bonfire for all their campfire needs. Sure, building huge ass fires is fun, but it’s extremely inefficient. The typical bonfire campfire burns a lot of wood, wastes heat, and isn’t very […]

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How to Be a Hobo

by Brett & Kate McKay

Source: Life Am I the only boy who secretly dreamed of  becoming a hobo? Riding the rails, traveling across the country, and carrying everything you own on your back has a romance that appeals to every man’s desire to wander. In a 1937 issue of Esquiremagazine, an anonymous writer penned an article called “The Bum […]

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International Backpacking 101

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: On Tuesdays, we occasionally feature an excellent article that was originally posted in the Art of Manliness Community by a community member. Today we’ve selected a post from Joseph P. Lenze. I have circumnavigated the earth on a shoestring budget without the use of an airplane by traveling through 43 countries via land […]

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More Than Just Finding North: Understanding the Compass

by Chris

Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up, as did men of another age, to the challenge of nature. Modern man lives in a highly synthetic kind of existence. He specializes in this and that. Rarely […]

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7 Basic Knots Every Man Should Know

by Brett & Kate McKay

For centuries, knotsmanship has been passed from down generation to generation. It’s an essential skill whether a man desires to hit the high seas or a scale a high mountain. Heck, knots come in handy when you’re just working around the house. Unfortunately, many men don’t know how to tie a proper knot. When they […]

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