Lifesong Wilderness Adventures BLOG
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Our Blog offers posts and videos on wilderness survival training, wildlife, bushcraft, useful wild plants, animal tracking, and nature awareness.
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If you feel the call of the outdoors and want to discover more, please read on as we explore life in the wonder and magic that is nature.
~Mark J. Wienert - Lifesong Wilderness Adventures
Outdoor Survival School - General posts on Wilderness Survival Training.
Tracking - The art and science of wildlife and human tracking
Wild Plants - Broadening our knowledge of wild plants.
Survival Gear - A few thoughts on knives, bush food, and insects.
Survival Training for Teenagers - Testimonials and more.
The Philosophy - Live life and and protect Mother Earth.
Let's learn how to collect Stinging Nettle stalks for string making and cordage. The best time of year is when the days get shorter, and the leaves begin to turn autumn colors. This is when the Nettle plants are no longer in flower and the plant's energy retreats back to its roots for a winter's... Continue reading
Fire Craft is one of the life-saving skills taught at Lifesong Wilderness Adventures Survival Camp for Teenagers. Youth have little opportunity to learn and develop these fire skills as society’s dependence on heat and cooking is done for them by the flip of a switch or turn of a dial. In these ever-changing times, the... Continue reading
Roosevelt Elk in Oregon clear-cut: "As poet Robinson Jeffers has noted, it is the fang that has created the fleet foot of the antelope." Listed below is information about the importance of natural predators for the health of prey animals. Predator's Fang The Benefit of Predators "In general, hunters take animals in the prime of... Continue reading
Wilderness Teen Camp A Testimonial ~by Christine Whaley "One summer I had the good fortune to be a guest at Mark Wienert's, Lifesong Wilderness Adventures Teen Camp during the month of July. What a great adventure for all involved! The students were a diverse group. One from Holland, another from Chicago and several from the... Continue reading
I've slid off the road. Now what? If you’ve never driven a car in treacherous winter weather, this post is for you! Expect to encounter ice, black ice, frigid air, fierce winds, snow bombs, Arctic blasts, whiteouts, and windchill. In these types of extreme conditions, the most valuable advice I can share with you is... Continue reading
I am a pushover for the blue elderberry shrub, Sambucus cerulea, and S. racemose. From August to late September, we are out foraging for the ripe, blue, berries of this amazing shrub. We make a tangy syrup from its ripe berries for health benefits and a sweet syrup to pour over pancakes and ice cream.... Continue reading
"A teens rite of passage. A wilderness journey to adulthood. Last year I ran across some research that discussed the history of rite of passage into manhood for boys. Recalling my experience of growing up in the 70's and 80's, I felt an "aha" while reading about the history of male maturing. Rite of Passage... Continue reading
In this How to article. You will learn how to harvest ripe elderberries with tips and tricks to make your harvesting elderberry simpler. Continue reading
A bow drill made from the best wood will create hot coal faster. Imagine you’re shipwrecked like Tom Hanks in Castaway, lost in central Texas, or stranded on a Pacific island with no matches or a lighter. You can't boil your drinking water or cook the mouse you trapped for your survival stew without fire.... Continue reading
Dang! That water is cold! As a sometimes cold-water immersion therapy enthusiast, I enjoy cold water plunges to temporarily reduce muscle soreness and joint pain after a long hike or workout. According to studies on the effects of cold-water therapy on humans. Submerging one’s body at temperatures of 59F or colder offer the best results... Continue reading
You’ve read about it, thought about it, and now you’re ready for THE EDGE challenge at Lifesong Wilderness Adventures’ Knife-Only adventure camp. Let’s see in their own words what students have to say in the following reviews about their challenging experiences at THE EDGE. Extreme Survival Camp Reviews I have been running this signature adventure... Continue reading
I looked skeptically into the jar I was holding. A whiff of fermentation greeted me. Small bubbles gave the surface of the sourdough starter a foamy look. I gave the soured batter another whiff. Yes, without a doubt. I had created an Accidental Sourdough Starter. This accident of good fortune would be my main food... Continue reading
Visual Man Tracking in action: A Search and Rescue Tracker, applying ancient tracking skills, scans the area for clues that show "Spoor," or evidence, of a lost person's trail. What is Visual Man Tracking? "Visual Man Tracking" is an ancient hunting technique still in use today for locating and trailing wildlife. But in modern parlance,... Continue reading
Melissa officinalis or Lemon Balm in common speak. Is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae). A medicinal, square stemmed herb originating from southern Europe. Lemon Balm is now a naturalized medicinal plant in the US and Canada. Sometimes called Bee Balm as honeybees favor this herbaceous plant. Mildly antiviral, the hairy leaves made into... Continue reading
"We train here," is a metaphor for learning to survive in the shadow of a mountain — where the sky is great and open like our mind is curious and open. We train in forest and meadow, where the deer feed and rest under a star canopy so clear and bright it takes our breath... Continue reading
Staying alive in the wild you must learn emergency shelter building. The Debris Hut is an example of a survival shelter that can be built without saw or ax. All that is needed is an abundance of debris at your shelter location. Make sure the spot you choose for your debris hut is plentiful in... Continue reading
The mountain lion, Felis concolor, or cat of one color, is also known as cougar, panther, ghost cat, catamount, and puma. The mountain lion is the largest feline carnivore in North America. Adults are tawny to chocolate-brown with black tips on their ears and their long tails. Mountain Lion Facts On average, females measure 7... Continue reading
Chickweed is a common wild edible plant that is packed with vitamins and minerals. It grows in shady, damp, habitats. What does a hardcore macho, worm eating, outdoor, fungi, survival teaching professional eat for breakfast? Chickweed of course. Stellaria media, with its juicy, tender, slightly sweet leaves, and stalks. For a quick go to food... Continue reading
Learn how to make water safe to drink during an emergency. Water must be potable, drinkable, filtered, or boiled, to be safe to drink. Otherwise, you could become debilitated with Giardia or other waterborne disease. Water, you need it to survive. If you are in an emergency right now. You will need safe drinking water... Continue reading
This is the recommended gear list for our overnight Survival Skills Weekend and First Circle Survival Camp. All items on the checklist below are important for an enjoyable and comfortable wilderness survival weekend experience. Gear List Tent, ground tarp, and sleeping pad. Rent a tent/pad, and a carving knife for camp Sleeping bag, pillow Cook... Continue reading
Sign language - reading natures clues with expert tracker Mark Wienert BY GARRET JAROS For The Register-Guard Appeared in print: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, page D2 Tracking as a doorway to nature “Tracking is a doorway to nature,” he says, studying an array of tracks that merge and overlap with the bear tracks. “It’s a... Continue reading
One fascinating plant species, Darlingtonia californica, or Cobra Lily. Grows in boggy habitats in the western US. This includes southern Oregon and northern California. The Cobra Lily is carnivorous. It lures its prey with a foul-smelling stench, traps it. Then digests insect prey for food. Cobra Lily Although the distribution of the Cobra Lily aka Darlingtonia, is... Continue reading
Wing of bat eye of newt so the incantation may go. What is safe to eat and what is not. A good thing to know in any situation, and vital when you are trying to survive. The Oregon Coast has much to offer on both counts. Take the Rough Skinned Newt for instance. I have... Continue reading
"Having grown up in a family of hunters and being in the wilderness and roughing it, is old hat to me. I have always enjoyed being outside and enjoying what nature has to offer. Recently my life has had a few down turns and I felt that getting back to nature in Texas would do... Continue reading
Another technique I use with this knife for is splitting wood and making spindle blanks for the bow drill. I take a wooden mallet (usually a heavy piece of wood, throwing stick, or whatever I can find) to pound on top of the blade to control my splitting. The technique works very well with this blade, as long as I'm careful and stay away from large knots. Continue reading
A debris hut is a survival shelter that houses one or two people. This is a survival shelter that can be built with no tools except your hands. The debris hut when built effectively uses the body's radiant heat to maintain its internal core temperature between 96F (37°C) and 100°F (37.8°C). It does so by... Continue reading
Just when you thought drinking water was safe, think again. Giardia "One Gnarly Dude," is a disease of the intestine caused by drinking infected water. Giardia is also found in soil, infected animals' feces, and even on contaminated surfaces. Learn more about the myths surrounding Giardia. Giardia, "One Gnarly Dude" Misconceptions about Giardia First misconception... Continue reading
A large leaf plant called Skunk Cabbage blooms on the Oregon coast. Western Skunk Cabbage is an ancient prehistoric plant with giant green leaves when mature and one of many large plants that grow along the Oregon Coast. It's all here, from the majestic Red Cedar to the nutritious edible Stinging Nettle, there is much... Continue reading