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.
There are posts on the joys and challenges of living life to the fullest within the embrace of nature.
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.
Sharpening the Tracker Knife looks complicated, and it is at first sight. But read on for some simple tips on knife sharpening. The UKW Survivor pictured here is not the Tracker Knife. But the similarities are virtually the same when it comes to sharpening either. I'm using Russon's version, as I don't have Top Knives version. Continue reading
Summertime Berries mean fruit picking time in the Pacific Northwest. Fresh juicy ripe edible berries are Yum, yum, yum! We recently enjoyed a big pan of blackberry cobbler from the ripe berries we picked. And you can too. Foraging for wild edible berries is great fun and a rewarding outdoor activity for friends and family.... Continue reading
Bushcraft has a long history in North America where people of the northlands relied on bush skills to survive the brutal north country winters. What is bushcraft? The definition is – “skill in anything pertaining to bush country.” These are the survival skills that came about from wilderness living in the Boreal forests. Survival Bushcraft... 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
Learn how to brain-tan a squirrel you scraped off the pavement or harvested during hunting season. Our goal is to turn the hide of the rodent into a soft and beautiful pelt. As the title implies, we use the squirrel’s brain to brain-tan its hide. So, save those brains! How to Brain Tan a Squirrel... Continue reading
Foraging for edible mushrooms in the forests of the Oregon coast led us to this striking King Bolete. Known as the King, Boletes edulis is prized by mushroom enthusiasts everywhere fungi grow. A hugely popular mushroom in the Pacific Northwest also called Porcine or Cep and is gathered from late summer into fall. Foraging Edible... Continue reading
It is Living Wilderness Way. The ancient way, that has been passed down from hunter to hunter from time immemorial. 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