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    FATWOOD

    So far I have found fatwood in Jack Pine, Scotch Pine, Red Pine, White Pine, Colorado Blue Spruce, Eastern Red Cedar and Paper Birch. Red and White are the most consistent producers so I concentrate my efforts on them.
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    FATWOOD

    That is some amazingly rich fatwood DomC! I have soaked a chunk of fatwood and a ferro (ferrocerium rod) underwater for two weeks, shook off, scraped off some fatwood then scraped the ferro and had flame. A fellow on another forum had asked if fatwood and a ferro was suitable for a twoo week kayak trip. I'd say it is! While F&S (Flint the rock & high carbon Steel) is my day to day primary means of igniting fires, a chunk of fatwood and a ferro are always with me! Note: Wood scrapings are much finer than shavings. Thus I prefer them for the initial ignition. Happy Trails!
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    Golden Rod: Emergency Winter Bait

    Good vid. Yes, they are much larger in Autumn through Winter. We usually use them for fishing bait. Mostly fat, they taste like butter. Indeed, have "buttered" my toast with them many times. In some areas there are hundreds of galls in close proximity. Still, Ant and wasp larvae are much easier to harvest in significant numbers. Though as you noted, that time of year our options are quite limited. The large holes are where birds went after the grubs. Cheers!
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    Edible Plants for Survival in the Wilderness

    This editor is interesting. Could neither add my own comments, nor split Elise's comments into two parts. Might be the limitations of using Safari. Pressing on! As to the first portion of that post Elise, after decades in the outdoors I came to the same conclusion. A survival situation is the last time we ought to be wildly experimenting. Further, as I noted above, getting what we need and getting it in a calorie positive manner yields fishing and trapping as hands down the way to go. Of course, as with all skills, it takes both knowledge and experience to have consistent success. They say that most short term survival situations are resolved within three days. In that case thermoregulation, hydration and First Aid are likely to be all that we need to know. If we are going to walk out on our own, we will obviously also require skill with and gear for navigation. As to the second portion of that post, sad to inform you that it is in the same category as the "leaves of three" myth. Some that come readily to mind are berries of Poison Ivy, Buckthorn, Jack-in-the-pulpit, etc. All of which many birds and mammals will eat, yet a few will put a hurt on us and handfuls could kill. Then there are those such as Mulberry, Elderberry, etc that are edible when fully ripe yet the unripe berries are toxic. The "advice" in this article is very contradictory. http://m.wikihow.com/Identify-Common-Poisonous-Berries-in-North-America In #2 they note exceptions to every guideline they've just stated. Crazy! In #3 they we see the "three leaves" maxim again. *sigh* Also the "milky sap" myth. Have they never heard of people eating Dandelion, Milkweed, many of the Wild Lettuces, Dogbane, etc???? Much less eaten such themselves! In the course of learning and consuming hundreds of gallons of edible wild plants and fungi over the course of the last few decades, I have noticed many myths. By the way, I spend at least three years learning each species. Read everything I can find on it, learn to find it (where it grows, what it looks like, what looks like it, etc), follow it throughout the seasons (to learn every stage of its growth), etc. Only then do I begin to cautiously test, sample then finally consume. As you can see, quite the lengthy and involved process. Fortunately we can learn multiple species simultaneously!! Best of health y'all!
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    Edible Plants for Survival in the Wilderness

    No doubt DTD! While eating most of the wild plants and fungi that are not known to be edible will only make us sick, a few can kill us. Even those that "only" make us sick, well... that can become mission critical in a survival situation. Such as excessive vomiting or diarrhea while already dehydrated, being dizzy while climbing down off a mountain, stacking the eating of several unknown plants and/or fungi on top of each other such that the cumulative effects become serious, etc. Your post brought two events quickly to mind. The first is I actually know several individuals who have had their health and minds permanently impacted for the worse by the ingestion of a misidentified species of fungi. Just one time of eating the wrong mushroom! The other is this article from last month. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/news/20170601/wild-death-cap-mushroom-seriously-sickens-14-in-california#1 From the article: ""Inexperienced foragers should be strongly discouraged from eating any wild mushrooms," wrote Dr. Kathy Vo, of the University of California, San Francisco's department of emergency medicine, and colleagues." In the words of the desk sergeant from Hill Street Blues: "Be careful out there."
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    Edible Plants for Survival in the Wilderness

    Good to see people interested in wild plants and fungi. However there are quite a few errors in the OP. The opening premise is severely flawed. The vast majority of wild edibles give you vitamins, fiber and not much more. Important for long term wilderness survival, to be sure. Then again, we do quite well with few vitamins in our diet during short to medium term situations. However, you are not going to survive on only vitamins! To survive we need energy (fat, carbs, sugars) and protein. In general sugars and carbohydrates from plants are found in the wild only during very specific, and usually very short, seasons. Further, most carbs in the wild are time consuming to gather and prepare. Thus we are far better off focusing on fishing and trapping for short to medium term survival. The insinuation that we can go around testing and eating unknown plants and fungi will get people killed. If you are not 100% sure plus experienced with a plant or fungi you are far better off giving it a wide berth. That is in the here and now with modern medical care nearby. It applies a thousand fold in actual survival situations. That "leaves of three" maxim is such a tired old pile of hogswallop! Many benign and even some edible plants have three leaves. Thus that saying is no help at all. Sad to see people just parroting it by rote without examining it in the light of logic and experience. Not meant to be combative, just calling it as I see it. Especially important that we not allow errors to pass unchallenged when lives are on the line. Cheers y'all.
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    How to make Fire from ICE

    A couple more vids on this subject for those interested: Not ice in this one, yet he does a solid job of going over how to use a sphere for Concentrated Light Fire Ignition, so it is very relevant. Cheers!
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