Category: Skills

10 essentials – firestarter

One of the (approximately 10) essential pieces of outdoor gear that most outdoor enthusiasts recommend taking with you on all outdoor adventures is a firestarter.  Even if you think that you’ll only be outside for a few hours, firestarters don’t weigh much and are compact.  Plus, when you […]

How to read a heading

(Sixth in a series) So, you’ve managed to find Old Mad John Redrum’s treasure map and you found the rock that looks like a witch’s nose, and you’ve used your trusty compass to figure out what direction to go. Did you ever wonder, how did Old Mad John […]

How to orient a map

(Third in a series – Before you go on an outdoor adventure,  get a good compass and find some useful maps.) A map with all its squiggly lines and colors can, at first glance, seem like a confusing jumble.  One of the first things that you’ll want to […]

Where to get trek maps

Yesterday I posted a couple of suggestions about getting a good compass to keep you safe and on track in your outdoor activities, and soon I’ll be posting articles about how to use that compass effectively, but first we need to get a good map to go along […]