How to make a paracord survival bracelet

Posted by El DiPablo | 7:00 AM |

I mentioned in my first post that one of the four essential items that I recommend you always take with you into the wild is cordage. I also mentioned that one of the easiest ways to do that is by wearing a simple paracord bracelet. If you didn't already know, they are fairly simple to make.

Here are the two videos I used to make mine. This first one shows you how to make a "cobra" style bracelet:

This second video shows you how to do a fancier knot (Two strand diamond knot) at the end:

You might see other people with super wide "double cobra" bracelets which are nice because they give you twice the cordage. To make that you just follow the instructions of the first video, but you use an already made "cobra" bracelet as the core.

Once you learn how to make these you can make other paracord items like I did with my hat band:

Did these videos help you out? Do you have a different method you like to use when making paracord bracelets? Let us know in the comments!

My favorite camp and trail food

Posted by El DiPablo | 7:00 AM | ,

When I was a kid my grandpa used to like to go fishing a lot, and one of the things I remember was him taking my brother and I to the store on the way to the lake or river to pick up some canned Vienna Sausages for lunch. I guess he ate them a lot back in World War II and developed a taste for them, plus they don't need to be cooked and can be eaten right out of the can.

I've taken that tradition to another level with my kids. We will head to the store to pick up some "trail food" before a hike or a camping trip and we always get canned goods. I like them because bears can't smell them when they are sealed, they don't need to be refrigerated, and they don't need to be cooked. Sometimes we go with Vienna sausages, but I prefer other items, and here are my favorites:

Chili With Beans
Chili is a great trail food because it has quite a bit of protein and carbohydrates for energy.

Beans and Franks

Franks and Beans are also great because of the protein and carbohydrates.

Beef Stew

My favorite is canned beef stew because it has beef, potatoes and carrots, so you get three out of four of your basic food groups.

Canned Fruit
I also like to bring canned fruit as a "dessert" for my kids when on the trail, or camping. It tastes good, and also provides us with some additional vitamins.

Another great thing about bringing these with you is that although you can eat the food right out of the can without being cooked, you can still easily cook them in the can over your camp fire without additional cooking utensils. I've bought a mess kit pocket knife for myself and my kids so we can easily dig into these without the need for pots, pans, plates etc.

Here is a picture of my kids enjoying some "trail food" on a hike we did last summer.

What kind of trail food do you like to bring out in the wild? Canned goods? Freeze dried packs? MRE's? Let us know in the comments!

My smoking hot girlfriend was on the other side of the state today attending a conference, so with nothing better to do and a whole lot of good weather I decided to take a little day hike with my dog Sadie. We decided to head out to the high desert of Escalante-Dominquez National Conservation Area near Delta Colorado.

Whenever I head out into the wild I make sure I notify someone in case I get lost, or suffer an injury. That way, when I'm not back when I'm supposed to be they can alert search and rescue. I wasn't too worried about getting lost or injured, but things happen. Anyway, I let my girlfriend know where I was going and when I should be back.

I also brought my standard four items that I never go out into the wild without:

Along with the essentials, I had a small first aid kit in my pack, and an MRE for trail food!

It was a fun trek out with my dog. Here are some pictures I took:

The beginning of our journey

Sadie getting ready to cross the tracks

Quick selfie at the beginning

Sadie on the lookout for rabbits

Thirsty girl getting a drink from my canteen cup

View of the Gunnison River

MRE Peanut butter and crackers. Trail food of champions!

Another quick selfie

Sadie found the only mud puddle in the whole desert!

A look back at the trail

US West technicians did a great job "fixing" this

Lunch time!

Flameless heaters rule!

Sadie cooling off in the hot muddy creek
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and look at my pictures. I honestly haven't blogged here in a while. Everything has been on autopilot. I better get hot on writing again pretty soon though because my posts are going to run out next month if I don't!

I've written about Mykel Hawke on occasion here. I own both his Green Beret Survival Manual and his Special Forces Survival Handbook. Both have a wealth of information. I also used to like to watch him on Man, Woman, Wild.

One of the things he likes to say when it comes to wild berries at face value sounds really good:

If they are purple or blue, they are good for you.
If they are yellow or white, they probably ain't right.
If they are red, you have a 50/50 chance.
Let me introduce to you a blue berry that grows in abundance near my house:

This plant is known as Virginia Creeper or Parthenocissus Quinquefolia. It has bluish berries and red stems, and looks rather tasty. However according to NC State University these berries are poisonous!

Some symptoms of eating these berries if you are lucky are nausea, abdominal pain, bloody vomiting and diarrhea, dilated pupils, headache, sweating, weak pulse, drowsiness, twitching of face. If you are un-lucky you could just straight up die!

So be careful what you hear on television survival shows. This rule of thumb of Captain Hawke's might end up getting you killed. Remember, if you can't positively identify the plant, DO NOT EAT IT!