Navigation

How to make a compass in the wilderness for daytime navigation

Navigation at night can easily be accomplished via stars and constellations and various other means exist to make a rough estimate of direction, but during the day, to make an accurate assessment of north and south, you must have a compass.  Here's how to construct a simple compass in the wild. Components and…
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How to build an elevated, raised Bog Ken shelter in the wilderness

For many reasons it is sometimes necessary or advisable to build one's survival shelter raised off the ground. Especially is this true in the more tropical countries where noxious snakes and insects abound. A simple form of raised shelter is shown by Fig. 63. To build this shelter we must…
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Firecraft

Making Char Cloth (charcloth) – the essential outdoors firestarting material

Char cloth (or charred cloth) is a swatch of fabric made from vegetable linen, such as cotton, that has been converted ( decomposed using a process call pyrolysis) into a slow-burning fuel of very low ignition temperature.  A single, small spark placed on char cloth will ignite the cloth which…
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Convenient method of storing and carrying paracord rope – the “paracord grenade”

Interesting idea – a paracord “grenade”.  The cable ties, which allow you to hang the cord from jackets, belts, and backpacks, are the releasable type – press the end and it releases.  When the cable tie is removed, the rope releases in 10 foot sections making it convenient to quickly…
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Survival News

Samsung announces the new Galaxy Xcover 2 smartphone – rugged smartphone for adventurers with nifty outdoorsman features

Samsung today introduced its new Galaxy Xcover 2, a ruggedized smartphone designed for outdoor adventurers and survival situations.  It is dust and sand proof and water resistant up to a depth of one meter (it can hold its breath underwater for up to 30 minutes).  The rugged little beast features…
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Firecraft

Alcohol burning cat food can stove – easy to make, easy to carry

A Cat Food Can Stove is probably one of the easiest cooking stoves to make. In addition, it is lightweight and foolproof.  It never clogs and there are no moving parts to break.  They burn ethanol or methanol alcohol so finding fuel is easy.  Simply pour alcohol-based fuel in it…
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General Repair

How to make cement and mortar in the wild (aka survival cement)

In a survival situation, a mixture of mud and grasses can be used to create a substance known as “survival cement”.  Survival cement can be used to construct shelters, create cookware, kilns, and to wrap foods for “clay baking”. It takes two ingredients to make cement in the wild –…
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Knots and Rope

How to make rope from plants – fiber extraction and natural cordage construction

You can make rope or natural cordage (rope and string) from many different fibers including (Bast) Dogbane, Milkweed, Nettles, Hemp, Flax; (Leaves) Cattail, Yucca, Agave, Douglas Iris; (Bark) Willow, Maple, Basswood, Cedar; (Root) Leather Root, Beach Lupine; (Whole stem) Tule, Juncus, and straw. Each type of material has specific requirements…
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Weapons in the Wild

How to build a Trebuchet (Catapult)

A Trebuchet (pronounced treb-oo-shay)  is a medieval siege engine that transfers gravitational energy into kinetic energy – similar to a playground see-saw.  In ancient times, it was used to launch (throw) projectiles including boulders, dead horses, and diseased bodies into or over castle walls to soften the defenses in preparation…
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Survival News

Get the Biolite CampStove that Hurricane Sandy survivors used – heats, cooks, and generates electricity

This device took off in New York when Hurricane Sandy survivors discovered it provided heat, boiled water, and allowed them to jack in to its USB port to charge their smartphone devices. The Biolite CampStove sells for $129 and runs off of any renewable biomass such as twigs, wood scraps,…
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Hostile Areas

How to survive a mass public shooting – tips for avoiding the shooter’s sights and getting out alive

Random Mass Public Shootings Despite what many believe, random mass public shootings are not uncommon occurrences. For instance, during six months in 2012, there were at least six random, mass shooting incidents (one in a drive by shooting spree killing 3 people, two in schools killing a total of 10…
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About Wilderness Arena

About Wilderness Arena and Survival

Your interest in survival may derive from several sources or concerns – general safety preparedness, camping, hiking, and backpacking, self-defense, religious beliefs, ecological concerns and beliefs, natural disaster, bio-chemical warfare, overpopulation concerns, collapse of the financial system, or maybe you just enjoy the challenge of surviving in the wild.  Regardless…
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Weather

How to Survive Extreme Weather

Extreme Weather Conditions Whether global warming or a natural cycle of atmospheric change, the worldwide weather patterns have worsened substantially.  Global average surface temperature has increased steadily since 1970.  Precipitation patterns have changed around the world and after 2,000 years of little change, sea levels have risen by 8 inches with…
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Other Dangerous Animals

Mountain Lion Dangers and how to defend yourself against a Mountain Line attack

About the Mountain Lion or Cougar Unlike bears (see defense against bear attacks here), Mountain Lions (also known as cougar, puma, mountain lion, mountain cat, catamount or panther) usually go after a person with the intent to eat them.  They tend to stalk their victim before the attack and they…
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Other Dangerous Animals

Bear Dangers and how to defend yourself against a bear attack

About Bears Forget the generic bear defense tips you read on other sites.  Although there are many common defense strategies, how you defend yourself against a bear attack depends on the species of bear.  In addition, poor wilderness etiquette can increase bear dangers for your fellow outdoorsmen so you must…
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Navigation

Using a Map and Compass

Parts of a Compass Most compasses have markings similar to these: (1) baseplate, (2) glow in the dark pointer, (3) ruler, (4) needle, (5) orienting lines, (6) direction of travel arrow, (7) index line, (8) declination scale, (9) orienting arrow, (10) housing, (11) dial, (12) scales Baseplate: the hard surface…
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Other Dangerous Animals

Cone Shells

Cone shells Conidae species These cone-shaped shells have smooth, colorful mottling and long, narrow openings in the base of the shell. They live under rocks, in crevices and coral reefs, and along rocky shores and protected bays in tropical areas. All have tiny teeth that are similar to hypodermic needles.…
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