Welcome to R.A.W skills bushcraft, survival and adventures

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Welcome to R.A.W skills, Bush craft, Survival and Adventures! Throughout the menus, ¬†there are video how to’s, Opinions of equipment that I have used and abused and the stories of my adventures as they happen. Come join me for the ride and learn, as I share my many years of knowledge and experiences with the outdoors.

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Nick

Watch out for and DO NOT TOUCH!

Here is an example of some spring giant hog weed that’s growing in the ditches of a country road if you see it DO NOT TOUCH!

It contains a photo toxic sap that reacts with the uv rays of the sun and can cause phytophotodematitis.

After contact you will get an itchy rash in the area, then in just under 48 hours it will blister eventually leaving scars. The stem a green redish purple colour with hairs going up it. If the sap gets into your eyes it can cause blindness.

A young shoot note the hairy stem

This is a dead one I am 6ft 3 but they can grow up to 17ft tall and the white umbrella plant head can grow up to 31 inches wide.

Thanks for reading hopefully this will help you be vigilant for this plant for both yours and your pets sake.

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Nick

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One man and his shovel real survival.

I needed to get out and test the skills a little, so what better way to do that, than to go with no food, no water, no container and with only my shovel for a tool. Everyone should challenge themselves every now and again, break that comfort zone. After all you can’t die of hunger in 3 days, thirst maybe.

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Due to the snow being around 6inchs deep I decided it wasn’t worth the energy or the water expenditure to forage for food (been eating for 31 years what’s 3 days). If I was out there longer, I would have improved my water situation to point that I could keep myself hydrated to normal levels and get out and find food.

The shovel I took with me was the cold steel spetnaz shovel. I found it to be a beast of a tool, which hacked through 4inch ironwood logs in no time. I wouldn’t use it for splitting but it has a wide array of other uses other than digging and chopping.

Great tool for winter.

Survival isn’t exciting or pretty

I hope this was enjoyable for you I will be doing a full lessons learned video soon and updating this page. The link to amazon is below if you want to look at the shovel on there.

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Nick

Know more, Rely on less

Where and how can I find safe drinking water in the wilderness?

We can last 3 days with out water so how and where can I find a clean and safe source of drinking water. lets go through a few sources and methods to obtain clean and safe drinking water.

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The 10 c’s of basic gear you should take with you into the wilderness

This is my take on Dave Canterbury’s 10 C’s of survival this should be the basic minimal kit every bushcrafter, survivalist, hiker, backpacker etc should take with them into the wilderness. Don’t take chances with your life and safety. Have fun and live comfortably out there.

My 10 c’s of basic gear

Cutting tool- Good solid knife (fixed or locking blade)

Coverage- Tarp 10×10

Combustion- Put together a kit with multiple ways of making fire

Cordage- 50-100ft 550 paracord

Container- Personal preferance but a good solid container

Candling- Good higher loomin head flashlight keeps your hands free

Course- Compass, Map and Gps never just a gps

Communication- Cell phone, Satillite communicator (inreach device, spot device)

Care- First aid kit taylered for you and not just an off the shelf kit

Confidence- In your gear and knowing how to use it.

Know more, rely on less

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Nick

What would you do in this situation? This is what I would do.

You are miles from civilization with no cell phone signal you only have a knife and a source ignition with you.

Remember always tell someone where you are going and give them your route plan with the date and time you are due back. Even when going for a hike, carry the minimal gear with you for emergencies I will do a video on this soon.

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My Top 10 bushcraft books and 4 helpful plant identification apps that I use.

These are the main books I have used over the years to help me learn skills and techniques. There are many ways to skin cat so I like to see how different people do things then work out my own. When learning wild edibles find instructors and cross reference with different books and apps. Only eat something if you are 100% sure about what it is.

I hope this is helpful to you, if anyone has anything to add or any questions please don’t hesitate to write them in the comments.

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Tarp shelters the easy way

There are loads of different configurations that you can do with different tarp sizes. Bungees are a great way to put up a shelter quickly and will enable you to take it down quickly if the need arises. This leaves you more time for the other activities around camp.

We ve all seen a simple lean too shelter,  so here are the pictures of both wedge shelters.

Normal wedge.

You can use sticks for the entrance also but with one bungee it’s easier than that. If you don’t have a single tree in front you can put a tie off line across two trees and hook to that. Which is what I did here.

Modified wedge.

Using a the para cord knot, tarp clips or something along those lines, that won’t damage your tarp, you can add tie off points. These will enable you to add head room to your shelter.

I will show a few more variations in the future but these are a good couple to start with.

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Nick

Water Filtration, The 5 contaminants and should you drink your own urine?

(Correction to my facts the life straw filters 1000litres)

Remember boiling is the only 100% proven method to make your drinking water safe from pathogens.

Here are the products shown in this video

life straw
https://www.amazon.ca/LifeStraw-Personal-Camping-Emergency-Preparedness/dp/B006QF3TW4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520459586&sr=8-1&keywords=lifestraw

steripen
https://www.amazon.ca/SteriPEN-Quantum-UV-Water-Purifier/dp/B06Y679TQ6/ref=sr_1_1?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1520459772&sr=1-1&keywords=steripen

Browns bag

http://www.brownsbushcraft.com/the-brown-filter-bag.php

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A couple more Natural cordage sources.

Here are a couple more sources of natural cordage. Milkweed and Common Cattail both can be processed like dogbane, platted or Flemish twisted into a strong usable cordage.

Here are some pictures to help you identify them;

Milk weed

Easily identifiable by the seed pods which are green and filled with a white fluffy seed in the summer these are dead open and winterized.

Fibres are peeled from the split stem the same way the dog bane is. I have found that this cordage is at a decent usable strength, by platting then Flemish twisting the fibres together or by using 6 fibres to create your rope.

Cattails aka bullrush

Easily identified by the sausage on a stick looking seed pod, which is green when the plant is alive. The final stages of this seed pod is where the cattail gets its name. (shown below)

The leaves of the cattail are stronger when green and alive but can still be weaved and platted for lighter duty tasks when dead.

I hope this was enjoyable and helpful to you if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. There’s alot more to come.

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Nick