There is another interesting new outdoors film coming out in September called "A Walk in the Woods," starring Robert Redford (star of "Jeremiah Johnson") and veteran actor Nick Nolte ("48 Hours"). The film is about two aging friends Bill (Redford) and Stephen (Nolte), who, after seeing too many of their friends die or be crippled from old age and disease, attempt to hike the entire 2,000 mile long Appalachian Trail for one last adventure together. Neither has much outdoor experience, so they read books about backpacking and wilderness survival to prepare. What follows is a crazy adventure with the two men trying to complete the insane trip.
A Walk in the Woods is due to be released on Sept 2nd, 2015. Like "The Revenant," I'm adding this one to my "must see" list.
"The Revenant" is an interesting new Jeremiah Johnson-esque movie based on the amazing real life story of 19th Century mountain man\trapper Hugh Glass. Glass was left for dead after being seriously mauled by a grizzly bear. Healing his wounds using maggots, and without weapons or equipment, Glass managed to trek 200 miles through the wilderness to Fort Kiowa in Missouri.
Bushcrafting legend Mors Kochanski was the technical advisor for this film, so my guess is that it will show real survival techniques that mountain men would have used during that time period. It is due to be released in December. I'm definitely adding this movie to my "must see" list.
I'm curious, what do you all think of History Channel's new show "Alone?" All the contestants appear to be Youtube guys, which makes sense since they have more experience with video, etc. I have great respect for them putting themselves out there like that. But many seemed to not have much experience spending time alone in the woods considering they are billing themselves as survival experts. After just a day or two, some were crying on camera. One couldn't make fire with fatwood, which is waterproof and burns in the rain. Many could not get a fire going after several days, unaware of how to dry tinder inside a jacket.
Still, I think it is an entertaining show, and shows the harsh reality of life in a survival situation. I do think it's overzealous that History branded all of them as "survival experts" just because they have Youtube channels though. Some of these guys obviously have good skills and are entertaining to watch, but some have padded their resumes a bit, or else History did it for them. Had they not been represented as survival experts, I would say most of them have done a great job so far.
Maybe History Channel should just remove the "expert" moniker and then the show would better represent itself. I think many people have grown weary of survival shows misrepresenting themselves in this manner. What do you think?
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According to an unnamed source, whom TMZ says is connected with the show's production, "The show had already been cancelled, and we're told the dog incident made people at Discovery feel even more comfortable about their decision o pull the plug."
There has been no official announcement about the show's demise from, Discovery, that we're aware of, so it's possible all of this could just be tabloid gossip. Rocky Mountain Bushcraft has sent an email to the Discovery Channel asking for an official statement, so stay tuned for updates, which we will post here.
July 13th, 2015 UPDATE- Rocky Mountain Bushcraft received an email from Discovery Channel Communications today confirming that Dual Survival has indeed been canceled.
So what do you think? Should Discovery have continued the series, or was it time for Dual Survival to go? Leave a comment below
A desert cottontail rabbit taken at 21 yards with the Chiappa M6 Survival Rifle, using the 20 Gauge shotgun barrel. At this distance, the gun performed very well, considering it doesn't have a choke. This rabbit was taken on private land where they are considered pests because of destroying crops and causing property destruction. I processed the rabbit and will be smoking it on a primitive smoking/drying rack to make rabbit jerky.
On a side note, field testing of both the Chiappa M6 and X-Caliber survival guns is now complete. The X-Caliber took an incredible amount of time to field test, as it is like 16 calibers in one gun with the two different barrels and multi-caliber adapters! Throw in ALL the different brands of centerfire ammo\birdshot\slugs\rimfire tested in each barrel\adapter at both 25 and 50 yards, and it was just insane. There were shells everywhere! Stay tuned for an update!
An online axe reseller we spoke with at the time said that Council told them that they were having an issue with getting enough high grade hickory wood to make the 22.5" handles. Council said that this led them to the decision to discontinue the popular 22.5" Velvicut model.
Even with this information, many people were still scratching their heads as to why Council couldn't seem to find a way to continue making the axe. We contacted Council Tool recently, and were pleased to receive a response from the Vice President of Council Tool, Miss Pickett Council:
You and the Council Tool distributor referenced in your post are absolutely right – market supply and availability drove the decision. The longer length handle is somewhat of an “odd duck” for handle suppliers. When manufacturers grade premium handles, there’s nothing they can do with fallout in the 24” version. So if a great percentage of handles don’t make the cut, the handle producer has a great deal of excessive scrap. Hence it’s a more expensive production. But in addition, the shorter handle is more appropriate for the design of the Hudson Bay. We experienced a great number of users “over-using” the product. As you know, the Hudson Bay is designed for lighter uses, not taking down large trees, etc.
Hope / trust all is well with you and in the Bushcraft community.
Rocky Mountain Bushcraft would like to say a special thank you to Miss Council for taking the time to respond to our questions.
Wes Siler, a Los Angeles-based blogger, said he reached for his pocketknife to help a man at the site of a car crash.CreditPhotographs by Emily Andrews for The New York Times Barker); John Francis Peters for The New York Times (Siler)
It’s a Jungle Out There? Carry a Pocketknife
(Article courtesy of the New York Times)
In recent years, office-bound urban men have adopted the accouterments of their free-range rural brethren: the beard, the flannel shirt, the work boot.
To this list add the pocketknife. The staple tool of fishermen and Boy Scout troop leaders is being embraced by guys whose principal workplace implement is a MacBook.
Scroll through the photos on Everydaycarry.com, a website that focuses on items men take along with them, and you’ll find (alongside smartphones, wallets and keys) plenty of pocketknives — some with that old-fashioned faux-bone-handle look, others with titanium handles and utilitarian design.
Bernard Capulong, the site’s co-founder and editor in chief, said a pocketknife conveys ruggedness and lone-wolf competence in a society that is increasingly tech-centric and interconnected.
“There’s an aspect of masculinity and machismo,” said Mr. Capulong, who carries a pocketknife himself. “You can do everything on your own and you’re not helpless.”
Nigel Barker, 43, a New York-based fashion photographer, has noticed that the pocketknife has become de rigueur among the young hipster assistants he works with. “Almost part of their uniform is to have that knife on that belt or in that pocket,” he said.
This knife is a custom, one-off, movie-spec blade created by Vaughn Neeley of Jimmy Lile Knives for a first ever field test and review here at Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. Why is the Rambo First Blood Knife so important? It is the knife that spawned all the popular survival and wilderness blades we have today. I am excited to be the first to field test a real hand-made Lile Rambo knife. Stay tuned! - Jason
Hey friends, hope you are well! Just thought I'd share this photo I took of a beautiful high desert sunset in the southern Rockies in Colorado. I took it with our new Nikon D5300 test camera, which has been a great addition to our gear inventory because it makes taking great photos so easy.
If you like to carry ultra-light semi-autos for trail pistols, listen up. New for 2015, Kel Tec is offering a weather resistant Nickel-Boron finish as an option on its semi-automatic pistols, such as the PF9 (shown above), P11, P3AT and P32. This finish replaces their older Hard Chrome finish.
Kel Tec's Ultra-light PF9 9mm, weighing in at a svelte 12.7 ounces
I got my first look at this finish back in January at SHOT Show and was impressed. Here I am with Derek Kellgren of Kel Tec checking out a new Nickel-Boron finished PF9:
Kel Tec's featherweight P3AT .380 (only 10 ounces loaded) with Nickel-Boron finish and Optional Neck Lanyard
(photo credit: Rocky Mountain Bushcraft)
Kel Tec's pistols are the lightest semi-automatic pistols on the market. This makes them popular with backpackers and hikers who have to count every ounce. The new rust-resistant finish should be a welcome addition for hikers who never know when they'll get caught in a summer monsoon!