Monday, February 23, 2015

"The Philosophy of a Caveman"

"It is asserted from time to time that true survival is measured by a person’s capacity to stay put and prepared with a super pack of hauled-in safe-guards; that learning edible plants and trapping and hunting skills are not necessary since most lost persons are rescued within seventy-two hours anyway. Without negating the wisdom of preparation and safeguard, I would say that the philosophy behind this modern dependency is still a dangerous one. Because of confidence and practice, when one learns to live off the land entirely, being lost is no longer life-threatening. Any manufactured item, such as a good knife or sleeping bag, then becomes a useful and appreciated luxury, but not a dire necessity!”

-Larry Dean Olsen, 1997

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Hey friends,

Hope you all are well! Please note that I will be posting all of our new updates to our Facebook page. Due to the many projects I am working on, as well as the time I spend in the field doing gear testing and research, I find it much easier to post there, especially when I am away from a regular computer.

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As always, thank you again for stopping by and we really appreciate all of your comments and emails.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

MADE IN THE USA GEAR: TarpTent Ultra-lite Tents

Highly respected among serious backpackers, owner Henry Shire makes his intelligently designed, lightweight, high quality TarpTents in Nevada City, California. TarpTents are so highly sought after that if you want one, they frequently have a waiting list. I think this speaks for itself.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Mountain Bushcraft: Primitive Bow Saw made from a Scrub Oak branch

Hey friends, here is a Primitive Bow Saw I made from a Scrub Oak branch on a recent trip to the Uinta Mountains in Utah. I've been wanting to try Scrub Oak for a while now. Like all Oak, it is strong and flexible, and the saw did a great job processing dead wood for my campfires. Cheers, Jason

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Leah's Corner: Is the Galaxy S 5 Active really “Most Everything Proof?”

By Leah Klocko
Editor, Rocky Mountain Bushcraft

When the nice folks at AT&T asked if I wanted to review the Galaxy S 5 Active phone I jumped at the chance, then went online to see what I could learn about this new toy. The S 5 Active is billed as “Everything proof.”

  • Designed rugged: dustproof, water-resistant up to 3 feet (1 meter) for thirty minutes, and shock-resistant when dropped from 4 feet onto a flat surface.
  • View your activity-related features with Activity Zone.
  • Shoot high quality photos with the 16MP camera.

With these claims, I decided to test it without a protective case to see if the S 5 Active was really as resilient as it claimed.

“Shock-resistant when dropped from 4 feet onto a flat surface.” Yes, it certainly is. One thing about using a phone without adding a protective case -- it's slippery! I dropped the poor unsuspecting Galaxy S 5 Active onto everything from the marble floor at the library (SSSSH!) to a concrete floor at a Garth Brooks concert. Not a scratch, dent, or problem.

“Water-resistant.” I was worried about this one. Dropping the S 5 Active was an accident every time. Purposely submerging it seemed crazy. Jason and I were in Las Vegas for SHOT Show and we thought that would be a good time to dunk the phone in a fountain to see what would happen. We found a likely spot in front of Caesar’s Palace and in went the phone!

Apparently what happens in Vegas DOES stay in Vegas, no one gave us a second look! We submerged the S 5 Active for over 4 minutes with absolutely NO effect. It even received texts while under water!

Now, my absolute favorite thing about the Galaxy S 5 Active…..The camera. “Professional quality 16MP camera with fast focus.” Since I started carrying the Galaxy S 5 Active a few months ago I have literally taken THOUSANDS of photos. I can’t stop. The camera is wonderful to use, with effects like grayscale for beautiful black and white shots, an ISO that can be set for 800 to take shots in lower light without flash and zero shutter lag so you don’t miss the shot.

I have had more than one person say they were going to go get themselves a Galaxy S 5 Active phone after seeing photos I’ve taken with it. In fact Jason and I used it to take some of our best photos at SHOT Show.


I have been using the AT&T Galaxy S 5 Active in a city/suburban environment, but this phone would be perfect for your next bushcrafting adventure. It can take the rigors of the outdoors, is light weight and does not need constant charging. It’s “Activity Zone” feature includes a compass, flashlight, stopwatch, & barometer that can be accessed easily with a press of the key on the side of the device.

The still camera and video can easily capture the beauty of the wilderness, or the one that got away…..

In conclusion, if you are in the market for a do-anything, go-anywhere phone the AT&T Galaxy S 5 Active is the phone for you. The camera and battery power are top-notch, putting it leagues ahead of the Iphone in my opinion.

I am the person who always went for the cheap or free phone when signing up for phone service. Not anymore. I’ve been spoiled. Excuse me, while I go shoot some more pictures with the Galaxy S 5 Active.

Spectacular shot of high desert sky in Colorado at dusk

(click to enlarge)
Photo credit: Jason Schwartz/Rocky Mountain Bushcraft, Copyright 2015
Camera- Nikon D5300

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mountain Bushcraft: Punkwood from a Scrub Oak Tree

Last week, I camped in the Uinta National Forest in the Rocky Mountains of Utah for several days. While I was roaming around the forest, I found a rotted branch on a Scrub Oak tree that turned out to be an excellent piece of punkwood. It ignited instantly with a credit card size Fresnal Magnifier Lens and burned fiercely until I put it out. I brought some of it home with me, and  plan to turn it into char-tinder to add to my fire kit. Cheers, Jason

Monday, February 9, 2015

Me with Mikhail and Troy of Emberlit Stoves

Last Summer, I ran into my friends Troy and Mikhail of Emberlit Campstoves at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah. I've been lucky enough to spend some dirt time with them bushcrafting in the Utah mountains.

Mikhail, the genius behind Emberlit, is quite knowledgeable about edible and medicinal plants, primitive hunting weapons, and primitive firemaking skills. Troy is a crack shot with a .22 survival rifle. Let me tell you, these are some seriously fun dudes to hang with! If you don't believe me, just check out their promo video on Youtube!

They also make what might be the best portable ultra-light wood burning/multi-fuel stove on the market- the FireAnt (review coming soon). Check'em out. 100% made in Sandy, Utah USA.

Made in the USA Gear! (lost photo)

This is another photo that was misplaced when we had to relocate during the catastrophic Colorado wildfires of 2012. It was meant to accompany a companion piece to our Made in the USA Gear write-ups. Dave, my former field assistant and his daughter Stephanie, kindly volunteered to pose for the photograph with US made gear we've reviewed on the site.

RMB was proudly THE first site in the outdoor genre to have a "Made in the USA" gear review section. We took a lot of flack for it from some big name people and companies who said it would turn too many people away from our site. We stuck to our guns, and 2.4 million pageviews later, proved ourselves right. 40,000 Google Visitors per month can't be wrong!