It occurred to me as I was reading my own Out There article last month in printed form that, as a writer for a column on primitive skills, I should probably start with explaining what the heck primitive skills are and why we would should care. Primitive skills range from foraging to tool making to […]
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I remember the first time I stopped to listen to the sound of snow falling hard in the countryside. It sounded like the rush of water, distant and muffled. I can also remember the sting of staying out too long in wet clothing at the sledding hill. Winter can be subtle, or gloomy, or hostile,
Happy winter! Winter is not just for cozying up by the fire with a cup of tea and blanket, reading your favorite adventure novel. Winter is a great time to be outside, enjoying the fresh snow and practicing survival skills. I don’t know about you, but, when I was a kid, I loved making shelters.
Welcome to pre-winter, the exciting hunting season when the deer are lively and the game is on! Living off-grid in the woods, I’ve discovered the art of preserving food without relying on a constant stream of electricity. For years, I stored wild game and homegrown veggies in freezers, but as I strive to live closer
Summertime is berry time—the time when all plants and trees are coming into their full expression in their yearly life cycle with fruit maturing into a beautiful, sweet lusciousness that we all love to eat. I, for one, love to graze when I’m hiking in the mountains. The mountains can be prolific with berries when
As the land becomes anew with the emergence of greenery, the landscape awakens from its long winter’s dormancy. In the days of old (before grocery stores), it was the time of renewing our bodies with vitamins and minerals from the forest. Spring offers us detoxifying, bitter plants, full of much-needed nutrients as the fats and
By Karie Lee Knoke Is it spring yet? It’s still snowing, so it must be winter. But, it’s also sunny, so, maybe it’s spring? Nope, IT’S MUD SEASON! Mud season is our 5th season of the year in the Inland Northwest, and typically lasts for about 6 weeks (mid-March through April). Is it time to
Summertime is for kids to experience outdoor adventure—the hands-in-dirt, skinned knees, messy-hair-don’t-care type of adventure. Here’s our annual list of regional summer camps and nature-based schools that provide unique opportunities for learning about nature, science, and outdoor skills—with something for every child, any age, and every family.
5 Days | Ages 9-14 This camp goes in depth into critical survival skills and cool scenarios that are both challenging and fun. Participants work on their own and in teams to problem solve and master the basics of shelter, fire, tool use and knife safety, traps, rope and knots, plant uses, animal tracking, primitive
On a cold Monday evening in January, I sat in a room surrounded by friendly members of the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club eagerly listening to Hari Heath of North Idaho talk about native paddlecraft design and the wood strip wahnooyak he had crafted. His visual presentation involved a series of paper scrolls, transcribed with