AOM – How to Choose the Perfect Survival Knife

26 11 2013

Guest contributor from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor provides 6 good pieces of advice in choosing the perfect survival knife.

6 Important Survival Knife Features

1: Size

2: Fixed Blade

3: Full Tang

4: Sharp Pointed Tip

5: Single-Edged Blade with Flat Ground Spine

6: Solid Pommel

Read the whole article with alot of great pictures at the Art of Manliness


Video of the Day: Combat in Deep Snow and Extreme Cold (1950)

9 10 2012


Video: Canadian Inuit Ranger Survival Skills that will Save Your Life in the Arctic

27 09 2011

Reposted from

My name is Curtis Konek. I am an Inuk from Arviat, Nunavut and I am also in the Canadian Rangers.

This video clip is for people who are going to experience the Arctic for the first time. This is a good way to show how Inuit survived and continue to survive in the Arctic for so many years. I want to share Inuit knowledge and survival skills, and show people that traditional Inuit clothing is very reliable and important to Inuit.

Special thanks to the Nunavut Research Institute, Nunavut Arctic College, and Jamie Bell!

Ex ROYAL YETI 2011: Canadian Rangers Teach Dukes Company, 1RCR to Live off Land

8 03 2011

Ex Royal Yeti – Fishing and Snaring

MCpl Ian Tait
Our first story brings us under the watchful eye of our Canadian Rangers, as the soldiers of Dukes Company, 1 RCR try their hand at living off the land.

Sgt Marco Comisso
Learning how to gather your own food is an important lesson, especially in a northern climate.

Put your snare in there. It’s not going to be very … it doesn’t have to be very fancy.

MCpl Joe Lazarus
I’ve been with the Rangers probably I would say about, probably about ten years now, close to eleven. So this is what we are teaching right now. I’ve been doing it over seven years, six or seven years now.

Pte Eric Lanoix
We started off with the Canadian Rangers, the women. We started off by making traditional bannock. It’s flour, baking powder, a little bit of salt, and water and lard, and you just mix it all up. We just put it on the fire and cook it up with some raisins.

Sgt Marco Comisso
And how did that taste?

Pte Eric Lanoix
It was good, really good.

Look for rabbit trails there somewhere.

Pte Eric Lanoix
Then after that we did some snaring with Joe. We just went out and set a few snares, hopefully we can catch some rabbits. Now we’re drilling holes here trying to catch some fish. It’s pretty good for the troops. Personally I’ve had some experience before but it’s helping me learn more here and everyone’s having a good go.

Sgt Marco Comisso
So there’s been no rabbits or fish caught yet?

Pte Eric Lanoix
No not yet. We’re hoping tomorrow.

Sgt Marco Comisso
So you gotta go to the old reliable IMP’s.

Pte Eric Lanoix
Yeah we’re gonna have to, for lunch. The old IMPs.

Sgt Marco Comisso
Nothing yet, but nobody said surviving in the wilderness would be easy. For Army News in Moosonee Ontario, I’m Sgt Marco Comisso.

MCpl Ian Tait
Later in the show, we go under the ice, stay tuned.

Bushcraft: Arctic Shelter Tip from Russian Spetsnaz

15 02 2011

Russia’s deadly arctic warriors are experts at fighting and surviving in the world’s coldest regions.

These are their tips for when sheltering:

  • Do not sleep on bare ground. Use insulating materials such as spruce or pine boughs, dry grass, dried moss or leaves.
  • Do not cut wood that is over-sized for your shelter: it uses valuable energy and requires more cord for lashings.
  • The superstructure poles must be the largest and strongest: everything else rests on them.
  • Do not scatter your kit on the ground: keep it in one place to avoid loosing it.
  • Have a fire going before you build your shelter: it can be used as a heat source, a morale booster and can provide boiling water to drink later.
  • Use clove hitches (How to Video) and finish with square knots (How to Video) for securing boughs together.

Bushcraft: Travel in Snow and Ice Areas

7 02 2011

A new addition to the CWO Journal are these Bushcraft Tips taken from the worlds military forces.

The first tip comes from the US Army that has drawn up the following guidelines for conducting military operations in snow and ice areas.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashley M. Armstrong)

  • “Whiteouts” (complete snow cover and clouds so thick and uniform that light reflected by the sun is about the same intensity as that from the sky) can occur. This can result in troops falling into crevasses, over cliffs or high snow ridges. Use a stick or poles to probe ahead!
  • Poor visibility makes navigation difficult. A compass is a necessity, but because of magnetic variation navigating a true course is difficult.
  • In summer, there will be a mass of bogs, swamps and standing water, which are difficult to cross. They are accompanied by a mass of mosquitoes which can inflict severe discomfort if body parts are not covered. Use insect repellent!
  • In timbered areas, travel will be made easier with the use of skis or snow shoes.


Bushcraft: Russian Survival Shelter

24 10 2010

Have lost your way in the forest? Here you can learn read how to construct a house and survive, until you be found!

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