Way of the Raven

2017 03-24

Having A Great Time!

We are having a great time at this year’s Basic Survival Skills class at Blue Ridge Community College! If you want to sign up for the next one go to their website.

  • Having a great time with this class at BRCC Spring 2017!

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2017 01-09

Winter Survival

How your Body Loses Heat

By Benjamin ‘Raven’ Pressley

 

Staying warm can be a challenge in the outdoors if you’re not prepared or don’t have the proper knowledge of how the body loses heat. Exposure to the elements is the number two cause of death in a survival situation so this is a subject that should not be taken lightly. Exposure refers to problems caused by temperature. Exposure is not an injury but leads to injuries. Let’s discuss ways the body loses heat. (more…)

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2016 12-15

Earthlodges, Tipis, Quinzhees, Snow Caves and More!

Building a Modernized Earthlodge
Exploring Low-Cost Dome Construction Methods
by Thomas J. Elpel, Author of Living Homes and Participating in Nature

 

Earthlodge architecture comes from the northern Great Plains where Mandan Indians built massive structures for communal housing and shelter from bitterly cold subzero winters and the relentless wind of the Plains. The initial framework for an earthlodge looks something like Stonehenge, or rather “Woodhenge,” with an inner and outer circle of support poles topped by cross beams connecting everything together. (more…)

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2016 12-08

FIVE PREPAREDNESS SKILLS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW

FIVE PREPAREDNESS SKILLS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW

By Becca Moore

The Patriot Mom

When we hear the word “survival”, it seems most of us think of things like starting fires, building shelters, hunting, fishing, searching for water and other basic survival skills. Although those things are essential to our survival, there are other areas that we need to take into consideration that are just as important….

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2016 12-01

Make Your Own Survival Kit!

me-spear-shelter7x10Survival Kits

A well prepared person will have a survival kit on their belt, a survival kit in their vehicle and a survival kit at home. Each of these kits should be sized and supplied uniquely for their location. (more…)

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2016 11-08

Gimme Shelter!

It is m0002-survival-prioritiesore than a Rolling Stones song!

SURVIVAL SHELTER

By Benjamin ‘Raven’ Pressley

 

What is the number one reason people die in a survival situation? Statistically speaking it is the mistakes they make, paranoia, thinking more about what they don’t have instead of what they do have. The number two killer is exposure. (more…)

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2016 11-01

Adaptability: The Essence of Primitive Cultures

elpelAdaptability

The Essence of Primitive Cultures

By Thomas J. Elpel

Primitive peoples had no choice about whether they were going to

practice their skills or not.  It wasn’t a sport for them; it was survival. (more…)

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2016 10-26

Bird Watching & Nature Observation

birdwatching-adultsToday’s blog is by guest blogger Alex Park of authorizedboots.com. Some of my readers may question why I posted an article on bird watching and may be wondering what it has to do with survival skills. Well I can tell you…. (more…)

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2016 10-25

The Sling

sling    The sling is a very formidable weapon in the hands of a practiced user and also one of my favorite weapons. Not to be confused with the slingshot, the sling is two lengths of cord, leather or woven fibers, tied on opposite ends of a pouch large enough to accommodate the projectile being thrown. (more…)

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2016 10-24

Carving Wood With Fire!

dugoutThe Native Americans and many primitive people used fire to burn out dugout canoes and more? You can use this same technology to make a bowl, cup or even a spoon!

 

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