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In keeping with the last two years, I’m trying to increase my outdoor activities in 2018 by a wide margin.  I need the exercise, I’d like to get away from the city and suburbs a LOT more, even if that just means ‘drive to a remote place, get out of the truck, cook a lunch over a small grill, eat, relax for a bit, drive home,’ and I’d like to practice more camping and bushcraft skills.

I’ve been watching Joe Robinet’s YouTube channel quite a bit, along with McQBushcraftDoug Outside, Wranglerstar, and some other channels (I’ll put a list at the end of this post, I don’t want to leave any of them out because, lets face it, if they are running a YouTube channel, they need people to be able to find them.)  These channels have given me plenty of motivation to camp, fish, and just enjoy nature more. Thirty years ago, I camped probably one to three weekends per month and spent a good part of the summer either at a summer camp, or working at a summer camp.  Camp Chickagami to be specific.  Now, unless I push for it, I don’t get out at all, so push for it I must.

Yesterday, the wife and I drove to Cloudland Canyon State Park, near Rising Fawn, Georgia.  It’s about a two and a half hour drive from the house, but it’s one of four parks in Georgia that make up the Canyon Climbers Club achievement.

CanyonClimbersMap

From the map we picked up at the trading post, the hike down to the waterfall looks TINY, and in fact it’s less than two miles.  We parked near the Interpretive Center, walked the Overlook trail and took a few photos, then walked the Overlook trail to the Waterfall trail behind the cabins, down to Hemlock Falls and back again, and I think my Under Armor walking app recorded 1.69 miles.  It’s the stairs that are the killer, because you drop down several hundred feet in switchbacks along the cliff face on a combination of natural trails and wooden walkways with expanded metal stairs and decks with benches for people like me who need to sit down on the way back up.  It took us (out of shape as we are) about two and a quarter hours for the entire hike, which is very slow considering my normal hiking pace is closer to two point six miles per hour when I’m taking it easy.  We needed to take the time, because unless you really exercise on stairs or a Stairmaster, this is a serious thigh-and-calf workout. The app reported that we burned approximately 2,955 calories in that time frame.

The temperature was perfect, mid 60’s Fahrenheit, but with a nice cool breeze, plenty of ice left from last weeks freeze, and a beautiful blue sky.  We will most definitely have to go back and camp, this park has a lot of trails and is very well set up for folks to get out into nature, my only slight concern is that it does look very popular, so ‘getting away from people’ probably won’t happen unless you take the longer trails and get lucky.

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Now for the YouTube list I promised you:  I am going to link to the YouTube channel and copy the ‘About’ section from each channel below. Except for Joe Robinet, MCQBushcraft and Doug Outside (who I have been watching a lot of lately) the rest are presented in no particular order other than where I find them on my YouTube subscription list.

Joe Robinet

Bushcraft, Back Country Camping, Wilderness Canoe Tripping, Backpacking, My Dog, Scout. This channel is mainly bushcraft style camping trips, sometimes I build a natural shelter, sometimes I sleep in a tent, under a tarp, or in the snow. I try to show the realities of being out in the bush, weather it be an overnighter in the woods, or an extended, 10 day fly in canoe/fishing trip. I’ll leave in my failures, as well as my accomplishments, in an effort to show you who I really am, just a regular Canadian guy who enjoys spending time outdoors. I’m not a survivalist, and my definition of “bushcraft” may differ from yours. 🙂

Doug Outside

On this channel you will find videos on Bushcraft -Carving -homestead – making stuff and whatever else floats my boat at the time -thx for stopping by

MCQBushcraft

I’m a UK based outdoorsman who started hunting and fishing with my friends when I was young. Educating yourself about your surroundings and having the core skills to sustain yourself using your environment is a lost curriculum in the United Kingdom. We are well provided for, so well that “why do anything if somebody else will do it for you”. This lifestyle has drastically disconnected people from having the knowledge and skills required to spend even one night in the woods and not get hungry. I love being outdoors and have never lost the desire to learn and practice skills that I get a sense of natural connection from. Hunting hangs controversy in the minds of many, but in my eyes there is nothing more natural if you choose to eat meat. I appreciate that not everybody hunts in moderation though. Thanks for reading Michael McQuilton

Wranglerstar

In 2010, the Wranglerstar family decided to turn our backs on a comfortable city life and become modern day homesteaders. Our adventure starts in the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Have you dreamed of stepping off the treadmill of life? Join the Wranglerstar family as we blaze a trail for all those who dream of becoming truly independent from the mythological American dream.

TA Outdoors

Bushcraft, Wild Camping, Wilderness Hiking Trips, Solo Overnight Camps, Fishing, Shooting, Hunting, Cabin Building, DIY projects are all things I love. My dog joins me on some of the trips. His name is Jaxx. My name is Mike. If you wish to send me stuff: Mike Pullen PO Box 7466 HOOK RG27 7NA Check out our other YouTube Channel TAFishing: https://www.youtube.com/user/TAFishing

Tumblehome

Wilderness tripping / Shenanigans in the bush / Paddling the waterways of Ontario

Survival Russia

The Survival Russia Channel is about “The Reality Of Survival”. I live on a Homestead in far away Russian wild nature and here are no room for “TV” Survival. Only Reality counts here. Survival Russia promotes the philosophy of always carrying equipment and never to be parted from equipment which will affect chances of Survival. So did the old timers and pioneers of both the East and the West. I’m Danish and I Live In Russia!! Get Out and Train and Get it Done! All Content On The Survival-Russia Channel is Reserved and Copyrighted By: Survival Russia Regards, Lars

Burley Outdoors

(Burley didn’t publish an ‘About’ on his YouTube page – he is a friend of Joe Robinet’s and a great outdoorsman.)

Mountain Man Survival Guide

Bushcraft and Survival

Far North Bushcraft and Survival

Here at Far North Bushcraft And Survival you will learn about many long forgotten tricks and tips of the old time woodsmen. Not only will you learn about bushcraft / woodcraft but you will learn many things that will help you to survive in less than ideal “survival” situations as well. Come along and sit with me by the campfire as I delve into these subjects in a way that you can easily learn to then do yourself. I will show you how to make shelters, gather food, use wild medicines as well as start fires without matches, lighters, ferro rods, etc

Had a great time shooting with Mark, James and Jason today, even though my brand new hunting bow only had one pin sighted in. (Still better than a day on the couch.)

Here are the photos – it wasn’t until about halfway through the shoot that Jason told us he was a musician… (Link after the photos.)

Click to go to Jason's website.

Click to go to Jason’s website.

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Click to go to the original article

BY STEVE RUSSELL – FEBRUARY/MARCH 2014

Goings-on in the South and beyond

(This is an excerpt – the rest of the states are in the original article, found HERE or by clicking the Garden & Gun logo above – Niko)

Georgia
Book Review

Savannah’s gothic charm has certainly been a source of literary inspiration, but during the annual Savannah Book Festival (February 13–16), the city aims to work its magic on readers instead of writers. With events unfolding in the historic Trustees Theater and other venues around stroll-worthy Telfair and Wright squares, and an impressive lineup of more than thirty authors including blockbuster best sellers such as Anita Shreve and Mitch Albom, that shouldn’t be a problem. Authors appear in one-hour solo sessions instead of group panels, and with the exception of three ticketed headliner addresses, admission is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so scope out the schedule in advance and arrive early. savannahbookfestival.org

 

Well, the 2013 deer season is over, for me at least, and I figured this video would sum up how I feel at this point.  I saw a LOT of really nice bucks from folks around the country through FaceBook, Twitter, etc.  Including some deer that would, for me, be a DREAM buck, taken by ten year old kids.  And I’m happy for them, really, but as for my season, watch this video…

 

The Hank Shaw – “Duck, Duck, Goose” book dinner is this weekend at Holeman & Finch public house in Atlanta:

Click the poster to buy tickets - only 44 total seats.

Click the poster to buy tickets – only 44 total seats.

Danny and I had a great time at Bad to the Bone today – looked like a good turnout too, maybe sixty people, which equals more toys for the program.  I didn’t take a ton of photographs, everybody was bundled up (it was around 40′ when I got there with some rather chilly gusts of wind, though it warmed up gradually…) and just trying to shoot and stay warm.

Ok – first some background. I was a comic book geek – I say ‘was’ because about ten years ago, I gave pretty much my entire collection away. All of it, Grimjack, X-Men, you name it, *poof* I gave it to a teenager who would appreciate it.

click to go to the Wiki entry for Wolverine

click to go to the Wiki entry for Wolverine

Now – that being said, I followed Wolverine and the X-Men in general all the way up to the Siege Perilous story line, at which point I said “What? That’s a horrible idea…” and stopped.  It was a stupid idea, the artists had changed somewhere around this time frame, and I didn’t like the direction the comic was going. (I did the same thing on the Deadpool series, when they got to the point where they suddenly declared that Wade Wilson wasn’t Wade Wilson, it went downhill.)

So, the Wolverine movie.  I give it a A+ for effects, an A+ for acting, an A+ for everything except the plot and pacing.  The pacing was off, period, even my 15 year old was bored at times watching this movie. I give the movie full credit for NOT being a two hour slash and scream fest, but much like the recent Batman trilogy, The Wolverine has a few really stupid moments, which, honestly, I’m hesitant to discuss in full because they are MASSIVE spoilers, however there are a few I can discuss that comic book collectors will understand without ruining the movie itself.

First, in the comic storyline, Wolverine spent YEARS in Japan, and spoke FLUENT Japanese, in the movie, he needs everything translated.  In the comics, Wolverine was every bit as sneaky as the Ninja clan he fights in the movie. In fact, in the Origins comic story, Wolverine was settled in Japan and MARRIED before World War II.  All of this is thrown out in the movie, all of it.  I think it would have enriched the story of the film to have more flashbacks, and current encounters, with people who knew him, or knew of him, from that era.  The grand effect was the dumbing down of what should have been Wolverine coming to something like HOME, not be a total stranger, lost in language and culture.

There are other logical plot holes, two a mile wide, that I won’t discuss here, simply because they involve the end-plot and scenes of the movie, and I do think folks who DON’T know that much about Wolverine may enjoy the film, as I said above, my only problem with it is the continued mangling of the character.

Wolverine would NOT approve...

Wolverine would NOT approve…

So, overall, I give the film a “B,”  its entertaining, folks who watch the film for combat get combat, folks who watch the film for Hugh Jackman get what they want, folks who want to see WOLVERINE, the berzerker who will NOT stop from the comic books, they will leave feeling a bit cheated.

 

Elite Predator TV Magazine will be published in a slightly different manner going forward – instead of releasing the entire edition on Elite Predator TV’s FaceBook page – going forward the magazine will be published on the website.

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