American Outdoor Guide August 2021

Prepare yourself family for when disaster strikes. Step-by step instructions on how to provide energy to your home, grow and preserve your own food, prepare a first-aid kit, make water drinkable.

United States
Engaged Media
USD 6.99
USD 27.99
12 Números

en este número

3 min.
welcome to a new beginning!

The first issue of American Outdoor Guide is now “in the books”—and, more importantly, in your hands. It’s been pretty hectic for the last couple of months, making a change that seemed essentially simple but that had a lot of moving parts, especially when we included the updates to our website and social media pages as well. (We think we’ve got everything squared away, but please let me know if we missed anything.) A new beginning is the perfect time to make more adjustments than just our title change. I explained last month in this space why we changed our middle name, so to speak. This month, I’d like to call out some of the visual changes you’ll see as you thumb through the pages of Volume 1, Issue 1 of…

7 min.
new products

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over already. That’s not to say that there aren’t still plenty of days and nights left to get out into the field before the leaves fall and the snow flies. But, time’s a-wasting, as they say, so make sure you get to it. Before you head out the door, though, make sure you have at the least the basics for survival, just in case you zig when you should have zagged and you end up spending an unexpected night out in the field. 1 Silva Guide 2.0 Compass If you’re going into the field, a compass should be considered standard equipment. Silva has built a reputation for producing some of the best models on the planet. This mirror sighting model allows you to check your direction…

12 min.
coalcracker bushcraft is passionate about the outdoors

The gift of love and appreciation for the outdoors is something I can relate to as priceless. Dan Wowak, a Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, native knows this gift very well, because he grew up in the outdoors, hiking and fishing with his grandfather. His uncle gave him a military survival manual, which he worked out of as a hobby—or obsession, if you will. This grew into a fiery passion that culminated in a journey leading him to becoming a full-time woodsman in every sense of the word. This journey has taken him to remote areas around the world, including a stint in Patagonia, where he racked up 51 days in the wilderness and appeared in season 3 of the History Channel’s TV show, Alone. Wowak now owns and operates Coalcracker Bushcraft, which is located…

1 min.
appalachian bushman school

Coalcracker Bushcraft is not a one-man show. Along with Dan Wowak, instructors Kian Pederson, Mike Gasper and Sara-Jo Fegley offer a variety of courses throughout the year. This year’s schedule includes Basic & Advanced Survival, Basic & Advanced Bushcraft, Navigation, Modern Bushcraft and a Bushman class. Listed on the website are course descriptions, field and classroom work, required kit, level of physicality and course prerequisites. “Every day, we work on making better products and enhancing our teaching to serve the people who matter most—our customers and fellow outdoor adventurers!” —Coalcracker Bushcraft…

1 min.
time alone

Dan Wowak was a cast member on History Channel’s third season of Alone. The struggle for food seems to be the one thing he names as his constant battle during his time in Patagonia. He never encountered small game, preventing him from utilizing one of his bushcraft strengths—trapping. So, he paced himself to conserve energy and set lines for fish. He caught only nine fish during almost eight weeks in the wild. Some of them were tangled around a log and undergrowth in the lake, forcing him into the frigid water to retrieve them or starve. Wowak devoured these fish completely, even eating fish-head soup to get as many of the nutrients and calories as possible. He lasted 51 days and lost approximately 54 pounds. His extreme weight loss is one the…

11 min.
don’t forget to look to the sea

“OUR OCEANS HAVE MUCH TO OFFER US—ON MANY LEVELS. THEY’VE BEEN RELIABLE AND HEALTHY FOOD SOURCES FOR HUMANS FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY OF THEIR RESOURCES HAVE BEEN EXPLOITED FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS … .” I often write about how understanding your environment is one of the keys to survival. One thing I rarely cover is our relationship to our oceans and how they directly relate to our overall survival. Oceans, and their health, impact our weather, the air we breathe and, as I’ll discuss here, the food we eat. Growing up, I was that nerdy kid who was glued to television, watching The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. When I was young, I was all about the ocean; so much so, in fact, that I wanted to grow up to…