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American Frontiersman

Fall 2019

The quintessential frontiersmen were those imbued with the new “American Spirit” who pushed the envelope, and the frontier, from one ocean to the other as they brought to its finest form, what we call the art and science of frontiersmanship. This spirit is alive and well 200 years into our nation’s history as our master practitioners offer timely and timeless articles on wilderness, survival, the land and the techniques that have been honed through generations.

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editor s ’ welcome

Howdy, friends, and welcome to another packed issue of American Frontiersman . While Paul Calle’s wonderful cover artwork is called “Near Journey’s End,” this special fall 2019 edition is just getting started. Because hunting season is right around the corner, we’ve got all manner of articles to get you ready like a mountain man, with expert tips on sighting in a muzzleloader and a review of Traditions’ latest .50-caliber rifle. Then, once you’ve bagged a deer, we’ll help you butcher it properly without any waste, tan the hide for other crafting projects, smoke the venison to keep it tasty over time. We’ll even teach you how to make your own European-style skull mount and build your own cooking tripod in case you forgot to bring one along to camp. There’s more…

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american frontiersman

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Nino Bosaz CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Linas Cernauskas PRODUCTION EDITOR Greg Lickenbrock ART DIRECTOR James Allocca PREMEDIA OPERATOR Franco Nguyen DIGITAL MANAGER Matthew Hogan EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Richard Ortega CIRCULATION CONSULTANT Scott Hill/ProCirc COVER IMAGE © Paul Calle by arrangement with the Ansada Group, LLC* VP/GROUP PUBLISHER & CONTENT DIRECTOR Nicholas S. Seifert ADVERTISING SALES National Office 212-478-1910; sales@athlonoutdoors.com Independent Account Representatives NORTHEAST REGION Scott Buchmayr 978-462-6335 SOUTHEAST & UPPER MIDWEST Amos Crowley 216-378-9811 WESTERN REGION Scott J. Cherek 307-635-8899 MIDWEST/CENTRAL SOUTH Dan Flavin 248-515-8654 DIRECT RESPONSE ADVERTISING Jim Coen 212-478-1949 SALES & MARKETING DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT Carrie Roeder DIGITAL SALES DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING DIRECTOR Brock Norman…

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leader of men

“Up the South Slope” By David Wright It was September of 1833. Captain Joseph Walker looked out over the vast plain of the Humboldt Sinks and felt uneasy. It was open country. He and his 60 men had traversed north of the Great Salt Lake, then followed the course of the Humboldt River for days across some of the most barren territory he had ever seen. Along the way, some of his men out on hunting expeditions reported seeing Diggers, also known as Paiute tribesmen. Walker and his men eventually came to a place where a number of lakes converged and decided it was a good place to set up camp. He ordered his men to make a crude breastwork consisting of bags of supplies and saddles. Before they were done, between 800…

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the battle of king’s mountain

“Battle of King’s Mountain” By Don Troiani The year 1780 had been a tumultuous one for the newly declared United States of America. That summer found America in its fifth year at war with the King of England. The winter of 1779 to 1780 was bitterly cold, and George Washington’s troops had wintered with very little food, blankets or clothing. These shortages continued as the pages of the 1780 calendar turned. The colonial dollar became nearly worthless. The budding country approached its breaking point. Throughout the colonies, neighbor fought neighbor, and in many cases, family member fought family member as people sided with the American cause or declared loyalty to the King of England. British sympathizers were called Tories. Vengeance became a way of life in many of the colonies, especially those in…

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the kephart chronicles

The yellow campfire flames dance in the cold night air and send sparks upward into the star-filled sky. A group of seasoned woodsmen sit around the fire discussing woods skills and adventures of the past. Someone mentions the name Horace Kephart, and most think of the famous Kephart knife. A few think of Kephart’s book Camping and Woodcraft, and a couple of the woodsmen remember the name as one of the “fathers” of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Almost no one thinks of Kephart as a librarian who spent much of his life not inside a tent or on the trail, but at a roll-top desk, typing outdoor book manuscripts on a battered old Underwood 5 typewriter. Early Life To understand Kephart’s interest in all things outdoors, we must first take a…

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the 5-tool rule

The “Five-Tool Rule” is a basic concept we use at the Pathfinder School to help teach students what types of tools are needed to properly and effectively manipulate materials like wood, bark and plant fibers to create usable objects. For the most part, if we’re practicing our woodcraft skills, we won’t be dealing with things like stone and bone. We’re trying to create objects to use in camp to replace some modern items we may otherwise be tempted to carry in. Understanding what tasks our tools need to perform to make these objects, and the scale of such projects, will dictate the sizes and dimensions of the tools we’ll carry. Basic Functions In many instances, we can create most necessary items with very small tools if we’re just making simple objects for…