APOCABOX Holiday Survival Challenge Series: Challenge #3 – Christmas Tree Snow/Bog Shoes

Challenge Series Overview

As APOCABOX subscribers already know, a big part of each box is completing my Survival Skills Challenge issued in each box.  Unlike the APOCABOX Survival Skills Challenge, this survival skills challenge series is open for everyone to participate.  I’ve teamed up with two survival buddies of mine (Hank Gevedon of Reptile Toolworks and Dave Mead of Mead Longbows) to issue a series of THREE Survival Skills Challenges to take place in between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  The purpose of this challenge series is to not only hone your survival skills but to also utilize holiday products/materials that might traditionally be thrown away.  As I always say, your most important survival skill is the ability to IMPROVISE.  These challenges will call upon those skills and hopefully strengthen them.

And, YES, there are awesome prizes.  Prize details and descriptions below.

Challenge #3: Christmas Tree Snow/Bog Shoes

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Traveling in deep snow of wet bog conditions can be extremely difficult in normal footwear.  This challenge is to create a set of Snow/Bog shoes using the limbs from your Live Cut Christmas Tree.

Challenge Instructions, Tips & Tricks

STEP 1:

Gather 10 saplings (Christmas tree limbs can work for this) that are ideally about as long as you are.  If limbs of this length aren’t available, use the longest ones.  Remove/trim any small branches flush with the limb or sapling.

STEP 2:

Each shoe will be 5 sticks wide.  Line up 5 of your cleaned saplings/limbs so that all the small ends are together.  Tie them together about 2 inches from that end.

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STEP 3:

Now cut 1 solid stick that is approximately 1 inch in diameter x 10 inches long.  This is the 1st of 2 “BRACE STICKS”.  Balance the shoe as best you can on your index finder to find a properly balanced midpoint.  This spot is where the heel of your foot will go.  Lash the cut brace stick across and on top of the shoe at this point.  Lash so that that the 5 saplings/limbs are spaced evenly underneath the 1×10 brace stick.  “U” notches on the underside of the brace stick will help keep the saplings in place.

STEP 4:

Tie thick ends of the show saplings/limbs together leaving a width of at least 1” between them.  A series of overhand knots are sufficient for spacers.  See diagram above.

STEP 5:

Repeat Step 3 to create a second brace for the ball of your feet.  Find this point by placing your heel on the brace stick lashed across in Step 3.

STEP 6:

Repeat Steps 2-5 for other shoe.

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TYING ON YOUR FOOT

While standing on your shoe, tie/lash around the bottom of your shoe (around the brace under the ball of your feet) and up around your toes, knotting it there.  Tie the middle of another section of cordage to that knot and bring the end around your heel and tie them together snuggly there.

**NOTE** Snow shoes will be easier to use if the tip curls up slightly.  A cord tied to the tip of the shoe and pulled tightly to the 1st brace and secured can curl them sufficiently. See photo for details.

Learn a new survival skill every other month with the 

APOCABOX SKILLS CHALLENGE! 

HOW TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE

Myself, Hank and Dave will be the judges of the completed SNOW/BOG SHOE photos submitted for the challenge.  As you can see by the prize details below, there will be three prizes awarded per challenge: an overall winner, a runner up and an honorable mention.  To enter, you must submit a photo of your improvised SNOW/BOG SHOES using one of the following:

1:  SUBMIT on INSTRAGRAM using the hash-tags: #apocabox AND #holidaysurvivalchallenge

2: Post photo on the APOCABOX FACEBOOK page at: http://www.facebook.com/apocabox

3: Email photo to me at creek@creekstewart.com if you don’t use social media

CHALLENGE DURATION:  Challenge starts 12/28/15 and Submission deadline for this challenge is 1/01/16.  Prizes will be announced on 1/02/16.

PRIZE DESCRIPTIONS (All prizes must be mailed to someone 18 years of age or older):

OVERALL GRAND PRIZE

5 HUNTING ARROWHEADS – COLLECTOR’S SET

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1 of these arrowheads is knapped by a master flint knapper.  The other 4 are cast to match its every detail in 4140 tool steel

ABOUT THESE FLINT 2 STEEL ARROWHEADS

Hank Gevedon had an interest in arrowheads long before he met a most talented flint knapper at a bow hunting show.  The arrow and spear points that he was knapping were being produced using the same technology that had been used for 10-12 thousand years.  The arrow points that he was producing had been in use for over one thousand years on this continent.  The technical side of Hank realized that while the stone-age craftsman had reached the limits of his material, he had not.  Hank saw a vision of producing an exact replica of the stone point in a super tough tool steel.  He then developed a system that allowed him to harden and diamond sharpen these steel replica points.  After overcoming several manufacturing hurdles and extensive testing he has now produced an amazing projectile point.  Hank is now producing an entire line of Flint 2 Steel arrowheads following these techniques that will be available in the near future.  These diamond sharpened points provide amazing serrated penetration on carcasses as well as car doors and steel drums.

For more details on this HUNTING ARROWHEAD Collector’s Set,  visit http://www.facebook.com/meadlongbows or for additional photos email meadlongbows@gmail.com

RUNNER-UP PRIZE

1 Month Subscription to Creek’s Subscription Survival Box – APOCABOX

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HONORABLE MENTION PRIZE

IshWash Emergency Eyewash Kit + 1 puck of Instant Bowstring

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CONCLUSION

Good luck!  The deadline for entry in ALL 3 Survival Challenges is January 1st 2016 at MIDNIGHT!

If you’re like me and like SURVIVAL HACKS, consider picking up a copy of my next book: SURVIVAL HACKS on AMAZON at:

http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Hacks-Everyday-Items-Wilderness/dp/1440593345/

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APOCABOX Holiday Survival Challenge Series: Challenge #2 – Holiday Popcorn Tin Grill/Smoker/Oven

Challenge Series Overview

As APOCABOX subscribers already know, a big part of each box is completing my Survival Skills Challenge issued in each box.  Unlike the APOCABOX Survival Skills Challenge, this survival skills challenge series is open for everyone to participate.  I’ve teamed up with two survival buddies of mine (Hank Gevedon of Reptile Toolworks and Dave Mead of Mead Longbows) to issue a series of THREE Survival Skills Challenges to take place in between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  The purpose of this challenge series is to not only hone your survival skills but to also utilize holiday products/materials that might traditionally be thrown away.  As I always say, your most important survival skill is the ability to IMPROVISE.  These challenges will call upon those skills and hopefully strengthen them.

And, YES, there are awesome prizes.  Prize details and descriptions below.

Challenge #1: Holiday Popcorn Tin Grill or Oven

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Using an empty holiday popcorn tin to make a survival style grill or oven may sounds crazy…but you’ll be surprised at how easy it is and how efficient the result can be!

Challenge Instructions, Tips & Tricks

** IMPORTANT NOTE **

Be sure to burn off the “stink” of any improvised survival grill before actually cooking food on it.  The gases and chemicals that come from the paint and lining of some holiday tins can cause illness.  Once burned off you’re good to go!

GRILL DETAILS

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Poke ventilation holes (1/2″ to 1″) about an inch up from the bottom every 3-4 around the perimeter of the holiday tin.  A nail, awl, screwdriver, hammer & needle nose plyers will all make nice holes.

Use wire hangers for grill grates.  Poke holes to feed wires through about 2 inches down from the top of the can.  Bend ends to keep in place.

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Make a fire on the bottom or place hot cools in the bottom and grill!

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OVEN DETAILS

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This method requires no fire in the tin.  Instead, you will use the tin with or without the lid as an oven by placing it beside a fire.  Very simple concept but difficult to control food burn.  You can also place your meat on a stake and place the tin on top of it and build a fire around the tin.  This has been done with a small game bird in the photo above.

** Remember, 1st fire should be used to burn the “stink” off! **

Learn a new survival skill every other month with the 

APOCABOX SKILLS CHALLENGE! 

HOW TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE

Myself, Hank and Dave will be the judges of the completed GRILL/OVEN photos submitted for the challenge.  As you can see by the prize details below, there will be three prizes awarded per challenge: an overall winner, a runner up and an honorable mention.  To enter, you must submit a photo of your improvised Christmas Tree Survival Bow using one of the following:

1:  SUBMIT on INSTRAGRAM using the hash-tags: #apocabox AND #holidaysurvivalchallenge

2: Post photo on the APOCABOX FACEBOOK page at: http://www.facebook.com/apocabox

3: Email photo to me at creek@creekstewart.com if you don’t use social media

CHALLENGE DURATION:  Challenge starts 12/28/15 and Submission deadline for this challenge is 1/01/16.  Prizes will be announced on 1/02/16.

PRIZE DESCRIPTIONS (All prizes must be mailed to someone 18 years of age or older):

OVERALL GRAND PRIZE

DIY TURKISH ARROW KIT

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Build your ow3 Beautiful Turkish style arrows!

This kit includes traditional Turkish knocks, cast tool steel trilobite hunting points (see detail on these below), exquisite bamboo shafts and slick and silent turkey feather fletchings.

The trilobite arrow tips used in this kit with the three bladed shape, internal socket and cutting capability are considered the apex of ancient arrowhead technology.  The nomadic Scythian group fully developed the use of lost wax technology to produce these arrowheads in easy to cast bronze.

Hank Gevedon had the vision of a three bladed Trilobite arrowhead that would have evolved if the nomadic tribes had the technology available to cast the heads in a super tough tool steel alloy.

With this vision, Hank hand carved a wooden model and made a three piece mold exactly as the ancient metalsmiths would have done.  Then, he had a modern silicone rubber mold produced from a hand poured bronze original that he made from the hand carved wooden pattern.  Finally, the waxes produced from the silicone molds are used to produce an extremely high quality tool steel casting from the wax model.

This arrowhead pattern is the forerunner of almost every three bladed arrowhead that we currently use.  Hank and Dave are proud to bring this ancient technology back to life.

For more details on this DIY Turkish Arrow Kit visit http://www.facebook.com/meadlongbows or for additional photos email meadlongbows@gmail.com

RUNNER-UP PRIZE

1 Month Subscription to Creek’s Subscription Survival Box – APOCABOX

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HONORABLE MENTION PRIZE

IshWash Emergency Eyewash Kit + 1 puck of Instant Bowstring

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CONCLUSION

Good luck!  1 more Holiday Survival Challenges to be announced in the coming days!

If you’re like me and like SURVIVAL HACKS, consider picking up a copy of my next book: SURVIVAL HACKS on AMAZON at:

http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Hacks-Everyday-Items-Wilderness/dp/1440593345/

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APOCABOX Holiday Survival Challenge Series: Challenge #1 – Christmas Tree Survival Bow

Challenge Series Overview

As APOCABOX subscribers already know, a big part of each box is completing my Survival Skills Challenge issued in each box.  Unlike the APOCABOX Survival Skills Challenge, this survival skills challenge series is open for everyone to participate.  I’ve teamed up with two survival buddies of mine (Hank Gevedon of Reptile Toolworks and Dave Mead of Mead Longbows) to issue a series of THREE Survival Skills Challenges to take place in between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  The purpose of this challenge series is to not only hone your survival skills but to also utilize holiday products/materials that might traditionally be thrown away.  As I always say, your most important survival skill is the ability to IMPROVISE.  These challenges will call upon those skills and hopefully strengthen them.

And, YES, there are awesome prizes.  Prize details and descriptions below.

Challenge #1: Christmas Tree Survival Bow

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If you have a live cut Christmas tree in your home this season, this challenge just may be for you!  Rather than throw the tree away or burn it, how about making a fully functional survival BOW from it.  Yes, a very effective survival bow can be made from the trunk of your live cut Christmas tree!

Challenge Instructions, Tips & Tricks

STEP 1:  Drag the tree outside and chop off all the limbs flush with the trunk.  It will look something similar to the illustration below.

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STEP 2: Collect anything you can use for lashings and bowstrings later – ribbons, bows, wrapping twine, etc.

SIZE CONSIDERATIONS

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If the tree trunk is over 2” in diameter for the majority of its length your best bet is to split it in half down its length.  Once split, work with the best half.  You will still have a stave that has one small end and one fat end.  If small end is approximately ½ – ¾ inch thick and larger end is approximately 1 – 1 ½ inches thick then string it up and give it a go.  If you are dealing with a much larger tree you can split it a second time or just do some serious tapering on the ends.  The goal is to get the ends to match.

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Another option is to split the trunk, flip the pieces and lash the two fat ends together with a 5-6 inch overlap.

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If somehow you have a tree that is only 1 inch in diameter you can string it up & try as is – OR – cut it in half, split one half longways and lash the fat ends together with a 5-6 inch overlap.

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*It’s very common for a bow to end up asymmetrical with a longer top limb.  To compensate, simply grip the bow below center.

Learn a new survival skill every other month with the 

APOCABOX SKILLS CHALLENGE! 

HOW TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE

Myself, Hank and Dave will be the judges of the completed bow photos submitted for the challenge.  As you can see by the prize details below, there will be three prizes awarded per challenge: an overall winner, a runner up and an honorable mention.  To enter, you must submit a photo of your improvised Christmas Tree Survival Bow using one of the following:

1:  SUBMIT on INSTRAGRAM using the hash-tags: #apocabox AND #holidaysurvivalchallenge

2: Post photo on the APOCABOX FACEBOOK page at: http://www.facebook.com/apocabox

3: Email photo to me at creek@creekstewart.com if you don’t use social media

CHALLENGE DURATION:  Challenge starts 12/25/15 and Submission deadline for this challenge is 1/01/16.  Prizes will be announced on 1/02/16.

PRIZE DESCRIPTIONS (All prizes must be mailed to someone 18 years of age or older):

OVERALL GRAND PRIZE

DIY HORSE BOW KIT

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Everything you need to make a HORSE BOW is in this kit.  It is an ancient design and all natural materials.  Hunt with it the same day.  To see the HORSE BOW in action visit http://www.facebook.com/meadlongbows or for additional photos email meadlongbows@gmail.com

RUNNER-UP PRIZE

1 Month Subscription to Creek’s Subscription Survival Box – APOCABOX

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HONORABLE MENTION PRIZE

IshWash Emergency Eyewash Kit + 1 puck of Instant Bowstring

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CONCLUSION

Good luck!  2 more Holiday Survival Challenges to be announced in the coming days!

If you’re like me and like SURVIVAL HACKS, consider picking up a copy of my next book: SURVIVAL HACKS on AMAZON at:

http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Hacks-Everyday-Items-Wilderness/dp/1440593345/

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What are you doing this weekend?

Come train with me at ESCAPE THE WOODS this weekend!!  It’s not too late to sign up!!

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I’ll be personally teaching the FIRE POD and everyone knows how much I love survival fire.  Solar, flint/steel, BOW DRILL and even a few tricks up my sleeve…  We’ll even be attempting a fire start that I’VE NEVER TRIED BEFORE!  I call it the CR///EK-ZILLA.  Yes, it’s HUGE!

I hope you can make it.  See http://www.escapethewoods.com for more details and to sign up!

Trust me – it’s a BLAST!

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,

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PS – If you’re looking for an awesome Christmas present – consider giving a 1 month APOCABOX – my subscription survival box.  The December Box is limited to 2500 subscriptions and I’m over 2400 already.  It’s going to be an awesome selection of tools – even a hand forged blade!  GIVE IT HERE:  http://www.myapocabox.com

Train with me @ ESCAPE THE WOODS

I receive emails everyday asking about how one can train with me. There’s a reason I haven’t released a public training schedule at Willow Haven yet this year. Besides being extremely busy filming and promoting FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS and writing a new book due out 2016, I’ve signed on to be the Lead Trainer at a series of events that I am very excited about. It’s called ESCAPE THE WOODS!

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ESCAPE THE WOODS

Escape the Woods is a two person survival team challenge designed to provide world class survival training and then test those skills in a head to head competition.  You’ll start your day by learning new survival skills from yours truly and my approved team of survival skills trainers.  Then you will have a chance to Prove it by putting your newly learned skills to the test against the other teams to earn points and collect clues to win the $1,000 Cabela’s gift card. You can also win a $200 Bug Out Bag by creating the best video of your day.  Do you have what it takes to ESCAPE THE WOODS???

“I started teaching survival skills because they’re fun.  I still teach them because they save lives.  As a natural competitor myself, I’m excited to be involved in a new project that combines my two favorite aspects of survival – FUN and LEARNING!  Escape the Woods is an action packed survival competition for people of all ages and experience levels.  You’ll learn awesome skills, meet incredible people and have a blast in the process!  Come test yourself – the woods is waiting!”

            –CR///EK

When, CR///EK, WHEN??!!

The 1st ESCAPE THE WOODS challenge is scheduled for September 12th & 13th in Delaware, OH.  I’ve planned a training curriculum that revolves around the CORE 4 – Shelter, Water, Fire and Food.  You’ll spend the morning jumping from training POD to training POD and then, after lunch, it’s time to put your skills to the test!  Trust me, this is survival training like you’ve never seen before.

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First of it’s kind!

I like being a part of new and exciting projects.  ESCAPE THE WOODS is an action packed survival skills competition with a focus on very real survival skills.  You’ll learn some of my favorite survival skills, tips and tricks about how to secure shelter, water, food and MY FAVORITE – fire!  The chance to win something at the end of the day is just the icing on the survival skills cake.

LIMITED SPACE

Yes, this event has a head count limit.  Tickets are being sold on a first come first serve basis.  Because you’re a subscriber to my blog you are one of the first to even hear of it, but the word will spread fast.  You can find all of the details and sign up on the Escape the Woods web-site at http://www.escapethewoods.com.

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Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN…. I see you in the woods.  Are you ready????

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I double dog dare you to join me! #daretodo

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“The only things we keep permanently are those we give away.” – Waite Phillips

I do wonder what Mr. Phillips meant exactly by this statement.  I think it was something like this:  Our impact on people is ultimately our only legacy.

Rarely do we have the opportunity to be involved in a cause or initiative that has the capacity to change the face of the world we live in.  Today is one of those very rare opportunities.

I DARE YOU!

I dare you to take the 100 day #DARETODO challenge.

It’s simple. Each day for 100 days do an act of service, no matter how small, for the other people around you. Post about it on social media using the hashtag #DareToDo — and we’ll make America better, each day, together.

Here’s the official site: http://dareto.do/

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CR///EK, why are you taking the challenge?

I’m taking the challenge starting TODAY, August 7th 2015.  Each day for 100 days I am going to do at least one selfless act for someone else and share it with you on social media.

WHY?  Because the only things you really keep are the things you give away.  I like to be a part of BIG things.  I like to be a part of GOOD things.  And, I like to be a part of things that CHALLENGE me to be a better person.

JOIN ME?

So, want to be a part of something that will make the world a better place?  Join me on social media everyday with something positive and take the 100 DAY #DARETODO Challenge – TODAY!

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/creekstewart

TWITTER:  @survivalcreek

INSTAGRAM: @creekstewart

 

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,

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You’re not going to believe what I do with this 2-liter bottle.

Just in case you missed the most recent episode of FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS, I had to write this blog post and show you a cool survival skill that I think you’ll really enjoy.  And, it’s a great way to source some awesome cordage in a pinch.  I call it the 2-Liter Bottle Cordage Jig.

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Years ago I saw a video about how a small factory was recycling 2-liter bottles to make woven baskets.  They had a fancy electric powered piece of equipment that would allow an operator to feed in trash 2-liter bottles and it would strip them into long pieces of plastic that would then be coiled on a spool and used to weave baskets.

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Trash 2-liter bottles (or similar) can be found all over the world, especially in coastal areas.  During our week filming FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS in the Florida Swamps I decided to create a primitive version of making cordage from 2-liter bottles using just my knife, my folding saw and a sapling stump.

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Below is a link to the YouTube video filmed for the show that I think you will find very educational.  It’s rare to find a survival skill that you’ve never seen before and I’m proud to bring one to you in this post!

!!!VIDEO LINK HERE!!!

Like I always say, survival is about using what you have to get what you need and this skill is a prime example of that philosophy.

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,

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Improvised Tarp Boat

Summer is the time to practice summer survival skills.  Here’s a great one I think you’ll enjoy.  This one comes right from the pages of my latest book, Build the Perfect Bug Out Survival Skills.  This is a step-by-step photo series about how to build an improvised boat from a tarp!

Step 1: Lay your tarp flat on the ground.  This is a 9’x12′ tarp.

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Step 2:  Pile pine boughs or leafy branches in a circle about 12″ tall.  This will be the diameter of your boat.  Leave at least 1′-2′ of tarp around the perimeter.

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Step 3: Lay a gridwork of sturdy sticks (1″-2″ in diameter) on top of the circle.

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Step 4: Pile another 12″ of green boughs on top, again in a circular pattern.

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Step 5: Wrap the tarp around the circle and tie it to the gridwork of sticks.

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Step 6:  Cross your fingers.

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Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,

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Episode 202 – This week on FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS + the Gear List

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This Sunday for Episode 202 of Fat Guys in the Woods we’re headed north to Drummond Island, MI for a freezing week in the Moose Spruce wilderness.  This north woods is covered with spruce, hemlock, pine, birch and SNOW!  Tennessee natives Kyle, Brian and Martin and in for a rude awakening when they’re delivered to Drummond Island via the only way to get there – by FERRY through frigid Lake Huron.

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You’re not going to believe the series of events that get us through an incredibly dangerous week.  One of my days during this week turned out to be one of my best and worst days in the woods – you don’t want to miss it.

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Below is a Gear List for this episode for those of you who are interested:

Creek’s Scarf:  Surplus military from http://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/20-pk-new-czech-military-surplus-bandanas?a=1772426 

Creek’s Axe Sling:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/194102930/leather-axe-shoulder-strap-carry-sling?ref=shop_home_feat_1

The axe Creek gives the guys:  Husqvarna : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WJGXAQ/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004WJGXAQ&linkCode=as2&tag=wwwwillowhave-20&linkId=UY53YLO7CLUDJ7XO

Creek’s Coat: Filson Wool Packer Coat:  http://www.filson.com/products/wool-packer-coat.10040.html?fromCat=true&fvalsProduct=mens/coats-jackets&fmetaProduct=1011/

Knife # 1: Main Survival Knife:  Blackbird SK5: http://www.notifbutwhensurvivalstore.com/product-p/on7500-brk.htm

Knife # 1: Sheath: Hedgehog Leatherworks: http://www.hedgehogleatherworks.com/Leather-Sheath-for-the-Ontario-Blackbird-SK5-Knife-p/h-at.htm

Knife # 2: Custom handmade knife given to Creek by Bill Anderson from Season 1 of Fat Guys in the Woods – Thanks Bill – it worked AWESOME!

Knife # 2: Sheath: Custom Sheath by Voyager Leatherworks – I highly recommend them if you are looking for a custom leather sheath: http://www.voyagerleatherworks.com/

The knife I give the guys: Finn Bear Knife: http://www.notifbutwhensurvivalstore.com/product-p/cs20pc-brk.htm

Klean Kanteen: http://www.notifbutwhensurvivalstore.com/Klean-Kanteen-40-ounce-Bottle-p/559529-lm.htm

Stainless Mug:  http://www.notifbutwhensurvivalstore.com/Oilcamp-Stainless-Steel-Utility-Mug-p/330441-lm.htm

Creek’s Pack:  Maxpedition Vulture-II:  http://www.notifbutwhensurvivalstore.com/Maxpedition-Vulture-II-Bug-Out-Bag-p/mx514-brk.htm

TUNE IN

I hope you catch Sunday’s episode.  You just aren’t going to believe our luck – GOOD and BAD!  It airs only on The Weather Channel at 9pm Eastern.

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,

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Don’t Miss Season 2 of FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS

This Sunday, June 7th, at 9pm eastern ONLY on The Weather Channel

On the eve of the premiere of Season 2 of FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS I thought I’d take a minute and write a letter to the blog subscribers here at Willow Haven Outdoor.  Many of you were blog subscribers long before FAT GUYS existed and you’ve watched my career in the survival industry develop over the past 6-10 years or so.  I am grateful for your support to say the least.

As I anxiously await America’s response to the first episode of Season 2, I just can’t keep my lips sealed about what to expect.  Below are some things to look forward to Sunday night as well as a little insider info ;). Here goes:

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First of all, we’re in the SONORAN DESERT of ARIZONA!

That’s right, this Indiana boy took 3 guys from Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Ohio and plopped them smack dab in the middle of one of the most hostile environments in North America.  I remember when one of them said, “This looks like the surface of mars!” Time to saddle up suckers!

My favorite childhood memories…

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While most kids were reading comic books, I was scouring the pages from my Dad’s ARMY SURVIVAL manuals and I LOVED THEM!  In this first episode I decided to bring those pages to life.  This Sunday watch Randy, Peter, Jacob and I put these skills to the test and see if they really work.  I’ve been wanting to build a shelter like I’ve seen in the ARMY SURVIVAL manual my whole life and this week in the desert was my chance to do it.  You’re gonna love it.

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WATER….uhhhh, I mean, WHAT WATER????

There was actually a point in the week when I doubted that we could make it the rest of the time with our water supply.  You’ll have to watch and see what happens but let me tell you something – I WILL NEVER take the water sources in the midwest for granted again.  EVER!

FIRE (time to cuddle boys)

I can’t wait for you to learn how we started a fire in this episode.  We actually used TRASH that we found and the method is going to blow your mind.  It’s a fire start that I’ve practiced in a controlled environment before but never in a very real scenario.  It was awesome and incredibly frustrating at the same time.  I think the guys thought I was crazy when I described it to them.  I played it cool, although it was crazy.

FOOD (I guess you can call it that)

This photo says it all – you do not want to miss what we eat!!!!

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Oh, and do you see all of the skulls in the 1st photo in this post????  Those are boar, mule deer and jack rabbit.  BTW – have you ever seen a desert jack rabbit.  They are HUGE.  From ground to ear tips I’ll bet you they are 36″ tall.  See pics of them here if you’re curious:  http://www.desertusa.com/animals/jack-rabbit.html

 RANDOM thoughts…

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You are not going to believe what Randy is putting into this mouth in this scene.  I hope this makes the episode so bad.  If it does, I hope you’ve also eaten and thoroughly digested your dinner by the time you watch it.

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You know I’m all about teaching real survival skills.  I’m excited to teach you a trap I learned from a research scientist friend of mine.  I saw an opportunity to deploy it in the desert and think it’s a great trap to keep in your mental tool chest.

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The photo above is just before we tear into a group desert brawl.  Just kidding…it’s time to celebrate a huge success.  Trust me, you’ll be celebrating with us Sunday night.

MY GEAR in this episode

I always get asked a ton of questions about the gear I’m using in each episode so I thought I’d just list it out if you’re interested.

The Gear I give the Guys:

Parting words

Last season aired at 10pm eastern – we’re moving up in the world and are now on at 9pm eastern.  You won’t regret watching it.  You’ll learn some real skills and meet some real guys who have very real stories.  If you have a moment, share this VIMEO clip promoting the premiere episode with your friends:  https://vimeo.com/127084951

Oh!  And I’d love to hear what you think!

Interested in being on a potential Season 3 of FGITW?  Send your info/story to fgitwcasting@rivr.com.

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,

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