Refurbishing the community camp axe

The old camp axe, the axe that gets used and abused over the years, never sharpened, never maintained, used by people who do are not exactly axe experts. Neglected for far too long, it is time to bring it back to life. This axe is dull enough that you can run your hand over the…

Upper Falls Greenway Stroll

Done with a day at work, and two hours to kill before my fantasy football draft, it was perfect weather for a walk. I grabbed my camera and headed for the Upper Falls Greenway, located in Newton, where there is an outdoor art exhibit along the path. Now, I’m not really an art person, but…

New Year, New Gear. Titanium Firebox Nano and Shovel.

Yesterday was cold and pouring rain, but today is a warm, 40-something degree Sunday in January. A good day for a lunch in the woods, anxious to try out some new gear I bought myself for Christmas. So, I grabbed my backpack, made a quick stop at the grocery store, and headed into the woods….

My Cook Set gear review

For several years now, I have been using the same cookset. Over the years, I have added a few things to it, but I haven’t changed it. Is it perfect? No, there is no such thing. But, my cookset can do just about anything I need it to do. I don’t have to choose what…

A Holiday in the Bush 2018

A beautiful, warm day in mid December. It was a long time since I had gotten out. I was long overdue for a little time in the woods, and between the weather and other obligations, I had a window of about 3 hours to get out and do something. I grabbed my gear, packed my…

Punty’s Picks for the Best Survival Calibers

What’s the best survival gun? Ever heard that question before? If you’re reading this, you’ve heard it, read it, discussed it, ad nauseam. Other than the prerequisites of actually having a gun, and having a gun that works reliably, it’s really a waste of time to discuss what the best survival gun is. There are…

CZ Hammer Classic, not your grandpa’s side by side

There’s just something about a double barreled shotgun. In the world of double barreled shotguns, there is something special about a 12 gauge, side by side that feels like you reached deep down into the darkness of the Well of Time and pulled out a relic, steeped and patina’d in history and Americana. Visions of…

Friction Fire Fail with Seven Multitool

You can only watch so many bad survival TV shows before you get the notion that you can start fire by friction. So, after a couple of years, I finally decided to give it a shot. Fortunately for me, I have the perfect place to go to in the wilderness, where I can pretend I’m…

A ride through Holliston

Once football season is over, I begin to feel the wintertime blues. Go to work in the dark, come home in the dark, and spend the weekends planning my springtime escapes. It never works out quite the way I spent the winter making plans, but this year was worse than ever. The entire spring rushed…