Do I really need all these survival “gizmos and tools” and other stuff…..

Hello to all. Well now that I have finally started to get me feet on the ground in the new play ground…..Minnesota. I went on my first Kayak camp. Playing safe I went to a small State park not to far from home. Rice Lake State park. Its more of a walking, hiking , car camping park. Although they do offer 5 kayak/canoe paddle in sites. The lake was very shallow and kept that way to help the wild fowl in the area. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed my overnight camp. It was fun, as any camp trip for me is. Anywhere in the out doors makes for fun.

However once again I had issues with the way my Kayak performed when loaded up. Granted a Hobie Outback is really designed as a fishing kayak it can hold a lot of gear. Its naturally  a slow wide stable kayak.


My Hobie Outback 2016

That’s why I bought it. Looking at pictures from the trip I noticed how overloaded I am. This was an over nighter. It was packed to the hilt. I seem to have gone back to over kill again. I need to slim down. No not me, what I carry on my kayak trips. This is also going to affect walk in camping which I plan to start doing, now I am in Minnesota. Minimal is the word. Well not absolute but as minimal as possible. This is my new mantra…”Minimalize as much as is possible while being as safe as possible.”




My Hobie loaded for an over nighter…too much


This means taking a look at survival/emergency gear I am carrying. As well as the other “normal camping stuff” I carry. I need to look at my walk in packs and my kayak packs dry bags etc. I currently carry when camping.

So new task coming up.

  1. minimalizing my kayak camp equipment
  2. Minimalize my walk in camp equipment

I will have to pull out each dry bag, pack, stuff bag etc. and go through them one at a time to remove any culprits that’s really don’t need to be there. Size and weight being what I am looking to get rid of. So off to pull out the “Gizmos and tools” I seem to have so much of, and start whittling down. Stay tuned.

Remember knowledge is a survival skill.

The Novice Survivalist


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Another 2 minute tip for the Novice survivalist

Campers I have just uploaded a short video (Yes it’s 2 minutes ) on how to get started with making fire using a ferrocerium rod. It’s a simple change in the way you position yourself and the rod and striker. Then by only moving the ROD you are able to better control the shower of sparks onto the tinder you are using. 20170409_185732

When I first attempted to use the ferro rod it was a disaster for me . I constantly landed up knocking the tinder pile over and away from the sparks. This trick I discovered on youtube while doing some research on making fire. What a simple tip with great results.

Click on the short video link to check it out. ( or go to my reference page and see the other 2 minute tips as well…just saying).20170107_130812

Remember Knowledge is a survival skill

The novice Survivalist

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Reference Page, tips and tricks

Hey Campers, I have been remiss in my blogging. Apologies to all. Life, work and other commitments tend to get in the way. However things are now getting to normal, well almost.

This update is about my reference page. For those of you who have not looked at it my reference page, might find some very useful tips and tricks for the average camper, outdoors person or NOVICE SURVIVALIST.

I have recently added some videos from my YOUTUBE CHANNEL. most recent camping trips and some 2 minute tips for those of you like myself have little time to sit and watch a 10, 30 or 50 minute video. Yes my concentration powers are lacking in that I cannot sit through a long video, no matter how much it interests me. Have to break up my viewing time into multiple times to see a video through that is longer than about 5 to 10 minutes.

So with that in mind I will let you go watch a quick video you my find useful or maybe entertaining.

Keep surviving and remember Knowledge is a survival tool.

Be back soon so sign up for updates to the website or even to my Youtube channel.

The Novice Survivalist

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Just 2 minutes

I have been making videos on my You tube channel for over a year now. Typically camping and survival videos. These I placed in my video lists on my channel. Hopefully so viewers can choose what they want to watch. I have noticed that typically the review videos draw a bigger audience. Especially the camping and survival equipment videos.

I find myself a big fan of reviews on this same equipment. A quick search on You Tube on a piece of equipment I am considering owning produces thousands of reviews. Not all work for me. I find that a long review does not work for me. Typically a video review will hold my attention about 7 to 8 minutes. Upon looking into this, I found the shorter reviews got way more views in general. Looking at my views on my channel and the statistics offered this is true to my channel aswell.

This got me thinking…..never a good thing, but sparked an idea. If I made shorts….videos that is. I would get better responses on my channel. My subscribers would be more inclined to watch a quicky, maybe even one they would not typically look to view.

So born is my soon to be 2CG 2 minute tip videos series. Although I do camping and basic survival videos I believe just about any subject will draw an audience. Not that I am an exert at anything!

I have put together a number of videos about 2 minutes long. What subjects you ask…well I do any subject that comes to mind. Although I have only posted one so far (test video). I got mixed results. Not being one who is easily detered I will post a couple more.

These will be on things I have personally learnt from others or my own experience. Hopefully someone who takes about 2 minutes of thier time will benefit from them. Stay tuned.

Want to see a 2 minute video click here. Leave a comment or suggestion….always welcome

Thanks for spending your valuable 2 minutes with me.

The Novice Survivalist.

Knowledge is a survival skill

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Watch “VLOG69 Wet overnighter at Nerstrand State Park Mn” on YouTube

Got to test out my new DD Hammocks 3×3 tarp in the real world. Rain wind and all. It came through with flying colors.

Check out my wet and windy overnight camp. The joy. Even did a wet walk about to some hidden falls. An added bonus

Knowledge is a survival tool

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DD tarps 3×3 Hammock

Hello Campers. Just a heads up. Looking for a great tarp at the right price with great reviews…no problem. Check out the latest video on my youtube channel.

Great tarp. Lots of tie points and extra spacious, Giving lots of setup options. A great tarp. Its my new go to camp tarp. Plan on testing in the real world soon.

Keep safe

The Novice Survivalist.

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Here campers. Yes I know long time since I blogged. I have been busy with my other life and changes, however it is settling down. So expect more.

Just a quick update to the resource page with a couple new videos I have added to my Youtube channel.

Added some camp videos , walk about and scouting videos which have become popular. I am also starting a new video series on how I camp. Things I use and ways I find to make my camp trips more enjoyable. The first one is up…KNOTS arrgh. I hate knots so avoid using them where possible.

Check out the updates and videos and more coming soon


Knowledge is a survival tool, keep it up to date

The Novice Survivalist

The knots I hate …

Check it out

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The BUSH BOX another “load lightener”

As part of lightening my carry load I splurged and spent $20 on the BUSH BOX. A small folderble pocket stove. I can now pack without having to carry specialty fuel for my pocket rocket. It works wel and although I have yet to use it in a real world situation I did try it out while ” family camping”. Preatty aweet all things considered and will save me weight and bulk.

Here is my U Tube video. Check it out below. You may consider it useful in minimallizing your survival or even you general camp kit. Try it you may like it and the price is right.

The novice survivalist

Knowledge is a survival skill

Just saying





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