Articles written by: Ron Marr

Another Reason To Wear a Wristwatch: Use it as a Compass

Another Reason To Wear a Wristwatch: Use it as a Compass

I quit wearing a wristwatch on Labor Day, 1977. I’ve never worn one since.  There’s a long and moderately sordid story behind this, but the only pertinent part is that on Labor Day, 1977, I told time to go to hell. I saw no point in constantly checking minutes and [...]

The Backwoods Gourmet’s Guide to Homemade Pemmican

The Backwoods Gourmet’s Guide to Homemade Pemmican

The dirty little secret of hikers, backpackers, woodsmen, and hunters is that the ingredients in our beloved trail mix are little different from the contents of your average seven-year-old’s trick-or-treat bag. The truth will set you free, and the truth is that we’re basically scarfing down on the equivalent of [...]

The Curiously Strong, Altoids Breath-Mint Fire Starter

The Curiously Strong, Altoids Breath-Mint Fire Starter

I don’t care what the survival gurus of reality TV told you. It’s impossible to create flame with a couple of wet noodles, the braided hair of a Labrador, and positive thoughts. These guys care more about building ratings than building a fire. If you’ve plenty of time, and perfect [...]

How To Waterproof Boots with Bee Stuff, Horse Parts and Fat

How To Waterproof Boots with Bee Stuff, Horse Parts and Fat

Getting cold feet is not a bad thing in the metaphorical sense. Recognizing this common warning sign prevents you from potentially fatal actions like leaping across a too-wide crevice, strolling on thin ice, irritating a sleeping bear or getting hitched to a crazy person. Cold feet caused by water-filled boots [...]

The Nuts and Bolts Squirrel Call

The Nuts and Bolts Squirrel Call

Squirrels are quick, tasty, almost as intelligent as a rock and can be taken with a .22, .410 shotgun or pellet rifle. But, one squirrel does not a meal make. Bushy-tails are afflicted with extreme anxiety disorder, and a flock (actually called a “dray” if you want to get technical) [...]

How to Catch Minnows and Crawdads with a Coke Bottle

How to Catch Minnows and Crawdads with a Coke Bottle

A 2-liter plastic bottle has infinite uses for the hiker or woodsman, but few people realize that it can easily be converted into a minnow/crawdad trap. A few simple alterations, using items already at hand, pay off in live bait few fish can resist. Items Needed 2-liter plastic bottle Swiss [...]

When Lost: The Gentle Art of Not Freaking Out

When Lost: The Gentle Art of Not Freaking Out

The one thing that a bear doesn’t do in the woods is get lost. The same cannot be said of people. A regular staple of national news reports are stories of some poor soul who wandered away from camp and couldn’t quite a way back. Quite a few of these people [...]

Ask Survival Coach: 3 Things to Bring into the Wild

Ask Survival Coach: 3 Things to Bring into the Wild

Dear Survival Coach, I have a strong urge to to reconnect with mother nature for an indefinite amount of time. I’m going bare bones.  What 3 things should I bring with me?

Tips for Dealing With Frostbite from My Mom

Tips for Dealing With Frostbite from My Mom

My father, now 90 years old, has always had the ability to remain preternaturally calm in an emergency. Thus, I initially thought nothing of it when my phone rang and he said, matter of factly, “I need a little advice.” “What’s up?” I asked. “Oh, your mom fell in a [...]

New Column From Wenger Blog: The Survival Coach

New Column From Wenger Blog: The Survival Coach

I’m not about to claim that I’m Bear Grylls or Cody Lundin or one of those famous TV survival experts. What I can claim is that I’ve spent the majority of my 52 years living smack in the middle of (not just visiting) some of the most hidden and deepwood [...]