Monday, August 23, 2010

Carya Ovata

also known as Shagbark Hickory!
Our mountains are full of em.  Well, right now, if you go check around, you may find a healthy number of green and brown scented nuts in the forest.  These delightful treats not only mean good wood for a handle is nearby, great firewood lurks next to you, salt is stored in twigs for emergency just above, but that you have a healthy, protein rich, fat inclusive snack right at your feet.  Look up the hickory if you don't know it already and get out there!  We may not have the chestnut anymore, and those Oaks can be a little bitter, but the hickory nut is sweet and pleasant.  Get em now while you can.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

a few of the things you will learn at course BOW-110

Solo Bowhunting Comprehensive; three days of awesome personal instruction and time alone in the wilds of southern Appalachia.  Class limited to 10 students, space is already limited, see schedule for more info.

Here are a FEW of the things we will cover -
In addition to practicing on our shoot and move archery range we will study
history, selecting the right bow, arrow selection, primitive arrow construction, tactics, sensory inversion, quartering stalk, ambush, memory exercises, tracking, leapfrogging, terrain appraisal, satellite imagery resources, modern gadgets, topographic interpretation, game resource location, weather effect on deer movement and senses, stalking techniques, scent control, simple camo, 3D camo, tree stand vs. stalk hunt vs. still hunt, ethics and philosophy, anatomy, targeting, preservation of food sources including drying, smoking, freezing, state and federal game laws, licensing, legal bow weights, and more.

This class is not offered in this format any other time of the year, sign up by emailing lotswilderness@gmail.com or calling 828-280-0847 for details.  Dates on schedule page.
Just to get you started, here's a great video of solo bowhunting just off of base camp last year; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A9dy2Acj-g

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

By the Numbers

AWESOME website numbers for LOTSWild;


The www.yamabushi.us website was started in 2006, since then we have received 1,044,561 server requests, accessed by 73,000 distinct hosts worldwide. Daily hits are averaging 5,000-7,000 with a spike on July 4th at over 12,000!


The youtube channel has had 58,878 videos watched, 460...0 actual channel views, and currently has 151 subscribers. That means someone has selected one of our custom vids on martial arts/wilderness skills/sailing over 58,000 times! And I don't even discuss makeup or have car crash footage on there :P


What's it mean? Well...as word spreads so does the opportunity to get folks in the mud, the grass, the water, the trees, and the Sun. The more they do that, the more they appreciate our world, the less likely they are to let it die around them, and the more capable they are during times of need for themselves and those around them. Thank you for playing a part.

Spencer

old MDK footage

here's a neat look at old tang soo do footage from the 1960's.  GM Blackburn earned his belt, 1st dan, in 1968 while stationed in Korea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC4WtV1uaY0&feature=related

Sunday, August 8, 2010

a song for you

for all the planets that float close, and yet do not collide....for you who find solace in loneliness from time to time, tides which rise but do not breach the berm, a song I wrote - for you
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPvS2SG2LE4&feature=channel

high quality single or complete album available in Lotswild store

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Up on the Mountain

Rattlesnakes are coming out.  Big ones.  Dark timber rattlers.
Coyotes are quiet this week round here.  Gardens are coming in, creeks are low.  The moon rises late, after 11pm for advanced campers doing a ridge crossing after dark - what an adventure!  I'm working on the photos now. 

Turtle Island was tops this year.