Category: Old Ways

Death of Brazil’s ‘Man of the Hole’ Highlights Issues Faced By Country’s Indigenous Tribes

The last living member of an uncontacted tribe in the Brazilian Amazon has passed away. Nickamed the “Man of the Hole,” he was the only…

You Can Now Stay at an Original Old Wild West Town

Paul Pinkerton

A stay at a bona fide Wild West ghost town could be just the thing to beat those 21st century blues! Gold Point in Nevada…

He Bought Ghost Town & is Now Stuck There Because of Lockdown

Paul Pinkerton

This adventurous property owner spent lockdown snowed in at a California ghost town! For offbeat American entrepreneur Brett Underwood, avoiding Coronavirus reached a whole other…

It’s a girl! 13-year-old ‘Amazon warrior’ Lived 2,600 Years-Ago

Amazon warrior: Forty or 50 years ago, archaeologists and historians involved in important digs had only remains to go by when they tried to identify…

How They Would Have looked: 7 Ruined Castles Across Europe, Reconstructed

Doug Williams

The longer a building stands, the more it begins to suffer the effects of time and the weather.  Even the most solidly built edifices will…

The Loneliest Place On Earth – Bouvet Island

Doug Williams

To take isolation to the extreme, visit Bouvet Island in the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean southwest of the Cape of Good Hope in…

‘Like finding a new planet’ Shipwrecks Found Dating From 300 BC

The Mediterranean Sea is full of shipwrecks. If every one of them was visible, the timeline of human history could arguably be traced on the…

Student Discovers 5000-Year-Old Sword in a Monastery in Venice

The Armenian St. Lazarus Monastery sits on its own small island in the Venice Lagoon.  The island acted as a leper colony from the 12th…

An Incredible Artifacts From Lost Viking ‘highway’ Revealed by Melting Ice

The finds tell a remarkable story of high-altitude travel and long distance exchange c. 300 – 1500 AD with a peak in usage c. 1000…

Because of Lockdown Himalayas Visible for First Time in 30 Years

Doug Williams

Himalayas: The Coronavirus has completely changed the entire world as we lockdown in place to let the virus pass us by. Roads are empty. Businesses,…

Parts of the Marshall Islands are Still More Radioactive than Chernobyl

Doug Williams

In 1986 the reactor meltdown in Chernobyl caused damaging radiation to not only render the immediate area uninhabitable, but also to spread to many other…

The Mystery of the Death Valley Sliding Rock Phenomenon

Slithering rocks of Death Valley, sailing stones, gliding stones, wandering rocks, and moving rocks are just a few of the names for rocks that move…

Victory For Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Over Dakota Access Pipeline Case

Doug Williams

The members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that straddles North and South Dakota believed they were never properly consulted nor given the opportunity to…

Arctic Sinkholes Appearing Within Seconds After Big Permafrost Melt

Doug Williams

The permafrost in some parts of the Arctic are melting much faster than expected, with potentially terrible results. While global warming is a well-accepted fact…

Strange ICE VOLCANOES Form on a US Beach

We don’t usually associate volcanoes with wet, cold waters — we think of them as sources of raging fires and eruptions of massive, scalding lava…

28,000-Years-Old Arctic Treasures Exposed by Melting Ice

As the planet warms, there has been significant melting in the Arctic region.  As the permafrost melts, however, it also has released items which have…

Ship Wreck Discovered That Blows the Bermuda Triangle Legend

The myth surrounding the Bermuda Triangle has persisted for decades. Many people believe, sailors and civilians alike, that there is an intersection in the Atlantic…

Revealed by Drought the Site of the Spanish “Stonehenge”

For the last fifty years the Dolmen of Guadalperal, sometimes referred to as the Spanish Stonehenge, has sat under the water of the Valdecana Reservoir…

Did Vikings Describe Climate Disaster? Viking Runes Gets New Interpretation

Doug Williams

Climate disaster seems like the dominant story in just about every news cycle these days. Teenagers worry about it; teachers inform students about it, and…

Top 10 Survival Skills In The Desert You Have To Have the Basics

Survival Skills: Surviving in the wilderness is more important than your survival trip. You do not want your tale to become one that is told…

Coral Castle Bizarre Structure in the Middle of Nowhere

Doug Williams

Coral Castle is constructed from 1,100 tons of oolite, a type of coral rock, and is surrounded by an eight-foot wall, secured by a nine-ton…

Footprints Made by Neanderthals who Walked in Lava Hours After Eruption

Doug Williams

Near Roccamonfina in southern Italy lies an extinct volcano which hasn’t been active in millennia.  On the side of the volcano are a number of…

To Be Honoured: WW2 Bone Collector Who Was a Vital Contribution To The Allies

Doug Williams

Bone Collector: It’s difficult to imagine just how a young mother living in Canada’s most remote region in the Arctic could make a direct contribution…

Incredible Medieval Supertanker Considered the Best Example of its Kind in the World

Doug Williams

A project has been underway ever since to retrieve, assess and preserve the medieval timber so the vessel can be fully restored to its original…

6 Survival Uses for Vegetable Oil

Nick Oetken

Vegetable oil is a kind of oil extracted from various seeds. The most common oils are castor, peanut, coconut, etc. Oils are used to add…

A Beginner’s Guide to Surviving a Cold Climate, Easier Than You Think?

Nick Oetken

Since the dawn of man, people have learned to use techniques to survive in any condition. With just a glance at the map of the…

Top Survival Uses For Cotton

Nick Oetken

Cotton has been one of the oldest and durable form of clothing for a very long time. But with the rise of newer fabrics, it…

7 Steps On How to Tan a Hide

Nick Oetken

Throughout history, leather has been incredibly useful. Our ancestors have used it for everything from making clothing to making hinges for doors, from making holsters…

Mountain Men: Trapping Furs Driven by European Fashion

Nick Oetken

One of the most colorful groups of people in the history of America was the Mountain Men. This rough-and-tumble bunch of hard men was an…

The Ancient Skill of The Cobbler

Nick Oetken

Need a new pair of shoes? What do you do? Run down to the local shoe store or big box store and pick out a…

The Rules of Living In A Wilderness Shelter

Nick Oetken

Heading off on expeditions doesn’t always mean needing to stay in a tent or roughing it in a bivi bag, because there are plenty of…

10 Things We Should All Know About Tracking

Geoffrey Guy

Tracking is the art of interpreting the ‘indirect’ sign left by other animals. Here are the top ten things you need to know about tracking…

Top 5 Bushcraft Skills You Need To Know

Geoffrey Guy

Bushcraft is basically the practice of living in the wilderness. Today, many such bushcraft skills would widely be considered old fashioned and outdated. It is…

How To Build A Signal Fire

Joann Clark

Even the greatest and most experienced explorers get into trouble in the wild, by either taking a wrong step or not accounting for the weather…

9 Tips for Prepping Your Camp Food, What Are Yours?

Before going to camp, there are many things you need to consider and plan ahead for. One very important thing to plan for is food.…

Erebus, Royal Navy’s Rocket Firing Ship of 1814

Rich Murphy

There are many great lines included in Francis Scott Key’s song The Star Spangled Banner, our National Anthem. When Key wrote those inspiring verses, he…

The History of Log Cabins & One of The Best Survival Shelters

Nick Oetken

When most of us think of a survival shelter, the image that pops into our heads is that of the log cabin. Log cabins are…

The Best Non-Firearm Self-Defense Weapons

Rich Murphy

Firearms have long been called “the great equalizer” and rightly so. A petite woman with a gun in her hands is the match for the…

Your Life May Depend Upon It: How to Start a Fire When it’s Pouring With Rain

Ian Kershaw

Somehow or other, it seems that we all get this idealistic vision of what a survival situation is going to be like. At least, everyone…

Your Guide to Coastal Foraging in Survival Situations

Ian Kershaw

When discussing the great outdoors, and survival in general, many authors completely overlook an important part of the nature around us. While we have covered…

Cooking Over a Fire – Why is It Such An Important Skill?

Ian Kershaw

One of the most basic, and possibly overlooked, things to practice to prepare for the wilderness is cooking your food. We all know that we…

Everything You Need to Know About the Firebox Camping Stove

Alexa Vuckovic

It’s no secret that from time to time, every camper hits a snag when lunchtime comes. Preparing a fire, getting it right the first time,…

The Paddle Steamer & the Expansion of America

Ian Kershaw

Part of the romantic image we all share of the Old West is that of the paddle steamer plying her trade up and down the…

Trading Caravans in Ancient Times

Rich Murphy

Trading caravans probably began at about the same time that people started building cities. Nobody is really sure when the first caravans began, but it…

Ancient Weapons – Colonel Bowie’s Knife

Rich Murphy

As firearms became more common and popular, one of the casualties was the sword. While swords still existed, they were no longer in common use.…

The Brief & Fiery History of the Pony Express

Rich Murphy

There’s a saying that no matter how fast computers and internet speeds get, they’re not fast enough. Our insatiable desire for speedy communications has pushed…

Survival Shelter – The American Indian Teepee

Rich Murphy

If there is anything that is symbolic of the American Indian, it is the teepee. Yet, surprisingly enough, most Indian tribes didn’t use them. Teepees…

Ancient Weapons – Trebuchets and Catapults

Rich Murphy

Talk to any student of military history and they will tell you that there are three historic combat arms: infantry, cavalry, and artillery. Any army…

Survival Shelter – A Sapling Hut

Ian Kershaw

Building a shelter in the wild can be challenging. It has to be made of existing materials and has to be built quickly. This usually…

Texas Rangers: Formed to Deal With Raids on Settlers by the Comanche

Ian Kershaw

Texas is unique among the states in many ways. Of all the states in the Union, it is the only one which was an independent…

Survival Shelters: Snow Caves & How to Build One

Ian Kershaw

There’s no argument that shelter is one of the most important needs for survival. The worse the weather is outside, the more important good shelter…

Jerky – One of the Easiest Survival Foods

Doug Williams

Part of the legacy that the American Indians have given us is jerky. Granted, they were not the only people in the history of the…

Top Survival Shelters You Can Build Without Survival Equipment

Doug Williams

One of the most important survival skills of all time, and it should be no surprise, is to be able to build shelters to protect…

Campfire Cleaning – Using Wood Ash to Clean Your Pots

Doug Williams

It doesn’t matter if you’re backpacking or bugging out, you’re limited in what you can carry. A backpack only has enough room for all your…

Survival Shelter – What We Can Learn From Mesa Verde

Doug Williams

Years ago, I had the chance to visit Mesa Verde. The enigmatic Indians who occupied those cliff dwellings left many mysteries behind for scientists to…

Plate Armor – More Effective Than You’d Imagine

Doug Williams

The history of arms and armament goes well back into human history and shows a constant race to create more powerful weapons and more effective…

Just Like Our Ancestors: Preparing Food With Stone Tools

Paul Pinkerton

While steel tools are generally considered essential if you are heading outdoors nowadays, it’s also useful to remember that our ancestors once had to make…

Wagon Trains – The Pioneer’s Survival Team

Doug Williams

The idea of a survival team is nothing new. Throughout history, people have gathered together both formally and informally for the purpose of surviving. The…

Old-Time Skills in a Post-Disaster World

Doug Williams

I’ve been hearing for years about the various threats to our power grid. Whether talking about the potential of an EMP attack, terrorism, or cyberwarfare,…

Making Salt Fish: One of the Oldest Survival Foods

Doug Williams

We humans can survive in a wide variety of situations. This is partly because we are omnivores: able to eat both plants and animals for…

Refrigeration Before the Refrigerator

Doug Williams

Apart from a limited number of people, few Americans understand anything about preserving food. Even fewer actively preserve their own food as a normal part…

Making Emergency Snowshoes – Anyone Done It?

Doug Williams

Anyone who has fought through deep snow even once isn’t likely to be in a hurry to repeat the experience. Trudging through all that powdery…

Living for 256 Years: Li Ching-Yuen

Doug Williams

In modern times, we are pretty good at keeping records and tracking the age of people. Yet, every once in a while, someone will make…

Seaweed farming in Zanzibar – the women of the Indian Ocean

Zanzibar is a beautiful archipelago in the Indian Ocean, a few miles off the coast of Tanzania. Surrounded by blue-green crystalline waters and having a…

What to do if a skunk sprays you – great video too

Nature is full of all sorts of wildlife. Some of it is, of course, lovely, charming, and majestic, while other kinds not so much. One…

How to camp when you are missing essentials

For all the outdoor adventure enthusiasts, camping remains one of their favorite ways to escape into the wilderness of nature. Sometimes their love for camping…

10 Survival myths that could kill you

Marion Fernandez

Old wives tales or legends circulate periodically as they always have done. Some bring words of wisdom or practical ideas that are helpful, but others…

How to predict weather using nature signs

Stef Zisovska

When it comes to predicting the weather by using nature signs, old civilizations were masters in doing it. If you’re on a wilderness trip without…

Know your history – Civil War battlefield tours

Stef Zisovska

Americans fighting one another, brutal battles lasting for days, young soldiers dying. Just a segment of America’s deadliest history, the Civil War. A dark stamp…

How to be healthy with Native American remedies

Stef Zisovska

Native American survival skills are perhaps one of the greatest things that we can all learn. Living a good and healthy life is a subject…

At last, a step by step guide of how to shave with an axe – Mike shows us how to do it

Paul Pinkerton

We have all seen the old black and white images of men shaving with axes. We have seen, outdoors-men, lumberjacks and WWII GI Joes shaving…

How to hand wash your clothes

Nick Oetken

If a grid down or a disaster scenario happens one day, probably there won’t be any power and electricity available. Automatically, that will take away…

Top fly fishing destinations in the United States

The fly fishing sport has very different meaning nowadays from the past. In the past, fly fishing was trying to hook onto trout; today a…

Weaving kindling from Birch bark for great fire starters

Here’s a great little project to do that will help you out when you want to get a fire going, especially if it’s a bit…

Interview with Cody Lundin: one of Americas top survival instructors

I have to say that I think Cody Lundin is great. I love his books, as they’re straight-forward, well written, and they’re full of knowledge…

Pamukkale – the Turkish cotton castle

Pamukkale is a natural site in the picturesque southwest part of Turkey. These travertine terraces of crystal clear and warm water are one of the…

What you can learn from the most famous outdoorsmen

With all of our gadgets and the internet at our fingertips, we often take for granted what used to go into survival skills and the…

Top reasons to escape and build a cabin in the woods

If you are tired of city life, bored of the everyday grind, or you’re planning on going away but want to exchange the experience of…

Don’t be afraid of insects – They’re life savers

When we talk about bugs, usually people make funny faces that tell you indirectly that insects are the most disgusting thing in the world. You…

Fishing hook parts, and the role they play when fishing

Avid fishing enthusiasts are well aware of the fact that there are numerous kinds of hooks used for fishing by anglers all around the world.…

Old School vs New School: Why you need Traditional Maps

With all of the modern gadgets that we have these days, it is easy to forget how we used to do things not too long…

Great survival skills to practice before your next adventure

Here at Outdoor Revival, we’re strong believers in practicing your skills and getting to grips with them before going out into the wilderness where you…

Is Technology ruining the wilderness experience

The very word ‘wilderness’ evokes in most of us thoughts of loneliness, an uninhabited region, somewhere one goes to be far away from the busy crowds…

Pine Tree survival hacks

You and a friend are off on a hiking trail through the wilderness, populated by forests of pines, plenty of rivers, hills, and valleys. You…

 Know the stars: Learn to navigate at night

When you are away from city lights, you will be able to see far more stars in the sky than you could otherwise. It is…

It’s madness: Working on an Off Grid to do list

When it comes to living ‘Off Grid’ Daisy Crocket is just awesome, so it’s great to see just some of the effort that goes into…

Some of the oldest places in America everyone should visit

Many people still believe that American history starts in the 17th century with the Pilgrim settlements or even worse, with the 18th century Revolutionary War. Of…

Uses for Cattail Fluff: A great survival resource

The most common cattail (Typha latifolia) that we all recognize is a tall plant often found growing in dense stands in wetland areas, such as…

Plants you might not know are Edible

When you are out in the woods, you are surrounded by animals, adventure, and vegetation. While it is not a good idea to eat random…

Just a decade to grow a forest in the back yard

If you don’t have an entire century at your disposal to create a whole forest for yourself you can utilize some of the effective tricks that…

Essentials needed to survive a meltdown of civilization

Imagine that there’s a huge disaster looming over you. You and your family are faced with living in a world where the comforts of modern…

Ancient shell fishing hooks dated to 23,000 years ago

People have been fishing for at least 40,000 years, although we don’t know a lot about the early fishermen we know that people ate fish…

Top prepping mistakes to avoid

If you’ve already decided that you need to start preparing for disaster, give yourself a pat on the back. The overwhelming majority of the population…

Survival skills of Native Americans that we can still use today

It seems that the art of survival has got lost through these modern ages of technology and comfortable living that we know today. Here at…

The magnificent Daisy Crocket and her stunning wilderness life

We’re pleased to share this Outdoor Revival Interview with the very impressive Nikki van Schyndel, aka Daisy Crocket, the survivalist, environmentalist and lover of all…

1911 saw Ishi emerge from the Californian wilderness

Paul Pinkerton

At the end of the summer of 1911,  a weak, starving native American man emerged from the Butte County wilderness into Oroville and became an…

Top survival uses for tin cans

One of the most essential food items that any prepper or survivalist must have is canned food (such as canned beans), which as the name…

Slinging a slingshot

A sling has a small cradle or pouch in the middle of two lengths of cord. The sling stone is placed in the pouch. The…

Climbers that haven’t made it off Mount Everest

The opportunity to climb Mount Everest is an adventure you will not forget. However, setting out to climb the mountain could end up being the…

Drive the most haunted roads in the world

We hardly perceive roads as anything else then a platform used by our cars to take us from Point A to point B. However, these…