Survival Training - Fire, Traps & Shelter

Place: Jonas Vildmark's Cabin, Roslagen, Sweden
Time: 2 days in September

A two day outdoor survival course focusing on making fire, building traps and shelter. The Autumn air is crispy and refreshing this weekend out at the cabin. Looking forward to exercise my axe and knife muscles together with my guests.

After struggling with the wet fire wood collected from the forest; the fire is now up and running, as we sit by the fireside carving and experimenting with different mechanical solutions for our traps.

Traps are a energy and time saving way of getting food in a survival situation, while waiting for rescue. Besides trapping animals for food using the traps; the the actual woodling and crafting of the traps is a good way of keeping the nerves calm. To have something meaningful to do in an extreme situation like this can be a lifesaver as stress and panic is your biggest enemy in a wilderness survival situation. The weekend generates all kinds of traps; fall, cage, pit and snares. Interesting talks on shelter building inspire to creative forest living.

Thanks for a rewarding weekend packed with the calming sent of fresh wood, fire and Autumn. To see more about my training sessions; click HERE.

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Morakniv Tactical & Pathfinder - Vapentidningen No.7 - 2015

The latest issue of Vapentidningen is on it's way out in stores. Intresting reading; two articles that cougth my attention a bit extra is Anders Pettersson's piese on a custom Husqvarna 9,3x62, and Henrik Kalling's article about the longed for Sig Sauer P320. Inside No.7 you also find my article on Morakniv Tactical och Morakniv Pathfinder.

These are two robust knives meant for rough business. Both knives use MOLLE-style sheaths enabling a flexible carry. In this article I've been using Snigeldesign's vest Tactical-10, later you'll be able to read a separate article on the vest.

Hope you'll like this Moraknife article. To get ahold of a copy; visit Vapentidningen's homepage.
And as always; if you have any feedback I'm eager to hear it. Have a nice day.

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Out Looking for Foxes in Bogesund - August 2015

Place: BogesundVaxhoms kommun, Sweden
Coordinates: Lat: 59.41233, Lon: 18.23497
Time: 1 day in August

Starting to get darker in the evenings now. Good thing my scope has a good light intake. Tonight I'm out hunting Fox in Bogesund.

So far the season has offered a lot of Fox on these hunting grounds. Especially here at tower number 40; a lot of nice big foxes has been spotted. But as always; when you say stuff like that you get to see all kinds of game, BUT the one you're after. This evening will be a pleasant proof of this.

My game observations for the evening sums up to; 11 Roe Deer, 3 Wild Boar and one Hare. So no Fox for me tonight. But I had a great evening. Always a pleasure to be able to sit front row like this absorbing nature and it's beautiful wildlife. I gratefully lift my hat and refreshed turn back home for some sleep. Tomorrow is another hunting day - another day to learn.

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Jonas Vildmark's Edge and Fire Training - August 2015

Place: Jonas Vildmark's Cabin, Roslagen, Sweden
Time: 2 days in August

Time for yet another training event held by Jonas Vildmark. This time I'm testing a new concept mixing my two other courses; Basic Outdoor Training and Edge Tool Training. So this weekend we'll be focusing on how to make fire and how to use the saw, axe and knife. And all of this out in the field. Below you'll find some mood pics that I hope will inspire you to some outdoor time.

After testing different ways of litting different tinder a well deserved lunch is cooked over the fire.

After interesting discussions on different edge tools, what to choose and different techniques; it's time to choose a piece of wood and let the creativity flow.

 Photo: S. Landolsi

During the peaceful carving and while enjoying the dinner we get time to brainstorm around stuff like hiking, hunting, fishing and survival. As it gets dark we roll out our sleeping bags and let the beautiful stars rock us to sleep.

After waking up refreshed by the fireside; we make some freshly brewed coffee and take another look at our woodwork from yesterday. There is always some improvement to do, especially when looking on the object in the new morning light.

I humbly want to thank all the participants for contributing with enthusiasm, laughter and interesting stories during these days. I hope my tips may inspire to further creative outdoor adventures together with our friends; the Fire, the Axe and the Knife.

To see more about Jonas Vildmark's courses; please click HERE.

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Buck Premiere 2015 - A Sunny and Exciting Evening on Gålö

Place: Gålö naturreservatHaninge kommun, Sweden
Coordinates: Lat: 59.11089, Lon: 18.27711
Time: 1 day in August

Finally the Swedish Roe Deer Buck Premiere is here. The evening sun warms my agog face as I'm out at Svenska Jägareförbundets hunting grounds on Gålö. I'm seated in tower number 13 and my gear are all set up and in tune. There's hardly no wind and the scenery couldn't be better... Life is good!

Around 08.00 pm a small deer female appears in the east end of the field. And as so many times before; the Buck shows up out in the clear about 15 minutes later. He is a big old Buck that gets my heart pumping. I try to call on him to get him within a good range. Although he doesn't seem too impressed with my calls he slowly starts heading my way. He is in no hurry and now and then he stops for some delicious evening snacks from the field. I'm seated about 300 meters from a car road but the traffic is slow tonight.

I sit quiet watching him through my scope, making myself ready for the moment. He's now about 150 meters from me and if this keeps up I've good chances of getting a safe and clean shoot just under 100 meters range.

But then the beautiful Buck twitches and looks over to the road. Something has caught his attention. A unaware bicyclist cruises down the road and this spooks the animal. The Buck takes a few powerful leaps an heads back out into the woods... Silent... A heavy sound from my lips when I exhale... I lower my rifle.

I could be angry on the situation, but this is all part of hunting, especially when hunting in crowded areas like this. It's a blessing to have the opportunity to hunt as close to the city center as this. Every hunting opportunity contributes to my knowledge as a hunter, even if the game isn't put down. It's important to stay humble before what Nature offers me i terms of experiences.

Thanks to all you guys at Gålö. And as for the majestic Buck I can only say; see you around my friend.

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