Travel & Outdoors | 19 October 20153 Ways to Survive the Wilderness with Manskills Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Do you have the skills necessary to be a confident, successful man in today’s world? Manskills: How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself and Impress Everyone Else will help you get there. This hilarious and practical look at everything you need to know to live a skilled life is filled with tips and tricks, helping you tackle everything from building a shelter, fixing vehicles, romance and kitchen work. Here are three skills necessary for roughing it on your next wilderness excursion. Tie the Ultimate, All-Purpose Knot: Certain skills are part of the Swiss Army Knife collection; abilities useful in so many places that once learned, you wonder how you ever got along without them. Tying a bowline knot – sometimes called a bowline hitch – is one of those skills. The knot creates a loop of rope that can be used to secure a tent, make a snare, or for any of a thousand other purposes. Hold the line in one hand and the end in another. Loop the end over the line to create a loop and leave enough rope in the end to create a 6. Put the end back through the loop of the six and continue it back under the body of the rope. Pull it back through thte loop (opposite direction you went through the first time). Tighten the knot by pulling on both sides, and the know should cinch down on a loop. Catcha a Fish Without a Rod and Reel: Figures that you’re most likely to come across a trout-crowded stream the one time that you’re not packing your pole. That means you’ll have to be a bit more creative snagging those fish. When the fish are running close quarters in shallow clear water, try spear fishing. Find a fairly straight branch 3 or 4 feet long and cut the tip into a point. Or search for a branch with a thicker end and whittle the tip into several different points. Take a lazier tack by setting lines over the water. Thorns or even sturdy twigs can be shaped with a knife to make excellent hooks. Braid young vines together, or use your shoelaces, for lines. Hang the set lines from a line or branch run between two trees or rock outcroppings over a stream. Bait the lines with worms or small insects, weight them with pebbles, and wait for a delicious mean to snag itself. Start a Fire: Fire is one of those things separating us great naked apes from the rest of the animal kingdom. A little ingenuity is all you need to make your own. First, gather a base of tinder—anything small and combustible, such as leaves, twigs or even dried out pine needles. Gather foot-long sticks the thickness of Harry Potter’s wand, and a pile of thicker logs, 2 to 3 inches in diameter. All these should be as dry as possible. If it’s cool to the touch, it’s too wet to effectively ignite. Mound the tinder in a cleared area of dirt bordered with stones. Create a cone of the small sticks over the mound. Light the tinder and let the cone of sticks catch fire before layering the thicker wood logs on top of the cone. Of course, the trick is starting the fire without your trusty Zippo. Don’t bother trying to rub sticks together. Instead, find a reasonably flat piece of wood like a thick peel of bark, a straight stick as thick as your finger, and a wadded-up piece of clothing like a shirt. Create a bow by tying a shoestring at either end of another long stick. Notch out a small V in the bark. Jam the most pointed end of the stick into the notch and cluster tinder around the base. Slide your improvised bow over the stick. Hold the top of the stick with the wadded-up shirt, and begin moving the bow back and forth to spin the stick until it sparks the tinder. You can also use the magnification method. Focus the sun’s rays on tinder with the lens from a camera, glasses, or a clear, water-filled bottle. Be watchful with your fire so that it doesn’t spread, and always completely extinguish it before moving on. Buy from an Online Retailer US: Using a light but practical tone, Manskills covers everything a man needs to know in today’s world. You’ll find essential tips on home repair, car repair, electronics, cleaning, personal grooming, fine dining, traveling, etiquette, outdoor skills and the fine art of conversation. It’s your comprehensive guide to impressing the masses! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.