Did you know you can carve arrowheads out of glass bottles, much like you'd make an arrowhead from stones?
Glass behaves a lot like obsidian which is what Native Americans used to craft their knives, spears, and arrowheads.
How To Make An Arrowhead From Glass
Remove the bottom of a glass bottle
Use a drill bit or something heavy that you can put inside the bottle.
With a good shake, you should be able to pop the bottom out.
The bottom of a glass bottle is the perfect thickness for arrowhead carving.
Create Your Arrowhead Carving Tool
The native American's used antlers or bone to chisel their arrowhead but you can hammer a nail into a piece of wood and sharpen the point for an amazing glass or rock chiseling tool (pressure flakers).
Remove Sharp Edges
Now that you've got the bottom flat part of the glass bottle, you'll want to remove the sharp edges around the outside so you can begin to shape the arrowhead.
Sharping the Arrowhead
Continue chipping away at your piece of glass. If there are a lot of sharp edges in the beginning, you can use something dull, like a stone, to file down the edges.
Use the nail tool for more detailed work.
Adding Notches to your Arrowhead
Using your sharp nail tool, start to chip away small fragment on either side of the back end. Once you have a groove on one side, try to match it on the other.
Clean Up and Sharpen
Once you have two nice notches grooves out, you can put the finishing touches on your arrowhead.
Remember that taking too big of a chunk out, can break the glass, so take your time.
Stealth Camping is basically exactly what it means. Going camping undetected. You may need to do this if you're on the run, don't want to be seen, or need to camp on land you don't have permission to be on.
Stealth camping is the term given to camping at an unestablished wilderness site. A lot of backpackers do it, but it’s also very popular with long-distance bicyclists. In the United Kingdom, it’s called Wild Camping and is the subject of an active political campaign to make it legal to camp on mountains, moors, and national parks without obtaining owner permission in advance.
Besides solitude, stealth camping is thought to reduce the chances of bear encounters at night. Bears tend to frequent established campsites where there are campers and food bags. Why forage, when you can just drive to McDonald’s? It, therefore, makes sense that you will be less likely to be found by a bear if he’s down at the pub with the regular crowd.
Stealth camping can be seen as trespassing. Getting permission is better than getting shot.
Can you see the shelter?
Stealth Camping Tips:
Location - Open areas are bad. A field is a terrible idea, find foliage.
Elevation - Make sure your area is slightly elevated for water runoff.
Enter and Exit points - You need to have a clear way to enter and exit your camp.
Shelter colors - Use dull colors that do not stand out.
Prep your paracord - Prepare your paracord and shelter so you can get your shelter up fast.
Tent Stakes - Use sharpened sticks over store-bought tent stakes in case you need to bug out.
Watch this video to see how to make your low profile stealth shelter.
Stealth Camping and Low Profile Shelters - YouTube
Once you've got your shelter up you are ready to camp, but making food is going to be tough if you want to remain hidden.
Last year I was camping with my spouse, two teenage children, and two family friends. It was a beautiful spot along a creek. We also befriended the couple camping nearby, who were both Deaf, but one of my kids and know American Sign Language so there were no communication barriers. Every day they told us where they were going and when to expect their return, and let us know of awesome sites they explored that they thought we would enjoy.
One evening we heard a noise nearby. We wanted to see if it was the coyote that had been in nearby trees a few days prior. When we checked the area with a light, it wasn't a coyote but a bear cub, looking right at us (and my German Shepherd service pup in training) from maybe 20 feet away. While not tremendously concerned with the cub, we were rather wary of the mama bear who was surely nearby.
It became a priority to get the attention of our camp neighbors; we couldn't just about "Bear," and we didn't want to make any sudden moves like running to them, where they sat by their dinner cooking over a fire pit.
We got their attention by sneaking over there ever-so-slowly and talking to them. They put their good in a safe place pretty quickly and went in their tents while we returned to ours.
I'm not usually bothered by bears but this one did have me concerned. Thankfully all ended well, but it really reinforced how we as campers need to stick together. We can not only make new friends and learn from one another, but we can help keep each other safe.
Thanks for the story Keesha, it could have ended a lot worse if they had stumbled into the cub.
Nick Drossos has a channel on YouTube where he teaches personal self-defense. In this video, he shows us what to do when someone comes at you with a gun at point-blank range.
The truth is most of these fancy techniques don’t work in reality. You cannot calculate and predict an entire sequence of defense (especially against an armed gunman). You can only calculate the first few seconds of your counter-attack.
To disarm a gun effectively, you will need to act preemptively by trapping the gun with a solid grip. You might be able to strike your attacker (along with the gun trap), with a headbutt or something else, but you also might not be able to strike right away. It will depend on the reaction of your attacker. This is why you need to train with different people (bigger guys and smaller ones) to experiment different reactions and learn how to react for each one of them.
If the gun is placed to your head, you can apologize to your attacker to make him stop his actions. You should also ask questions to pattern interrupt is thought process. While he is processing the information, he will not be thinking of pulling the trigger.
How to Effectively Disarm a Gunman - YouTube
Doing this can create an opportunity for you to make your move. Important note: When you are training for gun defense, always place yourself in the real situation mindset and react the exact way you would react if that was a real life-threatening situation.
Take your training seriously and react accordingly to your beliefs. Consider that it’s a very dangerous circumstance and it’s often not worth it to get in a struggle with someone holding a gun for a few dollars.
If it’s a mugging situation, we recommend giving your belongings rather than trying to fight back. However, if someone wants to take your life you will need to act upon it. Every situation is different and needs a different reaction on your part.
You may also want to consider carrying around a Tactical Pen or another melee defense weapon in your EDC kit that can incapacitate an attacker after one strike.
Tactical LED Pen with Glass Breaker and Fire Starter by Survival Hax - YouTube
A few years ago I was camping in the Everglades in Florida with a few friends. We all had gone into our separate tents and were starting to fall asleep. The area was pretty noisy with bugs, crickets, birds, etc. I heard this very low vibration, sounding almost like a low roar.
It was powerful enough to vibrate in my chest. Suddenly everything in the forest shut up. no bugs, no birds, nothing. about thirty seconds later my phone vibrates and it's my friend in the other tent texting me asking if I heard the same thing. the four of us kept texting each other, wondering what it was. about ten minutes later all the animals slowly started making noise again.
I slept that night with my machete at arms reach.
Edit: A lot of people are saying it might have been a gator. We were in an elevated area that was far from any streams or ponds. Its possible there might have been a pond with a gator that we missed, but the very big ones tend to hang out in lakes.