My New Custom Bushcraft Knife: VerSteeg Blade No 14

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Join me as I unbox my new custom bushcraft knife from VerSteeg Blades. Kyle VerSteeg has a YouTube Channel (averageiowaguy) and he also makes custom knifes. I talk about the process his company, and show off the blade. I am beyond happy with what I got, and I highly encourage anyone out there looking for a custom knife to check out Kyle!

Here is a write up he did about the knife, which is No. 14 to come out of his new Michigan shop:

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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Uncategorized


Gear Review: Trangia Spirit Burner

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This is a classic piece of equipment, but for those not familiar with this great little alcohol stove I think a full review is in order! This is one of my two favorite alcohol stoves, the other being my DIY Cat Can Stove. When not concerned about weight, this is my go to stove.

The review gives all the specifics, as well as what makes it the best general alcohol stove in my opinion. Thanks for watching!

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Posted by on January 17, 2016 in Uncategorized


1000 Subscriber Giveaway Announcement!

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Well guys, I’m amazed at reaching 1000 subscribers! I really want to give something special away, and this is what I came up with.

There are two ways to enter as detailed in the video: you can comment below for one chance to win, or post s VR to earn 3 chances to win. (It goes without saying you need to SUBSCRIBE to my channel as well 🙂 Deadline is Feb 12th at Midnight so get busy!

It’s a nice gift, so you will want to watch this one 🙂

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Posted by on January 15, 2016 in Uncategorized


Paleo Spaghetti and Meatsauce

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Are you looking for a tasty, easy, and HEALTHY meal to cook for your family? Well, in today’s video we leave the woods and head into the kitchen for one of my family’s favorite meals!

Do you need to make changes in your diet? Is it time for a real change?? Look into Paleo! Don’t believe what you hear, just try it.

Never tried spaghetti squash? What are you waiting for?! You may not believe it, but you won’t even remember they make pasta after you try this stuff!

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Posted by on January 13, 2016 in Uncategorized


Day Hiking the Backbone Trail and Lunch Time Shoutouts!

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Hey everyone, hope your new year is starting off well! I have had my eye on the Backbone trail for quite some time. It is in the Kistachie Hills Wilderness area so it is very undeveloped land.

The goal of this video is to give the viewed a detailed idea of what hiking the trail is like. This terrain is unlike any I have encountered in the state of Louisiana. It is rocky, hilly, and reminds me very much of hiking in the Ozarks in Arkansas.

I give some much deserved shoutouts while eating lunch, so please make sure and check out my friends on YouTube!


HighCarbonSteel Love

Lee Ralph

EDC Adventures

Smell N Roses

Sufficient Survival


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Posted by on January 7, 2016 in Uncategorized


My 5 “C’s” For Survival: VR to EDC Adventures

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I was tagged by Ethan at EDC Adventures to do a VR showing my 5 “C’s” I would want in a survival situation. Well, here is my list. I try to include items that are easy to get, affordable, and efficient. Would love to hear what everyone thinks!

To keep the chain going I am supposed to tag three others, and I am tagging:

Dave at HighCarbonSteel Love

Lee at Pathway to Self-Reliance –

And Rashid at Smell N Roses –

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Posted by on January 4, 2016 in Uncategorized


Channel Update, Lunch in the Woods, and A New Whole 30 Challenge!

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Join me for today’s hike as I give an update on things to come this new year on PaleoHikerMD! It’s another beautiful, albeit hot day on the Wild Azalea Trail. This is a new section of trail for me, and the last area for me to explore on the trail.

Featured in this video are my new ENO DoubleNest Hammock, Bushcraft Essentials Bushbox stove, and Good To-Go Gourmet Dehydrated backpacking meals…in this case the amazing Yellow Thai Curry! Plus lots of other goodies.

Lastly I end the video with a challenge to all my viewers and subscribers! It’s not your normal YouTube challenge to check it out!

Links for things seen in the video:

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Posted by on December 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


750 Sub Giveaway Time!

Hey everyone, I want to thank everyone SO much for subscribing and helping the channel grow. I’ve gotten to 750 subscribers, and it’s time for a giveaway!

I wanted to do a bit of a “theme” giveaway surrounding one of my favorite things to do in the woods. There are two ways to win, so watch the video and pick your method!

Thanks again to EVERYONE for their support. Share the video with others so that more can enter and have a chance to win.

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Posted by on December 9, 2015 in Uncategorized


Bushcraft Challenge: Starting a Fire with a Magnifying Lens

While it is fun to make fire with ferro rods, or friction, or even flint and steel…is the power of the sun underutilized? Should there be magnifying glass in all of our fire kits?

In this video I set out to explore what common materials used in fire lighting could work with a magnifying glass to create a fire. I test a total of 10 things to see if they work! Will they??

Lastly I pose a challenge to my fellow YouTubers, can you make a fire with a magnifying glass? You can use any tinder you wish, just film it, make a VR, and link it in the comment section! I said in the video that I will not give away anything, but I changed my mind. I’ll draw randomly from the responses and send the winner a pack of pocket frensel lenses! You have to read this far to know there is a giveaway 🙂 Good luck, and I hope everyone enjoys this challenge!

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Posted by on November 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


Lighting a Fire in Wet Conditions, and a Failed Bushcraft Breakfast!

Hey everyone, I hope you enjoy today’s video! I set out for an old fashioned bushcraft breakfast, but it did not go as planned. I made the most of it and concentrated on lighting a fire in wet conditions. It has rained a TREMENDOUS amount in the last 10 days, and everything was soaking wet. This is a real look at how hard it can be to get a fire not only lit, but actually sustainable in this kind of we conditions.

I also show you my new Mojo Pot Stand for my Trangia Spirit Burner. I use it to make a much needed cup of coffee, and anyone with a Trangia should definitely look into the ultralight piece of kit.

Thank everyone for watching, and thanks for all the continued growth and support. As always, subscribe and like!

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Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

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