1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Wow! You start with the hard questions first, Morry.
I’m a regular guy, married to my lovely wife, Dirt Road Girl, a father, grandfather, and a teacher 8th grader students… for now.
I’m a part-time blogger (seems full-time), jack-of-all-trades, keeper of two mutts, and a student of self-reliance – or we call it around here – Doing the Stuff.
2. Tell us a little about Survivalsherpa.wordpress.com? Any spicy details from behind the scenes you can think of?
None that I can share publicly 😉
3. Your “Helping each other on the climb to self-reliance and preparedness….” is amazing. Can you give us a little insight into that?
The whole idea of being completely self-sufficient in modern times is out of reach for regular guys like me. But the idea of building self-reliant skills that make us less dependent on stuff and others is very doable.
As students, we should always keep a curious mind and learn from as many credible sources as possible. Resources, good and bad, are everywhere. In our Doing the Stuff Network, we have a growing list of Trusted Resources available to our members.
These folks are people who are actually Doing the Stuff of Self-Reliance and not just rehashing what someone else said would work. They’ve traded theory for action and share their experience. That’s what helping each other is all about.
You’ll never reach the “summit” on this journey. There is always something new to learn and share.
Lone wolves are a romantic Hollywood notion. We are social beings who crave interaction with other humans. We’re tribal animals.
So why not hook up in community and loose the fear of being outed as a prepper or survivalist.
Our Doing the Stuff Network began this year with this purpose in mind. Create a learning community who’s members help each other build self-reliant skills.
I’ve yet to meet anyone who is expert in everything. We need each other to get where we’re going.
4. The “DIY Projects” section on your blog is a knowledge well. Where do you get the inspiration for all of that?
I’ve been a serial tinkerer all my life. My daddy passed that ‘gene’ and mindset down to me.
Give that man a drill and a handful of screws and he can build a chicken coop, cabin, or whatever’s needed.
Most of my inspiration comes from the phrase, “necessity is the mother of invention.”
Why buy it when I can make it, save money, and learn a new skill? Sadly, not all of my DIY endeavors save money.
I’ve got a lot invested in a make-your-own mosquito sock for my hammock that DRG isn’t happy about.
I could of saved by simply buying one… but that’s a story for a later blog post.:)
Learning from other’s experience/failures/successes is best.
But the experience of Doing, failing, and repeating until you get it right is more valuable for long-term self-reliance.
5. What are the first steps to make to became “self reliant”?
Start. Find a self-reliance skill that interests you and START. We started the Doing the Stuff Network with a challenge of learning one new skill in 2014.
Unlearn what our modern consumer mindset teaches. The day may come when the box store is not open and the repairman can’t be reached by phone.
6. What is the best multi tool that you have ever tried?
Other than a good fixed blade knife, I carry a Swiss Army knife everyday.
The mind is the only limiting factor to a SAK’s usefulness.
I own other multi tools, but my SAK is just so convenient to carry daily in my pocket.
7. Can you give us 5 tips on improving our wild-crafting?
- We value what we can name. Learn to properly identify and name wild plants. There are several good books and sites to get you started.
- Don’t overlook the trees for the forest floor. Learn a new tree and it’s survival uses each month.
- Never eat any wild plants without being absolutely sure it won’t kill you. An experienced, real person who knows your local wild foods is best to learn under. Some “expert” authors have bad stuff in books that they’ve never tried in the field.
- Don’t fear the weed! Wildcrafting is a lifelong learning journey. Even if you never eat wild foods, you’ll benefit from being out in nature.
- Spend time in the wild where the wild stuff grows. My phone is full of plants and trees that I’ve yet to identify. They’ve got to be useful – I just know it!
8. What is your favorite bushcraft gear?
Sharp stuff! A sturdy knife that is comfortable in my hand, an axe, and a folding saw.
With cutting tools, you can craft other essential self-reliance tools to help you ‘smooth it’ in the woods.
9. What is your favorite survival blog?
It’s weird, but I don’t have a favorite per se.
I gravitate to sites that are actually Doing the Stuff.
The people who have traded theory for action are folks I learn the most from.
A lot of sites that add the most value to my life are not even survival related.
I’m an eclectic consumer of info – from primitive skills – to liberty – to Primal/Paleo.
Many thing interest me. And I plan to do them all.
10. A message to your fans.
It’s never too late to start.
Don’t wait for the perfect time or place.
Start where you are and build practical skills in the context of where you’re planted.
And continue Doing the Stuff of Self-Reliance!