How To: Keep Mosquitoes & Other Annoying Bugs Away from Your Campfire or Backyard Fire Pit

I'll be honest—I've never been a huge fan of camping. It's not that I have anything against nature, I'm just partial to showering and sleeping in my own bed. In fact, the only part of camping I've ever really enjoyed is sitting around a campfire. Outdoor fires are perfect for socializing and cooking hot dogs, but they're also great at helping remove one of camping's biggest annoyances.

How To: Tie a double figure of eight knot for fishing

Here's some video instructions on how to tie a Double Figure Of Eight. The Double Figure Of Eight is a quick and easy loop knot that forms an end loop. If the double figure of eight is tied midline it is called a blood bight knot but when tied as an end loop the name is double figure of eight. It will retain around 70 percent of the lines breaking strength and can be used to attach hooks, sinkers or droppers. Watch this video knot tying tutorial and learn how to tie a double figure of eight k...

How To: Turn on a skateboarding ramp

Turning on a skateboard ramp is an often overlooked skill that is tough to master. Get expert tips and advice on skateboard decks and tricks in this video lesson. Take action: go up ramp, put weight on tail while slowing down, use upper body to perform turn, and lead with the eyes and upper body. Shawn, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, has over twenty years of skateboarding knowledge. He has appeared in Slap, Thrasher and Transworld magazines and his sponsors include Vent...

How To: The Top 5 Home Remedies for Treating Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Rashes

Summer's here, and that means a lot of us are going to be taking some time off to enjoy the great outdoors. Unfortunately, that also means a lot of us are going to be accidentally running face first into some poison ivy or oak. Instead of suffering through the itch though, why not leave prepared with some easy, homemade remedies to combat that urushiol? Medicated Body Powder / Rubbing Alcohol

How To: Whistle very loud with your fingers inside your mouth

Learn how to whistle very loud with your fingers inside your mouth in simple steps. 1. First fold the front part of your tongue backwards and insert any two fingers from both hands, then blow the air out. 2. You can use your two small fingers, index fingers, middle finger and; others to blow out the whistle. 3. The most difficult part is using your thumb and index finger together to blow a whistle. 4. You can also use any two fingers together and also your thumbs by practicing with them to pe...

How To: Put on a backpack properly

Fitclimb.com shows viewers how to put on a hiking backpack properly in this video. To begin, take the straps in both of your hands. Bend your knees, and keep your back straight. In this stance, pick the backpack up and set it on one of your legs, just above the knee. Put the arm that is on the same side of the body as the leg your backpack is resting on through the backpack strap. Put the backpack on your back, then put your other arm through the corresponding strap. Adjust the belt that sits...

How To: Curve (or flex) a traditional-style wooden archery bow with steam

This is the first thing you'll need to do when recurving a traditional bow, and it's called the decurved (or deflexed) process. You'll see exactly how to deflex a traditional-style bow by steaming and bending the wood. You'll need a pot of boiling water, your wooden bow, tin foil and some gloves. To see more videos about traditional bow and arrows, check out Traditional Archery Bows on WonderHowTo.

How To: Make a traditional longbow and recurve bow

Archery is a sport that requires a lot of skill, and it takes even more skill to make your own longbow. Luckily, you have this nine part series to guide you. This tutorial will take you through ever aspect of making your own longbow and teach you how to do it yourself. Your unique, handmade bow is sure to impress even the worthiest opponent.

How To: Make a cheap bike light mount out of PVC pipe

In this clip, learn how to make a fast, cheap and super easy mount for your your bicycle to display safety lights. Wearing bike lights at night will help you stay safe in the dark and if you want to avoid the cost of getting lights custom fitted, this hack is perfect for you. All you will need is some PVC pipe and some grip tape (like the kind used for tennis rackets). Follow along and get started. This mount is flexible and fits most standard lights or flashlights.

How To: Tie a double overhand loop fishing knot

The Double Overhand Loop is a very quick and easy way to tie a loop at the end of the line. It is not a very strong knot but it is fine for attaching a sinker. For most other applications other stronger knots are better options. The double overhand loop retains around 55 percent of the line original breaking strength. A simple and yet reliable fishing knot. Watch this video knot-tying tutorial and learn how to tie a double overhand loop fishing knot.

How To: Do a parkour palm spin

In this video, we learn how to do a parkour palm spin. Start off running and when you reach the table, place your left hand under and your right hand on top. Push your hands down and twist your body when you run to the table. To practice, jump on the table pushing down with your hands and spinning around the table. After you do this and are successful in going around the table, try doing this running first. After you practice this enough times, you will get the hang of it. Make sure to be car...

How To: Make a cheap grind box

For this project you will need 2 Wooden palettes (long as you can get), angle iron (coping made from steel), Sheet of ply (or any other wood will do fine) and the usual tools like nails, hammer and saw. Stick the two wooden palettes together using glue and make sure they're dry before using them. Cover them on all sides using the ply wood. Next, place the angle iron on the side of the top palettes, for grinding. Leave it all to dry and make sure it doesn't bend or break before using it.

How To: Practice instinct shooting with a traditional-style archery bow and arrow

If you're never hitting the target, maybe archery isn't the sport for you. Maybe it is, you probably just need to work on your technique a little, and this video serves up some great advice for archers when it comes time for instinct shooting. Learn a method for practicing instinct shooting with a traditional wooden bow and arrow. To see more videos about traditional bow and arrows, check out Traditional Archery Bows on WonderHowTo.

How To: Tie a thumb knot for fishing

The Thumb Knot is mostly used for attaching hooks, swivels and rings to heavy monofilament. At first it can be a bit tricky but when mastered it is a quick knot to tie. Follow along with this outdoor recreation HowTo video to learn to tie the fishing thumb knot. Tie a thumb knot for fishing.

How To: Tie the quick release knot

Here is a good knot. Do you know it? It's the quick release knot. Check out this instructional knot tying video that demonstrates how to tie the Quick Release knot. Just follow the simple instructions outlined in this boating tutorial and learn how to tie a Quick Release knot. Knot tying is a breeze with this video. Start practicing and reel in the big fish!

How To: Train a horse to lower its head

This video teaches us the method to train a horse to lower its head. You will need a horse with lead rope tied to it. Start the training by holding the lead rope. Apply pressure on the rope in the downward direction. Hold the rope in that position by resting one of your arm on it. Keep holding the rope until the horse comes down a little. Release the pressure on the rope when the horse comes down. Apply the pressure again when the horse goes up. You can also apply the pressure at the top of t...

How To: Whistle loudly by putting your fingers in your mouth

In this tutorial, we see how to whistle loudly by putting your fingers in your mouth. First, place your two fingers from each hand into your mouth. You will use the middle and pointing fingers from each hand. Place your fingers underneath your tongue and hold the tongue back while you whistle. Push the tongue to the back of your mouth making a seal around your lips. Push air out of your mouth going out into the middle. This is the easiest way to make a loud whistle sound while just using a si...

How To: Tie a figure-eight loop

Know your knots! With this free video tutorial, you'll learn how to tie a figure-eight loop. The figure-eight loop knot starts with the figure-eight shape, yet as you tie it down it creates a bullet or barrel knot of sorts. The knot is easy to tie provided, of course, you know how to go about making it. For an easy-to-follow, step-by-step overview of how to tie this useful fisherman's knot in a minute's time or less, watch this free video knot tyer's guide.

How To: Ride a horse with one rein

Start your new horse with one rein and a rope halter. It makes sure your cues are clear and doesn't confuse them. The first thing to do is make sure the horse is desensitized to the rope. You should be able to toss the rope up and around its head and not have it respond adversely. When you get on top of your horse, whichever side you tug on the rope should have your horse flex in response. Its head should bend to the side. It may be daunting at first to train your horse on one rein, but doing...

How To: Do a turn vault

Parkour is a constantly growing urban sport. Similar to the sports of free running and tricking, it can be seen being practiced on the urban terrain of many major cities. Here, Parkour athlete Blue of Urban Freeflow performs a Turn Vault. Do a turn vault.

How To: Tie a spinner bait on a fishing line

Spinner bait are good for attracting and catching bass when fishing. In order to have the lure and the bait working correctly when using this type of bait, you will have to attach the bait directly to the lure. This can be done using the improved fisherman knot. After threading the line through the bait, you should leave about 6-8 inches of line to tie the knot. Begin by making about 5 twists around the line and then thread the line through the hole created below the twists. After threading t...

How To: Do a perfect 360 butterfly twist

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to perform the perfect 360 butterfly twist. In order to do this, first prepare your momentum steps. Keep your feet in front of you and your arms behind ready swing. Then jump and start spinning by twisting your arms around your chest. Finish your movement with a nice kick to land smoothly.

How To: Use Diagonal Lashings to tie poles together

Diagonal lashings are a popular type of knot for building structures with wooden poles that allows you to join two poles at a 45-90 degree angle. It can replace a square lashing, but not vice versa. This video will show you how to tie a diagonal lashing yourself, which can be used in all sorts of outdoor construction projects.

How To: Clean your skateboard griptape

In this tutorial, we learn how to clean your skateboard grip tape. To do this, you will need: window cleaner, an old toothbrush, and paper towels. After this, you will spray the area with the window cleaner and then scrub it with the toothbrush. Scrub it until it comes up clean and there is no dirt left on the surface. From here, you will need to use the paper towels to clean the residue off of your board. Make sure to dry it off completely so you don't waterlog your board. do this to all the...

How To: Add a mono leader to a braid fishing line

This great how-to shows clearly how to tie a length of braided line to a fluorocarbon leader. In the video, the demonstrator uses large rope so that the technique can be clearly seen. This trick has been gaining popularity in the freshwater fishing community lately in part because it helps to reduce twist and snarl, but absorbing some of the pull. Follow this super video yourself and see if the trick works for you. When you're out in your boat and you feel the tug of that big mouth bass, you'...

How To: Inline skate for beginners

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to inline skate for beginners. Patrick Eaves, adventure sports guide and instructor, presents this video. First, you should have the right gear. Go to the local retail store or to a skating rink where you can take guidance from experts. Start off by practicing balancing on your legs. Legs should be shoulder length apart, knees slightly bent, body is bent a little forward and hands are in front of you. This is called the ready positi...

How To: Tie the Miller's Knot (bag or sack knot)

In order to tie a Miller's Knot, which is also known as the bag or sack knot, you should begin by wrapping the rope around the object you wish to bind: the Miller's knot is a binding knot. It is used to bind things. Next, wrap one of the free ends around it. You are, basically, wrapping one end around a second time.

How To: Set up a spin cast pole for trout fishing

Trails demonstrates how to set up a spin cast pole when fishing for trout. In a traditional spin cast pole, look for an ultra light set up of 4. 5 to 5 feet long. Find a pole that has ultra light action with a 4 pound power pro and a 4 pound carbon leader. Don't go overboard with the pound test on the line with the leader material because it will make the trout shy and you will get less strikes. You can even go down to a two pound test on the leader. For trout, use small gold spoons and small...

How To: Tie a Double Uni knot to join two fishing lines

Every fisherman has dealt with having to tie their own fishing knots, and when you come into a situation where you have two similar fishing lines with different rated strengths. Tying this fishing line together is simple and can be done with the Double Uni knot, sometimes called the Uni to Uni knot. Watch this tying animation to learn how to tie it.

How To: Make an All-Night Campfire with Just One Log

The next time you're out camping, whether it's outdoors in the wilderness or right outside in your own backyard, try this hack out for an effortless campfire all night long. While there is definitely some prep work involved, it's well worth it if you don't need a huge bonfire, and more so if you plan on cooking meals over the flames.

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