How To: Roller furl the jib when sailing

This video shows roller furling of a jib in 5 knots of wind. Mild tensing is kept on the jib's sheet to enable the jib to warp tightly around the headstay. In high wind conditions, this is best done in a deep running reach. The mainsail will tend to shield the jib from the wind. This will prevent excess luffing of the sail and make furling easier. In a pinch, you can always let the jib out, by loosening it's sheet and roll in the jib, but in high winds excess luffing may occur and this can da...

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 cleat hitch

Need help with your knots? Ann and Matt from BoatUS teach new boaters how to tie a cleat hitch at the dock. Know your knots and practice tying a cleat hitch knot by watching this instructional knot tying video. Improve your skills and tie knots like a pro.

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.

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: Backside nosepick on a skateboard

First, the landing will be explained and demonstrated. A good tip learned from this video is that practicing landing a trick (in this case starting propped up in the position you would be doing a backside nose pick in) is important, as you can perfect the most difficult and intimidating part of the trick before learning it in its entirety. You will learn tips and tricks on ways to practice this trick, as well as insights of the presenter's own experiences in learning it. At the end of the vid...

How To: Heave to in sailing

In sailing, the term "heave to" means slowing down the boat's progression in such a way that the boat doesn't need to be steered directly. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to heave to in sailing. To do this, the rudder will need to be turned so it's forcing the bow into the wind. The rudder and the jib counteract one another in the process, and the boat ends up stalling.

How To: Learn a few bass fishing tips

Captain Bill Schaefer takes time to show us a bass tip or two out at Bartlett Lake. Check out this instructional fishing video to understand a few tips that are perfect for beginners. Learn the importance of your fishing line selection from the experts. Practice your fishing skills and reel in the big fish!

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: Make a canopy for your boat

You can make your own canopy for your boat and save hundreds of dollars from the store bought ones. You’ll need 1 inch pvc pipe, some nuts and bolts and you‘re set. You’ll set you’re canopy off of some swivel brackets that secure on the pvc pipe with 2 inch screws. This video will show you how to rig everything and you’ll be sitting in the shade in no time.

How To: Perfect your toeside edging on a wakeboard

In this how-to video, you will learn how to get toe side leverage with this edging drill. This will teach you how to edge properly toe-side. If you are edging out in a bad position, this will cause you to use a bad position with muscle memory. If you edge out properly, you will reinforce a good habit so that you naturally use the position. First, stay outside of the wake. Remove the lead and grab your board shorts so you're forced to edge with your rear hand on the handle. You will have to ed...

How To: Set up a fishing pole for bass fishing

This is a great instructional video on how to set up a fishing pole for bass fishing. If you want to set up a fishing pole for bass fishing, you have to use a 6 1/2-foot, medium-action spinning rod with a medium-sized reel. You can discover why it's important not to overpower a bass fishing setup with help from a commercial fisherman in this video on fishing equipment. First you need to insert the thread into the spool and grab it with your little finger. You have to pull it out now. Tie the ...

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: Fish for bass using a plastic jig worm

What's a jig worm? Well, it's exactly what the name implies: a jig rigged with a trailing plastic worm. If you're not a seasoned fisherman, the answer might not have been so obvious, but that doesn't matter when you find out how important this jig worm is. Wade Bourne of MyOutdoorTV shows you how to fish a jig worm.

How To: String a roller-guided fishing pole

Learn from Captain Mark the Shark, an expert in charter fishing, how to string a roller-guided fishing pole. When stringing a roller-guided fishing pole, make sure that the line goes through the middle of both rollers. Discover why spinning rods have more guides than a roller with help from this professional fishing trainer.

How To: Tie a twisted dropper loop for fishing

The Twisted Dropper Loop is a variation of the dropper loop. As the dropper loop the twisted dropper loop forms a loop which is off to the side of the line. In the this variation the line is twisted before the loop is created. This stiffens the line and make it stand nicely off to the side. The twisted dropper loop can be used anytime a loop is needed in the middle of your leader. Follow along with this fishing HowTo video to learn how to tie a twisted dropper loop for fishing.

How To: Make a bench shooting bag

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial Dave from 'journey the outdoors' explains how to make a bench shooting bag. This is used by bench or week-end shooters for recreation purposes. For this you will need an old sock. Take one that you don't use anymore and preferably a tight knit sock. Then fill it with rice and tie the open end of the sock. You can also fill it with beans or some other such substance. Rice and beans being bigger than sand, there will be more air in the bag and it will a...

News: Girls Gone Noodlin'

Girls Gone Grabblin', the deep South's spin on Girls Gone Wild. Young girls diving underwater, sticking their hands into the unknown, and pulling up giant catfish. These have to be some of the coolest girls on earth.

How To: Chop through dense forests with a machete

In this video, Chopping It Up, we see how some men camping and scouting in the remote central Brazilian jungle hack their way through the thick brush with machetes. We watch as they clear a path to the top of a mountain. It's a lot of work! We're told how they identified a route where the need for hacking would be minimized, on an old trail. The problem, however, is the sunlight on an old trail causes it to get choked up with vines and other thick growth. To clear the path with the machetes, ...

How To: Tie an easy fishing knot system

In this video we learn how to tie an easy fishing knot system. First, put the line through the hook and pull. Then, take the end of the line and make it come through the loop. Bring this over and then you will have a hole at the bottom of the string. Take the end of the line and put it through the hole around six to eight times to get a strong knot. Then, pull on the main line and you will see the knot glide up to the hook, To go lower, just pull it down. This creates a strong and efficient k...

How To: Make homemade Bluegill fish bait

In this tutorial, learn exactly how to make bluegill fish bait at home. This video will display two different recipes for making dough bait. Both of these methods are fairly easy to create and can be made with items in your kitchen. Along with the step by step instruction, you will also be taught why each of these methods works and what their downsides may be. You may feel like you're about to bake a cake with these ingredients but don't worry - that's exactly the idea! Learn how to make this...

How To: Tie the Prusik Knot or Triple Sliding Hitch Knot

Learn how to tie the Prusik Knot or Triple Sliding Hitch Knot for climbing. The animated knot tying tutorial is the best you'll find. With this knot tying how to, you can tie the Prusik Knot or Triple Sliding Hitch Knot fast or slow, or pause it at every step along the way. Learn to tie knots for your next climbing trip. Tie the Prusik Knot or Triple Sliding Hitch Knot.

How To: Tie a uni fishing knot

Check out this fishing tutorial video that demonstrates how to tie a Uni fishing knot. Th Uni knot is the most common knot used to tie Line to terminal tackle knot. Just follow the simple steps as outlined in this instructional fishing video and learn how to tie a Uni fishing knot. Start reeling in the big fish!

How To: Tie in the rope for glacier climbing

You can tye in or clip into the rope for glacier travel. It doesn't really matter it is your choice. You may as well know both methods. The tie is great if your short of gear or you don't want your guests getting away. Clipping in eases the process of getting in and out of the rope (climber speak there, sorry)

How To: Tie a taut line

A taut line, also know as two half-hitches with an extra turn, is used to tighten a line like a clothes line or tent line. You may want to watch the video on how to tie a half-hitch before trying this knot. Tie a taut line.

How To: Do an ollie when wakeskating

Check out this short but well explained tutorial on how to ollie for beginner wakeskaters. For the ollie, you want to start in the safety position, with your weight even on both your feet, and your knees rolled forward. Think of it as a rhythm of snapping your back foot and sucking your front foot up. Improve your wakeskating skills by watching this instructional wakeskating video.

How To: Pack a backpack for mountaineering

The video demonstrates how you should pack to be fully equipped and prepared for a backpacking trip that lasts 2-3 days. Gather all of your equipment including clothes, food, water, climbing gear, emergency kit, sleeping back, and more. When you start to pack, you want to make your center of gravity is very low so pack your heavier items near your back and lighter ones that aren’t required immediately during your trip such as your sleeping bag at the bottom of the backpack. Also remember th...

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