“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”
― John Muir

I am sure most of you know of John Muir. If you don’t, I want you to get to know him and his writings. His letters, essays, and books from the 1800’s telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions of people. The Sierra Nevada Mountain range is where Ron and I held most of our trips and we know it well. One of the best-known hiking trails in the U.S., the 211-mile (340 km) John Muir Trail, was named in his honor. Ron and I have hiked parts of the John Muir trail many times. It is truly a stunning thing to do if you can find yourself in California with some time and energy on your hands. I highly recommend it.

This issue of Survival Quarterly is an issue that we really had fun with! Anything “How –To” goes in this issue! There are so many fun, Crafts for the Field and it’s so interesting to learn more!

I want to thank my wonderful cadre of authors. This magazine is about – sharing this information with you, the reader. Each author comes to the SQ table with a different set of skills. I know it’s going to be a good issue when I, myself, learn something from it.

As usual, this issue is a complement to our Woodsmaster Vol. 14 – “Crafts for the Field” DVD where Ron shows you step by step how to work with Kydex and leather as well as other crafty things you can make for your outdoor supplies bag!

The goal I had for this issue is to inspire everyone to take some time to learn something new! As I am sitting here at my desk typing this, I am looking out the window and yearning to go outside and enjoy what the wilderness has in store for me. I can’t wait to get out of my seat!

How about you sit and read this magazine outside! Yes – perfect reading for outside on a sunny lazy day!

God Bless!

Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Karen Hood
Associate Editor & Art Director Joshua Swanagon
Staff Photographers Mag Behrmann
Heath Lowe
Staff Editors Dave Williams
Ted Nugent
David Wescott
Luke Swenson
Curtis Fidler
Dave Dennis
J.A. Bigley
Waysun Johnny Tsai
Canadian Field Editor David Jaye
Always with us Ron Hood

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