When I can’t get outside in the woods, up to my cabin, or just outside in general to enjoy nature, I like to sometimes watch YouTube. There are a lot of great YouTubers out there that are into the same stuff I am.
So in this quick short post I want to share some of the YouTube channels I watch when I’m stuck at home.
Outdoor YouTube Channels Worth Checking Out
My Self Reliance: Hosted by Shawn James. This guy does it all. He’s even building a log cabin with non-electric tools by hand, all by himself. On top of that he fishes, canoe trips, hunts, camps, bushcraft, photographer, and content contributor to for Ontario tourism. He also has some “Self Reflection” videos that are fantastic. All about becoming self reliant, in the outdoors, and at home.
Joe Robinet: Hosted by Joe Robinet, of course. Joe has been around a while, and was on the first season of Alone on the History Channel. He Has many great videos showing how to do things while camping and bushcrafting. He also does some fantastic canoe tripping adventures. Succeed or fail, he shows you the good and the bad. Great sense of humor, and very candid. Fun for the whole family to watch. Joe makes his living from running his You Tube channel.
Doug Outside: Doug does a little of camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, wood carving, homesteading, hunting… “whatever floats my boat” as he says it. Dry sense of humor, usually fully bearded, this guy is spry and loves his hobbies. I enjoy his solo canoe trips and his wood carving videos, but he has some great hiking videos as well. He makes the wood carving look so easy. I admit I got into wood carving recently because of Doug.
TA Outdoors: Totally Awesome Outdoors! Hosted by Mike Pullen. Mike loves adventure. Bushcraft, wilderness camping, hiking trips, shooting, hunting and backpacking. His dog Jaxx joins him on some adventures, as did his father. A lot of fun to watch. Mike has a lot of great videos, but in one series he build a massive bushcraft camp complete with a hunting tower/lookout. Very educational.
Survival Lilly: Out of everybody mentioned above, Survival Lilly has the biggest YouTube channel. She does a lot of videos on wilderness survival, long term survival, and urban survival. Huge following, she demonstrates many skills and reviews products she likes and dislikes.
Scrambled O: Scrambled O is somewhat new to bushcrafting, but has always had a love for the outdoors. His past videos include building a bushcraft camp, cooking outdoors, and come homesteading videos. He is looking to learn more about homesteading, building tiny houses in the woods, and being self reliant. Modest guy who shares his success and failures as he learns new things. He hasn’t put out any videos in a while as I write this blog post… but what he has there is fantastic.
Matthew Posa Adventures: I came upon Matthew back when he only had a couple hundred subscribers and have enjoyed all his videos since then. He has a couple dogs he sometimes brings with him on his outings and it’s fun to watch him with his pets. As I write this post he is canoe tripping for several days in the BWCA. Other videos include winter camping in quinzees, and some day trips out hiking and cooking. One video I enjoyed a lot was his ‘Christmas Video’ he made with his dog Monte. He doesn’t take himself to serious, and you can tell he loves the outdoors. He also plays his own theme music, which is rather catchy. Matthew lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Stuck Inside – Watch A YouTuber
Like I said, when I am stuck indoors at home I like to watch some of the YouTubers above. If I can’t be out doing what I enjoy, I can read about it, watch videos about it, or plan my next outings. Sometimes, in my man cave at home, I’ll be doing all of those things at once.
It’s not uncommon for me to put on a YouTube video and be pouring over maps of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, or inventorying my hunting and camping gear for the thousandth time.