12 Feb 2015

Invaluable Survival Skills: Nature Observation and Stalking

Nature Observation can rise to a new level when the survival skill of Stalking is employed. Additional benefits include increased physical fitness and endless enjoyment. Check out and bookmark this fantastic resource from Princeton University’s Outdoor Action Site. It covers the skills listed below and includes information on Tracking. Their

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12 Feb 2015

Introductory Video – How to Track Animals

Ever wanted to learn to track? This introductory video shows a great way to start as it lists basic, inexpensive equipment that will help and methods of using it. For more in-depth information, I recommend Tom Brown’s book, The Science and Art of Tracking.

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08 Feb 2015

Video – Primitive Fire Craft Using a Hand Drill

This video demonstrates the “floating hand” method of using a hand drill. Have you ever tried this technique? Enjoy!    

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06 Feb 2015

Survival Objectives and The Stockdale Paradox

“I never lost faith in the end of the story, I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.” “You must never

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05 Feb 2015

Lifestraw – 1,000 litres of Water for Less than $20

The two primary advantages of the LifeStraw are clearly: size and cost. The device is nine inches long and weighs two ounces and can easily fit in a cargo pocket or be worn around the neck. At a cost of just under $20, one could purchase a LifeStraw for each

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05 Feb 2015

A Meatloaf Oil Lamp

As a stay-at-home dad, occasionally I felt the need to reach beyond the realm of diapers and sippy-cups and remind myself of my ultimate survivability.  This night’s meatloaf project was my latest excursion into super-masculinity (my wife gave me a few strange looks!) 1. I started with the drippings from my

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04 Feb 2015

Preparedness Radio – Prepared Housewives, A Talk with Jamie Smith

Jamie lives her life in South Texas where she is a wife and a Mom to 4 children: 3 boys and a girl. During the day she works in a dental office, cleaning teeth as a Dental Hygienist, in the evening being a Mom––her favorite and hardest job––and later at

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01 Feb 2015

Walking Onions Invaded My Bug-Out!

Walking Onions, also known as “Tree Onions” or “Topsetters,” may be the toughest plants in the garden.  The picture above was taken in Oklahoma, where 12 original bulbs survived the heat and lack of water of the last few summers to take over a raised bed and part of the

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01 Feb 2015

Top five reasons to include a ferro rod in your survival kit

The ability to make a fire during an emergency situation can save your life. But what is the best survival firestarting method? My money is on the ferrocerium (also commonly referred to as a flint or magnesium stick) rod. Here are five reasons you need one. by Leon Pantenburg Several

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31 Jan 2015

Neighborhood Plant Inventory

Urban survival practice can benefit from a documented “Neighborhood Plant Inventory.” Observe the picture above, as an example. Just beneath the letter “N” is a clump of Sage bushes, which can be used as a spice in cooking; can be rubbed over the teeth and gums as a toothpaste substitute; or

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