20 Jan 2015

Six maps you need for an urban evacuation

Let’s assume an urban disaster scenario, and you must leave quickly. How will you find your way? What maps do you need? We’re talking about the printed, paper in hand type. Don’t plan to rely on a GPS. They are as reliable as their batteries, and constant use could mean

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16 Jan 2015

Use Zip Ties In These 10 Situations

Zip ties are handy little tools that can be used in pretty much any situation. In a way, they are kind of like duct tape in that the possible uses are infinite. Their strength and holding power are impressive, even in the smaller sizes. Originally called cable ties, the modern zip tie is

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15 Jan 2015

4 Experts Weigh In With Generalist Survival Gear: 10 Items To Survive

In many cases, the right gear in your pack can literally save your life. But what to bring? A survival kit is something most hikers, hunters, and explorers will never break open. It will sit in the bottom of a backpack, potentially for years, encased in a waterproof vessel of

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13 Jan 2015

First Look: Vulture Equipment ‘Cholera’ Knife

Cholera is something you want to avoid at all costs. But not in the case of this knife from Vulture Equipment Works, which is called the Cholera because the bacteria can actually live in the belly of a vulture. Badass? Yes, just like this knife. The Cholera is a modified

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05 Jan 2015

How Much Knife Do You Need?

When it comes to knives there are only two types of people – knife fanatics and everyone else. As much as I like my knives, I probably still fall into the “everyone else” category. If you are a knife fanatic, then everything I am about to say will most likely

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03 Jan 2015

Terra Nova Laser 20L Backpac

The Terra Nova Laser 20L pack is a lightweight frame-less backpack designed with a “lightweight-but-full-of-features” approach for day use or overnight hiking trips. Specifications: Manufacturer: Terra Nova, UK Model: Laser 20L Backpack Weight: 11.6oz (328g) Measured Weight: 11.4oz (323g) Capacity: 20L The pack is designed with a single main compartment,

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02 Jan 2015

The Tarp Bivy Combo: Your Sub 1lb Shelter

Making the switch to a tarp didn’t happen quickly for me, the thought of creepy crawlies walking all over me while I slept wasn’t exactly alluring. Over the years I’ve slowly reduced the weight of my shelters, mostly tents and hammocks, but eventually I reached the point where tents and

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02 Jan 2015

14 Prepper Mistakes

Webster defines an expert as a person “who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area”  That being said, when it comes to preparedness, is anyone ever really an expert? Let’s be realistic. Every prepper, myself included, was a novice at one time or another. 

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tornadoes
01 Jan 2015

Tornado Survival Tips, by Matthew Stein, P.E.

Tornado Facts and Myths It is commonly believed that tornadoes happen mostly in the spring, but the peak of tornado season varies with location, and tornadoes can occur any month of the year. For example, the peak of tornado season in the northern plains and upper Midwest is June or

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01 Dec 2014

Surviving with the Renovo Trio Water Filter

The Renovo Trio is a triple-stage water filter that its manufacturer says is for “emergencies, survival, hiking, camping, hunting, or travel.” That covers a lot of territory, but given the Trio’s relatively compact size (7.1 in./18 cm.) and weight (4.13 oz./117g after use), there is no reason one couldn’t employ

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