02 Mar 2015

Independence vs. Dependence

“I believe independence is a sign of maturity, but the term no longer means quite what it did to the pioneers … We depend on others to provide us with virtually every basic necessity in life that our pioneer forefathers obtained for themselves.” Someone once told me, “true independence does

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01 Mar 2015

Cyclists Charged by Moose

More Moose on the bike path! If you missed the article on responding to Moose Encounters, you can find it here. The cyclists in this video used some of the techniques – fortunately the techniques worked!

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27 Feb 2015

Video – Moose Encounters

H/t to Matt Heid of Outdoors.org for this article on responding to moose encounters I had the biggest wildlife encounter of my life last winter on the cross-country ski trails of Anchorage, Alaska. I skied by a moose calmly browsing in the willows near the trail. As I passed behind,

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25 Feb 2015

Book Review: The Survival Template

Thanks to SurvivalMonkey.com for this thorough Review of The Survival Template, written by our Editor, John A. Heatherly. “I don’t throw the term ‘life changing’ around lightly but this book has very likely altered the way I think, the way I plan and the way I see my future as I’ve

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25 Feb 2015

50 Emergency Apps: Turn Your Phone into a Life-Saving Device!

I was thrilled to learn that the new iPhones make the flashlight app easily accessible. They demonstrate one more way that a smart device can be of benefit. The following list of 50 Emergency Apps can be useful, as well. Much like the GPS vs. Compass discussion, I recommend using smart devices

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24 Feb 2015

Video – How to Make a Powerful PVC Slingbow for $5

Incredible power on this inexpensive DIY Slingbow project!

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23 Feb 2015

PDF -Tying Farm Knots

This useful PDF from the University of Minnesota Department of Animal Sciences entitled, “Working with Heifers – Tying Farm Knots,” will come in handy in a survival or family preparedness binder. As the document says, “A rope is one of the most common of tools used to restrain animals. Unfortunately,

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22 Feb 2015

Video – When You Need Power, You Will Want This!

Check out this tiny, amazing Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start Jump Starter and Personal Power Supply XP-1. It fits in a glove box and will jump start a car!

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22 Feb 2015

20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan

H/t to Backdoor Survival No matter how many times I write about food, there is always something new to consider or a new and different way to present the same old information in a more useful manner.  With that in mind, today I would like to share a method for

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20 Feb 2015

The Beginning of a Tire Garden

Thanks to Patrice Lewis at Rural Revolution for this description of her family’s tire garden. Great pictures included! – We’ve lived in north Idaho for nearly nine years now, and it’s worth noting that we’ve never had a successful garden. One year we had a pretty good one, but I wouldn’t

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