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03 Mar 2015

Finding Direction with No Compass

Electronic devices are fantastic for determining direction. Many of us use them daily. I enjoy training that employs multiple methods, as well, with electronic devices being in the mix. The following direction-finding exercises are especially fun, and valuable, when conducted with kids or as a family activity. H/t to Compassdude for

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02 Mar 2015

You can’t kill an AK-47: Works after 18 years of being buried in ground!

Unbelievable! Is this the best choice for a survival gun?

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02 Mar 2015

Quick Reference – Food Storage Guideline

Please bookmark this extensive Quick Reference – Food Storage Guideline for later use in considering the Shelf Life of Food. I use the “Control F” search function to quickly look up the item in question. H/t to SurvivalMonkey for compiling this information. Also, please note the water purification information at

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02 Mar 2015

$700K Survival Home on Wheels

Off-road adventure and a two-month supply of all the modern comforts of home!

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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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01 Mar 2015

Medical Supplies, Part 2: Minor Wounds

Some of the most important medical supplies you’ll accumulate will be those used to deal with injuries. Most of these (I hope) will be minor wounds that won’t take a lot of advanced equipment to handle but could easily affect your ability to function if ignored.  Let’s outline what you’ll need in

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28 Feb 2015

How To Sew On A Button – This is a Survival Skill!

The military requires its Survival Trainees to learn to sew a button and for good reason. Clothing repair in the field happens all the time. This particular skill comes in handy at home, as well. Don’t ridicule it – learn it!

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28 Feb 2015

DIY Water Distiller – PDF

The American Red Cross produced this well-done PDF, “Food and Water in an Emergency.” It is a “mini-manual” on how to prepare a household for an emergency and can be downloaded for free. This download is a recommended addition to your Family Preparedness Household Notebook. The section on Emergency Water Supplies provided

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27 Feb 2015

Yaupon Holly – A Coffee Replacement

 “The leaves contain more caffeine by weight than both coffee beans and green tea and it has the highest caffeine content of any plant native to North America.” Ever wonder what you would do during a coffee shortage? During an emergency of this magnitude, a backup plan is in order.

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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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27 Feb 2015

A Rocket Stove Breakfast

Thanks to TheSurvivalMom for her support over the years and for helping me to put together projects like the Rocket Stove Breakfast described below. Last weekend I had the urge to try a new project and wanted it to be one that was inexpensive and simple. Having seen Leon’s Brick Rocket

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26 Feb 2015

Video – Bald Eagle Families “Changing of the Guard”

Two video examples of Bald Eagle Families – “Changing of the Guard.”

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26 Feb 2015

Food Storage – Organize, Rotate, Maximize!

People ask how they should get started in storing food and I recommend that they keep it simple, at least in the beginning. White rice pairs well with everything, with a long shelf life when stored properly. Most people know that beans + rice do extremely well together, so I

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26 Feb 2015

Video – Oil Lamp from an Orange Peel

Great use of the peel rather than just throwing it away!

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26 Feb 2015

How to Make An Improvised Tourniquet

No CAT-T, No SOF-T, No problem! People like us are always putting ourselves out on the “edge.” Whether you’re on the range honing your firearms skills or in the field practicing your field craft, the possibility of injury exists. One of the most life threatening injuries one can sustain is

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25 Feb 2015

Alaska Grow Bucket DIY Guide

This Alaska Grow Bucket design is free to be downloaded and shared, and is a type of Sub-Irrigated Planter (SIP.) Plants thrive in these planters as they are able to “wick” the water they need from a reservoir in the base of the planter. I have had tremendous success using

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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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