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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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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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24 Feb 2015

Medical Supplies, Part 1: Starting Out

A common question we encounter in our travels is: “What supplies do you recommend for our medical storage?”.  Indeed, the subject comes up so often that Nurse Amy put together a entire DVD Guide to Medical Supplies.  The non-medical professional should not only understand what items to have on hand

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23 Feb 2015

Simple, Off-Grid Cast Iron Recipe

This simple recipe came together as I was trying to use up some leftovers and enjoy the nice weather. The result was a delicious meal that could have easily been assembled using stored foods. This closely resembles what I would have done during a power outage and I am sharing

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23 Feb 2015

Video – Potato Harvest Grow Bag by Nurse Amy

Use the helpful tips in this video to harvest large amounts of potatoes from fairly small containers.

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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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22 Feb 2015

The Ultimate Survival Gear List

Documents and lists are force multipliers for those interested in survival. They increase potential and enhance probability of success. The Ultimate Survival Gear List from More Than Just Surviving will help you get started or help you augment your existing inventory. Once you’ve begun to stockpile survival gear, it can be

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21 Feb 2015

Video – SteriPEN Ultra Review (w/ Lab Test Results) South America

GringosAbroad conducted this SteriPEN Ultra test in South America, with remarkable results. Great work, guys! “Does SteriPen actually make water safe? To find out we took water samples from the Tomebamba River in Cuenca and tested them in a lab (it was full of life – and dangerous to consume).

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