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28 Jan 2015

Everyday Carry: The Benchmade Flipper

“…if you give an Indian or a mountain man a knife he’d make out anywhere, no matter what.” – Hardy Collins, from Louis L’Amour’s Down The Long Hills Why is the Flipper recommended for Everyday Carry (EDC?) This brilliant knife opens with the speed of an automatic and the strength

26 Jan 2015

Review: Columbia Sportswear Men’s Loch Lomond Omni-Dry® Waterproof Jacket

My last two waterproof shells were not good long-term investments. Both were from popular and otherwise reputable brands. Both were sold as technical outdoor shells. Both cost a lot. One leaked at the seams right from the start. Not sure what the problem was exactly – the seams looked good

25 Jan 2015

Environmental Checklists

The development of checklists as “cheating tools” or “training wheels” can be an effective means of furthering survival acumen. An opportunity to practice this approach is presented in the picture above, “Environment Checklists.” Examine the picture, with the intent of creating a checklist for four major survival needs: shelter, water,

23 Jan 2015

Canned Hormel Products for Long-term Storage

Many who are interested in survival utilize canned goods. They last a long time. They are easy to transport. In most cases they can be eaten cold. Have you considered the addition of canned Hormel products to your pantry? A look at the FAQ’s on the Hormel Foods Corporate site,

22 Jan 2015

Natural Pain Remedy: Hot Rocks and Willow Tea

The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that “Willow bark is used to ease pain and reduce inflammation. Researchers believe that the chemical salicin, found in willow bark, is responsible for these effects.” For centuries willow bark has been chewed, or boiled in tea, to relieve pain. The following excerpt

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

17 Jan 2015

Four Reasons to add Natural Salt to your Survival Kit

  Natural, unrefined salt can be a difference maker in a survival kit, and here’s why:   Natural salts contain trace minerals that nourish the body. Refined salts are chemically treated, and are more difficult for the body to process. Natural salts, like Himalayan Salts or Celtic Sea Salts, provide

16 Jan 2015

James Talmage Stevens, aka Dr Prepper, Interview with John A. Heatherly

James Talmage Stevens, Host James Talmage Stevens (aka Doctor Prepper™) began his career in the preparedness industry from the days of his youth. His family lived with his Grandparents immediately following the end of WWII. He learned the basics on the Pace farm in rural Guilford County (NC). Farm chores

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

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

15 Jan 2015

The Two Most Important Survival Skills

“The survivor’s attitude is the most important element of the will to survive. With the proper attitude, almost anything is possible.” -AF Regulation 64-4 Volume I, p. 53 “Every day is a choice, Heaven or Hell. This is the most important survival skill.”-Tom Brown, Jr. Cougar Mountain, Just South of the

14 Jan 2015

The Three Day Ruck Rule

Years ago a grizzled old special ops troop told me, “It takes three days to learn to carry an extremely heavy ruck. The first few days you’ll think you are going to die, but after that it is no problem.” I was green, and in decent shape, but had never

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

12 Jan 2015

Basic Needs

There are a hand full of things humans need to stay alive. We are not talking about smart phones, pizza, cold beer or air conditioning although those can all make life more enjoyable they are not required for survival. In order for people to maintain life there are a handful of

08 Jan 2015

19 Must Have and Need to Try Lifehacks for Winter Survival.

1) Use a spray bottle and undiluted white vinegar to spray your car windshield. This will keep frost from forming and make your morning drive time much easier.    2) Re-purpose those old sweaters and be stylish too! Ladies can repurpose those old sweaters into socks and the guys can

07 Jan 2015

Everything you need to know about the U.S. military’s defense strategy to protect humanity from the walking dead.

The U.S. military has always been the one place in government with a plan, forever in preparation mode and ready to yank a blueprint off the shelf for almost any contingency. Need a response for a Russian nuclear missile launch? Check. Have to rescue a U.S. ambassador kidnapped by drug

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

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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