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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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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31 Dec 2014

14 Multipurpose Items To Survive Crisis

Duct Tape I know that we preach the value of duct tape all the time, but it really can’t be overstated as an invaluable multi-use item that every prepper should have. Just a few things that you can use duct tape for include: Patching tarps, rain gear, shoes and tents

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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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