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Wilderness Navigation Skills

Posted on Sep 27, 2016

Why would a prepper need to know about wilderness navigation? Most likely your bug out location is somewhere away from civilization. You’re not going to be in eye sight of your bug out location at all times. You’ll be exploring, you’ll be fishing or hunting or picking berries and it’s very easy to get lost in the woods. Even very experienced woodsmen can get lost in the woods. If the SHTF and you get lost, there probably isn’t a rescue team coming, you might have to rescue yourself…

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Hacks for Homesteading Using Almost No Money

Posted on Sep 21, 2016

Homesteading is not just a hobby; it is a way of life that many people around the globe are now adopting. Since the Earth’s natural resources are rapidly depleting and pollution is rampant, adopting a self-sustainable lifestyle is really appealing.

You don’t need to be rich to Homestead; by being clever with your resources, you can accomplish this task with almost no money…

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The WaterBOB Reviewed

Posted on Sep 7, 2016

Emergency water storage is one of the biggest challenges for most preppers. Especially those living in urban environments like apartments and condos. There just isn’t enough room for large water barrels, much less any type of rainwater catch system. Storage of gallon jugs or cases of water bottles is not very practical either. Today, we’ll be looking at the waterBOB as an innovative alternative for dealing with temporary water containment during short-term emergencies…

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Rapid Application Tourniquet (RATS) Reviewed

Posted on Aug 21, 2016

As a prepper, I’ve always felt it was a good idea to pack plenty of trauma supplies in my various preparedness kits. But it wasn’t until my EDC included a firearm that I realized I should have been carrying a well-rounded trauma kit as part of my EDC. Not just for firearm-related injuries, but also for other equally pressing medical emergencies. RATS Tourniquet has kindly sent me a couple to see how they might augment an IFAK…

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Have You Ever Considered Reheating Food?

Posted on Aug 12, 2016

Are you excited to store, reheat and recycle leftover food and turn them into delicious ‘new’ meals? We’ve prepared an infographic below full of all the essential things you need to know to make sure that you store and reheat your food safely and properly.

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LuminAID PackLite 12 and PackLite 16 Reviewed

Posted on Aug 10, 2016

Lighting is an important commodity, especially in an emergency. All to often people have left battery-operated flashlights and lanterns unmaintained with dead batteries. Recent advancements in solar power have spawned a new generation of solar-charged lighting. One such company named LuminAID has taken those advancements and developed a series of lightweight and waterproof solar-powered lanterns that provide ample light when you need it and fold flat when they are packed away. LuminAID has kindly provided two models for us to have a look at…

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Living Rational 2-person Survival Kit Reviewed

Posted on Jul 24, 2016

Preppers and survivalists who have been doing it for a long time typically create their own custom, and often very elaborate bug-out and get-home bags closely tied to their personal emergency preparedness plans. But what about someone who is just getting started? Where is the best place to begin? Living Rational has put together a series of general emergency packs and those specifically tailored to various emergency scenarios like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and so on. Lets dig into one to see what they include and if it is a worthwhile platform to build from…

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Steel Will Druid 240 Reviewed

Posted on Jul 17, 2016

This time around, I will be reviewing Steel Will’s Druid 240. While it was part of their 2015 lineup, this was the blade pattern that really caught my eye. Billed as a skinning knife, it has all of the characteristics of a rugged and versatile outdoor survival blade. So let’s take this thing for a spin…

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NANUK Professional Protective Cases Reviewed

Posted on Jul 2, 2016

Protective equipment cases can be found in a wide-variety of colors, shapes and sizes to accommodate everything from delicate electronics and medical gear to audio, video and photography equipment, and even used to safely transport firearms and ammunition in some of the harshest conditions. Today, I’ll be taking the Nanuk 960 for a spin to see what it is capable of…

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GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Backpacker Cookset Reviewed

Posted on Jun 14, 2016

It has been a while since I reviewed the ultralight Pinnacle Soloist from GSI Outdoors. An ultralight cookset sized perfectly for one individual. But what if you are traveling in a group of two or more? A single larger cookset can be easier to deal with and lighter overall. Today, I’ll be looking at the Pinnacle Backpacker Cookset also from GSI Outdoors to see how well it can fill that niche…

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Enhancing the Volcano Grill

Posted on May 25, 2016

Anyone who has gotten their hands on a Volcano 3 Collapsible Grill likely has been happy with its performance with charcoal or a wood fire, but using the grill with propane usually leaves a lot to be desired. In this article, I will be discussing some simple modifications that I made to the Volcano Grill in an attempt to improve its performance, and how I modified it to operate with natural gas. But aside from a brief summary of the Volcano Grill, I am not going to cover the grill itself as an alternative cooking system in this body of text. I’ll leave that for some other time…

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Justin Burke – The Knifemakers Series

Posted on May 11, 2016

For the fourth installment of Knifemakers From Around the World we had a wonderful Q&A session with an amazing traditional artisan and avid outdoorsman from the beautiful mountains in northeastern Tennessee. His name is Justin Burke. Some of you might be familiar with his work, but for those that aren’t, it is my pleasure to introduce Justin and his work to you…

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Jetboil Joule Cooking System Reviewed

Posted on May 4, 2016

When it comes to prepping for survival scenarios, I usually opt for gear that can be used over and over again relying on renewable resources whenever possible. For this reason, I typically choose biomass stoves over stoves that utilize gas, liquid or solid fuels. However, biomass stoves are certainly not the best option for every scenario. There are times when you just can’t beat a compressed gas stove. Today, I’ll be looking at the Joule Cooking System from Jetboil to see how well it fits into my preparedness plan. So let’s get on with it and see what this thing can do…

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