‘Tis the season for roadside survival stories. On the heels of the story about the Nome, Alaska resident who survived off frozen beer for 60 hours while stuck in his truck, we have another winter survival story about a college co-ed who endured being trapped in her snowbound car for 10 days.
Last week, Lauren Weinberg, a 23-year-old Arizona State University student, was found alive in her vehicle after being stranded in the snow for 10 days on a remote dirt road in northeastern Arizona. How did she make it? She told a Coconino County Sheriff's deputy that she had survived on two candy bars, melted snow water and prayers. Weinberg was quoted saying, “At times I was afraid, but mostly I had faith that I would be found."
There are a lot of traps out there, but none of those traps show up in my bag of tricks as often as the Paiute Deadfall.
This very clever trap dates back hundreds (if not thousands) of years to the early Paiute Indian nations. The Paiutes are three closely related groups of Native Americans — the Northern Paiute; the Owens Valley Paiute; and the Southern Paiute, all three groups having ancestors on land that is present day Nevada.
If you’re familiar with the idea of the 2012 Apocalypse, then you know that there are people who believe that the world is supposed to end at 11:11 am on December 21st, 2012, which is one year from today.
The widespread phenomenon of 2012 seems to have taken on a life of its own in recent years. So many random and unrelated fears have been rolled up into 2012, that it seems like this supposed date with doom has more followers than any previously predicted “End Time”. Sure, everything has to end sometime, and most global religions have an end of the world section in their writings; Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and most Native American religions all have some form of the “Last Days.” And every couple of years, somebody comes up with a fresh idea that the world is going to end on a certain date or in a certain way. These folks either take it as their personal responsibility to warn everybody they can, or they keep their ideas quiet and only warn a chosen few.
I love a good survival kit. Whether it’s home-made or store bought, a good survival kit is like an insurance policy against bad luck on the trail and Murphy’s Law on the hunt.
Gerber’s Survival Series of equipment now includes the Bear Grylls Basic Kit, which is an 8-piece survival kit, designed to provide the user with some of the foundational requirements for wilderness survival. Let the testing begin…
The Kits Features and Components The kit’s blaze orange, rip-stop nylon pouch, which contains a zip top waterproof bag for the gear. The overall weight of the full kit is 4.2 oz, which makes it small enough to fit just about any pocket, so there’s no excuse to leave it at home.
Even the least savvy outdoorsman, and most couch potatoes for that matter, is dimly aware that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West.
But what about using celestial bodies to navigate at night time?
Using the moon and stars to find your way is a lost art to most modern people. The ancient Polynesians hopped from tiny island to tiny island, with no maps or navigation devices, using the sun, moon, stars, wind and ocean current to guide them. Our recent ancestors used sextants and other navigational aids to maintain a bearing and even to determine longitude and latitude from the moon and stars.
Obviously, you should always have a compass and/or GPS for navigating in the wild. But what happens if you get caught after dark without those modern conveniences?
Did you know that a rock full of moisture, when placed in or over a fire, can explode like a grenade?
It’s true, and with that disclaimer out of the way, we can now talk about the right way to use a low-tech, backwoods rock frying pan.
To get started on your culinary adventure of “rock frying,” you’ll need a flat or concave stone that is about an inch thick, and is not too gritty or rough. Gritty sandstones and other rough-surfaced stones will make frying very difficult. Quartz, obsidian and other “glassy” looking stones are prone to exploding. Slate and shale will have the right thickness, but they also trap water inside and are very likely to pop or explode.
As with the Zombie Apocalypse itself, the question has always been more “when” than “if” a major ammunition company would introduce a line of zombie-specific ammo. Today that question was answered with the announcement of Hornady’s new Zombie Max ammunition and Proven Z-Max bullets. The announcement didn’t come in the form of some boring old press release, though. Check out the video sent by Hornady’s marketing department at lunchtime today (GRAPHIC IMAGE WARNING):
So, yeah, lots to discuss there. Here are a few talking points that rush to mind:
Whether you are looking to save a few bucks by purchasing food in bulk, or you are stocking up in case of disaster, creating a storage system for food in your home can be a rewarding endeavor.
I’m not suggesting that everyone start hoarding food and supplies, nor am I saying that you need to break the bank to finance your storehouse. I am merely suggesting that a well-stocked pantry can lend peace of mind, save you some money and be a very valuable resource in case of emergency or financial troubles. What Should You Buy
Focus on foods that are easy to prepare and that you know your family will eat. Look for items high in calories and with long shelf lives. Select dry foods like rice, dried beans, pasta and other easy-cook staples that can last a long time.
Also grab some peanut butter, canned meats and fish, jelly, honey, salt, sugar, high-calorie canned soups and stews, cooking oil, flour, baking mixes, oatmeal, molasses and lots of crackers. You can smear just about anything on a cracker and make a meal out of it. Store surplus food for your pets as well.
An old decommissioned NASA satellite crashed to earth over the weekend and and officials say that some parts were scattered across the U.S. It was the largest piece of space junk to fall in the past 30 years, and I’d like to think of it as some of our tax dollars returning to this planet.
NASA officials monitored the dead, 6.5-ton spacecraft closely to estimate when the debris would will fall. While it is still too early to tell where the majority of the satellite hit, NASA believes that some parts might have landed in Oregon.
While hurtling satellite preparedness may not sound like a realistic form of emergency management or preparation, it is still interesting to think about the vulnerability of the modern home, vehicle and workplace to solids falling from the sky—be it a meteorite, large hail, blue ice from an airplane or even space junk.
And there actually has been a legitimate case of space junk hitting a person.