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Below you will be able to view a series of videos about the Florida Keys, a renowned fishing destination. As soon as one video ends, the next one will automatically play.

  • October 7, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The Land Shark Survival Bag - 0

    If you’re looking for the mother of all space blankets, the heavy-duty Land Shark Survival Bag ought to fit the bill. Designed to suit the needs of a variety of persons, including pilots and soldiers, this bivy-style heat-reflective survival bag can be deployed on land or at sea. Though it seemed heavy and bulky as I first opened the package, I could quickly see that the quality far exceeded my expectations. And here I thought it was going to be just another space blanket. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 3, 2013

    How to Spot and Treat Acute Mountain Sickness - 0

    Acute Mountain Sickness can be a common illness in higher altitudes, especially if you make a quick trip up to a much higher elevation or engage in heavy physical exertion at a high altitude. AMS, also known as altitude sickness or high-altitude pulmonary edema, typically occurs at elevations greater than 8,000 feet above sea level. Although headaches and shortness of breath are common symptoms, altitude sickness can also cause severe complications with the respiratory and nervous systems. How do you detect this altitude related illness? [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 1, 2013

    Visit a Disaster Bootcamp in Maryland - 0

    This weekend in Maryland, an unusual event will take place—a bootcamp-style training course designed to teach the average person the ins and outs of modern survival and disaster preparedness.
    Maryland is no stranger to big, somewhat unusual events, being the host state for one of the nation’s larger renaissance festivals, but organizers of this Disaster Preparedness Bootcamp promise to provide practical hands-on skills in a safe and family friendly environment. Some of the topics to covered include:

    - Water sourcing and storage
    - Knife Selection and Use [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 27, 2013

    Survival Training with the Department of Justice: 4 Weeds You Can Eat Almost Anywhere - 1

    I had a rare privilege this week. I was invited to be a guest instructor for an inter-agency survival training camp for some folks who answer to the Department of Justice. Twenty guys from a diverse group of agencies were working on their wilderness survival skills in the mountains of Virginia, and I had the pleasure of joining them to provide a little training on edible and medicinal plants, with a focus on common weeds that are found globally.

    While I cannot get into the who, what, where, or why they were doing that training (nor provide you with pictures due to operational security), I’m glad to share a bit of what I told the team about the virtues of weeds that we all probably see every day. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 25, 2013

    Fire Building: 5 Myths of Friction Fire - 0

    Friction fire building has been surrounded by legend, story, and myth for all of recorded history. Our ancestors probably struggled to grasp the inexplicable way that fire sprang from otherwise lifeless pieces of wood. Although many of these tales convey culture and heritage, there are still a number of technical myths that seem to haunt the art of friction fire. It’s high time we laid some of these myths to rest. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 24, 2013

    Survival Skills: 10 Most Nutritious Fall Wild Edible Plants - 3

    Fall has the biggest wild food payoff of the year. High calorie nuts, seeds, fruits and berries can be easily foraged. These foods can provide you with a valuable emergency energy supply or a tasty snack on your next hunt or hike. Here are your 10 best bets for fall foraging. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 20, 2013

    The 5 Most Important Types of Survival Training - 4

    I believe the five most important types of self-reliance and survival training are: 1) shooting, 2) first aid, 3) martial arts, 4) wilderness survival, and 5) food production.

    Why bother? For me, it’s not about prepping for a financial collapse or a zombie-pocalypse, it’s about helping my family and then being in a position to help others. And even if I'm never in a dire survival situation, I’ll still be better off for the time and energy that has been invested in training.

    Shooting  [ Read Full Post ]

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