What if you had only three minutes to grab whatever you could take from your home, and the...
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Liquid bread. That’s what some have called beer. It’s a drink with life sustaining calories. Just ask Clifton Vial, who survived -17 degree temperatures by eating canfuls of frozen beer when his truck went into a snow drift near Nome, Alaska last December. If that doesn’t sound impressive enough, consider that our ancestors have been brewing for the past 10,000 years, in an effort to create a consumable item that lasted longer than other foods and provided a drinking source in which no human pathogens can survive.
Since ancient times, people have recognized that the consumption of alcoholic drinks was a way of avoiding water-borne diseases such as cholera. Beer was also frequently used on wounds as a disinfectant, and even as a sterile bath water for baby’s first bath. Sounds nice. [ Read Full Post ]
The names pretty much say it all. The differences between a Bug Out Bag and a Get Home Bag are not so much in the gear, but in the application of the kit.
The typical Bug Out Bag is for a situation where you must leave your familiar stomping grounds, and set up camp in a new location. There are usually a lot of backpacking and lightweight camping items in this bag to give you the gear to create a new, temporary home in the event of a localized disaster or a variety of other situations.
Your Get Home Bag is leaner and meaner than the average BOB, and its purpose is clear—to get you home. If you are using a Get Home Bag, you’re planning on camping out in your own house, not in the woods. So, why should you consider having both? [ Read Full Post ]
Clothing selection is a critical part of planning for any trip into the outdoors. This preparation becomes even more important if you actually end up in an emergency situation.
Spring weather can be very temperamental throughout much of the country. From scorching afternoons and cold rainy days to sub-freezing nights, you need a set of clothing that will keep your body at the right temperature all the time, despite the whims of Mother Nature. [ Read Full Post ]
I’m a big believer that you need the right tool for the right job, whatever that job may be – even survival.
With so many survival knives on the market today, and more added every year, I am constantly asked, “what kind of knife is best for survival?” Well, it depends on the tasks you need to perform, I always reply.
This is my breakdown on a handful of different blades and edges and what survival applications they're useful for. Also, I've listed a few of my favorite brands and models. [ Read Full Post ]
There are plenty of do-it-yourself camp stove ideas on the Internet. Some are new and some are classics, but few are as resourceful as the fire can. Here’s a fun little project you can do this weekend.
This simple contraption is made from any cast-off flat can (like a tuna can). You’ll also need some thin snips of cardboard, cut as wide as the can is tall (any length will work). And finally, you’ll require some candle wax, new or old. This wax component is a great way to use up candle drippings or old candle nubs. [ Read Full Post ]
The average “Ten Essentials” list calls for food, as does the typical list of survival priorities. Most instructors and books also recommend that we have food in our bug out bags, 72-hour kits and wilderness survival kits. I’ve been caught without food enough times in the past that I’m always sure to pack food now.
But which types of food make sense in a survival pack?
Certainly your choices will vary by season, terrain and the nature of the survival scenario; but what I’m always looking for is a solid middle ground. Which foods work for hot and cold; wet and dry; short-term and long-term? [ Read Full Post ]
Survival-themed TV shows have certainly become popular programing these days, and apparently the silver screen was not about to be left out of the fray.
A new survival movie called The Grey is premiering Friday, January 27. You can check out the trailer here.
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