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No, you are not looking at the new “Game of Thrones” set under construction. Nor is this an annex for a new land at Disney World. This is Doomsday Castle, which is the setting for National Geographic’s first spin-off series based on their hit show “Doomsday Preppers.” I was granted a royal pardon from my day-to-day existence as a commoner, and allowed a rare glimpse at this secluded prepper haven at an undisclosed site in the mountains of the Carolinas. Arm yourselves, both mentally and physically, for I shall take you through my “behind the scenes” look at Doomsday Castle, which premiers on National Geographic tonight, Aug. 13, at 10:00 p.m. [ Read Full Post ]
You might not have these materials lying around the house, and you sure won’t find them growing in the woods, but steel wool combined with a small voltage electrical source, can be incredibly effective at starting a fire when conventional fire-starting methods aren't an option.
First things first, you’ll need to hit the hardware store to scoop up some fine steel wool. There need to be some zeros on the package. The more zeros on the package, the finer the steel filaments are. The finer the steel is, the better it will burn. Four zeros on the label is typically the finest grade you can get. You’ll also need a battery to get this method of fire building to work. [ Read Full Post ]
How foul was the worst looking water that you ever drank? We all want to be choosy when procuring water in the wild, but you rarely see crystal clear streams in environs where water is scarce. Sometimes, the only fresh water available doesn’t look very fresh at all.
I’ve had to disinfect (and subsequently chug) some green-looking water from a ditch in a coastal plains region. I know other folks who have had to suck down water worse than that. In situations like those, purification overkill seemed justified, leading me to come up with a concept for “double disinfection.” [ Read Full Post ]
For those who live east of the Rockies, the pawpaw is a “must know” tree. It’s even a documented life saver. While on the Missouri river, Lewis and Clark’s expedition survived by eating pawpaw fruit for roughly two weeks of their famous trek. Clark wrote:
“By September 18 (1806), the party was within 150 miles of the settlements. It had run entirely out of provisions and trade goods… There were plenty of ripe plums, which the men called ‘pawpaws.’ Gathering a few bushels was the work of a few minutes only. The men told the captains ‘they could live very well on the pawpaws.’" [ Read Full Post ]
There are many different types of traps that can be set to catch a meal for a hungry survivalist. There are primitive traps set with natural fiber snares and rock deadfalls. There are modern braided steel cable snares, foot hold traps, and body grip traps. And though these traps are very different in form and function, they all have the same problem in common—if you’re not careful, human scent will be smeared all over them.
Trapping is never as much about fooling an animal’s eyes, ears, tongue or touch, as it is about fooling their nose. To have any degree of luck when dealing with wild animals, you’ll need to remove as much scent from your traps and your skin as possible. You’ll also need to cover up the remaining scent. Scent blocking spray is nice, but what do you do if you run out or don’t have any? Try these tricks to de-scent your traps with elements from nature. [ Read Full Post ]
Maintaining some semblance of hygiene can be a morale booster in an emergency, and it can be vital to the health of individuals and groups. There are few things as vile as camping out with a group of people and having some kind of gastro-intestinal bug tear through camp because some fool didn’t wash his or her hands. You could contract things worse than that, too, that could create skin infections and cause serious harm.
It’s a good thing that these sanitation and hygiene problems can be prevented with just a little conscientious behavior. Whether your situation is a survival situation or a family campout, you can keep cleaner and safer by following a few simple steps. [ Read Full Post ]
A block of wax may not seem very exciting. In fact, a dull white chunk of paraffin probably wouldn’t make it onto the gear list for most survivalists. But as it turns out, you can actually do a lot of important tasks with this common grocery store item.
Petroleum-based paraffin wax has been around for a little over 100 years, and its discovery may have kept some whale species from being hunted to extinction. Popular lamp oils and candle waxes in the late 1800’s were made from whale fat, which also served many other household and industrial purposes. Whale numbers dropped at that time, due to the high demand for their fat. When a much cheaper petroleum substitute was invented, the whales caught a much-needed reprieve. Today, paraffin is used in home food canning and candy making; but it also has plenty of survival uses. [ Read Full Post ]
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