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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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‘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." [ Read Full Post ]
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. [ Read Full Post ]
A dull knife in the field can be more of a liability than you might imagine. As you push harder with a dull knife, think about the consequences if you slip and that extra force goes astray. You really need to keep your knives sharp. What if you needed a fire while you’re out there too, and your normal fire-starting equipment is missing or broken? It’s a good thing SOG has you covered with their SH03 Firestarter/Sharpener.
The SH03 is a multipurpose tool that has a flat pad for sharpening regular blades; a ceramic rod for touching up serrated knives; and a ferrocerium rod for fire starting. I’m all about multi-use gear, and this sounded like a great design. After putting it to task, here’s what I found out. [ Read Full Post ]
SOG’s Force knife is the meanest knife in my collection, hands down.
The stout thickness and minimal grind profiles are the secrets behind the strength of the blade. The Force is one of the best-constructed and toughest fixed-blade knives in the SOG knife family. But is it functional in the field? [ Read Full Post ]
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