What if you had only three minutes to grab whatever you could take from your home, and the...
A roundup of the best and most innovative survival gear ever introduced.
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Abundant throughout the U.S., the many species of yucca hold useful attributes beneath their spiny exterior.
These large perennial plants grow from coast to coast, naturalized as far north as New England. Whether you are fighting your way through an emergency, or you are just living off the land because you like it, the leaves, flowers, roots, and stalks of yucca can provide you with valuable food and supplies. [ Read Full Post ]
Largely advocated for developing countries, solar water disinfection is gaining some traction in the survival skills crowd. Imagine an end to boiling your water in order to make it safe. Consider how nice it would be to no longer need expensive water filtration devices or potentially toxic water-treatment chemicals. Sounds great, right? Too good to be true, even… [ Read Full Post ]
As I mentioned in our post last week on signal methods, the humble whistle is a signal device that works day or night. As long as you have the breath to blow it, the whistle can attract attention in foul weather or fair. But like most things, there is more to the use of a signal whistle than just blowing on it until you deafen yourself. [ Read Full Post ]
We all know that wrapping up in a space blanket can keep us warm. These reflective Mylar blankets and bivy sacks usually only cost a few dollars, which make them a great investment considering that the lives they can save are priceless. But besides being a blanket to shelter us from the elements, what other tricks can the simple space blanket pull off? [ Read Full Post ]
If you’ve ever used one of those wiry little “survival saws,” which is nothing more than a length of cable with some teeth or an abrasive surface glued on, it probably didn’t last too long. I remember the last one I owned—it snapped right before I finished cutting the first branch. Those saws are a great example of a good idea poorly executed.
The folks at Ultimate Survival Technologies have never been comfortable resting on the status quo, and their innovative version of the survival saw turned out to be an entirely different beast. [ Read Full Post ]
The roar of the Brood 2 cicadas is starting to die down in our woods here in Virginia. But it’s not too late to grab a few late bloomers and whip up a nutty tasting snack. Yuck, you say? Consider this: Most Americans eat a pound or two of insects each year in processed foods like bread and ketchup. There are even regulations stating the maximum amount of bug bits that a food can contain and still be fit for human consumption. These insect parts are usually abundant in strawberry jams, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, applesauce, and similar pasty products. The most ironic part of the “Food Defect Action Levels” defined by the FDA is that insect parts actually make some junk foods more nutritious. [ Read Full Post ]
Being a fanatic about wild food foraging and field medicine, I’ve often wondered what would happen if those two worlds were to collide. What would I do if I ate the wrong plant or mushroom far away from a doctor’s help? What’s the first aid for that? After years of ethnobotantical research, it’s hard to imagine that I would make a mistake that could leave me poisoned. But, I’ve also been around the block enough times to realize that mistakes do happen from time to time. And it might not even be me that needs help. I may need to care for someone else, who was less cautious than I am when selecting wild food.
This “what if” situation should leave us wondering if there are worthwhile treatments one could employ if poisoning occurs in a remote-area survival event. After much research, I’m afraid to say the prognosis for field treatment isn’t good. [ Read Full Post ]
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