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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 ]
Who hasn’t worked up a lather of sweat doing both favored and dreaded outdoor chores and activities in the summer heat? That familiarity makes it hard to imagine that you can actually die from something as simple as getting overheated. Our ever-cheerful friends at the CDC have stated there are approximately 618 heat-related deaths each year in the United States; 68 percent of which are men (based on statistics from 1999-2010).
Since August is only one week away, it’s more important than ever to monitor yourself and those around you for heat-related illnesses like hyperthermia. The high humidity and summertime temperatures can cause these illnesses to come on fast, as your sweat fails to evaporate in humid weather and the air temps are near to, or higher than your body temperature. Symptoms of heat illness can manifest in different ways, but they are generally divided into two conditions: heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Heat exhaustion occurs when the body’s core temperature goes into a hyperthermic state (you are over 100 degrees F). This condition can easily occur when the air temperature is higher than your normal... [ Read Full Post ]
A frequently overlooked facet of survival and preparedness is dealing with vehicular emergencies. But as anyone in law enforcement, firefighting, and rescue can tell you, people become trapped inside their own cars all the time. You may also find yourself to be the first person on the scene when someone else desperately needs your help.
Even if you are not a first responder by trade, the T3 Tactical Triage & Auto Rescue Tool from StatGear could be a very handy and affordable piece of gear to keep in your vehicle. This multi-tool was designed by practicing New York City paramedic Avi Goldstein. The four main functions of this tool are a combination blade, a hook-style seat belt cutter, a spring-loaded steel-tip window punch, and a five- lumen LED light with replaceable batteries. [ Read Full Post ]
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