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Survival Gear

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A roundup of the best and most innovative survival gear ever introduced.

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Aron Snyder hiked into the backcountry to test water filtration systems.

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Flood Survival

Statistically, floods are the most devastating natural disasters.

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  • July 10, 2013

    Survival Skills: How To Cook With Hot Rocks - 2

    Hot stones have been used for cooking for thousands of years. Three of my favorite rock-cooking methods are frying, boiling, and stir fry. The upside to these methods is that they don’t require a lot of materials from home. Most or all of the gear for these low-tech culinary techniques can be sourced in the field. If you’re a careful cook, you’ll even make some meals that taste good. Seriously, this is nowhere near as nasty as you would think. 

    Warning: For all of the methods in this post, make sure you gather the rocks from a high and dry location, as waterlogged rocks can explode dangerously when they heat up in a fire.  The steam builds pressure in the rock causing it to blow up like a grenade. Also, avoid slate and shale, as they are prone to explosion regardless of where you find them. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 9, 2013

    Survival Gear: U.S. Spec Medium Transport Pack - 0

    Although we all should know better, I’ve seen a harmful trend among the preparedness crowd in recent years—the massively overloaded, heart attack-inducing, mega bug-out-bag. It seems that the bigger the pack, the more likely you are to put a cast iron frying pan in it. OK, maybe I am exaggerating a little, but you get the point. In a quest to save myself from myself, and to help others down the minimalist path, I began researching smaller bags and backpacks that would do the trick. I think I have a winner, and you won’t believe the price tag! [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 2, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Use Yucca - 1

    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 ]

  • June 28, 2013

    Survival Skills: Solar Water Disinfection - 2

    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 ]

  • June 27, 2013

    Survival Skills: Signal Whistle Codes   - 1

    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 ]

  • June 24, 2013

    Survival Gear: 5 Ways To Use A Space Blanket (Besides Keeping Warm) - 4

    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 ]

  • June 21, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: Ultimate Survival Technnologies SaberCut - 5

    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 ]

  • June 20, 2013

    Survival Skills: 7 Savory Ways To Eat Cicadas - 6

    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 ]

  • June 18, 2013

    Survival Medicine: Is There a Field Antidote for Poisoning? - 1

    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 ]

  • June 14, 2013

    Survival Gear: Build Your Own Fire Starting Kit - 7

    Fire building is one of those skill sets that can make or break a survival situation. With so much riding on your ability to produce flame, it makes a lot of sense to plan for your own success by building a dedicated fire starting kit. It’s easy and fun to do, and you probably already have all the stuff laying around the house. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 13, 2013

    Survival Gear: 5 Best Signaling Items - 3

    It’s hard for me to understand why signaling is such an under-emphasized and little practiced survival skill. Signaling is the best way to help a search party get you out of a survival scrape. In the world of survival priorities, signaling is right up there with shelter, first aid, and water.

    With that in mind, here are five important pieces of signal gear that you should have on your person or in your vehicle. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 10, 2013

    Flood Survival: What You Need to Know - 0

    With the onset of heavy summer rains and the 2013 hurricane season, it’s time to consider the steps we might take in the event that we get caught in a flood. Flooding is the most common type of natural disaster—it accounts for 40 percent of all natural disasters worldwide each year and floods kill an average of 46 people in the U.S. each year. Staying safe during a flood takes a combination of proper planning and quick thinking. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 7, 2013

    Wild Edibles In June - 0

    Before the real heat of summer sets in, the month of June can provide a great number of tasty wild edible plants. You’ll have to get a feel for the timing of this season in your area—maybe summer is running early or late where you live. Once you figure that what to expect, and go out to forage, you’ll see that there is wild food everywhere. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 6, 2013

    10 Survival Uses For a Mason Jar - 3

    If you’re a home canner (or a moonshiner), you’re already familiar with the wonders of the mason jar. These old-timey, reusable storage jars are very versatile. But are we using this container to its fullest potential? Here are my top 10 urban survival and wilderness survival uses for the classic mason jar.

    1. Re-pack Dry Foods: Pour your rice, beans, etc. into mason jars and screw the cap on tight to keep bugs, rodents, and dampness out of your dry-food stores. Add food-safe oxygen absorber packs or desiccant packs if you have them. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 3, 2013

    Best Axes: 11 Awesome Axes, Hatchets, and Tomahawks - 9

    Axes and hatchets give you some decided advantages in any outdoor scenario. Compared to a knife, axes and hatchets allow you to gather and split firewood more efficiently, speed up game processing, and create bigger and better shelters.

    Archeology even shows us that our ancestors with axes were able to build bigger and better homes than their pre-axe brethren. The tools to chop bone, split logs and shape wood are an important leap forward in self-sufficiency, and having the right tool for the job can make all the difference. Here’s a round-up of my favorite axes and hatchets on the market right now. [ Read Full Post ]

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