Speaking of Harvey Wiensten. Don’t be a scuz bag.

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Simple rule don’t get all rapey/sexual assault and stuff just because they can “get away with it for a time”  Women be truly brave and call out those assholes.  Learn welding so you are not beholden to those types of men.  There are a lot of great guys that will not require you to serve these types sexual predators.  If the man in your life won’t protect you then you must protect yourself.  Trust me carrying even a small 9mm can give you all sorts of confidence.

I was in the ARMY and no man thought a bought sexually harassing me. I had a gun and 50 big brothers that made that shit stop.

Speaking of Harvey Wiensten. Don’t be a scuz bag.

Simple rule don’t get all rapey/sexual assault and stuff just because they can “get away with it for a time”  Women be truly brave and call out those assholes.  Learn welding so you are not beholden to those types of men.  There are a lot of great guys that will not require you to serve these types sexual predators.  If the man in your life won’t protect you then you must protect yourself.  Trust me carrying even a small 9mm can give you all sorts of confidence.

I was in the ARMY and no man thought a bought sexually harassing me. I had a gun and 50 big brothers that made that shit stop.

Speaking of Harvey Wiensten. Don’t be a scuz bag.

Simple rule don’t get all rapey/sexual assault and stuff just because they can “get away with it for a time”  Women be truly brave and call out those assholes.  Learn welding so you are not beholden to those types of men.  There are a lot of great guys that will not require you to serve these types sexual predators.  If the man in your life won’t protect you then you must protect yourself.  Trust me carrying even a small 9mm can give you all sorts of confidence.

I was in the ARMY and no man thought a bought sexually harassing me. I had a gun and 50 big brothers that made that shit stop.

Window install starting soon…

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Got a call from the contractor that the windows are now on hand ready to install, no later than  Monday the 23rd of October.  The Windows will be installed first (will take a couple of days)  and then the contractor can start on the siding project.  The weather here is okay about freezing at night but into the low 70’s during the day.  With the wood fireplace and a few space heaters Mom and I should stay plenty warm during the install.

More good news the fire wood guy that my Contractor recommend will deliver a cord of apple/cherry and then a cord of red fir for only  $ 160.00 per cord on Thursday the 19th.  That gives me time to build the basic fire wood boxes and measure the cord of wood delivered.  Two full cords of wood (4 ft. wide x 8 ft. long and 4 ft. tall)  is a lot of wood.  If it is just a “face” cord I will keep the order of Pine active and build more firewood storage! Apple and cherry are very nice burning hardwoods and Red/Douglass fir is about the best you can do for fire wood here in Idaho for a reasonable price.

Mom has been feeding some of the local alley cats that seem to be good “mousers”. The cats seem to like the new woodpile area.  I have the basement shelves built out of hollow core doors that might make a good cat box with just a little bit of blocking.  The area for the cats is fairly well protected from wind and dogs.  The cats have already adopted it as their space.  My cat Smokey seems to be good with the arrangement so far….

I started cleaning out the garden beds.  I tossed all the night shade plants in the wheelbarrow to be dumped and all the broccoli and cauliflower plants went to the chickens.  Tucker the peke (my digger dog) seemed a bit confused that we weren’t yelling at him for digging in the garden beds.  Tucker did not even try to dig up any of my Marigolds when given an open batch of dirt to dig in!  I suppose when your eye level is only 12 inches off the ground your perspective changes.

On to food prep I got a great buy on Pork chops.  Albertsons had them for $1.29 per pound this week.  So we have a good stockpile of frozen meats.  I still want to buy a small turkey in 10-13 pound rage but other than that we are good to go!

A Look At What Sustainable Survival Means. Or, Learning From History.

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A Look At What Sustainable Survival Means. Or, Learning From History.

The fur trade in America’s west lasted just 15 years, from 1825 to 1840. Why do I choose to use this place for this article? Because this event in this time period better explains the point I am trying to make.

These Rocky Mountain trappers did not travel on foot unless for some reason they had no choice. They needed a horse to get around & they needed more horses to carry the beaver pelts that they trapped & the steel traps themselves. The Rocky Mountains were & probably still are a formidable place. The biggest danger to the trapper’s survival was unfriendly Indians such as the Blackfoot, & the grizzly bear.


In this period of time the percussion gun became available, but the Mountain Men refused to use these more efficient guns because in the wilderness situation they were in, they were not reliable. Once a year traders would travel to the Rocky Mountains with supplies to trade for beaver skins, but they could not sell the percussion gun, there were simply too many things that could go wrong with this newer gun, & they were isolated for 12 months at a time. The flintlock however was reliable; it was one way or another sustainable. That flintlock was the only gun or rifle they carried although some may also have been carrying flintlock pistols.

The rest of their equipment also needed to be sustainable; they could not afford to carry anything that was not of the best quality. The ordinary butcher knife was their hunting knife, the tomahawk along with the hunting knife served as a working tool & for defence. The trade kettle served for the cooking of stews as a change from roasted meat. They carried flint & steel for making fire because again it was the most reliable & sustainable method available to them. They could also make fire using the lock of their flintlock gun.

So perhaps you might think about what equipment you have at the moment, or if you have not yet purchased any survival equipment intended for long term survival, you might consider purchasing the older style more sustainable items instead of the modern gadgetry that is not sustainable & will eventually let you down.

Difficult to say how many trappers actually survived until the end of this western fur trade, but we do know that some decided to stay in the mountains, & that others returned to the cities. History records that some of the notable trappers died in a very short time from catching a virus after returning to the city!

Keith.

Winter is Coming: Here’s What You Need to Know

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The first cold front of winter has arrived.

After spending 2 1/2 years living in a tropical climate, I’m incredibly thrilled to be spending this winter in a place that’s cold. There’s just one problem: our furnace isn’t working.

As we wait for the repairman to arrive, I’ve got a couple of thoughts running through my head about prepping for winter. Obviously, I’m a little behind on winter preps. After all, I didn’t realize the furnace was going to give me trouble until it was too late. Luckily, I am a prepper, and spending a night or two without heat hasn’t been a problem.

Here’s why.

I plan to not have electricity. 
When I prep, I don’t necessarily follow a list or guideline developed by another writer. Don’t get me wrong: having information from other preppers and writers is absolutely fantastic, but lists are just general ideas. Each family is completely different and each family’s circumstances are different. Because of this, the way each person preps is going to vary.

One of the first things I think about when I’m planning how to prep for each season is, What if I don’t have electricity? Many preppers plan activities to do if they’re stuck at home, but not everyone thinks about how they’ll manage without a microwave, without a computer, without a stove. When I’m planning how I’ll prepare for winter, I aim to figure out ways to eat that don’t require electricity. I find ways to get around my house without lights. I even figure out how we’ll stay warm without the furnace.

I plan to not have a car.
Although I do have regular access to transportation, this could change at any time. All it takes is one misplaced tree branch to put an end to driving, so when I’m prepping, I plan to be stuck on foot. When it comes to winter prepping, this means that each person in my family has warm winter gear available. If there’s an emergency, there won’t be time for one last trip to the store. We also keep sturdy backpacks available in case we need to evacuate the area quickly.

I plan to use what I have available.
Finally, I plan to make use of what I have on hand. This means I keep a well-stocked pantry, but it also means I use that pantry. I don’t buy random cans of veggies because they’re on sale. When I buy something, I learn how to cook it and use it. Ideally, I’ll learn several recipes for each product I purchase. I also plan to have easy snacks and meals available that don’t require heat or cooking in case we do lose electricity.

When you plan how you’ll prep for winter, it’s important that you consider your personal lifestyle, as well as how you’ll take care of your family if the things you normally rely on (like electricity and your car) are no longer available. Something as simple as keeping extra blankets on hand can make a huge difference in how your family handles a power-outage.

Winter is Coming: Here’s What You Need to Know

The first cold front of winter has arrived.

After spending 2 1/2 years living in a tropical climate, I’m incredibly thrilled to be spending this winter in a place that’s cold. There’s just one problem: our furnace isn’t working.

As we wait for the repairman to arrive, I’ve got a couple of thoughts running through my head about prepping for winter. Obviously, I’m a little behind on winter preps. After all, I didn’t realize the furnace was going to give me trouble until it was too late. Luckily, I am a prepper, and spending a night or two without heat hasn’t been a problem.

Here’s why.

I plan to not have electricity. 
When I prep, I don’t necessarily follow a list or guideline developed by another writer. Don’t get me wrong: having information from other preppers and writers is absolutely fantastic, but lists are just general ideas. Each family is completely different and each family’s circumstances are different. Because of this, the way each person preps is going to vary.

One of the first things I think about when I’m planning how to prep for each season is, What if I don’t have electricity? Many preppers plan activities to do if they’re stuck at home, but not everyone thinks about how they’ll manage without a microwave, without a computer, without a stove. When I’m planning how I’ll prepare for winter, I aim to figure out ways to eat that don’t require electricity. I find ways to get around my house without lights. I even figure out how we’ll stay warm without the furnace.

I plan to not have a car.
Although I do have regular access to transportation, this could change at any time. All it takes is one misplaced tree branch to put an end to driving, so when I’m prepping, I plan to be stuck on foot. When it comes to winter prepping, this means that each person in my family has warm winter gear available. If there’s an emergency, there won’t be time for one last trip to the store. We also keep sturdy backpacks available in case we need to evacuate the area quickly.

I plan to use what I have available.
Finally, I plan to make use of what I have on hand. This means I keep a well-stocked pantry, but it also means I use that pantry. I don’t buy random cans of veggies because they’re on sale. When I buy something, I learn how to cook it and use it. Ideally, I’ll learn several recipes for each product I purchase. I also plan to have easy snacks and meals available that don’t require heat or cooking in case we do lose electricity.

When you plan how you’ll prep for winter, it’s important that you consider your personal lifestyle, as well as how you’ll take care of your family if the things you normally rely on (like electricity and your car) are no longer available. Something as simple as keeping extra blankets on hand can make a huge difference in how your family handles a power-outage.

Winter is Coming: Here’s What You Need to Know

The first cold front of winter has arrived.

After spending 2 1/2 years living in a tropical climate, I’m incredibly thrilled to be spending this winter in a place that’s cold. There’s just one problem: our furnace isn’t working.

As we wait for the repairman to arrive, I’ve got a couple of thoughts running through my head about prepping for winter. Obviously, I’m a little behind on winter preps. After all, I didn’t realize the furnace was going to give me trouble until it was too late. Luckily, I am a prepper, and spending a night or two without heat hasn’t been a problem.

Here’s why.

I plan to not have electricity. 
When I prep, I don’t necessarily follow a list or guideline developed by another writer. Don’t get me wrong: having information from other preppers and writers is absolutely fantastic, but lists are just general ideas. Each family is completely different and each family’s circumstances are different. Because of this, the way each person preps is going to vary.

One of the first things I think about when I’m planning how to prep for each season is, What if I don’t have electricity? Many preppers plan activities to do if they’re stuck at home, but not everyone thinks about how they’ll manage without a microwave, without a computer, without a stove. When I’m planning how I’ll prepare for winter, I aim to figure out ways to eat that don’t require electricity. I find ways to get around my house without lights. I even figure out how we’ll stay warm without the furnace.

I plan to not have a car.
Although I do have regular access to transportation, this could change at any time. All it takes is one misplaced tree branch to put an end to driving, so when I’m prepping, I plan to be stuck on foot. When it comes to winter prepping, this means that each person in my family has warm winter gear available. If there’s an emergency, there won’t be time for one last trip to the store. We also keep sturdy backpacks available in case we need to evacuate the area quickly.

I plan to use what I have available.
Finally, I plan to make use of what I have on hand. This means I keep a well-stocked pantry, but it also means I use that pantry. I don’t buy random cans of veggies because they’re on sale. When I buy something, I learn how to cook it and use it. Ideally, I’ll learn several recipes for each product I purchase. I also plan to have easy snacks and meals available that don’t require heat or cooking in case we do lose electricity.

When you plan how you’ll prep for winter, it’s important that you consider your personal lifestyle, as well as how you’ll take care of your family if the things you normally rely on (like electricity and your car) are no longer available. Something as simple as keeping extra blankets on hand can make a huge difference in how your family handles a power-outage.

Winter is Coming: Here’s What You Need to Know

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The first cold front of winter has arrived.

After spending 2 1/2 years living in a tropical climate, I’m incredibly thrilled to be spending this winter in a place that’s cold. There’s just one problem: our furnace isn’t working.

As we wait for the repairman to arrive, I’ve got a couple of thoughts running through my head about prepping for winter. Obviously, I’m a little behind on winter preps. After all, I didn’t realize the furnace was going to give me trouble until it was too late. Luckily, I am a prepper, and spending a night or two without heat hasn’t been a problem.

Here’s why.

I plan to not have electricity. 
When I prep, I don’t necessarily follow a list or guideline developed by another writer. Don’t get me wrong: having information from other preppers and writers is absolutely fantastic, but lists are just general ideas. Each family is completely different and each family’s circumstances are different. Because of this, the way each person preps is going to vary.

One of the first things I think about when I’m planning how to prep for each season is, What if I don’t have electricity? Many preppers plan activities to do if they’re stuck at home, but not everyone thinks about how they’ll manage without a microwave, without a computer, without a stove. When I’m planning how I’ll prepare for winter, I aim to figure out ways to eat that don’t require electricity. I find ways to get around my house without lights. I even figure out how we’ll stay warm without the furnace.

I plan to not have a car.
Although I do have regular access to transportation, this could change at any time. All it takes is one misplaced tree branch to put an end to driving, so when I’m prepping, I plan to be stuck on foot. When it comes to winter prepping, this means that each person in my family has warm winter gear available. If there’s an emergency, there won’t be time for one last trip to the store. We also keep sturdy backpacks available in case we need to evacuate the area quickly.

I plan to use what I have available.
Finally, I plan to make use of what I have on hand. This means I keep a well-stocked pantry, but it also means I use that pantry. I don’t buy random cans of veggies because they’re on sale. When I buy something, I learn how to cook it and use it. Ideally, I’ll learn several recipes for each product I purchase. I also plan to have easy snacks and meals available that don’t require heat or cooking in case we do lose electricity.

When you plan how you’ll prep for winter, it’s important that you consider your personal lifestyle, as well as how you’ll take care of your family if the things you normally rely on (like electricity and your car) are no longer available. Something as simple as keeping extra blankets on hand can make a huge difference in how your family handles a power-outage.

Upcoming Plans

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One of the cool things about survivalism/ preparedness is that it has so many facets. You can pursue a lot of things within it. That may be part of the reason it has kept my interest an this blog has stayed alive as long as it has. 

Things that I am going to be working on and likely talking about. 
-Physical fitness. I need to get back to my roots here. Reestablish good patterns and stay consistent. 
– Handgun shooting. Specifically shooting, ideally at least one IDPA match a month. 
– Combatives. Keep pushing to improve. 
– Finances. The essential topic almost every survivalist ignores. 
– Organization/ systems. I really want to firm up my heavy bug out and bug in stuff. That will give me a better idea why I really need and an opportunity to get rid of the rest. 
– Caches. I can improve my situation and know most of you could stand to do the same. 
Honesty I’m not going to promise anything in terms of regularity of writing. Honesty the blogs healthy priority is somewhere below practicing guitar and above watching tv so it naturally comes way after relationships, work, school, fitness, jiu jitsu and other work. That’s part of the reason I demonetizes the blog, so I don’t feel like I have to write. Things go in cycles aandnright now it’s a busy life/ slo blog time. 
If this hurts readership honesty I don’t care. I hope core people stick around. Maybe setting up email alerts for posts is a good idea. Anyway be well folks. 

Make a DIY Natural Cleaning Kit

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Create a DIY Natural Cleaning kit. Natural cleaners work just as well as chemical cleaners, but they are better for your health and easier on your pocketbook. There are many benefits to living after the industrial revolution, for example, better living conditions for most people. One of these modern conveniences we are used to is […]

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The top 10 blade types

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Buying a new knife isn’t as simple as just buying a knife. You need to have a plan.

There is something intriguing about a knife. It doesn’t matter if it is a butter knife or a throwing knife. There is a history behind them that just captures the imagination. If you are looking to buy a new knife then you need to ask yourself some questions about what yo are expecting that knife to do for you. After all, not all knives are the same and if you have a specific use in mind for your knife, then you need to plan ahead to make sure that your knife does the right kind of job for you. Let’s take some time to look at the most popular blades that you can have for your knife of choice.

 

knife types pic
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  1. A clip point blade has a standard form except that the back near the point is “clipped” so that it is curved as well. This second edge can be sharpened as well if the owner decides to put in the effort. The sharp point can be used as a pick as well. 
  2. A drop point blade curves in on both sides to a single point. These are often found on a Swiss Army knife. The point on this blade is stronger then the point on the clip point blade, but is less suitable for piercing.  This type of blade is a favorite for survival knives because it is so robust.
  3. If you are using a Westernized tanto style knife, then you have a blade that is very strong because of how it is designed. It has a chisel point that is thick near the point and on the surface quick close to the the points on traditional Japanese blades like the katana and the wakizashi blades.
  4. The spear point blade is symmetrical blade that has a spine that runs down the center of the blade. They may be sharpened on one or both sides depending on your interest. Most throwing knives are designed with a spear point blade as the foundation for their design.
  5. A curved trailing point knife. While this knife also has a flat edge until you reach the curved portion, you will find that this type of blade is best for slashing and slicing because it has a larger belly than many of the other knives you might see.
  6. The standard curved edge with at straight back. This is the kind of blade that you will often see, especially for kitchen knives because it not only provides you with a cutting edge, but with the straight blunt edge on the back, you can provide extra pressure on that flat edge to help you with cutting. They are so common because they are so useful for everyone.
  7. With a needle point blade you have a symmetrical blade that is extremely tapered. These double edged blades are often found on many forms of fighting blades. The narrow point is great for stabbing, but is also very likely to break if it is abused. Along with being called a knife, it can also be considered a stiletto.
  8. The spay point was a blade that was traditionally used for spaying animals before more modern tools were developed. It has a single almost completely straight blade that curves upward at the end to meet a straight clip. While spay point blades are not good for stabbing, they are great blades for skinning purposes.
  9. A sheepfoot knife is a tool that is designed for delicate work such as whittling and trimming the hooves of sheep. It has a straight edge and a dull straight back. It is finished with a dull, curved edge as well. The straight edge is sharp enough for cutting with the assistance of pressure from the curved edge.
  10. Finally, we have the Warncliffe blade. This blade is very similar to a sheepfoot knife, but you will find that the curve on the back edge starts closer to the handle of the blade. It also has a much thicker blade than most other knives of similar size.

 

What kind of a knife are you looking for your needs today?

 

Now that you are aware of the many different kinds of blades that are available, you will be able to get a better idea of what it is that you need for your next knife purchase. Each of the blades that we discussed has a purpose that it is best suited for so you will want to make sure that you are able to find the best knife for you purposes. Within each of these categories, you will still find a wide variety of options so that you can find a look that works best for you as well as giving you the best blade to meet your needs.

The top 10 blade types

Buying a new knife isn’t as simple as just buying a knife. You need to have a plan.

There is something intriguing about a knife. It doesn’t matter if it is a butter knife or a throwing knife. There is a history behind them that just captures the imagination. If you are looking to buy a new knife then you need to ask yourself some questions about what yo are expecting that knife to do for you. After all, not all knives are the same and if you have a specific use in mind for your knife, then you need to plan ahead to make sure that your knife does the right kind of job for you. Let’s take some time to look at the most popular blades that you can have for your knife of choice.

 

knife types pic
Image courtesy of https://www.knife-depot.com/learn/pocket-knife-buying-guide/
  1. A clip point blade has a standard form except that the back near the point is “clipped” so that it is curved as well. This second edge can be sharpened as well if the owner decides to put in the effort. The sharp point can be used as a pick as well. 
  2. A drop point blade curves in on both sides to a single point. These are often found on a Swiss Army knife. The point on this blade is stronger then the point on the clip point blade, but is less suitable for piercing.  This type of blade is a favorite for survival knives because it is so robust.
  3. If you are using a Westernized tanto style knife, then you have a blade that is very strong because of how it is designed. It has a chisel point that is thick near the point and on the surface quick close to the the points on traditional Japanese blades like the katana and the wakizashi blades.
  4. The spear point blade is symmetrical blade that has a spine that runs down the center of the blade. They may be sharpened on one or both sides depending on your interest. Most throwing knives are designed with a spear point blade as the foundation for their design.
  5. A curved trailing point knife. While this knife also has a flat edge until you reach the curved portion, you will find that this type of blade is best for slashing and slicing because it has a larger belly than many of the other knives you might see.
  6. The standard curved edge with at straight back. This is the kind of blade that you will often see, especially for kitchen knives because it not only provides you with a cutting edge, but with the straight blunt edge on the back, you can provide extra pressure on that flat edge to help you with cutting. They are so common because they are so useful for everyone.
  7. With a needle point blade you have a symmetrical blade that is extremely tapered. These double edged blades are often found on many forms of fighting blades. The narrow point is great for stabbing, but is also very likely to break if it is abused. Along with being called a knife, it can also be considered a stiletto.
  8. The spay point was a blade that was traditionally used for spaying animals before more modern tools were developed. It has a single almost completely straight blade that curves upward at the end to meet a straight clip. While spay point blades are not good for stabbing, they are great blades for skinning purposes.
  9. A sheepfoot knife is a tool that is designed for delicate work such as whittling and trimming the hooves of sheep. It has a straight edge and a dull straight back. It is finished with a dull, curved edge as well. The straight edge is sharp enough for cutting with the assistance of pressure from the curved edge.
  10. Finally, we have the Warncliffe blade. This blade is very similar to a sheepfoot knife, but you will find that the curve on the back edge starts closer to the handle of the blade. It also has a much thicker blade than most other knives of similar size.

 

What kind of a knife are you looking for your needs today?

 

Now that you are aware of the many different kinds of blades that are available, you will be able to get a better idea of what it is that you need for your next knife purchase. Each of the blades that we discussed has a purpose that it is best suited for so you will want to make sure that you are able to find the best knife for you purposes. Within each of these categories, you will still find a wide variety of options so that you can find a look that works best for you as well as giving you the best blade to meet your needs.

Becker BK2 Companion by Ka-Bar Review

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When you live in the southern areas, you will know that there isn’t a lot of seasonality. Normally most people are wearing shorts and flip-flops during December. Whenever the air starts to turn cool, people begin to get ready for those fall camping trips and that is where a fixed blade knife comes in handy. We will be covering the Becker BK2 by Ka-Bar.

Becker BK2 Companion by Ka-Bar-1

This blade is made within the USA by Ka-Bar by a true Renaissance man, Ethan Becker. The BK2 is a widely accepted blade as a go to for camping or survival blade for many years now. I am not sure why I am just now purchasing this blade. There are a lot of blades that I would love to own, but I just have not found the time to purchase them. I can officially scratch the BK2 off of the list. This is one that I love as I have put it through some harsh use and I am glade that it was a purchase that I made in then end.

Knife size

The BK2 is almost 11 inches long and has a 5-inch blade. It only weighs 16 ounces so it is quite lightweight for the use that I put it through. The BK2 is actually a pretty chunky type of blade and the pictures of it really did not do it justice at all, as the proportions actually suggest that the knife is smaller than what it is. This was something that I was quite surprised about. This is a great tool for a camp site, back yard use, or in your truck, but it isn’t something that you would want to constantly carry for miles and miles when you are out hiking.

Becker BK2 Companion by Ka-Bar-3

The blade is 6.35 mm thick of high carbon steel. For whatever reason, whenever I ordered the knife, I thought it would be interesting to compare it to my other blades. It turned out that the thickness of the blade is almost comical. When compared to my other blades, they may have been made out of aluminum foil when I compared the thickness to the BK2.The BK2 has a classic drop point shape that comes with a high flat grind with a pretty sturdy tip. The blade is also powder coated and it is heavily textured. The coating actually provides a bit of rolling resistance when you are trying to cut into things until it manages to get smoothed down when being used.

Performance

The BK2 is pretty interesting when it comes to accomplishing different things with a small footprint. It is great for splitting wood and I was able to successfully prepare a stack of wood for a few bonfires. I was actually able to split 4 inch diameter logs easily. You can even carve with this blade. I managed to use the BK2 to whittle some shavings and tinder to start my bonfire, and even carve a few stakes that I used for cooking. Even though the blade is a bit thick and a little clumsy in my hands when it came to serious carving, I was still able to get the job done the first time around. Another great thing is that the BK2 is a great chopper as a well considering the size. This is a shorter knife, so it doesn’t chop like a big fixed blade or axe, but if you have some small chopping that needs to be done, it can do that. For instance, I had to chunk up some large and quite frozen sardines for a fish trap that I had been using. The BK2 cut right through them easily. It is for these reason that the BK2 is great for camp chores such as prepping food, building fires, and any other odd job around the camp site where you need to use a sharp object that could come in quite handy.

What’s the downside?

The only main downside is that the BK2 doesn’t really excel at anything. If you need an ultra fine carving blade or a dedicated chopper, then look elsewhere. If you want a tough, do everything around the campsite type of blade, then the BK2 is a really great selection.  Check out my article on different types of knives.

The handle

The BK2 has a high density plastic handle that is over a full tang (check out my article on knife tangs). This is a super basic type of handle design but it is great for a workhorse type of blade. Ka-Bar spent time with Becker to really get this handle shape to be right, which is why you find it on all of t Becker’s blades. The handle material is lightweight but pretty humble, and quite tough. The finish work that is on the handle is pretty nice as well. There aren’t any sharp edges and all of the hardware is really sunk deep down into the handle. There is also an oversized lanyard hole that really rounds everything out on a generous exposed pommel that you can use to crush or hammer things around your camp site. This is a pretty clean and super high functional handle design. It is really well made.

The sheath

Becker BK2 Companion by Ka-Bar-2

This blade comes with a nylon and plastic sheath. The sheath is really simple, sturdy and even lightweight. It has great retention, and yields a very great snapping sound whenever you put the knife in place. There isn’t blade rattling at all and I am not worried about my blade coming out of the sheath, not to mention there is also a drain hole.

Overall

The BK2 is a really great knife, especially when you start to consider that they sell for less than $100. This is a great high quality blade for the price. It has a simple design, high quality materials, and a high level of finish which makes the BK2 great. Not to mention that it actually works. The handle is comfortable, the sheath is functional and lightweight and it is a product of the USA. This is a highly recommended product for anyone who needs a use all type of blade.

Meet the Changemakers: 11 Leaders in Permaculture and Sustainable Living

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How much damage does tilling up farm fields really cause? A lot, it turns out. American farms are losing 30 soccer fields’ worth of topsoil every minute,1https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/only-60-years-of-farming-left-if-soil-degradation-continues/ and the global food system is careening toward a resource shortage that may lead to dire consequences in the coming decades.

However, losing soil’s natural fertility is hardly inevitable.

Throughout the world, thousands of farmers and gardening enthusiasts are experimenting with better ways to use land — ways that conserve and restore natural resources like water and fertility in a manner that mimics nature’s design. Often falling under the category of “permaculture,” these strategies strive to create farm systems that are both sustainable and self-sufficient (no tilling required).

For this list, we’ve highlighted 11 changemakers working to promote sustainability in the food system. Some are permaculture experts, others are gardeners, educators, and even podcast hosts. Regardless of the specifics, we believe that every person on this list will inspire you to think differently about what the world’s food future could look like.

Sustainable Living Changemaker David Goodman

#1 – David Goodman
Author and Blogger

The author of five books and the force behind the daily blog TheSurvivalGardener.com, David Goodman (known as “David the Good”) is a permaculture enthusiast and an educator on all topics concerning gardening and sustainable living.

Goodman learned the specifics behind traditional farming at an early age on his family’s farm and discovered his passion for permaculture while living in Florida. However, after several years he realized that he wanted to experiment with permaculture techniques that went beyond Florida’s ecosystem, so he moved farther south.

He and his wife now live at an undisclosed location near the equator, where he continues to publish content on his blog and YouTube channel that draws on his 30 years of growing experience. You can also find his content at other places across the Internet, including Mother Earth News, Heirloom Gardening magazine, ThePrepperProject.com, and right here at the Grow Network!

When he’s not experimenting with better ways to grow food, Goodman spends his time painting and making music.

Sustainable Living Changemaker Paul Wheaton

#2 – Paul Wheaton
Founder, Permies.com

Wheaton is a certified master gardener and permaculture designer as well as a hügelkultur enthusiast. Considered by some to be the “Duke of Permaculture,” Wheaton strives to make sustainable living both straightforward and attainable for people around the globe. He is also the founder of Permies.com, the largest permaculture forum on the Internet today. There, he provides members with detailed information about the principles of permaculture through comprehensive guides, articles, and question-and-answer sessions.

Though his passion for plants is evident from his website, Wheaton actually began his professional life as a software engineer. His prior knowledge of coding and design were essential to his forum becoming a success, and he has used his technological expertise to draw attention to numerous other permaculture experts over the years. You can connect with him through the Permies.com forum, on his YouTube channel, and often through personal workshops on his own property in Western Montana.

Recently, Wheaton has been experimenting with rocket mass heaters and developing his own designs for a semi-underground natural building technique that he calls “wofati.”

Sustainable Living Changemaker Jerome Osentowski

#3 – Jerome Osentowski
Founder, Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute

By common consensus, Jerome Osentowski is considered one of the most accomplished permaculture designers in North America today. Known as a forager and sustainable design enthusiast, Osentowski grew up in Nebraska but now maintains a passive solar house in Colorado.

A permaculture designer for over 30 years, Osentowski founded the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, where he successfully farms at more than 7,000 feet above sea level. His permaculture specialty is greenhouses, and he maintains an acre of intensively cultivated indoor and outdoor forest gardens, as well as a plant nursery. These gardens are the foundation of his permaculture courses, which are the longest-running in the world.

Osentowski’s greenhouse designs range from homesteader-friendly to high-budget commercial systems. However, regardless of size, they all rely on ecological principles to trap heat and regulate interior conditions in order to encourage the best possible plant growth. His book, The Forest Garden Greenhouse, presents the principles he uses to bring forest gardening indoors through zero-energy techniques and permaculture design.

Sustainable Living Changemaker Geoff Lawton

#4 – Geoff Lawton
Managing Director, Permaculture Research Institute

Renowned permaculture designer Geoff Lawton has spent thousands of hours teaching and consulting about permaculture, as well as implementing self-sustaining building and garden designs around the world.

Taught by the “father of permaculture,” Bill Mollison himself, Lawton has worked in over 50 countries for clients ranging from private individuals and community centers to governments and multinational companies. He has educated over 15,000 permaculture students worldwide, and his designs in Australia won him the Permaculture Community Services Award in 1996.

Throughout the years, Lawton has established demonstration sites for his permaculture techniques that work as sustainable educational centers. Today, he is the managing director of both the Permaculture Research Institute Australia and the Permaculture Research Institute USA. To access some of his training online, visit GeoffLawtonOnline.com.

Sustainable Living Changemaker Jenny Nazak

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenny-nazak-b44b4a7/

#5 – Jenny Nazak
Author, Deep Green

A longtime sustainable farming enthusiast, Jenny Nazak is a permaculture educator, eco-activist, and community organizer. She has made it her mission to help environmentalists improve their effectiveness in “walking the talk” of personal sustainability without compromising the benefits of financial security, health, free time, and inner peace in the process.

Nazak’s passion for permaculture started in childhood during long walks outdoors, and was furthered during the time she spent in other countries that incorporated sustainable design into their infrastructure. Inspired to make a change in her home country of America, Nazak took permaculture classes in 2005.

Today, she heads up the Austin, TX, Permaculture Guild and offers workshops, presentations, and consulting that help small businesses find innovative ways to incorporate permaculture principles into their practices. Her first book, DEEP GREEN, was published in August 2017.

Sustainable Living Changemaker Jack Spirko

Source: http://www.thesurvivalpodcast .com/

#6 – Jack Spirko
Host, The Survival Podcast

Jack Spirko is the founder and host of The Survival Podcast, a daily online audio show about self-reliance, disaster preparedness, and debt-free living. He is also a passionate follower and teacher of permaculture principles.

Spirko’s career path to podcast host isn’t typical. He spent time in the military and learned technical, marketing, and sales skills as a small business owner afterward. “The Survival Podcast” began in 2008 as informal recordings Spirko made each day during his 55 mile commute to work. Within a year, the show grew from about 2,000 daily listeners to over 15,000, so he developed it into a full-time business.

Today, the show attracts a half million-plus daily listeners and has inspired thousands to improve their self-sufficiency and start taking control of their own lives. The podcast regularly covers topics related to homesteading, personal economics, investing, small business ownership, debt elimination, homeschooling, permaculture, primitive skills, and more.

Sustainable Living Changemaker Matt Powers

Source: http://www.adamcortell.com/ permaculture-matt-powers/

#7 – Matt Powers
Author, The Permaculture Student 1 & 2

Matt Powers is a renowned expert in the world of permaculture and regenerative agriculture, and he teaches gardening and farming techniques to families, schools, and adults on every continent besides Antarctica through online courses, videos, and books. His first book, The Permaculture Student 1, has been translated into over a dozen languages and is considered by many to be foundational to an understanding of permaculture.

Despite his success in the world of natural gardening, Powers never set out to be an author or farmer. Instead, as a young adult, he worked as a recording artist and musician in New York City. After his wife lost her thyroid to cancer, the two underwent a major lifestyle change to better understand the role that food played in their physical health and how to eat the best food for their bodies. They turned to local, organic food, but found it hard to source as much as they needed due to the desert conditions in the Sierra Nevadas where they lived. For this reason, they started taking steps to grow their own food sustainably and with minimal inputs.

After learning the basics of permaculture, Powers grew inspired by the philosophy and implemented the techniques in his garden to great effect. Passionate about spreading the knowledge of sustainable agriculture design to as many people as possible, he became a speaker, writer, and podcast producer who presents information about the practical implications of permaculture for farmers and backyard growers alike.

 Sustainable Living Changemaker Tom Elpel

#8 – Tom Elpel
Founder, Green University

A successful author, builder, educator, and conservationist, Elpel credits his grandmother with much of his passion for outdoor living. As he was growing up, the two of them spent hours exploring the hills of Montana looking for arrowheads and evidence of wildlife. During these adventures, Elpel gained an interest in native plants and the ways they could be used, which inspired a passion for nature and survival skills that has stuck with him ever since.

Because of this passion, Elpel founded Green University in Pony, Montana. With a focus on equipping students to answer the world’s big sustainability questions, the university’s programs offer a unique way to connect the dots between wilderness survival, botany, and sustainable living by integrating them into a set of practical skills that students can apply in their daily lives. Students learn how to harvest wild food, make their own clothing, and thrive in survival situations.

In addition to his work with Green University, Elpel is also the founder of the Outdoor Wilderness Living School, an innovative program that educates school groups through immersive wilderness experiences, helping them reconnect with nature. Through his publishing company HOPS Press LLC, Elpel has published numerous books and videos about wilderness survival, nature, and sustainable living.

Sustainable Living Changemaker Brad Lancaster

#9 – Brad Lancaster
Author, Rainwater Harvesting for Dryland and Beyond

Living in a place that gets very little rainfall has helped make Brad Lancaster passionate about harvesting it. The Sonoran Desert that Lancaster and his brother call home gets just 11 inches of rainwater a year, but the two still manage to harvest over 100,000 gallons on their eighth-acre urban lot. They then use this water to tend to their food-bearing shade trees, numerous vegetable gardens, and landscaped rain gardens. In turn, the trees and gardens provide wildlife habitats, natural beauty, medicinal plants, and more.

Hoping to empower people to make the most of the natural resources around them, Lancaster cofounded HarvestingRainwater.org. He also authored the book series Rainwater Harvesting for Dryland and Beyond, which reveals ways that desert dwellers can transform their communities for the better by making the most of the water that’s naturally available. Since 1993, Lancaster has also run a permaculture consulting and design business.

Sustainable Living Changemaker David Blume

Source: http://www.permaculture. com/node/237

#10 – David Blume
Founder, Blume Distillation

The founder of Blume Distillation, David Blume is a permaculture teacher, entrepreneur, and force for social change for the betterment of the environment. Growing up, he worked with his father to grow almost all the food that his family ate, despite the fact that they lived in the middle of urban San Francisco.

Blume put himself through college by teaching summer backpacking and ecology classes, and majored in Ecological Biology at San Francisco State University. In the late 70s, he worked for NASA on experiments with solar-powered sewage treatment plants. He joined the Mother Earth News Eco Village as an expert in alternative building techniques soon after.

After the 1980s energy crisis, Blume began experimenting with alternative fuel sources like ethanol and wrote and hosted the 10-part series Alcohol as Fuel for PBS affiliate KQED. He also wrote the accompanying book, Alcohol Can Be a Gas! However, the information he presented was so inflammatory to oil and gas companies that they threatened to sue PBS unless it pulled the content, and the network caved. Despite these setbacks, Blume has continued to develop Blume Distillation into an ethanol company that promotes the power of sustainable, small-scale fuel production.

Sustainable Living Changemaker Cary Fowler

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Cary_Fowler

#11 – Cary Fowler
Founder, Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Cary Fowler is the brainpower behind the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is designed to survive any crisis. Also known as the “doomsday vault,” Svalbard was created to ensure viable post-disaster agriculture through seed diversity. It provides the highest possible security for almost a million unique crop varieties and has been described as an “inspirational symbol of peace and food security” for all humanity.

It was Fowler’s suggestion to create the vault within the Arctic Circle in Norway. He headed the committee that developed it and is the chair of the international council that manages its operations.

The vault was completed in 2008, but Fowler was involved in its planning for decades prior to that. He led the team that created the first global assessment of the State of the World’s Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in the early 1990s, and he drafted the first Global Plan of Action for the Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The latter eventually led to the creation of the vault. He is also the author of several books, including Shattering: Food, Politics, and the Loss of Genetic Diversity; Unnatural Selection: Technology, Politics, and Plant Evolution; and Seeds on Ice: Svalbard and the Global Seed Vault.

Want To Meet Even MORE Changemakers…? 

Want to spend more time learning from and supporting the work of changemakers? Consider becoming a member of the Grow Network here. 

And, if you missed the previous articles in this series, you can read them using the following links:

  • Read the first article, focused on sustainable farming, here.
  • Read the second article, about changemakers in natural health, here.
  • And read the third article, about female changemakers, here.

Then, would you let us know if we missed someone?

We know these are just a handful of the many, many people making a difference in the areas of sustainable farming, permaculture, and natural health today.

Please leave us a comment to let us know who else you look up to in these areas — whether it’s a big name, a relative, or your next door neighbor! (Because, yes, we have something else up our sleeve — stay tuned! 😉 )

References   [ + ]

1. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/only-60-years-of-farming-left-if-soil-degradation-continues/

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How to cook without power – need to know info!

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It’s a question we get all the time. “How would you cook without power?”  With the recent natural disasters, we have been getting asked that question more and more frequently.   In today’s post we wanted to summarize a lot of important powerless cooking info so you can make your powerless cooking plan come together.  Make sure you read the whole thing because through out the text there are links handouts, tutorials, videos and more!

FIRST: The short answer… We would use our Sun Oven as much as we possibly could and then rely on our other options that require fuel when we can’t use our Sun Oven.

Why is that? With a Sun Oven you have free, renewable energy. You can even use it in the winter. As long as there is enough sunlight to cast a shadow, you can use your Sun Oven.

We understand that a Sun Oven is an investment and you may want to learn more about it before investing in one. That’s why we are inviting you to a free webinar to learn more about Sun Ovens. The webinar will also feature a deal on the Sun Oven. Even if you can’t come that night, BE SURE to register for it so you can watch it later and still take advantage of the education and offer.

REGISTER HERE

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (8p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. MDT / 5 p.m. PDT & AZ)
DURATION: 60 minutes plus live Q&A
COST: Free but advance registration is required. Register here.

Learn how to:

Bake, boil, steam or roast complete meals which will never burn.

  • Boil or pasteurize drinking water.
  • Naturally dehydrate fruits, vegetables or make jerky.
  • Kill insects, seeds, fungus and bacteria in used potting soil to restore it to its original sterile state.
  • Dry herbs without breaking down the essential oils and vitamins to increase nutrients.
  • Enhance your sprouting during the winter.
  • Enjoy baked roasts and bread all summer long while reducing your utility bills.
  • Naturally, kill bug infestations in grains or dried foods.
  • Easily peel freshly laid hard boiled eggs.
  • Be better prepared for Emergencies.

Sun Oven Package Drawing: Everyone who registers will be entered in the drawing to win an All American SUN OVEN with the Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory Package. The drawing will be held at end of the class.

Register Today To Get A FREE eBook: Everyone who registers will receive a helpful eBook: Emerging From An Emergency What you should do if…? 120 page eBook to improve your likelihood of your survival in Emergency.

We will send you a reminder before it starts but be sure to mark your calendar now so you do not forget. See you then!

REGISTER HERE

Now, onto the powerless cooking info… This is not an ALL encompassing list but it contains some of our favorite tried and true tools and ideas.

POWERLESS COOKING FUELS:

There are a variety of fuels you can use and store. Knowing about the shelf-life and purposes of each of these fuels can help you make a plan for your storage needs. The following handout goes through a few of the most common fuels. Considerations such as the pros, the cons, the shelf-life, 1 month supply and storage limitations are included.

SHORT-TERM TOOLS:

These are the kinds of tools that you can make yourself, or purchase for little cost. These are tools that would probably help you get through a short-term powerless emergency, but may not be all that fun to use long term.

Butane stove: Butane stoves are the best! You can use them inside and it’s just like cooking on a gas stove. The butane doesn’t last forever but it’s such a great and inexpensive tool to have.
For a look at a butane stove on amazon click here

#10 can stove: This is a good stove to boil water on or cook small pre-made just-add-water meals in.
For a tutorial on how to make a #10 can stove, click here
To purchase a charcoal chimney starter, click here

Cardboard Box Oven: This makes a decent little oven you could cook bread or small meals in. The temperature control isn’t great but it works if you’re in a bind
For a tutorial on how to make a Cardboard Box Oven, click here

LONG-TERM TOOLS:

While these tools will also work for short-term situations, they are useful in situations where you may go without power for longer amounts of times. Some of these tools require more of an investment, however they can be used in everyday cooking, camping, and powerless situations. With each of these tools we have videos and explanations on our site on our Powerless Cooking page.

Sun Oven: A Sun Oven uses the sun as fuel to cook anything you would cook in an oven or even cook rice and other meals in. To learn more about Sun Ovens register for the webinar this week

Volcanos:  A Volcano can use propane or charcoal and has different options in terms of cook tops you can go between. To learn more about the Volcano Collapsible Grill and purchase one online with free shipping click here

HERC Tea-Light candles: These are ovens you can use indoors to bake bread or anything else you would cook in an oven. To learn more about the HERC Tea-Light Candle Ovens and get an exclusive coupon code click here

Wonder Oven: Wonder ovens are like crock pots. Essentially they are thermal cookers. You need to bring your food to a boil before putting it in there but then it continues to cook for hours after. For a tutorial on how to make your own Wonder Oven, click here

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CO2 Is It The Enemy or Is it Our Friend, A Historical Perspective

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I saw this chart on an article describing how too much ice in Antarctica was causing penguin deaths.

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/10/16/penguins-devastated-by-unseasonably-extensive-amounts-of-sea-ice/

The World Wildlife Fund said unseasonably extensive amounts of sea ice around the colony in East Antarctica had forced the adult penguins to travel further than normal to forage for food.

 But even though the excessive ice was the shown cause, they immediately return to the narrative of global warming.

 “The impact of this catastrophic event is confined to this specific colony of Adélie penguins, predictions are that the Antarctic will get warmer and this may pose different challenges in the longer term,” Downie added.

CO2 Chart I promised

Movie Monday – Wartime Farm Episode 3

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Wartime Farm


Back by popular demand is the entire series of BBCs Wartime Farm.  BBC’s “Wartime Farm” features the efforts of historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, who run Manor Farm as it may have been run during World War II. The program focuses on all aspects of domestic and farming life of the period, with the team managing livestock, attempting to cultivate unused land, tackling new tools and technologies, and learning the basics of civil defense — all while facing shortages. They face one of the biggest challenges in the history of the British countryside, what Winston Churchill called “the frontline of freedom.”














 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help

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Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up to a feeling I hadn’t experienced in over a decade. As a kid I had mild asthma, and to suddenly feel my breathing become constrained – the start of a very mild asthma attack – was a real wake up call for me. I had almost forgotten […]

This is just the start of the post Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!


Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help

Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up to a feeling I hadn’t experienced in over a decade. As a kid I had mild asthma, and to suddenly feel my breathing become constrained – the start of a very mild asthma attack – was a real wake up call for me. I had almost forgotten […]

This is just the start of the post Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!


Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

POLL: Firewood For Heating

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It’s that time of year when it’s getting colder outside and people are beginning to fire up their wood stove. There is quite a variety of wood species across the nation and chances are that you’re burning firewood that’s native to your region. Some time ago I did some research on various firewood to discover their BTU value (BTU’s per cord). The list was fairly inclusive but not all inclusive. Best Wood For Heating I’ve taken additional firewood varieties from the comments of that article to make a bigger list. So I thought it would be fun to put out

Best Greenhouses: Cold-Weather Solutions For Your Plants

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Lorin Nielsen and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.

Glasshouses, conservatories, nurseries… there are many different terms used to refer to greenhouses. They serve an equally wide range of purposes, too. Whether you’re looking for the perfect environment in which to start out seedling plants, or somewhere that you can maintain the optimal temperature for your succulents throughout the winter, or even something that … Read more

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Best Greenhouses: Cold-Weather Solutions For Your Plants

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Lorin Nielsen and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.

Glasshouses, conservatories, nurseries… there are many different terms used to refer to greenhouses. They serve an equally wide range of purposes, too. Whether you’re looking for the perfect environment in which to start out seedling plants, or somewhere that you can maintain the optimal temperature for your succulents throughout the winter, or even something that … Read more

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Lorin Nielsen and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.

Best Greenhouses: Cold-Weather Solutions For Your Plants

The post Best Greenhouses: Cold-Weather Solutions For Your Plants is by
Lorin Nielsen and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.

Glasshouses, conservatories, nurseries… there are many different terms used to refer to greenhouses. They serve an equally wide range of purposes, too. Whether you’re looking for the perfect environment in which to start out seedling plants, or somewhere that you can maintain the optimal temperature for your succulents throughout the winter, or even something that … Read more

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The Best Ways To Remove Rust From Your Firearms

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Few things in life are more infuriating than realizing that a firearm you spent a fortune on is beginning to rust. What makes it so painful, is that you know it’s probably your fault. You can spend many hours over the course of many years keeping your firearms in immaculate condition. You can thoroughly clean them after every use. But if you slip up once after a hunting trip or a long day at the range, there’s a good chance that you’ll see some rust emerge the next time you use your firearm.

But fortunately, not all is lost. Don’t start pulling your hair out if you see a little surface rust on your firearm because as this video shows, it’s pretty easy to clean up.

And if you’re really worried about scratching up your gun while cleaning out rust, it turns out that an old copper penny can work wonders on an aging firearm.

But obviously, it’s best to keep rust from showing up in the first place. If you’re a new firearm owner, here are the basics that you need to know.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

Joshua’s website is Strange Danger

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How To Select Best Sit On Top Fishing Kayak At Affordable Price

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Best Sit On Top Fishing Kayak

Fishing kayak is always important, and you should pick the best fishing kayak that is easy to move. Also, your best sit on top fishing kayak should be cheap. You must ensure a better selection of a kayak that you can handle properly. Without understanding the kayak features, you cannot identify a good kayak. If you are thinking to purchase a fishing kayak, you should check below features. I will list some common feature that will help you identify a good kayak at an affordable price.

If you don’t know what some common fishing kayak is, you should read this post properly. This will increase your knowledge about kayak selection. If you don’t know how to select best fishing kayak, this will help you learn a kayak selection process. The fishing kayak selection process is not hard but confusing sometimes. People stay confused what features they will search on their best kayak. If you read below-listed kayak features, this will help you learning best kayak selection for you.

How To Choose Best Fishing Kayak at Affordable Price

Material For Fishing Kayak: Material of fishing kayak is important. If you purchase a kayak that doesn’t have any fishing features, then your purpose of buying will be hampered. So you have to pick a kayak that has fishing features available. Both sea kayak and general kayak has a different purpose, you have to understand the purpose, and you should use that kayak for a special purpose. In this issue, material plays a vital role.

The price of a Kayak: If you are searching a kayak at an affordable price, then you have to check product price and features together. Without comparing few kayak together, you cannot ensure best quality product for you. This will ensure a better selection of a kayak at an affordable price. So you must read the features of a kayak and check this kayak price as well. Doing this, you can identify an affordable kayak with best features.

The advantage of Kayak: To get advantages from your kayak, you should know the advantages of a kayak before your purchase. Without understanding the features of a kayak, you cannot know the advantages. So you have to pick best quality features for you that will allow you multiple advantages, and you can use your kayak as versatile.

The weight of Kayak: Weight of kayak is important for a fishing kayak. If your kayak weight is high, then managing your kayak will hamper on your fishing. So you have to understand the purpose of your kayak, and you have to pick the best kayak that is light in weight and easy to manage. Carrying a heavy kayak is hard always.

Final Words: Choosing a perfect fishing kayak is confusing, but you can follow above features and parameters to identify best fishing kayak for you. If you don’t know what some common features that will help you identify a good fishing kayak are, you must read this post carefully and select the right points to identify best fishing kayak.

Author Bio

Hi, I am Barry Robinson founder of boatgearable.com. I studied computer science at Harvard  University & adventure freak. I love to fishing with introducing new adventure. I was blogging since last three years so I love to know how i face every adventure & how to take it easily.

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Free Kindle Books – EMP Survival and more………

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Home Survival Kit: The Ultimate Checklist Of All The Items You Need To Have In Your House Right Now For Survival and Disaster Preparation was a free kindle book at the time of this writing. In this book, we are simply going to walk through a checklist of the specific items that you need to keep in your house at all times for survival and disaster preparedness. Each of the items that we will discuss are easily and widely available on sites such as Amazon, so you should encounter no problems whatsoever in finding them.
Examples of survival items that we will cover in this book include specific brands and models of: -Water Jugs -Water Filters -Solar Chargers -Radios -Buckets -Candles -Fire Starting Devices

EMP Survival Mistakes To Avoid: The Top 10 Mistakes That Will Get You Killed During An EMP Attack and How To Avoid Them was a free kindle book at the
time of this post. This is going to be a very simple and straightforward book that discusses the top ten most dangerous mistakes you can make during an EMP attack, why each of these mistakes are mistakes to begin with, and how you can avoid each of them. The specific mistakes that we are going to cover include: •Mistake #1: You Don’t Understand What An EMP Attack Is •Mistake #2: You Don’t Know How Bad An EMP Attack Would Be •Mistake #3: You Don’t Know About The Different Kinds of EMP Attacks •Mistake #4: You Think An EMP Attack Will Be Over Quickly •Mistake #5: You Don’t Know How To Respond To An EMP Attack •Mistake #6: You Don’t Invest In An EMP Proof Vehicle •Mistake #7: You Don’t Invest In An EMP Proof Vehicle •Mistake #8: You Don’t Assemble The Necessary Survival Gear You Need •Mistake #9: You Don’t Know The Most Dangerous Places To Be During An EMP Attack •Mistake #10: You Don’t Invest In Bartering Items To Trade Following The EMP Attack By the end of this book, you will have gained a wealth of new knowledge on how to prepare for an EMP attack and you will be much better prepared than you were before.

EMP Attack Survival Items: The Ultimate Guide On How To Build A Highly Effective Survival Kit That Will Allow You To Survive An EMP Attack was a free kindle book at the time of this post. This book will discuss how to build your own personal EMP attack survival kit. An EMP attack would, without question, be one of the most devastating types of disasters that could impact the United States. The power grid would collapse instantly. The vast majority of vehicles would no longer work. The supply chain would stop. There would be no more utilities, forms of long distance communication, or running water. The economy will completely and utterly collapse. All the stores in your town will become looted. Your electronics, including your smart phone and your laptop, will cease working immediately as well. Within just a few months, tens if not hundreds of millions would die from starvation, dehydration, suicide, disease, or murder. To make matters worse, the United States government has virtually no contingency plan on how to deal with an EMP attack. This means that the recovery period would take years. During that time, you will be completely on your own. Your life will never be the same again. If our enemies would ever want to deal a truly destructive and overwhelming blow to the United States, an EMP attack would be the way they would do it. To survive such a catastrophic event, you must have your own personal survival kit ready to go.

This book will discuss how to build your own personal EMP survival kit in the following categories: -Food and Water -Powerless Tools -Weapons -First Aid -Personal Hygiene -Fire and Shelter -Communication -Bartering Items In addition, this book will provide recommendations on specific makes and models of gear in the above categories. By the end of this book, you will have complete knowledge of everything you need to have in your EMP survival kit, so you can begin putting it together immediately.

Tiny Storage For Bug-Out Bag!

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This is super easy to do and it gives you tiny storage for your bug-out bag for spices, pills, pins, anything that you can think of that will fit in them. They fit in your bug-out bag great. Do not take up any room at all.
 
You need 2 plastic bottles that have lids. I used water bottles for this one.
 
Cut just under the top of the one bottle and glue it into the one bottle cap. Use a strong glue, like super glue,  etc. You will have the screw part for the other lid. Can open and close easily and tightly.
 
This takes only a couple of minutes to make. I cut off a few of them and had my son making them for me.

15 Videos Show What It’s Really Like Trying to Survive the California Wildfires

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What Was The Damage Caused By Hurricane Irma Infographic

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What Was The Damage Caused By Hurricane Irma Infographic

 

This week I have an infographic on what was the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. I had no idea how bad the damage was in some areas. 

After Irma hit I didn’t really hear much more about it. 

It seemed that the predicted damage was less but I had no real way to gauge that. 

With this infographic from Hunting Mark I have a much more clear picture of the damage done. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Strategic Relocation: How To Find A Safe Haven For Survival

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Strategic Relocation

Strategic relocation is the process of finding a safe, defendable home for your family. Whether you’re worried about societal collapse or natural disaster the location you choose may determine your fate.

Maybe you’re just fed up and ready move somewhere new. You’d like to pick up and start fresh in a new strategic location.

Or maybe you’re worried about the place you live…

But before you finalize on where you want to move, you should choose wisely, you should be strategic.

Relocation should never be taken lightly. There are many critical factors to consider for a strategic relocation. This article is here to help you figure out, understand, and take into consideration all these key factors before you strategically relocate.

Now most articles you’ll read about strategic relocation will focus on all the best an area has to offer – such as the amazing weather or proximity to the ocean or nearby amenities.

But that’s only looking at half the equation.

I’m a firm believer in choosing a place to live might not have the “best” of these but is a lower risk place to live. You can always visit and travel to “high risk but high reward” destinations. But as far as day to day living…give me a safe place.

So with that in mind, here are the main strategic relocation factors we will be covering today:

  • Population Density
  • Natural Disasters
  • Nuclear Considerations
  • Quality Of Life
  • Political Identity

Population Density


It’s no real surprise that a lot of people live in Urban environments nowadays.

What’s shocking is just how many do.

Using the US consensus data, about half of all US citizens live in or near an Urban environment.

One of the biggest trends over the past few decades is how much more congested cities are getting. Not only are major cities getting denser but they are also sprawling out.

But what’s that mean in the event of a major catastrophe?

It means that if you live in one of the “danger zone counties“, you’re at extreme risk of resource depletion due to refugees.

In a worst-case widespread disaster (such as a nuclear attack, EMP attack, etc.) critical resources like power, water, and food are depleted and people (millions) are forced to flee the city in search of resources.

If such a situation does happen, this mass of fleeing humanity will be desperate. They will be severely dehydrated and likely starving.

This urban mass exodus of desperate unprepared refugees from the majority cities has been coined by some a Golden Horde.

Scary stuff. 

So if you have any concerns regarding population density (and you should), you’ll want to remove any locations with a high population density from your list of relocation options.

If you live in a high-density area, even if you’ve taken action and prepared for such an emergency disaster, via water storage and food stockpiling you’ll still have millions of desperate people surrounding you.

So instead of being overwhelmed by this horde of dangerous people, you may instead prefer to strategically relocate to avoid this situation altogether.

See the map below to help avoid these high population density counties (or click on the map to read through the list of counties)…

Map of Highest Population Density Counties in US

And if you do live in one of these high-density counties, I’d suggest you put a solid bug out plan in place. You can read more about bugging out in the following articles:

Bug Out Bag Checklist, Bug Out Vehicle, Bug Out Location, Homesteading.

Natural Disasters


Lets talk about natural disasters. There are several varieties of natural disasters that can affect the United States but most of them are limited to certain regions.

So it makes sense to consider the odds of being hit by one of these major natural disasters to your strategic relocation decision.

The main regional based natural disaster events are depicted in the following map:

US Natural Disaster Map

If you want to avoid relocating to an area at high risk of these regional natural disasters, you’ll have to toss out much of the country.

Now I look at flooding as a localized disaster. What I mean by that is, even if you live in a region with flooding risks, if you can avoid buying a home in or near a floodplain. By doing so you reduce your odds of being affected by those regional floods.

So with that said, the States that carry a lower risk of major natural disasters are Michigan, Montana, and Ohio. While many states have areas within the state that are relatively safe such as parts of Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, etc.

There’s no such place that has a zero percent chance of avoiding natural disasters.

For example, on the map above, Michigan looks safe but Michigan is known for brutal winters and lake effect snow storms. They’ve lost power for days or weeks in the past.

So being strategic when it comes to avoiding natural disasters is not an all or nothing proposition. It’s all about looking for areas of lower risk.

Sorry folks but Flordia and California are not lower risk options. Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Wildfires, and even Tsunamis make these beautiful coastal states high-risk places to relocate.

Instead, choose a lower risk area of the country and visit those high-risk areas from time to time.

Personal Example

That’s exactly what I did.

I strategically relocated to a small town in Colorado where theirs a zero percent chance of hurricanes, a low chance of tornados, low to moderate chance of an earthquake.

My biggest concern is wildfires, which I manage with insurance and defensible space tactics.

Nuclear Considerations


We all know nuclear isotopes is nasty stuff to humans.

Whether it’s a stockpile of nuclear weapons or waste, nuclear energy plants, or a nuclear target doesn’t really matter. When it comes to nuclear if something goes wrong, the further away, the better.

And it’s not only the exact location where a nuclear disaster takes place, with a nuclear attack the other big concern is fallout. You want to consider prevailing winds in your strategic location.

Why? Because you might live in a remote area but what happens if it’s 250 miles due east of a major city? Fallout that’s what.

If a nuke ever drops on that major city, where’s the fallout going? You’re backyard!

Here’s a map detailing many of the nuclear threats/targets throughout the United States:

And here’s a map of the likely nuclear fallout patterns from a nuclear attack:

So as you can see, much of the USA is susceptible to a nuclear disaster either through a direct attack or indirectly via scattered fallout.

Some areas least likely to be affected by nuclear fallout include Oregan, parts of eastern Iowa and southern Wisconsin, Mississippi, Kentucky, etc.

Using maps like these help you make better strategic relocation decisions to try to avoid a nuclear disaster altogether.

Quality Of Life


It’s safe to assume you like low crime, solid education, great health care, things to do and a stable economy.

So if you’re looking to strategically relocate, you want to find a place that ranks well on those “Quality Of Life” metrics.

You essentially want to avoid ending up in one of the worst counties in the country. Counties that have:

  • Low health care coverage
  • Low adjusted median income (median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Highest unemployment rates
  • Low median home values
  • Low high school graduation rates
  • High poverty rates

However, this is a tricky decision because the “best counties” might to too expensive for you to relocate.

So the majority of us are looking for a Goldilocks situation –  not too hot or too cold. Or the best with our financial means.

Extremely expensive places to live are a major burden to the typical American budget. If you’re looking for a place to strategically relocate to but discover it takes a million dollar home to live there…let’s just say that may be outside of your budget.

So for most of us, we want to find locations that are both 1) affordable and 2) not dirt poor.  So let’s start out with a map that shows the Best / Worst counties to live based on our criteria:

worst-counties-map

The key is to focus on counties in the yellow, light blue, and dark blue areas. But be on the lookout for too expensive for you as well. Some of these area’s that offer the “best quality of life” might be outside of your financial means.

Political Identity


This one may or may not matter to you.

For some, it might matter a lot and you’ll use this as your initial strategic relocation filter. For others, you may not even consider this important to your decision at all.

But for those who care, it’s important to understand what the political leanings are of the county you’re looking at. Is it a dark red (votes Republican) county in rural Texas? Or is it a deep blue county  (votes Democratic) in along the eastern seaboard?

A political map help to give you a general sense of how people who live in a county thinks. Most people prefer to live near others who are like-minded – who share similar beliefs in morals and politics.

Here’s a map of the United States – county by county – and their most recent House Of Representatives political voting record:

washington-post-house-of-representatives

Just remember, this is only a recent snapshot. Many counties flip back and forth depending upon many factors. This is a single data point out of many.

If the political makeup of an area is important to you, make sure to visit these interactive maps to sort through more data to help with your strategic relocation decision.

Action Plan

Your Strategic Relocation Action Plan


Here’s the good news, the United States is a very diverse country with a ton of options to consider for your upcoming strategic relocation. The bad news is with so many options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices.

So here’s how I suggest you utilize this data to help you get started and zero in on the best relocation places for YOU.

First, decide which of the following considerations are most important to you and your family.

Is it safety? Is it Quality of Life? Or maybe it’s political.

List each of these factors from most to least important to you.

After you’ve done this, you can then start with the most important factor and start eliminating places from your list. Each time you add the next filter, you’ll start reducing the places that are best for you relocation.

Once you’ve filtered down several times, you’ll be left with just a handful of areas to consider in more detail. That’s how you go from an overwhelming number of choices down to a handful.

A Must Own Book

One tool you absolutely need to invest in is Joel Skousen’s book called “Strategic Relocation“. This book is chalked full of detailed useful information for anyone who’s looking to strategically relocate. It’s a must own relocation resource with a massive amount of strategic relocation information.

Here’s an excellent video that gives you a sneak peak on what this excellent book has to offer:

Did I miss any criteria you feel should be on this list? Where are you thinking about strategically locating to and why? Let us know in the comments below.

Remember: Prepare, Adapt, and Overcome,
“Just In Case” Jack

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Survival Gear Review: Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest Axe

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Growing up we had a what we called a “kitchen axe” that was bigger than a hatchet, but smaller than a felling Gränsfors_Bruk_Small_Forest_Axe_compared_kitchen_axeaxe. It was used for everything from making shavings and small kindling for fire starting, to larger kindling, to splitting small rounds and quarters for fire. The kitchen axe lived just outside the kitchen door, but even found duties with meat prep and game butchering. In fact, the kitchen axe was an all-round indispensable tool that made its way onto camping trips as well.

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Kitchen Axe

I hadn’t thought much about the kitchen axe until I needed just such a tool.  In my stable of axes and hatchetsGränsfors_Bruk_Small_Forest_Axe_perfect_grain_orientation from the short handled Gränsfors Bruk Hand Hatchet with a 9” handle, to my Gränsfors Bruk American Felling axe with a 35” handle. While the extremes in size are nice, what would also be an excellent option is something right down the middle. A axe that behaves as an axe while also behaving as a hatchet. Or perhaps a hatchet that does hatchet things but jumps up to two-handed axe chores when needed. It turn out that there is a class of chopping tools known as the small forest axe that runs double duty as both a small axe and large hatchet. And does both with finesse, skill and elegance.

Related: Review of the Gränsfors Bruks Outdoor Axe

The Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest Axe is an ideal compromise when you need to carry your own tools or spaceGränsfors_Bruk_Small_Forest_Axe_sheath is a premium. With a 19” handle and a two pound head, the Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest Axe will swing two handedly to fell small trees and chop and split firewood, but you can also choke up on the handle and shave wood, carve softwoods, and prep kindling of any size.

Like many of my kind, bug out kit is always on my mind. So having a great dual-purpose chopping tool that picks up where my big knife leaves off lands near the top of my bug out list. Sure, it would be ideal to have the perfect tool for every job, in reality if you are carrying you own load, you want to maximize the utility, and minimize the quantity. So packing the Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest Axe is an ideal choice.

Forged with Love

Gränsfors Bruk is known as one of if not the best axe maker in the world. Each tool is handmade by an expert Gränsfors_Bruk_Small_Forest_Axe_makers-mark_mbblacksmith with years of experience forging custom axes, hatchets, and other edged tools to the point where each Gränsfors Bruk axe and hatchet has it’s maker’s mark stamped into the head. And unlike those axe makers that leave the final sharpening to the end user, Gränsfors Bruk axes are shaving sharp from the factory with the understanding that anyone desiring to own the world’s best axe is certainly capable safely using a razor sharp chopping tool.

Being a smaller axe, the Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest Axe is also a perfect size for those smaller in stature including kids mature enough to use such sharp swinging tools and women who are more comfortable with a tool of proportional size to muscles and swing radius.

The Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest Axe has  a gracefully curved handle of The Answer Water Bottle Filtration Solution 300x250perfectly oriented grain Hickory. Lesser axes have seem to care less of the direction of the wood grain orientation. Ideally the grain visible at the base of the axe handle should be parallel to the axe head. If you check out the inexpensive hardware store axes, you will see grain orientation in any of the cardinal directions. Routinely you can find axe handles showing grain orientation closer to perpendicular to axe head direction than to parallel to it. And even some a perfect 90 degree off the direction it should be. That’s 100% bad. Striking wood with that kind of low quality is just asking for a catastrophic failure.

Value Added

Compared to other axes, this Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest Axe is on the expensive side with a street price Gränsfors_Bruk_Small_Forest_Axe_choppingnorth of $130, but that’s actually on the lower end for Gränsfors Bruk in general. You could easily spend twice that on another GF axe, but spending half that amount will only get you a Gränsfors Bruk ceramic sharpening puck.

Related: Review of the Council Tool Apacalaxe

The generous palm swell knob on the far end of the handle is plenty to hang on to, but hardly noticeable when ignored. The shoulder of the handle just below the bit is streamlined but strong. And the lugs under the axe head cheeks add strength and orientation during the strike. Chopping cylinders and trees uses both the wedge to slice and the wedge to split all in the same move. The initial angled strike of the axe on the tree cuts into the wood while the triangle of the wedge forces the wood chip from the tree body sending it flying out of the way.

The blade cover is the classic bikini Gränsfors Bruk uses for most of its axes. It’s little more than a riveted Gränsfors_Bruk_Small_Forest_Axe_sheath_compassleather edge covering with a wrap-around snap strap that doubles as a belt carry loop. But this sized tool really pushes the limits of waist-carry.

Real Life

In the field the Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest Axe preforms like a champ. It hardly takes up any space and weighs little, but does all the work you throw at it. The minor weight the Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest Axe adds to your kit is more than made up by this tool’s talents. Wrapping your hands around the axe smooth linseed-dipped handle gives you feelings of superpower. Any bug out wood needing work can be handled by the Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest Axe even if the tree is only be nibbled away at by the medium size of this striking tool. Any smaller jobs are quick and painless. So much so that might wonder how the rest of the world gets along with axes too big or hatchets too small.

A true bug out kit has only one chance to do things right. The axe is a tool with thousands of years of Gränsfors_Bruk_Small_Forest_Axe_stampevolution, but one common mechanical purpose. So refining the size and shape of an axe to capitalize on the middle proportions necessary to stretch its capabilities deep into felling axe territory while retaining hatchet-like nimbleness is necessary in preparedness. So put the Gränsfors Bruk Small Forest Axe at the top of your shortlist of bug out chopping tools.

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Basic Steps to Maintain Your Core Temperature

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body temp2In a true survival situation, such as if you’re lost in the woods, the first priority is to do everything you can to maintain your core body temperature. Hypothermia (core temperature too low) can kill a whole lot faster than a lack of food or water. Hyperthermia (core temperature too high) is no fun, either.

First Steps

The first step is to get out of the elements if at all possible. Rain, snow, wind, and even the hot sun can all negatively affect you. Avoid sitting on damp ground or cold rocks. If you have a jacket or something with you, use it as a cushion to help avoid losing body heat through conduction. Insulating yourself from other objects is important when trying to maintain your core temperature.

Our first line of defense is our clothing, of course. Always strive to either wear or have with you seasonal appropriate outerwear. Even a small rain poncho stuffed into a pocket or pack will benefit you should the weather take a turn.

A good quality emergency blanket will also work well. I stress, though, that you should purchase one of good quality. The cheap ones, such as you might find at a dollar store, are so thin and fragile they are all but worthless. Spend a couple of extra dollars and get something durable, possibly even wool. More than one hiker has unfolded their cheap emergency blanket and found nothing but ribbons of material because it had worn through on all of the folds in the package.

Staying Warm

Emergency blankets work best when wrapped tightly around you, like a cocoon. However, they can also serve as a roof for an expedient shelter, keeping the rain and snow off of you. Most of them don’t come with easy attachment points where you can tie paracord (you do carry paracord, right?) but you can make your own grommets, after a fashion. Take a small rock and place it in the corner of the blanket. Fold the blanket around the rock a couple of times, then tie your paracord around the resulting bulge.

A small campfire can also serve to warm you up and dry you out. This is why every survival kit, no matter how small, should have fire making gear in it. A butane lighter, strike anywhere matches, and/or a ferro rod, coupled with tinder like dryer lint or cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly, will make this job infinitely easier than trying to assemble a bow drill or some other primitive fire making apparatus.

If the weather has been rainy and you have a hard time finding dry wood, try batoning firewood. Yet another way is to use a pencil sharpener to carve off wood shavings from thin sticks. That should provide enough small fuel to at least get the fire started.

Staying Cool

But, what if the problem is too much heat, rather than too little? Baking in the sun will dehydrate you quickly, adding to your dilemma. Use your poncho, emergency blanket, or even a shirt or jacket to create shade to rest under. Limit your activity as much as you can.

If you have a body of water nearby, such as a pond or stream, soak fabric and place it on your neck and wrists. I do not recommend you use your available drinking water for this, though. Consume your potable water to keep hydrated.

Maintaining your core body temperature is absolutely crucial to survival. Be sure to have the proper gear with you any time you venture into the field.

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6 Simple Tricks To Survive An Urban Wildfire

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Truly horrific fires occurred over the last decades and centuries. Right now, the situation in California is grabbing a great deal of attention because so many people believed it would never happen this quickly and while other areas of our nation are underwater from hurricanes.

Our environment continues to change, so you can expect more massive fires in areas where they may not have happened before. That’s why you need to be ready to escape from massive fire no matter where you live.

If you are prepping on a budget, you might not afford expensive options. But there are things you can do to protect your assets in case of a huge fire like those that California is facing right now, and be ready to leave your home in your search for safety.

Keep reading for the tips that might change your life in case of an urban fire!

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1. Protect Documents and Digital Media with Fire Retardant Packages

When it comes to safeguarding important documents, many people immediately think of using a safe. But safes are not the beginning and ending story when it comes to fireproofing. In fact, the vast majority of “fireproof” safes on the market cannot withstand a fire for more than an hour or two at most.

So if you leave the safe behind while evacuating a massive fire, everything inside might be destroyed upon returning to the site. Rather than invest your money in a  large fireproof safe, buy one or more small fireproof boxes that you can pick up quickly and put in your vehicle. You’ll have a better chance of moving them to a place of safety without losing the benefits of a fireproof container.

If you are looking for the lightest weight, and most budget-friendly option, choose fire retardant pouches or envelopes. They are usually lined with fiberglass and will not catch fire unless the surrounding temperature reaches 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Before you select a pouch, check the information from the manufacturer about the temperatures that it can withstand, as well as if the pouch is waterproof. A fire retardant pouch is still like a safe in the sense that if the temperatures get too high, the items inside the safe or pouch may still be destroyed by high temperatures even if the flames never touch them.

Fireproof pouches are still very useful to put in a bug out bag or anywhere in your vehicle where you might want to keep important documents that you will need in the event of an evacuation.

Aside from paper documents you can also store cash, USB drives, an emergency smartphone for accessing important files, and other small devices that may be of use to you during the evacuation and afterwards.

Digitizing as many of your documents as possible and storing them on portable drives will also be of immense benefit. Digitize photos, scan books, or anything else made from paper that you don’t want to lose in a fire.

When combined with EMP proof bags kept inside the fireproof pouch, you will add the ability to protect your electronic devices and media from this problem as well as fires and floods.

2. Always Have a Bug Out Bag Ready and in Your Vehicle

Even if you live in a place where you don’t think you would have to evacuate from a fire, it is still absolutely necessary to have a bug out bag packed and ready to go in your vehicle.

Packing a bug out bag in preparation for evacuating a massive fire is not so different from any other situation. You will still need tools and materials on hand that you can use to:

  • purify water
  • obtain food
  • control your air quality
  • manage medical needs
  • defend yourself
  • send and receive information and communicate

At the beginning your tools may be as simple as a mirror, a magnifying glass, a bandana, water cleaning straws, a sewing kit, a knife, a flash light, and a solar powered battery charger.

If you are on prescription drugs, have at least a month’s fresh supply ready to use in your bug-out bag. If you use herbs or essential oils for medicinal purposes you should also have those already prepared and in your bug-out bag.

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Finally,  insofar as the most minimal preparations, have at least one day’s worth of water and food in the pack itself plus a change of clothes, wet wipes for cleaning, and a plastic water bottle. Include edible electrolyte solution (such as Pedialyte), protein powder, and daily vitamins.

Should you find yourself in a situation where you cannot hunt or obtain food some other way; these light weight, inexpensive items can get you through for some time.

It will also help to keep at least 5 days worth of food and water in your vehicle at all times – MREs or other similar pre-packed meals, or store away canned and dry goods that can withstand being in a vehicle for long periods of time without spoiling.

If you do not have room for dozens of plastic bottles filled with water (keep a minimum of four for each person, though to get started), there are collapsible versions on the market geared specifically for preppers.

Choose the clearest bottles that you can find, so that you can set them in the sun if necessary, and use them for UV water purification.

3. Make Sure You Can Access Live Traffic Updates

A fire of immense size – like California fires – can change direction very quickly, meaning that a road you thought would be open may actually be in flames while you are on the move.

You should always watch the fire itself, the smoke from it, and the wind directions, but you still need live traffic updates for your area. These updates will tell you if the road several miles ahead becomes closed off, as well as the possibility of roads that are still open and safe for you to take.

Usually, it is foolhardy to use your smartphone or other distracting electronic equipment while you are driving. But live satellite maps and other views of the region would show you exactly where a massive fire is heading, and it can save you from getting cut off from a vital road way or another path to safety.

Look for apps that can be used for this purpose. Choose a safe time of day to practice with them so that you can integrate them more easily while you are evacuating.

Also, have at least one backup cellular and data sim from a different provider, and at least one unlocked WIFI phone on hand. You should always know how to install the SIMs or operate the phone without one.

4. Do Not Delay Evacuation

Large fires are similar to hurricanes and other environmental disasters in the sense that the sooner you leave the area the better.

Leaving early gives you a better chance to reach a safe location, and it will also help you avoid all of the traffic and other problems associated with large numbers of people trying to evacuate at the same time.

While you may be tempted to wait until an official order comes through to evacuate, it may be better to leave sooner.  Ideally, you should be packed and ready to go as far as needed before a fire even threatens your area.

5. Be Able to Reach, and Thrive in at Least 4 Safe Locations

In these difficult times you might not put even a few dollars away each time you get paid. But it will be even worse if you have no money to travel with and a fire is due to hit your area. One of the best things that you can do for yourself right now prioritize setting aside some travel money. You should have at least enough money to reach four pre-designated safe areas both nearby and at a distance.

Large-scale fires can quickly travel over hundreds of miles, so be prepared to leave the state that you live in, and remain in a distant location for some time. You can use anything from prepaid debit cards that you continue to add money to, or simply set cash aside in a safe place.

As many people have found in Texas and other areas hit by natural disasters, it can take months to years before the insurance companies pay out on the claims, and don’t assume that they’ll pay any faster just because you lost everything in a large scale fire. So, when you  evacuate, be prepared to begin a new life wherever you wind up.

Here are some options that you can try to work with so that you can get back on your feet as quickly as possible while you are waiting for things to resolve in the area where the fire hits.

  • Discuss with friends and family the possibility that your home will be destroyed, and find out who can give you shelter in a time of need. Offer reciprocal shelter in case they are also looking at fires or other natural disasters that can strike their area.
  • Whatever your job or means of support is, either begin liquidating your assets, or look for some other way to make money.  If you have a hobby or any viable skills that aren’t currently being used at a job, think about starting a sideline business.
  • Once you know of friends or family that can take you in a time of need, begin studying the employment, schools, housing, and other aspects of the community. The more you learn about each area, the easier it will be to fit in once you arrive.

If you can’t stay with anyone, then look for alternative forms of shelter in a safe location. Depending on your credit rating, you might get an apartment or some other form of permanent shelter. You can also try long-term stay hotels or other forms of housing where credit checks and job checks are not necessary.

Make sure that you can afford to live in these places until you secure a job or other means of support. Ideally, you will have a sideline income in place before a fire hits that you can rely on no matter where you go.

If you have children, make sure that you know where they are at in their studies, and they can start over again as quickly and easily as possible. Prepare digital versions of their textbooks or anything else that they might need for study, including age and grade appropriate websites where they can obtain study materials.

In addition, once you have your four areas picked out, use social networking and other resources to help your children meet other children in the area. Sometimes having a friend online can make it easier to fit in once your child is physically in the new school area.

Worst comes to worst, your child will have a broader network of friends, which can be useful in helping your child feel comfortable with people from other areas.

6. Disperse Valuables Before a Fire Hits

If you only had one hour to pick all of the things of value in your home to bring along, you might be surprised at how many things you would miss once it’s too late to save them. Aside from things that you really don’t care about and don’t mind selling off, there are keepsakes and other valuables that cannot be replaced, nor can they be judged by monetary value.

Find a way to secure these keepsakes, in a place where it would be highly unlikely for large-scale fires to develop. You can rent a storage shed in another state, or if you have enough land, try to bury your valuables deep underground (note, this is distinctly different from living safely underground in the presence of a massive fire).

Building a fireproof underground shelter that will last for years can be difficult and time-consuming. Look at different building plans, and choose the best materials  before starting the building.

Going through all of your valuables can be difficult and challenging. Once you are done with the process, however, evacuation will be much easier, since they will already be in a safe place. Unlike others who will be dealing with the emotional burden of losing so many valuables, you’ll already be past that point, and better able to focus on starting over again.

When you are facing a large-scale fire, don’t give up on yourself, or your capacity to manage the situation. Make sure that you are ready to evacuate, and to pick up your life as quickly as possible no matter where you wind up.

That’s what being a survivor is all about! Are you able to do it?

This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

Four Simple Methods To Preserve Eggs For The Long Term

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My family loves fresh eggs during the winter, and I’ve learned how to preserve our farm-fresh eggs to last for many months. During our first winter at our off-grid homestead, eggs were scarce, and we had to buy from the store. If you raise chickens, you know how different the taste of store-bought eggs is, … Read more…

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Gardens For Two People-Yes You Can Do It

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Do you love seeing gardens full of vegetables? There is something so rewarding when we plant a garden and we slice that first tomato that was just picked. Cherry tomatoes are like candy to me, but I learned very quickly that I can only plant one cherry tomato plant. They are so sweet and so easy to grow. Here’s the deal, I know it sounds wonderful to have a huge plot of land and harvest enough for your family for a year.

Well, there are a few of us that are now down to one or two in the family. The kids have grown and moved on to start their own story with their family. They will teach their children how important gardens are. But, Mark and I still want a fresh supply of vegetables. We have less than 1/4 acre and yet we can grow enough food to feed 6-8 people for a year.

I remember when we were raising our daughters, our neighbors always teased us because we had the biggest garden in the neighborhood. I really never thought about size, I thought about how much food I could produce. The largest piece of land Mark and I have owned was a 1/2 acre. We had the best garden ever there. But, I also had several hands to help plant, weed and cultivate all the plants we needed.

We also had six people to harvest, snap green beans, peel pears, peaches, tomatoes, strawberries, make applesauce, salsa, spaghetti sauce and so much more. Now, It’s down to Mark and me to produce food in our raised gardens.

I live in in the desert in Southern Utah and the soil is hard rock clay. A few people here have brought in loamy soil and used a tiller to incorporate some amenities into the ground. We have owned several garden tillers over the years, but we no longer want a tiller.

I decided to build four foot by four foot and 18 inches high raised gardens. They are made by a company called Suncast. I have seen better ones but these work great for us now. I no longer want to bend over and kneel on my knees. You have to realize you do have to bring in soil and nutrients to fill those babies, but they are awesome.

The picture at the top will be my next purchase, with the brackets and the wood planks. I have seen them 24-36 inches tall, those would be my dream. The company sells different size brackets depending on how tall you want your garden, just dreaming here. But for now, I have these plastic Suncast ones.

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If you plant tomatoes get really good tomato cages. These are the only ones I use and they are like 15 years old. I bought them from a garden nursery in South Jordan, Utah called Glover Nurseries. Yes, I have purchased many of them, I’m so afraid they will quit selling them. I can’t find them anywhere else. They are rock solid. My favorite tomato plants are Early Girl and Better Boy or Big Boy. Life is good when you can grow your own food. I love to plant spinach, radishes, lettuce, and cucumbers. I have my strawberry patch in one box that just keeps on producing. I do cut them way back in the spring.

I do the same thing with all my tomatoes and squash plants I cut them back and they bounce back and produce more for me to harvest.

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Well, I tried growing tomatoes in large pots, that didn’t work. But I can grow lots of potatoes year-round in those pots. The great thing about potatoes if you buy the right ones as in Organic you will never have to buy potato seeds again. In other words, you will always have potatoes, I mean forever. And if you buy the right ones they will have zero pesticides on them. If you think about it, potatoes fill the belly. Yay! I love it!

All you do is dig a hole about 5-6 inches deep, cut a piece of the potato with a “sprouted eye” looking up and cover it with soil. These potato plants below are actually sprouting from potatoes I missed when I harvested a month ago. I love it. My favorite potatoes are Organic Gold Yukon potatoes.

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My favorite items to start your gardens:

If you have rich loamy dark soil like I had up in Salt Lake City, Utah, all you need is Miracle Grow Root Starter mixed with water, put some of the liquid in the holes you dig  and then place the plants in the holes, water it in and mound the soil around each plant and watch them grow. Easy peasy.

More Things For Your Garden by Linda

Miracle Grow Garden Soil, you can get bags of this at your local hardware or big box stores.
Azomite Micronized Bag, 44 lb
FibreDust Coco Coir Block
Unco Industries Wiggle Worm Soil Builder Earthworm Castings Organic Fertilizer, 15-Pound
Miracle-Gro Nature’s Care Organic Bone Meal, 3 lb.
Espoma VM8 8-Quart Organic Vermiculite

I received an email from Ann over at A Green Hand (.com) she is teaching the world how to garden. She has an awesome blog, you’ll want to read, I promise. She asked me to contribute to an article “50+ Ideas To Build A Garden” in which experts in gardening were asked to give a little advice to help people to get started gardening. A Green Hand 50+ Ideas To Build A Garden I was honored to be asked to contribute.

Please teach your family to be self-reliant and grow a garden. May God bless this world.

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Get Rid of Paper Clutter

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Lack of space is hindering my ability to add to my emergency supplies so I restarted my de-cluttering efforts.  I have two large boxes of files and miscellaneous items that have been sitting around for two years taking up space.  Why haven’t I gone through them before?  Procrastination, that’s why!  I dread going through these boxes because I don’t want to deal with what’s inside. I finally made myself open them and deal with […]

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100 Best Survival Books of All Time

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If you’re reading this, you probably already know the importance of studying books about emergency preparedness and survival, so I won’t bore you with a long intro about why you should read. Instead, I’ll just briefly explain how I came up with this list. Over the past 8 years or so, I’ve read and enjoyed […]

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