Winter Survival: How to Navigate in the Snow

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By Jeremiah Johnson – Ready Nutrition

[Editor’s Note: As winter rages on, it brings to mind the importance of knowing how to navigate in snow and extreme winter weather. The worst-case scenario in this winter emergency is not knowing the terrain and getting so lost you succumb succumbing to exposure and possibly starvation because you don’t have the equipment necessary for survival. Author, Jeremiah Johnson has outlined the essentials on how to navigate in the snow and what equipment you will need to protect yourself from exposure.]

ReadyNutrition Readers, I have written several articles in the past on land navigation fundamentals and the importance of those basics.  Most of those basics still hold true in the “Winter Wonderland” of the snow and ice: those basics merely need to be modified for the changes of the season.  Once again, as with all things I recommend to you to practice these techniques and familiarize yourself with them prior to something coming up…a significant event where you must do it.  Practice does make perfect, and repetition promotes a good follow-through.

That being said, how hard is it to navigate during the winter?  Well, it is tougher in several perspectives.  First, with snow blanketing the landscape, the appearance of the terrain is changed.  Secondly, the landscape is also physically altered: it is a different thing to walk across six inches to several feet of snow.  Right now, where I live, I have almost three feet of snow on the ground.  The winter weather conditions are another item: it’s a far cry from a summer stroll when you walk into a cold wind that is throwing sleet right into your face in the middle of February.

Know Your Terrain

First, let’s address the appearance of the terrain.  This holds true, especially in wilderness or rural areas.  You can’t always discern natural landmarks, such as a creek or stream that may very well be on your map.  It may be frozen and covered over with snow.  The same for a lake or pond.  One of your keys to success in this area is to thoroughly know the area you will be in prior to these winter conditions existing.  Another is to pick out landmarks that do not change with the weather and that are clearly visible.  A mountain or high hilltop would be a good example, or a river that does not freeze over, or one with a bridge marked on the map that traverses it.

Know Your Pace-Count

You can find your position by relating it to a known and recognizable point.  Next, let’s address the physical alteration of the terrain.  I have recommended that you purchase snowshoes for yourself in the past.  Remember some of the land nav. articles I wrote before?  I told you to measure a 100-meter pace-count by marking your starting point and your finish point with a couple of “flags” or pieces of colored, coated, copper wire.  If you did that (and elevated it above the ground) on a couple of trees…you can use it in the wintertime.

Now you’ll need to find out two things: your pace count with snowshoes on, and the same while wearing a backpack or rucksack.  There’s also a “backup” to help you, and that is to estimate that distance by sight and correlate both your estimated distance and your pace count.  As you’re traversing the wilderness, it would be wise to have a good walking stickwith you…something about as long as your height.  This will help you to test the ground for “soft” spots and help to steady you as you make your way across the snow and ice.

Winter conditions are also a lot of fun – Not! The sun isn’t shining, the wind isn’t calm, and a cup of hot chocolate is not in your free hand when your car breaks down in the middle of the winter.  Usually, it is horrible, to add to the physical and situational stress.  Once again, I exhort you to pick up a good pair of goggles that do not fog up, and appropriate shielding for the face…because the sun won’t be shining, the wind will be in your face, and that mirage of the “Swiss Miss” holding out a hot chocolate for you thirty meters to your front, sitting on the boulder?  That’s a mountain lion.

Make sure you’re dressed in all-weather to combat the weather.  I recommend Gore-Tex from head to toe.  A GPS compass will help, but here it is important to rely on the basics, because batteries do die, electronics can be fouled up by extremes in weather and temperature, and it’s always best to rely on the “primitive” and skills, rather than just try to “game” it with your Android compass app, or some other “toy” that can play a dirge for you if you depend on it and it fails.

Practice stepping out with those snowshoes and learning your pace count with them to traverse the drifts.  It is also a physical challenge regarding water and other supplies, such as food and first aid equipment.  Remember: your other challenges and obstacles do not cease just because you are in the process of finding your way across a valley in the wintertime.  Practicing good techniques with your map, your compass, a proper pace count, and terrain association (matching what you see on the ground with your maps and charts) are the keys to winning in the wintertime, along with perseverance.  A good cup of coffee also helps!  Happy trails!  JJ out!

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition: Winter Survival: How to Navigate in the Snow
About the author:

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

 

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Article – Enough is enough: Tenants join landlord in Bay Area exodus

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SAN JOSE – Tony Hicks moved to San Jose in 1981, but he’s had enough.

Hicks told his 11 tenants he would soon place the three homes he owns on the market. He expected disappointment. Instead, most wanted to move with him to Colorado.

“It didn’t take them long,” Hicks said. “I was surprised.”

This article, ostensibly, is about high real estate prices in California and how it’s driving some people out of the state. Really, nothing in the article that is particularly interesting to people who are interested the sortsa things you and I follow.

But….

Read the article closely. Basically, this guy established relationships with his tenants, who became long-time tenants, and many of them are retired or highly mobile so they can really live anywhere. And…they’re packing up to move with him to a new out-of-state location to continue to rent from him in the new properties he’s going to buy/build.

So…do you see what happened here? This guy, totally by accident, is creating an actual community of like-minded individuals. I’m not saying they’re survivalists, but rather that he’s established these relationships, and gotten to be part of these peol[es lives (and vice versa), to the point that theyre willing to pack up and ‘keep the family together’.

We always think about communities and how they would be started… here’s an example of a guy who completely inadvertently created his own community. It’s rather interesting.

I’m Blonde

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I’M BLONDE, I’M BEAUTIFUL, I’M GOING TO TORONTO!

A PLANE IS ON ITS WAY TO TORONTO , WHEN A Blonde GETS UP AND MOVES TO THE
FIRST CLASS SECTION AND SITS DOWN.

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT WATCHES HER DO THIS AND ASKS TO SEE HER TICKET.

SHE THEN TELLS THE BLONDE THAT SHE PAID FOR ECONOMY CLASS AND THAT SHE WILL HAVE TO SIT IN THE BACK.

THE BLONDE REPLIES, “I’M BLONDE, I’M BEAUTIFUL, I’M GOING TO TORONTO AND
I’M STAYING RIGHT HERE.”

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT GOES INTO THE COCKPIT AND TELLS THE PILOT AND THE
CO-PILOT THAT THERE IS A BLONDE BIMBO SITTING IN FIRST CLASS, THAT BELONGS
IN ECONOMY AND WON’T MOVE BACK TO HER SEAT.

THE CO-PILOT GOES BACK TO THE BLONDE AND TRIES TO EXPLAIN THAT BECAUSE SHE ONLY PAID FOR ECONOMY SHE WILL HAVE TO LEAVE AND RETURN TO HER SEAT.

THE BLONDE REPLIES, “I’M BLONDE, I’M BEAUTIFUL, I’M GOING TO TORONTO AND
I’M STAYING RIGHT HERE.”

THE CO-PILOT TELLS THE PILOT THAT HE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE THE POLICE
WAITING WHEN THEY LAND TO ARREST THIS BLONDE WOMAN WHO WON’T LISTEN TO REASON.

THE PILOT SAYS, “YOU SAY SHE IS A BLONDE? I’LL HANDLE THIS, I’M MARRIED TO
A BLONDE. I SPEAK BLONDE.”

HE GOES BACK TO THE BLONDE AND WHISPERS IN HER EAR, AND SHE SAYS, “OH, I’M
SORRY.” AND GETS UP AND GOES BACK TO HER SEAT IN ECONOMY

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT AND CO-PILOT ARE AMAZED AND ASKED HIM WHAT HE SAID TO MAKE HER MOVE WITHOUT ANY FUSS.

“I TOLD HER, ‘FIRST CLASS ISN’T GOING TO TORONTO.”



Planting a Native Edibles Food Forest

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Planting a Native Edibles Food Forest The move to replace invasive species of plants with natives is a very interesting one. Its an admirable goal that makes a lot of sense. Its beneficial to the environment and the wildlife.  I think we are going to see an incredible uptick in people and businesses pushing for …

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#AskPaulKirtley 62: Fires On Rock, Group Morale, Dangers of Wood Smoke and The Differences Between Traditional Scouting and Modern Bushcraft

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#AskPaulKirtley 62: Fires On Rock, Group Morale, Dangers of Wood Smoke and The Differences Between Traditional Scouting and Modern Bushcraft If you are looking for a guy who really knows the outdoors it is this Paul Kirtley. There is a lot of talk about bush craft skills and surviving in the outdoors. There are some …

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#AskPaulKirtley 62: Fires On Rock, Group Morale, Dangers of Wood Smoke and The Differences Between Traditional Scouting and Modern Bushcraft

#AskPaulKirtley 62: Fires On Rock, Group Morale, Dangers of Wood Smoke and The Differences Between Traditional Scouting and Modern Bushcraft If you are looking for a guy who really knows the outdoors it is this Paul Kirtley. There is a lot of talk about bush craft skills and surviving in the outdoors. There are some …

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Fence Planters: Fantastic & Free Plans To Get More Growing Space

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Does it feel as though you’ve filled your yard, and yet you still want to grow more? Now is the time to aspire to vertical garden options, or to use up those weird spots at the base of your fenceline. This is the perfect time to incorporate the use of fence planters of all sorts, … Read more

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What You Should Have in Your Ultimate Survival First Aid Kit

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

As a prepper, one of the most important things you can have on hand is an ultimate survival first aid kit. Although prepackaged kits are available in almost any pharmacy, relying on them will leave you ill-equipped if the SHTF.

The following lists will help you create your ultimate survival first aid kit. They are extensive, but not all-inclusive. You will have to add items for special needs you, your family, or even your pets may have. Use your best judgment on quantities. However, keep in mind a rule many preppers follow – two is one, and one is none.

The descriptions and comments within the lists are not medical advice. If you want to be prepared if the SHTF, learn ahead of time how and when to use all the items in your kit and PRACTICE with them. A chest seal looks simple, but there is an art to handling and applying them. Celox Grandules are a nightmare in the wind or in rotor down-wash, they are an eye, and throat irritant and take 2-3 minutes to clot whereas the Rapid (or Ribbon) are much easier for the non-professional to handle. Knowing how to use your medical items can NOT be over-stressed.

Primary Components of the Ultimate Survival First Aid Kit

In addition to the items below, include a comprehensive first aid reference manual. Make sure it’s a paper copy. If the SHTF you could be without power, making electronic versions inaccessible. Being able to look up a medical situation you’re not familiar with can make all the difference to the person you’re trying to help.

Item Simple Description/Comments
Adhesive bandages Get self-adhesive.
Alcohol pads/antiseptic solution Used to sterilize areas around wounds.

 

Antibacterial soap For cleaning wounds, hands or anything else that gets dirty or contaminated. Buy high quality grade.
Antibiotic ointment Reduces the chance of infection.
Antifungal ointment Treats fungus infections that thrive in wet and humid conditions
Battle dressing For traumatic wounds where bleeding is profuse.
Blood clotting powder May stop or minimize bleeding, especially in people who are on blood thinners.
Burn gel Helps alleviate pain associated with burned skin.
Butterfly bandages Used to close lacerations.
Compression bandages Used to treat sprained joints. Stock different sizes so you can wrap any joint.
Cotton balls/pads/swabs Cleans wounds and applies ointments. Stock an assortment of styles and sizes.
CPR barrier/masks For protection against exposure to infection.
Eye solution/wash Saline-based, helps remove debris from the eye. Used regularly can keep eyes clean.
Foot powder An alternative to antifungal cream. Powder lasts longer and is easy to apply.
Gloves Protects against contamination and any blood-borne diseases. If latex allergy is a concern, non-latex gloves are available.
Hand sanitizer De-sanitizes hands and skin. Not recommended for open wounds.
Hydrocortisone cream Helps the body recover from insect bites or stings and minor rashes.
Hydrogen peroxide Helps treat gum discomforts.
Instant hot/cold packs Helps reduce pain and swelling. Stock different varieties and sizes.
Irrigation syringe For cleaning wounds. A squeeze bottle is a good alternative.
Large cloth dressings To protect wounds. 5×9 inches is a good size since they can be cut down as needed.
Medical tape Used to secure bandages or to hold medical equipment in place. Try to stock waterproof or water resistant.
Oral thermometer For detecting fevers.
Petroleum jelly For the dressing of burns and small cuts to prevent reinfection or dirt from entering. Can also retain moisture in the skin, especially when it’s too cold. Helps keep heat inside the body.
Roll bandages Have various uses and can be cut into different sizes as needed.
Scalpel Used for minor surgery or to remove excess tissue. Surgical grade scalpels are best.
Sewing needles Helpful for dislodging foreign matter from under the skin.
Sharp scissors Cuts bandages and other materials. Have more than one set.
Splinting material There are a variety of materials and most can be cut to the size needed.
Sterile gauze pads Covers wounds. Have a variety in the kit.
Superglue Used as a waterproof, invisible bandage for small cuts, blisters, and abrasions. Also used for more significant wounds instead of stitches.
Sutures Used to close severe wounds. A good suture size is a 3-0 and above since smaller sizes might not be sufficient.  If possible, have different sizes on hand.
Syringes Can inject or withdraw fluid as necessary.
Tourniquets When used appropriately, can reduce or stop the blood flow through a vein or artery by compressing a limb.
Triangular bandages Suitable for immobilizing dislocations and fractures.
Tweezers Most often used to remove splinters or other tiny objects.
Wooden tongue depressors Used for checking throat obstructions and for splinting small fractures.

 

Equipment and Kits for Your Ultimate Survival First Aid Kit

 

The following list of equipment and kits will assist you in administering first aid in critical situations.

Item Simple Description/Comments
Automated external defibrillator (AED) Small, battery-operated unit used for starting a failed heart during cardiac arrest.
Blood pressure cuff Used to monitor blood pressure.
Burn kit For severe burns, or burns located on more than one part of the body.
Cervical collar Immobilizes a neck due to a neck or spine injury.
Dentist kit Items in the kit include temporary treatments for lost fillings, caps and crowns.
Foldable stretcher Enables the carrying of an injured person.
Locking forceps Used in combination with suturing. They can also stop hemorrhaging blood vessels.
Oral airways Keeps a person’s airway open.
Snakebite kit Generally includes an extractor pump that pulls venom from pooled areas in the body. Cannot extract venom already in the circulatory system.
Stethoscope Verifies breathing and heartbeat.
Suture kit Contains a variety of items you need for suturing wounds.

 

Essential Medications for Your Ultimate Survival First Aid Kit

Include these medications in addition to any pharmaceuticals prescribed by your doctor for ongoing medical conditions. If the SHTF, you may not be able to get to any doctor, or to any pharmacy. So stock in sufficient quantities.

Item Simple Description/Comments
Acetaminophen Reduces pain and fever.
Antacid Temporarily relieves stomach and gastrointestinal pain.
Antihistamine Alleviates mild allergic reactions.
Aspirin Common painkiller and is also used to treat certain heart conditions.
Asthma inhalers If you or a family member have asthma, put one or two in your kit and leave them in there.
Broad spectrum antibiotics Act on a wide range of diseases. Are used when the source of infection is unknown.
Cephalexin Heavy-duty antibiotic good at treating staph infections and other bacterial infections.
Diarrhea treatment Controls diarrhea and can prevent dehydration.
Dramamine Used to treat symptoms usually associated with motion sickness.
Epipen or other allergy medication Prescribed for people prone to anaphylactic reactions from insect stings or certain foods.
Ibuprofen Is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
Insulin If you or a family member has diabetes, ensure your kit includes a good supply of insulin and needles to administer it.
Nitroglycerin This is a treatment for patients with heart conditions.
Prednisone Is an immunosuppressant and used to treat some inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
Stool softener Treats or prevents constipation.
Sugar pills Can quickly raise the blood sugar of a person who has diabetes.
Throat lozenges Soothes throat pain.

 

Handy Herbals for Your Ultimate Survival First Aid Kit

There are many oils, herbals and other natural remedies available. This list provides a few that may prove very helpful in a survival situation.

 

Item Simple Description/Comments
Aloe Vera Treats skin-related problems and burns.
Cranberry extract Primarily used to treat urinary tract infections.
Clove bud oil Alleviates tooth and gum pain.
Lavender oil Helps heal burns and wounds.
Peppermint oil Can release tight muscles. Mixed with lavender oil can reduce itching caused by rashes or poison ivy.

 

Rounding Out Your Ultimate Survival First Aid Kit

This list supports or enhances other items contained in your survival first aid kit. Pack enough for yourself, and some to barter with. Bartering materials are valuable if the SHTF.

Item Simple Description/Comments
Aqua tabs Cleans and purifies water in minutes for drinking, cooking and bathing.
Baking soda Provides relief to bee stings and can draw out excess pus from a wound.
Batteries If you have flashlights or transistor radios or even portable ham radios, have extra batteries on hand in the appropriate sizes.
Cotton sheets Used to create makeshift stretchers.
Emergency blankets Useful in cold weather and for preventing any victim from going into shock.
Ensure Can help with nutritional needs. Some products come in powder form for easy storage and transport.
Extra broad spectrum antibiotics

 

Antibiotics may be one of the most needed medications in your kit.
Flashlights Stock several of these in different brands and styles. It’s helpful if they use the same size batteries. Include a headset type if possible.
Hot water bottle Filled with water, can reduce muscle pain and provide warmth if needed.
Lip balm Treats and prevents chapped and cracked lips.
Magnifying glass Used to see foreign objects embedded into skin making them easier to remove.
Pedialyte Replaces fluids and minerals after a bout of vomiting or diarrhea. Comes in powder form for light and manageable storage.
Pen/pencil and paper Recording vital signs may become essential. You want to track them so you can gauge improvement or deterioration in someone’s condition.
Plastic bags Used to dispose of contaminated medical waste. Can also double as irrigation devices by poking a hole in a corner. Resealable are best.
Pregnancy test

 

Knowing if someone is pregnant can ensure proper nutrition.
Sunscreen Prevents sunburn.

 

Using and Maintaining Your Ultimate Survival First Aid Kit

Now that you have all the items assembled, you have a few more steps.

  • Place items in a durable, waterproof bag. Some have liners inside.
  • Create a list of what’s in the bag, along with any expiration dates. Check the list at least twice a year. Replace anything that that’s missing or expired. Refill medications ahead of time.
  • Become as familiar as possible with the medical kit inventory.

It’s vital that you and all the members of your family learn how to use the items in the kit. Otherwise, they are of no benefit to anyone. Keep in mind that there are common and uncommon uses for items in your medical inventory. So learn as much as you can about each thing.

With this kit you will be as prepared as you can be if the SHTF.

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How to Make Mulch: 12 Plants to Grow for Chop and Drop Mulch

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How to Make Mulch: 12 Plants to Grow for Chop and Drop Mulch An important part of any garden or outdoor landscaping, mulch has so many uses. For the aesthetic, it can be had in all kinds of colors these days and the dyes may scare you just as much as they do me. I …

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The 3 Best Things about Homesteading on LESS than 1 ACRE

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The 3 Best Things about Homesteading on LESS than 1 ACRE The mass of humanity seems to think that you can only live a self reliant lifestyle on 40 acres. Its sad really. They are crushing their own potential to change their lives. There is no doubt that homesteading is a better way of life …

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5 Item 48 Hour Challenge – Gear Tasting Radio 49

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5 Item 48 Hour Challenge – Gear Tasting Radio 49 The hunt for a unique outlook on disaster scenarios is always on. While many things like TEOTWAWKI scenarios cannot be explored in reality things like wilderness survival can. I like the idea of this show because they are taking part in something that lots of …

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How To Get Prepper Fit

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How To Get Prepper Fit I am so glad that we have reached a point in the prepping community where fitness is no longer debatable. There was a time when people thought they were immune to physical fitness as long as they had a loaded .38 and that was sad. Smart people, too! Instead we …

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Survival Medicine Hour: Family Planning, Anxiety and Depression Off The Grid

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Family Planning in Survival?

You’ve heard “Be Fruitful and Multiply”, but in the early aftermath of a major long-term disaster, getting your women pregnant and having babies might be problematic when your garden isn’t doing so well and you need every person at 110% efficiency. But how to prevent pregnancy when IUDs, Birth Control Pills, and other high tech methods aren’t available. Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, tell you what you need to know about natural family planning.

Anxiety and depression are part and parcel of long-term survival

Anxiety and depression are part and parcel of long-term survival

Plus, your may associate a long-term disaster with a lot of gunfights at the OK corral, but you’re much more likely to deal with anxiety and depression than bullet wounds (we hope). Find out Dr. Alton’s thought about the subject as he answers a question from a listener of the Survival Podcast as part of good friend Jack Spirko’s Expert Council.

All this and more on The Survival Medicine Hour with Amy Alton ARNP and Joe Alton MD!

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2018/02/23/survival-medicine-hour-family-planning-anxiety-and-depression-off-the-grid

Wishing you the best of health in good time or bad,

Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-24)

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(1930’s watering corn during great depression)   This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of

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How Do I Love Like God Does?

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     This is an introspective post, so bear with me as I invite you into a conversation I’ve been having with myself lately. I don’t know if you are like me, but I have so many thoughts about the love of God. To begin, I am somewhat jealous when I hear people talking about experiencing the Father’s love in their lives. I mean, I know He loves me; I recognize that He sent His Son to die in my place, and He loves all His creation, and I am a child of God [much beloved] for my faith in Jesus Christ. And I have had those moments of being spiritually overwhelmed with the emotion of His love. But it is not a constant experience. And I have to be honest, there are times when the two most important commandments Jesus declares — to love the Lord God with all my heart, soul, and mind; and to love others as myself — is sometimes hard to do. My flesh gets in the way.
     I want to be clear. Loving others is something I am certainly familiar with. I have been blessed with romantic love [Eros Love]. I know the love of family [Storge Love]. I know Philia Love, the powerful emotional bond of deep friendships. And loving God is not hard for me, by any means. But I yearn to love Him like He loves me — without measure, perfectly, unconditionally, sacrificially, and purely. So I often question if I love Him as He deserves.

     I know that I have probably set unrealistic expectations and goals for myself. Yet, it is clear to me from Scripture just how important Love is. Jesus repeatedly tells us, “Love one another”. And the Apostle John’s three epistles (1 John, 2 John, and 3 John) were written to take us deeper into loving Jesus, to love the Truth of God and cherish it in our hearts, and to show the love of God and His grace to all people.
     And then there’s First Corinthians, Chapter 13, in which Paul expounds at length on the subject of Love. He writes that it should be the motivation of our lives [to get it perfect] until the moment we stand face-to-face with the Perfection of Love, Himself. When I take all of this into account, I wonder if I am capable of loving as much as God and Jesus desire me to.
     And then I hear other Christians saying everything always comes back to the love of God [I agree] and it is all that matters. They will say instead of disagreeing over doctrine, kingdom work, theology, etc. we just need to love each other. I agree that is the second greatest commandment we’ve been given, but I don’t want to be casual about the other commandments Jesus told us to teach and follow either. In other words, I want to put everything in the right perspective, without sacrificing any of my Lord’s divine instruction. So, I guess my real question is, do these Christians understand [and experience and practice] the depth of God’s love better than I do, and are they able to walk it out in greater degrees and with more confidence than I do? Is Love meant to be as hard as it sometimes seems?
     After pondering this for several days, I think I found my answer in Scripture [which is the obvious place, right?]. And I found it in 2 Peter, Chapter One. There, the Apostle Peter tells me that there is a way for me to share in God’s Divine Nature of Love and to partner with Him to achieve it. It begins with my faith in Jesus Christ.  But to arrive at that pinnacle of loving like the Father does is a process. I cannot expect to just declare it and have it be so. Peter actually outlines the steps to get to that state of Perfect Love [or as perfect as it can be this side of Glory].
     It begins by exercising my faith and then adding virtue [goodness, moral excellence] to my faith. Once I’ve got that step down, then I add knowledge [or insight and understanding[ to virtue. I believe that is the download God will begin to impart to you about Himself as you seek Him. Then you add self-control to that knowledge; the ability to control your emotions and behavior in difficult situations. After you have self-control down, the next step is to add patience and steadfastness [the ability to stand firm and unwavering]. To patience, you add godliness [growing more in the image of Christ]. To godliness, you add mercy [kindness, grace, and charity to others]. And finally, when you have spiritually matured through all these phases, you get to the final step, adding unending love. All these qualities increase in you until you are spiritually mature and able to walk in the Love of God. This passage almost seems like an unfolding climb up the ladder of faith, with loving like God loves being the top rung.
      And I believe Paul’s treatise on Love in 1 Corinthians 13 backs this up. When he says that we now just see a faint reflection of the riddles and mysteries of God and our understanding is incomplete, I can identify! I don’t have to understand or question my capacity to love, I just need to keep progressing up the ladder! One day I will perfectly understand His Perfect Love when I stand before Him. Until then, I have faith and hope, which are temporary. But they both originate in love, so if I have them, I have a portion of the Father’s love, and I can grow it as I mature in my walk with Christ.
     I can now see that if we have Jesus in our heart as our Lord and Savior, His love will naturally emanate from us. I can’t love like Him on my own. And I don’t have to get it perfect now. Growing that love in my daily walk is an ongoing process, and I just need to rest in the knowledge that His love for me will transfer to others as I mature in my spiritual walk. Knowing that, I can find joy in the love I have for the Father [and His for love me] while I love others, expecting all that love to grow until I finally experience His Love in eternity. All I need to know is that I am progressing towards loving like my Savior, and I can love because He first loved me!

1 John 4:16   We have come to know [by personal observation and experience], and have believed [with deep, consistent faith] the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides continually in him.

     

How Do I Love Like God Does?

     This is an introspective post, so bear with me as I invite you into a conversation I’ve been having with myself lately. I don’t know if you are like me, but I have so many thoughts about the love of God. To begin, I am somewhat jealous when I hear people talking about experiencing the Father’s love in their lives. I mean, I know He loves me; I recognize that He sent His Son to die in my place, and He loves all His creation, and I am a child of God [much beloved] for my faith in Jesus Christ. And I have had those moments of being spiritually overwhelmed with the emotion of His love. But it is not a constant experience. And I have to be honest, there are times when the two most important commandments Jesus declares — to love the Lord God with all my heart, soul, and mind; and to love others as myself — is sometimes hard to do. My flesh gets in the way.
     I want to be clear. Loving others is something I am certainly familiar with. I have been blessed with romantic love [Eros Love]. I know the love of family [Storge Love]. I know Philia Love, the powerful emotional bond of deep friendships. And loving God is not hard for me, by any means. But I yearn to love Him like He loves me — without measure, perfectly, unconditionally, sacrificially, and purely. So I often question if I love Him as He deserves.

     I know that I have probably set unrealistic expectations and goals for myself. Yet, it is clear to me from Scripture just how important Love is. Jesus repeatedly tells us, “Love one another”. And the Apostle John’s three epistles (1 John, 2 John, and 3 John) were written to take us deeper into loving Jesus, to love the Truth of God and cherish it in our hearts, and to show the love of God and His grace to all people.
     And then there’s First Corinthians, Chapter 13, in which Paul expounds at length on the subject of Love. He writes that it should be the motivation of our lives [to get it perfect] until the moment we stand face-to-face with the Perfection of Love, Himself. When I take all of this into account, I wonder if I am capable of loving as much as God and Jesus desire me to.
     And then I hear other Christians saying everything always comes back to the love of God [I agree] and it is all that matters. They will say instead of disagreeing over doctrine, kingdom work, theology, etc. we just need to love each other. I agree that is the second greatest commandment we’ve been given, but I don’t want to be casual about the other commandments Jesus told us to teach and follow either. In other words, I want to put everything in the right perspective, without sacrificing any of my Lord’s divine instruction. So, I guess my real question is, do these Christians understand [and experience and practice] the depth of God’s love better than I do, and are they able to walk it out in greater degrees and with more confidence than I do? Is Love meant to be as hard as it sometimes seems?
     After pondering this for several days, I think I found my answer in Scripture [which is the obvious place, right?]. And I found it in 2 Peter, Chapter One. There, the Apostle Peter tells me that there is a way for me to share in God’s Divine Nature of Love and to partner with Him to achieve it. It begins with my faith in Jesus Christ.  But to arrive at that pinnacle of loving like the Father does is a process. I cannot expect to just declare it and have it be so. Peter actually outlines the steps to get to that state of Perfect Love [or as perfect as it can be this side of Glory].
     It begins by exercising my faith and then adding virtue [goodness, moral excellence] to my faith. Once I’ve got that step down, then I add knowledge [or insight and understanding[ to virtue. I believe that is the download God will begin to impart to you about Himself as you seek Him. Then you add self-control to that knowledge; the ability to control your emotions and behavior in difficult situations. After you have self-control down, the next step is to add patience and steadfastness [the ability to stand firm and unwavering]. To patience, you add godliness [growing more in the image of Christ]. To godliness, you add mercy [kindness, grace, and charity to others]. And finally, when you have spiritually matured through all these phases, you get to the final step, adding unending love. All these qualities increase in you until you are spiritually mature and able to walk in the Love of God. This passage almost seems like an unfolding climb up the ladder of faith, with loving like God loves being the top rung.
      And I believe Paul’s treatise on Love in 1 Corinthians 13 backs this up. When he says that we now just see a faint reflection of the riddles and mysteries of God and our understanding is incomplete, I can identify! I don’t have to understand or question my capacity to love, I just need to keep progressing up the ladder! One day I will perfectly understand His Perfect Love when I stand before Him. Until then, I have faith and hope, which are temporary. But they both originate in love, so if I have them, I have a portion of the Father’s love, and I can grow it as I mature in my walk with Christ.
     I can now see that if we have Jesus in our heart as our Lord and Savior, His love will naturally emanate from us. I can’t love like Him on my own. And I don’t have to get it perfect now. Growing that love in my daily walk is an ongoing process, and I just need to rest in the knowledge that His love for me will transfer to others as I mature in my spiritual walk. Knowing that, I can find joy in the love I have for the Father [and His for love me] while I love others, expecting all that love to grow until I finally experience His Love in eternity. All I need to know is that I am progressing towards loving like my Savior, and I can love because He first loved me!

1 John 4:16   We have come to know [by personal observation and experience], and have believed [with deep, consistent faith] the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides continually in him.

     

Cold-Weather Chicken Care: Cold-Hardy Chicken Breeds

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WOW! Did we have some crazy-cold weather this winter?!

I don’t know about you, but some of our cold nights had me rethinking my chicken breed choices. Luckily, most of my ladies are pretty hardy to begin with. But my lightweight, giant-combed Lakenvelder rooster and my dear, sweet rooster Rasputin had me a bit worried. And as I discovered, when it came to Rasputin, I was right to be worried.

You can read more about the plight of my poor frostbitten chicken, Rasputin, here:

Read More: “The Tale of the Frostbitten Chicken and Lessons Learned about Prevention and Treatment”

Now, read on for some recommendations to help you choose chicken breeds that will come through the cold with flying colors!

When picking chickens for cold weather, there are three simple things to keep in mind: weight class, feathering, and comb size.

Let’s look at weight class first.

Weight Class

Choose chicken breeds that have a fair amount of fat. Heavier birds tend to have more cold tolerance than lean birds. In most climates, dual-purpose breeds that are good for egg and meat production are usually sufficient for cold temperatures just above single digits, and maybe even a little below, on the Fahrenheit scale.

Consider these breeds for winter-friendly fattiness:

  • Plymouth Barred Rocks
  • Black Australorps
  • Rhode Island Reds
  • Delawares
  • Buff Orpingtons
  • New Hampshire Reds

If you live in conditions where you also have warm summers to contend with, these breeds tend to have decent heat tolerance as long as they are given sufficient access to shade and lots of fresh, cool water.

Feathering

For even more winter protection, choose chicken breeds that have extra-heavy feathering. The feathering gives a few more degrees’ worth of cold tolerance. However, in some conditions, feathery feet may actually be more at risk for frostbite if wet feathers ice over. So, in extreme conditions, take measures to keep your chicken’s feet feathers dry.

Consider these breeds for extra feathers:

  • Cochins
  • Favorelles
  • Brahmas

Comb Size

One of the biggest risks to chickens in cold weather is frostbite on their combs. In warmer temps, combs are actually a cooling device that helps regulate the rest of a chicken’s body temperature. This is why roosters, who often have more fat and more feathering, tend to have larger combs than hens. (Well, that, and because those great big combs are like flashing neon signs of virility and masculinity that help attract the beautiful ladies.)

Unfortunately, in wet, windy, and icy conditions, large combs are a liability. They are more prone to losing circulation from the cold and becoming frostbitten.

Choosing chickens with compact combs, such as pea or rose combs, can cut down on the risk of frostbite. Also, paying special attention to the condition of larger rooster combs in winter is important.

Cold Hardy Chicken Breeds - Buckeye

Consider these breeds for compact combs:

  • Buckeyes
  • Dominiques
  • Wyandottes
  • White Dorkings*

*Note: The Dorking breed may have either single or rose combs. If you are looking for cold-hardy combs, choose the White Dorking with a rose comb.

The really wonderful things about all of the cold-hardy breeds above is that they are great egg layers, excellent backyard chickens, and happen to be beautiful to boot! So, you don’t have to compromise chicken cuteness, productivity, and good disposition, to also get great all-winter birds.

Regardless of which breed you choose, if you live in areas with potential cold conditions, you want to make sure you give your chickens a coop that offers sufficient protection from the elements, while also being well ventilated.

Additionally, you want to be prepared to offer your chickens some emergency cold-condition remedies if you have weather that’s more extreme than normal (as many of us did this year). You can read more about some easy ideas for increasing chicken comfort in winter here:

Read More: “Cold Weather Chicken Care: 11 Quick Ideas to Improve Chicken Comfort”

Also, remember the lessons learned from Rasputin, the frostbitten chicken. And make sure you have a plan for how to prevent and treat frostbite.

In our next installment of our cold-weather chicken care series, we’ll cover methods for keeping water from freezing in the coop. In the meantime, though, you can check out these general tips on winter livestock watering for inspiration.

Read More: “7 Ways to Keep Livestock Water Tanks from Freezing”

Thanks for reading, and please share your comments about your cold-weather-breed favorites using the comments section below.

 

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The Ultimate 30-Minute Travel Workout

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We should never underestimate or neglect the importance of physical training in your life.  This piece is for those of you who travel frequently during the week…overnighters or for a few days, at a distance not too far.  More than 15 million people do this per week.

Truck drivers are self-sufficient folks; however, this article is for them, too.  Businessmen and those who make commutes of about a hundred miles or so with a one to two-day layover by vehicle may benefit from this piece.  What we’re talking about is toting some of your weights with you, in your vehicle.  Dumbbells are what I’m referring to here, with a “short-term” workout you may find to your benefit.  Traveling businesspeople and salesmen are not immune to needing physical training, so this may help them, too.

Don’t Forget to Pack Your Weights!

There are many motels and hotels that we are obliged to stay in, whether directed by our firms (and paid for) or paid out-of-pocket…budget “rest stops” to cut down on the costs.  Most of the time these places do not have weight room facilities or perks: they’re just a room with a roof over your head.  Take a set of dumbbells with you in the trunk of your vehicle and give yourself a workout in the morning.

 Let’s suggest some exercises for you:

Biceps and Triceps Day

  1. Alternating Curl –  3-5 Sets/8 Reps
  2. Triceps Extensions – 3-5 Sets/8 Reps
  3. Wrist Rolls –  3 Sets/20 Reps
  4. Radial Curls – 3 Sets/8 Reps

Chest and Shoulders Day

  1. Dumbbell Bench Press – 3-5 Sets/8 Reps
  2. Dumbbell Military Press – 3 Sets/8 Reps
  3. Shoulder Shrugs – 3 Sets/8 Reps

Lower Body

  1. Abs (Right, Left, Center) – 3 sets of 10 reps (beginners)
  2. Wall Squats (with or without weights in your lap) – 3 sets: 30 to 1 min for beginners
  3. Flutter Kicks – 3 sets of 10 (8-count), with 30 to 1:00 min rest between

These are some good starters for you.  Best advice if you’re just beginning: pick yourself up a good manual on how to lift weights, accompanied by one on diet and nutrition.  Check with your certified, friendly, pencil-armed, family physician when he’s back from shooting 18 holes prior to any exercise program or acting on this information.  T

The point to make is that there are a ton of different systems to pick up that will meet your needs.  For the ladies, I found a system…a set of dumbbells (the Pro-Form Select-a-Weight system) and the dumbbells go up to 25 lbs., but they are interchangeable in increments of 2.5 lbs. and all you have to do is set it to what you want and lift the weights.  Easily placed into your vehicle.

Here’s a picture:

For men, the systems are a little more expensive, if you want this modular type of setup.  I found the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells that go up to 52 lbs., at various prices.

Here’s a photo of it:

 

The advantage here with these modular systems would be the speed and simplicity of changing plates, as well as not needing to have weights shift all over the place when you’re traveling.  If you don’t like either of them, you can always pick up a set of dumbbells with plates that are removable the conventional way.  Tailor your system for your ability to lift, and pack them in your vehicle.  Simple.  Also: you may want to throw in a sit-up bar that clips to the bottom of a door, and a chin-up bar that can be set into a doorframe to widen your scope of activities.

You want to stay in shape even when you’re traveling, and tailor-make a program to fit with your routine of work and rest.  A set of dumbbells can give you a portable weight set to use in the privacy of your room that is easily packed up for when you need to hit the road again.  Stay in that good fight and fight it to win.  We welcome hearing your routines and techniques you’ve learned that can help everyone else out, so please write us a comment.  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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Workplace Preparedness and Uncommon EDC Items!

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Workplace Preparedness and Uncommon EDC Items!

Workplace Preparedness and Uncommon EDC Items
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In this show we will be talking about being prepared in the workplace. We all prepare to protect our families and I would hope that you all carry supplies and a medical kit in your vehicle. I know some of you carry EDC bags, but what all do you carry in your EDC? Excluding firearms and means of protecting yourself, what all do you carry in your EDC and what all situations are you prepared to handle?

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