Important Survival Gear for the Wilderness

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Important Survival Gear for Surviving the Outdoors   Surviving the wilderness is something that can get people thinking about the necessity to try it for themselves. Do not let the word survival scare you as Read More …

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Pandemic Preparedness Guide – Review

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There has been a lot of information regarding the possibilities of a global pandemic. While this is something to be concerned about, not a lot of people have been able to explain exactly why. The Read More …

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ROM Pack – Review

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Recently I have been learning more and more about multi-use items. Food Network’s Alton Brown decidedly is against any “unitasker” and I have to agree. This is what differentiates the ROM Pack from other normal backpacks Read More …

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How to Financially Prepare for Economic Calamity

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We have another guest post. This time from Brittany at Cyberactive Consulting about Financial Preparation. Enjoy! How to Financially Prepare for Economic Calamity Survivalists must prepare for all sorts of situations. One of the most Read More …

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7 Important Items In Your Emergency Survival Kit

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We have another guest post from Mina Arnao and MorePrepared.com. This time we find the 7 Important Items In Your Emergency Survival Kit. — Emergencies like natural hazards can be unpredictable and often leave you Read More …

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Trayer Wilderness Cookbook – Volume 1

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After reading and reviewing How To Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle, I could not wait to see what kind of recipes Tammy Trayer would cook up in The Trayer Wilderness Cookbook Volume 1. It is good to Read More …

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Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle – Review

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How To Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle by Tammy Trayer I would first like to thank Tammy for her willingness to share this information with the public and for allowing me to review her work. I Read More …

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Hiking Boots For A Survivalist

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Another great guest post from Tina Mancini from Delivering Customers. This time about Hiking Boots. Footwear, Are Hiking Boots The Best Choice Of A Survivalist? One of the main things you need to be able Read More …

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SurvivalHax.com Self Inflating Mattress

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Over many years and after having many friends recommending them, I have thought about getting a self inflating mattress. Thankfully, the folks at SurvivalHax.com were gracious enough to let me review theirs. To begin with, Read More …

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Holiday Gift Guide

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I was asked to put together some of my favorite product recommendations for my first ever Holiday Gift Guide. Please enjoy and have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. In no particular order   Griffin Read More …

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Colter Functional Bandana

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It was a pleasure to receive two new versatile pieces of everyday carry from Colter USA. Their bandana is 100% cotton and the two that I have are Know Your Knots and Stargazer. Regardless if you know Read More …

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Top 10 Ways to Use A Knife For Survival – Guest Post

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In an effort to get you more and varied information, we have guest posts. This time we bring you Brian Cox from StayHunting.com. — Top 10 Ways to Use a Knife for Survival Situations One Read More …

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What You Need For A Secure Storage Room

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Another Guest Post today. This one from the folks at Delivering Customers on a Secure Storage Room. Hope you enjoy. — What Should Your Secure Storage Room Contain? The Secure Storage Room: What you Need Read More …

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How to Whittle – Guest Post

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In an effort to continually bring you great information not just from myself, I am pleased to have Nathan Dobson from Best Wood Carving Tools bring us a guest post. Check him out on Twitter as well @MasterCarving — How To Whittle There are several styles of wood carving; the most popular is whittling. This … Continue reading

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Review – Fuel 100 Electro-Bites

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For the latest review, I wanted to continue the thought of both endurance athleticism and nutrition. As a former powerlifter, I realize that endurance athletes need nutrition at a different time than sprint based or performance exercises. Electro Bites fills the gap for long term endurance and replaces the gooey gel based supplements as well … Continue reading

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Review – Glutathione Rapid Boost (GRB)

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With my new exercise regiment, I require certain boosts of energy with both quick bursts as well as endurance type of energy. To give a little understanding to my regiment, I utilize a mix between Spartan Race training and Crossfit. It is during some of my training sessions that I need the quick boost that Rob … Continue reading

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Review – Original Glutathione Formula

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In an effort to become more physically prepared, I have started a fairly strict regiment of exercise, diet, and supplementation. While exercise and diet, or rather eating plan is set, supplements are something I am still testing to determine what works best for my body and daily activity. The one requirement, is it has to … Continue reading

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Sunjack 14w + 8000mAh Battery Portable Solar Charger

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SunJack 14w + 8000mAh Battery Portable Solar Charger Product Review Some of the latest trends we are seeing today is solar powered gadgets. While this is an old technology, harvesting the sun as a renewable resource is on a steep incline when it comes to personal use. By using today’s science and technology, this is where … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Zombie Survival Plan

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Today I bring to you a guest post from Marc White. Marc’s main focus is zombies but you can easily apply these suggestions to all forms of preparedness. Please read Marc’s “The Ultimate Zombie Survival Plan” and check him out on the web at: zombiegeardude.com —– All hell has broken loose. Society has crumbled. Your … Continue reading

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Your To-Do List If The Zombie Apocalypse Happens

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We all have that person. You know the one. The one that says if the Zombie Apocalypse happens they are coming to your house. While I do not advocate this and will not have the debate of your personal preference, there are some people you have to take in like your mother, your children, or … Continue reading

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Jute Twine as a Natural Tinder

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One of the big debates over jute twine and its properties is whether it is considered a natural tinder or a man-made tinder. After doing some research, the answer to the question is clear. Jute is a natural fiber and the process in which we buy it from the store is man-made. But whether this resource … Continue reading

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X-Shot Sport Review

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In the world of modern technology, we are always trying to get a leg up. X-Shot Sport actually helps expand our capabilities allowing us to do just that. While I have seen “selfie sticks” with their trigger or push button mechanisms, I have not seen one that allows me to do exactly what I need … Continue reading

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Paleo Meals To Go Review

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  With both work and pleasure, I am on the go almost constantly. Between running to catch a flight, hiking a trail, camping in the mountains, or coaching softball the one thing that suffers the most is my diet. Paleo Meals To Go has answered my prayers. I started following the Primal Blueprint in 2013 … Continue reading

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TacLace Review

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In today’s environment, it is wise to find things that make your life easier and sometimes even faster. TacLace enables me to do just that. Even though the Minutemen started sometime around 1645 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony as Training Bands for rapid deployment, they were better known to be around the time of the American … Continue reading

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Twins of Prey II: Homecoming

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I have previously read W.C. Hoffman’s Twins of Prey and was very pleased with the story. I thought the skills the twins were using were believable and put to good use. You can read the review here. However, when it comes to sequels, I do not set my bar very high because I believe that … Continue reading

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SkyTech Laser Pointer Review

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Recently, I was approached by SKYTech to review one of their personal lasers. While I did not know where to begin or what to do with a SKYTech laser pointer, outside of giving presentations, I accepted. For full disclosure, it did not come with batteries or an instruction manual other than the letter stating, watch … Continue reading

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We are all going to die!

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We are all going to die! I am confident I heard someone say these exact words at the store yesterday. It may have been just the voices in my head playing with me again, but hey, it is what I heard. While for the past week I have heard about the next Snowmageddon here in … Continue reading

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Gear Needed for Cold Weather Treks

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Essential gear needed for cold weather treks A cold weather trek is a challenging and potentially daunting concept. Yet those individuals who have experienced the pleasures such an adventure has to offer understand why the effort is more than worthwhile. Such individuals also understand the importance of having the right gear. Not only does this … Continue reading

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Valley Food Storage – Review

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One of the things about preparedness is it is tough to determine what food to store. Recently, this question was simplified when the folks from Valley Food Storage reached out to me to review some of their products. Given the choice of the three shipped, I selected the Irish Pub Style Cheddar and Potato soup first. This … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Papa Bear Journals

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Folks, I have added something new to the mix that is Instinct Survivalist. It is entitled Papa Bear Journals. These are tidbits of information, stories and possibly some jokes. Okay, maybe not. It is really the ramblings of an aging bearded man that is trying to get his thoughts and ideas out of his brain. … Continue reading

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Solar Puff Review

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One of the greatest things about what I do is to review effective “gadgets”. The Solar Puff LED Light from Solight Design is no exception. This is a very effective tool for your kit. You may be asking, what makes it so effective and I am glad to tell you. Part of it is because … Continue reading

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21 Basic Wilderness Survival Skills

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Being able to stay safe while involving in outdoor activities is probably the number one priority for every outdoorsmen. The best way to do so is to master some of the Basic Wilderness Survival Skills that you will definitely need them in most situations. Therefore, I would like to share with you an infographic made … Continue reading

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For Us The Living – Book Review

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Recently I was given a free review copy of “For Us The Living: Judgement Day” by R.A. Peters. While there has been a move to do less and less book reviews, I still like a good story and definitely a good book. The main problem I have is, like most movies, there is nothing new … Continue reading

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Giveaway time!

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It is GIVEAWAY TIME! The rules will be very simple. Like and follow as listed below. Once we hit the goals, we will has some great stuff to ring in the new year. It is our way to say “Thank you for sticking with us and helping us grow”. The contest will start December 10th … Continue reading

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Review – TRW Black Tea

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Although I am primarily a coffee drinker, I was asked if I would be willing to try some special black tea. Reluctantly, I agreed after being assured it was strong enough to match the way I like my coffee. And they were right. TRW Fair Trade Imports, provided me with a 2oz. Brew Kit which … Continue reading

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That is a Hot Ash Stove – Gear Review

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I was able to spend some productive time with the folks from Hot Ash Stove. They are currently on Kickstarter which ends December 1, 2015. What I was able to see and discuss at the meeting was very informative. For starters, this is not an ultralight wood stove. This is a portable Rocket Stove. This … Continue reading

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Gear Review – Uberfire – Fire

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In the world of survival, the biggest challenges are to focus on the four main categories: Fire, shelter, water, and food. Each category can be a challenge in itself and the order in which each is obtained can be crucial to life and limb. After doing some research, I wanted to ensure I could reduce the risk … Continue reading

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DIY Firepit for less than $100

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One of the agreements my wife and I had with us moving into a new neighborhood was the understanding that we would have a firepit. The good news was it did not take much convincing since I had built one at our old house complete with reflector. We searched for something that would fit the … Continue reading

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Book Review: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Survivor Jane

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong? is a great question to ask if you are new to preparedness or “prepping”. The question itself causes one to think of the different options, whether manmade or natural, that could possibly affect one’s future. I was honored upon receiving a personal email from Survivor Jane asking me to review … Continue reading

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What’s in my kit?

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With everyone showing pictures of their pocket dump, present company included, the other day a question arose; “What’s in your kit?”. While it is modeled after the 10C’s by David Canterbury, I adjust it to fit my needs specifically based on outing and time of year. Tarps (Cover) – 10’x12′ Coyote Tan BCUSA Tarp (Left) … Continue reading

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National Museum of the Air Force

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One of the things I like about my job is the ability to play hard after working hard. My recent trip was no exception. This time I was able to spend a couple of hours in the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. While I was informed that two hours would be plenty … Continue reading

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Bugout Coffee Review

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Earlier this year, I was given the opportunity to do a review on Bugout Coffee. I was not able to accomplish this as quick as I would have liked simply because just as the package arrived, we were packing up the house to move.  I am thankful to both Jay and Jenny Blake for allowing … Continue reading

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Personal First Aid Kit (PFAK)

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Personal First Aid Kit In order to complete my Bushcraft USA Bushclass, I have a list of electives that I need to work on. One of the electives is a First Aid Kit. After deciding this information may be beneficial to the rest of the world, I decided to add a new video and post … Continue reading

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Kayaking down the Shenandoah River

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I was recently asked by my coworkers to take a day and go Kayaking down the Shenandoah River then join them for a cookout. While the adventurous side of me was honored and willing to jump at the chance, there was side of me that was shouting, “NO WAY!”. I have done many things in my … Continue reading

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Bow-drill Fire Workshop

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On my list of skills to start learning this year, friction fire is near the top of the list. There are several methods that can accomplish this task, however the two specific ones I want to focus on is bow-drill and hand-drill fires. This being said, I was happy to spend a day learning and creating my own … Continue reading

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5 Day Vogel State Park Outing

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Twice a year, the family and I head out to a camping spot chosen at random by one of the other families we tag along with. Keep in mind, it is not really a “smoothing it” trip because we have a gravel pad for the tent that my wife and sometimes children not to mention we … Continue reading

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A Recent Visit to Theodore Roosevelt Island in DC

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While during my frequent trips to the Nation’s Capitol, I usually drive down George Washington Parkway in route to my office. On many occasions, I fail to take my own advice and stop and smell the proverbial roses. Recently, while participating on a conference call, I had to pull off the road in order to … Continue reading

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An Interview with Casey Deming Creator of the Griffin Pocket Tool

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With the close of the Kickstarter Project of The Griffin Pocket approaching quickly, I wanted to see if we could steal a few minutes of time with its creator, Casey Deming. Casey has spent many years in the outdoor retail industry and is the coordinator for the Georgia Bushcraft group on Facebook and in person. … Continue reading

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Book Review – Z Chronicles: Surge of the Dead by A.L. White

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I have been focusing a lot on history and how-to type books lately. My book reviews have also become a little more scarce due to my busy schedule. Every now and then, I feel the need to put seriousness aside and indulge in a little guilty pleasure. Zombies! Author A.L. White did a great job … Continue reading

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Natural Tinder Fires

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As I try to continually learn more about primitive skills, one of the factors that are key is knowing how to start a fire. While the methods of bow drill, hand drill, flint and steel are primitive, I was more focused on the characteristics of tinders during this lesson. In my studies, I found there … Continue reading

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What Preppers Must Know About Rabbit Ranching

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The Hidden Danger of Tularemia in 3 Minutes Many of us feel the decision to raise rabbits as a renewable protein source is genius! It’s not surprising… Preppers are a clever bunch. But with the recent explosion of rabbit ranching are bound to come certain diseases. I’m talking specifically about a viscous little bacteria named … Continue reading

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Georgia Bushcraft Weekend Spring 2015

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This past weekend was the Georgia Bushcraft Spring 2015 campout. As the time drew closer, I realized I might not be able to go. I had to coach a softball practice on Friday, so I could not go up early. I had to coach a game on Saturday, which meant I could not meet up … Continue reading

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Laugh at Life – Habanero Video

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Recently, there has been a seriousness around the Preparedness and Survival Communities. There have been many issues both governmental and social that have definitely warranted a seriousness as these things should not be taken lightly. As concerned citizens, we should be aware of these issues and agreeably, should be prepared or preparing for them and … Continue reading

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Adding a M.E.S.T to your kit

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Many of you know, I am really getting into utilizing tarps based on a previous post. Based on this, I had purchased a M.E.S.T. (Multipurpose Emergency Survival Tarp) 5’x7′ from bushcraftoutfitters.com because they did such a great job on the 10’x12′ coyote version I use for camping, typically in A-Frame configuration. The M.E.S.T. stays in my … Continue reading

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Visit to the Navy SEaL Museum

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While it is apparent to some, others may not know that I have always had the desire to be a Navy SEaL (Sea, Air and Land). These men form an elite team that do more than just infiltrate and destroy. These men are what I call, true heroes. As a child, I desired a few … Continue reading

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EDC Pocket Dump

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  I have spoken to many of you in regards to my daytime job and how it sometimes requires me to enter secured facilities with several different federal government agencies. The one question that always comes up is, “since you cannot carry a sidearm or matches during your travel, especially on a plane, what do you carry?”. … Continue reading

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American Sniper and Oblivious Americans

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I do not often watch a movie in the actual theaters due to the price and if we make it a family event, it can easily be well over $100 especially if you include any snack items. However, I bit the proverbial bullet and went to see American Sniper with my two oldest children on … Continue reading

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The Campfire

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Campfires have been replaced with projector bulbs, LEDs and handheld devices, and the power of story has eluded presenters in the workplace and communication within the family. We walk around looking at our devices instead of the beauty that surrounds us. Daily, there are families that do not sit at a traditional dinner table but … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Prepper Pages by Dr. Ryan Chamberlin

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One of the items that I recommend to new preppers, is a solid reference library. There are some books that I add to my library that are for future state reference and some I pour over prior to placing it on the shelf to ensure I am very familiar with its contents. Only after that … Continue reading

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