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 …
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 …
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 …
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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In the preparedness community, the one thing needed most is food that has a long shelf life and it needs to taste great too. I was given the opportunity by consultant Mara Major from Thrive Life Read More …
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 …
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
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
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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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
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
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
Gardening season is here!
Well, okay. Technically, gardening season is almost here in our neck of the woods. But as any gardener worth their salt will tell you, dreaming up your garden plan is half the fun! Just thinking about how you’re going to orient this year’s prized plantings easily helps you push through the final stretch of winter that occupies the weeks before you can actually get to play in the dirt again once planting season finally arrives.
We are especially looking forward to getting back in the game this gardening season because our efforts were obviously subdued last year with Riley’s arrival and we’re chomping at the bit to get things cranked up. So much so that we decided to add a new piece of infrastructure to our homestead by building two new cold boxes. Eventually the plans are to build a full size greenhouse, but these cold boxes will certainly meet our needs for now.
A cold box is essentially a mini-greenhouse that allows you to start your seeds, protects your seedlings from frost during the late winter months and allows you to “strengthen” them by exposing them slowly to the elements before eventually transplanting your seedlings into your full size garden. Cold boxes can also be used to grow smaller plants with shallow root systems if you are so inclined.
We were able to up-cycle a couple of reclaimed window frames from a friend and we knew precisely how to put them to good use. One of the frames was missing two panes of glass, but this was easily remedied. I picked up a couple of acrylic sheets to replace the panes and left the job to my wife Alice. Moments later she had trimmed them up to the right size to replace the missing panes and I added a little weather caulking to seal them into place. The two boxes framed up turned out to be 32″ x 31″ and 36″ x 28″ respectively. I made a quick trip to my local lumber yard to pick up one 2 x 12 x 12 and one 2 x 12 x 10 to use for the frames and got to work. A little bit of quality time with the circular saw and the power drill and we were set.
Up-cycling reclaimed materials, gardening and power tools. How could this day and this project not turn out great? These cold boxes will be a tremendous addition to our homesteading infrastructure and we look forward to getting years of use out of them. I’m certain we will pretty them up a bit in the near future and we will let Riley lead the way on that portion of the project. I honestly can’t wait to see how they ultimately turn out. I promise I’ll keep you posted!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
It’s not the fall that kills you; it’s the sudden change of direction at the bottom.
It’s not necessarily the disaster that kills you. It’s the severe dislocation of normal societal systems and the chaos and peril associated with it that comes in the two weeks, to a month, to six months following a major disaster that’s really going to determine whether or not you survive. I say this because as a society, we are completely and totally dependent on our wholly integrated, just in time delivery systems to supply us with the basic necessities required for life. Our water, our food, the energy we use to power everything that makes this super sized, got to have it right now society of ours whir, it’s all at our fingertips. The unpalatable truth of our reality is that most people have completely lost touch with all that it takes to procure these basic necessities of life for ourselves. The really frightening part of this situation is that most in our society do not or will not recognize the fact that by a whole boatload of metrics we are already falling, but because fresh water still flows from the tap, there is food on the shelves when you go to buy and there is still relatively inexpensive gasoline at the pumps when you go to fill up, people are able to turn a blind eye to the nation’s ills because they believe they do not impact them personally. This of course is a fallacy, but normalcy bias is a powerful thing and the majority chooses to simply not acknowledge the problems they see all around them because it’s just easier. Never mind looking to the future and where we may end up if we continue on our current trajectories as a nation, most folks only care about next weekend.
The unfortunate truth is that you will stop falling at some point and that’s when things get ugly. That is when reality demands a cold, hard stop to the continuations of life as we know it and we are forced to make a new way forward. Or we don’t.
When faced with this new reality, most people will have a very difficult time because they do not have the tools or the skill set necessary to take care of themselves.
So what do I say?
1. Embrace a big picture, long range viewpoint in an effort to see the unhinging before it happens. This will give you a chance to spot when trouble is ahead and begin to take steps to get better prepared to handle it. Educate yourself about the most probable threats for your area to start and grow your threat matrix from there.
2. Develop a plan to navigate these disruptions that best fits your circumstance based on your capabilities whatever they are. Everyone can prepare. Don’t waste your time worrying about a hurricane if you live in a desert. Focus your planning and tailor it to suit your needs. Furthermore, it does not matter what your limitations may be, there are very useful ways for everyone to become better prepared. Remember, knowledge doesn’t have to cost anything to attain and weighs even less.
3. You can’t know the future for certain, so learn practical skills and don’t just acquire stuff. There are more than a few folks out there that want to sell you the latest gadget or piece of gear, but if you don’t know how to use all that stuff it will do you no good. Skills learned, practiced and verified in the back yard or on a family camping trip will most likely be way more valuable in the long run. Acquiring these skills will make you flexible and adaptable and you will be able to use them any time.
4. Know your tribe. You may be a verifiable bad ass, but none of us can effect sustainable, long term survival by ourselves in the long run. Figure out who in your circles is of a like mind now before the storm rolls in and begin to take steps to strengthen those relationships. You will want to surround yourself with people you know you can trust, that are hard working individuals that understand the importance of team concepts, that most likely share your general world views and who will excel in any area that you may not be as strong. You will be glad you did.
5. Enjoy life, but keep your eye on the ball. Most of us prepare because we want to be able to take care of our family should we ever find ourselves in a bad situation and every one of us should be proud of that fact. With that said, don’t allow yourself to become so focused on your preparations that you lose sight of why you’re working so hard to get ready in the first place. Remember to make time to enjoy your family, friends and loved ones now while the world is still rolling along. There may be dark days in the future, but while the sun is shining get out there and embrace the good times with those you care about. Take a vacation, play with your children and take your wife or husband out to a nice dinner. Live your life! Isn’t that what it’s for? Preparedness will never fall completely out of focus for people like us because it is a fundamental part of who we are, so don’t worry about that. While you’re out there doing the hard work of preparedness day after day, just be sure to remember to take a little time to enjoy the good stuff. Those people you are working so hard for will appreciate and love you for it.
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
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
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
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
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