08 Dec 2017

Top Gifts of Gear for the Holidays 2017

As you long-time readers know, I’m the guy with the gear who actually uses it through my role as a Search and Rescue member. Throughout the year I do video reviews of gear I’ve purchased or been given to test, so watch for those here on this site. Here’s a

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Making your own char cloth
01 Dec 2017

Make Your Own Char Cloth

Some fire starter systems rely on char cloth. I wrote about the fire piston that I bought a while ago as one of some backup fire starter systems to have on hand. I like the fire piston, but it requires some type of tiny piece of tinder and char cloth

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24 Nov 2017

Testing the ‘World’s Best Fire Starter’ by Lightning Strike

Now that it is mid-November here in the Pacific Northwest we are starting to have some truly cold days. Last weekend we had a hard freeze so I knew that would be a good time to test this fire starter and tinder that Lightning Strike Fire Starter sent us as

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Search and Rescue notes from a lost mushroom picker
17 Nov 2017

SAR Notes Vol. 3: You Wore What?

My previous SAR-related post involved a subject who was very prepared for an unintended night alone in the wilderness. This one involves a subject that could have prepared a lot better. I answered a call to search for a missing mushroom picker in mid-October. She had gone missing the day

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DY water filter
10 Nov 2017

Make a DIY Water Filter

Lifestraw or some other water filters are great, and if you have one you should use it. But what if you don’t have one? I knew that you could make a water filter from some basic materials that you probably already have at hand like sand and a 2-liter soda

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Flood Protection Sandbags with flooded homes in the background
03 Nov 2017

Preparedness Through Service

The intense 2017 wildfire and hurricane seasons in the United States and a series of deadly earthquakes in Mexico have many people wondering about their level of preparedness. They’re  also wondering how to help their community prepare for and respond to a major disaster. Police officers, EMS staff and firefighters

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Hiker gets lost in the woods
27 Oct 2017

Stay Alive By Staying Put

We recently posted an article asking if your child would be found alive if they were stranded outside. That led to a question of what situations would be best to stay where you are and what situations would you be best served by leaving the area. In most cases, you’re

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chempack locations near you
20 Oct 2017

Is There Nerve Agent Antidote Near You?

Did you know the CDC has stockpiled caches of nerve agent antidotes around the country? The CDC (Centers of Disease Control) states that if their nerve agent antidote is all in one place (like Washington, DC, for instance), that it would be too difficult to deploy the antidote in the

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