A New Supervolcano is Threatening the Northeast
27 Jul 2018

A New Supervolcano is Threatening the Northeast

Typically it’s the Northwest that people think of when they think of volcanic activity. The Pacific Ring of Fire is a horseshoe-shaped area of seismic activity that stretches from the west coast of South America, to the west coast of North America, across the Pacific Ocean by Alaska, down the

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Abstract Earth with magnetic fields
20 Jul 2018

What’s Going On With the Earth’s Magnetic Field?

The Earth’s magnetic field is acting strangely enough for scientists to study it. And the changes that are coming are not well-understood at this point. Here’s what they’re saying could happen . . . Every few thousand years, the Earth’s magnetic field flips. Based on the magnetic fingerprints scientists can see

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Morakniv Floating Serrated Knife
13 Jul 2018

Morakniv Floating Serrated Knife

A floating knife?! Why didn’t I think of this. Around here, where we spend half the summer in a lake or by a river, it just makes sense. This cool knife made by Morakniv recently won the Scandinavian Outdoor Award. The knife is simple, yet innovative. While it is a

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Dandelion Flower
22 Jun 2018

Wild Edibles You Can Find Anywhere

There’s nothing more irritating to me than reading an article about survival foods that focuses only on foods in the desert southwest, for instance, or woodland plants of the East Coast. I’m not in those places, and I’m not likely to be there in an emergency. Of course, it’s up

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military surplus fuel can
01 Jun 2018

5 Surplus Store Items You Should Always Buy

If you’ve never gone into a military surplus store stop what you’re doing and find the nearest one to you. Seriously. They are so fun to spend time wandering around in. I could wander in the aisles of the one near me for hours, days even. There’s a nice one

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How To Choose Your Off-Grid Cookware?
20 Apr 2018

How To Choose Your Off-Grid Cookware?

We all love to cook on the grill when it’s nice out. But what if you had no electricity for your stove and you had to find some other way to cook? There are numerous different stove types and they have advantages and disadvantages. Open fire – This assumes that

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Kukri knife from the author's collection. Nóż kukri z kolekcji autora.
13 Apr 2018

What’s the Benefit of a Kukri Knife?

The kukri (pronounced koo-kree) is an intimidating curved blade knife/weapon that originates in Nepal. Shown below is a photo of a a traditional kukri, along with a secondary knife commonly carried along with the kukri, and a sharpening tool. The kukri’s main feature is the curved blade that resembles a

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What's Keeping You From Prepping?
30 Mar 2018

What’s Keeping You From Prepping?

The Canadian government took a survey of personal preparedness and released it on February 9, 2018. According to the survey results, only 13% of people in Vancouver, BC have what they consider a “fully completed plan” for earthquake, wildfire or flood resiliency. We know that a major earthquake is going

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ALICE training for kids?
16 Mar 2018

ALICE Training for Kids?

I’m a member of my local neighborhood watch group and we have meetings every 2 to 3 months. I went to one on Sunday with my 10-year-old son and it was eye-opening, for both of us. The sheriff assigned to our area gave a presentation that was a shortened form

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23 Feb 2018

Avoid Cold Weather Casualties

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we just had a few days of very springlike weather. The fruit trees started blooming, daffodils poked their heads up and friends and coworkers started gushing about how they could wear t-shirts. And today? Snow. Yeah. The weather does strange things. We didn’t get a

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