23 Mar 2018

Survival Bag Realities

Like many of you out there, I have a variety of survival gear. I have duplicates of some things. I have multiples of other things. I have it organized fairly well…it’s in a couple of bags and some boxes in a storage area. I feel well prepared for a basic

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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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Pelican-SabreLight
09 Mar 2018

5 Top High-Visibility Flashlights

What’s the point of having a flashlight that isn’t charged when you need it? Or the batteries are dead? Or worse yet, having a flashlight that works but is so dim it’s practically useless? With these 5 high-visibility flashlights we recommend, you’ll never be in any of these situations. Well…you’re

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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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Planning For a Nuclear Detonation?
12 Jan 2018

Planning For a Nuclear Detonation?

So many of you probably heard about President Trump’s boast on Twitter to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un that Trump has a bigger, better nuclear war button. Well, maybe it’s just coincidence, but the CDC announced just a few days ago that they are moving to prepare health professionals and

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These 5 Skills Will Keep You Alive - Can You Do Them?
22 Dec 2017

These 5 Skills Will Keep You Alive – Can You Do Them?

No matter how much gear you have in your pack or bug-out bag, if you don’t know how to use them or have some basic survival skills, you’re not going to last very long. These are the top 5 skills you must have if you’re going to survive TEOTWAWKI or

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Future map of flooded USA
15 Dec 2017

Oceanfront Property in Nebraska?

Forbes had an interesting article that I thought was worth sharing to our audience here. Take a look at this map of what the future USA might look like: I’ve long known that billionaires like Ted Turner had very large parcels of land in the central United States. But I

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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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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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