a small crescent moon in a starry night sky
11 May 2018

How to Navigate Without a Map, Compass or GPS

I’m not the greatest navigator. I learned a long time ago that I have a poor sense of direction. Put it this way…I can become turned around in a culdesac! I CAN read a map, but knowing north from south when walking or navigating is something I’m pretty miserable at.

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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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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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Ron Hood's Survival Basics
26 Jan 2018

Ron Hood’s Survival Basics Video

Those of you who have been reading this site for a while now know that I have written about and enjoyed a couple other Ron Hood survival videos. Read our review of “Ultimate Survival Guide” and “Advanced Survival Guide.” His videos are not only funny but full of useful information

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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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13 Oct 2017

Using Acorns as a Survival Food

I’ve long known that you could eat acorns. I just didn’t know how. I knew that Native Americans relied on acorns as a food source and that they somehow had a way to turn them into flour for little cakes. I live in an area that has some oak trees,

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26 May 2017

Doomsday Global Seed Vault Could Be in Danger

All serious preppers and even people who aren’t preppers at all have heard of the Global Seed Vault. This is an underground vault located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, which is the westernmost part of the Norwegian archipelago. It borders the Arctic Ocean, the Norwegian Sea and the Greenland

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Amber Van Hecke Stranded in Desert
08 May 2017

True Tale of Desert Survival

We recently learned that a Texas woman got stranded in a remote part of Arizona after she ran out of gas during a solo trip to the Grand Canyon. We didn’t hear about this case until after the show about this woman’s rescue aired on 20/20 in March. But it

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Ron Hood Ultimate Survival Guide Video
05 Apr 2017

Review: Ron Hood’s Ultimate Survival Guide

I recently wrote a review of the first Ron Hood video I had ever watched. It was called “Advanced Survival Guide” and you can read that review here. I got three of his videos while I was at SHOT Show this past January and this is the second of the

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Ron Hood Advanced Survival Video
18 Mar 2017

Review: Ron Hood’s Advanced Survival Guide

I’ve known about Ron Hood and his survival videos for a while. But I have to tell the truth…I had never watched any of the videos! While I was at SHOT Show earlier this year in January I got to meet the people behind the production company, Stoney-Wolf Productions. I

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