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H/t reader squodgy.
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This is how I use the Sawyer Mini water filter system and a few tips to make it work a bit better too. This is the best, lightweight water filter you can get for the money and very versatile too.
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This is the best all-around backpacking axe that I have yet seen. It splits and cross-cuts. It hammers.
The extended beard makes it outstanding for fine cutting tasks and feather sticks.
@Amazon.com: Wetterlings Bushman Axe by Les Stroud One Size
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Somehow Amazon does not provide a product link to the Silky.
If you want to buy a Silky click on the Bahco and then insert the Silky description below:
@Amazon.com: Silky Folding Landscaping Hand Saw POCKETBOY 170 Medium Teeth 340-17
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Survival & Rescue operations demand a versatile knife able to withstand the most extreme conditions. Simply put, the Cold Steel SRK (Survival Rescue Knife) was designed specifically with this in mind. A popular knife with Military and Tactical Law Enforcement Personnel, the SRK is the standard issue knife of the Navy SEALS for their BUDS – or Basic Underwater Demolition training – the SRK has proved its worth time and time again in the most demanding environments. Whatever the mission, we’re confident that the SRK is the knife for you!
Excellent survival knife, but if you want to use your knife only for hunting, then the Master Hunter is probably the best choice out there:
If this really is a 3V SRK, then this is a bargain (that is hard to believe, but then the Master Hunter also looks incredibly cheap. Am I missing something?):
@Amazon.com: Cold Steel 3V SRK Fixed 6-Inch Blade Knife ($128.05)
Sadly, unlike the Gerber LMF II ($78.21), the 3V SRK is not equipped with a pointed buttcap that is made of stainless steel, but I still prefer the 3V SRK.
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ReadyNutrition Readers, this article is a “trumpet call” to continue your preparations, or to commence with them if you have not done so already. We don’t know what the inauguration is going to bring, if indeed it does occur peaceably. For one thing, everyone and their brother on the Left has threated everything possible, such as mass demonstrations, mass disruptions, and physical violence against the incoming president. The bottom line: we don’t know what will happen, and it is best to remain in a state of readiness and preparation.
I’m also going to explain something of my own mindset regarding matters toward preparation. With some of the pieces I have written, there have been a good deal of disparaging comments, especially directed toward pieces with recommendations for tools, equipment, food, and on-the-spot preps from bargain sources and Dollar stores.
The reason I have suggested things such as small tool kits and “piecemeal” equipment from thrift shops or the Dollar Trees is that there are tremendous numbers of readers that are either just starting out prepping or are on a limited budget…so limited that they can do it no other way.
I fully understand there are some people who cannot afford laser rangefinders, Gerber Multi-tools, or Fat Max Stanley tape measures. I suggest alternatives for them. Know what? Here’s the bottom line on that:
None of us are going to be completely prepared when the bottom drops out. Knowledge and skills should be desirous over materials, because with these you can either acquire what is needed or improvise out of what can be fabricated into something useful.
Obama just recently signed Executive Order 12333 into play. This one removes the restrictions over the intelligence-gathering agencies regarding the sharing of information pertaining to terrorist suspects, ad infinitum. There is also mention of procedures that reinforce previous NDAA policies of taking any and all actions necessary against terrorists, whether they are actual or potential. In essence, the EO hands over the unchecked power to snoop into the hands of soon-to-be president Donald Trump.
Topinambour and Chinese yam root (Dioscorea opposita, Dioscorea batatas) should be on that list.
Additionally: Herbs, like the stinging nettle, goatweed, jiaogulan and many others should grow in and around a survival garden.
The 14 Best Foods You Can Grow In a Survival Garden https://t.co/QkRno5Tc1P
— Natural Blaze (@Natural_Blaze) December 21, 2016
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One day in the not too distant future, a major emergency will strike this nation, and that will set off a round of hoarding unlike anything we have ever seen before. Just think about what happens when a big winter storm or a hurricane is about to hit one of our major cities – inevitably store shelves are stripped bare of bread, milk, snow shovels, etc. Even though winter storms and hurricanes are just temporary hurdles to overcome, they still cause many people to go into panic mode. So what is going to happen when we have a real crisis on our hands?
We can get some clues about which items will disappear first during a major national emergency by taking a look at where such a scenario is already playing out. One recent survey found that over 80 percent of all basic foodstuffs are currently unavailable in Venezuela, and about half the country can no longer provide three meals a day for their families. Thankfully, some stores still have a few things that they are able to offer, but other key items are completely gone. The following comes from USA Today…
“There are going to be situations where people are going to go without assistance.
That’s just the facts of life.”
– Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates
I have had several requests from friends to review the self-rescue gear we carry in our Get Back Home (GBH) bags, probably due to the recent but not unexpected flooding we have had this spring. Some readers may be surprised to learn that there is very little practical difference between self rescue from a flooded car and the common mountaineering skill known as rappelling.
I first began carrying self-rescue gear in our vehicles after considering how much of the highways in our major urban areas are elevated for miles and miles on end. I know what happens to these elevated freeways when they are subjected to an earthquake, or other shock wave, such as from a nuclear device.
But what concerned me just as much is that these elevated choke points are perfect kill zones. One or two lightly armed bad guys could easily cause a traffic jam and proceed to execute tens or hundreds of people until they either run out of ammunition or are stopped by someone with a firearm that is ready, willing, and able to do so.
This article was originally written and published at BioPrepper.com.
Editor’s Comment: If doing it the hard way has any benefit, it means actually learning something. Experience is the best teacher; the modern world is filled with pseudo-experiences produced only through the electronic screen. But do it a few times in real life, and you’ll understood the pros and cons of each method, and learn to actually do things for yourself, instead of just transferring all your wealth and energy to a system of government that minimizes your value as a human.
By the way, if a critical mass of people reconnected with these kind of skills, or retook to self-sustaining, self-reliant ways, the power of the corrupt system would dwindle, and new associations would form… for a number of reasons, these are skills that could save your life.
25 Forgotten Survival Lessons From The Pioneers Worth Finding And Learning
Pioneer life has a special meaning in America. In less than 300 years, civilization spread across a vast continental wilderness.
Real organic honey of good quality will last a lot longer than even (unhealthy) white sugar.
I consider it to be a good barter item as well.
Honey is one of nature’s most amazing gifts. It’s a substance which offers dozens of useful and health-boosting properties aside from its wonderful, sweet flavor. All serious preppers should make sure to obtain a sizable quantity of raw, natural honey to add to their survival stockpiles.
It’s one of the few foods that has an unlimited shelf life; honey will never go bad due to its antibacterial properties, which are also part of what makes it so healthy. Considering its versatility in the kitchen, along with its medicinal value, honey is likely to prove to be an extremely valuable commodity to have on hand during a long-term survival situation.
- Capacity: 5187 cu in (85 l)
- Backpack with snow guard
- Detachable side pockets (7.5 l) – can be used individually or both as a day sack
- Neoprene helmet fastener
- Detachable lid subdivided into 4 pockets
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- Volume (liters): 37
- Front loading backpack with two large main compartments
- Subdivided into 7 separate pockets
- Six tube or antenna outlets at main and front pockets
- Hydration system pouch with tube outlet in the main compartment
- Integrated rain cover and rescue handle in the bottom compartment for transporting casualties
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- Universal 22 l combat backpack. Features: Ergonomically padded back; Ergonomically formed, padded shoulder straps; Removable hip webbing; Compression strap; Visible marking; Front and side areas with MOLLE system for optional attachment of additional pouches;
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- Two compression straps surround the complete pack;
- Molle system on all strategic fastening points;
- Drinking system;
- Measurements: 18 x 11 x 2 inches
By Lee Flynn (Freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage)
Winter comes with treacherous road conditions. Snow, sleet, and freezing rain can quickly cause road conditions to deteriorate.
While none of us like to think that it will happen to us, we should always be prepared for the worst case scenario.
In addition to making sure that your gas tank is always half full there are five must have supplies that should always be kept in your during the winter.
1) Emergency Flares
Whether you slip off the road and down an embankment or come to a halt on the shoulder of the road, it is always important to let other drivers know that you are there.
Emergency flares are small and can be easily stored in the glove compartment or trunk of your car.
An emergency flare lets other drivers know that you are in trouble.
Emergency personnel often use these flares at the sites of accidents and other emergencies to illuminate the area creating a zone of safety.
Other drivers on the road will immediately know upon seeing a flare that the other driver as an emergency.
Flashers on your car may only indicate to another driver that you have stopped and not that you need assistance.
2) Warm Clothes/Blankets
Warm clothes and blankets are especially important during the winter months.
If your vehicle becomes disabled, you will have no source of heat.
Your only way to stay warm will be by layering on extra clothes and blankets.
Blankets made out of thick material such as fleece fabric can also be used to block any areas where cold air may be entering the car.
You should always make sure to group together with other occupants.
Use extra blankets to block off a section of the vehicle if possible and huddle together.
The more people that are huddled together the more you can use each other’s body heat to try and stay warm beneath your layers.
3) Water & Snacks
Hopefully, you will never break down or have an accident during the winter and if you do it will be on a frequently traveled road, where you are soon to be discovered quickly.
However, just in case, you need to make sure that you have an extra supply of bottled water and a few snacks, such as crackers.
You should always keep at least three days’ worth of food and water in your car.
Winter emergency food stashes could ensure that you keep your strength up and keep hydrated for when rescue comes.
These items can be stored under your seats or in the trunk of the car.
4) Cell Phone Charger
Your cell phone will be your only means of communication until help arrives.
You need to make sure that you have a dependable cell phone charger and should keep your phone plugged in and at full power while driving.
This way if your vehicle stops and the battery is dead you will have a full battery on your phone to contact help.
Cell phone chargers are small and easy to store. They will plug into your car’s cigarette lighter or USB port.
5) First Aid Kit
First Aid Kits are handy to have in the car no matter what the season.
You should ensure that at a minimum your kit contains hand sanitizer, bandages or gauze, antibiotic ointment, pain killers (such as Tylenol), a first aid manual, alcohol swabs, tweezers, scissors, and a packet of tissues.
These kits can be purchased from local stores or on the internet easily.
If help cannot get to you quickly, they could prove to be very helpful.
You should always keep your first aid kit within easy reaching distance.
The glove compartment or under the seat is an excellent place to store these kits.
Just remember it is always better to hope for the best, but plan for the worse and be prepared.
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