Building and Maintaining a Sustainable Fire in Winter

Any Temperature Below Freezing in the Wilderness Can be Life Threatening. Here’s How to Survive When the Odds are Against You. Fire and water don’t mix. That’s what makes building any fire on snow and ice so difficult. Any fire in the vicinity of snow covered or...

Clearing the Smoke on How to Smoke Fish, Game and All Manner of Meat

Smoke Cooking is an Ancient Food Preservation Method but Today It’s All About Flavor. The first foods to be successfully smoked were probably the result of a happy accident over a smoldering fire.  In ancient times food never went to waste even if it looked burnt and...

The Importance of Learning Primitive Communication Methods When No Phone Will Work and the Internet is Crashed

If the grid crashes there are more ways to be left in the dark than you think. We hear it all the time.  “Don’t worry about the Internet if the grid goes down.  The Internet was designed to survive thermonuclear war.”  Unfortunately, the original design of the...

Eat Your Trees: How to Wild Forage from the Largest Plants in the Forest

When you wild forage you tend to look down to the ground, but maybe it’s time to look up and eat your trees. If you know what to look for you can find a virtual bounty of wild foods in fields and forests.  But our focus always tends to be on plants underfoot.  There...

Survival Foods Explorers, Native People and Our Pioneer Ancestors Depended On.

Refrigeration was unheard of and food preservatives were few and far between, but somehow our ancestors managed to survive and thrive. We take a lot for granted when it comes to the foods we eat.  Grocery stores are common, and food is carefully packaged, preserved...

7 Ways to Find Your Way in the Wilderness Without a Compass

Finding North, South, East and West is Easier Than You Think… If You Know How and Where to Look. Most of us who hunt, fish, backpack or explore the wilderness take a little time to glance at a map and carry a compass.  But sometimes we forget or get lost even in the...

Where To Find Water In The City When There’s Not A Drop To Drink

When the faucets don’t work, and the toilet won’t flush, and the bathtub is a desert - here’s what to do. Life in the city can be tough.  Life in a city without water can be a whole lot tougher.  People in Flint, Michigan have lots of experience with that reality.  In...

Keep it Simple, Stupid: Applying the KISS Principle to Your Survival Planning

Survival can be an extremely complex business, especially for the unprepared. But even for those of us who take the time to prepare, surviving is filled with challenges. Enough challenges that it could take all our time to fulfill our basic needs. The last thing any...

How to Develop a Strategy for Long-Term Food Storage

There’s more to it than stacking cans in the basement.  Are you truly prepared? A primary consideration for any prepper has to be the stockpiling of long-term food stores to feed family and friends when dire times limit distribution, manufacturing and the availability...

How to Find Shelter in the Wild

Few people bother putting a tent in their bug out bag. They’re just too bulky. About the most you’ll find them bringing along is a tarp, some paracord, a small roll of duct tape and maybe a rain poncho. You can do a lot with that, but you can do even more if you start...

Building and Maintaining a Sustainable Fire in Winter

by | December 3, 2018

Any Temperature Below Freezing in the Wilderness Can be Life Threatening. Here’s How to Survive When the Odds are Against You. Fire and water don’t mix. That’s what makes building any fire on snow and ice so difficult. Any fire in the vicinity of snow covered or frozen soil will quickly go out as the […]

Clearing the Smoke on How to Smoke Fish, Game and All Manner of Meat

by | November 26, 2018

Smoke Cooking is an Ancient Food Preservation Method but Today It’s All About Flavor. The first foods to be successfully smoked were probably the result of a happy accident over a smoldering fire.  In ancient times food never went to waste even if it looked burnt and overly done.  Imagine the surprise of someone who […]

The Importance of Learning Primitive Communication Methods When No Phone Will Work and the Internet is Crashed

by | November 20, 2018

If the grid crashes there are more ways to be left in the dark than you think. We hear it all the time.  “Don’t worry about the Internet if the grid goes down.  The Internet was designed to survive thermonuclear war.”  Unfortunately, the original design of the Internet was based on conventional, hard-wire phone lines […]

Eat Your Trees: How to Wild Forage from the Largest Plants in the Forest

by | November 13, 2018

When you wild forage you tend to look down to the ground, but maybe it’s time to look up and eat your trees. If you know what to look for you can find a virtual bounty of wild foods in fields and forests.  But our focus always tends to be on plants underfoot.  There are […]

Survival Foods Explorers, Native People and Our Pioneer Ancestors Depended On.

by | October 22, 2018

Refrigeration was unheard of and food preservatives were few and far between, but somehow our ancestors managed to survive and thrive. We take a lot for granted when it comes to the foods we eat.  Grocery stores are common, and food is carefully packaged, preserved and easy to store in cabinets, refrigerators and freezers.  But […]

7 Ways to Find Your Way in the Wilderness Without a Compass

by | October 9, 2018

Finding North, South, East and West is Easier Than You Think… If You Know How and Where to Look. Most of us who hunt, fish, backpack or explore the wilderness take a little time to glance at a map and carry a compass.  But sometimes we forget or get lost even in the most familiar […]

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