Hiking Skills

Hiking Skills: Back To the Basics

Yes, there are some skills required when it comes to trekking around in the backwoods. Well marked hiking trails are one thing, while hiking through thick brush, over loose shale and crossing waterways is something else entirely.

Hiking through an urban environment to escape the chaos, also has its own set of challenges, as well, that you would not encounter on a well defined and well used hiking trail.

Some people, when they hear the term bugging-out, naturally assume they will be hiking out of their predicament, because roads will be shut down and/or gridlocked. This may very well be the case, and if you are not ready to be on your feet in the same clothes for hours or even days at a time with weight in your pack, you will not fare well at all.

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Relocating Before the SHTF

Relocating Before the SHTF

The So-Called Safe Places Are Safe Now But What About When The SHTF

What about when the SHTF, will those so-called safe places the online experts are telling you to head for now be safe once a disaster strikes.

Survival books and articles online are telling everyone who will listen that they need to get out of the cities, get out of dodge, and head for the wilderness now. Find a small community as quickly as possible, and move there quickly is another recommendation you will find. There are lists scattered about the Internet proclaiming the safest places to be once the SHTF, how do they know though. How do you know?

We as humans can somewhat predict what may happen in the future based on events in the past, but this is by no means a guarantee because none of us have ever experienced a 12.0 magnitude earthquake, or lived through a comet strike, or survived an asteroid the size of Rhode Island striking earth.

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Paraffin Wax

4 Survival Uses for Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax is a white or colorless soft solid derivable from petroleum, coal, or oil shale. The wax is solid at room temperature and begins to melt at around 99 °F (37° C). Its boiling point is plus or minus 698 °F.

The wax was first created in the 1850’s and it wasn’t long after that it began to replace tallow candles and whale oil as lighting for homes. People found that paraffin candles burned much more cleanly than tallow ones, and the wax was readily available and easy to work with.

The most common applications for paraffin wax include lubrication, electrical insulation, and candle making.

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Chuck Wagon Cooking: When the Power Goes Out

Cooking without electricity for an extended period (months) is not the type of cooking many of us have ever experienced. Of course, we cook over open fires when camping overnight or when the electricity is out for a few days, but when the power is out for weeks or months and the propane bottles run empty cooking becomes much more difficult.

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Operational Security

OPSEC: It Is More Important Today Than Ever

If you talk about it, then everyone knows about it. They know about your preps, your habits, your ideas, and your identity. All can be stolen, compromised, or used against you, and it doesn’t take a disaster for it to happen either. People are always looking to cash in on other people’s hard work. It is pervasive in today’s society, stealing what others have accomplished, by simply exploiting your own words. Words better off not spoken when it comes to plans, preparations, firearms, and your family.

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Chicken Pasture to Plate

Lost Arts: Bringing a Chicken from Pasture to Plate

There are many skills that have been lost over time.  Things your great grandparents did in their daily lives that are now left to machines in some far flung factory.  Many of us raise chickens, but how many of us take them from pasture to plate? 

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Pocket Shot Slingshot

The Pocket Shot the Circular Slingshot

The Pocket Shot is new take on the slingshot, a natural evolution, if you will, from the traditional slingshot to a circular one that you can carry in your pocket, tackle box, or backpack, closed it measures 2.3 inches by 1.3 inches, so carry it anywhere.

It is described as a projectile launcher with a cone-shaped latex pouch that is securely attached to a fiber-reinforced composite ring, so all you do is drop your ammo into the pouch, stretch it back, and let fly.

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Survival Uses for Bed Sheets

5 Survival Uses for Bed Sheets

A Bed Sheet Scissors and a Sewing Kit

Cotton bed sheets can be used for more than just sleeping on. A big sheet of cotton has survival material written all over it. A tightly folded sheet can fit in any pack, any vehicle or be rolled up and carried like a bedroll, attached to your pack or body.

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Cheesecloth Survival Uses

8 Survival Uses for Cheesecloth

Cheesecloth is available in a number of grades ranging from loose to extra-fine weave. Grades are distinguished by the number of threads per inch in each direction.

The grades range from #10 to #90 with 10 being the loose grade and 90 being a tight weave. The # 10 grade, for example, has 20 vertical and 12 horizontal threads per inch, while, #90 has 44 vertical and 36 horizontal threads per inch. The other grades fall somewhere in between.

The uses are only limited by your imagination. However, this article will concentrate on survival/emergency uses.

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GoTenna How to Stay Connected Off Grid

The goTenna works with iOS or Android devices.

Pair goTenna to your Smartphone via Bluetooth, and use the app to connect with other goTenna users, which can be up to several miles away. This system essentially turns your Smartphone into a walkie-talkie.

It takes less than a minute to create your own people-powered network, anywhere. This system does not require towers, routers, or satellites.

The manufacturer recommends that you attach your goTenna externally and as high off the ground as is practical for best results. Attach to the outside of your pack, or attach to your person in some manner, such as a belt loop or shoulder straps. When not moving about put the antenna where the signal is less likely to be obstructed by heavy foliage, hills and so on.

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