Great Depression

5 Lessons We Can Learn From the Great Depression

The Great Depression (1929-39) was the deepest and the longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world. It was caused by the stock market crash of 1929. Millions of investors were left holding worthless stocks and bonds. If you didn’t have cash at the time then your fortune was gone. Money on paper was not worth the ink it took to print the bonds.

It was estimated that by 1933 close to 15 million Americans were unemployed, and considering the population at the time, this was a devastating development for the country. No one had money to spend on goods so production nearly ceased in some sectors, thus, causing, even more, layoffs and the calculations were not precise so no one really knew the true unemployment rate at the time.

The cause was the rise in stock prices, which lead to a bubble because the rise could not be justified by future earnings. In other words, people were betting on a lame horse with no chance of winning the race. It fell apart and fast, overnight millions upon millions of dollars were wiped off the books. Panic ensued and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Wilderness Survival Class

Do You Need to Attend a Wilderness Survival Class and What Can You Expect?

You have read the manuals, watched the videos, and have read dozens of articles online about wilderness survival, but does this mean you are ready, maybe, and then again maybe not.

There are several schools of thought when it comes to survival training. Some believe that pain equals gain. In other words, if you are not hungry and cold with an aching body during your survival training then you are not doing it right and simply will not learn anything.

This type of training course would be similar to the Naked and Afraid series where you are dropped off without even the clothes on your back. In the real world, you probably would not survive the night if put in this situation. It is unrealistic to think you are going to wake up naked in a faraway land, and then are expected to survive for days or weeks when you are starting from nothing.

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Newspaper Uses

16 Uses for Old Newspaper

Yesterday’s Newspaper Its Still worth Plenty

1.) Newspaper had for years been used as insulation in homes. Shredded and placed in the walls it acted just as the insulation of today does. It was even used to wrap water pipes to help keep them from freezing.

2.) Stuff balls of newspaper in damp shoes or boots to help absorb moisture. Once dry, stuff more paper balls in to retain the shape of the shoe or boot.

3.) Wet squares of newspaper and form around a tennis ball, baseball, or similar object and let dry. Make them as big or as small as needed. The dried container can then be used to start seeds. Just plant the entire container when ready to transplant outdoors.

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ALPS Mountaineering Comfort Air Pad

ALPS Mountaineering Comfort Air Pad Review

ALPS Mountaineering Comfort air pad – review

The review of the ALPS Comfort self-inflating pad is a result of working with 3bed.scom, a website with a scientific approach to testing and rating best air mattresses and pads out there.

Bits of ALPS trivia

After running Kelty, a backpack company, Dennis Brune started ALPS in the early 1990s with a simple but ambitious mission statement – to make quality gear at lower prices.

It’s a claim we’ll put to test as we look into this sleeping pad.

The company makes a range of hiking and camping gear, from chair and tables to tents and air mattresses.

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Trekking Poles

11 Advantages of Using Trekking Poles When Hiking

Trekking poles, also called hiking sticks, hiking poles, walking/hiking staff, or walking poles are designed to aid walkers with their rhythm as they walk and to provide stability on rough terrain. Trekking poles today are typically sold as a pair, whereas a walking staff, for example, is a single pole used as a walking aid for those out for a stroll versus those traversing rough terrain.

Usually, trekking poles are adjustable so you can adjust to your height and for stability on any terrain. You would normally shorten the poles when going uphill and lengthen for downhill.

Collapsible poles are easily lashed to a backpack for carrying or storing.

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Hiding Food and Gear

Is Hiding Food and Gear in Your Home a Good Idea?

We here do not have the answer to this question. It is up to you to answer it based on your situation, but we will put forth some thoughts on the subject and point out some pros and cons.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of articles on the Internet about this very subject. There is a difference in finding storage places for your emergency stockpile, and hiding your food so others cannot find it, however.

Storage is always a problem unless you have unlimited space, and who has that, so you do have to get clever, and be organized when it comes to storing emergency supplies. How much effort should you put into actually concealing your supplies in hidden walls, and fake countertops and so on, are actually the real questions.

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Garbage on Street

Operational Security: Your Trash Says a Lot about You

In many municipalities, trash at the curb is considered public domain. There are some arcane laws regarding this, however, and much depends on where you live. Therefore, assume once you have bagged it and placed it at the curb it is fair game for anyone that wants to grab a bag or two to sort through at their leisure.

If you pick up an item off the streets of New York City and put it in your car, for example, you’d be violating a local law. However, on the same token, a passerby on foot is allowed to take stuff from the curb without penalty, according to the city’s Department of Sanitation (

The Supreme Court in 1988 ruled that police could conduct a warrantless search of trash that had been left for collection outside the curtilage of the home. Curtilage is defined by the courts as,lands immediately surrounding a home, according to distance, what a fence encloses, and the nature of the land’s use and if the space can be easily observed”. State constitutions may define the term a little differently, but, typically, trash left by the curb or at the end of a driveway is considered outside curtilage (

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Leather Belt

6 Survival Uses for Your Belt

Do You Wear a Belt Every Day: Maybe You Should?

Belts have been in use since the Bronze Age according to historians, but it wasn’t until the 1920’s that belts became a common item used mainly to hold one’s trousers up. Belts, before pants had belt loops were mainly decorative in the civilian world and utilitarian in the military.

Soldiers had gear to carry and so a wide heavy belt was usually buckled around the waist so things could be attached to it such as sabers, daggers, money, water, and tobacco pouches along with rations in small leather sacks. In some militaries, a belt cinched tight around the waist gave a soldier a trimmer looking physique. A tightly cinched belt produced a puffed out chest and a trimmer looking waist, the perfect looking soldier.

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Caching Firearms

Caching Firearms Ammunition Food and Gear

We have delved into this subject a number of times in previous articles, but like anything else attitudes change or a situation arises that makes one stop and contemplate their actions thus far.

Common sense tells us that a cache should be such that if you arrive with nothing but the clothes on your back you would have what is needed in the cache to survive going forward. Survive and defend yourself, so this means firearms in each cache along with sufficient ammunition.

A cache for an individual or even a family is a personal stash if you will, a collection of items that the family or that the individual needs for survival.

When working with a team or group, however, you have to consider the needs of the team, mission requirements and consider unforeseen and somewhat predictable situations that may arise, and not just the needs of an individual. This particular article, though, is only going to focus on caches for individuals or families.

The Question Is Not Always, What Goes in the Cache

The question is, rather, do you put the best you have in the cache. Imagine that you just purchased a new AR-15, and then modified it to suit your needs. It’s a good weapon, solid and dependable. Is it then, one that would go in the cache or stay by your side while some less worthy, considerably less expensive firearm gets buried.

Some may wonder what difference it makes. There are a number of things to consider when choosing what to leave out and what to put in your cache, however. If you have all of your best weapons in your home, close by your side and you get robbed, overrun, your house burns down or a natural disaster blows or floats it away, then all of your best is gone. On the other hand, if something happens, you want your best with you, right by your side.

If something happens and you have to leave most of your supplies behind and you make it to your cache, then you want the best available in your cache so you can survive. A conundrum for sure and there may not be any easy answers unless money is no object.

The dilemma is that most people cannot afford to put thousands of dollars worth of firearms in a cache. Besides firearms and Ammo, you need food, water, medical supplies, clothing, tools, and other necessities, which in and of themselves could cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Typically, people have one or two good weapons and then several that get the job done but would not be considered top of the line firearms. Any firearm you have is a good firearm, but when you have choices, you have to choose wisely.

A firearm is a tool that has to be ready for use at all times under any conditions. You need a reliable firearm on you, and you need a reliable firearm in a cache so if you have to resupply you can maintain the same security status as before. Make your cache as equal to or better than what you have close to hand and this includes, food, gear, medical supplies and so on.

Forget about the first tier second tier firearms mumble jumble on the Internet. Leave all those flow charts to military units. You are a family trying to survive, and to do so, you have to overcompensate by having the best available at all times, less training means more equipment, gear, and firearms.

You have to be able to assess your own capabilities realistically. You cannot pad your Resume when it comes to training, knowledge, and experience. Understand you will need every tool and piece of gear available to survive. You don’t carry a cheap, get by handgun for home defense, so what makes you think it would okay to bury one in the ground, your need for personal defense will only increase during a crisis.

If you have to find your way to your cache then that means the SHTF and you will need everything you can get your hands on to survive, and those things that you get your hands on better be reliable and ready to go once your hands touch them.

No, the question has not been answered, and it cannot be answered by anyone but you.

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Two Is One and One Is None: Do You Believe In Redundancy

Redundancy is often times called the best backup plan. Nevertheless, there are limits to just how many items you can carry, because you fear one may become lost, broken or in some cases, is not the exact tool or material for the job.

Where Redundancy Is Important

Survival packs for each member of the group or family is important. If a member becomes separated from the group or family that person needs the supplies, tools, and materials to survive independently of the group. It would be easy to imagine a family or group dividing supplies in various packs based on how much a person can carry. The older or bigger members may be tasked with carrying the water or food supply because it is heavier. The younger children would of course carry the lighter supplies. This method only works if everyone ends up in the same place at the same time.

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