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  • September 27, 2013

    Survival Training with the Department of Justice: 4 Weeds You Can Eat Almost Anywhere-1


    I had a rare privilege this week. I was invited to be a guest instructor for an inter-agency survival training camp for some folks who answer to the Department of Justice. Twenty guys from a diverse group of agencies were working on their wilderness survival skills in the mountains of Virginia, and I had the pleasure of joining them to provide a little training on edible and medicinal plants, with a focus on common weeds that are found globally.

    While I cannot get into the who, what, where, or why they were doing that training (nor provide you with pictures due to operational security), I’m glad to share a bit of what I told the team about the virtues of weeds that we all probably see every day.

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  • September 25, 2013

    Fire Building: 5 Myths of Friction Fire -0


    Friction fire building has been surrounded by legend, story, and myth for all of recorded history. Our ancestors probably struggled to grasp the inexplicable way that fire sprang from otherwise lifeless pieces of wood. Although many of these tales convey culture and heritage, there are still a number of technical myths that seem to haunt the art of friction fire. It’s high time we laid some of these myths to rest.

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  • September 20, 2013

    The 5 Most Important Types of Survival Training -4


    I believe the five most important types of self-reliance and survival training are: 1) shooting, 2) first aid, 3) martial arts, 4) wilderness survival, and 5) food production.

    Why bother? For me, it’s not about prepping for a financial collapse or a zombie-pocalypse, it’s about helping my family and then being in a position to help others. And even if I'm never in a dire survival situation, I’ll still be better off for the time and energy that has been invested in training.


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  • September 18, 2013

    Survival Food: 5 Ways to Eat Snails and Slugs -2


    Let me say from the beginning, that this is not a decision that I would relish: To eat slugs or starve to death. I’ve eaten them before, and I hope I never have to repeat that experience. But they will pass for food in a pinch. Terrestrial slugs and snails (found on land, not in the sea) are generally safe for human consumption, always after a thorough cooking. And their nutritional value certainly justifies the effort of collecting and preparing them. These critters have about 90 calories per 100 grams of “meat,” which is high in protein (12 to 16 percent) and rich in minerals. It’s a little hard to consider them food though, when you realize that their favorite meal is scat.

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  • September 17, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Rodent-Proof Your Food Storage -1


    The last thing you want to see in your carefully stored food is evidence of mice and rats having their way with your stuff. Having the right containers, poisons, and traps can be a big step forward in rodent-proofing your food stores. And they beat the noise and smell of a cupboard full of cats.

    Put It In Glass:  Mason jars are my favorite glass containers. These canning-friendly jars with tight fitting metal lids will keep any critter out of your storage (rodent or bug). The biggest jars make a great receptacle for rice and other staple foods. Twenty pounds of rice fits perfectly into 6 of the large “half-gallon” mason jars.

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  • September 13, 2013

    Survival Gear: SurvivAMINO Emergency Protein -0


    Every growing kid needs protein. But what about grown-ups? Especially grown-ups who might happen to be in a survival scenario? Yep, there’s protein for them, too. It’s a little white pill called SurvivAMINO.

    While I have always advocated calories as the biggest part of physical survival, there is some wiggle room when talking about food. Those calories need to supply you with fat, carbohydrates and useable protein. You may not find enough grubs or berries in the wild for your fat and carb requirements, but it is easier now to handle your protein needs.

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  • September 10, 2013

    How to Survive: Stock Useful Plants At Your Bug-Out Site -0


    Your bug-out site can be a lot of things. It can be an emergency location to shelter you during a crisis. It can be a favorite hunting and trapping spot that you know well and can return to when things fall apart.

    This site can also be a self-sustaining “garden,” if you plant the right trees, shrubs, and perennial plants there long before you need them. The following long-lived plants and trees can look after themselves once they are established on a piece of property.

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  • September 9, 2013

    Black Walnut for Food and Supplies-4


    You’ll find tall and stately black walnut trees (and their cousin the butternut walnut) growing wild throughout much of the central and eastern U.S. They’re particularly noticeable in the fall when their green-brown-black, tennis-ball size nuts begin littering the ground. The rough round husks turn from green to a very dark brown as they lay on the ground in autumn. These native trees have provided people with food, medicine, dye, and beautiful wood for centuries. Here are just a few of the valuable things that these trees can deliver.

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  • September 6, 2013

    Risk Factor: 4 Health Conditions That Can Kill You in the Wilderness-0


    There are plenty of risks in the wilderness. Every time we head into the great outdoors we expose ourselves to dangers from falls, exposure to the elements, and even wild animals.

    But there are other risk factors, dangers that begin within our own bodies that might turn a dream trip into a nightmare. In the case of stroke, heart attack, diabetic shock, and dehydration, time is of the essence. This not only means that you have to recognize the signs and symptoms of these conditions, but you need to be able to reach emergency medical personnel as well. No matter where you are hunting, be sure that there is some means by which you can contact the outside world in the case of emergency. That might be by cell phone, satellite phone, or radio, but make sure that everyone in the group has access. Additionally, make sure that someone knows exactly where you’ll be in case a rescue is necessary. Hours spent combing through the wilderness conducting a blanket search for a victim can be a waste of precious time that otherwise might be be used to help save a life.

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  • September 5, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The myID Bracelet-0

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