Camping

Gear Review – The Crovel Extreme II

If you've never seen the Crovel before it's an amazing piece of gear that is made in the USA. Basically it's a military e-tool on steroids with some cool additions. First, it's heavier than an e-tool. This can be both good and bad and I'll come back to this in a moment. Second, it has some… Read More

Summer Camp Mentality

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache A Bug Out is not going to be the equivalent of a vaca to summer camp.  Forget the white sands, the water slides, the picnic BBQs, golf, snow skiing, bonfire marshmallow roasts, shopping antiques in the quaint downtown area with a quiche… Read More

Seven Reasons Your Bug-Out Will Fail

The S has HTF and you're ready to bug-out.  You grab your stuff and hit the road and ride off into the sunset, happy to be alive.  Right? Hold on a minute.  Let's make sure you're not making a mistake that could derail your bug-out. Here are seven reasons your bug-out might not go as… Read More

Three Excellent Survival Knives for Under $100

Outdoorsmen love knives.  The reasons for this are varied, but for me it's because of the utility they offer.  If all you have is a good blade and the right skill set you could potentially survive in the wilderness for a long time. How so?  Let's think of the Rule of 3's for a moment… Read More

Weighing the Options For Drinking Water

Water is one of the basic needs for every prepper.  But, does every prepper know exactly what they are guarding against and how to best deal with all the pitfalls? I think some people hesitate because it's a life or death thing and they don't want to make a mistake. So let's take an in-depth… Read More

Getting The Most Out Of My DIY Alcohol Stove

I'll admit it, I'm a cheapskate. But for good reason...I cheap out on a lot of things so that I can have really really good stuff in other areas. For instance, I'll eat store-brand taco shells for dinner and have peanut butter sandwiches for lunch so that I can afford that Troy free-floating battlerail for… Read More

Footwear When TSHTF

Facebook user Aaron recently asked me to write a post about what to wear on your feet when TSHTF.  This is a really good question with more variables than you might think.  After all, if you can't walk out of a situation (see Calamity's post) for whatever reason you might be in a lot of… Read More

Get Your Kids Outside!

Saturday, April 19, 2014 7:00 PM Today was a good day.  It's a spring day in mid-April and early this afternoon I had my kids in the woods for a few hours.  My little girl is 2 1/2 and my boy will be 5 next month.  I've been promising to show my son how to… Read More

10 Camping Season Do’s and Don’ts

Winter is finally (almost) over and it's the beginning of a new camping and hiking season. Many of us are dusting off our camping and hiking gear and getting ready to hit the trail.  A certain percentage won't be properly prepared and might become lost, injured or otherwise debilitated on the trail. Don't be one… Read More

If You Only Had Four Pieces of Gear…

Here's one of my favorite "What if..." games to play with other outdoorsmen. The scenario: You're canoeing down a river on a solo camping trip and you get caught in some rapids you didn't know were there.  Boom!  Your canoe tips over and most of your gear and your canoe is gone.  Swept away and… Read More

Urban Skills Challenge WINNER, Prepared Associates Land Nav meetup

First things first...I know some of you are chomping at the bit to find out who won the Urban Skills Challenge giveaway slot. I actually did the names-in-a-hat (okay, I used a bowl) method. People who DID say they like the SHTFblog and the Prepared Associates Facebook pages got extra entries, and in this case… Read More