Survival Scenario

How to Make Your Camp Fire Burn All Night

Have you ever wanted a fire to last all night long, but didn't want to stay up feeding it hour after hour?  Most nights you lay down and open your eyes again two hours later just in time to throw more tinder and wood on just before it goes out.  Recently I was watching a… Read More

How to Navigate without a Map and Compass

A good survival kit always has a compass in it, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find yourself lost in the wild without any way of gauging your direction. Being able to navigate without a map and compass is not only an integral skill to the survivalist, but an ancient art. With some knowledge and… Read More

Survival Situation: Dog Gone Or Dog Stays?

Many folks are debating whether it’s good to have a dog during a survival situation or not.  For most dog owners, this is an easy question to answer.  They are a part of the family, so they go. But what if you are thinking of adding a dog to your survival plans?  If so then… Read More

Survival Shows

I'm not a big TV watcher.  We don't have cable TV at our house and don't watch any live TV shows, but I do like to pick up the out of season survival shows they put on Amazon and Netflix. My favorite is Dual Survival, but it hasn't been the same since Dave Canterbury left… Read More

Survival Scenario – Hypothermia

It's late October, and you've been invited up to Northern Maine to a friend's camp for an awesome and much-needed week of hiking, fishing, and camping out. You've been driving your rental car north from the Portland airport for several hours, down dirt roads, rut-ridden by logging trucks and hunters scouting for the upcoming moose… Read More

No Water, No Warning

Yes, we're going to talk about West Virginia. For those of you living in caves (No judgement here, I get accused of it often enough) a coal storage facility leaked some noxious chemicals into the drinking water source for at least a 9 county area of West Virginia.  Residents had ZERO warning, and were just… Read More

Survival Scenario – Lost in the Snow

It's been awhile since I've done a survival scenario and since it's winter and we just got a foot of snow I thought I'd throw one out there. Scenario: You're hiking with a young person - son, daughter, nephew, niece, a friend's child, or whoever.  You've been hiking/snowshoeing for a couple of hours when you… Read More

You Never Know When You’ll Need It

The thing about accidents and disasters is you never know when they'll happen. You could be on your way home and find yourself in a life or death situation. After phoning for help in resuscitating her baby, a 25-year-old woman on a plane that crashed in remote southwest Alaska led searchers hampered by cold and… Read More

A Simple Prepper Exercise

She's sitting quietly at the console in the soon-to-be grain storage facility. Polishing up the programmed interface that will guide the operators through their daily tasks. Around her various welders and electricians go about their jobs. The lights flicker, and go out. She hears the groans in the pitch black, her hand is on her… Read More

Calamity’s Top 10

I like to go into depth with my posts, talk about the details of things as they relate to my life. Today is just not one of those days though. Here are the top 10 things I'd want in my survival situation. (In no particular order.) 10 My largest metal pot. It can boil a… Read More

Near Term Extinction

Do we have any readers familiar with the Near-Term Extinction branch of doom theory? Basically they think that climate change will combine with sea level changes and extreme weather events to bring about massive crop failures and diseases and disasters that will combine to wipe out the majority of life on Earth. They think we're… Read More

Ted Nugent, The Zimmerman/Martin Case, and SHTF

So I'll admit, I hadn't been playing very close heed to the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, even though it conceivably could have a direct effect on certain firearms laws and how people view "Stand Your Ground" laws in the future. I believed that the case was an extreme example of media sensationalism and I really… Read More

SHTF Story Time

Everybody has a story about when the SHTF for them and I thought it would be interesting to share.  Maybe we can learn something from other people's adventures.  On Monday I posted about my mini-adventure in the woods of Canada.  No real danger there, but still a pretty stupid thing to do. Now let me… Read More