Survival Skills

5 Survival Reality Show Screw Ups

Reality TV shows generally tend to go two ways: Either they turn out to be partial or complete fakeries behind the scenes, or in some cases things veer a little too close to reality and people get hurt - in 2011, a contestant was involved in a massive crash on the set of Fear Factor… Read More

Everyday Cures for an Aching Tooth

It may still be true that most people just don’t like going to the dentist.  That remains the case even today although modern advances in dental care, techniques, and pain medications can take care of most tooth ailments.  Maybe it is just the sound of that air drill cranking up in your ear. By Dr… Read More

Making Maple Syrup

Making Maple syrup is an annual celebration of spring, as it is one of the first wild plant foods of the year and the rising of the sap marks the beginning of the spring harvest.  For the do-it-yourself tapper, it is not so much about calculating (the work to syrup ratio turns many a woodsman… Read More

Acquiring and Managing Survival Gear and Equipment

For the sake of excusing any semantical argument over words here, we are going to basically equate the terms gear and equipment as the same.  I suppose one could separate the two.  For example, equipment might be an electric generator while support gear might be a gasoline can, electrical extension cords and connectors.  But, why… Read More

Building a Natural Emergency Shelter With No Tools

Have you ever tried to build a shelter from natural materials in the woods?  Have you ever tried to do it with no tools?  Have you ever tried to do it with no tools in the winter in a foot of snow? Well I did, and here's what happened. I went out snowshoeing with my… Read More

Inferno: Ten Facts You Should Know About Fire

Fire can be a beautiful thing to behold; knowing how to make fire is an essential skill that kick-started the next phase of human evolution, and it’s been keeping us alive ever since. As majestic as it is, fire is equally dangerous and will become deadly if unprepared. Fire can cross your path in several forms… Read More

Preppers and Survivalists Must Be Hunters and Gatherers

It just isn’t realistic to think all of our prepping supplies will hold out forever. My family, friends, and I may have devised the best survival plan there is, even better than most of the selection of “you can make it” books at the big box book store.  But, as time dwells on, the supplies… Read More

Cold Weather Survival In A Blizzard

You're driving home from work during a blizzard and that semi-plowed road you were on suddenly disappears in a spray of snow. Whiteout!  By the time it clears enough for you to see again you're in the ditch - a small ravine really -  stuck and wondering how you're going to get out.  The wind outside… Read More

Lead: The Perilous Poison in Your Tap Water

Lead is a killer.  To that statement, nobody is surprised.  The shock may be perhaps just how silently lead slips into our systems, not only in terms of its delivery often by aging public utility works or other modes, but also how it becomes absorbed into our human bodily systems.  More often than not, the… Read More

Tree Bark as an Emergency Food

An almost forgotten food from the wild is that which comes from the bark of trees.  Once a staple, now it is barely known even as a coarse survival food.  I myself have been slow coming to it even with wild edible plants as a major preoccupation since my teens.  An obvious possibility for why… Read More

Poison in the Water? Trace Pharmaceuticals and Your Faucet

The issue of pharmaceuticals showing up in public water systems is gaining more and more attention in the media, and for good reason—because it’s there! While it isn't entirely clear what these drugs are doing to your endocrine system, it isn't positive. Moreover, your exposure to trace pharmaceuticals is probably greater than you imagine. Consider… Read More

Wilderness First Aid Guide

Administering the right first aid correctly can help save lives and reduce discomfort when you are out in the wilderness.  Understanding the common challenges you may face and how to react under such conditions will help remove uncertainties and improve patient outcome. Having your first aid kit with you is the first step to handling… Read More

Conduct a Prep SWOT Analysis

American management practices use a lot of techniques to examine planning, program development, future goals, and modes of execution to achieve those goals.  One of the business school tactics used by many groups is called the SWOT.  This stands for (1) Strengths, (2) Weaknesses, (3) Opportunities, and (4) Threats.  Walking through this process applied to… Read More