Winter Preparedness

Cooking With Fire

Fire is one of the earth’s four cardinal elements and mythology is filled with stories of how mankind got their hands on it in the first place. We do know that being able to make fire changed the face of nutrition, health and human progress forever – and, whether you’re getting together for a barbecue… Read More

Bug Out Pants

Preppers most often tend to concentrate on the more exotic aspects of prep and survival gearing up.  We get all the bases covered with water stocks, food supplies, defense weaponry, ammunition, first aid kits, tools, gear, bags and everything else that goes with getting ready to Bug Out.  But, what are you going to wear? … Read More

Prepper Hardware Supplies

An essential element in building up a comprehensive prepper supply is to include on a planning list a stock of all sorts and types of hardware items.  You can have all the tools and gear in the world, but if something breaks, needs maintenance, or a fresh build, then nothing much can be done without… Read More

Hypothermia: Tips Against the Cold

Hypothermia presents one of nature’s greatest dangers. Even just among America’s homeless, thousands die from exposure to the freezing elements. Nobody should face the cold unprepared. By Alex Coyne, a contributing author of Survival Cache and SHTFBlog.com Here are some of the facts behind hypothermia, and some more about what you can do to handle… 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

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

Cold Weather Camping – Why You Should Try It

Most folks are inherently afraid of the idea of camping out in cold weather, but before we go further let's define cold weather.  A person from Alabama is probably going to have a different definition of what cold weather is than someone who lives in Maine or any of the northern latitudes.  I consider temps 30… Read More

Fail to Prepare Fail to Live

Does it make sense to be a prepper?  Should you spend time and money on things that will help you survive a potential disaster that might never happen?  I've spent a lot of time thinking about these questions and always manage to circle back to the same answer:  prepping is your auto, life, and house… Read More

Snow Shoes: A Survival Necessity In Deep Snow

It's almost time for winter here in the Northeast.  That means lots of fun outdoor activities, but one of the easiest is snow shoeing. If you ever get the opportunity, I would highly recommend that you at least try it. It's a great way to learn how difficult snow can be to navigate. When I… Read More

Ten Ways To Survive the Winter Cold

It's getting to be that time of year again and winter is nearly upon us. You know what that means,  snow. If you live in the northeast, you've seen your fair share of it.  I've spent a lot of time in the cold and snow and thought I'd pass on a few things I've learned… Read More

How To Make A Swedish Torch

Ever wanted to know how to take one piece of firewood and turn it into a stove/torch?  Wonder no more.  This is an introduction to the Swedish torch.  As with anything there's a dozen ways you can use this concept; from taking your chainsaw and cutting a pile of notches in a log for a long… Read More

Survival Afterwards: Living in the Aftermath

August 29 is my wedding anniversary.  It was the same date that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf South Coast.  I try not to attach any connection between the two.  Though I lived 150 miles north of the landfall, our community was greatly impacted by the storm.  High winds and driving rain took down scores of… Read More

11.5 Bug Out Bag Mistakes That Are Not Mistakes

About the only tangible aspect we have for a real bug out is the bug out bag.  Sure you might have a BOVehicle or BOLocation, but BOBag is often the beginning and the end for most lightweight survivalists and preppers.  The problem is that unlike taking a cruise to Alaska, or a family trip to… Read More