SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Surviving in the Wilderness Using the Rule of Threes

Pop quiz! by Jarhead Survivor, contributing writer What’s the first thing you should do or look for when you’re lost in the woods and you realize you’re going to spend the night out there?  If you said food you’re not alone. Unfortunately, you’re also wrong.  For some reason, when people think about getting lost – especially if it’s going to be overnight – they want to go looking for food first. Read through the following scenario and then we’ll revisit it after looking at the Survival Rule of Threes. Hypothetical Wilderness…

Get Out of Debt and Survive With Less After TSHTF

On TV the other day (I was streaming a news broadcast off the Internet – I don’t have cable TV) I saw a commercial that settled in my mind and it gnawed away at for me awhile. I didn’t realize until later why it bothered me so much. Here’s a synopsis of the commercial: Dude1 walks out of his house over to his neighbors house in a suburban neighborhood, where his friend (Dude2) is admiring a new car. “Nice car!” Dude1 says and Dude2 beams and starts to talk about its features. Dude1…

Your GPS Is Awesome – Until It Gets You Lost

The other day my wife sent me on a mission to China to recover an important tactical item.  That would be China, Maine and the item was a coffee table she found on Craigslist.  Anyway, I jumped in my trusty pickup truck, fired up the GPS, and headed inland from the coast to grab the package.  The GPS, a literal device, took me on the shortest route. Which, as you’ve probably discovered, doesn’t always necessarily mean the fastest.  I was going up over mountains, down back roads, and twisting back…

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 burn to doing it how I did it here, by taking a small chunk of firewood and splitting and cutting it into smaller pieces with my survival knife. By Jarhead Survivor, a contributing author at SHTFBlog Check out…

Our Growing Dependence On Electronics

If you’ve been to a shopping center or a mall lately you’ve probably noticed how many people these days are totally plugged into their phones or other electronic gadgets.  It is even worse today now that the Pokemon Go craze has hit the world like a tidal wave.  I was in the big city of Augusta, Maine recently, which isn’t that big, and was reminded of how many people are constantly plugged into their toys.  Kids, young adults, and increasingly even the Baby Boomers are getting attached to their phones.…

10 Tips For When You Get Lost In the Woods

In July of 2013 Geraldine Largay was hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine by herself after her partner had to leave because of a family emergency.  She was 66 years old and had a poor sense of direction and when she went off trail to use the bathroom she got lost and couldn’t find her way back.  She tried to send a text using her cell phone, but there was no signal.  Her remains were found two years later by a surveyor about two miles off the trail.  Her journal…

13 SHTF Tips For City Dwellers

Most of you reading this are urban or city dwellers.  Stay with me for a minute while I set the stage.  Roughly 80% of the U.S. population is urban.  What exactly does urban mean though?  According to Wikipedia:  “An urban area is characterized by higher population density and vast human features in comparison to the areas surrounding it. Urban areas may be cities, towns or conurbations, but the term is not commonly extended to rural settlements such as villages and hamlets.”  By Jarhead Survivor This confused me a little until I…

Tops BOB Knife Review

As hard as it is for me to say this, I think I’ve finally found a knife that I like better than the Ka-Bar Becker BK-2. The BK-2 is an awesome knife. It’s a workhorse and of the few smaller knives out there it’s one that you can actually chop and pry with that has some effect on what you’re hitting. Check out a comparison of the BK-2 and a couple of other knives here. I’ll use the BK-2 as a comparison here because this is probably one of the knives I’ve used most…