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Gear Review – Osprey Talon 11 Pack

I recently went on a day hike in the desert and brought my Camelbak M.U.L.E. I’ve had this pack for at least ten years, maybe more. It’s been a good companion, holding 100 oz in the bladder and a few other items. Before my hike I had wanted to pack a rain jacket but didn’t have the room. Climbing over rocks later on, I got hot but didn’t have the space to stow my fleece. Then it rained on me. It was evident I needed something with more storage space…

Survival Gear Review: The BioLite Solar Apartment Kit

I’m not ashamed to admit it – I’ve been horrifically slow to adapt to solar power for my home survival preps. There, I said it. Maybe “slow” is an inappropriate term – “reserved” might be better – but the point of fact is that while I use and rightfully adore other solar-powered illumination flashlights and lanterns, when it comes to ramping up the scale to provide basic solar power to my home for illumination and charging capabilities, I was – pun intended – shamefully in the dark. By Drew, contributing…

How Ultralight Backpacking Influenced My Bug Out Bag

Before I became interested in backpacking, I made several iterations of “bug out” bags. The idea of living out of a bag fascinated me; it was the ultimate freedom. My first bug out bag was an olive drab ALICE pack with three full MREs, an old poncho and liner, a cheap hunting knife that wouldn’t hold an edge, a ridiculous amount of cheap rope, some Potable Aqua tablets from Walmart, and a host of other items. It weighed something like 33 pounds, without water. I never took it on an…

How-To: Winter Hiking and Camping

Not many people enjoy camping out in the cold.  The first time I took my wife cold-weather camping it got down to -4 Fahrenheit that evening and it was all I could do to get her out of her sleeping bag the next morning.  The secret to enjoying cold weather is dressing warm and having the right gear. By Jarhead Survivor, a contributing author SHTFBlog & Survival Cache Just because the temperature drops below zero, or it gets dark at 4:30 doesn’t mean you should hibernate like a bear for the winter.  Instead grab…

How To Make a Lamp From Natural Materials

Years ago I was camping next to a lake and as darkness began to fall I discovered that I’d forgotten my flashlight.  I had some firewood cut and ready to go, but knew that it was going to be a long dark night with just the campfire to shed light. I remembered something I’d read about making a lamp, so I went down to the shore and found a couple of freshwater clam shells.  Now I had my container I needed something to burn.  I’d hiked in early and made…

You Have Your Bug-Out Bag – Now What Do You Do With It?

One thing I constantly try to keep in mind is that not everybody is familiar with the great outdoors. Recently I had a conversation with a friend at work who told me he had a bug-out bag full of good gear, but when we talked it became evident that he didn’t have a real solid plan of what to do with it in case he actually needed to bug-out. So I thought I’d write a short guide on what do do with your bug-out kit once you actually have to…

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 yellow lab (Phyllis) and thought it might be cool to pretend that I was lost and needed to set up a shelter for the night.  It was about noon in mid-February, which meant I had…

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: As a way to create warmth; to send a signal; to prepare food and boil water; it can be as simple as lighting a cigarette or a campfire, or you can be faced with the…