Winter Preparedness

Pioneer Preps: Fire Bricks

There is one thing that I believe everyone has in common and that is junk mail. No matter how many mailing lists we try to get off of there always seems to be some magazine, catalog, or coupons that ends up in our mail box. Normally we throw it away or perhaps use it to… Read More

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… Read More

Build Up Fire Bug Out Bags

The consensus is that nothing feels better or soothes the savage brow than a good campfire.  Just having the flickering flames available for a comfort factor, providing some needed warmth, or available for cooking a hot meal, a fire can be an essential ingredient of having a working Bug Out survival camp set up. Sometimes though… Read More

The Care and Feeding of Socks

The oft quoted proverb “Don’t sweat the small stuff, but it’s all small stuff”, often ignores the common sense point that sometimes forgetting to take care of some of the small stuff items and concerns could end up being a big deal.  And more often than not it turns out some small stuff thing is… Read More

Surviving SHTF Holidays

Regardless of your current survival or SHTF living situation, it is imperative to maintain a lifestyle as close to “normal” as possible.  This includes maintaining regular long time established family traditions such as recognition of birthdays, anniversaries, and yes, even the holiday seasons.  A big, big part of survival success is being able to establish… Read More

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