SHTF blog – Modern Survival

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…

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 is blowing at a sustained 35 miles per hour and the snow is falling at three inches an hour.  You hear a plow truck go by above you and when it doesn’t stop you know…

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 to 50 degrees pleasant to sleep in.  Anything below 30 degrees is starting to get cold and once the temperature hits 10 degrees, I consider it true cold weather camping.  The coldest I’ve ever slept…

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 was in New Brunswick, Canada last season,  I had the opportunity to visit my uncle’s tipi.  It’s about a mile out in the woods and there was three feet of snow on the ground. In…

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 and seen over the years.  Playing outside in a good winter snow is awesome.  I love snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice skating, snow mobiling, winter camping, and just about anything that can be done outside in…

My Winter Climb Up Mount Katahdin

This post may not be entirely ON topic, preparedness-wise anyway … unless I stretched it, pitched the post as… by Derrick James, SHTFblog founder and blogger at Prepper Press Exercise All Year Long to Stay Apocalypse-Ready, or …Breathe Fresh Air Today Because the World Might End Tomorrow, or …you get the idea. Instead I’m just going to talk a bit about this year’s winter hike up Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine’s highest peak. Baxter State Park used to regulate winter hiking, but they loosened the rules up a…

The Power Went Out And I Couldn't Write a Post

Hi Everybody. Well, the power went out for Ol’ Jarhead Survivor on Sunday and the post I started for today didn’t get finished. But I learned a lot of things this weekend about my SHTF plan for when the power goes out.  I’ll write up an after action report for Friday and let you know the major holes and what I’m going to do to fix them, but for now here’s one glaring error that I didn’t catch with all my planning.  My generator won’t run the pellet stove!!!!! I…

Staying Warm In Winter After TSHTF

Another winter is almost here and I heard on the news that heating oil costs are expected to soar this year.  They’re currently about $3.50 per gallon here in Maine right now, but they’re expected to go up to about $3.75 a gallon over the winter.  Ouch.  A typical home oil tank in New England (and I presume elsewhere) is 275 gallons.  How much would it cost to fill your tank? Today’s prices:  $3.50 x 275 = $962.50. Extrapolated price:  $3.75 x 275 = $1031.25 That’s a difference of $68.75.…