“Scout” Survival Kit – The EDC of the Outdoors

Sunday, March 15, 2015

What is a “scout” survival kit?  To me, it means something a little different than an EDC (Every Day Carry) Kit.  A scout kit is what I consider to have on me when I have set up camp and leave my primary bag to scout out the perimeter for survival items (e.g. – firewood, water, edibles, etc.).

It’s similar to an EDC in that it is always on my person.  However, it is different than an EDC kit because the gear contained inside is specific to outdoor adventures and not “every day” carry.  I do not carry a full tang ESEE 6 knife on me, nor do I carry ranger beads and a compass when I’m driving my car or going to work.  However, if I”m backpacking and leave my primary bag at camp, you better believe I would have those items in addition to the other accessories I describe in this article. Read More

Urban Survival & Lock Picking

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What gear comes to mind when you think of a bug out bag? I would argue that the majority of us relate the term bug out bag to outdoor survival gear: shelter, water purification, fire making, bushcraft, etc.  However, what about survival gear that can be applied strictly to an urban setting?

While there may be many urban-specific survival tools, one which comes quickly to mind is a small lock pick set.  Whether you are trying to make passage through locked gates or scavenging for materials, a lock pick set might be your best friend.  Crow bars and bolt cutters certainly have their place, but they are heavy and can be loud.  In this article, I will show you how to get started with lock picking on the cheap (<$20)!! Read More

Life Saving Skills – Pulleys for Rope Rescue & Stuck Cars

Monday, March 9, 2015

A couple of years ago, I used to own a Jeep Wrangler which was my pride and joy. I outfitted the vehicle with a 4″ lift, 33″ tires and all the bells and whistles. The last item which I wanted was a nice winch. Winches are great tools to get your vehicle unstuck, get other vehicles unstuck, or even used as a rescue operation to haul persons or gear.

The only problem with winches is that they are expensive, heavy, must remain fixed to the vehicle and use electricity.  However, there are cheaper and more practical solutions!  In this article, I’ll discuss some cheap alternatives to the winch and how they are used for a variety of preparedness situations. Read More

Tree Climbing & Sentry Lookout Positioning

Saturday, March 7, 2015

If SHTF and it ever comes down to defending your property, you need to give yourself advanced warning of threats.  This can be obtained in a variety of ways:

  • Using radio communications, you can network with other homes in your area and get forewarning of threats.
  • You can perform routine scout patrols (also with radio communications) of your area.
  • You can use security cameras with Wifi signaling to transmit into your control station.
  • OR you can set up a tree sentry position!  I hope you don’t have a fear of heights!

In this article, I’ll show you a couple of ways you can set up a high elevation sentry lookout.  Paired up with a good pair of binoculars, you’ve just given yourself an incredible force multiplier against threats in terms of getting early first warning. Read More

Build Your Own Bug Out Bag (Categories & Ideas)

Monday, February 16, 2015

If I could have one recommendation for anyone out there who is new to prepping, try to avoid buying a pre-loaded bug out bag.  Although you might think there is a threat of impending doom with how current events are playing out, you do indeed have some time to make a bag that is tailored to you.  There are many pre-loaded bags out there that are just plain junk, and it is unfortunate that people get sucked into those purchases.  There are other bags out there which are “OK”, but are highly marked up in price due to the convenience factor and are not custom tailored to yourself as an individual.

My best advice to you is build you own bug out bag which is customized to your survival needs, skill level and price. Read More

Build a Bushcraft Ladder in under 15 minutes!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Why would a bushcraft ladder be a good idea?  Lots of reasons actually…

  • Reach wild edibles like fruits, nuts, etc that are high in trees.
  • Reach birds nests for eggs
  • Get a height advantage for a look out
  • Cross a small crevasse
  • Use the structure as part of a bushcraft shelter
  • Use as a makeshift stretcher
  • And probably many more creative ideas!

Using the technique of tourniquet lashings, I’ll show you how to put one of these up in no time.  I put a 3 rung ladder together in 7 minutes.  You could double that in 15 minutes and be able to reach heights of 10-15 feet!

VID: Perfect Bug Out Bag Gear Combo

Sunday, November 2, 2014

When developing your bug out bag, always make sure you are as efficient as possible with space and weight.  To demonstrate how compact you can make things, take a look at my cookware and stove setup below:

You can get really creative with what you can fit into the unit.  However, be sure to have fire starting material and multiple ways to create fire.

GSI Pinnacle Soloist Cookware

Solo Stove – Super Efficient wood burning stove