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Survival Knots

Setting up a quick half-shelter? Tying gear to a tree? Rappelling down a cliff? Do you know what basic knots to use if you needed them? I know most folks will say no, but it is never too late to learn. While this could be a life-saving skill, it is one that should be practiced on a regular basis. You can use knots for things such as tying up bulk trash or putting up a hammock to enjoy a peaceful afternoon. The uses are endless. This video should get you started: The knots explained in this video are the clove hitch, truckers hitch, slip knot,...

Gear Preview: Kelty Coyote 80 Backpack

We have some warm weather right around the corner and that means it is time to hit the trails. While I love a good backpacking trip with some excellent scenery, I also like having all the creature comforts I can carry which makes the experience a lot better. Can you also use a trip like this as practice for a bug out scenario? Most definitely! While there are so many different bag choices on the market today, you can only carry one right?  We are currently evaluating a large pack from Kelty, the Coyote 80. We will have our results shortly. In the...

How About Cooking Bacon & Eggs In A Paper Bag?

Tired of the same old camping food? Don’t you want to compliment the whole camping experience with some great grub? If you are going to hit the trails this weekend and will camp at some point, check out this breakfast you could have that will remind you of home. Disclaimer: This will not only make you hungry, it will probably do the same to others who can smell it, i.e. animals, other campers, etc., so make sure to use extreme caution because you are in for a treat. 🙂 Stay safe on the trails! -SP    

Basics Of Using A Map Compass

Another skill we should discuss (which I have neglected to) is navigation. What good is going anywhere and not knowing your way around the land? Could you find yourself in a situation where you have gotten turned around and you are completely lost? Absolutely! This happens quite often and I know you don’t want to become a statistic. So let’s take a look at what you should have and know. First and foremost, a good basic map compass, such as the one here. Notice I said basic. If you do not have the experience with using one you may not...

Preview: Is Your Campsite Secure?

I love relaxing around a campfire. The peace and quiet of the woods and fresh air is hard to beat. Even with all the relaxing attributes of any campground or makeshift campsite, you still need to be vigilant when it comes to your safety and that of those in your group.

Gear Review: The Watson Evac Sling By Hazard 4

Bags, bags, and more bags. Bug out bags, EDC (everyday carry) bags, G.O.O.D. (Get Out Of Dodge) bags, the list can go on, but we don’t need an army of bags to do what we need to do. As with any essential piece of gear, quality and dependability are the key to success. With so many bags on the market, the task of finding the right bag for the right application can be daunting. We have been on the search for a bag that can serve multiple purposes. One that can be a bug out or get home bag, and also have the ability to tackle weekend fun. One...

Cold Weather Survival: How To Build A Heat Reflector

You are lost in the woods and the temperature is quickly dropping. We already know that building a fire is priority, but a conventional campfire only provides so much heat. What about building a heat source that can be more focused on one area?