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Test Your Fire-Building IQ

Fire is the magic candle of the wilderness. Build fire and you keep the wolf of hypothermia at bay. It warms; it acts to soothe frayed nerves. It builds confidence, acts as a distress signal, and encourages you to stay in one place until help arrives. But how much do you really know about building and maintaining fire, beyond simply striking a match? Take this test to find out.

Upcoming Backpacking And Camping Gear Reviews

Hey everyone!! With the warmer weather right around the corner, it is time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Stay tuned as we will have some upcoming reviews on backpacking and camping gear. We are not only choosing essential gear you could use to make your outdoor trips enjoyable; we are choosing gear that could become a vital part of your preparedness program.


There are a number of excellent backpacking/hiking First Aid Kits available from commercial providers. I prefer to put together my own kit. A basic backpacking First Aid Kit should contain, at a minimum:

Camp Security

Camp security is not generally an issue. Most people either camp in a campground with hundreds of people around or so far out in the sticks that bad guys are too lazy to go to them. Well incase you have been in a coma since y2k times have changed. That campground you have used for years may not be as safe as you once thought.