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5 Things that Happened in 2015 in Green Power While You Weren’t Paying Attention

Green Power, or alternative energy, has been around since the beginning of time.

However, those which have harnessed the power of natural elements have generally been those which are not corporate minded.

Yet, as more and more people are turning to cost –effective energy and power options, developments are constantly on a global scale concerning Alternative Energy.

Here are 5 developments in Alternative Energy which have occurred since the beginning of 2015.

1) President Obama Announces Clean Power Plan

On August 3, 2015 President Obama announced that he is implementing a nationwide limit on Carbon Dioxide Emissions from power plants.

According to the report released by the White House, the bill will shut down hundreds of coal-fired power plants.

The power which these plants provided will be subsidized with wind and solar power.

President Obama has also stated that “next-generation nuclear plants” may be an option as well.

The report from the White House states that the bill will force a decline in carbon dioxide emissions by 32% by the year 2030. Of course the baseline is not starting this year but will be back dated to 2005 (you get better results that way).

Each state will be responsible for meeting carbon pollution targets. Those states which do not meet the desired targets will be subject to government involvement.

2) REM 2015

REM (Renewable energy markets) will be hosting its 2015 summit in Washington DC October 18-20th.

The Summit has been around since 1996 and has focused on developing clean energy among the top industries.

The summit is the only conference of its kind currently.

Because the summit is internationally based, many of the ideas concerning Alternative Energy and green power legislation are birthed at REM.

The conference boasts that “80% of the top Green Power Purchasers in the US have attended REM”

The REM summit is not just limited to businesses (though that is the primary target) individuals which want to learn more about green energy and alternative power options can attend the two day summit.

Those which are serious about living off grid would do well to see what developments and technologies are being implemented in the coming year.

Technology usually starts at the corporate level and trickles down to the common market.

You can bet that if there is a new method of renewable energy presented at the summit that it will soon be marketed to the public.

3) EDF Closes sale on Catalina Solar Project

The EDF Renewable Energy Company closed the sale of the Catalina Solar 2 Project. 

The solar plant is located in Kern County, CA. 

Through this sale Southern California will be provided with an alternative, renewable energy (under the Southern California Edison) under a 20 year PPA.

Those which are concerned with off the grid living will be pleased to know that EDF is the U.S’s leading independent renewable energy provider.

EDF also has renewable energy plants in Canada and Mexico.

4) India continues to develop more renewable energy facilities as the population rises

India is the third largest energy consumer in the world due to its population of over a billion people. 

Where the country relies primarily on coal (a biomass form of energy), the demand cannot meet with the supply. 

As such the government is adding 15 gigawatts of capacity to its current plants with a expectancy of a total of 60 gigawatts being added by 2022.

Government involvement is still not enough to meet the energy needs and so many of the industries within India have contracted private companies to build solar and other renewable energy facilities within the country.

Such companies include the Welspun Group and the Essel Group.

Where we can hope that these steps will be a step forward in minimizing emissions, if nothing is done to the current situation (which has a 45% coal market and the third largest contributor globally of CO2), the renewable energy may not have much of an effect on the country.

5) Australian Labor party votes for a 50% renewable energy plan

On July 25th, 2015 the ALS (Australian Labor Party) passed a motion to take a 50% renewable energy target to be met by the year 2030.

The trading scheme will go to the 2016 elections in an effort to gain legal support on the commitment. 

Should the commitment get the support of the government, the bill would be around $60 billion to implement.

They would need to build 10,000 additional wind turbines and 80,000 additional gigawatt hours. However, this number is not definitive, as the ACIL has stated.

Current reductions in turbine costs, an increase in individual renewable energy living, reduction of the demand for electricity in the traditional sense, and other factors may drive the projected $60 bill down.

As you can see, there are some very big things to happen in Alternative Energy since 2015.

Survivalist and off the grid living technologies are likely to see a shift as America, Australia, Europe, and Asia commit to lowering their CO2 emissions.

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It is quite likely that countries will try to compete to have the “greener” country (think of the race to the moon just with alternative energy). 

This means that the prices of solar panels are likely to drop in order to gain “residential” investors, major corporations are likely to see incentives for wind turbines (especially tax credit credits) and housing developments will implement renewable energy as a major selling point for new developments.

The downside is that as these developments occur, smaller consumer green products are probably going to see a spike in prices.

As the “green” becomes the new norm, you can bet that retailer will jump on the wagon and try to milk the profits as best as they can. It is advised that you start getting your alternative energy supplies now (before the 2016 election) to avoid higher costs later.

How To Hot Wire A Car When The SHTF – You’ve Gotta Read This!

Today we’re going to learn an always fun skill that will land you in jail if used improperly. As always, this article is FOR LEGAL PURPOSES ONLY. We don’t promote any illegal activities here.

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This can be used to start your car when you’ve lost your keys, or to get a car going in an emergency situation. And you just never know when this skill will come in handy – especially during a SHTF situation.

These methods are surprisingly simple. They may not work with all cars, particularly new ones that require microchip activation to get started.

The “Hot Wire” Method For Starting A Car

This method requires rewiring the car to bypass the ignition system.

  1. First you need to determine if the steering wheel lock can be disabled. Pull the steering shaft off the back of the steering wheel. Look for a little disk with holes that the lock pops into. If possible, remove the disk.
  2. Use a screwdriver to remove the access cover underneath the steering wheel.
  3. Remove the harness collector to gain access to the ignition wiring.
  4. Find the two red wires. Strip 1/2 inch of insulation off of each end, and then twist the wires together. Make sure the exposed wires do not touch any metal. Make sure these wires stay twisted when driving, as you will lose power if they come loose.
  5. Find the brown wire. Strip 1/2 inch of insulation off of the end.
  6. Touch the end of the brown wire against the twisted ends of the red wires until there is engine ignition.
  7. Once the engine is going, keep the brown and red wires separate, to avoid sparks and draining the battery.

The Screwdriver Method For Starting A Car

This method uses a drill to disable the lock pins, and will destroy the key switch. Once this is done, the key mechanism will be permanently damaged. Any key, screwdriver, or flat piece of metal will be able to start the car from this point on.

  1. Drill into the key hole, about 2/3 up, where the inner flap starts. Drill into it as deep as a key would.
  2. Remove the drill bit, allowing the lock bits to fall into place.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 a few times, until all the bits are in place.
  4. Put a flat head screwdriver into the keyhole, and turn it the way you would a key.

Remember that these methods may cause damage to a car, so use only as a last resort.

Always wear insulated gloves when working with wires.

And again… only for legal purposes!

This article was originally published by Rambo Moe at

Here is a video of how to hot wire a car.

18 Bushcraft Skills All Successful Preppers Share

Nature’s greatest allure is how it allows us to rekindle our connection with our primal senses – the forgotten aspect of our nature.

The beautiful thing about nature is that, it requires us to strip down to the bare essentials and live off the natural elements. In this article we will share with you 18 essential bushcraft skills that all successful preppers share.

These skills will help you experience the liberation that a person gets from self-reliance and adventure.

18 Bushcraft Skills All Successful Preppers Share

The Craft of Fire

A bonfire can serve many purposes. Not only does it help illuminate the surrounding areas, but also helps in getting warmth, cooking food and boiling water.

It is also used for building weapons and tools.

Hence, fire is an essential element for wilderness survival.

Bushcraft Skills

Art of Navigation

There are two primary mediums for navigation: a compass and a map. If you have these two pieces of equipment you can almost never get lost, especially if you’re familiar with the area.

However, for a master navigator, all that’s necessary is keen observation skills and nature.

The sky becomes their map and the sun and stars become the directives.

Foraging for Food

Foraging is one of the most important skills as it allows us to find edible plants. Nature is filled with many delicacies along with just as many toxic plants.

A person’s ability to find wild berries, fruits and mushrooms is essential for their survival.

Hunting your Dinner

Hunting is probably the most primal of all the bushcraft skills and the best way to add some protein to your diet.

A good hunter will possess the ability to observe their prey and create a plan to either track it down or trap it.


No one can survive in the wild without sturdy shelter. This particular skill, is the foundation of an adventurer’s and their time in nature.

You must know how to create an appropriately sized shelter that can protect its inhabitants from rain.

The adventurer should also know about various different types of shelters and their proper use.

For example, a swamp bed is a type of shelter that allows shelter on wet surfaces or even water.

Understanding your Ropes

One of the most important, yet basic skills in bushcraft is the ability to tie poles or sticks together to create a rope.

Although, survivalist can take nylon ropes, but their real ability will be tested when they can create ropes from bush materials such as grass or vines.

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Knots and Lashings

Your ability to tie knots will help you several other essential skills necessary for survival.

In bushcraft work you will be forced to learn many different types of knots and lashings, which will help you build shelters, ropes, beds and so on.


If you are ever forced to make your own shelter from the bush materials that are available at hand, thatching is a skill that allows you to do just that.

It is not difficult to construct a hut exclusively using with local materials. In place of nails you will use lashings and thatching with long grass ferns for weather proof roofing.

Camp Craft

With some basic tools and know-how, anyone can set up a temporary or permanent camp.

Knowledge in camp craft will help you establish a u-shaped stone fireplace or a dug in fireplace.

Hooks, fire-throngs and forks from me made from bush material. It teaches you diverse set of skills such as stone baking, creating lamps or making camp-furniture.

Reading the Sun-Clock

Believe it or not, but our sun acts as a clock if we can learn to learn its rays. Well, all you really need is a stick to create a shadow, which will help you tell the time in the most primal manner.

Food Preservation

We don’t really need refrigerators to preserve food for later. The best ways to keeping our wild animal meat fresh under bush conditions are by smoking or drying the meat.

Fishing and Fish Traps

Although, the most usual method for fishing is by using a rod and a line, however, we can devise a number of creative traps to catch fish.

This helps us free up time to perform other tasks during the day.

Water Gathering

There are many natural indicators that can help us find water in the wild.

Water can be found in hollow trees, under the soil and water can also be extracted from vegetation.

Since water can be found and extracted in the driest of terrains, it is an essential skill for bushcraft.

Bushcraft Skills 3

Analyzing Animals and their Habits

The ability to recognize animals is of enormous benefit for an adventurer. Species identification can help you in finding water and food sources.

It can help you stay out of danger by avoiding threatening animals such as poisonous snakes.

Reading Tracks

There was a time when we could tract almost anything literally anywhere.

However, modern civilization has taken this skill away from most of us.

Ability to read tracks can help you avoid dangerous animals, while helping you find food.


Although, everyone carries a first-aid or survival kit, but a person’s ability to give first-aid can be extremely important and can even be the difference between life and death.

On the lesser extreme, it is important for one to understand how to properly clean a wound to prevent infections and other complications.

Understanding Your Weather

There are many effective ways to predict weather without the use of technology.

For example, observing cloud patters is an effective way to anticipate changes in weather.

This is a particularly important skill, as preparing for rain can make your life quite easier in the wild.

Emergency Signal Codes

Although, bushcraft and the wild are quite safe, it is still important to be properly prepared for the worst, because accidents and emergencies are not predictable and our disaster preparedness shouldn’t be lacking.

If you really are serious about mastering bushcraft, then you need to at least familiarize yourself, if not master these 18 survivalist skills all successful preppers share.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to experience the joys and purity of nature in it’s true form, which we all know is WILD.

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How to Tie a Fish Hook – This Simple Trick Will Shock You

Tying a fish hook can be one of the most frustrating or satisfying things you’ll do while out fishing… it all depends on how you’ve been taught to tie it.

In this short video, you’ll learn a simple trick that has been used for generations that makes tying a fish hook easier than you ever thought possible.

How to tie a fish hook

The first step is to put the first end through the eye of the hook.

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The next step is to pull the two ends tight and leave yourself about 3-4 inches of extra line and then twist the hook while still holding the end.

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You’ll then take the free end, while still holding the line, and put it through the hole closest to the eye of the hook.

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Grab the hook and pull it through.

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Then cut off the extra end.



15 Important Bushcraft Skills Everyone Should Know

Essential skills everyone needs to live off the grid and survive

Bushcraft skills, or those skills which require that a person understands and utilizes nature and natural methods to survive, are essential for any man.

Being able to take care of not only yourself, but also your family in a crisis survival situation, will be greatly dependent upon your survival training and survival equipment.

Here are 15 important Bushcraft Skills everyone should know.

1) How to use an axe

One of your most essential pieces of survival equipment is your axe. You must know how to use the axe.

The best axes are no longer than from the tip of your fingers to the bend of your elbow. (or what’s shown below)


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This allows for easy carrying as well as versatility of use. Always plan your cuts so that the axe blade is facing away from you.

The axe does take a great deal of practice in order to use it for bushcrafts. Keep your blade sharp.

You can use the axe from the handle or from the head. You can even use it as a replacement knife if needed.

2) Bowdrill for fire starting

When starting a fire using the bowdrill method you will need to have drill, a half, and a Bearing block.

You should use some form of lubrication in your hollow (such as a snail) so that the wood moves freely.

Of course, the most important part is the string. Cut a small notch (1/8th of the hole) so that ash does not accumulate and cool your coal.

Remember to keep a steady pressure while using the bowdrill method.

3) Canoeing

Survival training must have canoe training. In a survival situation you will be required at times to navigate rivers and lakes.

Ensure that your oars are cut to the same length and width (if making more than one) so that you do not have any inconsistencies when rowing.

If you are the sole occupant of the canoe, use the two stroke paddle method (being two on the left, two on the right). Ensure that you use the river to your advantage to avoid over exertion.

4) Edible Plant Identification

Perhaps the most crucial of all bushcraft skills is the ability to identify edible plants. Blueberries and blackberries are seasonal.

However, there is a great deal of edible vegetation for preppers and survivalists if they know what to look for.

5) Identifying poisonous plants

The rule of thumb in outdoor survival is “leaves of three leave them be”. It would behoove anyone to add a plant and herb book to your survival equipment.

This way you can identify which plants are safe, which are poisonous, which are edible, and which can be used for medical purposes (such as Aloe).

You do not want to mistake poison ivy or poison oak for the wrong plant, especially in areas which will become very agitated with movement.

6) How to make your own fishhooks

Fishhooks can easily be made with a little practice and a sharp knife. It is best to carve the hook from a single stick.

However, if you have to you can use two strong sticks and bind them together (either by string or by using a notch and grove method).

Note that if using a two part fishhook it is best practice to use it only on smaller fish. Larger fish should be captured using either a single hook or a fish spear.

7) Cleaning your catches

Food, water, and shelter are the three elements of survival. When catching food either by hunting, snare, or fishing, you must know how to clean your catch.

Fish should be scaled from the tail to the head where catfish are scaled from the head down. Wild game should be hung with the head up to avoid the bowels breaking and ruing the meat.

Cuts to your catches should go from the sternum to the groin. Work from the top to the bottom after removing the internal organs.

8) Know your Snakes

Every area is different and has different snakes which need to be identified.

Diamond shaped heads are generally poisonous where rounded heads are not.

However, do not assume that a snake is friendly. Remember, Red and Yellow kill a fellow but red and black is your friend Jack.

It is always best to err on the side of caution in the outdoors. Better yet, leave them be unless you are planning on harvesting their meat.

9) Bowl and spoon carving

You will need to know how to carve bowls as well as spoons. This is needed not only for eating, but for storage as well.

You do not want to keep food sitting on the ground, a bowl is needed.

Spoons are also a diverse tool. Practice and skill will be needed in order to get the technique correct.

Utilizing your axe will greatly reduce the time in getting the initial shape of your bowl or spoon formed.

10) Tracking

What do you do when you are in the woods and there is no stream from which to get your meat?

The answer is that you track.

Following physical tracks is ideal, but you may also have to know how to read broken twigs and rutted spots. Never go into an animal’s den.

A cornered animal is dangerous. Track the animal and find out where it eats and what trails are common.

11) Maintaining drinkable water

You should always keep a three day supply of water on you.

Where this may sound a bit excessive, consider that in a survival situation, water will be scarce.

When you can, camp close to fresh water streams or rivers. Purify the water by boiling it.

As heat kills most germs, it is advised that you do so. Before boiling your water remove all large contaminants.

12) Binding a wound

Preppers who have practiced bushcraft skills will be quick to inform you that wound binding is a regular activity.

True, caution is taken in all activities, but it is inevitable that accidents will occur. For small cuts, you want to ensure that the wound is cleaned and covered.

Burns should be kept aired to avoid irritation and further injury.

Practice crafting crutches (I would recommend that you make a crutch support for your walking stick very similar to a bearing block design) so that you are ready should you need to craft one quickly.

13) Start a fire with Flint

Being able to start a fire with flint is essential for times when you do not have access to the wood to make a bowdrill.

You will need to have flint and steel in order to make the fire.

Prior to starting your fire you will need to gather very dry kindle.

If using a farrow rod use the back of your knife (the tool that comes with it is usually rather small and weak). When using any of the two methods keep your flint still and strike with the other component.

14) Make a shelter

Survival training must include practice in making shelters.

The easiest way to do this is to create a lean-to.

To do this you want to have dead fall, or something to build your lean-to against. Keep in mind that if you are building a fire you will want to allocate a bit of space to that as well.

Your open area needs to be facing the dead fall, boulder, etc. .

Use forked supports for the frame and then use dead wood for the roof. Once constructed, use green leaves to keep out rain.

15) Know how to navigate

All the bushcraft skills available are of no use if you cannot navigate in the woods.

If you continue to go in a circle, you will use all your supplies, game will become scarce, and your chances of survival will become bleak.

Focus on understanding how to read the stars, locate moss on trees, follow the flow of water, and watch the sun in order to get natural bearings.

One Man Knocked Down A Wall In His Basement. What He Found Still Shocks Me.

When you renovate a building, a general rule to keep in mind is to know what you’re knocking down. A careless swing of the sledgehammer can result in damage to pipes, wiring, and load-bearing beams. Or, in the case of one house in 1960s Turkey, things could get just plain weird.

While redoing his house in 1963, a man in the Nevsehir Province of Turkey, in an area known as Cappadocia, knocked down a wall. He was probably not thinking that much of it. However, instead of seeing something expected, he found himself looking into a tunnel.


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One of the many hidden tunnel entrances to Derinkuyu.

What he had found, unbeknownst to him at the time, was the ancient underground city of Derinkuyu. Derinkuyu was an entire city carved into the stone below Cappadocia, reaching some 60 meters down. It had 18 levels, and included residences, churches, food storage, wineries, and even a school. It was designed to house some 20,000 people as well as a number of livestock. It features vents to the surface and several discreet entrances like the tunnel found behind the wall. These hidden entrances suggest that the city was built as a precaution in order to shelter the population in times of war or natural disaster.


A Derinkuyu winery. The city was designed to support people for a long time.


This large room with its vaulted ceiling was used as a religious school. The city of Derinkuyu was used by Christian populations from the early Middle Ages up until the early 20th century.
An illustration of an underground city like Derinkuyu. Note the church on the bottom level. Cities like this were used during times of Christian persecution, so religious items would be placed on the lowest levels for protection.

The elaborate subterranean city was connected via stairways and passages, and even connected to other underground cities through tunnels that stretched for miles. It’s thought to have been initially built during the seventh and eighth centuries BCE, and was in continual, frequent use through the 12th century. Based on the church found on the fifth and lowest level, it seems the population was Christian, and probably used the city during wartime. The city was also used as a refuge from the Mongolian invasion in the 1300s and up through the 20th century for Christian people fleeing persecution. It was finally abandoned for good in 1923.

Most of Derinkuyu’s entrances are hidden, and each of the five levels can be closed off separately with huge stone doors. The room for livestock and food stores, as well as a 55-meter shaft used as a well, means the inhabitants planned to be able to stay there for a long time. There were even arsenals and escape passages in case things became desperate.

One of the massive stone doors that would block off entrances. The hole in the center would be fit with a beam so the door could roll open and shut.
The city was built to shelter people in times of strife. During peacetime, it was mainly used for storage.

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When the city was rediscovered by that fateful renovation, it had almost been forgotten. Since then, it’s gained fame as the largest of the underground cities in the area.

After its rediscovery, the city opened to tourists in 1969. Today, about half the city is available to the public. There’s no news about what happened to its accidental discoverer, though we hope he got a new house.

5 Bushcraft Skills That Changed My Life

Everyday you perform mundane tasks like driving your car, buying food at the market or turning on the lights in your home. You’ve become accustomed to all of the modern conveniences our modern society affords us.

But what if a natural disaster or political turmoil were to strike your region?

What would you do if there were no electricity for your house or petrol for your car?

Suddenly, day to day living has become a struggle and the future looks bleak.

Bushcraft skills are techniques for living off of the land with a minimal set of tools and equipment.

Bushcraft skills will enable you to survive in the wild, away from modern conveniences.

Being Self-Sufficient is the Ultimate Survival Skill

Learning bushcraft skills will empower you to thrive in a natural environment. Being able to start a fire or tie the correct knot can be the difference between eating or going hungry and ultimately, life or death.

By learning these bushcraft skills, you will gain confidence and the positive outlook that are essential for surviving the most difficult of situations.


1. Harness The Power of Fire

Humans have been using fire for over a million years. It’s the one bushcraft skill that supersedes all others in importance.

A fire provides you with warmth, a way to cook food, purify water, create smoke signals, harden wooden spears, melt snow and it will keep most wild animals at bay during the night.

Starting a fire can be a challenge if you don’t have any matches or a lighter. So it’s important to assess your situation for things that will aid you in creating a fire.

Glass, batteries, soda cans, pieces of concrete and metal rods can all be utilized to create a fire. You will need different grades of wood to use as tender, kindling and fuel.

Tender is a small bit dry grass or hay that lights easily. Kindling is small twigs and sticks that will burn a little slower than the tender.

The fuel wood will be pieces of wood that are large and will burn for a long time. Always gather twice as much firewood as you think you will need otherwise you may have to go looking for wood in the middle of the night.

A magnifying glass can be used to start a fire on a sunny day. Place the glass about 2 to 3 inches above some dry kindling. Blow on the tender when it starts to smoke and it should flame up. Then put kindling and larger pieces of wood loosely over it to fuel the fire.

If you find a soda can you can smear toothpaste or chocolate onto the bottom of the can and rub it around for a few minutes. Wipe it off and you should have a very shiny metallic surface. You can use this like a parabolic mirror to concentrate the suns rays into a hot spot that will light a piece of kindling.

If the only thing available to you is wood, you can use the wood plow method to start a fire. Tale a small plank-shaped piece of dry, soft wood and a stick of hard wood that is about one half to three quarter inch thick and long enough to give you a good hand grip.

Use your knife to create a 1 inch groove down the center of the plank. With the plank lying flat on the ground, rub the hardwood stick through the trench until you have a decent amount of wood dust. Then, lean the plank against yourself so the wood dust gathers at the bottom of the trench.

Proceed to rub the stick vigorously through the trench until the wood dust begins to smolder. Add your tender and kindling while blowing on the smoldering wood dust until it lights.

2. Master Knots and Ropes

Knot tying is one of the essential skills needed to survive in the bush. Knots are used to create shelter, traps, snares, tools, weapons and clothing.

The four knots I would recommend learning first would be the square lashing, diagonal lashing, shear lashing and the tripod lashing. As the names suggest, these knots are used to bind polls together and are excellent for constructing a shelter or any framed structure.

The double fisherman, double overhand and square knot are all great utility knots that I couldn’t live without. The double fisherman and the square knot are used to join two similar-sized pieces of rope. The double overhand is a great stopper knot and will keep your line from slipping out of other knots.

3. Track What is Around You

Knowing what is around you is vital to long term survival.

By using tracking skills, you can hunt game for nourishment, find fresh water and food sources and even keep tabs on other people in your area.

Animals generally keep to set patterns of travel unless acted upon by outside forces and experienced trackers can tell how long ago something passed by and the general size and weight of the animal based on print erosion and depth and size of the impression.

4. Forage for Your Food

Foraging for edible plants is a primary skill that is essential for survival.

Wild greens, berries, fruits, vegetables and mushrooms can be found in most temperate zones.

Knowing what is edible and what is toxic can be tricky because some plants and mushrooms look very similar to each other. Never eat a plant or berry because it was eaten by a bird or deer because they can tolerate things that are poisonous to humans.

One of the most common edible plants is the dandelion. Dandelions are easily recognizable and every part of the dandelion is edible. The leaves make a great green salad and the stems and roots can be cooked into just about any dish.

Clover is another common edible plant and is great as a salad and the flowers can be dried and used to make a refreshing tea.

I recommend picking up a field guide for plants that are specific to your area or region and that has been published in the last five years.

5. Hunt or Snare your Dinner

Probably the most primal of all the bushcraft skills, hunting is a way to add protein to your diet. The success of your hunt depends on your ability to observe prey or evidence of its presence, and then create a plan to either track it down or trap it.


Photo source: Irish bushcraft club

Keeping tabs on an animal’s daily movements will allow you to know when and where your prey should be in the near future. Inspecting the animal’s droppings is another way to indicate what, and possibly where, the animal has been grazing.

Tracking and killing an animal can be very resource intensive. You could spend hours or even days and still come home with an empty stomach. One way to avoid such a large expenditure of time and resources is the use of snares.

The main advantage of using a snare is that it frees you up to address other essential daily tasks while your dinner is caught.

Snares can be as simple as little loops of wire on a tree branch to capture birds or squirrels or as complex as a spring loaded trigger snare for larger game like rabbits.

One thing to keep in mind is that snares do not discern between animals and humans. It’s highly advisable to clearly mark you snares to avoid harm to other people in the area.

The Bushcraft Brain Exposed – 20 Fascinating Facts

The Bushcraft Brain Exposed – 20 Fascinating Facts

Survivalist training and outdoor skills have been quickly growing in popularity in recent years. More people are choosing to learn how to survive in the wilderness with basic skills that were employed for thousands of years by humans.
These skills have earned the moniker “bushcraft.”Bushcraft enthusiasts have trained their brains to think differently when confronted with the untamed elements of the wilderness.

The skills and techniques these experts use are a mix of Old World methodology and modern technology without the help of electronics. Bushcraft goes back to basics and survival in its simplest and most practical forms.Inside the Bushcraft Brain

A bushcraft survivalist does not simply rely on tools and a few tricks to keep themselves alive in an unforeseen emergency.

A bushcraft survivalist learns how to survive in the wilderness, because they can. Tools are a big part of bushcraft, but bushcraft is much more than using a knife or hunting tools.
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The brains of a bushcraft survivalist are filled with information about their environment, the usefulness of plants, fire-building skills, shelter construction, water filtration, trap making and setting, navigation, and more.
Below are 20 interesting facts housed in the bushcraft brain.1. You Live Off the Land

Bushcraft isn’t an extended camping trip. It involves survival using what you have on hand and the environment surrounding you.

You are not trying to keep yourself going until you are rescued. You are building a livable space for yourself among the wilderness, harnessing nature’s vast resources for your own purposes.

2. You Start With a Good Knife

Any serious bushcraft survivalist won’t skimp on a quality knife.

A knife is a tool of many uses when wielded properly and efficiently. Bushcraft knives are sturdy and sharp, and can be used for everything from slicing materials for a fire to hunting and killing an animal when necessary.

3. Fire Can Be Made Numerous Ways

In bushcraft, matches and lighters are luxury, but not unheard of entirely. Other methods should always be in your arsenal of knowledge, too.

Bushcrafters learn how to make fire from a fire drill, striking rocks to form a spark, and the use of a mirror to reflect sunlight on tinder until it smolders.

4. You Must Respect Nature

Bushcrafters respect their environment and understand that they may not be the apex predator in the wilderness.

Blithely exploring a natural environment can get you hurt or killed. Be mindful of your surroundings including, animals, plants, insects, natural formations, water sources, and weather. Underestimating the wild is not just dangerous it’s stupid.

5. Your Clothing is Your Shelter

Building a shelter may be on the top of the list for an inexperienced survivalist, but you should consider shelter when you dress before heading out into the wilderness.

Your choice of clothing should keep you warm if necessary, protect your skin from sun, poisonous leaves, and poor weather conditions.

Clothing isn’t meant to be anything more than a temporary measure for shelter, but it should be fully utilized.

6. Hunting and Trapping Provides More Than a Meal

Part of bushcraft focuses on hunting and building trap devices to catch game and fish.

Without protein, the body has a more difficult time keeping up the energy needed to continue surviving in a harsh environment.

You should also learn skills on how to gut and break down different animals for food preparation and reusing certain parts of the animal like tendons and bones.

7. You Need To Be a Hunter-Gatherer

Hunting is useful, but is not guaranteed to result in a substantial meal every time out.

Foraging is an excellent way to sustain your diet when meat is unavailable. Edible plants and berries can be good sources of much needed vitamins that meat cannot provide.

8. Tracking Provides You With Information

Tracking animals is essential when hunting, but bushcrafters will tell you that you learn more than where an animal is located.

Animals can lead you to a viable water source or a food source you can forage. Keep in mind, animals need to eat and drink as well, and they are probably more familiar with their surroundings than you are.

9. Knot tying is a Versatile and Necessary Skill

Learning to tie a variety of knots can make or break your survival experience.

Knots are used to build shelters, fashioning tools or weapons, constructing rafts and traps, or creating equipment like baskets or sleds.

10. Water is Your Lifeblood

The need for a viable water cannot be overstated. Bushcrafters must know how to find, purify, filter, and store water.

Different methods can be employed to make water safe to drink, but boiling is among the most popular.

Traveling with a pot to boil and store water in is a good idea, but you should also have another vessel to collect rainwater, which doesn’t need to be filtered before drinking.

11. Waste Can Do You Harm

If you are fortunate enough to hunt down an animal, but there is too much meat to eat in one sitting, it is important that the meat does not go to waste.

Learn how to preserve the meat safely by drying or smoking the leftovers into jerky for later meals.

By allowing meat to rot, you could be throwing the only source of food you have away until more is obtained and that is easier said than done in the wilderness.

12. Food Attracts Other Predators

Bushcrafters are mindful that they are surrounded by living things. Butchered animals, cooking meat, or rotting flesh can attract other hungry animals to your camp.

Always keep food properly stored and discard unusable material far away, from where you’ve set up your camp.

13. Knowledge Can Keep You in Good Health

First aid skills are important because you are likely to be injured in some way while out in the wilderness. Without immediate access to help, you have only yourself to rely upon.

Natural remedies found in the environment can provide treatments for pain, fever, stomach upset, and other ailments, so do your homework!

14. Bleach Can Purify Water

A couple drops of bleach per pint of water can purify the water and make it safe to drink. The dirtier the water, the more drops you can add.

15. Dehydration Can Hit You Unexpectedly

You can become dehydrated without even realizing anything is wrong. Many body functions use water, using up what is already inside your body.

Drink water often and rest frequently, especially in hot weather.

16. Bushcrafting Requires Research

Learning about the environment you will bushcraft in is vital to your success in the wilderness.

Understanding a certain area allows you to get to know the layout of the area, the animals and plants, and which tools will be the most useful to you.

17. Packing Light Keeps You Nimble

Bringing tools you don’t need or are wrong for an environment is a waste of space and can weigh you down. You will move much faster if you are not encumbered by useless items.

18. Pine Needles Make a Great Tea

Fresh, green pine needles can be steeped in boiling water to drink for a Vitamin C boost. This is especially helpful if you are feeling under the weather.

19. Bushcrafting With a Partner Can Keep You Sane

A bushcraft experience can become lonely after awhile. Bringing a partner gives you someone to commiserate with and share the workload.

20. Documenting Your Experience is Part of the Learning

Keep an accurate account of your experiences as they happen in a journal.

Bushcraft is a collection of skills that take time to hone and mistakes will inevitably be made.

You will learn faster if you teach yourself how and what to improve upon.

This Church Is Growing, And We Mean That Literally — It’s Made Of Living Trees

There are two things that have long been a part of Barry Cox‘s life: trees and church. When Barry was 10 and growing up in New Zealand, he even wanted to be Pope. Needless to say, he abandoned that career goal, but his love for churches (particularly their architecture) continued. He traveled throughout Europe and the Americas, studying churches large and small, old and new, then came home to New Zealand and started Treelocations, a tree moving business.

Cox loves trees, and his business allows trees to be moved, roots and all, to a new location. He’s even taken to “rehoming” trees on his own property, resulting in a forest of trees that would have been otherwise cut down.

After the start of Treelocations, Cox’s next project began to take form. He says the idea struck him all of a sudden one day back in 2011. “I walked out my back door one day and thought, ‘That space needs a church’ — and so it began,” he says. He built an iron frame and based his design on the churches he’d spent so many years studying.

Cox then started planting trees.

The walls of the church are an Australian tea tree varietal with thick, lush foliage. Cox keeps it in shape by trimming it every six weeks. The roof is made from cut-leaf alder, a deciduous tree that’s flexible enough to be trained up along the iron frame. It has much sparser foliage, which allows light inside. In a few years, the alders will be able to support themselves, and the frame will come down.

Inside, there are pews and a marble altar from Cox’s family church in Shannon, where he grew up, served as head altar boy, and dreamed of being Pope. To top it all off, a rambling rose grows up and across the top of the church, blooming all throughout the summer and filling the space with its fragrance. The whole structure is surrounded by even more hedges and flowers.
Originally, Cox had planned on using the church for his own enjoyment and keeping it private. However, many of his friends and relatives were so curious that he finally opened the Tree Church, as it’s now known, to the public in January 2015. His nephew was even married in it, and soon other couples were following suit, including some who are not religious. “We are not religious at all, but felt that the Tree Church gave our wedding a sense of venerability in a natural, relaxed, and non-denominational way,” one bride explained.

The entrance.

In front of the church, there’s a labyrinth, which takes its layout from that of the ancient city of Jericho.

Keeping up the Tree Church, as well as the grounds surrounding it, can be a daunting task, but for Cox, it’s a labor of love.

Getting everything just right for an event can take up to eight hours, and Cox isn’t even done. He plans to build a European garden behind the church (to balance the labyrinth in front), as well as a natural amphitheater for outdoor events.

See some incredible views of the living, breathing church here:

Steven Tyler’s New Country Song With Off The Grid, Gypsy, Hippie Music Video Goes Viral

In this great new music video, Steven Tyler is no stranger to the trends sweeping our planet.  It is a return to Hippie with an Off The Grid twist.  It is loving nature, home and family grown.


With the addition of the Gypsy wagon, a drum circle in the field, and the shot of him standing in front of the giant tree, Steven portrays a human love and care for nature while singing country about love.




Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s Time to Panic

Have you noticed anything odd going on this morning? Oh yes. Let us be the first to tell you that the time to panic is upon us.

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ITEM: The New York City subway system suffered an atrocious commute today, with some trains being inexplicably stranded in stations for long periods of time.

ITEM: The website “The Dissolve” folded today.

ITEM: United Airlines was forced to ground all of its flights after its computer system mysteriously stopped working.

ITEM: The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading today after its computerized trading system mysteriously stopped working.

ITEM: Immediately after, the Wall Street Journal’s website mysteriously stopped working.

ITEM: More than 2,500 people in Washington, DC mysteriously lost power.

It seems our nation’s centers of powers are facing a mysterious and spreading collapse.Click to watch

What are you doing about it?

 Do you think Anonymous is behind this?


Survival Gear: 10 Must Have Items to Survive When SHTF

Survival Gear; 10 Must Have Items to Survive When SHTF

Millions of Americans believe that in the not-too-distant future, America, and possibly the entire world, could be mired in a disaster of epic, Armageddon-sized proportions.
Whether it comes from social upheaval, natural, act-of-God disasters, economic failure, world war, or even extraterrestrial attack, concerned individuals are preparing for the worst.
Collectively, the apocalyptic event is known as when the SHTF, and is expected to be the ultimate challenge to mankind’s survival.
SHTF stands for Sh*t Hits the Fan.The Internet is fairly replete with information on what to expect and how to prepare for such a catastrophe.
Individuals preparing for impending doom are called doomsday preppers.
However, even governments have accepted the possibility of a rapid, virtually overnight natural disaster, or the total downfall of organized, civilized society.Huge underground warehouses have been constructed and are being stocked with seeds from nearly every tree and plant known to man.
In addition, animal and human DNA and the most beneficial medicines are also being stocked to give humanity a chance to survive any impending disaster or even the Armageddon, be it natural, extraterrestrial, or man-made.

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10 Things You Should Have in Your SHTF Survival Supplies

Whether you have a family or are an individual, there are certain things that are crucial to your survival in the event of a local, national, or worldwide calamity. You will need to provide food, water and shelter; those are the big three you will need for you and your family to survive.

Any creature comfort-related items beyond that won’t be absolutely necessary in an emergency. If you have the ability and resources to satisfy additional needs and desires, that is fine, but the primary three needs are what will help you survive and what deserve your focus.

The following list of basic items should be included in your survival kit, or bug out bag.

1. Tool For Cutting or Chopping

This item should be of substantial size to accommodate cutting or chopping down trees for cooking, warmth, and possibly even shelter requirements.

A hatchet or large survival knife, complete with a honing stone and sheath or carrying case is preferred. A hatchet may also be used as a hammer.

Some survival knives even have tools in the handle, things like: compass, string saw, light fishing tackle and even a small sewing kit.

2. Multi-Purpose Tool

A multi-purpose tool has a number of elements that go beyond simple cutting, making the multi-purpose tool an exceptional item to have.

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Things like scissors, knife, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, bottle opener, and other attached tools are not as frivolous as they may seem.
In a true survival situation that impacts entire cities, regions, or countries, you may need to scavenge for foodstuffs.
Fresh foods may be contaminated; even if they aren’t contaminated, they are not going to last for long; canned goods, bottled water and other liquids may be your only options.

The additional tools can be used for animal skinning and constructing or maintaining a functional shelter.

3. Water Purification or Filtration

Fresh water may be contaminated; that will require purifying or desalinating water to satisfy hydration needs.

Humans can survive only a few days without fresh water.
There is a variety of items available online that can be used hundreds or even thousands of times.

It is highly recommended that your survival kit includes several.

4. Fire Starter

Matches are fine, but they can be easily ruined by water or even humidity and mildew. It is best to go with what is called a permanent match, or a flint or magnesium rod.

The permanent match is an enclosed “match” that stores inside a metal container and lights up when removed from the container.
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The flint and magnesium rods, when scraped with a steel object such as a knife blade, create sparks that will ignite dry tinder and paper.

In the eventuality that you do not have any tinder or paper, cotton balls soaked with petroleum jelly will work exceptionally well.

5. Duct Tape

There are far too many practical, helpful uses for duct tape to list here.

However, a few of them are: fire starting, building and repairing furniture, building and maintaining a shelter, emergency first aid care, crafting an emergency glass or bowl, and repairing tools.

There are entire websites devoted to the use of duct tape for a vast array of uses. Include as much duct tape in your survival kit as you possibly can; you will not regret it.

6. First Aid and Emergency Kit

Include basics like band aids, material for tourniquets, eye pads and cloth compresses, safety pins, thermometer, compass, antibiotics and painkillers.

Place them in a waterproof container, preferably something flexible if possible so it will conform to the inside of a backpack or duffel bag and use less space.

A double-zippered plastic bag is one option to consider.

7. Para-Cord or Rope

Para-cord is the cord that keeps parachutists safely attached to their parachutes when jumping.

It is also what individuals use for rock climbing, and is designed to be super strong and durable. However, rope is a good replacement in emergency situations because paracord can be used for shelter building, rescue, perimeter security, traversing structures and much more.

FYI – paracord doesn’t work as a suitable replacement for climbing rope, however in an emergency situation it may be a last resort that you can use while still keeping your bug out bag light enough to carry. If you have extra room, we highly recommend adding climbing rope if you absolutely believe you’ll need it.

8. Fishing Gear

If you have enough room for a fishing rod and reel, that’s great. However, only the basics are really necessary: lures, fish eggs, and fishing line will work.

You can always organize and cast the fishing line using a tin can, bottle, or stick.

If you can dig up worms with a flat stone, or even your axe or knife, that will help too. Grubs, caterpillars and other bugs also make great bait.

9. Poncho

In addition to being good as rain gear, a poncho can also be used for shelter and even for warmth if necessary.

It can also be used as an over-the-shoulder bag for carrying stuff, or it can be used to construct a travois, or litter, to carry wood, supplies, or an injured person.

10. Flashlight and Extra Batteries

A reliable, compact LED flashlight is indispensable for the purposes discussed here.

The ideal way to supplement a regular flashlight is to get one that recharges by turning the attached handle; the light does not last as long as a regular flashlight, but they are perfect for non-emergency use to save battery power in the LED flashlights.
And if you do run out of batteries, a rechargeable flashlight will at least provide you with some light.Remember that most batteries, after they have run out, will regenerate somewhat after a few weeks or longer if just left alone outside of the flashlight.
Also, if flashlights are going to be stored for days or longer, remove the batteries so they don’t slowly drain.Obviously, if you have a family to care for and protect, you should try to fit multiples of some of the aforementioned items, like: water purification and filtration items; first aid supplies, fishing gear and extra batteries.
If possible, each teen and adult should have their own multi-purpose tool, poncho, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit and fishing gear in their own backpack or bug out bag.While the chances of such a disastrous event, one that would impact the entire United States or the world, may seem like science fiction, there are many conditions and situations that suggest the distinct potential for the worst case scenario.
Earth has a fragile ecosystem, which many think is being compromised by human irresponsibility; scientists do not discount major earthquakes or meteor crashes in our not-too-distant future; religious conflicts and terrorism are on the increase; reported extraterrestrial activities on and around our planet have also increased.Being prepared for any eventuality is always a good thing, and it is the prudent individual who takes heed. If you are of that mold, then the aforementioned 10 items should be in your survival plan.Keep this survival gear in mind.

7 Habits of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness Part 3

This is part 3 of the 7 Habits of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness series..

Click here for part 1 of 7 Habits of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness

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Being mentally tough is a very impressive way to live.

People that have this extraordinary ability have trained themselves to behave in this particular way.

Since it takes concentration and focus, you will need to understand that there are habits that these people utilize.

They practice these habits on a regular basis. It becomes second nature for them to be on top of things in order to get more done on a regular basis.

When you use the 7 habits of the mentally tough, you will able to have your life in order.

Mentally tough people have priorities that they stick to, and they continue to handle their responsibilities making them very successful in all areas of their life.

Here are the 7 habits that you can use to increase your mental toughness. You should begin to do them on a regular basis and practice them thoroughly.

1. Focus on what is important in your life.

Developing the ability to focus on certain issues takes training.

It’s important to write down your goals and attain them.

In order to reach your goals, you need to focus on them at all times so that you can succeed in getting what you want in life.

Take a small notebook and write down your goals.

As you achieve them, you can mark them off. Once you develop other goals write them down to.

Always strive to have a variety of goals that you want to achieve in your life so that you work hard to attain them at all times.

2. Do not concentrate on failures, but decide to remain positive about your successes.

The people that can see that they aren’t perfect have been able to continue to try to improve on their positive traits.

This allows them to leave the failures behind them and move on.

When you have something that goes wrong, and you inevitably will, it’s important to put it behind you.

Not everyone just goes through life getting everything that they want, but the trick is to not dwell on the bad aspects, but to totally increase your ability to see how well you have completed several accomplishments in your life.

Take a notebook and write down all of your accomplishments.

Concentrate on them so that you can always use them as a basis for your continuing successes.

This exercise is simple and works well.

You will know what all you have done and feel better about yourself in the process.

Never spend any time dwelling on your failures because it will lead to a lack of energy to increase the positive aspects into your life.

If someone you know or love has a problem with focusing on their successes and always complaining about their failures, you can have them practice concentrating on their successes too.

Sometimes having more people involved can lead to a great amount of positive energy.

3. Practice letting things that are no longer important to leave your mind so there is more room for what is important and retain it.

Since brain matter doesn’t retain everything all the time, you will want to let the unimportant things go.

When they are freed from the brain matter, there will be many more thoughts and processes that can enter the space.

Keep the great information, and what is outdated and from the past will be let go.

Once you get used to doing this, it becomes easier to let those unnecessary aspects out of your mind so that you don’t think of them.

Think of it like cleaning out your closet and getting rid of older clothes.

It’s the same kind of process with letting the older and outdated issues to leave your mind.

If it’s difficult for to do at first, just keep trying to let those parts of your memory leave and gradually they will.

4. There is always more than one way to get things done.

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It’s important to remember that there are always other avenues to take when something needs to be accomplished.

Mentally tough people know this. They are always looking for other ways to complete tasks in the fastest way possible. It’s a good habit to get into. Always look for other ways that will allow you to fit more into your life in an easy way.

A good way to put this into perspective is to think about a computer.

There is more than one way to save your projects, and they accomplish the same goal. This type of behavior is necessary in order to move onto bigger and better things in your life.

5. Just like a physical athlete trains their muscles, a mentally tough person needs to exercise their mind on a regular basis.

Learning more and staying interested is a must for the mentally tough. You will fare batter by striving to achieve more and more brainpower by doing mental exercises every day.

Crossword and word search puzzles are extremely beneficial for keeping the brain working and engaged. Lots of people enjoy gathering family and friends around them when they want to get involved in these types of puzzles to add power to their brains.

Reading the latest events will also keep your brain functioning well. Newspapers and the Internet provide excellent sources for having the information that you need right on hand.

6. Boredom will create a lackadaisical way of life, so it’s important that a person cultivate many interests in their life.

Getting bored will lead to complacency. Mentally tough people are never bored.

They create new and interesting things to do in their life in order to stay engaged in the present and look forward to the future.

They constantly strive to encourage themselves to find new and better pastimes that challenge themselves.

You will want to make sure that you have interesting things to do. If you do find yourself bored, strive to attain something else in your life that you can work at to bring back your interest in obtaining a healthier attitude.

Taking a class is a great way to develop a better mental attitude and keeping yourself from getting bored. You can take classes online so you can fit it in when it is convenient for you.

If you want to teach a class, is another way to keep from getting bored in your life. Helping others to learn something that you’re good at is a way to give to others and know that you are capable in that area.

7. Refuse to have a negative attitude, and cultivate positive influences in your life.

Having a negative attitude will bring you down in many areas of your life.

Make sure that you continue to look to the future with an open mind and heart. Mentally tough people see adversity as a catalyst to bring about changes that will benefit their life.

They don’t dwell on what is negative, but use it to help them to achieve even greater things in life.

Since this can be a difficult thing to do, you need to make sure that you’re constantly putting positive influences in your life instead of the negative issues that will always be present in life at one point or another.

This will get you in the habit of looking on the brighter side of things versus the opposite way. Having the ability to do this is something that you should strive for on a daily basis.

You can use positive affirmations on a daily basis to keep the negative aspects from taking over.

Have your positive affirmation somewhere that you will see them.

Good places to put them are your desk, your dresser or on a bathroom mirror.

Take a look at this video of Jessica’s Daily Affirmations and you’ll get the idea!

At work, you can keep them next to your workspace in order to be able to read them often. These positive affirmations allow you to be constantly giving yourself a boost and believing in the better aspects of life will increase your ability to handle the daily pressures in your life.

Practice these positive affirmations with other members of the family too. Allow them to get the advantages too.

Practicing reading them as a family is a good idea because it will develop family unity and encourage all members of the family to strive to make the most out of their lives too.

Being absolutely stringent on following these 7 habits will allow you to become a mentally tough person.

Since you can do these things on a regular basis, once you develop these habits, they will come easy and natural for you.

In all cases, becoming mentally tough can lead to remarkable successes in your life. It is something that you will want to strive for to increase the enjoyment you will have in all areas of your life.

A mentally tough person is a happy and healthy person too.

You can and will be able to be this type of person when you practice the 7 habits regularly.

If you haven’t read part 1 or part 2 click the link to read them.

Top 10 Survival Gear Mistakes To Avoid

If you’ve ever prepared for an extreme expedition — scaling one of the Seven Summits or traipsing the wilds of the Amazon — then you know that things will go wrong all of the time.

A courageous adventure into the wild means that you have to be prepared to face the challenges and the obstacles that come from being in a remote part of the world without the conveniences of the modern world.

That’s why it’s so important to prepare ahead as much as you can and to anticipate the mishaps that could occur.

I’ve been through enough situations out in the wilderness to know that if something is going to wrong, it probably will.

Sometimes you can’t change the fact that danger or extreme conditions are ahead.

What you can do is prepare for the worst and be happy you can survive with the very best of them when the situation presents itself.

If you are ready to prepare for your adventure of a lifetime, then follow my guide listing the “Top 10 Survival Gear Mistakes To Avoid.”

When you find yourself lost in the Arctic tundra, you’ll be happy you packed the right gear to get you through the night and into the next day of trekking.

This guide will get you there, so let’s get started with these tips to avoid disaster with your gear!

1. Failing to Have an Emergency Plan

The first mistake many novice trekkers make when they are planning their first expedition is to not fully think through their emergency plan.

You can mitigate disaster simply by having the right gear to get you out of a terrible situation.

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That means purchasing a Personal Beacon Locator (PBL), a small battery-operate device that you can activate with the push of a button.

It communicates with global satellites, and let’s emergency responders know where to find you. Hopefully nothing will go wrong.

But if it does, your PBL will get you out of a hairy situation.

2. Forgetting Your Rain Gear

Don’t skimp on the rain gear. It’s going to rain most locales you go — at some point.

It’s better to have a weather-resistant outer layer, a rain jacket, rain pants and weather-resistant boots packed in your backpack for the times when the thunderstorms wreak havoc on your campsite.

You don’t want to be wet and cold.

You can get hypothermia, and at the very least, you’ll be miserable.

It takes a long time for drenched camping clothes to dry out — especially if it is damp for several days.

3. Not Enough Food

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is fail to pack too little food. You need food to keep up your energy.

There are resourceful ways you can pack high-energy food that does not take up a lot of room and that is lightweight.

For example, pack a mix of energy bars, trail mix, dried fruit, vitamins and dehydrated food that comes alive when boiled.

If you are going to overpack anything, then overpacking lightweight food that is high in energy and protein is always Okay.

4. Dry Like a Desert

Invest in water bottles and water filtration systems. You can’t rely on just one water bottle.

Pack at least two traditional water bottles — some have built-in purification systems. Also consider a water pack that you can wear on your back.

It has tubes that you can use to drink water as you walk.

Finally, have a backup supply of water purification tablets or a water purification wand that literally can turn dirty freshwater into clean drinking water.

5. Shiver Me Timbers

Another big mistake you can make with your gear is to fail to pack the clothing and gear that will keep you warm.

That means everything from a sub-zero sleeping bag that helps to regulate your body temperature, to warm wool socks, to hand and toe warmers for emergency situations.

Always prepare for the onslaught of a chilly night.

You don’t want to risk hypothermia or frostbite — especially if you are out on the trail all alone.

Prepare ahead to stay warm.

6. Alone in the Darkness

Don’t leave home with without several gadgets and tools that can give you light in the midst of darkness.

For example, consider packing a headlamp, a solar-powered lantern, a batch of strike-anywhere matches, a lighter, and a battery-operated heater.

You’ll want to be able to light a fire and see what you are doing no matter what the conditions are.

Sometimes you will find yourself at a rainy campsite and you won’t be able to start a blazing fire.

That’s where your mini, battery-operated heater will come in handy.

You’ll also be loving your situation when you can just flip on your handy headlamp to read, prepare dinner in the darkness, set up your tent, and do a myriad other activities that require more hands than you have to spare.

7. Where Am I?

It’s likely that at some point you will get lost.

Two of the most economical and important gear items you can pack is a compass and a set up maps.

Compasses are lightweight and crucial. They can always get you back on the right track. Paper maps are easy to pack and to pull out — just make sure you are protecting them.

Either buy foldable plastic ones that cannot get damaged by water, or pack your paper maps in a plastic baggie.


8. Leaving the Duct Tape at Home

You may not think of it at first, but packing some simple items like duct tape, rope, a hunting knife and a small toolkit with a hammer, nails and fish hooks will be helpful to you when your gear ruptures or breaks.

There is nothing worse than to get to your campsite only to find a raccoon ate through part of your sleeping bag.

Patch up that hole with duct tape! Find that your tent is swaying in a gusty wind? Secure it with a length of rope.

9. No Motivation

You may think it’s trivial at first, but it’s really important to make sure a personal memento is on your gear list.

When you get lonely out in the woods or when you face a real disaster that forces you to consider whether you are willing to fight for your life, your personal memento (photos of loved ones, a sentimental item, a love letter) will motivate you to continue working hard to get out of your current situation.

Many people have endured extreme conditions by the sheer motivation of a photo that reminds them that love is worth fighting for — so don’t forget the memento.

It may have more power than you think in the long run.

10. Packing Too Much

Now that I’ve given you a list of gear mistakes to avoid and told you the top things you need to pack, I want to remind you that there is something as packing too much.

One novice mistake is to overpack your gear.

Sometimes it takes more than one go-around to get the right mix of gear and to get your pack to feel manageable. Remember that it is going to be on your back and you have to carry it for hours at a time for many days. So choose your gear wisely.

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11 Things I Wish I Knew About Survival Gear When I First Started

11 Things I Wish I Knew About Survival Gear When I First Started

If you’re an adventure seeker like me, you know how thrilling it can be to take on the next new challenge.

I’ve climbed the Seven Summits, hiked through the Amazon and camped out in more remote map dots around the globe than I can count.

What I’ve learned over the years is that having the right survival gear is key to a successful mission.

Without the right survival gear you’re either miserable or worse, injured or dead, so it’s important to make wise choices.

U.S. Marine Lt. Heath Clifford with Marine Aircraft Group-29 (MAG-29), uses a mirror to signal a MV-22B Osprey during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP) exercise aboard Al Asad Air Base, Iraq on October 23, 2007. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Haas) (Released)

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Why invest so much time, money and training into an extreme adventure only to have it fall apart because you didn’t have the right gear?

Read on to learn from me in my guide, “11 Things I Wish I Knew About Survival Gear When I First Started.”

You’re on your way to a successful mission if you can prepare ahead of time and get the right gear lined up.

Let’s get started:

1. Not All Gear Is Created Equal

First things first: Not all gear is created equal. You want to save money, save it on the things that you really can skimp on — like generic hand sanitizer for your first aid kit.

Don’t skimp on the important gear that is going to keep you alive in extreme conditions.

You really do need the sub-zero sleeping bag if you’re going into the Arctic.

Save your money and budget wisely.

Having the top gear that matches the rigors of your trip matters.

2. Don’t Forget the Headlamp

The headlamp is a life-saver no matter where you’re adventure may take you.

It makes everything easy. Gutting a fish in pitch blackness?

The headlamp saves you. Trying to set up your tent under the stars? The headlamp saves you.

Writing home to mom? You get the picture.

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They come in a variety of sizes and colors, which makes selecting one fun, and many have a long battery life.

Make sure to pack extra batteries, however, because you’ll probably be using the headlamp for long periods of time, and you’ll always want to have access to light.

3. If You Have the Choice, Buy Waterproof

It doesn’t matter where you go, at some point it’s going to rain. And it probably will rain a lot.

There is nothing more miserable than being tired and cold and wet.

You can get sick very quickly, and so you need to prepare ahead for damp conditions. If gear that you are eying has a waterproof option, then buy it.

It’s better to be safe than to be soaking wet.

Consider getting waterproof pants, a jacket and boots.

Make sure your tent is weather resistant and is made to withstand extreme weather and temperatures.

4. Invest in a Sub-Zero Sleeping Bag

When it’s cold, it’s cold — and there’s nothing that a fire can do to help.

Sub-zero sleeping bags are designed to keep you toasty when the world outside is shuddering.

They come at a price, but again, this is an item you don’t want to skimp on.

It’s important for your body heat to stay at a normal temperature so that you don’t get hypothermia.

5. Never Leave Home Without an Emergency First Aid Kit

Things are going to happen.

You’ll cut your finger with a fishing hook.

You’ll stumble on the mountain and twist your ankle.

You’ll need triage, and you’ll be the only person to do it.

So make sure you’ve got an emergency first aid kit complete with all of the items you need to sanitize, bandage and even splint.

You’ll be thanking yourself when those moments arrive.

6. Bring Back-Up Hydration

Water equals survival, so it’s wise not to just have one water bottle (What happens when it floats down the river?). Have back-up hydration that is packable.

There are lots of water packs designed for easy transport. And while you’re at it, it doesn’t hurt to carry a few packs of water purification tablets.

These will be a lifesaver when you can’t find clean drinking water and you need to be hydrated quickly.

7. Buy Gear That Retracts and Backs

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as I’ve completed by missions is that you’ve got to be able to carry and unload your gear quickly and easily.

Lots of survival gear is made to pack up tightly and retract easily.

Look for those convenient features in the gear you buy so that everything rolls and packs nicely and makes it easier for you to get from Point A to Point B.

8. Your Head and Your Toes

Your head and your toes are too of the most important parts of your body to protect when you are trying to survive in the wilderness.

Most of your body heat escapes through your head, so make sure you’re protecting it with the right gear if you’re going into bitterly cold environments.

The same advice goes to your toes.

Invest in good all-weather boots that are going to protect your toes and keep them warm.

You don’t want to get frostbite in the wilderness and lose your toes as a result.

9. Light a Fire

It’s always good to carry a cigarette lighter, and if you can fit in it, a fire starter.

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Sometimes you’ll find that the wood at your camp site is too damp, and you’ll need to start the fire with a little dry kindling you’ve brought along.

Having a working lighter is easy to pack and will make it a cinch to get that fire going on those cold camping nights.

If you think it might rain in the location where you’ll be camping for the night, be looking for dry wood to collect as you make your way.

Depending on where you are, the weather can change quickly, so it’s wise to gather supplies where you can and to always be anticipating the most important thing about building a campsite — how you are going to start your fire.

10. Get a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)or a Satellite Phone

There was one time I got very lost in the middle of the Canadian wilderness.

But I had a little device called a Personal Locator Beacon, or a PLB.

This little device allowed me to send out a signal to let rescue personnel know that I needed help. It was very easy to use.

Literally at the push of a button, you can send a signal that is beamed up to the satellites of the world and let’s the emergency spirits know you are in need of help.

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world. The Personal Locator Beacon will work for you.

It is your beacon.

The Personal Locator Beacon was one of the more expensive items I’ve invested in for my adventures because it cost several hundred dollars, but it was well worth the investment, as who knows what would have happened to me out there in the wilderness, otherwise.

Emergency responders found me, and they got me back on the right track.

Additionally, you also can consider purchasing a satellite phone.

Again, they aren’t cheap, but they another option for getting emergency help quickly, especially if you don’t purchase the Personal Locator Beacon, and the satellite phone allows you to have an actual conversation with another human being.

11. The Good Old-Fashioned Compass

Some things never change, and that it true for carrying a compass on your adventure. Invariably, you will get lost.

I told you about one mishap, but it’s happened many times to me.

Compasses today are very accurate and smart thanks to new technology, and so it’s wise to invest in one in case you are off the beaten path and need to get back on it.

Best of all, these gadgets are fairly cheap in comparison to many of the survival gear items you’ll buy in preparation for your trip.