Knowledge vs. Common Sense for Wilderness Living Skills and Survival

I recently had the privilege of spending a week with one of the Godfathers of Survival, Mors Kochanski. While Mors’ resume includes over 50 years as an outdoor educator, researcher, author, and scholar, which unto itself is impressive, it simply does not do Kochanski...

The Problem with Survival Television

It would stand to reason that anything that helps get people excited about prepping and survival is a good thing, but awareness isn’t always the best thing. For example, take the popular survival shows on cable television today. Hosts like Bear Grylls will show you...

10 Helpful Tips for Winter Backpacking Safety

With snowstorms and frigid temperatures taking hold across the country the past few weeks, many people have decided that it’s time to hang-up their backpacking gear for the next few months. While backpacking in the winter offers new challenges, the opportunity to have...

Mountain Survival Tips

Mountains are no joke. In addition to falling off the side of one and dying a lousy death, there’s also the threat of avalanche, assorted large predators, and that pesky thin air. Getting lost in a mountain range is usually the result of separation from a hiking...

The Most Poisonous Plants and How to Recognize Them

It makes sense to be concerned about the perils of wild animals that could severely hurt or kill you when outdoors. The dangers of animals like grizzly bears and mountain lions are well established. But have you ever considered the perils of poisonous plants?...

Surviving in the Wild: 19 Common Edible Plants

So you’re stranded in the wilderness. You consumed the last nub of your Clif Bar two days ago, and now you’re feeling famished. Civilization is still several days away, and you need to keep up your strength. The greenery all around you is looking more and more...

Remember The Rule of Threes

It’s fun to think about zombie weapons and combat techniques, but for most of us staying alive in a zombie outbreak will come down to the basics of food, water and shelter. A simple and well established principle in disaster survival is the Rule of Threes, which holds...

Survival: It’s Not Just a Word

Survival. For most of us it’s just a word; a foreign concept that we’ll never have to try and understand. The unfortunate truth? People don’t believe that they’ll need to learn how to survive until it’s too late. What most don’t realize is that you don’t have be an...

3 Guidelines for Maintaining your Emergency Preparedness Kits

Preparing an emergency preparedness kit, bug out bag, or get home bag is not a onetime event. In order to make sure your gear is ready to go at a moment’s notice, you should be conducting periodic inspections of your gear; even better would be periodic testing of your...

The Wilderness Survival Skills Everyone Should Know

A few hours watching the Discovery Channel can prompt extreme survival fantasies involving frog licking and urine drinking, but what basic skills would you actually need to survive in the wilderness? Here’s a look at the basics you need to become an adult Boy...

Prepper Mistakes to Avoid

In the prepper community, we all have different ideas on how to get ready for “the big one.” We’ve learned to focus not so much on how and when it will take place, but on being ready to do what’s necessary to survive no matter what happens. The main question in our...

How To Live Off The Grid: 8 Things You Need Now

How to live off grid. It’s simple really. Move to the woods, build a cabin, throw on some solar panels and wind turbine for power, drill a well, raise chickens, cows, and pigs, and sit on your front porch while sipping coffee and staring out at the beautiful natural...

Martial Law: What You Need to Know to Survive

How prepared are you for what will unfold when your hometown goes from Mayberry to fullscale Martial Law? With all the events going on in the world right now, we might be a lot closer to the brink that you would think… In the past few days alone, we’ve seen a hostage...

9 Urban Survival Skills That Could Save Your Life

I recently wrote about 20 skills you can trade after the SHTF, but this time I want to focus on urban survival skills. If you live in the city, these skills could literally save your life during the next major disaster. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list,...

Why ‘Loners’ Are Doomed In A Crisis

There’s a certain element of romance in being the lone wolf against the world. We idolize people like that in movies such as Rambo, where Sylvester Stallone takes on wave after wave of enemy all by himself. We love to see Captain America or Iron Man wipe out an entire...

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