I'm embarrassed to admit that for much of my life, I had no idea red lights were anything other than Hollywood special effects for horror movies or submarine war movies. Then a friend who had served in the armed forces and minored in photography in college informed me I was an idiot. Okay, she was way nicer than that, but learning red lights, red lenses, and red flashlights … [Read more...] about What Is a Red Flashlight Used for?
Having spent four years in the great white north, and having lived decades in the Midwest before that, I feel especially qualified to talk about surviving the cold of a long Alaska winter. We're not talking about temperate off the coast winters (looking at you Anchorage) – but I lived in the Interior of Alaska. Hello endless -42 degree days & nights. That is about the … [Read more...] about The Best Winter Gear to Survive an Alaska Winter
Don't end up the victim in a horror movie. Okay, so maybe that's over the top, but how many horror movie victims could have been saved with a cell phone and a few bars? More than just a handful. Maybe we'll get a 10 minute short horror movie where it ends with a cell phone booster getting that 9-1-1 call out? Not going to hold our breath on that one. But hopefully our little … [Read more...] about Best Cell Phone Boosters Reviewed
When I was a really young kid my interest in rice was to absorb soy sauce and serve with Mom's stir fry. Obviously at a really young age I didn't realize how good a survival food rice was or that we ate it so much because it was so cheap on the food budget. However, the fact that I'd quickly grow to love the outdoors and survival meant it was only a matter of time until I … [Read more...] about Survival Food: Can Uncooked Rice Go Bad?
The Rule of 3 is a crucial, even foundational, bit of wilderness survival wisdom. There are many various pieces of wisdom out there when it comes to survival and not all of them are created equal. While modern society makes living easy, being able to survive in an emergency situation or wilderness survival situation is a chore. Even many educated & skilled individuals … [Read more...] about The Survival “Rule of 3” & Why You Need To Master It!
I've made no secret of my love for a good survival knife. Without question when you find yourself stuck in the forested or wild you'll feel much better having a saw than not. That being said, even the best survival saws tend to be larger pieces of equipment that don't exactly jump to the top of the list when you think "portable easy to pack essential survival gear." However, … [Read more...] about Best Survival Saws Reviewed
There are many different options out there when it comes to a good survival saw, and truth be told when I started a batch of articles reviewing the best survival saws out there, the pocket chain saw wasn't originally on the list. However after a few good videos, an order, and a field test, I'm a fan! As with any tools, there are pros and cons and if you're going to buy it mine … [Read more...] about The Best Pocket Chain Saws Reviewed
Being prepared is important. In fact, "Be Prepared" is the Boy Scout motto. This can mean many different things depending on the situation. Whether you're a survivalist or prepper or just someone who appreciates making sure you're prepared, one of the major areas you'll need to tackle is survival food. While there are plenty of lists with dozens of options, this is more of a … [Read more...] about 10 Underrated Survival Foods You’ll Want To Stock
A camping safety checklist honestly isn't something I've put much thought into in quite a while. However, sometimes it's easy to get caught up in seeing the world through your eyes and not thinking about other points of view. This is as true of the outdoors as it is anything else. While I'm still a proponent that everyone should spend more time enjoying nature, this focuses … [Read more...] about Your Camping Safety Checklist: Good Preparation Matters!
There are many types of outdoor saws out there, and this is doubly true when looking at the wide array of different work saws, camping saws, or even survival saw options that are out there. While a good hand chain saw can be an interesting addition to a bug out bag and a truly good portable folding saw can certainly be useful, as far as a great campsite tool for cutting massive … [Read more...] about Best Bow Saws for Camping or Survival
There are many different types of camp saws out there. If you're looking for a specialty saw to help with some serious landscaping or a good survival piece that can help increase your chances of survival out in the wild, or somewhere in the middle, a hand hand folding saw combines the best aspects of a survival saw and a lockback pocket knife. This combination creates a … [Read more...] about Best Folding Saws Reviewed
Coral snakes are one of the most interesting venomous native to the United States, and the only venomous snake species that is not a pit viper. While rattlesnakes, copperheads, and water moccasins all fall under pit viper, the brightly colored coral snakes are actually elapidaes (same family as cobras, black mambas, and many sea snakes), instead. These snakes tend to be very … [Read more...] about Quick Hitter: Coral Snake Vs. King Snake – Telling Them Apart