When it comes to facing a SHTF scenario, finding yourself stuck somewhere in an extended metropolitan area could be one of the most dangerous places ever. In fact, the cons may easily exceed the pros: crowding, looting, violence, just to name a few.
Foraging is often thought of as a backwoods pursuit that requires bushwhacking and long treks into the forest. But the truth is, wild edibles are all around us, even in the most densely populated urban areas.
The civilization we know has ended, and the government and the rule of law are gone. In this new world, all forms of currency, money, credit, and all precious metals lost their worth. You are alone, and you have no resources to purchase food, water, fuel, or any gear you might need to survive. What do you do?
An emergency situation may strike in a wide range of different ways and places. It could catch you off guard while you are involved in some pleasant activities, like hiking, camping, or bushcrafting.
Code blue! You need to bug out to keep your loved ones safe. You head for the hills, and luckily you find a cave. Can you stay in it? Is it smart to do so?
Often underrated, medicinal plants play an essential role in curing minor health issues, but not only that. In fact, the healing plants you can forage could help prevent major health distress, providing you with the possibility to become your own doctor.
Mental, physical, and practical preparedness are the Prepper’s first tasks. Sizing up situations and risks comes immediately after. Every scenario has its own features, and an emergency situation is constantly changing.
If you’ve ever tried to remain unseen outside for any length of time you will have discovered that it is very difficult, especially if you are trying to cover distance. There are, of course, various reasons why someone may want to conceal themselves from view, for observing wildlife, stalking or hunting, or when playing games such as manhunt.
In North America in the 17th and 18th centuries, every day was a survival situation for most people. High-calorie foods that would keep in all weather and stay fresh for long periods of time were a hot commodity. The flavor wasn’t a high priority, but calories and durability were.
The Donner Party was a group of American pioneers who migrated to California in a wagon train from the Midwest. Their journey was delayed by a series of mishaps, and they were forced to spend the winter of 1846–1847 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
“Friction is necessary. Ease of life leads to complacency and the atrophy of the human will and spirit. Within our struggles lives our strength, within our trials lives our triumphs. Friction creates a platform for change, generates heat and or fervor and creates a motivational charge that gives us an opportunity to be better”- Jason Versey
Most hunters have blood-trailed deer or another big-game animal. Those who haven’t either have poor luck or haven’t been hunting very long. Tracking a double lunged or heart-shot deer is often simple, but marginal hits always make tracking difficult. Regardless of how long you’ve been hunting or how many perfect shots you’ve made, you’ll eventually face a challenging blood trail.
The fascination with fire, and its integral role in the success of the development of us as a species, continue to inspire and “spark” discussion across any campfire, and I am sure yours too. It’s a subject I never get tired of. It is easy to restrict thoughts on the subject of fire solely to the campfire, cooking, and warmth. However, fire also provides us with many other resources, one of which is light.