I was just cruising through Youtube and found this trailer for “Contagion”.
Looks like it’s going to be a dam good TSHTF-style movie.
Pretty realistic by the looks of it too.
Check out the trailer.
Survival is all about creating something out of nothing.
Here’s a simple intrusion detection system I created consisting of string, a staple and a party popper.
Securely tie a length of fishing lines onto the end of the Party Popper string.
Hammer a staple into the door frame/wall.
Thread the other end of the fishing line through the staple and lightly tension(too much tension and the Party Popper will be triggered) by wrapping it around the door handle.
Securely tie it to door handle so it won’t undo once the tension is increased as the door is opened.
Now all that needs to happen is for someone to try and open the door and the party popper will go off.
And believe me, at night in a house one of these going off will give the intruder one hell of a fright and alert you to their presence.
This concept can be modified to suit your environment. You can rig it to a gate or have it set up as trip wires.
I woke up to snow today so I thought I’d take advantage of it and practice some winter survival skills.
So here’s my guide to lighting a fire in the snow.
Clear an area in a snow (I used my Kukri).
Place your fine tinder (dryer lint in this case!) inside your rough tinder (dried grass) and light the former.
Bundle up the rough tinder over the ignited fine tinder and then place fine pieces of kindling on top.
As your fire begins to take off place larger pieces of wood so it has plenty of fuel and can build up a good amount of embers.
Sit back and enjoy the warmth!!!!)
Once you are done with your fire simply throw snow on top of the fire to put it out.
In light of the horrific events in Norway I cannot bring myself to post anything but this simple message which I’m sure you will all agree with:
Burn in Hell Anders Breivik for the despicable and brutal murders you have committed.
You are a worthless coward who has ended the lives of 91 innocent men, women and children.
May you spend the rest of your life in a small, cold, damp cell.
And when you finally do the decent thing and die, may you burn in the fires of Hell you sick, soulless animal.
It arrived a couple of days later and I took it out on an overnight camp with me.
My verdict after testing it out:
I would never consider taking any other knife(except maybe my Kukri) with me into the wilderness or during a survival situation.
Ka-Bars are well-known for being indestructible pieces of metal that are built like tanks.
I can honestly say that this is true!!
I used mine as a hammer, axe/hatchet, wood splitter and general purpose hacking knife.
With it’s 7 inch blade I kept it beside my sleeping bag in case a possum attacked and I couldn’tgrab my Rossi 92 fast enough!
After all, the knife has used by the US Marine Corp proof for over 50 years so it has to be good for defending yourself!
Note: I highly recommend getting one with a Kydex Sheath as the leather ones tend to warp if they get to wet.
Another issue with the leather sheaths is that they can retain moisture which can damage/rust the blade.
Anyway here’s my basic rundown:
. The blade stays nice and sharp, and it hacks through branches like butter.
. The handle is grooved making it nearly impossible for your hand to slip, and if your hand does slip (not likely) there’s a guard on both sides to keep your hand from the blade.
. This knife can handle practically anything you throw at it(or throw it at anything!).
. If buy the version that comes with a Kydex Sheath then the knife locks into it even before you secure the cross strap at the top. No risk of it falling out and slicing you.
. It’s been used by the US Marine Corp for over 50 years and is also the standard issue knife for the Israeli Commandos, and I don’t think these guys would be using sub standard equipment.
. The leather sheath can cause some issues if it gets too wet but this can easily be remedied by picking up an aftermarket Kydex/Plastic Sheath
I was in a survivalist chatroom last night and I was discussing living off the land post-TSHTF with another prepper.
I have plans in place so that if I have to flee to the wilderness for some reason I will know exactly which plants to eat, which animals to hunt and how I can secure a longer term food source (guerilla gardening).
But this other guy was adamant that post-TSHTF he could live of rabbits alone because the area he lives in is full of them.
He also said he didn’t plan to grow a garden because he knew how to forage for food and that his rabbit diet would sustain him.
So I brought up the subject of “rabbit starvation” which he had never heard of.
You see “rabbit starvation” is a form of acute malnutrition caused by excess consumption of any lean meat (such as rabbit) coupled with a lack of other sources of nutrients.
Your body uses its own vitamins and minerals to digest the rabbit and these get passed out of the body when you evacuate your bowels.
If the vitamins and minerals are not replaced the you feel weak and start showing signs of vitamin deficiency.
If more rabbit is eaten, the condition becomes worse.
Record show trappers have literally eaten themselves to death when eating vegetation could have replaced the missing minerals as they consumed rabbit after rabbit.
Now this is just one of the reasons that planning to survive soley on rabbits post-TSHTF is not only an unsustainable idea but also a very unhealthy one.
Once I explain this too him he actually realised that he did need to look at other food source options!!
Yeah, I’m good!
I’m a bit to busy to write a post today guys so here’s a video regarding raising chicken post-collapse for you to enjoy.
It’s made by SouthernPrepper1.
Check out his Youtube Channel, it’s full of some pretty great survival info.
You guys have probably been wondering why the hell this site has been down for the past 3 days.
That is a good question.
For some weird reason my site stopped functioning on its old server so my web host had to switch it to a new server.
We still have no idea what caused it but thankfully it’s back online now with all data intact.
One thing is for sure though, it’s good to be back online!!
You will need:
. Preserving jar/can of fruit of choice
. 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
. 1/2 cup raw sugar
. 1/4 cup coconut
. 1/4 cup rolled oats
. 100 ml olive oil
. cinnamon to taste
Preheat oven 180 degrees C.
Mix together dry ingredients and add oil.
Pour fruit into oven tray.
Sprinkle mix over fruit
Bake for 35 minutes
Book Review: How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques for Uncertain Times
I recently purchased the book “How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques for Uncertain Times” by James Wesley Rawles.
Apparently it is the definitive guide on how to prepare for any crisis from global financial collapse to a global pandemic.
I wanted to read for myself though before praising it or shooting it down.
Survivalist author James Wesley Rawles, author of “Patriots” and editor of SurvivalBlog.com, wrote this book to contain the essential tools and skills you will need for you family to survive.
I must admit, it certainly covers a wide variety of topics considering it is only 316 pages long.
The topics include:
. Water: Filtration, transport, storage, and treatment options.
. Food Storage: Home storage methods, quantities, proper rotation, and keeping out vermin.
. Fuel and Home Power: Home heating fuels, fuel storage safety, backup generators.
. Gardens, Orchards, and Livestock: Gardening basics, non-hybrid seeds, greenhouses
. Medical Supplies and Training: Building a first aid kit, minor surgery, chronic health issues.
. Communications: Following international news, staying in touch with loved ones.
. Home Security: Your panic room, self-defense training and tools.
. When to Get Outta Dodge: Vehicle selection, kit packing lists, routes and planning.
. Investing and Barter: Tangibles investing, building your barter stockpile.
I could keep going on and on and write some long drawn out review but let’s just cut to the chase with some pros and cons!
. Contains well researched, comprehensive information
. Covers a vast number of topics
. Has some excellent tips
. Easy to read/no confusing jargon
. Gives you a lot of good ideas to think about
. Some pictures and diagrams would have been nice
. Some of the ideas mentioned may not be financially feasible to your average prepper
. Doesn’t contain enough info for beginner preppers
. Bug Out location info is pretty standard (the old “Lets buy a cabin in Idaho” cliché is pretty prevalent)
How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It is a decent book.
All in all I think it is a good resource and survival reference work that will definitely be a handy book to have with you when TSHTF.