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Rainmaker: How to Build a DIY Solar Shower for Your Jeep

Rainmaker: How to Build a DIY Solar Shower for Your Jeep

Back in the ’90s, I was an avid hiker and camper. My day hikes tended to be in the 4- to 8-mile range and my camping trips were usually three days a [...]
Pocket Preps: Tourniquet Buyer’s Guide

Pocket Preps: Tourniquet Buyer’s Guide

On more than one occasion, I heard the story about a guy who was using a chainsaw in his backyard to clean up some storm debris. As he was cutting a [...]
Burner Phone Basics: How to Set Up an Anonymous Prepaid Phone

Burner Phone Basics: How to Set Up an Anonymous Prepaid Phone

If you’re reading this, there’s a strong chance you own a smartphone. Most people do these days. We use them less and less for calling and more for [...]
Lessons Learned from Tiga Tactics’ Knife Defense Seminar

Lessons Learned from Tiga Tactics’ Knife Defense Seminar

When most people think of knife fighting, their first thought likely goes to a Hollywood action movie. Sweaty, muscular men lunging and slashing at [...]
Book Review: “Survival Tips, Tricks, and Traps”

Book Review: “Survival Tips, Tricks, and Traps”

The Premise: Are you prepared? Are you, really, though? If you’re out in the woods and you’ve consumed all of the water you brought with you, would [...]
Pocket Preps: Corrosion Resistant Knife Buyer’s Guide

Pocket Preps: Corrosion Resistant Knife Buyer’s Guide

To borrow a phrase from the firearms side of the house, knives have two enemies: rust and politicians. The latter is more complicated to deal with, [...]
The Basics of IV Fluids for Emergency Scenarios

The Basics of IV Fluids for Emergency Scenarios

The off-grid medic has to deal with lots of medical issues. Bleeding, broken bones, burns, and infections can lead to major challenges when you don’ [...]
In the Belly of the Beast: Escaping the Fall of Afghanistan

In the Belly of the Beast: Escaping the Fall of Afghanistan

In the twilight of an Afghan summer, Mazar-e-Sharif brimmed with life and tenacity. On the surface, one could not have predicted that the city of ha [...]
Pocket Preps: Brass Knuckles / Knucks

Pocket Preps: Brass Knuckles / Knucks

Call them what you want — brass knuckles, knucks, knuckle dusters, brass paper weights, and so on. You know what they are when you see them. They ma [...]
Bag Drop: Hiking the Grand Canyon with an Osprey Kestrel 48

Bag Drop: Hiking the Grand Canyon with an Osprey Kestrel 48

Hiking the Grand Canyon from the south rim to the north rim is a challenging hike that'll test you mentally and physically — perhaps even spirituall [...]
Buyer’s Guide: Perimeter Defense Tools for Home Security

Buyer’s Guide: Perimeter Defense Tools for Home Security

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, every year about 3.7 million burglaries are committed in America. Roughly 28 percent of those bu [...]
Gear Up: New Survival Gear for June 2022

Gear Up: New Survival Gear for June 2022

ACLIM8 Combar FoldaxeNOTESIt’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a nearly indestructible three-in-one folding ax, and potentially the Superman of multi-too [...]
DIY Disinfectants: How to Fight Diseases with Limited Resources

DIY Disinfectants: How to Fight Diseases with Limited Resources

Maintaining the health of an off-grid community involves suppressing infections and keeping wounds clean. For these, you’ll need antibiotics to dest [...]
Book Review: “The Disaster Diaries” by Sam Sheridan

Book Review: “The Disaster Diaries” by Sam Sheridan

The Premise: From time to time, we find a survival book that is refreshingly different from the multitude of similar manuals that currently exist in [...]
Cyber Threat Awareness: How to Prepare for a Cyberattack on the Grid

Cyber Threat Awareness: How to Prepare for a Cyberattack on the Grid

Alan Turing, the legendary World War II cryptographer, creator of the conceptual computer, and codebreaker of the infamous Enigma cryptography machi [...]
How Outdated is Your First Aid Kit?

How Outdated is Your First Aid Kit?

If you put together a trauma medical kit or individual first aid kit (IFAK) five to seven years ago, you may need to update your gear. Whether you s [...]
Bag Drop: Mystery Ranch Shift Plus 900 Modular Backpack

Bag Drop: Mystery Ranch Shift Plus 900 Modular Backpack

For some, a trek through the wilderness means going to a nearby park within the range of cellular data, groomed trails, and posted maps. For others, [...]
Child Abuse Facts and Myths Every Parent Should Know

Child Abuse Facts and Myths Every Parent Should Know

Editor’s Note: Due to the sensitive nature of child abuse cases and the restrictions of this author’s job in law enforcement, his article has been p [...]
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