This is another gear review of the items I utilized at a recent class we taught. This class was Survival Basics in Versailles KY. After the video you wills the actual gear list and links to the products that Dan’s Depot sells. Remember by taking a hands on class, you learn get immediate feedback on what works and what doesn’t work. I give some suggestions on each in these reviews.
- Dan’s Depot Tarp
- Big Agnes Sleeping Pad
- Military Bivy
- Sleeping Bag
- Poncho Liner
- Teton Backpacker’s Pillow
- Eberlestock Rain Cover
- Eberlestock Warhammer
- Eberlestock Little Brother (comes with Skycrane, or order seperately from Dan’s Depot)
- Eberlestock Dry Bag
- Pee bottle
- Beaver Bill Axes
- Gerber Axe (new one which holds saw blade very well)
- MSR Stove
- Mountain House Meals
- Rothco Jacket
Thanks for watching and please let us know if you have any questions on any of these gear pieces.
It seems like there’s always some sort of confusion when it comes to how much water a person should drink per day. It seems to be different depending on who you talk to. However, knowing the right amount is not only helpful for your general health, but it is also crucial when it comes to preparedness. Knowing how much water to store, per person, per day, will help you when planning your water storage or with water filtration.
Check it out: How Much Water Should I Drink to Stay Hydrated?
Building a fire is a wonderful thing in any given outdoor pursuit. Whether you are wanting to utilize it for warmth or preparation of food, tools or other items, building and having a fire is a huge morale boost. At Nature Reliance School we have literally taught hundreds of people how to build fire.
We have done this with quite a range of people. From beginners to advanced students alike. It used to amaze me at how many people put very little time into the preparations for building a fire. Building a fire is definitely one of those skills in which you want to have put a fair amount of effort in to getting the setup correct and material correct.
What we wanted to do in this piece is take a look at setting up a fire. This piece will look at four main steps for success:
- Tinder Bundle
- Fire Sticks
- Choosing Firewood
- Basic Fire Setup and the all important BASE
The tinder bundle is very important in terms of materials and structure because it will often times be the easiest way to get the whole fire started. In this video we show you some basic methodology and why we choose certain materials that we utilize.
The next item we recommend it to get together some fire sticks (aka feather sticks). This can be of any material as long as it is dry. Fire sticks are the most overlooked item that people do not wish to take the time to make. That is unfortunate because these little guys are an incredibly useful tool in building a fire.
The next part is actually getting firewood. We did these videos in two parts one if focused on small material, the second is larger material.
The last video in this blog post is how to go about putting it together. Please pay close attention to how I put the base together. I have sat and watched student after student disregard this tidbit of info after we teach them this. For some reason it is easy to not think it is very important. It is VERY important.
That is a lot of info in one post boys and girls….Thanks for watching with us. Please help us out by subscribing to the Dan’s Depot Channel and the Nature Reliance School Channel. Until next time I hope to see you on, or off the trail!
You can see more of this design here: A Truck Gets Transformed Into An Ergonomic House On Wheels
Remember back when you first started prepping, if you could go back and change something about your approach, what would it be? Looking back, you may realize that you made a few mistakes, or possibly there may be some you are still making. We found a great article that you could use for yourself or pass on to someone you know that’s just getting into prepping. Knowing the common mistakes most preppers make could only help you avoid them from now on.
Check them out here: Ten Common Mistakes Prepper’s Make
Self-sufficiency is a huge part of preparedness, and being able to take on do-it-yourself projects such as this one is a great place to start. This toolbox, which you can make yourself, is able to carry a couple saws, a level, some chisels, and other various tools. All the steps to learn how to make it is in this great article.
Check it out here: How to Make a Wooden Tool Carrier
We had a question some time ago that I answered on video about using apps for phones and tablets in survival training. I got a ton of private messaging about that post. In that video I said there wasn’t an app out there that was useful. I still stand by that statement. If there is ANYTHING that you utilize in your survival kit that requires batteries, you need to rethink it. You will have to take great pains to carry plenty of extra battery backup or simply choose to gain the knowledge so you succeed without it.
That is exactly where these apps might come into usefulness. Survival training is a different situation all together, than actually surviving. Lets take a look at my top three for training.
1. Theodolite – I love this app for training. It is basically a view finder that integrates GPS positioning, compass, inclinometer (measures angle of slope), rangefinder, map, and camera all into one useful app. I personally use this for two distinct reasons.
- The first is that I use it to keep track of tracks (pun intended). I can very easily document tracks and their location, and then easily put them on a map to see patterns of travel. By studying patterns and directions such as this, hunters could more easily develop strategies for hunting and or trapping. For survival training you know that all animals must have water. So developing a keen sense of where and how to find water by following tracks is an incredible source of knowledge.
- I have also used this to locate and geotag edible, medicinal or otherwise interesting species of plants. This will help me find them at a later date. Prior to this app I did this for years with small pieces of surveyor’s flagging. This app makes it more useful without the need of flagging which oftentimes comes off or otherwise destroyed. By using this app I can easily return to a species I am interested in throughout the seasons so I can study how it looks in different seasons, weather, etc
2. Wild Edibles with Steve Brill - I use this app more than any other. The main reason I started using this app is because the book I had by Steve got wore out. I bought another one and it too got wore out. I take it to the field often. This app has helped me to easily get all the information I need to study edible and medicinal plants. In my estimation this is the only app out there that can assist you in studying edible and medicinal plants easily. Steve has done a great job of giving technical information and adding humor and recipes in as well.
The beauty of an app such as this, is you really get to take a lifetime of research and study done by someone such as Steve and stuff it in your pocket. It is like stuffing Steve Brill in your backpack and having him talk incessantly about edible plants. Just joking on that one, however there is an incredible amount of work that has gone on to get this app together. You will love this app if you have interest in edible medicinal plants.
3. iTrack Wildlife – This one is relatively new to me but I am finding it incredibly useful. This app is PACKED full of research and wonderful photographs. You can find a track and it will help you decipher what animal made it, show you other sign such as scat, skulls, and even give you a link to Wiki articles on the animal. It also includes articles on how to get started tracking, etc.
With all that said there is no better teacher than dirt time either will a skilled teacher or solo. However these apps make it much easier for us to carry in our hand useful tools to further study what we are seeing while we are out and about.
Thanks for reading, I hope to see you on, or off the trails sometime soon.
Can you really start a fire with chapstick alone? No, not at all. In this video however, the host will show you how chapstick will greatly contribute to your fire starting efforts when using matches or ferrocerium. Check out the video below:
Alloutdoor delivers again with this excellent article about knife sharpening. Not only is learning how to properly sharpen a knife important, but it is a relatively simple task that takes time and practice to really be able to do it properly. There’s also different factors to consider, like what you’re sharpening, and what type of knife you are using. Luckily, this series of articles tends to cover all that.
Click here to read: How to Sharpen a Knife, Part I
Most of our readers probably already rely on non-electronic, non-technology methods for personal and home security. Still though, it’s very easy to default to using technology for everything – especially when it’s easy and fast. We often forget about “old school” methods, which includes home security measures. In this great article, the author gives some great tips on how to protect your home which doesn’t rely on technology whatsoever.
Check it out here: Old School Security Measures No Prepared Home Should Be Without