Running into bears while camping can be a harrowing experience. An encounter with a 240-pound black bear has a way of reminding you humanity isn’t always at the top of the food chain. Fortunately bear attacks are rare—you’re twenty times more likely to be killed by a cow than a bear in any given year. Having said that, most of us are more likely to camp in bear country than the local dairy pasture, so it’s important to know […]
When the great outdoors calls, we all answer in different ways. Some toss the cooler in the back of the car and drive to the nearest campground. Others strap on their backpacks and head deep into the wilderness. Either way, you’re going to need to bring food.
While hot dogs, toasted marshmallows and other traditional camping fare may hold a special place in your heart (or your arteries), healthy camping food is a much better option, especially for trips when […]
Advances in off-grid solar power make it possible to power homes and businesses without connecting to public utilities, making solar arrays vital to those seeking to live more sustainable, independent lives. The process isn’t easy and requires a significant investment of time and money, but the results are well worth the effort.
Why Do You Want to Live Off-Grid?
Before we delve into the intricacies of going off-grid with solar power, it’s important to understand why you want to go off-grid […]
Human beings can survive up to three weeks without food. In contrast, a lack of water is fatal within three to four days. This grim fact makes water disaster preparedness vital.
Flooding, severe weather, earthquakes, and civil unrest can all interrupt public water delivery or introduce dangerous contaminates into your drinking supply. Private well water may also be affected by floods, chemical spills, or similar catastrophes. A carefully thought out water disaster preparedness plan saves lives.
Do Not Ration Water
This suggestion […]
For many people, urban foraging means finding the latest trendy restaurant or boutique, but in the context of survival, it has a far more serious connotation. Although you might not think of an urban area as a place to forage for food, you can find many edible plants growing there. Wild greens often contain far more nutritional value than commercially grown products like lettuce or celery.
Wild Plant Safety Tips
Your Zagat guide won’t do you any good, but you’ll be […]
Fans of television’s The Walking Dead are a fiercely loyal bunch—tuning in season after season despite seeing beloved characters killed off in unbelievably gruesome scenes. Then along comes an even bigger shocker—the particularly cruel murder of fan favorite Glenn and relative newcomer Abraham—not by a zombie, but at the hands of the psychotic sociopath Negan. Even if you’ve watched only one episode, it is obvious these characters have incredible survival skills in the face of utter chaos and despair. […]
Even if you are not an avid fan, there is a good chance you’ve seen at least one episode of Survivor, which aired for the first time in May 2000. If reality shows aren’t your thing, perhaps you’ve watched survival-related documentaries or fictional movies. It’s only natural to question what you would do if faced with potential life and death scenarios such as being stranded in the wilderness. However, most of us do not follow up on those thoughts […]
Some sayings have become such a common part of our language that we take them for granted. Cabin fever falls into that category and is defined as: A state characterized by anxiety, restlessness, and boredom, arising from a prolonged stay in a remote or confined place. Cabin fever has been in our vocabulary for about 100 years, thought to have originated between 1915 and 1920. While Honest Abe is likely the most famous U.S. president to have been born […]
In the three largest U.S. cities, a significant numbers of residents live in apartment buildings. In NYC (population: 8.4 million), Los Angeles (population: 3.8 million), and Chicago (population: 2.7 million), there are a combined total of 2.46 million apartments. In the remaining large cities across America, apartments comprise 15 to 42 percent of all dwellings. If you are a city dweller, there is a good chance you live in a condo or apartment.
For several years, it seemed like people […]
It is a natural human reaction to panic a little when you lose your compass on a backpacking trip in the wilderness. However, it is possible to find directions without a compass. Here are a few tips to help you navigate backwoods territory even without your favorite, trustworthy compass.
The Sun, Moon, and Stars
The Sun: Since the beginning of civilization, humans have relied on the sun to navigate direction. You know that the sun rises in the east and sets […]