Show Contents 15 May 2015

Show Notes

I begin this weeks show with the BUSHCRAFT SHOW 23rd to 25th May, then the Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, THE TWELTH WILDERNESS GATHERING 2015 13th to 16th August, the Ribzwear 30% Discount Offer, EU Ticks Invade UK, The U.K mock SHTF scenario DX w/e (part 3), Wilderness121’s 10% Discount Offer, How SHTF can happen Just Like That, Urban Prepping, The Midimax 10% Discount Offer, The Camping Survival Plan, The Fieldleisure 10% Discount Offer, The Mid Wales,Bushcraft Show and Wild Camp, Emergency
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When: 23 – 25 May 2015 Where:
Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes, Rosliston, Derbyshire The Bushcraft Show
is set to enthrall and entertain families and individuals of all ages
in a celebration of all things bushcraft over the May Bank Holiday

Visitors are
travelling from around the world to attend the most exciting,
entertaining and educational bushcraft event of the year.

The show provides an
all-inclusive experience that cannot be experienced anywhere else in
the world… Why? Well all the way from Australia is Major Les
Hiddins, aka the ‘Bush Tucker Man’ coming to The Bushcraft Show

You can hear the
Australian Army soldier and Vietnam war veteran on the Main Stage and
listen as he shares his love of the Australian bush and his skills
and experience.

John ‘Lofty’
Wiseman, author of The SAS Survival Handbook, says he wouldn’t miss
coming to The Bushcraft Show for the fifth year running! This
survival expert led numerous operations including involvement with
the SAS Counter-Terrorist Team that ended the Iranian Embassy siege
in London and brought the SAS into the media spotlight, he also ran
the SAS Survival School and trained the first members of the US Green
Berets who returned to the USA to form the famous Delta Force (US
Special Forces).

Would you believe
it, if I told you that wolves are coming to The Bushcraft Show 2015?
Well they are and this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to
walk with wolves.

Join a wolf hybrid
pack, learn evolution, physiology, social structure, communication
and conservation of the wolf, intricacy of social ranking and the
subtle art of canine communication on a magical walk through the
woodlands as part of the pack.

Andrew Price, ITV’s
Coast & Country Presenter, owner of Dryad Bushcraft, Bushcraft
and Survival Instructor and experienced practitioner of a wide range
of outdoor pursuits will be speaking at The Bushcraft Show.

We also have one of the world’s most renowned and highly respected explorers, Colonel
John Blashford-Snell OBE, former British Army Officer, explorer and
author coming along to share his adventures and expedition advice on
Sunday 24th May 2015.

Tracking Expert
PERRY MCGEE, son of the late Eddie McGee author of No Need to Die,
will be teaching you essential tracking skills. In addition, there
are many leading bushcraft, wildlife, woodland craft and survival
experts speaking, demonstrating, instructing and on hand at the show
for a chat. I think you have to agree that is an impressive line up. Full details
are available here

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The Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the
diaries of those who enjoy Bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival
skills. The previous eleven years have seen this event grow from a
small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing
bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living
skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.

The show has grown into an event with something for all the family with
stories and music by the campfire in the evenings and skills
workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the

The Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family
event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.

The show has Bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get
involved in plus more activities for all including den building and
wilderness skills classes for all.

There are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening,
basha boat building, bow making, greenwood working, archery and axe
throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are
talks on survival physiology, classes on falconry and wilderness
survival fishing. All of these skills are there for everybody and
anybody to participate in.

You can probably pick up information on nearly all the skills needed to
live in the wilderness and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.

There is a wealth of good quality trade stands that are carefully selected
to be in theme for the show selling everything from custom knives to
tipis and outdoor clothing to primitive tools. The organisers have
even laid on a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring
along your used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you

There are local scout and explorer groups on site promoting the World Wide
Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and
site logistics.

The catering is within the theme of the event with venison and game
featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and drinks. The woodland
and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the
option to visit for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day

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 A front pack is a pack or bag that allows for access of equipment from
the persons chest. Front packs first and foremost allow for easy
access of gear without the removal of any equipment.

In many adventure outdoor activities it can be critical to the sport to
have the ability to reach essential gear fast without the removal of
a backpack. Simplicity is the foremost purpose of the front pack but
there are many additional benefits as well.

In all there are unlimited uses for the front pack. Front packs are the
best compliment to any outdoors-man’s gear when accessibility,
functionality, mobility and simplicity are required. From horseback
riding, long distance biking, motorcycling and kayaking.

All sports where fast and easy access of gear is essential, a front pack
is your best solution and as you can imagine it is going down a storm
within the prepping and survivalist community.

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EU Ticks Invade UK

This year in the UK we have seen a big rise in the number of disease-carrying ticks
following the relaxation of pet passport controls, an expert has

The greater variety and the increasing numbers of ticks present a threat to both dogs and humans.

Around 3,000 Britons a year are affected by Lyme disease which is carried by the
parasites. If its symptoms – such as lameness, lethargy and fever –
are left untreated, these can lead to more serious conditions such as
kidney disease and heart failure.

However, there are now warnings that a new species from Europe can carry a disease which causes anaemia and even death in dogs.

We in the UK had opened our doors to the ‘really unpleasant’ brown dog tick after
European pet travel regulations were relaxed three years ago.

The change in rules– in line with EU freedom of movement regulations – means family
pets taken on holiday within Europe would no longer need
tick-treatment on their return.

In fact the numbers of ticks have increased by 73 per cent in the UK, according to a
survey by the Big Tick Project.

There are a couple of European species of tick which we are now beginning to see in the UK that we didn’t have before. They can spread diseases from Europe
that we haven’t got in the UK.

As these ticks  continue to get into the UK, I think we are going to have a much more
severe problem.’


Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is spread to humans by infected ticks.


The earliest and
most common symptom of Lyme disease is a pink or red circular rash
that develops around the area of the bite.


This usually appears
three to 30 days after someone is bitten.


If Lyme disease is
left untreated, further symptoms may develop, including:


Muscle pain


Joint pain and


symptoms, such as temporary paralysis of the facial muscles


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The brown dog tick
can often carry babesia canis, which affects dog’s red blood cells.
In turn, this can cause anaemia and lead to death.


Most native species
of tick are found outside. But the brown dog tick can live inside
homes, hiding in the cracks in walls.


far, there have been no cases in the UK where a brown dog tick has
killed a dog. but it is crucial that dog owners treat their pets.


U.K mock SHTF scenario DX w/e (part 3)


U.K mock SHTF scenario DX w/e (part 3) will be holding their 3rd year
event on June the 27th.


is an event for preppers and people like minded to get together over
the air through CB and PMR for a weekend.


have chosen CB and PMR as they are license free and simple to work
and legal for anyone to use in the UK.


people taking part get listed on a google map on line and giving a
call sign for the weekend.


will also be a time table so people can find each other over the 2
days and the night.


people take part and BUG OUT for the weekend but some just join in
from a parked car on a hill or from home if they are not able to get
out and about.


their Face Book page you can see past events at Uk shtf preppers and
all so one or two uploaded to you tube.


idea is as follows.


a SHTF scenario of your choice…. zombie attack, a world war or a
flood has took out your town/city and all land lines, mobile networks
and the internet is down due to whatever you are prepping for and you
need to make a call for whatever reason…


what do you do????


your BUG OUT BAG and head for the hills!!!!!! Radios normally work
better from high ground so the plan would be to bug out to high
ground and see who you can find on the radio.


information will be handed out closer to the weekend.


there are a few rules……


you bug out please make sure you have permission to be on that land.


the weekend please clean up your location before going home (LNT)


radios used are open for anyone to use in the UK so please be polite
and respectful to ALL other operators.


sure you are safe, you do not want to call out for help for real.


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SHTF can Happen Just Like That


A second spectacular
blast from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has covered nearby
towns and villages in a thick layer of ash.


The first eruption
in over forty years sent vast clouds of dust more than six miles into
the air, creating an incredible display of lightning and lava against
the night’s sky.


Another unexpected
eruption in the Los Lagos Region heightened fears of local waters
becoming contaminated, residents developing severe breathing problems
and more flights being grounded.


The ash covered cars
and houses in cities as far as 18 miles away from the source of the
eruption as another massive evacuation effort got underway.


Previous and equally
violent eruptions at Calbuco have continued for up to a week and this
volcano is one of the most dangerous of Chile’s 90 active volcanoes
but was not under any special observation before it suddenly sprung
into life.


Emergency officials
were taken by surprise and had only a few minutes to issue an alert.


Local authorities
have evacuated 4,000 people away from the gas and ash contaminating
the air and closed access to the area around the volcano which lies
near the cities of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt – 620 miles south of
the capital Santiago.


Even Professor David
Pyle who has studied over a century of eruptions across Chile’s
1000-mile stretch of volcanoes ranks this one among the strongest –
and claims its ash could cross the Pacific to Australia.


He ranked this
particular explosion ‘a three or four’ on the Volcanic Explosivity
Index which means it could unleash an astonishing ten billion cubic
metres of ash into the atmosphere.


He said, ‘Based on a
15km-high plume and an eruption of around an hour and a half, that’s
quite strong. This particular volcano has erupted a number of times
over the last hundred years.


A 30-year-old from
Puerto Varas admitted many people in Chile are deeply concerned about
the harmful effects on their health, adding: ‘We woke up today with a
blanket of fog and it hasn’t cleared. We have a layer of smoke above


People went into a
state of panic’ as the ash cloud spread, according to Miguel Diaz who
lives in Puerto Montt 14 miles away. He added: ‘I heard a loud noise
as if somebody had detonated an atomic bomb.


One man said All the
neighbours were outside, a lot of young people crying. Armageddon
type reaction.
There were a lot of people out in the streets, many
heading to the petrol stations to fill up their vehicles. A friend
told me to fill everything we had with water.
The attitude and
actions of those caught up in this natural disaster are to me totally
understandable and are what most people in their position would do.


But we as preppers
and survivalist know better don’t we? We have Bug-in or Bug-out
plans, some of us have Bov’s and Bol’s.


These plans however
without us practising and testing them are just notes are they not?


Now is the time to
plan bug-out weekends, simply pack you preps into your vehicle and
leave dodge.


When you get were
you are going unpack and get into your shelter and stay put until it
is time to return to the ranch.


This simple exercise
will expose the many gaps and deficiencies in your plan, and there
will be some I promise.


The results will
need to be worked on, but at least you have identified them and can
plan to improve on them.


Urban Prepping


If you live in an
urban environment and you want to get prepared for emergencies, you
face some unique challenges.


You should start
with the basics like everyone else—water first, emergency kits
second, food storage next, then other supplies—but you might have
to go about it a bit differently. Here are a few issues that you’ll
probably face, along with some suggestions for dealing with them:




If you’re living
in the city, you will likely be living in a space that’s smaller
than homes in the suburbs. When it comes to storing food and water,
you may wonder where to put it all.


There are several
ways to combat the space issue. One is to buy furniture that has
built-in storage space, like a bed with drawers underneath, or an
ottoman that has storage space inside.


The furniture is
going to take up the floor space anyway, so why not let it serve a
dual purpose?


You can also store
your items behind or under furniture throughout the house. Pulling
your couch, bed, or TV stand out just a few inches from the wall
would allow you to store smaller items behind the furniture, and you
probably won’t even miss the space. You can prop up your bed on
risers to create additional space below for storage.


The unused portions
and floors of closets are also great for storing emergency supplies.


Do you have a area
of your home where you hang shirts that don’t reach the floor?
Well, you can put a bucket, cans of food, a kit, or other items in
the space below for quick access in an emergency.


Making furniture out
of your storage is another option. If you don’t have the space for
food storage, think about turning a couple of 5-gallon buckets into a
side table—or use plywood to make a small shelving unit. There are
a variety of configurations you could put together based on what
items you plan to store and the amount of available space.


Food Storage and


In an emergency
where your utilities are intact, you will likely be able to prepare
and eat food much as you normally would. If supplies to grocery
stores are cut off, then you’ll need to rely on your food storage
if you’re staying at home for the duration of the emergency.


If you’re
sheltering at home but your utilities aren’t working, you’ll want
to have just-add-water meals and MREs that don’t require any
cooking—especially if you don’t have an outdoor space or a spot
in your home that is safe for open flames (like a fireplace).


With a fireplace or
an outdoor space for a grill or emergency camp stove, you’ll be
able to prepare meals from the food you have on hand and from your
food storage. You’ll also be able to boil water for sanitation,
first aid, or other needs.


If you have to
evacuate, having a supply of calorie food bars and MREs in your kit
will allow you to keep energized and nourished without carrying a
camp stove or other cooking gear with you.


Calorie food bars
are non-thirst-provoking, so you won’t need to compensate with
extra water. And MREs can be heated or eaten cold, without the need
for plates (you can eat them straight out of the metallized pouch).
All you’ll need is a fork, knife and spoon.


Water Storage and


Water is the most
important thing you can store for emergencies. You can live much
longer without food than without water—just a few days without
water can be fatal. I recommend having a two week water supply at
home for each person—at the rate of one gallon per person per day.


If you live alone,
easy peasy. Buy a 15-gallon barrel, and you’re good to go. Or stack
three 5-gallon water containers or two 7-gallon containers in your


If you’ve got a
family or room mates, it can be difficult to find the space to store
all that water. But like I have said with a little creativity, you
can use smaller nooks and crannies in your home to store
small-capacity containers—a liter at a time if that’s what it
takes. Just be sure to keep your stored water in as cool and dark a
place as possible.


If the water supply
is interrupted, and you don’t have stored water available to use,
there are two potential sources of water in your home—your water
heater and your toilet tank (the tank, not the toilet bowl!).


You can drain the
water from your water heater into pitchers or other containers. Take
the time to learn how to do this—and keep easy-to-follow
instructions for doing so right near the water heater.


use the water from your toilet tank, it must be free from chemical
cleaners—so if you’ve used bleach or other toilet cleaning
chemicals or tablets in the tank, don’t use it for drinking. You
could still use it for cleaning—it’s got the chemicals in there
already, anyway!


You should also have
a way to treat and filter water—at home, and in your bug-out kit.


At home you might
want to keep a large-capacity filter system, especially if you don’t
have space to store much water. Then you’ll have a way to treat
water you find from local sources like rivers or streams.


You should also have
a lightweight, portable water filter to carry with you during


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Camping Survival Plan


Your camping gear
is the starting point for your survival plan.


History is a
magnificent tool for understanding the present but it is also great
at foretelling the future. If there is one thing you can accurately
say about history it is that it will repeat.


Peace and war, feast
and famine, prosperity and depression, all cycle as random eddies in
the river of time.


Thus it is prudent
to consider that a desperate situation is not only possible but, if
we believe history, quite likely. This realization makes developing a
mentality and a plan that prepares us for the ability to simply


What happens if your
area has five fire engines and your house becomes the sixth fire
burning? Unless you are willing to fight the fire you are just plan
out of luck.


So self sufficiency
is the way we must learn to think in order to survive.


Survival at Home


Perhaps you have
seen the movie “Contagion” where a really bad and
untreatable virus spreads throughout the world.


Much of what is
enacted in the movie is, in fact, how governments would handle such a


Schools and
businesses would be simply closed and you might even find yourself
restricted to your own home.


would put us at the mercy of government emergency services. What
happens when the governments’ survival resources run out or are
stretched beyond the limit of their capabilities? Desperate
people do desperate things.


If conditions
deteriorate to this point, we may need to “get out of Dodge”,
so to speak.


Head for the


Here is where we
have a decided advantage over the standard population. In a minimal
sense we have to configure for survival every time we just go camping
or training.


Whether you are
setting up for a weekend trip or a two week vacation you will have
had to addressed these basic survival needs:






Protection from the


Thus all you have to
do is add a food and water stash to your basic camping equipment or
shelter kit and you have the core of a survival plan put together.


a couple of good spots to locate your survival camp away from
built-up areas as these places will likely be chaotic. Again,
people do desperate things

so get away from the masses.


Gather the tribe.


Plan where your
family and selected friends will be when things start hitting the
fan. They can meet you there where you can pool resources and
efforts. The wolf pack mentality is very useful when in the survival


Setup your survival
base camp in a familiar out of the way spot near water ( have a
purifier) and natural food sources.


Having the means,
knowledge and ability to protect yourself and your loved ones may be
essential to your collective survival.


In the mean time:


Consider learning
the following skills:


How to identify and
prepare natural foods in your area.


How to start a fire
without matches.


How to hunt and


How to shoot and
defend yourself.


I know it’s ugly to
think about, but remember what history has taught us about the dark
side of human nature.


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The Mid Wales
Bushcraft Show and Wild Camp


The weekend wild
camp is from Friday 29th May to Monday 1st June, this is on our Mid
Wales hill/woodland site, and the stall day is on Sunday 31st May
held in the Elephant and Castle (pub) conference rooms in Newtown.


The wild camp and
entrance fee to stalls together is £20 or just £3 if just coming
along to the stalls.


best if people contact them for exact details of how to get to the
Woodland site, as they would rather people pay in advance and not tie
them down on the weekend with having to sort tickets out and handling
cash etc. If you have got any questions then let us know. Chris/Kate


Survival Items Bug-Out-Bag


Disasters here in the UK such as floods and storms
or power cuts can strike at any time, sometimes without warning.


All disasters have the potential to cause
disruption, damage property and take lives.


The information here will help you learn about the
disasters that can affect you and what you can do to be prepared
before they happen. And knowing what to do during and after these
disasters will also help you and your loved ones keep safe and get


In most emergencies you should be able to stay in
your home. Plan to be able to look after yourself and your household
for at least three days or more.


Assemble and maintain your emergency survival
items for your home as well as a portable getaway kit a, Bug-Out-Bag
in case you have to leave in a hurry. You should also have essential
emergency items in your workplace and in your car.


Emergency Survival Items


Torch with spare batteries or a self-charging


Radio with spare batteries


Wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats, and strong
outdoor shoes.


First aid kit and essential medicines


Blankets or sleeping bags


Pet supplies


Toilet paper and large rubbish bags for your
emergency toilet


Face and dust masks


Check all batteries every three months. Battery
powered lighting is the safest and easiest. Do not use candles as
they can tip over in earthquake aftershocks or in a gust of wind. Do
not use kerosene lamps, which require a great deal of ventilation and
are not designed for indoor use.


Food and water for at least three days


Non-perishable food (canned or dried food)


Food, formula and drinks for babies and small


Water for drinking. At least 3 litres per person,
per day


Water for washing and cooking


A primus or gas barbeque to cook on


A can opener


Check and replace food and water every twelve
months. Consider stocking a two-week supply of food and water for
prolonged emergencies such as a pandemic.


Bug-Out Bag


In some emergencies you may need to evacuate in a
hurry. Everyone should have a packed getaway kit in an easily
accessible place at home and at work which includes:




Torch and radio with spare batteries


Any special needs such as hearing aids and spare
batteries, glasses or mobility aids


Emergency water and easy-to-carry food rations
such as energy bars and dried foods in case there are delays in
reaching a welfare centre or a place where you might find support. If
you have any special dietary requirements, ensure you have extra


First aid kit and essential medicines


Essential items for infants or young children such
as formula and food, nappies and a favourite toy


Change of clothes (wind/waterproof clothing and
strong outdoor shoes)


Toiletries – towel, soap, toothbrush, sanitary
items, toilet paper


Blankets or sleeping bags


Face and dust masks


Pet supplies


Local maps


Survival Knife


Survival Kit


Include important documents in your getaway kit:
identification (birth and marriage certificates, driver’s licences
and passports), financial documents (e.g. insurance policies and
mortgage information), and precious family photos.


First Aid


If someone you care for is injured in a disaster,
your knowledge of first aid will be invaluable. Many organisations
provide first aid training courses. Consider taking a first aid
course, followed by regular refresher sessions. You can buy
ready-made first aid kits or make up your own.


In some situations you may be forced to evacuate
your home, office, school or neighbourhood at short notice.


Before an evacuation


Consider your transportation options in case you
have to evacuate. If you do not own or drive a car, ask emergency
planning staff at your local council about plans for people without
private vehicles.


Know which local radio stations to listen to
during an event for announcements from your local emergency planning


Discuss and practice your evacuation plans with
everyone in the household.


Make in-case-of-evacuation arrangements with
friends or relatives in your neighbourhood as well as outside the
area you are in.


Know the evacuation routes you could take and plan
several evacuation routes in case roads are damaged or blocked.


If you have pets, domestic animals or livestock,
include them in your emergency plans.


If there is a possibility of an evacuation, fill
your car’s fuel tank. Keep in mind that if there are power cuts in
an event, fuel stations may not be able to operate pumps.


If you are in an area this is being evacuated


Listen to your local radio stations as emergency
planning officials will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice
for your community and situation.


Evacuate quickly if told to do so by authorities.
Take your getaway kit with you. If you are outside the evacuation
zone when a warning is issued, do not go into an at-risk area to
collect your belongings.


If there is time, secure your home as you normally
would when leaving for an extended period.


Turn off electricity and water at the mains if
there is time. Do not turn off natural gas unless you smell a leak or
hear a blowing or hissing sound, or are advised to do so by the


Take your pets with you when you leave if you can
safely do so.


If you have livestock, evacuate your family and
staff first. If there is time, move livestock and domestic animals to
a safer area.


Use travel routes specified by local authorities.
Some areas may be impassable or dangerous so avoid shortcuts. Do not
drive through moving water. If you come upon a barrier, follow posted
detour signs.


Get your car ready


Why not plan ahead for what you will do if you are
in your car when a disaster strikes. In some emergencies you may be
stranded in your vehicle for some time. A flood, snow storm or major
traffic accident could make it impossible to proceed.


Consider having essential emergency survival items
in your car. If you are driving in extreme winter conditions, add ice
scrapers, brush, shovel, tire chains and warm clothing to your
emergency kit.


Store a pair of walking shoes, waterproof jacket,
essential medicines, snack food, water and a torch in your car.


When planning travel, keep up to date with weather
and traffic information.


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Will you do When the Grid Fails?


In the more remote
parts of our planet or the less well developed, millions of people
live without electric power, fridges, freezers, Internet, no
computers, TV, emergency services, hospitals, clean water or shops
and supermarkets etc.


Whether you consider
their lives to be simply existing, the fact is that they do exist, OK
day to day it is of course a great struggle but they manage.


The question is
could you?


If we could travel
back in time to say the 1800’s, which is not too long ago is it? We
would see much the same in the UK, now if they had got it wrong and
failed, we would not be here today.


But I would say that
they got it right because of thousands of years of living without
electricity and our modern conveniences that we now depend on to


I think that the
more we have depended on the on the grid the more basic survival
skills we have let go and that has meant that they have not, and now
will not be passed down to our children.


Without these
learned skills we will not survive, we cannot.


When was the last
time you or your children lite a fire in the harth? collected water
from a local lake, stream or river? trapped, snared or hunted? built
a shelter? made your own clothes or shoes?


You can clearly see
that if an EMP/CME hits us we are as a race are doomed to fail in
vast numbers, in fact I would say that 90% of the UK would perish
within one month depending on the time of year.


After all most UK
homes store their only main food source in fridges and freezers, and
within three days they will just be white containers of rotting food
as the defrost.


So what will they
eat then?


Without preps the UK
population is doomed to perish which sounds horrific but I have to
say there is no other way to enforce the ethos of prepping than to
tell the unpalettable truth.


I think it is time
to develop a plan to survive/exist post an electric age, in other
words learn from our pre electric ancesters.


I have always
mourned the loss of community, forty years ago we knew our neighbours
we depended on them for many things, today we no longer have that
local support system, in fact we do not even know our neighbours at


Just imagine the
level of skill sets and knowledge in your local area that you do not
even know about, I think that nothing will help people survive more
than a tight knit community that cares for its members.


Now in this,
community, you will, find different skills, access to different
resources, and a psychological morale improvement. Finding others
with the same mindset will help you survive long-term, and make the
situation far more bearable than braving the dark times alone.


Remember do not dial
999 as there won’t be any response.


You will have to
learn to shoot, and then you’ll be better feed your family and it
may even keep you and your family alive.


You will have to
learn how to cut timber for fire lighting, so you can boil water,
cook, heat, clean and keep warm daily, instead of what was once was a
winter chore.


How much wood will
you need for a year, many years, and where will it come from?


Clothing can be made
from almost any source of cloth which can be used to make shirts or
dresses. The real question is where will the cloth come from do you
know how to make it?


Being able to make
something useful like a horseshoe, tool, or cooking utensil from
scrap metal will come in very handy.


This is a skill
people will barter for. Blacksmith work does require a good deal of
practice and some special equipment, but it’s a skill worth
learning and the learning curve is cut a bit if you already know how
to weld or do other metal work.


Preserving food
without a fridge or freezer is something people have forgotten here
is one of the easiest methods available and doesn’t take much time.
You will need fresh pork, pickling salt, brown sugar, and jars for


First, cut the pork
into slabs. Generally, four- to six-inch slabs work best. Mix 1/2
pound of pickling salt with 1/4 cup of brown sugar. This is enough to
cover twelve pounds of pork. Liberally cover the pork with this
mixture. Next, pack the meat into sterilized jars. You should make
sure it is tightly packed. Cover the meat with cheesecloth.


You need to keep the
meat in an area that is about 36°F – no higher than 38°F. You
also do not want an area that could see freezing temperatures. Leave
the meat in this cool storage for at least one month.


After that time, you
can wrap the meat in plastic or moisture-proof paper and leave it
stored all winter. You now have salt-cured pork for any occasion.


If you are familiar
with preserving/tinning fruits and vegetables, you should know that
you can also tin meat. You have to make sure you get the temperature
of the meat high enough to kill bacteria before it seals.


Chicken and beef are
good options for tinning, as are fish. You can cook the meat before
you can and seal it. For example, you could make beef stew and
preserve it in tins. Stewed chicken also tins and preserves well. Raw
packing is another option you can try as well.


Do not forget
smoking too.


I have not covered
first-aid training, mechanics, dentistry, gardening, building skills,
military skills, medical expertise, etc. etc. I think you get the
picture. The next move is up to you. Good Luck.


The Common


are high in iron, potassium, manganese, calcium, vitamins A, C and
protein (a
whopping 25% protein)
Nutritionally nettles are better than Popeye’s spinach: higher in
protein, calcium (4 times), and have alot more health benefits… and
almost the same taste.


And it’s not that
difficult to safely harvest them. Some rubber dishwashing gloves
would provide enough protection.


You’ll also need a
small bucket and pair of kitchen scissors. Snip the stems right below
the top four leaves of the nettle plants and let them fall into the
pot or bucket.


If the nettles are
picked early in the season (March-April), the stems can be eaten
along with the leaves. Stinging nettles should not be harvested once
in bloom.


My grandmother
picked them with her bare hands and she said that after picking up
10-15 stinging nettles you won’t feel a thing.


Nettles are used as
a medicinal herb and can help in treating arthritis, anemia, hay
fever and kidney problems, among other ailments. Dried leaves may be
used to make a tea that is useful in alleviating allergy symptoms.


First you have to
know that keeping the nettles for a day in your home (room
temperature) will eliminate their ability to sting.


So it will be safe
to sort the nettles from other weeds or dirt.


Wash the nettles
very, very well! (I do it 3 times)


Boil the nettles for
5 minutes (5 min when the water is effectively boiling). When you’ll
remove them from the pot, you’ll notice that you are left with only
a handful of nettles.


Don’t throw away
all the water yet (it should be green by now). Or at least keep one
glassful. You’ll need it in a few moments. But you can also keep
some because it is very nutritious. I have drank it. (but it’s not
tasty at all)


Now it’s time to
blend the nettles and add one large tablespoon of flour.


Stir the nettles and
add some of the water left from boiling the nettles (at least half a
glass). Pour in a pot just a little bit of olive oil and add the


While cooking the
nettles (for at least 20 minutes), peel and cut some garlic (7-10


Grate a horseradish
just to “sprinkle” over the nettles.


Now it’s ready!
You may enjoy it just like that, but I prefer it with polenta, some
sheep cheese and an egg.


To quote a chef:


“It seems like a
vegetable cliché, but you can use your cooked nettles anywhere you’d
use spinach. Try stinging nettles in pasta, either as a filling, or
right in the dough.


Use stinging nettles
in a soup. Go for asparagus benedict on quinoa nettle cakes or use
them to top a pizza.


Did You Know That
Stinging Nettles Are Also Used For:


all you need for the brew is nettles, sugar, water, yeast, an orange
and a lemon and cream of tartar.


a liquid plant food.
nettles with water to make a nitrogen-rich feed your plants will
love. Cut or crush the nettles into small pieces and stuff them into
a large container.


Weigh the nettles
down with large bricks or rocks. This will stop them floating about
when you add water. Add water to the container and leave for four


Dilute the solution
to make a liquid plant food suitable for direct application. Use
roughly one part of concentrate to 10 parts of water.


nettle tea
As well as being delicious, nettle tea is reputed to help combat
several ailments, including eczema, asthma, hay fever and muscle
aches. Just steep a few fresh tips in boiling water, removing them
when the water goes slightly green, to avoid bitterness.


trap aphids.

The fresh growth of spring attracts aphids in their thousands –
sucking the life from plants, stunting their growth. Luckily, aphids
love new nettle shoots, which has several benefits for the garden –
it means you can use them as sacrificial plants, saving valuable
edibles, and it may even stunt the nettle growth. The birds will get
their treat, too.


Nettles are the
number one destination for ladybirds with eggs to lay. These eggs
turn into ladybird larvae, which predate on garden pests, including
aphids, whitefly and red spider mite.


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CUP Bug-Out Weekend 2015 Report


you all know I was at the CUP bug-out weekend 2nd to the 4th May and
I must begin my report with two words. Thank You.


thanks you’s go to the landowner Greame for his friendship and
conversation, Ian Coultard for organizing, setting-up and running the
event well done mate you did a great job and it was a great event and
I am looking forward to the next one.


thanks muxst also go to Rich from Torn Apart for doing such a good
job demonstrating the Titan, and to everyone there for making it
possible for me to take part and to enjoy the event.


again my health let me down, so when everyone decided to move the
communinal fire plus the seating to near my set-up it was a humbling
experience indeed and simply shows the feeling of community,
friendship, caring and unselfeshment within UK preppers and


having arrived at the remote 16 acre BOL first job was to set-up and
with Roberts help that was easily done, next it was off to meet those
who were already there and a few drops of falling down water was
given and exchanged.


more and more people arrived the landscape changed and began to look
like a refugee camp in many ways. Individual fires were being built
and fuel foraged and stockpiled.


majority of felled wood was from dead standing, neverless there was
more than enough to go around, even after the lumberjacks had
finished with their chain saw LoL.


invited me for a Beef and Veg Stew which not only filled me up but
was very tasty indeed.


light faded and the last arrivals for the day set-up out came the
rum, whiskey, brandy, smirnoff gold, in fact you name it and it was
probably there, and it was then the usual around the fire banter
which is what I really look forward to at all camps.


was woken up at 0340 by Ian who had found me in my car asleep with
the engine running, don’t ask LoL.


up at 10ish the smell of bacon and eggs wafted towards me and it was
time to get breakfast, although some even managed to sleep on through
the morning, eh! Daarren and stu.


the occassional rain storm some heavy with thunder the fun and banter
continued as it always does as what is a bit of rain in real terms


second evening was much the same as the first, you know food booze
and more campfire chatter. I had two steaks cooked on the grill and
there is nothing tastier in the pitch black sat by the fire.


three saw people take to the target ranges with a varied assortment
of weapons from Roberts all singing £1,200 multi-mag night vision
fitted air rifle, “once owned by Gazza himself” to Rifle
crossbows, Pistol crossbows and catapults.


offered as challenge to Karl to taste his hot chilli sauce, Karl
jumped at the chance putting enough on his plate to dip bread bun in,
he was followed by Ian who did seem to suffer as its warming
properties took hold.


things took a turn for the worse, Rich offered “The PASTE”,
I have no idea what it was called, who made it, or why, Karl and Ian
both placed some on their tongue and boy did they suffer, they danced
and jigged downed soft drinks but it was burn, burn,burn, very brave
guys as I would not have done that I can tell you.


so to the final night which due to the very clear sky was one of star
gazing and watching the satalites fly past, oh! forgot the booze and
banter of course.


it was breakfask tea, coffee etc. and final good byes with promises
to meet up again and you know something I can’t wait.


The Pits &
Bits Review


Whether you are on a
practice bug-out, wild camping, fishing, hunting or to be honest
simply away from a water source the waterless Pits and Bits Body Wash
will keep you clean when away from any shower facilities.


All you have to do
is squeeze a little out of the bottle, rub in to remove any sweat,
grease or mud and then towel down with a micro towel, if you have


Or why not use with
the Pits and Bits Expandable Wipes for a really good clean.


I really like the
waterless body washes, Pits and Bits Body Wash is unfragranced, so is
just what you need when hunting.


Although it has no
alcohol like conventional sanitizers, it removes dirt/grease from
your skin and onto your towel, ensuring no loss of essential oils and
also providing another great use as fire lighting tinder.


One of the hardest
stains I find to remove is the combination of grass, wood and dirt
especially in the wet, and another is not only the blood but the
smell of your hands after processing game in the field.


Well Pits & Bits
did the trick, each day at the CUP Bug-Out weekend I left it as long
as I could without washing my hands and let their waterless products
do the business and that is exactly what they did, time and time


And as for the under
arm, groin etc. wash they removed odour and the reason for it.


Another use is
wiping after no2’s to wash clean that is in fact all personal washing
needs are taken care of by Pits & Bits.


Yesterday I shot a
woodie and removed the breast meat to eat and as usual there is that
gamey smell left on my hands again they were cleaned and the smell
was removed all without water which is a novelty to say the least and
a total must for those whether bugging-in or bugging-out.


The waterless
shampoo is amazing even for me with close cropped hair after using it
my hair felt clean and soft which is all I can ask of any shampoo,
and imagine the saving in water too.


The waterless
instant use toothbrushes are perfect for a quick brush, no mess and
no fuss yet safe to swallow. The toothpaste is stored in the head of
the brush so just brush and carry out LNT.


The expandable Wipes
can either be used in combination with the body wash for a soapy wash
or used to clean pots and pans etc. as a wound dressing and of course
as tinder, there will be many other uses I am sure.


I cannot recommend
these products highly enough, having a range of waterless personal
hygiene products opens many doors for the bugged-out prepper,
survivor or outdoors man/woman.


can now wash in your shelter in the desert on a boat, in your
vehicle, at home with no running water, on holiday on the beach,
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