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Show Notes

I start this week
with the BUSHCRAFT SHOW, Blizzard Survival Discount, Support these companies,
Bugging out, Ribz discount, Sauerkraut
Recipe, Wilderness121 Discount, You
could not make it up, Survival Tips, Hunters-Knives Discount, Survival Myths, The
simplest Survival Navigation Technique, More companies to support, Survival
communication, Further companies to support, Dogfish-Gutting, Skinning-Cooking-Eating, How will social collapse occur?
Tasty Survival Meals

THE BUSHCRAFT SHOW PRESS RELEASE

When: 24-26 May 2014

Where: Catton Hall,
Derbyshire

The Bushcraft Show is
set to enthral and entertain families and individuals of all ages in a
celebration of all things bushcraft over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
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? We have Massai
Warriors from the Rift Valley Kenya who will entertain and teach you some of
their Massai ways; from cultural dancing to native beadwork, find out if you
have what it takes to be a Massai Warrior. CODY LUNDIN, co-host of Discovery
Channel’s television series Dual Survival and author of 98.6 Degrees and When
All Hell Breaks Loose is coming from the USA to teach his skills in a hands-on
practical manner. Also coming over from the USA is DAVID SCOTT-DONELAN who is
regarded as one of the world’s most effective and capable tracking instructors,
sharing knowledge and experience gained over almost 50 years.
Very few people have
the skills to match JOHAN SKULLMAN’S outdoor knowledge. As an officer in the
Swedish Armed Forces, he has spent over 30 years in nature’s most unpredictable
environments.
He is the author of
classic books such as, Soldat I fält (Soldiers in the Field) and Vintersoldaten
(Winter Soldier) that are still used in the Swedish Armed Forces. Today he
works at Fjällräven as an equipment expert and test manager and he will be
sharing his skills and expertise at the show.
John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman,
author of The SAS Survival Handbook, says he wouldn’t miss coming to the
Bushcraft Show for
the fourth year running! This survival expert led numerous operations including
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).
We have the author
and living legend of British canoeing RAY GOODWIN teaching you how-to pack a
boat and the art of portage, hear his personal accounts of bushcraft on his
inspirational canoe trips and wilderness journeys and you can even take a tuition
session with him! Tracking Expert PERRY MCGEE, son of the late Eddie McGee
author of No Need to Die, will be teaching you essential tracking skills on a
variety of terrains. In addition, there are many leading bushcraft, wildlife,
woodland craft and survival experts on hand at the show.
If that’s not enough
you can experience numerous activities, demonstrations, talks and see a host of
trade stands, specialist instructors, expert speakers and so much more… all
in a wonderful setting, with like-minded folk. Whether you’re a bushcraft
enthusiast, love the outdoors or simply want to learn more about this
fascinating topic, there is something for everyone!
There’s plenty for
the children to do – Stories from the Wild Man of the Woods, Birds of Prey, Craft
Activities, Woodland
Games, Low Ropes Course, Weaving and Whittling, Knife Safety classes and much
more…
You will be able to
track animals in the woodland and find their prints and signs without
disturbing the animals, learn about all types of plants and wildlife with one
of the many bushcraft experts, see a wonder of nature as a Land Rover is pulled
by blades of grass! There are activities running throughout the whole weekend
and with most of them included in the price of your ticket, it really is great
value for money!
Hold the world’s most
extreme animals in your hands, cuddle a cockroach, snuggle up to a snake and
tame a tarantula, there’s Open Canoeing, Archery, Axe Throwing, Campfire
Cookery,
Tracking, Fire
lighting, Star Gazing and Storytelling. And, that’s not all 4X4, Raku Pottery
Firing,
Whittling Sessions,
Campfire Music, Wilderness First Aid, Bushcraft Career Advice, Expedition
Preparation,
Competitions, Rifle Shooting, Flint Knapping, Game Preparation, Woodland Crafts
and so much more! Add to this delicious locally sourced food, local ales,
evening entertainment in the Tipi’s and an evening campfire surrounded by
newfound friends.
“We just can’t wait!”
says Simon Ellar show organiser, “We have created a show that cannot be
experienced anywhere else, with such talented and skilled outdoors people
gathered together in one place to learn from one another and most importantly,
have fun!
We specifically
placed the show in the half-term week to open up the event to families. As a
father of four, it is important to me that the show includes as many children’s
activities as possible to encourage children to learn new bushcraft skills and
increase their love of the outdoors, moving them away from indoor activities
which usually involve technology.”
The Bushcraft Show
this year has a new location at the stunning and privately owned Catton Hall
Estate, ideally
situated in the centre of England, in Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire. The 250
acre Estate has been owned by the same family for over 600 years and is
perfectly laid out for The Bushcraft Show 2014, having a 10 hectare Showground
and Campsite surrounded by a lovely deciduous woodland with the River Mease to
one side and exclusive access to an exquisite lake and the River Trent.
The show is sponsored
by a select number of outdoor companies whose support helps to make the show a
great success, our thanks to this year’s sponsors; Woodland Ways, 1948 Original
Equipment,
Nordic Outdoor, BG
Craghoppers and Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine.
With only three days
to try all the activities at the show, it is set to be a fun-filled weekend
full of adventure and discovery!
Information about The
Bushcraft Show – including: tickets, prices, timetables, accommodation, the
full entertainment programme and details of the wonderful location are
available at:
www.TheBushcraftShow.co.uk
or call 0333 4567 123 (option 2)
3. The Bushcraft Show
is run by Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine www.bushcraftmagazine.com
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In any extreme situation you cannot survive for more than:
3 minutes without air – 3 hours without shelter
3 days without water – 3 weeks without food.
If a disaster strikes and you make the decision that you
can’t bug-in, your other option is to bug-out, that is you must leave the area.
How to Decide
Bugging-in or Bugging-out is generally not a decision that
can be made in advance of an emergency.  You will only be able to decide
when it strikes, what will best for you and your family.  For example, in
a simple power cut, you can probably bug-in.  If heavy flooding
is on its way, you might have to bug-out.
The best way to prepare for either is to get your preps
sorted out, get them organized, and in a portable container.  Then, whether
you bug-in or bug-out, you’ll have everything you need in one place.  If
you’re bugging-in, you can take stock of what you have and start to prepare for
a couple nights without power. 
If you’re bugging-out, you simply put it all in your car
with your family, make a couple preparations to your house, and off you
go.
Once you’ve made the decision to bug-out, you should
expedite your movement and get out of the area as soon as possible.  The
longer it takes you to gather supplies and hit the road, the more likely either
the emergency or other people will block your path.
What to Pack
Start out with your general bug-out-kit. 
You’ll need additional supplies for your journey, including
shelter along the way.  The problem with bugging-out is that you’ll have a
limited amount of space in your car, truck or van, part of which will be taken
up by your passengers.  Remember that the number one priority while
bugging-out is protecting and transporting you and your family.
Other items you may need for bugging-out include:
  • Tents
    for shelter along the way or at your destination
  • Extra
    fuel to make it to your destination
  • Food
    preparation devices, such as a stove and gas containers
  • Priceless
    or unreplaceable personal items that you want to take with you
The last category of items is worth spending some time
thinking about.  You’re leaving your home, and you may be away from it for
a while.  Something (or someone) may cause damage to your home while you
are away. 
If you have personal items that are absolutely priceless and
can’t be replaced, you should plan for exactly how they’ll come with you. 
You don’t want to have to make the decision of what stays and what goes while
you’re packing up to leave town 10 minutes from now.
If at all possible, try to test pack all of your supplies
now.  You may find that you don’t have enough room to take everything you
want.  It’s better to figure this out now and adjust rather than in the
middle of a panic. And practice bugging-out.
So how will you Bug-out
If you intend to bug-out, you’ll need reliable
transportation to get to your destination.  This is called your Bug out
Vehicle (BOV).  Whether it’s a car, truck, SUV, van, boat or plane, make
sure it’s suitable for travel to your destination.
You’ll probably pick one of your existing
family vehicles to be your BOV.  If you’re going to be transporting
enough people or supplies to require two vehicles, make sure that two vehicles
are absolutely necessary. 
With two vehicles you’ll be more likely to have one of them
break down or run out of fuel.  Leaving one vehicle behind with your
supplies (or family members) is not a situation you want to find yourself in.
Having an off-road SUV as your BOV could come in handy if
you need to get around debris or turn off of the road for a while.  A SUV
will also have more cargo capacity than a standard family car.  The
trade-off is that the fuel mileage might not be as good. 
You’ll need to do some mileage calculations to see if you’ll
have to fill refill your tank prior to reaching your destination.
Try to keep your BOV always
at least half-way filled with fuel.  You never know if the petrol stations
in your area will be operational when you have to leave, or if the petrol
stations along the way will be open. Petrol stations will also be packed if
others are trying to get out of town too.
Pick Places to Go
Part of your bug-out-plan should be a list of several locations where you could Bug-out
to.  Pick at least one or two destinations in every compass direction from
your home (North, South, East and West).  You never know what areas will
be affected by the emergency or how far away you’ll need to go.
Suitable locations for bugging-out should be at least 50
miles away from your town, preferably 100+ miles away or in another county for
example. 
Locations could be your family or friends’ place, a holiday
home you own, or a known campground or even national forest land. 
Be aware that if you’re heading to a public
area or to government-owned land, that it is more likely to be full from
other people who have fled your area.  A private residence that you or
your family/friends own would be a better choice and probably more comfortable
as well.
Buy road and the relevant OS maps (paper/laminate) that
shows your route from your home to all of the destinations.  Your GPS may
or may not be reliable, and you may need to make adjustments along the way due
to road conditions.  Study the map a bit now, so you know alternate
routes.
Put these destinations and maps into your emergency plan.
What to Do
Once you’ve made the decision that you’re bugging out, you
should take immediate action to get out of the area.  But first:
  1. Get
    to your pre-determined meeting location
  2. Account
    for everyone you’re in charge of
  3. Try
    to get details on what’s going on
  4. Pick
    where you’re heading to, and re-study the route
  5. Get
    immediate supplies packed into your BOV so you’re prepared to leave as
    soon as possible.  This includes:
    1. Your
      emergency kit
    2. Road
      supplies (fuel, etc)
    3. Maps
    4. Any
      priceless or unreplaceable personal items you need with you
  6. Prepare
    your house for your absence: Lock the doors, board up the windows, etc.
  7. Fill
    up your car with fuel before you leave town if they’re still open and the
    queues aren’t too long
  8. Hit
    the road!
Getting There
By now you have picked your destination, packed your car and
set off.
Getting to your destination may not be that easy. 
Along the way, you may encounter some obstacles:
  • Destroyed
    or blocked-off roads
  • Stalled
    or stopped traffic
  • Debris
    that could damage your car
  • Other
    broken down vehicles
Try to do your best to avoid these if at all possible. 
If you start heading towards the motorway and it looks like a car park, take
out your map and look for alternate routes that avoid it.
Be prepared to backtrack if necessary.  If a road looks
dangerous, you don’t want to risk your BOV breaking down and stranding you.
Monitor your fuel consumption and keep an eye out for petrol
stations.  If you’re getting low and some of the petrol stations are
closed or have huge queues, it’s better to fill up your tank partially several
times rather than risk running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere.
If you have to stop for rest, try to pull off the road a bit
where you won’t be disturbed or accidentally hit.  Like any long
road-trip, trade-off driving responsibilities if you have other family members
that are suitable.
Driving in an emergency situation will require a high level
of alertness.  Not everyone will be able to handle the challenge. 
You may decide that only you have
the fortitude to drive during the bug-out.  Be prepared for this and take
breaks when you can.
Arriving
Hopefully, you’ll make it to your destination with as little
fuss as possible.
Once you get there, you’ll want to unpack.  Try to make
your new location as comfortable as possible — you don’t know how long the
situation back home will last.
If you’re temporarily living with friends or family in their
homes, you should be pretty comfortable.  If you need to camp for a while
(especially if you don’t camp regularly for fun), you may find it a bit
uncomfortable.  Try to adjust to your new location, knowing (hoping) it’s
only temporary.
When to Go Back
Naturally, you won’t want to be away from your home
forever.  Stay alert, and try to get as much information about your home
area as possible from afar.  As the situation improves, you may decide to
head back.  Go slowly, and be prepared to not make it completely home on
your first try — things may still be blocked or the situation may not be as
good as you had hoped.
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Sauerkraut
Recipe
Who doesn’t enjoy a large scoop of sauerkraut on their all
natural hot dog in the summer, or their occasional meals in the winter?  I
use sauerkraut on something every day to add a different dimension of flavour
to my meals; even salads occasionally get topped with the good stuff.  It
isn’t just the taste that keeps me coming back for more. Recent studies are
finding that fermented foods have super health benefits as well.
While Germans have made Sauerkraut for centuries, it
produced a colourful part of its history in the First World War.  At this
time, Sauerkraut was to Germans like apple pie was to Americans.  These
two were so closely knit in fact, that by the Great War the British began
calling Germans “Krauts.”
On the other side of the Atlantic, Americans also developed
a taste for kraut.  Wanting to avoid “treason” while still enjoying the
condiment, Americans relabelled it  “Liberty Cabbage” for the duration.
Understanding the Health Side of Fermenting
Americans still enjoy Sauerkraut today, but most become
intimidated at the thought of making their own simply because they do not know
the physiology behind it.  Sauerkraut is made from bacteria using the
sugars in the vegetable to make an acidic solution. 
The necessary lactic acid bacteria, namely Lactobacillus,
are always present around us, and when given the right conditions, the bacteria
will grow and form an acidic environment that inhibit the growth of many
harmful bacteria.  It is from these bacteria that many important foods,
such as cheese, vinegars, and pickled vegetables are created.
When we consume homemade sauerkraut, the bacteria present
will act symbiotically.  The bacteria, now called probiotics, helps the
gut flora continue enhancing nutrient absorption, aiding the immune system, and
keeping out pathogens.
Lactobacillus grows in many anaerobic (without oxygen)
environments, including high-saline solutions that many bacteria cannot grow
well in.  By catering to this salt tolerance, we can give the good
bacteria the advantage by placing what we want fermented in brine.
Any salt can be used when preparing brine, but pickling salt
(canning salt), is the easiest to use.  These salts are small and uniform,
allowing for consistent measurements and rapid dissolving.  Avoid salts
that contain anti-clumping agents, such as table salt, because these chemicals
cloud the brine. 
The exception would be kosher salt; the anti-clumping agent
it occasionally contains does not affect the brine.
How to Ferment and Useful Tools for Fermenting
Before you start fermenting, be sure you have the necessary
tools to work with.  Find a suitable container for fermenting.  Look for a large, tall,
container, made from food safe plastic, glass, ceramic, or stoneware.
Another necessary tool for fermenting is a weight to press down the cabbage
with.  A plate of slightly smaller diameter than the container works well
for this purpose. 
On top of the plate fill a large plastic bag with a 3% brine
with 2 quarts of water along with 3 tablespoons of dissolved salt.  This
bag will be used to press down the cabbage and give a seal around the
pot.  Remember, Lactobacillus is an anaerobic bacteria, the less oxygen
available, the better and better the kraut. 
 A cloth placed above the apparatus aids
in keeping foreign objects from getting into the container and keeps you from
having to skim scum to a minimum.
A stoneware fermentation crock offers a fine alternative to
a homemade rig.  These crocks are made for fermenting and already have
clean walls and weights for the vegetables you ferment.  Most have a
shallow rim along the lid to fill with water and provide an airtight
seal. 
This feature prohibits mould and yeast from growing and
makes skimming unnecessary.  Further, because of its efficiency, less salt
has to be used while fermenting.  If you plan to make a large batch of
Sauerkraut every year, I would highly recommend investing in these crocks.
This “recipe” really is a method for fermenting cabbage and
many other vegetables.  You can add seasonal herbs or classic spices in
the batch on your own accord.  
In this recipe, I am using the most authentic spices,
caraway and juniper berries.  I also recommend adding a little apple cider
to the brine. This will add a delicious fruity touch to the finished product.
Sauerkraut Recipe
For a one gallon crock:
Ingredients:
  • 5lbs
    Cabbage, shredded, and keeping back a couple outer leaves
  • 2¼oz
    salt (3Tbs pickling salt) Note: if using a fermentation crock, you can use
    less salt (1½oz)
  • Brine
    of 2 quarts water to 3Tbs salt
  • 1Tbs
    juniper berries
  • 1Tbs
    caraway
  1. Combine
    the cabbage and salt in a large bowl.   Work the cabbage with your
    hands to allow the salt to pull out the liquid in the cabbage. 
    Incorporate spices and continue to work in for about 15 minutes, then
    allow mixture to sit for a good half hour.
  2. Tightly
    pack the cabbage in the container, then place a cabbage leaf on top of the
    mixture to keep out air. Finish by topping with the added weight.
  3. Slowly
    add some of the prepared brine while pressing down on the cabbage. 
    Use enough brine to cover the cabbage by an inch.  You will not use
    all of the brine.
  4. Cover
    or seal off and let ferment for 2 to 4 weeks, or until bubbles stop coming
    to the surface and bubbling up around the rim. You will be able to hear
    the bubbles. When you stop hearing them, it is time to remove the cabbage
    from the crock.
  5. If
    using a container with the plate and bag, mould and yeast will try to grow
    around the surface.  Skim the scum off periodically; if kept at bay,
    it will not affect the product.
  6. If
    you are using a fermentation crock, seal off and do not open for a
    month.  Your patience will be rewarded.
  7. Once
    fermented, remove from crock and can the sauerkraut using the hot water
    method.  Alternately, place Sauerkraut in clean airtight jars and
    store in refrigerator for up to 2 months.
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You could not make it up
Could American households soon be recycling their URINE? How
depleting nutrient used in toothpaste and fertilizer can be extracted from our
toilets
Urine also contains a high level of phosphorus
Introducing waterless toilets, so that phosphates may be
more easily extracted from urine, may be the key to saving this non-renewable
resource
American families may soon be using waterless toilets and
recycling their urine, according to new research.
Chemical engineers at the University of Florida have been
looking at ways to extract phosphorus – a life-sustaining element – from urine,
before it enters the sewage system and becomes diluted.
Since estimates suggest that phosphorous – which occurs as
phosphate rocks and is mined for crop fertilizer – could be exhausted in the
next 50 to 100 years, urine recycling may be the key to conserving the
non-renewable resource in the future.
Phosphorus, an element we take into our bodies in the form of
phosphates from foods like bran, cheese and nuts, is essential for human
health, especially for bones and teeth.
According to doctors a phosphorus deficiency can lead to
lost appetite, anaemia, muscle pain, rickets and a weakened immune system.
But with the extensive mining of phosphate rocks for crop
fertilizer, it risks becoming scarce in the near future – an issue the
scientists at the University of Florida sought to address in their research.
Under lab conditions, the researchers were able to successfully
extract about 97per cent of the phosphates in urine within five minutes.
They achieved the extraction with a scientific technique
called ion-exchange using HAIX resin, which may form the basis of systems to be
installed in U.S. homes in the future.
David Brown, chief executive of the Institution of Chemical
Engineers, said of the findings: ‘Our attitude and whole approach to recycling
will need to change as we come under increasing pressure to conserve valuable,
non-renewable resources like Phosphorus.
The research is another great example of chemical engineers
providing alternative approaches and solutions to the creation of more
sustainable approaches to issues like waste water management and recycling.
If urine-extracting toilets actually came into use, it
wouldn’t be the first time we have utilized our bodily functions in such a way.
According to ABC.net, ancient cultures in Greece and Asia
commonly used their own urine to provide nutrients to fertilize crops.
And in parts of Europe, phosphate extraction from human
urine is already underway.
In 2002, the tiny Swedish town of Tanum launched an
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Survival Tips
What you need in these situations is first aid for the mind.
Think STOP:
Sit
Think
Observe
Plan
Making a Basic
Survival Water Filter from Scratch
The first thing to consider when collecting water is to
think about how soon you will need to drink. If you have time, collect standing
water in a container and let it sit for a few hours. This will allow anything
that floats to rise to the surface, and you can skim off any debris.
If you have two containers, try this method for filtering
water: Take the first container and fill it with water. Then, put your shirt or
some sort of porous layer over the other container. Put your pebbles on top of
the cloth and filter your water by pouring it over the stones and into the
container. Next, remove the pebbles and put sand, a finer material, on top of
the cloth. Filter your water again.
Finally, the most effective way to filter is to crush up
charcoal, put it on your cloth and let the water run through it. Charcoal
filters remove sediment, many contaminants, and improve taste. Charcoal is used
in store bought home and backcountry water filters. You can make your own
charcoal by making a campfire, covering it with dirt and ash, and allow it to
cool completely. Once it has cooled, crush it into small pieces. Pour the water
through the charcoal several times.
If at all possible, build a contraption that will combine
all three filtering steps, letting the water flow from one material to another.
This will make the water gradually clearer as you filter it again and again.
If you don’t have a manmade container, some natural
materials are great alternatives. Bamboo is a prime example. It is hollow in
the centre and water can flow through it easily. There are many other plants
with hollow centres. Use these to your advantage.
A hollow log can be a great option. Place the materials
(pebbles, sand, cloth and charcoal) in layers through the various parts of the
bamboo or log. Remember to think about what materials you are carrying and
check out your surroundings in any survival situation.
This should provide you with a basic insight on how to
create a survival water filter. Realize that it is still possible to get sick,
even if you follow the guidelines in this article. Then you must boil this
water before you ingest it.
Always contact a physician after you drink questionable
water. The side effects of pathogens and microorganisms will take at least a
week to start affecting you. If you are in a survival situation, keep hydrated
and worry about those side effects later.
Earthquake
Crawl under a sturdy table and cover your face and head with
your arms. Stay away from windows and large bureaus or bookcases that could
fall. If you become trapped under debris, cover your mouth with a cloth or
shirt, and tap against a pipe or other object to make noise. (Don’t yell for
help unless you have to; you risk inhaling dangerous quantities of dust.) If
you are able, leave the building once the shaking stops–aftershocks can bring
down a structure compromised by the initial quake. Finally, if you’re outside
during the quake, steer clear of buildings and utility wires.
Tornado
Once you hear a storm warning, tune to a NOAA weather radio
for tornado alerts. If an alert comes, seek refuge in a basement–either your
own or a neighbour’s–or go to an emergency shelter. As a last resort, stay on
the lowest floor of your home. If you’re in a car as a tornado approaches, get
out and seek shelter indoors. If you’re caught in the open, lie flat in a ditch
or depression and cover your head with your hands.
Flood
If a flash-flood warning is issued, move to higher ground
immediately–don’t wait to gather belongings. In any flood, avoid downed power
lines and moving water. Six inches of moving water can make a pedestrian fall,
while a foot will float most vehicles
Hurricane
Heed evacuation orders, first shutting off utilities
(“Shut down Your Home in 5 Minutes”). If you stay home, turn off gas
lines and fill your tub with water. Secure shutters. During the storm, move to
an interior room and close all doors.
BEYOND FIRST AID
A basic first-aid kit may not be enough to get you through
the worst of a disaster. It’s a good start—you do want bandages, gauze pads,
aspirin, hydrocortisone, antiseptic wipes, etc.—but unexpected emergencies
demand unconventional remedies.  So what
have you got around you that you could use in a medical emergency?
DUCT TAPE—great for wound closure, splints, and casts.
SUPERGLUE—excellent for small, deep wounds. Use tape to hold
while drying.
TAMPONS—an unexpected tool for stanching heavy bleeding.
PANTY PADS—as a wound dressing
NEEDLE-NOSE PLIERS—Use for removing large splinters or
nails.
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Survival Myths
WATERMYTHS
Boil for 10 Minutes – This is one so old, I don’t even know
where it came from. I’ve also heard 5 minutes, 15 minutes and even 20 minutes
of boiling time.
All of these are B S I’ll keep this short… if the water reaches
boiling point, it’s safe to drink, period, end of story.
SHELTERMYTHS
High Ground is Warmer – This is one survival tale that keeps
popping up all over the place.
We’re told that when considering locations for a shelter, we
should avoid valleys and low lying areas because cold settles there and it may
be several degrees colder than higher ground.
This is scientifically sound, but in actual practice… it’s
pure, unadulterated bullshit.
This is because while a thermometer may show a few degrees
difference between two elevations, thermometers are incapable of measuring wind
chill factors.
In most cases, higher elevations are exposed to a lot more
wind while small valleys and lower areas are sheltered from it.
A thermometer may show that actual air temperature has
increased 2 or 3 degrees by moving to higher ground, but the temperature as far
as your body is concerned is likely to have dropped by20 or 30 degrees.
Wind will suck away your body heat faster than you can
generate it. Today as I write this, it’s almost 50 degrees and sunny outside…
a seemingly nice January afternoon.
However, today’s wind chill factor drops that to somewhere
between 20 and 30… And suddenly it’s not so great!
Shelters Should Be
Built From Dead Materials
This one came from our friends in the “green “survival
movement.
They are far more concerned that a few trees might get
killed than they are about your life.
All advice from them should be considered highly suspect.
Imagine building your shelter as a big pile of dead leaves and wood.
Now imagine having a campfire anywhere near that. Do you
really want to climb in there and go to sleep? Nuff’ said.
Plants Are a Good
Source of Food in the Wilderness
Unless you’re a certified expert not just in plants, but in
the plants of the given region you happen to be in, stay the hell away from the
plants!
Here’s the facts…
ALL fur bearing mammals are safe to eat, and will provide
you with nutrients and calories.
ALL 6 legged insects are safe to eat, and will provide you
with nutrients and calories.
Almost all freshwater fish and almost all birds are safe to
eat, and will provide you with nutrients and calories.
…and finally – MOST plants will harm you, make you sick,
or worse… poison you.
There are actually very few that will provide you with any
nutrients or calories.
It’s a simple equation… if it walks, crawls, swims, or
flies, the odds are in your favour that it’s not only safe to eat, but that it
will provide you with the nutrition and energy your body needs.
If it sits there like… umm… like a plant, the odds are
against you both for your own physical safety, and for nutritional content.
It’s just not worth the gamble unless you’re absolutely
sure!
IF LOST
Stay put: You arrive at “lostness” from one direction, a
single degree out of 360.
You have 359 chances to depart your situation in the wrong
direction.
The simplest Survival Navigation Technique
Things happen…you’re GPS or compass may become lost or
broken.
You may find yourself needing an alternate method of finding
your bearings. You can use terrain association, if there is some readily
identifiable features in view, but you really need to orient your map to a
direction.
Anyone who has gone through any survival courses has been
taught a variety of methods of survival navigation. Most have two problems in
common, first they only apply to certain conditions, second they are a little
too complicated and very easy to forget.
If you wish to use the North Star, it must be night, you
need a clear night sky and must be in the northern hemisphere. The watch method
of survival navigation is difficult since almost no one can remember which hand
does what, and how north is indicated.
Also most people now wear digital watches without the hands
on them, especially during outdoor activities. The stick shadow technique for
survival navigation is simple, easy to remember and works anywhere on the
planet in conditions where you can see a shadow.
The improvised Survival Navigation Technique is the simplest
and most versatile method for direction finding without a compass.
It works anywhere on the planet as long as the sun throws a
shadow. Equipment needed is simple: only a stick or straight object such as a
pen, and two small objects like pennies or rocks and you will be able to find
north.
Step One of the Stick
Shadow Technique for Survival Navigation
Place your stick or any straight object into the ground, so
it throws a shadow.
Step Two
Put a rock or penny at the tip of the shadow, something
easily identifiable and wait 15 or 20 minutes.
Step Three
Place a second object at the tip of the shadow’s new
position.
Step Four
Place your left foot on the first rock or penny and your
right foot on the second object. Just remember that you read left to right so
your left foot goes on the first object and right on the second object, or if
you are military-minded you always start off with your left foot.
You are now facing
north!
All you really need to remember is to place the two rocks at
the tip of the stick’s shadow. Then place your left foot on the first rock and
right foot on the second rock. if you ever find yourself without a compass and
in need of a little help orienting yourself, then this technique is easy to
remember and needs little equipment or special conditions.
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Survival Communication
I see a lot of discussion on survival forums and blogs about
the options available for radio communication among small groups in a post-SHTF
situation. 
There are many types of radios that can meet some or most of
the communication requirements, including FRS (Family Radio Service), GRMS
(General Mobile Radio Service), in the states and CB (Citizen’s Band) and VHF
(Very High Frequency) marine-band radios elsewhere. 
Those who live in coastal areas or along major navigable
inland waterways who are planning to bug out by boat will already be familiar
with VHF radios, as they are standard equipment for most vessels, whether
hand-held or fixed-mount units.

While it is illegal to use channels in the marine VHF band for communication on
land in normal times, in any scenario forcing you to bug-out in the first
place, this will not likely be something to worry about. 

The advantage of marine VHF radios over most of the
alternatives is that this band offers a large range of channels and hand-held
units have two power levels for the transmitter, usually 1 watt for low power
and 5 or 6 watts for high power.  This gives good range, especially on the
water or in open country.

Another advantage of hand-held VHF units is that they are now more rugged than
ever, and several models are available that are not only waterproof, but
submersible as well. 

However when the grid goes down there will be a great many
people who will make a big mistake one day by assuming the ever present cell
phone will remain in use as a viable communications tool.
Now think about the circumstances that will cause you to
grab your bug out bag. Now contemplate whether or not it is just possible that
the mobile networks might be under the control of the very people you are
inclined to protect yourself and your family from.
So what you need is a communications PLAN just like you have
the food, firearms, bug out bag, escape plan in effect.
You need to think about and plan for the eventual disruption
of the Internet and the mobile phone network. People who are putting survival
communications plans into effect now are going to be very pleased with the
results one day.
I think it goes without saying that both CB radio and
amateur radio are going to be two of the biggest players when people begin
learning about radio communications.
Some keywords to begin your own search on include,
frequencies, antennas, license, radios, power, ham, and of course CB (there are
others as well but these are the most popular).
Just like you prepared as a survivalist or as a prepper the
simplest alternative to mobile phones and the Internet, is radio
communications. It stands to reason that 2-way and shortwave radio cannot be
controlled by whatever government agency has caused folks to bug out.
Sure they have the FCC in the states and OFCOM here in the UK
but no one will be listening to these bodies WTSHTF. So start working a
communications plan that will allow you to replace that mobile phone with
communications gear that YOU understand.
CB or HAM?
That’s a discussion that will never be settled as there are
proponents on both sides of that argument that can make some pretty good points
about how their preferred communications systems is the better of the two.
Let me give you a little bit of an explanation without going
overboard with radio jargon and stories about how far away a radio signal can
travel.
Enter the CB Radio
Three things make CB radio attractive to preppers and
survivalists, and they are:
  • PRICE
  • AVAILABILITY
  • LEGAL
    ISSUES
Starting with the first item of price leads us to discover
that you can find CB radios available for as little as $5 in working condition
at local flea markets, swap areas, and even garage sales in the states and
around £10 to £20 here in the UK. There are higher priced, base and mobile,
units but a survivalist will general trend towards the least expensive gear.
One of the main issues with CB operation it that of its low power output.
Granted there are modifications and amplifiers available but
these are generally beyond what your average survival focused operator is looking
for.
As for the availability of CB, we have already mentioned
flea markets and garage sales. And then you have Craigslist(tm), eBay(tm), and
a host of other online sources for CB equipment.
The only real legal issue concerning CB radio is that you
are no longer required to have a license to operate either a base station or a
mobile operation. There are other legal issues such as being on frequencies a
CB is not authorized to operate on and the use of excessive power output. But
these issues pertain more to the operator of the CB station than the CB
equipment itself.
Ham Radio
Let’s talk a little bit about ham radio. Ham radio has many
frequencies available to those who hold an amateur radio license (ham radio
license). The more popular HF (high frequency) bands have characteristics that
allow people to communicate with someone in the next county or another ham in
another part of the world. The highly popular 2 meter ham band includes all
frequencies between 144 megahertz up to and including the 148 megahertz
frequencies.
Not wanting to go too deep into any form of radio technology
I would encourage you to learn the phonetic alphabet.
Simply write it down as I did then read car number plates as
you drive around or street sign etc. and practice it, this way you will soon
master it.
When it comes to PMR communications I recommend the
GXT1000VP4 2-Way Midland Radios from http://www.buytwowayradios.com
you will not be disappointed.
Regarding Ham Radio My good buddy Stuart from Wildmansticks
and Acorn survival and I will be starting a ham radio exam shortly.
And referring to Marine Radio, well I am already licensed to
operate anywhere in the world while at sea, the license cost me £75 but it may
have gone up in the last four years.
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Lightload towels
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Dogfish-Gutting,
Skinning-Cooking-Eating
This is for Dave from
Brighton
Gutting

Gut it like you would normally gut any fish. Run your knife up its anal vent
and run the blade up the head. Stick your finger in and pull the innards out.
Washing it afterwards.

Skinning

Start cutting from the anal vents down until you hit the meat of the fish. Turn
your knife horizontally so it’s parallel with the chopping board. When the
blade gets close to the head stop. Now turn your knife down so you can chop off
its head.

Cut straight through the head and only stop when you get to
the board. Cut off all the fins off now but cut slightly into the fish to make
sure you get rid of it all. Now at the top of your fish make a small slit along
top of it all the way.
Do the same on the underbelly. Only cut a few millimetres
into the flesh and not to deep. Now use a pair of wide nosed pliers. From your
top ‘tab’ the little bit of skin where you cut that small slit on top pull down
and across at the same time.
Hopefully but slowly the skin will peel off. Do the same on
the other side. Cut off the tail. If you want to remove the 1 piece of
cartilage in their back. Slice a centimetre deep on each side of the spinal
cartilage and then gently wheedle it out. You can now leave as it is or cut
down the middle to get two fillets.
You get better at this the more you practice.

Cooking

Herb Marinated Baked Dogfish Recipe
Ingredients:
1 – 2 or 3 pound dogfish either cleaned and dressed whole or filleted and
skinned
1/2 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 teaspoons dried oregano
5 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Combine marinade ingredients in a sturdy plastic bag. Add dogfish and
refrigerate 4 or 5 hours. Turn the bag occasionally to make sure the marinade
permeates the entire fish. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Place fish in a shallow
baking dish and cook for 30 minutes or until fish flakes easily.

The second time I made this we cut the oregano to 1 tsp.,
cut the salt to 1 tsp., omitted the thyme entirely, and instead added some
celery salt and sage.

I like to serve this with baby new Potatoes crushed NOT mashed with butter and
chives.

Peel and thinly slice the spuds placing them in an oiled
baking pan. Put a layer of spuds followed by a sprinkling of grated pecorino
cheese. A dash of salt, pepper and some dried parsley.
Another layer of spuds another layer of cheese and so on.
Finish with a layer of the cheese for a topping. The potatoes take about 40
minutes to bake so we usually start the potatoes in the oven first and add the
baking dish of shark meat about 5 or 10 minutes later.
How will Social Collapse Occur?
While us as preppers plan to do our best to prepare for a
coming crisis natural or manmade many of us realize that the city is perhaps the
worst place to live, as very few people are really prepared to pack up and head
for the hills. I think that most people will, whether they’re aware or not,
stay in their homes.
This is not a hasty decision for most people. Most of us
depend on the city for our livelihood, and we can be better prepared by
continuing to live in the city, earn a good income, and make preparations for
leaving the city at the appropriate time or by staying in the city and living
off existing supplies.
Cities were formed as people came together to conduct
business, participate in social interaction, and benefit from efficiencies in
public services (such as schools, sewers, water, etc.) and of course for common
defence.
Yet cities cannot survive alone. They need resources from
the country; most notably, food, water and electricity. While electricity and
water can sometimes be created or found within towns and cities, the acreage
requirements of food dictate that no city could possibly feed its own people.
No city can feed its own people. Not one. Cities are, by
their very nature, dependent on the importation of food. The advent of
just-in-time delivery systems to our shops and supermarkets means that most
cities would run out of food within a week if supplies were for some reason
disrupted.
Remember, cities are not self-sufficient. Although they may
seem to be in 2014, they have for a long time been entirely dependent on our
farmers for their support, something most of us take for granted (except the
farmer, of course.)
RISKS IN THE CITY
The city presents some serious risks during a crisis. The
four most serious ones are:
  1. The
    collapse of social order, civil unrest.
  2. The
    failure of the water treatment and delivery systems.
  3. The
    depletion of food supplies.
  4. The
    failure of the power grid.
While not every situation will appear in every city, every
situation will most certainly appear in some cities. Will that include
yours?  I’ll tackle these one at a time:
1. THE COLLAPSE OF SOCIAL ORDER
“Social order” is a delicate thing, and it exists as a
psychological barrier that could easily collapse under the right conditions. We
all saw this during the L. A. Riots following the Rodney King trial verdict as
citizens of L. A. set fire to their own town, yanked people from vehicles and
beat them literally to death, and even fired guns at firemen attempting to save
their buildings!
More recently we were all witness to the looting, violence
and total breakdown of society following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Here in the UK we have seen mass riots in and around London
with the police unable/unwilling to do anything to stop it.
What allowed this to happen? Simple: the simultaneous
melting away of the psychological barrier of “order.” Once people realized
999/911 couldn’t handle the level of calls, or was offline, that the local
police were helpless or had simply abandoned their posts, “Law and Order”
ceased to exist in their minds.
They then conducted their lives in the way they always
wanted to, but couldn’t because of the police. That is, they ran out to the
local shops and just took whatever they wanted (looting).
They took out their racial frustration on innocent victims
who happened to be driving through the area, and they let loose on a path of
destruction that only stopped in the case of America when men with rifles (the
National Guard) were called in to settle things down.
In other words, only the threat of immediate death stopped
the looting and violence. Rifles work wonders.
Imagine shop owners lying prone on the roofs of their stores
with AK-47′s, firing at anyone who approached. This is exactly what happened in
Los Angeles. But worse, imagine the lawless horde firing at the rescue copters
trying to bring in supplies to the desperate masses.
So in the USA the National Guard eventually got things under
control. This event was isolated, however, to one city. Imagine a hundred
cities experiencing the same thing. Will the National Guard be able to handle
the load? Not likely I suggest.
What about local police? They aren’t fools; if things look
bad enough, they’ll grab their families and head for the hills, just like they
did in New Orleans. No pension is worth getting killed for. A few U. S. cities
could be transformed into literal war zones overnight.
It would require all-out martial law and military force to
have any chance whatsoever of bringing order to these streets. And the reality
is that there are not enough military in the USA to secure all of the cities if
this happens.
Here in the UK the situation is I would suggest is even more
worrying as we do not have the national Guard, we have few front-line police,
in fact I cannot remember the last time is saw a propper copper instead of
these plastic plods the PCSO’s.
I therefore believe that we in the UK are at a greater
danger of civil unrest and riot than the citizens of the USA and combine this
fact with the inability to own defensive weapons and we are in a poor and
dangerous state.
This collapse of social order is perhaps the greatest risk
of staying in a city during a crisis. What, exactly, would cause this collapse
of social order?
Well I think that a lack of three things: food, water, and
money would do it.
When people run out of food, some will begin ransacking
their neighbourhood, searching for something to eat. (Remember that in a city,
a “neighbour” does not mean the same thing as a “neighbour” in the country.
They are not necessarily your friends.)
It won’t take long, then, for violence to take over in some
cities. While certain regions will certainly manage to keep things under
control and people will form lines at the local Red Cross shelter or emergency
food bank, in other cities I think we will see an explosion of violence.
Imagine the gang-infested areas of inner London, Birmingham, Bradford, Leeds,
Liverpool etc. Do you think those people are going to stand in line and wait?
They already have guns; now they finally get to use them.
Even if the food somehow gets into the cities, lack of money
due to no work, or bank closure for example would prevent people buying food
and essential supplies and eventually this lack of money has to result in
looting and mass theft and I believe that this would also result in a collapse
of social order as we know it.
The collapse of social order is also very dangerous because
it doesn’t require any “actual” collapse of the power grid, telecommunications,
transportation or banking. Social order is a psychological artefact. It is a
frame of mind, and any global panic can quickly remove the mental barrier that
right now keeps people basically “lawful.”
Tasty Survival Meals
I suggest that you get organised and think logically. Don’t
go to the supermarket and buy 500 lbs of rice and beans and nothing else
because you run out of money.
You should start with what you actually like to eat most and
plan to survive on that, just write down the meals you normally have each week
or month
I will use my family as an example, there are 4 of us in our
household and here are some of our favourite foods and some meals that I make
every week or two. 
The following is an example of dinner menus:
1.   Spaghetti, garlic
bread, parmesan cheese.
2.   Beef Stroganoff
and mashed potatoes
3.   Sweet and Sour
chicken, rice or chips
4.   Chile with beans,
mashed potatoes or rice
5.   Beef Stew mashed
potatoes and veg
6.   Tuna, rice and
cheese casserole
7.   Pork Curry with
Apples, Rice
8.   Pork chops
potatoes and veg
9.   Ham egg and chips
10. Chicken thighs tinned tomatoes and cream casserole
11. Homemade beef burgers chips
12. Homemade game stew
13. Homemade chilli con-carne
14. Slow cooker lamb
The above are not written in stone for us.  We can switch our menu for similar menus like
– making beef burgundy instead of stroganoff.
Or chicken and rice casserole instead of sweet and sour
chicken.  You get the idea.
I will have the same meats but made in a different way in
case we tire of the same meal every 2 weeks.  
I may make chilli mince instead of beef burgers in the winter Mexican
lasagne is also an alternative.  
Tired of spaghetti? 
Try lasagne or stuffed pasta shells. 
If you want a meatless meal each week then have vegetable
soup, spaghetti marinara, red beans and rice, or just a good salad.  The ideas are endless.
Look through different cookbooks and find interesting
recipes.  Most recipes can be converted to
food storage recipes.  
Deep fried chicken, medium or rare steaks, and the like will
be hard to get or make in post collapse because they require fresh meats and we
are not going to have those things at that time. 
You may be able to raise chickens or rabbits where you live
and then you can have the deep fried chicken or rabbit.  I can raise rabbits but not chickens where I
live so I will not get much fresh chicken post collapse. 
I also will not have fresh milk.  I will have powdered milk so I will be making
yogurt, yogurt cheese, cottage cheese, and fresh farmer’s style cheese from
powdered milk.  
I will store parmesan for the first year and have some
canned cheeses and powdered cheddar cheese for that first year as well.  All these things I will cover later. Now
let’s make a menu for 7 breakfasts:
1.   Pancakes with
syrup and dried reconstituted fruit.
2.   Scrambled eggs
and toast with Orange Drink
3.   Poached eggs and
toast
4.   Sausage, cheese,
omelette with toast
5.   Oatmeal with
apples and brown sugar and cinnamon
6.   Mushroom omelette
and Orange drink
7.   Homemade muesli
with Orange drink
Now for your midday meal.  
You may be eating it at night because of lack of power.  You could cook the large meal in a solar oven
if you have one and you should have a rocket stove or propane burner to
hopefully fill in on bad weather days.
Back to the light supper or lunch in the evening.  
(Think about it, this is the healthier way to eat
anyway.)  Leftovers will need to be eaten
up in the evening because of poor or no refrigeration (if there is power cuts).
1. Leftovers of what you had for your big meal or Dinner….
2. Tuna Sandwiches
3.  Peanut butter
sandwiches
4. Soup and crackers
5. Ham sandwiches
6. Chicken salad/sandwiches
7. In the summer if you can grow gardens this is when you
should be eating salads with dried fruit and leftover meats or beans in them.
These are just some ideas. 
There are many others.  You may
want to make up some beef burgers for a treat or grill some vegetables to serve
with cheese and bread. 
Your personal tastes and creativity are not limited to my
ideas.  Just start thinking every time
you make a meal for your family, “Could I have made this with food
storage?”  You will start thinking
about what you will need to start storing.
Take the normal ingredient amounts and multiply times 8 for
a 3.1/2 month supply of once per 2 weeks for that particular meal.  
Write those ingredients and amounts down in your list,
notebook or wherever you will be keeping your info.
Example:  For a 3.1/2
month supply take 8 times the amount of the item needed for that recipe because
that will give you the amount you need to have for cooking it every 2 weeks.
Spaghetti – 1 pint of minced beef, 8 pints
1 jar of mushroom spaghetti sauce, 8 tins
1 can of diced tomatoes 8 tins
1 teaspoon of garlic powder 8 tsp.
1 teaspoon of dried basil 8 tsp.
4 tablespoons of parmesan cheese 32 tbsp.
A packet of spaghetti 8 packets
Now you do this with every recipe and then add up the
ingredients and you will have what you need to buy or can or dry your foods for
your food storage. 
For instance I plan to use ground beef at least 3 times each
2 week period so I will need 24 pints of ground beef.  I hope this is clear and understandable. 
I have to say of course that although these meals are
exactly what you want and need as you will have chosen them, their ingredients
will have to change due to perhaps the lack of power or the lack of the
ingredients themselves.
Start out with your menus like above and then we can work on
it together if you need help.  
Happy Prepping! You are on your way to becoming
self-sufficient one step at a time!
THE WILDERNESS GATHERING PRESS RELEASE 2014 14th to the
17th August
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 ten 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 festival.
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, bowmaking, greenwood working, archery and axe
throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are talks on
survival phycology, 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 onsite 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 visitor.
Check out www.wildernessgathering.co.uk
or call 0845 8387062 you really won’t regret it.
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