This week’s show 1st August 2019

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THE WILDERNESS GATHERING 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

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 camp fire 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. 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

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 organizers 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 visitor.

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Ebola-An International Health Emergency

Ebola has been declared an international health emergency after a patient brought the disease to a city of two million people in the DR Congo and then died.

The World Health Organization said it was ‘time for the world to take notice’ as the UN agency invoked its emergency provisions to contain the growing outbreak.

More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which is unfolding in a region described as a war zone.

The patient, 46, was a priest who became  infected while visiting the town of Butembo, which has been an epicentre in the ongoing outbreak.

The DRC’s health ministry claims the man took a bus the 200km (124 mile) journey from Butembo to Goma last week. The patient died while travelling back for treatment.

Goma, which borders Rwanda, is a major transport hub and the largest city yet to be affected by the outbreak.

Experts from the WHO have warned the priest’s case could be a ‘game changer’, with Goma being a ‘gateway to the world’.

Health officials have reportedly identified 60 people who encountered the priest after he became ill, of which just half have been vaccinated against Ebola.

This is now a real concern for all countries that allow flights from the DR of Congo. Surely is the situation is this serious they would quarantine the \Congo people to prevent any chance of it spreading.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has deleted information from its official website which indicated that the “airborne spread” of Ebola was strongly suspected by health authorities, amidst efforts by officials in Texas to calm concerns about the first outbreak of the virus in America.

So to CALM the people they remove the warning but not deny that it is or will mutate to being airborne.

My friends I’m telling you it is transmittable through airborne droplets, so if it does become an epidemic in the West you must wear masks.

Think about it, the medical staff wear full one piece protection suits with masks, this is because of their close contact with the infected.

You too could be in contact with the infected but the difference is you “Will not know it”

The only real survival option in this situation is “isolation” and that means preps, water, in fact in real terms you will be bugging-in.

You will have to deny all outside human contact access to you and your family, you will need the very same one full piece protective suit that the medical staff use.

If the government do what they have done in parts of Africa that is to seal off certain areas and enforce a quarantine what will you do then? Will you cope? Can you cope? And for how long.

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My Fried Bannock

Ingredients

This serves 6 or a hungry 2

3 cups sifted flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons of dried milk

2 tablespoons baking powder

water

vegetable oil or lard and butter to finish

Directions

Mix half the flour with the remaining dry ingredients.

Add water until the mixture becomes thick, “like a paper mache paste”.

Add more flour until the dough feels like a soft earlobe.

Heat the oil or lard over a medium-high heat until very hot, but not smoking.

Dry Dough

If in dry dough form break off small pieces of the dough and flatten each to the size of your palm, about 1/2-inch thick.

Place the pieces in the hot oil, turn after about 3 minutes, or when golden brown.

Wet Dough

If in wet dough form, Like a thick porridge “no lumps” spoon a dollop into a hot frying pan and cook for 3mins each side.

Finish with a knob of butter by each piece (optional)

Place the bannock on a paper towel to soak up the excess grease.

I find it much less messy to pre-mix and place in zip lock bags and then add water at the camp.

Another great tip is to mix in choc chips or dried fruit.

Survival Cooking Risks

So when the brown stuff hits the fan your will bug-out. You will build a shelter, light a fire,
hunt, trap and fish and then sit around the fire singing “gin gang gooley” as your food cooks.

It just sounds idyllic doesn’t it?

But according to recent figures this could be the most dangerous aspect of survival camping.

A shocking 94 per cent of more than 2,000 people questioned for a Government survey admit to at least one barbecue habit that is a health risk.

Food poisoning is a real risk at barbecues

FSA Chief executive Catherine Brown

Twenty-one per cent believe they have been ill due to something they have eaten as a result, the poll for the Food Standards Agency found.

Almost a third admit to not checking burgers, sausages and even chicken are cooked all the way
through.

The FSA has released a list of tips to cut food poisoning, with the first being to pre-cook meat in
the oven and finish it off on the barbecue for flavour.

Chief executive Catherine Brown said: “Food poisoning is a real risk at barbecues and we are
reminding people to take good care of their families.”

Survival cooking is bar-b-q cooking is it not?

When the shtf there will be no chemist, health centre, doctor or NHS to go to to sort out food poisoning, stomach upsets and diarrhoea, all of which will dehydrate you and reduce your physical ability to provide and survive.

OK I do not want to teach my grandmother to suck eggs by it never hurts to get back to basics.

Charred doesn’t mean cooked, cook your barbecue food thoroughly until you are sure that your
poultry, pork, burgers, sausages and kebabs are steaming hot, with no pink meat inside.

Avoid cross-contamination by storing raw meat separately before cooking, use different utensils,
plates and chopping boards for raw and cooked food. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water and dry them before handling your food for the barbecue and after handling raw foods including meat, fish, eggs and vegetables.

(You should of course wash your hands after touching the bin, going to the toilet, blowing your nose, or touching pets.)

Don’t wash raw chicken or other meat, it just splashes germs. Cooking will kill any bacteria present, including campylobacter.

On the other hand, washing chicken, or other meat, can spread dangerous bugs on to your hands, clothes, utensils and by splashing.

Turning meat regularly and moving it around the barbecue will help to cook it evenly.

Charred on the outside doesn’t always mean cooked on the inside so, it’s always safer to cut open and check your burgers, sausages and chicken.

If in doubt–keep cooking.

Keep plates and cutlery away from raw meat and fish, never serve your guests cooked food on a
plate or surface that’s had raw meat or fish on it, and don’t use cutlery or marinades that have been in contact with raw meat.

There’s no point in serving up food with a flourish if you’re adding bugs back into the mix.

BREAK

How to Get 30 Days of Food Preps

Fancy 30 days’ worth of food? well here is what I recommend for beginners.

The idea is to simplify the beginning stages of storing food and to get you to a minimum of 30 days of stored food as quickly and as cheaply as possible.

As you know I am not a fan of those big cases of Mountain House or Wise food. Although prepared foods like this absolutely have a place in your overall food preps, you should not be relying completely on these foods to make up your entire stockpile.

Your food preps should be as normal as your daily food intake already is, if you wouldn’t eat Mountain House every day of the week now, why would that change in a long-term disaster scenario?

Another trap new preppers experience is “sticker-shock” when looking at the prices of these foods.

This can lead to newer preppers taking far too long to even get to 30 days of stored food, which is the bare minimum everyone should have on hand, right now, no matter what.

This survival prep list is a cheap way for a new prepper, or someone rebuilding their stockpile from scratch to make a few trips to the supermarket and walk out with 30 days of long-term storable food that will last for years to come for a fraction of the cost of 30 days of freeze-dried prepared meals.

This list is developed based for a typical family of 4 with an average daily calorie count of about 2000 calories per day.

5 pounds of wheat flourFlour can be used to make literally hundreds of different foods including bread, pasta, tortillas, pie crusts, biscuits and desserts.

Flour can also be used to thicken soups and sauces. Be sure to keep in mind any wheat or gluten allergies you might have in your family.

A good alternative to wheat flour would be corn meal.

I suggest wheat flour above white flour simply because wheat flour contains more fibre and nutrients than white flour, which gives you more bang for less.

10 pounds of brown riceRice has been the staple food source in many areas of the world for centuries.

It takes on other flavours very easily and is a great carbohydrate addition to most meals.

Brown rice is suggested over white for the same reason as wheat flour.

Brown rice still has the rice hull attached which is packed with protein, fibre and other nutrients.

It does take a little more care when cooking but once you get the hang of it, brown rice actually tastes much better than white.

100 (8oz. tins) of tinned vegetablesIt is important to have a well-balanced diet within your stored foods.

You can’t live off of rice and beans alone.

Tinned vegetables do have a slightly lower nutrient value than fresh, but they store very well.

Pick out a good variety of canned vegetables but make sure that you’re picking ones that you actually like and keep in mind how you are going to prepare them and what flavourings you will add to them.

5 pounds of pastaPasta is another great carbohydrate that takes on other flavours very well, stores essentially forever if done correctly and packs a lot of calories.

5 (jars) of pasta saucePick out a good variety of different sauces but pay attention to the expiration dates on them.

Most sauces can store unopened for several years, however some types of organic sauces do expire much quicker.

Pasta sauce is also very versatile and can be used with various vegetables and carbohydrates.

10 pounds of beansIt wouldn’t be a survival food list without beans!

There are hundreds of varieties of dried beans that are great for long-term storage. Be sure to experiment with different varieties to find the kinds that you like.

Also keep in mind that beans do require a significant amount of water to hydrate and cook.

3 large jars of peanut butterPeanut butter is a great survival food because it stores for a very long time, is fairly resistant to temperature changes and is a great source of protein and fat.

Just make sure to keep in mind any possible nut allergies. An allergic reaction in a survival scenario could be a death sentence.

2 (packs) of yeastYeast is extremely versatile.

It can make anything from breads to alcohol. If you have never worked with yeast before, buy some and do some experimenting.

3 boxes of baking powder and baking sodaThese are important ingredients in baking and open up a whole new set of foods that you can make.

5 pounds of sugarSugar is just one of those staples that is necessary when making foods from scratch and is the easiest flavouring ingredient you can use.

White sugar stores much better than brown.

Brown sugar goes bad quicker and will turn solid quickly.

100 tins of tinned meatsIn a survival situation protein should be your biggest concern.

Protein fills you up faster, keeps you full longer, typically has the highest calorie count and gives you the most long-term energy.

Be sure to try out as many canned meats as you can for both variety and preference.

UK Rules on Wild Camping

Camping in a camp site is fine, but there are many who wantto get even closer to nature.

They enjoy wild camping, which is pretty much what it says on the tin, camping away from civilisation, and without the modern conveniences of the camp site.

It’s not for wimps, since this is real ‘roughing it’, but those who have the taste absolutely love it. 

The thing to remember, though, is that all the land in the United Kingdom is owned by someone, meaning that there are laws that apply to wild camping, those that apply in England and Wales, and
different ones in force in Scotland.

Wild Camping In England and Wales

For the most part there’s little problem with wild camping in England and Wales, although if you’re going to be relatively close to a farm, you should make sure you’re above the intake walls, and it’s probably best not to advertise your presence.

In theory the farmer could tell you to move from his land, but as long as you’re being careful and responsible, there should be no problem.

Generally wild camping is quite acceptable if you’re more than half a day’s hike from a camp site, although, within the UK, that’s generally unlikely.

Within the National Parks, wild camping is a right. However, there are certain limitations. 

It has to be on access land (and not all land in a National Park is access land), more than 100 metres from a road, and you must use a tent, not a caravan – for pretty obvious reasons.

But in Dartmoor the right allowing wild camping is enshrined in an amendment to the Countryside Act of 1948

There will also be exceptions at times.

In the Peak District, for example, wild camping has often been banned when the moors are
dry to avoid the danger of fires which can be difficult to put out and can easily destroy acres of land.

When wild camping, you do need to observe good camping etiquette, by leaving the land just as you found it, taking all litter with you, making sure there’s only a small group of you, and ensuring that your toilet is more than 30 metres from any water, taking care to carefully bury your toilet waste – so be sure you have a small digging implement with you.

You should never spend more than two nights in the same camp, whether on private or National Park land.

Wild Camping In Scotland

New laws about wild camping in Scotland came into effect in 2005, and set out exactly where it’s permissible to camp.

What it largely boils down to is that wild camping is fine except in building sites, schools (and their grounds), around houses, in areas where admission is charged, quarries, golf courses, sports fields (but only when they’re in use), and around buildings.

You also need to be more than 100 metres from a road (there are exceptions here with sites close to lochs, for instance, that have traditionally been used for camping but might be close to roads).

Where no access rights exist, wild camping is not permitted without specific permission, so you need to be very aware of where you are and what kind of land it is before trying to set up camp.

You should not exceed two, or at most three, nights in any one spot.

Top of the Food Chain

After a SHTF event most of us accept that our control at the top of the food chain will be disrupted.

It may be a temporary situation and we may soon get our control back, in individual cases it may not occur and in some cases we may not be able to regain our status at all.

The differences between these outcomes is going to be how prepared you are physically and mentally, the local predators and if you are armed or not.

Weapons are going to make a big difference here and you need to bear this in mind. There will be nobody to phone up and get help.

It is down to you and the predator and it is only through our society and technology that we are top
of the food chain. It is a fragile position and we can quickly find that for a period, a short brutal and fatal period, our society or technology has left us vulnerable and we drop a few links in the chain.

You read about it all the time in the news. People just recently were eaten by sharks, others by polar bears and others have died due to storms.

Our position at the top is precarious.

Of course as well as what we see as natures predators we also have to deal with the most dangerous predator of all. “Man” is currently the number one predator of man.

This takes up most of the news, one man harming another in some way. Where this should be a major consideration in allowing us to defend ourselves it appears that it does the opposite.

After an event we have already considered local predators and have stocked up on traps, weapons and defensive capabilities.

We can handle the wolves, dogs and other wild animals. We can even handle the weather and the
loss of our food, water and shelter. We are fully prepared for those.

They are on our lists, we have weapons that can deal with them and we should be thankful that we live in the UK where we don’t have Grizzlies, Lions, Alligators, Sharks and other major predators.

We don’t have as standard tornadoes, tsunamis and earthquakes either so we really are lucky.

What we do have though, and plenty of, are human predators.

Some are obviously predators and will come up against your defences.

Just hope that you are armed enough. There are others though who are not so obvious.

Those that will kidnap your children during the disruption of an event, those that will infiltrate your security at home and kill you in your sleep.

They will disarm you with guile and lies and you will be defenceless against them. If you don’t think you will fall for lies and deceit just look around and see what is going on today as we are being screwed over by politicians

You need to prepare but there are some things that you just cannot fully prepare for.

Liars and con men are one of those. 

You can only be aware.

Phase your acceptance of people until they prove themselves.

Even then be careful how much access they have.

It is (need to know) and being careful that will serve you best here. Real people will
understand.

Predators cannot afford to wait as they cannot hide their true identities for long

One thing I am always accused of is that I am not very forgiving. I’m friendly enough but I only get screwed once.

I rarely forgive people screwing with me but I never forget. They only get one chance.

I will be honest with everyone and if they are honest in their dealings with me then I can forgive mistakes but never something deliberate.

After a few years this issue will almost disappear and it will be less dangerous. Everyone will know who is trustworthy and who is not.

In the olden days people’s integrity was known for miles.

So all you will have to worry about is those who are wandering. They should be few and far between.

Keep your friends close and kill your enemies, or at least keep clear of them if they don’t deserve killing.

The Gloves are off Post SHTF

I say that Post SHTF the gloves are off as regards shooting game and even large domesticated farm animals.

Meat and animal products is what we get from livestock so even if you do not eat meat animals still have to be kept for eggs, milk, cheese and other dairy products, which we need to make up a healthy diet.

They are a very good source of protein and I can tell you that things do not seem so bad when you are tucking into a beef steak or a lamb joint.

The feed to production ratio value of your animals is basically like this. Poultry good, Pigs & Sheep medium, Cattle poor.

Poultry eat a mainly grain diet so that is expensive but this can be supplemented with natural feed when free ranging.

Any switch from high value grain to natural feed will lower the feed to meat and egg production ratio, but the switch to a varied natural feed can produce a higher quality product.

Pigs also eat a grain diet but this can be supplemented quite well with waste fruit and vegetables, and also natural feed when free ranging.

Sheep eat mainly grass but if producing black faced hardy sheep, these will eat almost all kinds of
vegetation from the poorest of land, so even though their feed costs are low they still put weight on but slower than more expensively reared quality grass sheep.

Cattle require expensive quality grass to produce anything and will also require expensive winter feed and purpose built winter housing, producing anything from cattle takes many months and masses of expense and time.

Everything will depend on how big the operation is.

Many years ago I shot a mallard drake from across the river, the mistake I made was I was on the wrong bank when I shot it, and this meant that I had to cross the river to retrieve it, nevertheless it did eventually end up on my plate and all was well.

For decades game has been the preserve of the wealthy as they purchase days shooting on estates with driven game (a bit like shooting rats in a barrel)sometimes, I think.

The guy in the street “us” has been legally removed from these shoots except that we are good enough only to pick up what has been shot and beat, it seems.

Well as I said when SHTF “WE” assume the survivor rights of ancient times, yes we must provide for our own.

Now with years of battery
breeding of game birds we have a chemical drug free food source just running
around free.

I’m afraid that any ethics will have to be over ridden as
obtaining this free food is the priority and in many ways not the way we get
it.

So lamping roosting pheasants and wood pigeons will be the norm instead of
deploying decoy’s and building hides etc.

I’m sure many preppers and survivalists know what I mean and
would agree with my sentiments.

And yes, water fowl and game birds will be shot on the
ground and on the water as well.

As for large domestic farm animals they too will need to be
on our menu either shot of dispatched with a quick blow to head with a heavy object.
Imagine how long we would survive with a cow or sheep to keep us going.

Fish farms would be a logical target as would free range chicken farms

I would also advocate the live capture of the above; including game birds and water fowl so as to breed our own food, the benefit being that most of these animals and birds feed themselves do they not.

It is criminal to take the life of an animal and waste it, for me it is also morally wrong too. 

If you keep animals for food and then after slaughtering it you decide you can’t eat it and end up throwing it away, then you have wasted that animals life and killed it for no reason other than
some half-baked idea that you could be self-sufficient or rear your own food.

This does happen to some people who then rush down to the supermarket for a pound of sausages. If you find you have become attached to your animals which happens quite a lot, then don’t kill them, keep them as pets which they most probably will have become.

Best thing to do is work out exactly what you think you can achieve and stick to it and not get carried away by popular fads.

Either do it or stick to growing vegetables and let someone else produce the meat.

Growing fruit and vegetables is always going to be cheaper, simpler, easier and a lot less hassle than trying to produce your own meat.

Yes the gloves would be off.

The problems with Bartering

I don’t believe that bartering is a good idea, well initially anyway so here are my I have many concerns about bartering including:

OPSEC – You’re showing off what you have and who you are, at least, that which you’re willing to barter with.

Security – You may be putting yourself, family, and supplies at risk simply by showing yourself at a place to barter. Who knows who’s watching you.

Timing – I wouldn’t expect most people to be ready, willing, and able to barter for quite some time after a grid-down scenario… we have to cull the masses first.

Thieves / con artists – People will try to steal from you, swindle you, fast-talk you, and more. I’m still not sure whether this will be more or less of a problem in a long-term barter society but it will still happen.

Why are you bartering in the first place? – You should always work to be as self-sufficient as possible and, therefore, not need anything from anybody else.

Certainly, this isn’t 100% feasible but I would rather attempt to have everything I could possibly need and then only choose to trade for supplies I didn’t have or couldn’t easily procure on my own with nearby, trustworthy neighbours.

And I accept this isn’t always possible to do either.

Despite the these concerns, I wanted to focus on yet another concern: you and whomever you’re trading with just won’t see eye-to-eye with what each of you want to give or receive.

What I mean is I think that people could very well want to barter all sorts of things you wouldn’t want and probably won’t need either. Of course, I should note that bartering is an age-old method of procuring goods and is, in fact, still a part of some cultures.

As such, bartering can be done and done relatively successfully… eventually, I would though suggest that this is only possible within a stable society, one that has come to terms with its overall situation.

The question I think is what makes you think that the other guy is going to have anything that you really want or need?

Let’s say that you’ve chosen to stockpile an assortment of barter supplies, including disposable lighters, matches, any type of fuel, ammo (not the best thing to barter), maybe some long-term foods, soap, vitamins, perhaps alcohol, and a wide assortment of other stuff people will probably want, including the number one survival item toilet roll. so OK you’ve done your part and you’re ready to barter. And you have a few things in mind. But, guess what?

The other guy wants to trade you a pallet full of ceramic tiles! What are you going to do with that? You don’t need or want those.

Ok, maybe he’s got a valuable skill to trade instead, such as being an mechanic. That might prove useful but what if he is an electorial mechanic? and, well, you don’t need one of those.

So, you keep searching. Maybe you find somebody you can work with, maybe not.

You see, the real problem I have with expecting to barter in a post-SHTF world is that a direct goods-for-goods bartering system will be very hard to work out since it is probably impossible to make a “fair” trade for both parties.

Yes you could probably figure out how to add or subtract other supplies or equipment to balance out the equation but then you open yourself up to possibly taking things you didn’t really want in the first place.

And this, my friends, is why I think money was invented.

But, wait, you have a solution! Let’s go back to a gold-based (or silver-based) economy. After all, you thought ahead wisely and choose to stockpile a nice stash of gold and silver coins for just such an occasion.

The question is did the other guy?

What are you going to do if the other guy is the one owing you money but he doesn’t have it, or doesn’t have the type of money that you want?

More importantly, I really feel it would take a long time for society to stabilize enough to where peaceable transactions could take place in which both valuable goods and an alternative currency could be exchanged. I’m thinking years to be honest.

Now, I know I’m being a little silly with my examples such as the other guy wanting to barter a pallet full of ceramic tiles.

And I’m sure that people will quickly figure out that nobody wants ceramic tiles post-SHTF and they wouldn’t even bother.

Obviously, therefore, they’re going to choose to bring supplies that you and others will probably be interested in.

That said, I do see situations–especially shortly after SHTF–where you could have desperate people attempting precisely these types of transactions (e.g., wanting to trade a pallet full of tiles for a single meal) of which you’re still not interested and really only wastes your time and, more importantly, opens you up to being highly vulnerable because you’re now assuredly dealing with desperate people.

Look after a SHTF event, people will be desperate enough to trade nearly anything they have for the basics they do not have and if you then willfully offer some of the supplies you’ve procured as barter items you’ll likely only end up in situations like this (trading for things you don’t want) or, at the very least, put a giant bullseye on your back as “being the guy who has stuff” that they want… er, need!

I know there are ways around this problem, such as trading through a third-party but they would have to be a very trustworthy individual (or group) for me to be willing to do that for a variety of other reasons, including your continued safety.

Honestly, I don’t think there’s a good answer regarding bartering post-SHTF.

Yes, eventually a barter economy and an alternative currency (or several) will emerge. People will try to trade ridiculous things.

You will also want (and/or need) to barter eventually too. I’m sure I will too. But I would suggest you do your best to hold off for as long as possible and let other people take the brunt of the ridiculous trades and bullseyes on their backs before you really consider bartering as a viable option.

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