Two common items found in abundance in your home can be used to charge rechargeable batteries. Unlike solar power panels, the G-MAG salt-water battery charger will work in the dark, when it is overcast and in bad weather. Using typical table salt and tap water, you can create an electrical current powerful enough to charge six AA batteries in just two hours.
Posts Tagged ‘Hiking’
Camping, hiking and backpacking can have a detrimental impact on wildlife and vegetation. Studies throughout the United States have proven that trampling through the wilderness and camping have depleted trees, polluted fresh water systems, caused loss of vegetation and increased run off and erosion.
If you have ever tried or been forced to eat an MRE, you understand why they are notorious for not tasting great. We have come along way since the Vietnam War in survival rations technology. Thanks to Mountain House, food designed for long storage periods now tastes just as good as a freshly made meal.
As Mountain House/Oregon Freeze-Dry, Inc. celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, it is safe to say the company has the longest proven shelf life of any modern-day preserved food in the industry. In fact, the company recently pulled out 30-year-old pouches archived in its warehouse for a taste test.
The words “I am lost” can create stress and chaos in a matter of seconds, especially if you do not have an immediate remedy for the problem. The fact is, we have all been lost at some point in our life. A simple missed turn on a busy highway or worse being lost in the middle of the wilderness. Sometimes there is an easy fix, and all you need is a map or a familiar landmark in order to get your bearings, other times you need a little assistance.
Call me frugal, but cheap and simple are two of my favorite words. Combine those words with survival or prepping and you have my attention.
A little prep work ahead of time can turn the task of starting a fire into a snap. We all know there are countless methods to start fires but these homemade fire starter doo-dads are one of my favorites. Why? Because it is reliable, it gets the job done in a flash and it can be made without spending a single penny.
Spring is just a few weeks away and everyone is itching to get outside as the days get warmer and longer. Spring weather can fool you however; this transitional time of year can bring unexpected snow or unexpected heat. Here in Texas during early spring, the days can be hot, but the nights chilly. Of course, in the South spring is our time for thunderstorms, rain and tornadoes.
NaveELite partnered with the up-and-coming HzO, Inc. to offer a high-quality compass that is easy to see in any condition, even underwater. In 2010, two Special Operations soldiers decided that there was a better way to operate in the field, and founded NavELite.
For hiking, backpacking, camping or bugging-out, the Katadyn Vario Microfilter water filtration system allows you to adjust its two different filtering methods for various sources of water. By a simple turn of the ceramic prefilter disc, you can choose either “fast flow” or “longer life.”
Anytime you venture out into the great outdoors, you should pack a few essential items that can make the difference between life and death. Even if you plan just a short trip, you need a way to start a fire and purify water for safe drinking. Even in the easiest of terrain, the most experienced outdoor adventurer can become lost or injured. A one-liter water bottle won’t last 24 hours, if you get stranded.
When camping, you always run the risk of getting injured or suffering from a heat-related illness and inevitably getting some type of bug bite. Whether you camp on your own, with family or friends you should know the risks involved. You should also know how to prepare for and treat the common aliments you might encounter in the great outdoors:
Pepper spray or Oleoresin of Capsicum is a great defense against bears if deployed properly. Of course a .300 Weatherby or .454 Casull is preferential, but not always as practical or legal. For instance, when bowhunting elk with an archery-only permit—even in bear country—could result in legal troubles if you were caught with a sidearm. There is also the factor of accuracy when teeth and claws are coming your way at 30 mph.
I love guns. I especially love guns that fill a niche in my arsenal. I found myself recently noticing a hole in my lineup. I did not have a survival rifle. I needed something small that I can throw in a pack, or chuck behind the seat of my truck. It needed to have the accuracy of a rifle, but with more portability. Its primary role would be shooting very small game for survival purposes. A takedown .22 would fill the role perfectly, and there were plenty of choices on hand.
We all know the very basics of survival are water, food, and shelter. Even the most skilled outdoorswoman or man may find herself or himself in a situation in which the gear they carry with them is useless.
Okay, the apocalypse finally came and you find yourself forced to hike up the hills in search of food, supplies, or whatever you don’t have access to in your immediate vicinity. How do you do this safely? Assuming there aren’t hordes of zombies or communist troops patrolling the wild, then following a few simple hiking tips will help keep you and your party safe in a potentially dangerous situation.