GOTH Kit – Example

GOTH (Go to Hell) Kit This post is largely an excerpt from my book: The Simple Survival Smart Book available as paperback, kindle, or audiobook from Amazon. It struck me recently that I have made several posts in the past about what kits to use/have immediately available in a crisis but I have not posted … Read more

NAT Geo just made all USGS maps easily printable from Home

I posted about free downloadable USGS maps of the United States last year here: USGS Topo Maps for Free.  The official USGS site is great for finding accurate small-scale (1:24,000) topo maps of whatever part of the US you would like to have.  The problem with the site, or at least the maps you can get … Read more

Gear Review: Beileshi All in One .22 to .50 Caliber Rifle Gauge Red Dot Laser Bore Sighter Boresight

At first glance I thought this was going to be a good product. I received it in a cardboard box with foam inserts with slots cut out for all the separate components.  I put it together, installed the batteries, and checked it for initial function at home and everything worked first time out of the … Read more

Gear Review: Dry-sacks – 20l Outdoor Research and multi-size Outdoor Products

I actually have two different brands of drysacks. I have two 20l Outdoor Research dry sacks and a three-pack of Outdoor Products multiple size dry sacks in 2.1l, 4.1l, and 7.9l sizes. I will review them in order. The Outdoor Research bags are pricier than the Outdoor Products bags at almost $30 a piece but … Read more

Gear Review: 1 Liter Nalgene Bottle with Human Gear cap

I have had my current 1 liter/quart Nalgene Water Bottlefor a little over 2 ½ years now and have absolutely nothing to complain about. I did replace the lid that comes with the bottle with a Humangear cap. The cap I use is not compatible with tubed hydration systems. That is mainly because I hate … Read more

USGS Topo Maps for Free

Did you know you can get USGS Topographic Maps for free?  I didn’t either until I started screwing around on the web looking for maps.  The place to go is the USGS Map Locator & Downloader.  From that page you can find the map you want and download it to your computer or device for … Read more

The “two is one and one is none” fallacy

I ran across a very interesting article about not just the importance of redundancy but why having the right type of redundancy in your gear is critical.  http://graywolfsurvival.com/208978/the-two-is-one-and-one-is-none-fallacy/ The article makes the very good point that having two of the same item is not very effective if said item works perfectly fine but is not appropriate … Read more