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

Hydration Chart for Those that don’t Know

With warm weather hopefully just around the corner for all of us I recently found this little gem and thought it would be a good idea to share it around. Dehydration is not a joke. I have only ever seen one person killed from it but I have seen literally dozens of people fall out … 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

Book Review: The Survival Medicine Handbook, 2nd ed. by Joseph & Amy Alton

Since most people are neither EMTs nor doctors a medical reference guide for use in survival situations is a must have. You cannot go much wrong with The Survival Medicine Handbook: A guide for when help is NOT on the way 2nd ed. by Joseph and Amy Alton. I had the first edition and have … Read more

Excellent Food Planning Link

Ran across this excellent resource today run by the USDA – the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. This database has over 8,000 different foods in it and contains detailed information on all of them to include calorie counts and nutritional content such as vitamins, proteins, and fats. This could be an invaluable reference when … Read more

If You Don’t Put Together Your 72 Hour Survival Kit Now You’ll Hate Yourself Later!

This is a repost of a good article from thesurvivalistblog.net.  I don’t necessarily agree with everything in the post but it provides a good starting point and some food for thought on what components you would need in a 72-hour kit. This short modified excerpt is from my book 31 Days to Survival – this would also … Read more