Entries for May, 2009

Ray Mears builds a shelter in the rainforest

In this video, Ray Mears builds a shelter in the jungles of a rainforest. Special thanks goes to the BBC for posting this video on youtube.  Be sure to visit the official Ray Mears website.

Woods shock the silent killer

Woods shock refers to a persons mental state after the realization that they are lost. Its the effect of taking someone from their normal environment, and putting them into a situation where they do not have the slightest idea where they are at. The degree, or level of woods shock varies from person to person. The effects range from fear to all out panic.

Living in a city, people have streets, and street names to keep them oriented. We know where we are at because this street connects to that street, and so on. When a person has been raised in the city or town environment, they become accustomed to knowing the street layout and how to get from one place to another.

In the wilderness, there are no street signs, or names of roads. This lack of normal guidance (no street or roads) has certain profound psychological effects on people that become lost in the wilderness.

Very little research has been done on “woods shock” as it can only be studied when a person is lost. When the search and rescue team finds the person, the woods shock goes away and the person returns to their normal mental state.

Children who have been lost in the woods overnight, were rarely able to describe anything about their experience. The children simply could not put their experience into words. The children that are able to describe being lost, said they hid from monsters at night (remember these “monsters” for later in this article). Adults who spent the night lost in the woods, described hearing wild dogs, coyotes or even wolves. Adults said they heard sounds that came from a type of K9, even though there were none in the area. Some adults also described frequently hearing voices in the night.

Sometimes the lost person mistakes the rescue dogs for wolves and will hide from the search and rescue teams. So that might explain some of what the lost people heard.  Children will see lights and voices in the night (which is really the search and rescue teams with flashlights calling the childs name), the children will sometimes think that the lights and voices are monsters and will hide from the rescue teams. In the childs mind they are seeing “monsters” in the dark, but in reality its the search and rescue parties.

Even though there are several levels of “Woods Shock”, only three are going to be discussed.

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North Korea pushes world to the brink of war

It seems that someone hit the rewind button, and is replaying 1939 all over again. This time its Kim Jong instead of Hitler.

How long will the world have to wait before something is done about this madman? Will China support this puppet that is acting like a master? How long will Japan tolerate North Korea acting like a bully?

Japan should have the right to defend itself. Regardless of what happened in World War II, it is ever nations right to defend itself.

If the United Nations strikes at North Korea, where will China stand? Since the US Congress has passed all of those free trade treaties, the USA no longer has the ability to fight a large scale war. China on the other hand has one of the largest manufacturing bases in the world – given to them by the by US based companies. Companies like Intel, AT&T have given China the ability to fight a world war, while robbing the USA of our ability to fight – and all for cheap labor.

If the United Nations does strike against North Korea, and China stands with Kim Jong, what is the world to do? China, with is massive standing army, huge manufacturing base, and an almost unlimited workforce is one of the largest threats to world peace since Adolf Hitler. Its not North Korea that we should be worried about, its the pitbull guard dog living in the backyard.

Another option, instead of the UN taking action, just give Japan back its military. Japan is a sleeping giant waiting for its time to awake.

Stihl Chainsaw Description

Stihl chainsaws are probably one of the best chainsaws on the market. This video was filmed in early 2008 while my son in law and I were cutting up a red oak tree.

If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, tornadoes or any other type of widespread natural disaster, chainsaws should be a must have item. After a hurricane has passed through, chainsaws are essential for clearing roads that are blocked by fallen trees.

The survivalist and their garden

Its important for the survivalist to take gardening seriously. When the food stocks are gone, whatcha gonna do then? Seeds are cheap when compared to stockpiling other types of food, seeds last longer the most types of canned foods, and most seeds are reproducing.

If you buy an MRE or some freeze dried food, after you eat the food will you be able to plant the package and grow an MRE bush? Maybe be able to pick some MREs off your MRE bush? Probably not. If you buy the right type of seeds, the plant should be fertile and the seeds should be able to be harvested.

Using cotton balls and vaseline to build a fire

In this video I discuss building a fire with cotton balls and vaseline. There are several things I learned from making this video. One – vaseline by itself does not burn. Second – do not coat the outside of the cotton ball with vaseline or else it will not burn. The sparks have to be able to reach the cotton fibers in order to start the fire.

Guys, if you use cotton balls that belong to your wife, be sure to ask permission first.

Flooded roads after a natural disaster

After natural disasters – such as a hurricane – roads may become flooded and impassable. This video was filmed after Hurricane Ike passed through the Southeast Texas area in September 2008. Its important to know where the back roads are and how to use them.

Coleman 533 dual fuel stove

The Coleman 533 dual fuel stove may not be small enough to take on an extended hiking trip, but its just right for around a camp site such as a park or survivalist retreat. If you need a stove to take to the lake or local park, then take a look at the Coleman 533 dual fuel stove.

Features

Dual Fuel engineering: operates on clean-burning Coleman Liquid Fuel OR unleaded gasoline
Fully-adjustable 10,500-BTU burner
2.1-pints fuel tank runs for up to 2 hours on High setting
WindBlock system shields burner for maximum heat and reliable operation in all weather conditions
Filter funnel included

While using the Coleman 533 it worked just as expected. It did well with heating up food, and being able to use more then one type of fuel is an extra bonus.

This is the type of stove that would be good for a deer camp, or bug out location. I think its a little heavy and bulky for backpacking.

Propane tanks for the survivalist retreat

Propane tanks can provide the remote survivalist camp with fuel for stoves, ovens, hot water heaters and even generators. When considering whether to store propane or gasoline, keep in mind that propane can be stored for years.

Two of the main reasons why I like propane – it stores well, and it has a multiple of uses. I can buy the 2 pack of 1 pound propane bottles, store them at the camp, and the fuel never expires. Then there are the wide range of attachments for the bottles – lanterns, stoves and space heaters,,,, only to name a few.

When the weather gets cold, my brother takes a small space heater to his deer stand. Go back a year later and the stove still works.

When we need some light outside, get a propane lantern.

Need to warm up a meal, get the propane stove out and cook something up.

At the camp we have a 250 gallon propane tank which is used to fuel the furnace and the stove. When the power goes out, we can light a couple of the burners on the stove, and we are able to heat just about the whole house with just a couple of burners going.

A buddy of mine has a 500 gallon propane tank that he plans on using for his generator.

Besides 1 pound propane bottles, 250 gallon and 500 gallon propane tanks, there are the 20 pound propane bottles.

Instead of using the 1 pound propane bottles, people can stockpile the 20 pound bottles, then get an adapter to power lanterns, stoves and other devices.

Portable water storage example

Sometimes local feed and fertilizer stores will get 16 gallon drums in stock – these can make excellent water storage solutions. Most of the time they were used to ship some kind of syrup, and the inside smells like Dr. Pepper. These may not be good for storing drinkable water, but will probably make a good hand washing station.

Survivalist camp example

Example of a deer camp – survivalist camp. Camps like this provide a secluded retreat where people can wait out disasters such as an outbreak of some kind of pandemic disease.

Tips on hunting wild hogs

Wild hogs are highly mobile animals that will travel long distances to find food. One of the favorite locations to find food is around a wildlife feeder, also called a deer feeder.

Marlin Model 60

The Marlin Model 60 is a semi-automatic, tube fed, 22 caliber rifle.

Caliber: 22 long rifle
Barrel length: 19 inches
Overall length: 37.5 inches
Weight: 5.5 pounds
Capacity: 14 round tube magazine

My personal opinion, the Marlin model 60 is one of the better 22 rifles on the market. The rear sight has a micro adjustment that makes sighting the rifle in easy. The microgroove technology that Marlin uses seems to make the rifle a dead on shooter.

Complacency and disaster preparedness

After a few false alarms, people become complacent with their disaster preparedness plans. Meaning, that they do not think that anything serious is going to happen. When you let your guard down, that is when the real disasters strike.

Fruit tree considerations for the urban survivalist

One part of the survivalist preps that is often over looked is the fruit tree. Instead of having to plant a garden every year, just plant a few fruit trees. Take care of the trees, give them some fertilizer, keep the bugs off of them, keep them trimmed and you might just have a food producing machine in your backyard.

Most people have a corner in the backyard where a fruit tree could be planted.  If there is not enough room for a full sized tree, look into some miniature fruit trees.  Some of miniature types only grow to be 6 – 10 feet tall.

The first thing to do is find out what kind of fruit tree grow well in your area. Some species of trees are better suited for certain climates. Some considerations include water requirements, frost requirements, freeze tolerant,,, the list goes on and on.

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