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Month: June 2010


“which one should I buy, an ALICE Pack or a MOLLE Pack?” – that is one of the questions that I see a lot of on the forum. The answer is not a simple one. Before you can answer a question, sometimes you have to ask a few questions.

How much room do you need
How rugged do you need the frame? – the MOLLE pack has a plastic frame, ALICE has a metal frame

A couple of weeks ago my son, nephew and I went on a boating / camping trip. We loaded up the gear, launched the boat and headed out to a camping spot on the river. While we were there, I decided to put together a video about the packs and do a little comparison.

My first exposure to the ALICE pack was way back in either 1992 or 1993. One of my good buddies had just came back from the first Persian gulf conflict, and one of the first things he did was buy himself a medium ALICE pack to replace the one he had been using in the ARMY. I liked the pack so much, I bought myself one. The difference between my buddies pack and mine – my pack was woodland camo, while my buddies pack was olive drab. After using the medium ALICE for a few years, I found it was a little so, so I bought a large ALICE pack in olive green.

My first exposure to the MOLLE pack was a couple of months ago after I bought 3 packs off ebay.

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People are like the rain fly of a tent

Do you play it safe and leave the rain fly on overnight – just in case it rains? Or do you leave the rain fly off, and will deal with the rain when the time comes? Do you leave the rain fly on, so no wild animals can peak into your tent at night. Or do you not care what peaks into your tent while your asleep? …In other words, do you play it safe, or do you take a little risk?

One man tent for a bug out bag

There has been ideology going around the survivalist circle for the past couple of decades – if some kind of end of the world event happens, I’ll just load up my Bug Out Bag and head to the hills. If you go to just about any survival forum, there will be dozens, if not hundreds, or even thousands of threads about what kind of back pack would make a good bug out bag. One of the next most popular questions is – what kind of one man tent would be good for a bug out bag.

Here are some of the things I look for in a tent

Weight – how much does the tent weigh? The more the tent weighs, something else has be be removed from the pack to keep the overall weight down.

1, 2, 3 or 4 season tent – where are you going to be using the tent, will it be for hot weather, cold weather, wet weather, or something else? If you live along the gulf cost where it rarely snows, do you really need a 4 season tent? If you mostly go hiking / camping in hot weather, you want to make sure the tent breathes well.

Most of my hiking / camping is done in hot weather – so I look for a tent with a removable rain fly, and mosquito netting across the top of the tent. This allows a cross breeze to go across the person in the tent, and helps with the removal of collected body heat inside the tent.

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Heavy metals in protein powders and shakes

For those of you stocking up on protein powders as an emergency food prep, you might want to think again – either that or be very picky about which brands your buying. Consumer reports has published a study details their testing for heavy metals. Some of the results exceed safety guidelines. To view the Consumer Reports testing, check out this page on the Consumer Reports website – What’s in your protein drink If your stocking up on protein powders as part of your survival food preps, post your comments in this forum thread – WARNING about protein powders and shakes. On a side note, I think its pretty amazing that metals like lead can work their way into our food supply.  For over 200 years Continue Reading….

Do you cut your own grass

Over the past week or so, this part of East Texas has been having almost daily thunderstorms. Well, today we did not get any showers, so my wife and I decided to cut the grass. As I was pulling out the lawnmower, thoughts went through my head about a blog post I should make. The question is, do you cut your own grass? From a survivalist point of view, this is why I think you should cut your own grass, instead of paying someone else do it. Save money People waste money in too many ways. Whether its interest on credit cards, a large soft drink you dont finish, a cheese burger you only eat half of, a music CD that half the songs suck,,,,,, Continue Reading….

Deer lease in Southeast Texas

If you live in the Southeast Texas area, and if your looking to get on a hunting lease, I just happen to know of a lease looking for members. Cost – $900 per year Off deer season – access to over 5,000 acres During deer season – each person has their area to hunt on, which equals to about 100 acres Location – about 15 miles north of Jasper, Texas (75951 zip code), off county road 232. You get full use of the lease during non-deer hunting season. That means you get to hog hunting, hiking, camping, dove hunting, squirrel hunting, on about 5,000 acres. The area is covered with pine trees, oak trees, hills and streams. Its beautiful country – at least to me Continue Reading….

Win a gearpods survival kit

How would you like the chance to win a GearPods Backcountry survival kit system? If you dont know what the Gearpods system is, just visit their homepage – Gearpods is a modular kit system, you can mix and match parts to design the best survival kit to fit your needs. There are going to be 2 contest running at the same time. Here is how to enter: To register for contest #1, members must register on the home page at – all they need to do is enter an email address – bottom of the left column. We send at most 4 emails a year and after the contest, members can easily unsubscribe from future emails. To register for contest #2, Post your Continue Reading….

Texas summer heat is almost here

A lot of survival forums have special sections on wilderness survival or cold weather survival – I think there should be a section for hot weather survival. In cold weather you can put more clothes on (if you have them), you can build a fire, build a shelter, build a wall to reflect the heat, use a space blanket, buy on the best insulated clothing – boots, gloves – parka,,,,,, you get the idea. But when your dealing with the heat, its a little different – sitting in the shade, limiting physical activity, and drinking water can only take you so far. When the outside temps in the shade reach 100 degree – if your outside humping a pack through the woods you can be Continue Reading….

Survivalist Security

Security is something that is often overlooked.  We reach a point in our lives where we are comfortable – we get up in the morning, get a shower, brush the teeth, get dressed, go to work, go to lunch, go back to work, go home, watch a little TV, go to bed – repeat. Friends and family come over, we may talk about prepping, or getting ready for a disaster,,,, maybe we say too much, maybe we say more then we should. There is an old saying that I try to live by – “loose lips sink ships.” Nobody but you and your family needs to know what kind of preps you have.  If you have a years worth of beans, rice, MREs, fire wood,,,, Continue Reading….

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