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Coleman exponent sleeping bag review

An unbiased review of the Coleman exponent sleeping bag by trained professionals (not really). Both of my kids liked the sleeping bag and found the bag to be comfortable. But, the bag is supposed to have a comfort rating of 32 degrees. Even with temps around 36 degrees, my daughter was still cold. But my son slept good. Here are their stories. Even though my daughter had a US Army Poncho liner and a fleece blanket in the sleeping bag with her, she was still cold. It might have helped if she would have had a sleeping pad between the ground and the sleeping bag. But we did not have any pads with us, just a poncho thrown on the ground. I told her she Continue Reading….

Wilderness Survival Quiz

This is a basic wilderness survival quiz. Lets say that you and some friends are out on a hiking or camping trip. While on this trip, one of the members of the group spots these pretty red berries. The question comes up if they are edible. So, are they edible? These berries turn red in late fall or early winter and grow on an evergreen bush. The bush can grow to around 20 feet tall, the leaves are around an inch long and maybe 1/2 – 3/4 inch across. Continue Reading….

Setting up a one man tent

One man tents allow backpackers and campers to carry a shelter without weighing them down too much. Even though this tent does not offer a lot of protection from the elements, it does offer good protection from insects. The tent in the video is a Wenzel Starlite, and is about 13 years old. Even though I have owned lots of tents over the years, this one has probably given the best service. Its light enough to take just about anywhere and fits perfectly across the bottom of a Medium Alice pack.  The fact, the Medium Alice along with this tent makes a pretty good combination. One of the drawbacks to the Wenzel Starlite, it is not a free standing tent.  There is one pole in Continue Reading….

Katadyn Hiker Water Filter

Water filters for SHTFThe Katadyn hiker water filter is a low cost option in the water filter market. Its available through most large sporting goods outlet stores, such as Gander Mountain and available through several internet store. Even though the Katadyn hiker water filter is a low cost option, there is nothing “cheap” about this product. It appears to be made out of quality material, is durable and is an overall well made water filter.

The first time this Katadyn filter was used, my son, my nephew and I were on a 6 – 8 mile hiking trip through the piney woods of East Texas. The trip started off a on the deer lease we belong to. From there, my nephew, my son and I hiked between a couple of the rolling hills, across 2 creek bottoms and stopped for our first rest break on an old logging road. This was when Korey (my son) realized he had lost his water bottle. Luckily for the three of us there was a deer stand near by where we found a discarded plastic water bottle.

An hour later the three of us arrived at a creek where I had planned on refilling the water bottles. One thing I did not know, the lack of recent rain fall had made the creek almost dry up.

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Day Hike in October

On October 4th, 2008 my son and I went on a day hiking trip. Before we left the truck I got out the Garmin GPS and the topo maps and saved the truck as a waypoint. We also brought along a rifle for protection against wild hogs, snakes and coyotes. Bears have been reported in the area, so we had to keep those in mind as well. We then hiked to a local creek and had lunch with eversafe meals – which are kinda like MREs. On the way back to the truck, the batteries started going out in the GPS. So the batteries were swapped out and we got back on track. When using a GPS its important to have spare batteries. That is Continue Reading….

Navigation with a compass and GPS video series

Navigation with a compass, topo map and GPS is an important skill that every hiker, camper and survivalist should learn. To help instruct someone that is just learning how to navigate, a set of videos has been put together. The GPS in the videos is a Garmin Etrex, that does NOT have a built in map feature. Please do not depend on the GPS for all of your navigation functions. When venturing off the trail, go prepared with a topo map of the area, GPS with spare batteries and 2 compasses. Part – 1 Part 1 is a very basic introduction to navigation with a compass and GPS. We discuss learning how to use the GPS and compass in a safe area, such as a Continue Reading….

Using a GPS and Compass

When on a hiking, hunting or camping trip, it is very important not to get lost. And if the hiker or hunter does find their selves lost, how do they get found again? There are some basic tools that should be included in the wilderness survival tool kit. These include a GPS, compass and the knowledge on how to use them. Regardless of what items are included in the kit, the most important tool is the knowledge. Only knowledge can empower the person to effectively use the gear in their survival kit. This video discusses some basic information on how to a TOPO map, compass and GPS. The mistake that a lot of people when they get their GPS, they do not practice. Before a Continue Reading….

Survival Quiz – ID this plant

This is a Survival Quiz to test your knowledge of wild plants. The location of the plant is in a pond that is connected to a salt water marsh. The salt water marsh is connected to the Gulf of Mexico. The water in the pond has a high salt water content and is considered “brackish.” Certain types of wildlife that are somewhat tolerant of fresh and salt water make their homes in these types of ponds and marshes. To discuss this video, visit this link to go to the forum.

Winter survival and cold weather clothing

This article was originally posted by coyotemountain on the survivalist discussion forum. Man has forever been at odds with the temperature of his environment. Our body generates a metabolically controlled core temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit; the ideal temperature at which cellular respiration proceeds most efficiently for most organs in the human body. Learning how to preserve this core body temperature so that blood does not have to be diverted away one’s extremities should be the goal of “dressing for success” when entering the cold winter world. Cold hands and cold feet are the bane of any winter operator, and standing guard duty with little or no physical action during the winter can be a brutal and even life/limb threatening experience for the unprepared. When Continue Reading….

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