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Show Contents 26th April 2014

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Show Notes
I start this week with the BUSHCRAFT SHOW, Blizzard Survival Discount, Support these companies, Bugging out, Ribz discount, Sauerkraut Recipe, Wilderness121 Discount, You could not make it up, Survival Tips, Hunters-Knives Discount, Survival Myths, The simplest Survival Navigation Technique, More companies to support, Survival communication, Further companies to support, Dogfish-Gutting, Skinning-Cooking-Eating, How will social collapse occur? Tasty Survival Meals


When: 24-26 May 2014

Where: Catton Hall, Derbyshire

The Bushcraft Show is set to enthral and entertain families and individuals of all ages in a celebration of all things bushcraft over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Visitors are travelling from around the world to attend the most exciting, entertaining and educational bushcraft event of the year.
The show provides an all-inclusive experience that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world…
Why? We have Massai Warriors from the Rift Valley Kenya who will entertain and teach you some of their Massai ways; from cultural dancing to native beadwork, find out if you have what it takes to be a Massai Warrior. CODY LUNDIN, co-host of Discovery Channel’s television series Dual Survival and author of 98.6 Degrees and When All Hell Breaks Loose is coming from the USA to teach his skills in a hands-on practical manner. Also coming over from the USA is DAVID SCOTT-DONELAN who is regarded as one of the world’s most effective and capable tracking instructors, sharing knowledge and experience gained over almost 50 years.
Very few people have the skills to match JOHAN SKULLMAN’S outdoor knowledge. As an officer in the Swedish Armed Forces, he has spent over 30 years in nature’s most unpredictable environments.
He is the author of classic books such as, Soldat I fält (Soldiers in the Field) and Vintersoldaten (Winter Soldier) that are still used in the Swedish Armed Forces. Today he works at Fjällräven as an equipment expert and test manager and he will be sharing his skills and expertise at the show.
John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman, author of The SAS Survival Handbook, says he wouldn’t miss coming to the
Bushcraft Show for the fourth year running! This survival expert led numerous operations including the SAS Counter-Terrorist Team that ended the Iranian Embassy siege in London and brought the SAS into the media spotlight, he also ran the SAS Survival School and trained the first members of the US
Green Berets who returned to the USA to form the famous Delta Force (US Special Forces).
We have the author and living legend of British canoeing RAY GOODWIN teaching you how-to pack a boat and the art of portage, hear his personal accounts of bushcraft on his inspirational canoe trips and wilderness journeys and you can even take a tuition session with him! Tracking Expert PERRY MCGEE, son of the late Eddie McGee author of No Need to Die, will be teaching you essential tracking skills on a variety of terrains. In addition, there are many leading bushcraft, wildlife, woodland craft and survival experts on hand at the show.
If that’s not enough you can experience numerous activities, demonstrations, talks and see a host of trade stands, specialist instructors, expert speakers and so much more... all in a wonderful setting, with like-minded folk. Whether you’re a bushcraft enthusiast, love the outdoors or simply want to learn more about this fascinating topic, there is something for everyone!
There’s plenty for the children to do - Stories from the Wild Man of the Woods, Birds of Prey, Craft
Activities, Woodland Games, Low Ropes Course, Weaving and Whittling, Knife Safety classes and much more...
You will be able to track animals in the woodland and find their prints and signs without disturbing the animals, learn about all types of plants and wildlife with one of the many bushcraft experts, see a wonder of nature as a Land Rover is pulled by blades of grass! There are activities running throughout the whole weekend and with most of them included in the price of your ticket, it really is great value for money!
Hold the world’s most extreme animals in your hands, cuddle a cockroach, snuggle up to a snake and tame a tarantula, there’s Open Canoeing, Archery, Axe Throwing, Campfire Cookery,
Tracking, Fire lighting, Star Gazing and Storytelling. And, that’s not all 4X4, Raku Pottery Firing,
Whittling Sessions, Campfire Music, Wilderness First Aid, Bushcraft Career Advice, Expedition
Preparation, Competitions, Rifle Shooting, Flint Knapping, Game Preparation, Woodland Crafts and so much more! Add to this delicious locally sourced food, local ales, evening entertainment in the Tipi’s and an evening campfire surrounded by newfound friends.
“We just can’t wait!” says Simon Ellar show organiser, "We have created a show that cannot be experienced anywhere else, with such talented and skilled outdoors people gathered together in one place to learn from one another and most importantly, have fun!
We specifically placed the show in the half-term week to open up the event to families. As a father of four, it is important to me that the show includes as many children’s activities as possible to encourage children to learn new bushcraft skills and increase their love of the outdoors, moving them away from indoor activities which usually involve technology."
The Bushcraft Show this year has a new location at the stunning and privately owned Catton Hall
Estate, ideally situated in the centre of England, in Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire. The 250 acre Estate has been owned by the same family for over 600 years and is perfectly laid out for The Bushcraft Show 2014, having a 10 hectare Showground and Campsite surrounded by a lovely deciduous woodland with the River Mease to one side and exclusive access to an exquisite lake and the River Trent.
The show is sponsored by a select number of outdoor companies whose support helps to make the show a great success, our thanks to this year’s sponsors; Woodland Ways, 1948 Original Equipment,
Nordic Outdoor, BG Craghoppers and Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine.
With only three days to try all the activities at the show, it is set to be a fun-filled weekend full of adventure and discovery!
Information about The Bushcraft Show – including: tickets, prices, timetables, accommodation, the full entertainment programme and details of the wonderful location are available at: or call 0333 4567 123 (option 2)
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In any extreme situation you cannot survive for more than:
3 minutes without air - 3 hours without shelter
3 days without water - 3 weeks without food.
If a disaster strikes and you make the decision that you can’t bug-in, your other option is to bug-out, that is you must leave the area.
How to Decide
Bugging-in or Bugging-out is generally not a decision that can be made in advance of an emergency.  You will only be able to decide when it strikes, what will best for you and your family.  For example, in a simple power cut, you can probably bug-in.  If heavy flooding is on its way, you might have to bug-out.
The best way to prepare for either is to get your preps sorted out, get them organized, and in a portable container.  Then, whether you bug-in or bug-out, you’ll have everything you need in one place.  If you’re bugging-in, you can take stock of what you have and start to prepare for a couple nights without power. 
If you’re bugging-out, you simply put it all in your car with your family, make a couple preparations to your house, and off you go.
Once you’ve made the decision to bug-out, you should expedite your movement and get out of the area as soon as possible.  The longer it takes you to gather supplies and hit the road, the more likely either the emergency or other people will block your path.
What to Pack
Start out with your general bug-out-kit. 
You’ll need additional supplies for your journey, including shelter along the way.  The problem with bugging-out is that you’ll have a limited amount of space in your car, truck or van, part of which will be taken up by your passengers.  Remember that the number one priority while bugging-out is protecting and transporting you and your family.
Other items you may need for bugging-out include:
  • Tents for shelter along the way or at your destination
  • Extra fuel to make it to your destination
  • Food preparation devices, such as a stove and gas containers
  • Priceless or unreplaceable personal items that you want to take with you
The last category of items is worth spending some time thinking about.  You’re leaving your home, and you may be away from it for a while.  Something (or someone) may cause damage to your home while you are away. 
If you have personal items that are absolutely priceless and can’t be replaced, you should plan for exactly how they’ll come with you.  You don’t want to have to make the decision of what stays and what goes while you’re packing up to leave town 10 minutes from now.
If at all possible, try to test pack all of your supplies now.  You may find that you don’t have enough room to take everything you want.  It’s better to figure this out now and adjust rather than in the middle of a panic. And practice bugging-out.
So how will you Bug-out
If you intend to bug-out, you’ll need reliable transportation to get to your destination.  This is called your Bug out Vehicle (BOV).  Whether it’s a car, truck, SUV, van, boat or plane, make sure it’s suitable for travel to your destination.
You’ll probably pick one of your existing family vehicles to be your BOV.  If you’re going to be transporting enough people or supplies to require two vehicles, make sure that two vehicles are absolutely necessary. 
With two vehicles you’ll be more likely to have one of them break down or run out of fuel.  Leaving one vehicle behind with your supplies (or family members) is not a situation you want to find yourself in.
Having an off-road SUV as your BOV could come in handy if you need to get around debris or turn off of the road for a while.  A SUV will also have more cargo capacity than a standard family car.  The trade-off is that the fuel mileage might not be as good. 
You’ll need to do some mileage calculations to see if you’ll have to fill refill your tank prior to reaching your destination.
Try to keep your BOV always at least half-way filled with fuel.  You never know if the petrol stations in your area will be operational when you have to leave, or if the petrol stations along the way will be open. Petrol stations will also be packed if others are trying to get out of town too.
Pick Places to Go
Part of your bug-out-plan should be a list of several locations where you could Bug-out to.  Pick at least one or two destinations in every compass direction from your home (North, South, East and West).  You never know what areas will be affected by the emergency or how far away you’ll need to go.
Suitable locations for bugging-out should be at least 50 miles away from your town, preferably 100+ miles away or in another county for example. 
Locations could be your family or friends’ place, a holiday home you own, or a known campground or even national forest land. 
Be aware that if you’re heading to a public area or to government-owned land, that it is more likely to be full from other people who have fled your area.  A private residence that you or your family/friends own would be a better choice and probably more comfortable as well.
Buy road and the relevant OS maps (paper/laminate) that shows your route from your home to all of the destinations.  Your GPS may or may not be reliable, and you may need to make adjustments along the way due to road conditions.  Study the map a bit now, so you know alternate routes.
Put these destinations and maps into your emergency plan.
What to Do
Once you’ve made the decision that you’re bugging out, you should take immediate action to get out of the area.  But first:
  1. Get to your pre-determined meeting location
  2. Account for everyone you’re in charge of
  3. Try to get details on what’s going on
  4. Pick where you’re heading to, and re-study the route
  5. Get immediate supplies packed into your BOV so you’re prepared to leave as soon as possible.  This includes:
    1. Your emergency kit
    2. Road supplies (fuel, etc)
    3. Maps
    4. Any priceless or unreplaceable personal items you need with you
  6. Prepare your house for your absence: Lock the doors, board up the windows, etc.
  7. Fill up your car with fuel before you leave town if they’re still open and the queues aren’t too long
  8. Hit the road!
Getting There
By now you have picked your destination, packed your car and set off.
Getting to your destination may not be that easy.  Along the way, you may encounter some obstacles:
  • Destroyed or blocked-off roads
  • Stalled or stopped traffic
  • Debris that could damage your car
  • Other broken down vehicles
Try to do your best to avoid these if at all possible.  If you start heading towards the motorway and it looks like a car park, take out your map and look for alternate routes that avoid it.
Be prepared to backtrack if necessary.  If a road looks dangerous, you don’t want to risk your BOV breaking down and stranding you.
Monitor your fuel consumption and keep an eye out for petrol stations.  If you’re getting low and some of the petrol stations are closed or have huge queues, it’s better to fill up your tank partially several times rather than risk running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere.
If you have to stop for rest, try to pull off the road a bit where you won’t be disturbed or accidentally hit.  Like any long road-trip, trade-off driving responsibilities if you have other family members that are suitable.
Driving in an emergency situation will require a high level of alertness.  Not everyone will be able to handle the challenge.  You may decide that only you have the fortitude to drive during the bug-out.  Be prepared for this and take breaks when you can.
Hopefully, you’ll make it to your destination with as little fuss as possible.
Once you get there, you’ll want to unpack.  Try to make your new location as comfortable as possible — you don’t know how long the situation back home will last.
If you’re temporarily living with friends or family in their homes, you should be pretty comfortable.  If you need to camp for a while (especially if you don’t camp regularly for fun), you may find it a bit uncomfortable.  Try to adjust to your new location, knowing (hoping) it’s only temporary.
When to Go Back
Naturally, you won’t want to be away from your home forever.  Stay alert, and try to get as much information about your home area as possible from afar.  As the situation improves, you may decide to head back.  Go slowly, and be prepared to not make it completely home on your first try — things may still be blocked or the situation may not be as good as you had hoped.
A front pack is a pack or bag that allows for access of equipment from the persons chest. Front packs first and foremost allow for easy access of gear without the removal of any equipment.
In many adventure outdoor activities it can be critical to the sport to have the ability to reach essential gear fast without the removal of a backpack. Simplicity is the foremost purpose of the front pack but there are many additional benefits as well.
Weight distribution and balance is a key element in the utility of the front pack. Shifting weight forward in situations when carrying heavy loads can be critical to the comfort and balance of an individual.
Backpacking is a sport where in many situations it is critical to both minimize and maximize the contents of your load for a longer or lighter duration of stay. The ability to move small amounts of weight to the frontal region significantly reduces overall stress on a person’s shoulders and back.
Moving a small amount of heavy equipment forward to a front pack can allow for an individual to either maximize or minimize the overall load contained in a backpack.
In all there are unlimited uses for the front pack. Front packs are the best compliment to any outdoorsman’s gear when accessibility, functionality, mobility and simplicity are required. From horseback riding, long distance biking, motorcycling and kayaking. All sports where fast and easy access of gear is essential, a front pack is your best solution and as you can imagine it is going down a storm within the prepping and survivalist community.
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Sauerkraut Recipe
Who doesn’t enjoy a large scoop of sauerkraut on their all natural hot dog in the summer, or their occasional meals in the winter?  I use sauerkraut on something every day to add a different dimension of flavour to my meals; even salads occasionally get topped with the good stuff.  It isn’t just the taste that keeps me coming back for more. Recent studies are finding that fermented foods have super health benefits as well.
While Germans have made Sauerkraut for centuries, it produced a colourful part of its history in the First World War.  At this time, Sauerkraut was to Germans like apple pie was to Americans.  These two were so closely knit in fact, that by the Great War the British began calling Germans “Krauts.”
On the other side of the Atlantic, Americans also developed a taste for kraut.  Wanting to avoid “treason” while still enjoying the condiment, Americans relabelled it  “Liberty Cabbage” for the duration.
Understanding the Health Side of Fermenting
Americans still enjoy Sauerkraut today, but most become intimidated at the thought of making their own simply because they do not know the physiology behind it.  Sauerkraut is made from bacteria using the sugars in the vegetable to make an acidic solution. 
The necessary lactic acid bacteria, namely Lactobacillus, are always present around us, and when given the right conditions, the bacteria will grow and form an acidic environment that inhibit the growth of many harmful bacteria.  It is from these bacteria that many important foods, such as cheese, vinegars, and pickled vegetables are created.
When we consume homemade sauerkraut, the bacteria present will act symbiotically.  The bacteria, now called probiotics, helps the gut flora continue enhancing nutrient absorption, aiding the immune system, and keeping out pathogens.
Lactobacillus grows in many anaerobic (without oxygen) environments, including high-saline solutions that many bacteria cannot grow well in.  By catering to this salt tolerance, we can give the good bacteria the advantage by placing what we want fermented in brine.
Any salt can be used when preparing brine, but pickling salt (canning salt), is the easiest to use.  These salts are small and uniform, allowing for consistent measurements and rapid dissolving.  Avoid salts that contain anti-clumping agents, such as table salt, because these chemicals cloud the brine. 
The exception would be kosher salt; the anti-clumping agent it occasionally contains does not affect the brine.
How to Ferment and Useful Tools for Fermenting
Before you start fermenting, be sure you have the necessary tools to work with.  Find a suitable container for fermenting.  Look for a large, tall, container, made from food safe plastic, glass, ceramic, or stoneware.
Another necessary tool for fermenting is a weight to press down the cabbage with.  A plate of slightly smaller diameter than the container works well for this purpose. 
On top of the plate fill a large plastic bag with a 3% brine with 2 quarts of water along with 3 tablespoons of dissolved salt.  This bag will be used to press down the cabbage and give a seal around the pot.  Remember, Lactobacillus is an anaerobic bacteria, the less oxygen available, the better and better the kraut. 
 A cloth placed above the apparatus aids in keeping foreign objects from getting into the container and keeps you from having to skim scum to a minimum.
A stoneware fermentation crock offers a fine alternative to a homemade rig.  These crocks are made for fermenting and already have clean walls and weights for the vegetables you ferment.  Most have a shallow rim along the lid to fill with water and provide an airtight seal. 
This feature prohibits mould and yeast from growing and makes skimming unnecessary.  Further, because of its efficiency, less salt has to be used while fermenting.  If you plan to make a large batch of Sauerkraut every year, I would highly recommend investing in these crocks.
This “recipe” really is a method for fermenting cabbage and many other vegetables.  You can add seasonal herbs or classic spices in the batch on your own accord.  
In this recipe, I am using the most authentic spices, caraway and juniper berries.  I also recommend adding a little apple cider to the brine. This will add a delicious fruity touch to the finished product.
Sauerkraut Recipe
For a one gallon crock:
  • 5lbs Cabbage, shredded, and keeping back a couple outer leaves
  • 2¼oz salt (3Tbs pickling salt) Note: if using a fermentation crock, you can use less salt (1½oz)
  • Brine of 2 quarts water to 3Tbs salt
  • 1Tbs juniper berries
  • 1Tbs caraway
  1. Combine the cabbage and salt in a large bowl.   Work the cabbage with your hands to allow the salt to pull out the liquid in the cabbage.  Incorporate spices and continue to work in for about 15 minutes, then allow mixture to sit for a good half hour.
  2. Tightly pack the cabbage in the container, then place a cabbage leaf on top of the mixture to keep out air. Finish by topping with the added weight.
  3. Slowly add some of the prepared brine while pressing down on the cabbage.  Use enough brine to cover the cabbage by an inch.  You will not use all of the brine.
  4. Cover or seal off and let ferment for 2 to 4 weeks, or until bubbles stop coming to the surface and bubbling up around the rim. You will be able to hear the bubbles. When you stop hearing them, it is time to remove the cabbage from the crock.
  5. If using a container with the plate and bag, mould and yeast will try to grow around the surface.  Skim the scum off periodically; if kept at bay, it will not affect the product.
  6. If you are using a fermentation crock, seal off and do not open for a month.  Your patience will be rewarded.
  7. Once fermented, remove from crock and can the sauerkraut using the hot water method.  Alternately, place Sauerkraut in clean airtight jars and store in refrigerator for up to 2 months.

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You could not make it up
Could American households soon be recycling their URINE? How depleting nutrient used in toothpaste and fertilizer can be extracted from our toilets
Urine also contains a high level of phosphorus
Introducing waterless toilets, so that phosphates may be more easily extracted from urine, may be the key to saving this non-renewable resource
American families may soon be using waterless toilets and recycling their urine, according to new research.
Chemical engineers at the University of Florida have been looking at ways to extract phosphorus - a life-sustaining element - from urine, before it enters the sewage system and becomes diluted.
Since estimates suggest that phosphorous - which occurs as phosphate rocks and is mined for crop fertilizer - could be exhausted in the next 50 to 100 years, urine recycling may be the key to conserving the non-renewable resource in the future.
Phosphorus, an element we take into our bodies in the form of phosphates from foods like bran, cheese and nuts, is essential for human health, especially for bones and teeth.
According to doctors a phosphorus deficiency can lead to lost appetite, anaemia, muscle pain, rickets and a weakened immune system.
But with the extensive mining of phosphate rocks for crop fertilizer, it risks becoming scarce in the near future - an issue the scientists at the University of Florida sought to address in their research.
Under lab conditions, the researchers were able to successfully extract about 97per cent of the phosphates in urine within five minutes.
They achieved the extraction with a scientific technique called ion-exchange using HAIX resin, which may form the basis of systems to be installed in U.S. homes in the future.
David Brown, chief executive of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, said of the findings: 'Our attitude and whole approach to recycling will need to change as we come under increasing pressure to conserve valuable, non-renewable resources like Phosphorus.
The research is another great example of chemical engineers providing alternative approaches and solutions to the creation of more sustainable approaches to issues like waste water management and recycling.
If urine-extracting toilets actually came into use, it wouldn't be the first time we have utilized our bodily functions in such a way.
According to, ancient cultures in Greece and Asia commonly used their own urine to provide nutrients to fertilize crops.
And in parts of Europe, phosphate extraction from human urine is already underway.
In 2002, the tiny Swedish town of Tanum launched an initiative requiring homes to only have 'urine-separating' toilets, to help combat the future global shortage of phosphorus. I think someone is taking the P what do you think?
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Survival Tips
What you need in these situations is first aid for the mind.
Think STOP:
Making a Basic Survival Water Filter from Scratch
The first thing to consider when collecting water is to think about how soon you will need to drink. If you have time, collect standing water in a container and let it sit for a few hours. This will allow anything that floats to rise to the surface, and you can skim off any debris.
If you have two containers, try this method for filtering water: Take the first container and fill it with water. Then, put your shirt or some sort of porous layer over the other container. Put your pebbles on top of the cloth and filter your water by pouring it over the stones and into the container. Next, remove the pebbles and put sand, a finer material, on top of the cloth. Filter your water again.
Finally, the most effective way to filter is to crush up charcoal, put it on your cloth and let the water run through it. Charcoal filters remove sediment, many contaminants, and improve taste. Charcoal is used in store bought home and backcountry water filters. You can make your own charcoal by making a campfire, covering it with dirt and ash, and allow it to cool completely. Once it has cooled, crush it into small pieces. Pour the water through the charcoal several times.
If at all possible, build a contraption that will combine all three filtering steps, letting the water flow from one material to another. This will make the water gradually clearer as you filter it again and again.
If you don’t have a manmade container, some natural materials are great alternatives. Bamboo is a prime example. It is hollow in the centre and water can flow through it easily. There are many other plants with hollow centres. Use these to your advantage.
A hollow log can be a great option. Place the materials (pebbles, sand, cloth and charcoal) in layers through the various parts of the bamboo or log. Remember to think about what materials you are carrying and check out your surroundings in any survival situation.
This should provide you with a basic insight on how to create a survival water filter. Realize that it is still possible to get sick, even if you follow the guidelines in this article. Then you must boil this water before you ingest it.
Always contact a physician after you drink questionable water. The side effects of pathogens and microorganisms will take at least a week to start affecting you. If you are in a survival situation, keep hydrated and worry about those side effects later.
Crawl under a sturdy table and cover your face and head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large bureaus or bookcases that could fall. If you become trapped under debris, cover your mouth with a cloth or shirt, and tap against a pipe or other object to make noise. (Don't yell for help unless you have to; you risk inhaling dangerous quantities of dust.) If you are able, leave the building once the shaking stops--aftershocks can bring down a structure compromised by the initial quake. Finally, if you're outside during the quake, steer clear of buildings and utility wires.
Once you hear a storm warning, tune to a NOAA weather radio for tornado alerts. If an alert comes, seek refuge in a basement--either your own or a neighbour’s--or go to an emergency shelter. As a last resort, stay on the lowest floor of your home. If you're in a car as a tornado approaches, get out and seek shelter indoors. If you're caught in the open, lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.
If a flash-flood warning is issued, move to higher ground immediately--don't wait to gather belongings. In any flood, avoid downed power lines and moving water. Six inches of moving water can make a pedestrian fall, while a foot will float most vehicles
Heed evacuation orders, first shutting off utilities ("Shut down Your Home in 5 Minutes"). If you stay home, turn off gas lines and fill your tub with water. Secure shutters. During the storm, move to an interior room and close all doors.
A basic first-aid kit may not be enough to get you through the worst of a disaster. It's a good start—you do want bandages, gauze pads, aspirin, hydrocortisone, antiseptic wipes, etc.—but unexpected emergencies demand unconventional remedies.  So what have you got around you that you could use in a medical emergency?
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SUPERGLUE—excellent for small, deep wounds. Use tape to hold while drying.
TAMPONS—an unexpected tool for stanching heavy bleeding.
PANTY PADS—as a wound dressing
NEEDLE-NOSE PLIERS—Use for removing large splinters or nails.
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Survival Myths
Boil for 10 Minutes - This is one so old, I don't even know where it came from. I've also heard 5 minutes, 15 minutes and even 20 minutes of boiling time.
All of these are B S I’ll keep this short... if the water reaches boiling point, it's safe to drink, period, end of story.
High Ground is Warmer - This is one survival tale that keeps popping up all over the place.
We're told that when considering locations for a shelter, we should avoid valleys and low lying areas because cold settles there and it may be several degrees colder than higher ground.
This is scientifically sound, but in actual practice... it's pure, unadulterated bullshit.
This is because while a thermometer may show a few degrees difference between two elevations, thermometers are incapable of measuring wind chill factors.
In most cases, higher elevations are exposed to a lot more wind while small valleys and lower areas are sheltered from it.
A thermometer may show that actual air temperature has increased 2 or 3 degrees by moving to higher ground, but the temperature as far as your body is concerned is likely to have dropped by20 or 30 degrees.
Wind will suck away your body heat faster than you can generate it. Today as I write this, it's almost 50 degrees and sunny outside... a seemingly nice January afternoon.
However, today's wind chill factor drops that to somewhere between 20 and 30... And suddenly it's not so great!
Shelters Should Be Built From Dead Materials
This one came from our friends in the "green “survival movement.
They are far more concerned that a few trees might get killed than they are about your life.
All advice from them should be considered highly suspect. Imagine building your shelter as a big pile of dead leaves and wood.
Now imagine having a campfire anywhere near that. Do you really want to climb in there and go to sleep? Nuff' said.
Plants Are a Good Source of Food in the Wilderness
Unless you're a certified expert not just in plants, but in the plants of the given region you happen to be in, stay the hell away from the plants!
Here's the facts...
ALL fur bearing mammals are safe to eat, and will provide you with nutrients and calories.
ALL 6 legged insects are safe to eat, and will provide you with nutrients and calories.
Almost all freshwater fish and almost all birds are safe to eat, and will provide you with nutrients and calories.
...and finally - MOST plants will harm you, make you sick, or worse... poison you.
There are actually very few that will provide you with any nutrients or calories.
It's a simple equation... if it walks, crawls, swims, or flies, the odds are in your favour that it's not only safe to eat, but that it will provide you with the nutrition and energy your body needs.
If it sits there like... umm... like a plant, the odds are against you both for your own physical safety, and for nutritional content.
It's just not worth the gamble unless you're absolutely sure!
Stay put: You arrive at “lostness” from one direction, a single degree out of 360.
You have 359 chances to depart your situation in the wrong direction.
The simplest Survival Navigation Technique
Things’re GPS or compass may become lost or broken.
You may find yourself needing an alternate method of finding your bearings. You can use terrain association, if there is some readily identifiable features in view, but you really need to orient your map to a direction.
Anyone who has gone through any survival courses has been taught a variety of methods of survival navigation. Most have two problems in common, first they only apply to certain conditions, second they are a little too complicated and very easy to forget.
If you wish to use the North Star, it must be night, you need a clear night sky and must be in the northern hemisphere. The watch method of survival navigation is difficult since almost no one can remember which hand does what, and how north is indicated.
Also most people now wear digital watches without the hands on them, especially during outdoor activities. The stick shadow technique for survival navigation is simple, easy to remember and works anywhere on the planet in conditions where you can see a shadow.
The improvised Survival Navigation Technique is the simplest and most versatile method for direction finding without a compass.
It works anywhere on the planet as long as the sun throws a shadow. Equipment needed is simple: only a stick or straight object such as a pen, and two small objects like pennies or rocks and you will be able to find north.
Step One of the Stick Shadow Technique for Survival Navigation
Place your stick or any straight object into the ground, so it throws a shadow.
Step Two
Put a rock or penny at the tip of the shadow, something easily identifiable and wait 15 or 20 minutes.
Step Three
Place a second object at the tip of the shadow's new position.
Step Four
Place your left foot on the first rock or penny and your right foot on the second object. Just remember that you read left to right so your left foot goes on the first object and right on the second object, or if you are military-minded you always start off with your left foot.
You are now facing north!
All you really need to remember is to place the two rocks at the tip of the stick's shadow. Then place your left foot on the first rock and right foot on the second rock. if you ever find yourself without a compass and in need of a little help orienting yourself, then this technique is easy to remember and needs little equipment or special conditions.
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Survival Communication
I see a lot of discussion on survival forums and blogs about the options available for radio communication among small groups in a post-SHTF situation. 
There are many types of radios that can meet some or most of the communication requirements, including FRS (Family Radio Service), GRMS (General Mobile Radio Service), in the states and CB (Citizen's Band) and VHF (Very High Frequency) marine-band radios elsewhere. 
Those who live in coastal areas or along major navigable inland waterways who are planning to bug out by boat will already be familiar with VHF radios, as they are standard equipment for most vessels, whether hand-held or fixed-mount units.

While it is illegal to use channels in the marine VHF band for communication on land in normal times, in any scenario forcing you to bug-out in the first place, this will not likely be something to worry about. 
The advantage of marine VHF radios over most of the alternatives is that this band offers a large range of channels and hand-held units have two power levels for the transmitter, usually 1 watt for low power and 5 or 6 watts for high power.  This gives good range, especially on the water or in open country.

Another advantage of hand-held VHF units is that they are now more rugged than ever, and several models are available that are not only waterproof, but submersible as well. 
However when the grid goes down there will be a great many people who will make a big mistake one day by assuming the ever present cell phone will remain in use as a viable communications tool.
Now think about the circumstances that will cause you to grab your bug out bag. Now contemplate whether or not it is just possible that the mobile networks might be under the control of the very people you are inclined to protect yourself and your family from.
So what you need is a communications PLAN just like you have the food, firearms, bug out bag, escape plan in effect.
You need to think about and plan for the eventual disruption of the Internet and the mobile phone network. People who are putting survival communications plans into effect now are going to be very pleased with the results one day.
I think it goes without saying that both CB radio and amateur radio are going to be two of the biggest players when people begin learning about radio communications.
Some keywords to begin your own search on include, frequencies, antennas, license, radios, power, ham, and of course CB (there are others as well but these are the most popular).
Just like you prepared as a survivalist or as a prepper the simplest alternative to mobile phones and the Internet, is radio communications. It stands to reason that 2-way and shortwave radio cannot be controlled by whatever government agency has caused folks to bug out.
Sure they have the FCC in the states and OFCOM here in the UK but no one will be listening to these bodies WTSHTF. So start working a communications plan that will allow you to replace that mobile phone with communications gear that YOU understand.
CB or HAM?
That's a discussion that will never be settled as there are proponents on both sides of that argument that can make some pretty good points about how their preferred communications systems is the better of the two.
Let me give you a little bit of an explanation without going overboard with radio jargon and stories about how far away a radio signal can travel.
Enter the CB Radio
Three things make CB radio attractive to preppers and survivalists, and they are:
Starting with the first item of price leads us to discover that you can find CB radios available for as little as $5 in working condition at local flea markets, swap areas, and even garage sales in the states and around £10 to £20 here in the UK. There are higher priced, base and mobile, units but a survivalist will general trend towards the least expensive gear. One of the main issues with CB operation it that of its low power output.
Granted there are modifications and amplifiers available but these are generally beyond what your average survival focused operator is looking for.
As for the availability of CB, we have already mentioned flea markets and garage sales. And then you have Craigslist(tm), eBay(tm), and a host of other online sources for CB equipment.
The only real legal issue concerning CB radio is that you are no longer required to have a license to operate either a base station or a mobile operation. There are other legal issues such as being on frequencies a CB is not authorized to operate on and the use of excessive power output. But these issues pertain more to the operator of the CB station than the CB equipment itself.
Ham Radio
Let's talk a little bit about ham radio. Ham radio has many frequencies available to those who hold an amateur radio license (ham radio license). The more popular HF (high frequency) bands have characteristics that allow people to communicate with someone in the next county or another ham in another part of the world. The highly popular 2 meter ham band includes all frequencies between 144 megahertz up to and including the 148 megahertz frequencies.
Not wanting to go too deep into any form of radio technology I would encourage you to learn the phonetic alphabet.
Simply write it down as I did then read car number plates as you drive around or street sign etc. and practice it, this way you will soon master it.
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Regarding Ham Radio My good buddy Stuart from Wildmansticks and Acorn survival and I will be starting a ham radio exam shortly.
And referring to Marine Radio, well I am already licensed to operate anywhere in the world while at sea, the license cost me £75 but it may have gone up in the last four years.
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Dogfish-Gutting, Skinning-Cooking-Eating
This is for Dave from Brighton

Gut it like you would normally gut any fish. Run your knife up its anal vent and run the blade up the head. Stick your finger in and pull the innards out. Washing it afterwards.


Start cutting from the anal vents down until you hit the meat of the fish. Turn your knife horizontally so it’s parallel with the chopping board. When the blade gets close to the head stop. Now turn your knife down so you can chop off its head.
Cut straight through the head and only stop when you get to the board. Cut off all the fins off now but cut slightly into the fish to make sure you get rid of it all. Now at the top of your fish make a small slit along top of it all the way.
Do the same on the underbelly. Only cut a few millimetres into the flesh and not to deep. Now use a pair of wide nosed pliers. From your top 'tab' the little bit of skin where you cut that small slit on top pull down and across at the same time.
Hopefully but slowly the skin will peel off. Do the same on the other side. Cut off the tail. If you want to remove the 1 piece of cartilage in their back. Slice a centimetre deep on each side of the spinal cartilage and then gently wheedle it out. You can now leave as it is or cut down the middle to get two fillets.
You get better at this the more you practice.


Herb Marinated Baked Dogfish Recipe
1 - 2 or 3 pound dogfish either cleaned and dressed whole or filleted and skinned
1/2 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 teaspoons dried oregano
5 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Combine marinade ingredients in a sturdy plastic bag. Add dogfish and refrigerate 4 or 5 hours. Turn the bag occasionally to make sure the marinade permeates the entire fish. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Place fish in a shallow baking dish and cook for 30 minutes or until fish flakes easily.
The second time I made this we cut the oregano to 1 tsp., cut the salt to 1 tsp., omitted the thyme entirely, and instead added some celery salt and sage.

I like to serve this with baby new Potatoes crushed NOT mashed with butter and chives.
Peel and thinly slice the spuds placing them in an oiled baking pan. Put a layer of spuds followed by a sprinkling of grated pecorino cheese. A dash of salt, pepper and some dried parsley.
Another layer of spuds another layer of cheese and so on. Finish with a layer of the cheese for a topping. The potatoes take about 40 minutes to bake so we usually start the potatoes in the oven first and add the baking dish of shark meat about 5 or 10 minutes later.
How will Social Collapse Occur?
While us as preppers plan to do our best to prepare for a coming crisis natural or manmade many of us realize that the city is perhaps the worst place to live, as very few people are really prepared to pack up and head for the hills. I think that most people will, whether they’re aware or not, stay in their homes.
This is not a hasty decision for most people. Most of us depend on the city for our livelihood, and we can be better prepared by continuing to live in the city, earn a good income, and make preparations for leaving the city at the appropriate time or by staying in the city and living off existing supplies.
Cities were formed as people came together to conduct business, participate in social interaction, and benefit from efficiencies in public services (such as schools, sewers, water, etc.) and of course for common defence.
Yet cities cannot survive alone. They need resources from the country; most notably, food, water and electricity. While electricity and water can sometimes be created or found within towns and cities, the acreage requirements of food dictate that no city could possibly feed its own people.
No city can feed its own people. Not one. Cities are, by their very nature, dependent on the importation of food. The advent of just-in-time delivery systems to our shops and supermarkets means that most cities would run out of food within a week if supplies were for some reason disrupted.
Remember, cities are not self-sufficient. Although they may seem to be in 2014, they have for a long time been entirely dependent on our farmers for their support, something most of us take for granted (except the farmer, of course.)
The city presents some serious risks during a crisis. The four most serious ones are:
  1. The collapse of social order, civil unrest.
  2. The failure of the water treatment and delivery systems.
  3. The depletion of food supplies.
  4. The failure of the power grid.
While not every situation will appear in every city, every situation will most certainly appear in some cities. Will that include yours?  I’ll tackle these one at a time:
“Social order” is a delicate thing, and it exists as a psychological barrier that could easily collapse under the right conditions. We all saw this during the L. A. Riots following the Rodney King trial verdict as citizens of L. A. set fire to their own town, yanked people from vehicles and beat them literally to death, and even fired guns at firemen attempting to save their buildings!
More recently we were all witness to the looting, violence and total breakdown of society following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Here in the UK we have seen mass riots in and around London with the police unable/unwilling to do anything to stop it.
What allowed this to happen? Simple: the simultaneous melting away of the psychological barrier of “order.” Once people realized 999/911 couldn’t handle the level of calls, or was offline, that the local police were helpless or had simply abandoned their posts, “Law and Order” ceased to exist in their minds.
They then conducted their lives in the way they always wanted to, but couldn’t because of the police. That is, they ran out to the local shops and just took whatever they wanted (looting).
They took out their racial frustration on innocent victims who happened to be driving through the area, and they let loose on a path of destruction that only stopped in the case of America when men with rifles (the National Guard) were called in to settle things down.
In other words, only the threat of immediate death stopped the looting and violence. Rifles work wonders.
Imagine shop owners lying prone on the roofs of their stores with AK-47′s, firing at anyone who approached. This is exactly what happened in Los Angeles. But worse, imagine the lawless horde firing at the rescue copters trying to bring in supplies to the desperate masses.
So in the USA the National Guard eventually got things under control. This event was isolated, however, to one city. Imagine a hundred cities experiencing the same thing. Will the National Guard be able to handle the load? Not likely I suggest.
What about local police? They aren’t fools; if things look bad enough, they’ll grab their families and head for the hills, just like they did in New Orleans. No pension is worth getting killed for. A few U. S. cities could be transformed into literal war zones overnight.
It would require all-out martial law and military force to have any chance whatsoever of bringing order to these streets. And the reality is that there are not enough military in the USA to secure all of the cities if this happens.
Here in the UK the situation is I would suggest is even more worrying as we do not have the national Guard, we have few front-line police, in fact I cannot remember the last time is saw a propper copper instead of these plastic plods the PCSO’s.
I therefore believe that we in the UK are at a greater danger of civil unrest and riot than the citizens of the USA and combine this fact with the inability to own defensive weapons and we are in a poor and dangerous state.
This collapse of social order is perhaps the greatest risk of staying in a city during a crisis. What, exactly, would cause this collapse of social order?
Well I think that a lack of three things: food, water, and money would do it.
When people run out of food, some will begin ransacking their neighbourhood, searching for something to eat. (Remember that in a city, a “neighbour” does not mean the same thing as a “neighbour” in the country. They are not necessarily your friends.)
It won’t take long, then, for violence to take over in some cities. While certain regions will certainly manage to keep things under control and people will form lines at the local Red Cross shelter or emergency food bank, in other cities I think we will see an explosion of violence. Imagine the gang-infested areas of inner London, Birmingham, Bradford, Leeds, Liverpool etc. Do you think those people are going to stand in line and wait? They already have guns; now they finally get to use them.
Even if the food somehow gets into the cities, lack of money due to no work, or bank closure for example would prevent people buying food and essential supplies and eventually this lack of money has to result in looting and mass theft and I believe that this would also result in a collapse of social order as we know it.
The collapse of social order is also very dangerous because it doesn’t require any “actual” collapse of the power grid, telecommunications, transportation or banking. Social order is a psychological artefact. It is a frame of mind, and any global panic can quickly remove the mental barrier that right now keeps people basically “lawful.”
Tasty Survival Meals
I suggest that you get organised and think logically. Don't go to the supermarket and buy 500 lbs of rice and beans and nothing else because you run out of money.
You should start with what you actually like to eat most and plan to survive on that, just write down the meals you normally have each week or month
I will use my family as an example, there are 4 of us in our household and here are some of our favourite foods and some meals that I make every week or two. 
The following is an example of dinner menus:
1.   Spaghetti, garlic bread, parmesan cheese.
2.   Beef Stroganoff and mashed potatoes
3.   Sweet and Sour chicken, rice or chips
4.   Chile with beans, mashed potatoes or rice
5.   Beef Stew mashed potatoes and veg
6.   Tuna, rice and cheese casserole
7.   Pork Curry with Apples, Rice
8.   Pork chops potatoes and veg
9.   Ham egg and chips
10. Chicken thighs tinned tomatoes and cream casserole
11. Homemade beef burgers chips
12. Homemade game stew
13. Homemade chilli con-carne
14. Slow cooker lamb
The above are not written in stone for us.  We can switch our menu for similar menus like - making beef burgundy instead of stroganoff.
Or chicken and rice casserole instead of sweet and sour chicken.  You get the idea.
I will have the same meats but made in a different way in case we tire of the same meal every 2 weeks.   I may make chilli mince instead of beef burgers in the winter Mexican lasagne is also an alternative.  
Tired of spaghetti?  Try lasagne or stuffed pasta shells. 
If you want a meatless meal each week then have vegetable soup, spaghetti marinara, red beans and rice, or just a good salad.  The ideas are endless.
Look through different cookbooks and find interesting recipes.  Most recipes can be converted to food storage recipes.  
Deep fried chicken, medium or rare steaks, and the like will be hard to get or make in post collapse because they require fresh meats and we are not going to have those things at that time. 
You may be able to raise chickens or rabbits where you live and then you can have the deep fried chicken or rabbit.  I can raise rabbits but not chickens where I live so I will not get much fresh chicken post collapse. 
I also will not have fresh milk.  I will have powdered milk so I will be making yogurt, yogurt cheese, cottage cheese, and fresh farmer’s style cheese from powdered milk.  
I will store parmesan for the first year and have some canned cheeses and powdered cheddar cheese for that first year as well.  All these things I will cover later. Now let’s make a menu for 7 breakfasts:
1.   Pancakes with syrup and dried reconstituted fruit.
2.   Scrambled eggs and toast with Orange Drink
3.   Poached eggs and toast
4.   Sausage, cheese, omelette with toast
5.   Oatmeal with apples and brown sugar and cinnamon
6.   Mushroom omelette and Orange drink
7.   Homemade muesli with Orange drink
Now for your midday meal.  
You may be eating it at night because of lack of power.  You could cook the large meal in a solar oven if you have one and you should have a rocket stove or propane burner to hopefully fill in on bad weather days.
Back to the light supper or lunch in the evening.  
(Think about it, this is the healthier way to eat anyway.)  Leftovers will need to be eaten up in the evening because of poor or no refrigeration (if there is power cuts).
1. Leftovers of what you had for your big meal or Dinner....
2. Tuna Sandwiches
3.  Peanut butter sandwiches
4. Soup and crackers
5. Ham sandwiches
6. Chicken salad/sandwiches
7. In the summer if you can grow gardens this is when you should be eating salads with dried fruit and leftover meats or beans in them.
These are just some ideas.  There are many others.  You may want to make up some beef burgers for a treat or grill some vegetables to serve with cheese and bread. 
Your personal tastes and creativity are not limited to my ideas.  Just start thinking every time you make a meal for your family, "Could I have made this with food storage?"  You will start thinking about what you will need to start storing.
Take the normal ingredient amounts and multiply times 8 for a 3.1/2 month supply of once per 2 weeks for that particular meal.  
Write those ingredients and amounts down in your list, notebook or wherever you will be keeping your info.
Example:  For a 3.1/2 month supply take 8 times the amount of the item needed for that recipe because that will give you the amount you need to have for cooking it every 2 weeks.
Spaghetti - 1 pint of minced beef, 8 pints
1 jar of mushroom spaghetti sauce, 8 tins
1 can of diced tomatoes 8 tins
1 teaspoon of garlic powder 8 tsp.
1 teaspoon of dried basil 8 tsp.
4 tablespoons of parmesan cheese 32 tbsp.
A packet of spaghetti 8 packets
Now you do this with every recipe and then add up the ingredients and you will have what you need to buy or can or dry your foods for your food storage. 
For instance I plan to use ground beef at least 3 times each 2 week period so I will need 24 pints of ground beef.  I hope this is clear and understandable. 
I have to say of course that although these meals are exactly what you want and need as you will have chosen them, their ingredients will have to change due to perhaps the lack of power or the lack of the ingredients themselves.
Start out with your menus like above and then we can work on it together if you need help.  
Happy Prepping! You are on your way to becoming self-sufficient one step at a time!

The Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the diaries of those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival skills. The previous ten years have seen this event grow from a small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.
The show has grown into an event with something for all the family with stories and music by the campfire in the evenings and skills workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.
The Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.
The show has bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get involved in plus more activities for all including den building and wilderness skills classes for all.
There are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha boat building, bowmaking, greenwood working, archery and axe throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are talks on survival phycology, classes on falconry and wilderness survival fishing. All of these skills are there for everybody and anybody to participate in.
You can probably pick up information on nearly all the skills needed to live in the wilderness and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.
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There are local scout and explorer groups onsite promoting the World Wide Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and site logistics.
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