Leave no trace = When you leave a camping site, hiking trip, swimming hole or any event you participate in out in nature...There should be no trace of you once you're gone!
Lately while traveling we have noticed a huge uptick in litter bugs...
Nature is here for us to enjoy, not destroy.
Discarded jars, plastic or glass bottles usually do not biodegrade naturally and add to humanity's mounting litter problem.
The litter remains in landfills and clogs sewers, streets, rivers and fields. Fish, birds and small animals may crawl or swim into the bottles looking for food and water and become stuck and slowly die from starvation and illness.
There are all kinds of bugs in the world but the litter bug by far is one of the worst.
Do your part and Leave No Trace next time you take a hike!
Bears are coming out of hibernation and they really love to get up close and personal with humans when they smell food.
Bears have acute eyesight and hearing. Their sense of smell is seven times greater than a bloodhound’s. They have a keen ability to detect pet food, garbage, barbecue grills and bird feeders—and once they locate a food source, they remember where it is.
Bears who lose their fear of people are called “nuisance bears.” These are most often subadult males—young bears who have just dispersed from their mothers and are still learning how to obtain food—and mothers with young cubs.
To avoid bringing bears into you area, campground or backyard just follow a few simple steps.
This will protect you and the bear.
Make trash cans inaccessible. Bring them inside at night or buy a bear-resistant trash can or an enclosure for the container.
Enclose your compost pile. Open compost piles, especially those that include kitchen scraps, are an irresistible treat in bear country. Burying compost won’t work because bears will easily find and dig it up.
Recycle wisely. If you store recyclables outside, use enclosed bins. (Persistent bears will break into even ruggedly built bins.)
Keep your barbecue grill clean and as free of drippings as possible. Move the grill away from your house when you aren’t using it, and clean it regularly with ammonia or bleach.
Rethink your bird feeders. In the summer, birds can make do with naturally available foods. If you do set up feeders, install them away from your house.
Most importantly leave them be! If you see a bear out exploring, especially a young cub this time of year. Do not approach them, you are doing more harm than good if you bother them.
Bears that come near humans in most stats are trapped and killed.
In any survival situation, you have to be a able to make do with what you already have or what is readily available for you.
In North America we have several plant species that are edible and can help you survive in the wild.
We are going to look at 10 edible plant options for you to use in any survival situation.
**Remember: When consuming any type of plant you have a chance of an allergic reaction. You should always test plants before consuming. Rub a small area of your arm with the plant leaf and wait about 5 mins to see if your body reacts. If you have no reaction to the plant try eating a small amount before consuming too much.
The rose hip or rosehip, also called rose haw and rose hep, is the accessory fruit of the rose plant. It is typically red to orange, but ranges from dark purple to black in some species. Rose hips begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn.
Sambucus (Elderberry) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae. The various species are commonly called elder or elderberry. The genus was formerly placed in the honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae, but was reclassified as Adoxaceae due to genetic and morphological comparisons to plants in the genus Adoxa.
Kudzu is a group of plants in the genus Pueraria, in the pea family Fabaceae, subfamily Faboideae. They are climbing, coiling, and trailing perennial vines native to much of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and some Pacific islands. The name is derived from the Japanese name for the plant East Asian arrowroot. This plant has migrated to some parts of the Southern portion of North America.
Matricaria discoidea, commonly known as pineappleweed, wild chamomile, and disc mayweed, is an annual plant native to northeast Asia where it grows as a common herb of fields, gardens, and roadsides. It is in the family Asteraceae. The flowers exude a chamomile/pineapple aroma when crushed.
Chamaenerion angustifolium, known in North America as fireweed, in some parts of Canada as great willowherb, in Britain and Ireland as rosebay willowherb, and traditionally known as Saint Anthony's Laurel amongst other variants, is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant in the willowherb family Onagraceae.
Taraxacum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, which consists of species commonly known as dandelions.
Stellaria media, chickweed, is an annual and perennial flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae. It is native to Eurasia and naturalized in throughout the world. This species is used as a cooling herbal remedy, and grown as a vegetable crop and ground cover for both human and poultry consumption.
Common chicory is a somewhat woody, perennial herbaceous plant of the dandelion family Asteraceae, usually with bright blue flowers, rarely white or pink. Many varieties are cultivated for salad leaves, chicons, or roots, which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and food additive.
Cirsium vulgare, the spear thistle, bull thistle, or common thistle, is a species of the Asteraceae genus Cirsium, native throughout most of Europe, Western Asia, and northwestern Africa. It is also naturalised in North America, Africa, and Australia and is an invasive weed in some areas.
Plantago major is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family Plantaginaceae. The plant is native to most of Europe and northern and central Asia, but has widely naturalised elsewhere in the world. The young, tender leaves can be eaten raw, and the older, stringier leaves can be boiled in stews and eaten.
A sleeping bag is something everyone should think about before planning any kind of trip. Its primary purpose is to provide warmth and thermal insulation through its synthetic or down insulation.
Very lightly insulated sleeping bags are designed for summer camping use. Well-insulated bags are designed for cold weather use.
Some of your most important gear for a multi-day hike (or any camping trip) is a sleeping bag and pad. While quality bags don’t have to break the bank, be sure to purchase a quality bag from a reputable outdoor retailer, as this will not be a bag for a child’s sleepover but an important piece of gear that could quite literally be a lifesaver.
Here is look at 5 great quality sleeping bags that you should check out!
Mt Rainier -20° Sleeping Bag - Extra Long
Windproof, Waterproof and Breathable ~ The Mt Rainier series of sleeping bags is unlike anything else on the market today. These bags are 38 inches across the shoulders, 86 inches long and have a 26 inch box foot. The shells are made with a ripstop nylon taffeta identified as Amphibeia 3000, which guarantees to keep you warm and comfortable.
The Rainier -20° weighs under 6 lbs, and has a stuff sack of 18 inches with an 9.5-inch diameter. This bag is comparable to bags three times our price.
Uberlite 1200 Sleeping Bag
10°C / 50°F Comfort Rating
Outer Material and Liner: 100% Polyester
2.7 pounds, Net fill Weight 20 oz
Open Size: 31.5" x 89" x 20"
Compression Size: 13" long, 9" diameter
Fleece Sleeping Bag Liner by Moose Country Gear:
Size: 78.7" x 29.5"
Net Weight of Filling Material: 20 oz
Outer Material: 100% Polyester Fiber Batting
Moose Country Gear Camping Pillow:
Measures 3" x 8" in handy carrying bag - perfect for backpacking!
Opens to 9" x 18"
Kelty Coromell Down 40 Degree
The Coromell Down sleeping bag is a semi rectangular fit. It offers roomy interior space, while the down fill provides excellent, lightweight warmth and small pack size. It has a full length zip for versatile venting. Will fit someone up to 6’6”.
Stuff sack included
Unzip into blanket
Zip two bags together
Set includes: Sleeping bag carrier
Safety: Can survive 40 degrees
Dimensions: 81 inches long x 36 inches wide x 72 inches girth
Western Mountaineering TerraLite LZ Sleeping Bag
The latest addition to our Extremelite Series is a wide sleeping bag made for side sleeping comfort, the Terralite. It features our 12 denier ripstop nylon shell fabric with a 15 denier nylon taffeta lining material.
There are two zippers allowing this bag to mate with our mummy bags and the second zipper opens the bag up completely around the foot. With both zippers open this bag can make a fairly wide camper van comforter, but even when zipped up it is extremely comfortable. This is due to its wide girth through the middle of the bag, a design that side sleepers will find ideal. Despite the comfortable shape, this bag weighs less than two pounds.
Dual Zipper design allows bag to open completely
Continuous Baffle Construction
3 dimensional down filled draft tube
Insulated Hood with adjustable draw closure
850 + fill power premium goose down
12 denier ripstop nylon outer shell fabric with 15 denier nylon taffeta lining
SOULOUT Down Sleeping Bag, 0°F - 20°-30°F 1500
Ultra Lightweight Portable Waterproof Mummy Sleeping Bag with Compression Sack.
Filled with 3.3 lbs goose down, 400T polyester rip-stop
33.5 by 86.7 inches (W x D). Adapting ultra-light down material, the sleeping bag weighs a mere 4.4 lbs (2000 g); easily compresses down to a compact size of 13.8*7.9 in (35x20 cm), saving precious space and weight in your backpack.
400T polyester with a water resistant coating(just outer cover) protects against windy and wet weather; the sleeping bag is built to resiste damage from stones, branches and other natural elements and you’ll sleep warm and cozy!
The wide footbox provides more space and comfort for your feet. We know warm feet are critical for a good night’s sleep so the part of the feet is designed as a foot box and give you warmer feet without extra weight!
Whether it’s a natural disaster, bioterrorist attack or pandemic, experts reckon society as we know it will collapse within 2 months of a catastrophic event. So what do you do next?
First, you can't do this alone. You will want to have a group of people to help support you and your family. If you try to survive by yourself you won't be able to rebuild any kind of normal society. The more people who band together, the more likely you are to be able to rebuild and survive long term.
Second, go rural. Don't stay near the city or areas with a large population of people. When the power goes out and food is scarce, people start to panic and that is not the place you want to be. Find an area away from the general population, total isolation may also not be a good idea, for the reason given above. You need a group of skilled people who can work together in order to build your own supply chains and survive.
Third, find a water source. You want to make sure wherever you go that you have running water, like a stream or spring. Water is a major key player in you and your family surviving off the land. Finding a location near a water source will make the difference in the length of your survival.
Fourth, you need to be able to communicate with others. Be prepared with old school technology. Your i-Phone may not work anymore once servers start going down and good-luck with a WiFi network in the middle of the woods. Stock up on walkie talkies, two way radios and batteries.
Finally, learn how to hunt and fish! The best food source for your group will require more than a stop at the grocery store. You need to have guns, fishing rods/kits and plenty of ammo. You also should take the time now to learn how to use it.
Hopefully, you never have to use these skills to survive but if you do, you will be more prepared....
Tactical gear is everywhere these days...Everyone wants to be prepared for the worst.
Make sure your bug-out bag is complete with the BEST Tactical Gear you can buy, after all...your life and your family's lives could depend on it.
Here is the list of the top 5 items you need to have in your bug-out bag:
FIRST AID KIT
READY TO EAT MEALS