Field Survival Category

Long Range Patrol Kit

The word long range patrol probably conjures up images of Rangers in Vietnam, creeping behind enemy lines, ambushing VC, taking intel and leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. The Rangers were professionals in the art of the Long Range Recon Patrol (LRRP), but they were not the first. The concept of sending reconnaissance teams patrolling deep [...]

Quest For Friction Fire – Part 1

When it comes to primitive survival skills, you can't get more technical than fire by friction. Just because our ancient ancestors mastered this art, it doesn't negate from the level of skill one needs to get that ember turned into a blazing fire. In our day, there are more than a few ways to make fire, all depending on how lazy you're feeling at the [...]

Gear Review – Sawyer Mini Water Filter

When it comes survival, there are few things you can't live without, good clean drinking water is one of them. Whether you are out on a day hike or a longer trip, you need a water filter, no way around it, unless you feel like boiling all your water, which I personally try to avoid unless absolutely necessary. I've gone through more than a few filters [...]

DIY Shelter – British DPM Basha

DIY Shelter Shelter is one of those critical aspects of survival you cannot ignore. Apart from fire, you have to have shelter in order to stay warm and dry. There are more than a few options for shelter on the market, most obvious of which is the classic tent. I remember the tents we used when I was a child, sure they seemed to work fine but in the long [...]

Field Repair Kit – Staying Operational

Field Repair Kit Here's the scenario, you and a friend are out in the field for a few days, on a recon mission,  checking out a new training site deep in the mountains.  At the end of day one, you break out the shelter and proceed to setup a small campsite. In the process of shelter setup, you notice a large 4x4 inch rip in your shelter. The rain is [...]

Knife Review – Condor Bushlore

Condor Bushlore - Introduction It's a rare occasion when I find a knife that handles any task I throw at it. The Condor Bushlore is one of those rarities. I have a fairly large collection of blades and each one has their pros and cons. The LMF II is limited by it's hard plastic handle which I managed to break, the Ontario RAT-5 had issues with the finish [...]

LifeStraw – Review & Reality Check

Background It's been a few years since the LifeStraw hit the market. At the time, there was no product like it, the concept of a filter straw was new and to be honest, pretty cool.  I saw the same ads you probably did, pictures of kids in Africa drinking out of mud puddles and I figured that if it worked out there, it would work for me. So long story [...]

Primitive Bushcraft Shelter – Adding A Raised Bed

Primitive Bushcraft Shelter Early spring in the Smokies can get very wet. The fog hangs low on the mountain tops, making sure the Great Smoky Mountains live up to their name. It's a time for forest to start growing again and I figured it was a great time to make a hike back to my shelter and give it some upgrades. If you've spent any nights in the [...]

Long Term Survival Kit

Survival The human body needs a specific amount of calories and water to survive. We need shelter and warmth to protect against the elements. Roll all this into one kit and you get a long term survival load. The kit that I have put together is based what I've learned from my own training and my memories of long term camping trips with my family. Be [...]

Lone Mountain Round #1 – AAR

Background I've spent the last few months plotting a training exercise. When you have multiple jobs, two kids and a wife, it's hard to get out for more than a few hours of training. In the last year, I've done my fair share of training in the Smokies, so I wanted to check out a new location. After some time on Google Earth, I decided to recon the Lone [...]