Field Survival Category

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 [...]

The 5 W’s Of Shelter Building Examined

Survival shelter, it's usually the first thing that comes to mind when people talk about survival. You have to protect yourself from the elements. My favorite survivalist Les les Stround breaks it down into 5 key points. Of course we always have to remember that every survival situation is fluid and dynamic. Depending on the conditions, time of day, [...]