Budget Bushcraft Gear

What does bushcraft mean to you? For me, it's pretty simple. Trim the fat, all the Gucci gear and roll with just the basics for survival. When you talk basics, you know you have to cover your shelter, fire, water and food. That's it, anything more in regards to gear is not essential. When you cut out all the nice to have items, one is then forced to [...]

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 [...]

The Powerlifting Plan

Getting Started When I first stepped into the gym, it was 5.30am 6 years ago, I was dead tired and just a bit hungover. I had never lifted a weight in my life, my only physical training background was in running track and long distance as a kid, but those times were just distant memories. I had looked into the mirror one day and was absolutely disgusted [...]

Gear Review – Trangia Cookset

Trangia Cookset - Go Light When was the last time you weighed your gear? If you have a fully loaded kit, one designed for long term sustainment, I'm betting it probably weighs over 60lbs and after a full day of humping that around, you're probably sick of it. My kit, excluding weapons and ammo, weighs in at 70+ lbs. For a day out, it's not a big deal, [...]

Workout Supplements – The Stack

Big Money The supplement business is booming these days, raking in over 30 billion in 2014. There is literally a pill for everything, and in my experience, the majority are over hyped & over priced, but you might have guessed that already. It's easy to believe there is a short cut to being ripped or dropping 20lbs in 1 month, but there is no real [...]

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 [...]

Survival Of The Fittest

It wasn't that long ago that humans were busy hunting for their next meal, building their own houses and basically living the self sufficient lifestyles that we talk about today. Thanks to the industrial revolution, humans have gotten a little lazy. We get our food at the store, we drive to work instead of walk and we have a remote for the TV so we [...]

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 [...]