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 [...]

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 [...]

Ontario RAT-5: Field Test & Review

Choosing A Primary Knife There are few basic tools that we all need in our survival kit. A good blade is one of those. These days, the amount of options on the market are almost mind numbing. It's easy to get lost in the different models and types. There are serrated blades, drop point blades, tanto blades and the list goes on. In the end, you have to [...]

Field Gear: Fighting And Survival Load

Trial & Error When it comes to load bearing equipment, there are tons of options. You can go old school with the belt and suspenders setup or "upgrade" to a chest rig or maybe go all out and get a plate carrier with enough armor to stop an RPG round. Any of those options are a good choice depending on the mission at hand. If you were in a high threat [...]

Establishing A Urban OP

The Scenario - Hostile Force Occupation Like the majority of Americana, I live in the suburbs. Not directly in the city, but close enough to feel those bad vibes when I drive through certain areas. In order to be prepared for a potential collapse or military occupation, I felt it necessary to start locate a good site to establishing a urban op [...]

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 [...]