#TeamNewt Charity Raffle

If you don’t know this guy already, please meet Newt Martin. He’s a world class knife maker, a military veteran, and for over a year now, a leukemia patient.

Last year, we raised some dough for Newt and his family through an online auction. This year, we’re going to do a raffle for the same purpose. See, here’s the thing. When you’re self-employed, there is no paid time off. There are no sick days, no paid vacations, none of that fun stuff. If you aren’t working, you aren’t earning, simple as that. Newt’s family has been stretched thin helping to take care of him and they deserve a break. (more…)

My Holiday Wish List

Every blogger worth their salt will be coming out with holiday shopping lists in the next week or so. I’m taking a slightly different approach. Here are things I’m hoping will be under MY tree come Christmas morning. I figure if they are on my list, odds are the prepper or survivalist in your life would probably appreciate one of them as well, right? Plus, this way I can just send a link to the blog post right to Santa’s email. (more…)

100 Hikes and Counting!

I’ve mentioned this a time or two before on social media, even did a blog post about it some time back, but we hit a milestone so I wanted to revisit the topic. Back in late 2015, my wife and I decided, kind of on a lark to be honest, that we would commit to going on at least one hike per week for all of 2016. We weren’t in training for anything. We just both enjoy hiking and we were of putting things off, due to kids, jobs, and just basic adulting. You know how it goes. Work, bills, responsibilities in general tend to build up and prevent us from doing the stuff we truly want to do. (more…)

CRKT Moxie

Let me say up front that I’m a big fan of Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT). I own several of their products and have been using them for years without failure or complaint. As a general rule, I find CRKT products have great value for the dollar.

Recently, I was brought on to be Editor-in-Chief for a new prepper/survival magazine that will be out in January 2018. The working title is AMERICAN PREPPER. One of the articles I did for the magazine is an extensive knife buyer’s guide and the CRKT Moxie was one of the knives I chose to include. (more…)

UST Outdoor Skill Card Set

UST Outdoor Skill Card Set

UST is a company specializing in survival and outdoor gear. They’ve been around for a while but have recently really been making a name for themselves with providing great gear for the budget-conscious user. Make no mistake, this isn’t junk masquerading as survival gear. In my experience, they are offering pretty decent stuff at affordable prices. (more…)

UltraTac K18 Flashlight

Regular readers know of my love for the Streamlight ProTac 1AAA flashlight. I’ve carried it daily for about two years now and absolutely love it. I use it just about every single day and the battery lasts me about 4-5 months. On a whim, I picked up this UltraTac K18 light after seeing it among my “Amazon recommends…” products. Honestly, I’m not 100% sold on it. Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice little light and great for EDC, but I’m just not certain it is perfect for me.

Let’s take a look at the UltraTac K18. (more…)

Sustain Supply Emergency Kits

Store-bought emergency kits can have a place in disaster planning. I look at it like this – the best kits are the ones you assemble yourself, taking into account your individual circumstances, including your experience level, skill sets, and such. However, a good quality store-bought kit can give you a jump start and get you moving in the right direction.

The problem has been the number of inferior kits on the market. You’ve seen them online (more…)