Does Tying Knots Leave YOU in Knots?

I think everyone can make simple knots, sometimes when not trying! But can most people tackle the harder and more useful knots learned by Boy Scouts, military personnel and our grandparents?

I recently came across an App for iOS (iPhone, iPad) called What Knot, as in, What Knot To Do in the Great Outdoors – by the Columbia Sportswear Co.

Screen Shot from What Not, via iTunes

This App presents 70 different knots by category, and shows how to

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Are You a Good Enough BOV Driver?

No. You are not.

Does that hit hard enough? I setup this post that way to get you in the mood to read the following.

I was leaving a work site today. At one end of the parking lot I happened across a Prius at a stop sign. I expected the driver to make the required left turn onto the exit road leading to the boulevard. I thought there really was no other way for the car to go.

I

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Martial Law - Its Form and Reach

Martial Law!

Those two words cause hearts to skip beats. Understood by those words is that, when such a form of control is instituted, personal liberties may be at risk.

There have been a few articles, referencing martial law, recently in the press. I’ve heard support for and against it, with the no-votes coming from a Constitutional view point. Within the Constitution, there is reference to at least one aspect of it, but it’s not something to which I gave

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iPhone App - Prep and Pantry

Started using the full version of Prep and Pantry recently, to organize our food stocks. It has a few features suited well to Preppers, one of which is the “Locations” option. Locations allows you to set specific names for physical places where you keep things, so that everything there can be inventoried and labeled as separate. So, if you want to group together all your backstock of BOB supplies, and have them available for reference without looking through all other

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News from the Radioactive Midwest

I haven’t visited POTR blog in a while, and thought I’d pop over there to see what’s up. Well, things are very interesting over there. Seems the random storms are bringing more radiation down to earth, and he can trace it back to Fukushima. The storm of 8/8/12 produced readings 91X greater than background.

POTRblog.

Take the above link and see it all. If you don’t have time right now, play this little video below. I would read all the

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Mass Exodus from the Cities - Is it Possible?

Mass Exodus from the Cities – Is it Possible?

The internet forums sometimes get into a tizzy over the whats and whys of how to deal with the “hordes” that will evacuate from cities, and spill into the countryside. “What will you do? How will you handle their requests and demands for help? How does your Christian attitude justify THAT response?” … and so on and so on.

Occasionally, someone will support the view that most people will die in

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Jerry Cans = FUEL

NATO fuel cans, or as some call them, Jerry cans, carry just about 5 gallons each. There are not the easiest things to handle when refueling, but their uniform shape makes them easy to store and move about in preparation for refueling. Our recent trip with The Rig was made without the use of our stored fuel. I’d like to say that doing it that way was part of the plan, but I’d be lying. I forgot to load them.

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Bug Out - Trailer Surprise

Our trailer weighs around 7,000lbs loaded. With the F-250 and trailer combined we’re pushing 14,000lbs. After putting the rig through its paces for about 1,100 miles, we experienced a near total disintegration of one of the trailer’s tires. The left rear lost 70% of its tread, 60% of it sidewalls and 100% of its usefulness.

The surprise occurred on a downhill turn where the tire was on the outside of the curve. As I was looking in the rear view

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Bug Out Test

Been thin on posts because we are on a bug out trip /test. We hooked up the trailer, loaded some supplies (and a pair of cats) and hit the road. More information when it is available, but we have been experimenting with different camp setups, testing our rig on grades, and getting to know some territory on the way to the “Far End”, our most extreme BOL.

One big surprise was the lack of fuel efficiency of our diesel rig.

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Stocking Items for your BOV

You stock items for yourself, your family and pets. Food, water, medical, clothing, shelter, etc… What about your bug out vehicle?

I follow a simple philosophy. Stock for routine maintenance program first, and then your favorite scenarios. Here’s a list to help you get started.

Fluids – (check for proper type /application)

Engine oil Antifreeze /coolant (in the proper premixed ratio) Transmission fluid Differential oil (if so equipped) Power steering fluid Windshield washer fluid Brake fluid Wipers

Parts

Oil filter

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