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 on: February 23, 2017, 04:20:10 PM 
Started by oldsoldier - Last post by oldsoldier
Good to hear from you as well Bob. Have actually thought about giving you a call and seeing how you've been feeling. Hope things slow down a little bit for you soon so you get a chance to breathe.

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 on: February 20, 2017, 06:13:40 PM 
Started by oldsoldier - Last post by Todays Survival Show
It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I'm not putting out regular podcast episodes right now.  Life has me overloaded pretty heavily.  It's good to hear from you again oldsoldier.

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 on: February 19, 2017, 10:28:34 AM 
Started by oldsoldier - Last post by oldsoldier
 Anybody still around other than me?  Haven't seen anyone else post in months.

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 on: February 06, 2017, 04:10:44 PM 
Started by headtrauma32 - Last post by oldsoldier
 A little more information would help.

What kind of shtf scenario are you thinking about? 

 Are you planning to have to walk out or drive?

 What is your skill level?

 Age and health?

 All of these and more would affect what you carry. In general somewhat of a blanket list most anyone needs for almost any scenario:

 Cover food, water, shelter as the top 3 then branch out into sub topics defense, medical, comfort.
 If you're planning to drive out you can obviously carry more stuff. But if your walking out you need to be more selective. As well as the time of year will decide what you need. But for the sake of time lets say it is late spring/ early summer, and you're walking out. I'd recommend

 at least 3 modes of starting a fire ( PRACTICE USING THEM)

 at least 2 ways to get/ filter water each. purification tablets, pocket filter etc.  A canteen or water bladder to carry water, in a pinch large ziplock bags would work but are a pain to carry. I recommend a camelback that will fit inside your pack. Which brings up another point. Don't scrimp on your pack! Buy the best you can afford make sure it is comfortable.

 Something for shelter. A small tent or a tarp. I myself carry a milspec poncho and liner. They cover several uses. don't forget the paracord! It literally has hundreds of uses.

 Some way to get food. If you're walking you won't be able to carry a lot.  I carry half a dozen wire snares for small game. ( learn to use them) I also carry a couple of rat traps and a small peanut butter for bait. They work well for catching squirrels and such. I also carry a small fishing kit. (you can cut a stick for a pole or use limb lines. Don't forget some spices like salt, pepper, etc. and some bullion cubes. as well as something to cook in/with.

 Plus the normal stuff. I recommend a good quality fixed blade knife. I actually carry two. A Mora for cleaning game and cook work, and a thick bladed ( something like a kbar)  that can be used for heavier work like splitting or chopping. Especially if you don't carry an axe or hachet. But again I carry one myself.

A good compass and map(s) and or a handheld GPS and recharable batteries. I also carry a small solar charger.

 A good compact first aid kit and a sewing kit.

 Some type of signaling device ( mainly if you get stranded and need to signal help) mirror , flare gun etc. a whistle or something to make noise.

 Something for defense or to hunt. I carry a henry survival rifle in my bag with a couple boxes of ammo, as well as having my EDC  a 1911 clone in .45, you may want to consider something heavier caliber if you can. Especially if your in the Alaskan/ Canadian bush.

 A good flashlight. I have a wind up flashlight/ radio combination with NOAA channels.

 Of course at a minimum a couple extra pairs of socks, underwear and undershirts. If you can carry an extra pair of pants and shirt all the better. Don't forget at least a light jacket.

 Keep a GOOD broke in pair of boots handy, you'll need then.

 A good walking staff, I've got mine wrapped with paracord not only for the obvious (you can never have to much) but to give a better grip and strength,
A good hat, I carry a boonie, and sunglasses.

 Plus your personal items medicines, cash, I.D etc. I actually have a leather belt I wear with a zippered pocket in the back where I carry some cash, half a dozen silver (pre 1965) dimes and quarters in case you need a barter item. In a serious shtf cash may be worthless.

 I also have a multi pocket "photographers vest" to keep small items handy. As I said before don't scrimp on the best pack you can afford. A good pack not only carries better, but will hold up to abuse better/ longer.

 This is a very basic "generic" list. you'll need to customize it to your specific likes and needs, Just make sure you are familiar with it and your gear. Experiment with and practice with it. Chances are you'll add/ remove and replace/ change the contents until you find what works best for you. I've had a BOB for 20 plus years. I'm frequently changing/ updating mine as I find better gear that works better and/or has multiple uses.

 I'm sure others will chime in with suggestions as well.       

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 on: January 13, 2017, 02:30:39 PM 
Started by headtrauma32 - Last post by headtrauma32
So I took a job working in Alaska where I have a 2 weeks on 2 week off schedule. Anybody have any advice on items to pack for a stuff just went sideways moment or shtf scenario? I know getting home (Idaho) would be a pretty substantial endeavour but that would be my ultimate goal. I already have plans to take things for starting fire and water purification but any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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 on: November 03, 2016, 05:06:44 PM 
Started by Jake - Last post by Todays Survival Show
I see your point, but I think in the primary election is the best time to promote a 3rd party candidate.  I think a 3rd party should have a primary election and convention just like the other 2 parties.  Then the public can see how popular they are getting and perhaps get them on the national ballot.

But at this late in the game, encouraging people to vote 3rd party in the states where it matters the most, is risky because it denies someone who really could start affecting change, the chance to win.

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 on: November 02, 2016, 05:03:43 PM 
Started by Todays Survival Show - Last post by Todays Survival Show
http://www.todayssurvival.com/episode-289-passionate-about-prepping-allison-harris/
Allison Harris of Passionate About Prepping is my special guest for this episode.

 8 
 on: October 20, 2016, 05:42:07 PM 
Started by oldsoldier - Last post by FighterDoc
Agree, crazy busy here. 
Congrats on your citizenship Mark, that's awesome!

Just got back from much-needed vacation/prepping holiday.
Will post more about what we did and why it matters.
Eager to get out of the beltway (aka ground zero).

FighterDoc

 9 
 on: October 20, 2016, 10:54:05 AM 
Started by Jake - Last post by Jake
Bob,

I have to disagree with you about voting for a third-party candidate. This election may be the one is best for voting outside of the two-party system. If you live in a state that is likely to be vastly one-sided in the vote, your vote is unimpotant to the outcome of the election. There are probably 10 to 11 states that the outcome is up in the air. Since your vote will not affect the outcome for your state, you can use it to increase the vote for a third party meaning they will get more coverage and exposure. This is the only way we can get more and better choices in future elections. Prove to the masses that there are other viable parties to vote for. If you think that voting for a third party that has no chance to win is a waste of your vote, then you are saying your vote doesn't really matter anyway.

Regards,

Jake

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 on: October 09, 2016, 05:40:49 PM 
Started by oldsoldier - Last post by ravenwolf31
Been busy here too. I have been working with a prepper / homesteader meet up group as of late, as well as a permaculture and aquaponics group.
I have even hosted a class on finances with the prepper group.

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