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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Folk Remedies

Survivalist Folk Remedies
Summited by Anonymous Bill

The following is an assortment of tried and true home remedies from a variety of sources. While the author can't vouch for the particular effectiveness of any method, nor are any to be considered miracle cures, many people have found the following treatments to be an effective alternative to modern medicines or treatments. Of course, when serious illness or injury occurs you should seek out competent professional medical advice.


To lessen the effects of acetaldehyde, a by-product produced in your body from consuming alcohol, and what causes hangover symptoms, never drink on a empty stomach. One "old as the hills" suggestion to lessen the effects of hangovers is eating a large quantity of any member of the Cole family of vegetables (like cabbage) prepared in a acidic base before you start drinking. That's right. Old-fashioned cole slaw prepared with vinegar is claimed to prevent a hangover!

A night of heavy drinking tends to dehydrate one's body. The morning after, replenish water loss and possible electrolytes imbalances by drinking plenty of fluids, include something on the salty side like chicken soup, or canned tomato juice. Be careful if you have high blood pressure, kidney disease or if you must watch your sodium intake.

If you're already into heavy drinking, many swear by Chaparral a herb found in larger health food stores in capsule form. It is reported to help detoxify one's liver and is an old Indian remedy. The garden variety vitamin B in 50 mg tablets taken before you start drinking is said to help replenish it's loss from the body due to consumption of large amount of alcohol. If you already are suffering from the symptoms of a hangover and don't mind trying something that sounds totally ridiculous, try rubbing a cut lemon under each armpit. If you want to quit drinking try sucking on a whole clove. It's known to be effective in getting rid of the urge to consume alcoholic beverages.


Fed up paying big bucks for commercial products, then try baking soda. Mix two parts of cornstarch to one part baking soda. Best if used right after bathing. OK, still in the kitchen? Try cutting up a big cucumber that's high in magnesium and an effective natural deodorant. So is plain old vinegar. Its high alcohol content will destroy bacteria that causes unpleasant orders. Don't worry, that vinegar smell goes away in about twenty minutes to half an hour.


Forget about beefsteaks, apply ice or anything that's really cold. No ice? Try a package of frozen vegetables. Give it a few bangs with a hammer to shape into a useful shape. Many people suggest adding a grated onion and potato to a bowl of warm water for soaking your sore hand or foot. Pro athletes use the potato trick to relive minor swelling and soreness of injured fingers. Simply cut a large enough hole in the potato, plunge in your sore digit, and watch the starch in the potato do the trick.

Got a headache? Cut out a small piece of a regular brown paper bag of the type you bring home the groceries in. Dip in vinegar (white vinegar seems to work better) and place on forehead Your minor headache should be gone shortly! One off-beat remedy that may work at times simply requires that you flail your arms vigorously for several minutes. Most headaches are caused by constriction of blood vessels inside your head. By moving your arms as described, you reduce some blood flow, and may reduce swelling of affected vessels that give you the headache in the first place. Stop if you feel any discomfort, increased pain or get light-headed.


Try a small glass of cooked cabbage or carrot juice. Not too tasty? Grapefruit juice also works well as does prunes, figs, oat bran, over ripe bananas, avocados, raw apples, sauerkraut and beets. A small daily salad works well as does daily exercise. Foods that are known to cause constipation include alcoholic beverages, food with refined white flour, most spicy foods, all dairy products and chocolate.


Drink a glass of room temperature water mixed with a good sized teaspoon of cornstarch. Repeat after three or four hours. Another effective if unpleasant looking remedy is allowing a grated apple to brown, then slowly eat it. What happens is the pectin oxidizes and you're getting the same ingredient found in many over-the counter diarrhea medicines. One of the oldest remedies for diarrhea is blackberries. Try blackberry wine, or blackberry jam. About two ounces every three hours should give relief. A just barely ripe banana, white rice and any flavor Jell-O also provides an effective home cure that tends to work by soaking up excess water in your intestines and stops diarrhea naturally - without harsh medications.


Two effective treatments are lemon juice or witch hazel. Rub a small amount in the affected area with a cotton swab before going to bed. Each treatment may sting slightly. Also try rubbing in the oil from several vitamin E capsules.


Try dill tea. All it takes is a teaspoon of dill seeds added to a cup of fresh boiled water. Try breathing into a paper bag for a couple minutes. Eat several antacid tablets high in calcium. Last but not least slowly drink a large glass of water.


One of my mom's favorites and it really works is a few drops of oil of peppermint dissolved in a half a teaspoon of sugar. Also try peppermint tea, or a peeled and grated potato strained through cheesecloth, added to water. Drink slowly. Certain fruits have enzymes that calm down the most upset stomach. Try mango, kiwi fruit, papaya or fresh pineapple.

Gas can be a problem. To relieve, try ginger or anise tea. If you like beans but they cause you problems try cooking them with a few slices of potato which seems to remove to gas, and has no affect on the taste of the beans.

To control nausea, pick up and sniff a newspaper. An ingredient in the ink will quickly clear up that sick to stomach feeling for many people. Also try sucking ice cube or ice chips. For motion sickness try a half a teaspoon of ginger powder in a glass of water.


American spend billions of dollars every year trying to fight off the misery of the common cold. Want to try something different? Garlic is said to work wonders. Take a large clove, peel and keep it in your mouth. Bite down every so-often to release the natural juices. Replace with a new clove every four or five hours. Your cold symptoms are reported to be to gone in twenty four, to forty eight hours.

Your nose all stuffed up? Try eating some hot or spicy foods which should open up those blocked nasal passages and you won't have the rebound effect of taking too many nose drops! Not hungry? Try a few minutes of vigorous exercise. The increased oxygen demand of your body will almost certainly cause you to breathe deeper and help open-up your blocked nasal passages naturally. Chest congestion can be effectively cleared up by any of the over-the counter vapor medications, or try breathing a mixture of hot vinegar, or white wine. Breath in the vapors for a few minutes, and you should get relief!

Coughs and sore throats can be controlled with several home remedies. A classic required a large lemon. Start by slowing roasting it until it just splits open. Now take up to half a teaspoon of honey with the juice from the lemon. Repeat at hourly intervals until the cough is under control.


Every one's feet take a beating. Here's a few tips for common problems. Rejuvenate tired feet by pampering them with a soothing bath in a mixture of barley or millet. Use about two cups in ten cups of water. Slowly bring to a slow boil, once it gets to a soup like consistency take off heat, let cool. When at a comfortable temperature pour into large container and soak your feet for a half hour.

Ingrown toenails cause a lot of pain. This tip can work wonders! At bedtime put a lemon wedge on the sore toe and secure in place. By morning, the juices should soften the inflamed skin enough to allow you to trim the nail away from the skin it worked its way into. Trim toe nails flat do not round corners to help prevent reoccurrence.

Corns can be rubbed with castor oil or with a vitamin E capsule. Repeat daily for two weeks and you should be able to easily get rid of your corns.

Know someone who got really smelly feet? Try this. Let four to six tea bags steep fifteen to twenty minutes in a large bowl. Transfer to a good sized basin, add enough cool water to just cover your feet, let soak for half an hour. The tannin in the tea should get rid of the bacteria that cause the odor. Wash feet well after use to avoid staining. Repeat several times a day for a couple of weeks.

For broken nails rub an onion or garlic juice several times a day. Try eating almonds and lots of green vegetables. Brittle nails may be a sign of iron deficiency and some serious diseases.


For split ends comb in a mixture of warmed castor oil mixed with olive oil into your hair. Wrap with a towel, leave in place for half an hour. Shampoo with an added egg yolk. Add half a cup of apple cider vinegar to a gallon of cool water. Rinse. Rinse with clear water to remove all traces of previous substances.

If your hair is thinning, try increasing you intake of foods high in sulfur. Cabbage, brussels sprouts, turnips, cauliflower as well as raspberries and cranberries are all high in sulfur Supplement your diet with foods high in the B vitamins. Give your hair holding power with flat beer. The smell goes away in a day or so!

For dandruff, wrap one or two ounces of fresh ginger root and an ounce of camomile flowers in a piece of cheesecloth. Drop in a gallon of water and boil for ten to fifteen minutes After you shampoo, massage mixture into hair, rinse lightly. Another popular method requires only apple cider vinegar. Rinse your head completely with the warmed liquid. Cover your head with a towel or shower cap, leave in place for half an hour. Rise completely. Repeat three times a week till dandruff is gone. Finally, try rubbing peanut oil into your scalp. Rise with fresh lemon juice. Leave for twenty minutes. Rinse well to remove all traces of mixture. Repeat weekly till dandruff clears up.


Pets have problems too. Here's a few quick tips for common problems. A lot of dogs develop a flea problem. try rubbing on garlic power - no more fleas. If Fido seem to have a severe itching problem try using a little apple cider vinegar on the affected spot. Diarrhea? Try a teaspoon full of carob powder mixed with his food. Worms? Garlic again. In fact, most dogs love the taste of garlic, and if you look at the label of many manufacturers pet foods you'll find it listed in ingredients!

Bad Breath? Give your pouch a sprig or two of parsley mixed in his food. When you give your dog a bath, add a few tablespoons of baking soda to both the bath and rinse water to give a shiny bright coat. If you have a long-haired dog that's shedding, rub a little olive oil a couple of times a week. A cat's litter box will smell fresh if you add a box of baking soda. Fur balls pass easier if your pet has roughage. Can't get him to eat dry cat food? Try mixing a little liquid from a can of tuna fish.

"The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures the disease." Voltaire, French philosopher, writer 1694-1778.

"Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey." Marcel Proust, French novelist 1871-1922.

Original: http://thesurvivalistblog.blogspot.com/2007/03/folk-remedies-for-common-ailments.html

Survival Thoughts & The Movie "Into The Wild"

It seems to me that a lot of folks around here are more interested in the latest gadgets and trinkets than they are about "survival", at least as I understand it.

For example, it seems to me there are people on many forums who will happily spend $500 for a knife that they don't need, but will balk at spending half that sum on a First Aid course. (I don't think they're the majority, or even a sizable minority; but we continue to encounter posts from supposedly experienced outdoorsmen/survivalist who talk about using duct tape and super-glue to close a superficial wound, for example.)What if you have to deal with a severe laceration,shock, do you have the skills.

What about accident prevention? Or, failing that, accident avoidance? (i.e. Making sure you're not around when the accident happens.) I've just finished watching "Into The Wild", an account of Depicting the Life of Christopher McCandless. Based on a true story and the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer. After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

McCandless is romantic and idealistic, and sincerely believes in his search. His wanderings around the country, whether coasting down the Colorado river, taking refuge in a missionary in Los Angeles or working as grain shoveler in South Dakota are experiences that give viewers and readers profound insights into the diversity of man, nature and humanity.

In the end, however, McCandless’ adventure leads him to the wilderness of Alaska. Geographically isolated,tackling the extreme wilderness of Alaska ill equipped with the few meager possession he brought with him to this ultimate destination. Without any real outdoor survival skills and failing to equip himself with the few basic things that could have saved his life (such as a map), McCandless is exposed to the realities of a harsh and unforgiving nature, one where survival skills are essential and there no room for learning from your mistakes, especially when your life depends on it. I believe that breaking away from the norm and exploring a different path is admirable. More people should try it. I also believe wandering alone and unprepared into the wilderness shows more arrogance than courage. An “it will never happen to me” attitude that cost him his life and devastated his family.
But wouldn't

But really the ultimate survival technique have been? Recognising a dangerous situation and bailing out before it's too late?

Seem folk may want to to spend more t might ways to recognise a potentially dangerous situation and opt to take safer alternatives. Every year, alot of lives could be saved if more thought truly went into there action oneless drink or have simply put a seat belt on as given examples.Why? Is it because they don't perceive this as a "survival" situation? Has nobody here ever considered the principle of making a go/no-go decision in a situation where you lack the training necessary?

I must confess,to me, "survival" is much more than debating the merits of this knife over that one, or how much stuff we can cram inside an Altoids tin. All the survival skills in the world won't save you if you're killed simple biting off more than one should face.

"Sometimes one must use superior judgement to avoid getting into situations where he needs to employ his superior skills to save his superior ass." That, to me, is the ultimate survival mechanism - simply not being there when "it" happens.

May your blades stay sharp, your guns shoot straight,your fires burn warm, and your wits stay about you......Scout Out!

Original: http://scoutinlife.blogspot.com/2009/01/survival-thoughts-movie-into-wild.html

Recipe: Creamy Italian Chicken

This recipe is so easy. It can be made in the crockpot for an easy grab-anytime meal.

4 large cans chunk chicken, drained
2 envelopes Italian salad dressing mix
1/2 cup dried carrot dices
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 1/2 cups water

2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted

1 large can mushroom pieces, drained

Place chicken in bottom of crockpot. Combine salad dressing mix, carrots and parsley with the water and pour over the chicken. Cover. Cook on low for 2 hours. In a small mixing bowl, add mushrooms to canned soup, and pour over chicken. Cook on low another 30 minutes before serving over pasta, rice, or toast.

Copyright (c) 2009 New View Group, LLC

Original: http://survival-cooking.blogspot.com/2009/01/recipe-creamy-italian-chicken.html

The Word On The Street.....

I've had, and heard some really interesting conversations the last couple days.... Yesterday, a woman called the Glenn Beck radio program and said that she and her hubby are preppin'. A friend of mine and his wife have started preppin', and they're lookin' at property outside the city. A feller at work has had the urge to be surrounded by guns, and has bought four in the last couple months. In addition to those he already had for hunting. He's gettin' the ammo to back those guns up too. I told him to surround himself with food as well....

My Uncle has begun to see what's coming. My Dad too. My Lil' Sis and her hubby.....

I overheard someone talking at lunch today about "things looking real bad".....

People are waking up. Ever so slowly, they're waking up to what's goin' on. I've begun to "gently prod" folks in the prepping direction when the subject comes up, or when they're wondering what to do in this financial mess.... A lot of folks' "little bubbles" are starting to burst, and I reckon it's the best thing to ever happen to them. The more bubbles that pop, the better for us all, because it will cause a wave of prepping. A major shift in the American way of thinking, and living....

I understand full well that 100% of sheeple won't come around. Some are just too damn brainwashed, wrapped up in their little worlds, thinking "everything will be ok"..... Well those folks are just lost. They're just too dense, stubborn, or just plain stupid to see the forest for the trees. Leave 'em and move on to the next one sez I. They'll find out soon enough what their lack of preparing will cost them.

The ship is sinking. The time to man the lifeboats is fast approaching. Get ready, and stay tuned....

Original: http://mayberry-keepitsimplestupid.blogspot.com/2009/01/word-on-street.html

Windowsill Meals

The economy isn't getting any better, and for most people, our gardens have gotten too cold to produce. Did you build a cold frame to keep those lettuces going? Nope? Didn't have a garden? That's ok. It's not too late to grow your Winter salads.
  1. Do you have a windowsill that gets any light? If so, measure it and buy a couple of long planters to fit just so. Or a few planter pots. Don't have a windowsill? Get some planters anyway and while you're at it, hop on down to the Home Depot or Wal-Mart to get a grow (plant) lite to fit one of your lamps.
  2. Fill the planter(s) with good potting soil. Make sure you place something underneath to catch the water from when you get over-zealous with the watering.
  3. Do you have any seeds leftover: lettuce, spinach, kale, etc.? What about carrots, radishes, scallions or parsley? If not, post an ad on a local free-cycle yahoo group or ask around with your friends and family. Perhaps your local hardware or nursery might have some leftover. Or go to Baker Creek (http://www.rareseeds.com/) and order some.
  4. Plant according to packet directions.
  5. Watch, tend and wait. Within 60 days or so, you'll have fresh vegetables or herbs for healthy meals.

Don't be dependent on the grocery store to sell you produce picked from 2 states away, and might possibly be tainted with who-kn0ws-what. Take care of your food needs yourself. Plant an indoor garden! Enjoy!

Original: http://survival-cooking.blogspot.com/2009/01/windowsill-meals.html

Survivalism in the News

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Easy Camping Food...

When you think camping you often think "what's an easy camping food I can take along?" It can differ somwhat depending on the type of camping you're doing, but generally if you're doing anything other than RV camping then dried foods are the best and easiest to take with you.

Naturally when you're camping out of your RV you pretty much have the creature comforts of home and don't really require too much effort to be put into your food planning. You have a fridge and stove and don't really need to consider what may be the easiest food to prepare.

On the other hand, if you're camping out of a tent and and are trying to set up your meal plan then dried foods are your best choice. I usually take along a few packs of Lipton Sidekicks or Rice dishes. The beauty of taking food like this along is that it doesn't require you to be lugging around a giant cooler to keep it all cool and fresh. Secondly, It really doesn't tend to smell as strongly as food stored in a cooler. This, in my mind, means that animals will be less attracted to it and therefore less likely to be a nuisance in the night.

No matter what kind of food you bring however, be sure you don't keep it in your tent. You don't want to wake up in the middle of the night to find you are directly in the path of some animals' food source.

My favorite way to plan for some good meals while I camp is to dehydrate my own food. I make everything from chili to spaghetti sauce, to hearty beef and barley stews. The dehydrater cost me less than fifty bucks and I have been the envy of my friends many times on the trail as I've just had to add water to my chili and heat it up. Talk about easy camping food! It tastes just like it did when I made it two months ago!

The other benefit to dried food of course is that it's also lighter because all of the water content has been removed. This makes food substantially lighter to carry as well as not requiring the cooler to keep it fresh, so it's really more than one benefit when you plan your food properly especially if you're hiking and backpacking.

No matter what type of food you take camping though be sure to pack out your garbage. We don't want to spoil our woods and rivers with cans and food wrappers.

By: Ian Kurz

Original: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TrekYourWorld/~3/504299955/easy-camping-food.html

How to Make a Minnow Trap from Plastic Bottles

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Harvesting Plastic Bottles

The best wilderness survivors are experts at repurposing all resources both natural and manmade.

Here I am harvesting 2-liter plastic bottles that have washed downstream and become lodged among some alders.

The best wilderness survivalists utilize all resources at their disposal. This includes the variety of human castoffs you are likely to find just about anywhere in the world.

In populated areas there are plenty of man-made materials you can repurpose in your quest for survival. But even in the most remote corners of the earth you are likely to encounter human trash that you can use.

This morning while exploring a stream that has been dammed by beavers I came upon a mass of flotsam and jetsam that had been washed downstream during times of high water and caught among the alders and shrubs. Included in the debris were a number of man-made items useful for wilderness survival, a couple of which immediately caught my eye and are the main subject of this Survival Topic.

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure

An unfortunate fact of life in the modern age is the virtual plasticification of the world. There is no place on earth immune from plastic trash disposed of improperly. It has been found that parts of the ocean contain thousands of pieces of plastic for every square mile and I suspect the same holds true for land.

Our streams and lakes, roadsides, even deep forest and desert contain an absurd amount of plastic trash that speaks poorly of mankind’s treatment of the very earth we all need in order to survive. Plastic

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Cut Off Ends

Cut the bottom from one bottle several inches from its base.

Cut the top off the second bottle several inches below the cap.

like this does not readily decompose and causes enormous environmental damage the discussion of which is beyond the scope of this Survival Topic.

But for the knowledgeable wilderness survivor plastic trash has a wide variety of uses that could very well save your life.

As you can see in the picture, I found two empty two-liter soda bottles that had floated downstream and become entangled among the alders of the stream. If I were trying to survive in the wilderness these plastic bottles would be worth far more than their weight in gold!

But what to do with them?

Best Use in Wilderness Survival Situations

If you have been reading Survival Topics you know that water is one of the most important wilderness survival needs. You can live without food for several weeks or more, but try to survive without water for even just one day and you may be in very great danger. Knowing this, the wisest use of these 2-liter bottles may be to simply store drinking water.

Should my encampment be a distance from a potable water supply or I am traveling through areas where regular water resupply is not guaranteed, then the ability to store and carry an extra four liters (one gallon) of water could trump any other use for these plastic bottles.

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Punch Holes

Insert the bottle top that you cut off into the main body of the other plastic bottle.

Using an awl I am punching holes at about 1-inch intervals through both pieces of plastic.

In fact, especially in more southern latitudes, plastic PET bottles can be used in the SODIS method for destroying pathogens, making the water safe to drink. This has some advantages over boiling water to make it safe to drink as you would not need to expend energy and time in harvesting firewood for this purpose.

However, in this case I plan on staying put for awhile. Here there is plenty of fresh water to be had from the stream and beaver swamps like this are excellent areas from which to obtain a wide variety of nutritious natural survival foods.

Because my fire, shelter, and water needs are taken care of I can concentrate my efforts on obtaining nutrition in the form of local plants and wildlife; these plastic bottles can be of great help in accomplishing this goal of finding food in the wilderness.

Fish Traps Save Time and Energy

If you read the Survival Topic on Passive Wilderness Survival Food Acquisition then you understand the value of setting traps. The beauty of traps over actively hunting and fishing is that once your traps are in place they will hunt and fish for you twenty-four hours a day seven days a week; even while you sleep. This savings in time and energy has definite wilderness survival advantages and may lead to fewer days of going hungry than can easily happen when relying completely on hunting and fishing to fill the cooking pot.

Making proper traps can be a somewhat time and energy consuming process. For example, to make one type of fish trap using only natural materials requires the gathering of sticks or reeds, the making of cordage, and skill and time to repurpose these into a useable fish trap.

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Remove a Strand from 550 Paracord

To remove a strand from 550 paracord, simply tie one strand to the branch of a tree and pull on the sheath.

With these plastic bottles most of the work in making a fish trap has already been done for you. From a wilderness survival standpoint utilizing this resource in this way makes good sense.

How to Make a Fish Trap from Plastic Bottles

Although I am using both plastic bottles to make the fish trap you can make a workable trap using just one. Two bottles allows the addition of a handy means of removing the trapped fish as you will soon see.

First, cut the top from one of the bottles several inches below the cap. Here I am using the scissors on a Leatherman Wave multi-tool as a cutter; use whatever tool you have at hand including your survival knife, a sharp rock, or what have you. Likewise, cut off the bottom of the other plastic bottle a few inches from the base.

Next, invert the section you cut off that has the cap into the other plastic bottle. Using an awl punch holes at about one-inch intervals through both pieces of plastic along the outer edge as shown. Lacking an awl you make use of a hardened sharp stick or piece of metal heated in a fire to melt a hole through both pieces of plastic.

Now you will need a means of securely joining the two parts together. Here I have chosen to use a strand from the 550 paracord I always keep in my survival kit. In lieu of that you may be able to use natural fibers, fish line, boot laces, or parts from your clothing.

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Completed Minnow Trap

Fish will swim in through the green funnel and will not be able to find their way back out.

To remove your fish simply unscrew the red cap.

550 paracord consists of 7 strong strands contained within an outer sheath. 550 paracord is so versatile that I highly recommend you carry at least a 50-foot hank wherever you go.

To easily remove a single strand from a length of paracord, simply tie the strand to the branch of a tree and pull, as shown in the picture.

Loop the paracord strand through the holes you made in the plastic so that both parts of the bottles are securely tied in place. Leave enough length of 550 paracord strand so that you can tie your trap to a bush or rock along the stream edge to prevent it from being washed downstream.

With a little work you will have a compact minnow trap made of plastic that is efficient for catching fish up to several inches in length. Simply place the fish trap in areas you see plenty of small fish swimming about. Try to position the trap in narrow sections of water that force the fish to swim into the trap as they travel. You can help the fish find the hole by the strategic placement of rocks, sand, and other debris.

Here you can see a couple of sad looking fish that were caught in this trap after being in the water for only a few hours. If you extrapolate for a full day it is evident that this fish trap is working quite well even in this small stream. Several such traps could supply you with enough protein to maintain health and vigor for an extended period of time.

To remove the fish, simply unscrew the cap at the base of the fish trap, the fish will fall out, replace the cap and the trap is ready to be set once again.

You can also use these small fish as bait in the hopes of catching larger fish, scavengers such as raccoon, or simply add them to the cooking pot as is. My feeling is a fish in hand is worth two in the stream, so that until my basic survival food needs are met I am usually better off consuming these small fish before attempting to acquire larger game.

Be a Wise Steward of the Earth You Need to Survive

The best wilderness survivors understand that all things are interelated and necessary for our own survival; wise men take only what they need and leave the rest.

Be sure to check your traps at least once every 24-hours and remove them when no longer needed so that living creatures are not needlessly harmed. If you are only practicing your survival skills, release any trapped fish back into the stream so that they can fulfill their purpose in the world.

So there you have it, a simple fish trap anyone can make from plastic bottles. Practice your survival skills and try making a few of these for yourself. It's easy, fun, and may even save your life.

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Minnow Trap in Action

Set your minnow trap in an advantageous spot.

In this narrow backwater off from the main stream channel the small minnows congregate while searching for food and avoiding the larger fish that patrol in the deeper areas.

Note the school of minnows in the upper right corner of the picture.

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Trapped Minnows

A sad looking fish peers from inside the minnow trap.

Although small, a number of such fish make an excellent high protein meal or used as bait.

Placed in the right areas of a body of water, several minnow traps can go a long way toward providing you will all the food needed to survive in the wilderness.

How to Make a Zeppelin Bend Knot

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Start with a "69"

Take two ends of rope and make a "69" with one tail going over itself and the other tail going under as shown.

Of all the knots used to tie two ropes together the Zeppelin Bend is the best bar none. And chances are you have never heard of it!

In this Survival Topic we will discuss one of the best knots of all time and explore its interesting history and usage in the days before you were born.

The Zeppelin Bend knot, also known as the Rosendahl Bend knot, is interesting for a number of reasons. First and foremost is it an easy knot to tie, very secure, and jam proof; which cannot be said of the other bend knots people typically tie and risk their lives on.

Another interesting facet of the Zeppelin knot story is that it has, inexplicably, become virtually lost to the world. Even if you regularly use knots, and for wilderness survival enthusiasts knots are very important, you are likely to have never tied a Zeppelin knot.

This oversight has important ramifications; it is likely you are not using Zeppelin knots to tie two ropes together and therefore your very survival could be at stake.

The “Bend” in Zeppelin

What exactly is the meaning of the word “Bend” in the phrase “Zeppelin Bend”?

A bend refers to any knot that is used to tie two pieces of rope together or make a loop from one piece of rope.

Many of you are no doubt familiar with the common sheetbend knot, one of the most common knots used to tie two ropes together. Perhaps you even stake your survival on sheetbend knots or similar variants while participating in adventure sports such as rock climbing, or building rope bridges, mooring water craft, and off-road travel by vehicle.

Other common bend knots include the water knot, fisherman’s knot, double fisherman’s knot, carrick bend, and the rigger’s or hunter’s bend. There are many more knots in this category and everybody has a favorite knot they use for anything from towing vehicles, to mooring boats and setting up clotheslines.

Sometimes these knots hold, sometimes they fail. Use the Zeppelin Bend and you can rest assured the two ropes you tied together will not separate. What’s more, the knot does not jam and you can easily undo the knot even after tremendous force has been applied to it.

Stack the Rope Ends

Stack The Rope Ends

Stack the "6" on top of the "9" so that the tails are opposite one another.

After reading this article and trying the Zeppelin Bend for yourself, you are likely to replace your old bend knot with this lost knot from yesteryear.

History of the Zeppelin Bend Knot

As I mentioned earlier, the Zeppelin Bend is a forgotten knot with an interesting history. A knot that needs resurrection as one of the best knots of all time and a knot that is important for you to learn and use as a student of wilderness survival.

As you may have guessed from the name of the knot, the Zeppelin Bend gets its moniker from its association with the great lighter than air ships, or dirigibles, of the 1920’s. These were commonly called “Zeppelins” in honor of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin who was an early pioneer and advocate of these behemoths.

Of immense size and filled with hydrogen or helium, Zeppelins had a huge lifting capacity; which also meant the knots used to tie them to the earth had to be completely secure, take massive strain, yet remain easy to untie when – and only when - wanted. A tall order when mooring what is essentially a 160 meters long balloon bobbing in the wind and carrying a load of 10 tons (20,000 pounds)!

The qualifying knot used to fasten Zeppelins to the earth? You guessed it, the Zeppelin Knot.

Thread the Rope Ends

Thread the Tails

Thread the upper tail underneath both ropes and out through the circle. Then thread the lower tail over both ropes and through the circle.

Charles Rosendahl, commander of the dirigible Los Angeles during the 1920's would only allow one knot to be used for mooring his zeppelin, which is how the Zeppelin Bend know also came to be known as the "Rosendahl Bend",

How to Make a Zeppelin Knot

Making a Zeppelin knot is quite easy and as with many things worth learning the telling is far more difficult than the actual doing.

My method for making a Zeppelin Bend knot is to first take a short bight from two ends of rope and place them adjacent to each other. Form them into a “”69”, which many Survival Topics readers are no doubt familiar with, so that the circle part of the “6” goes under itself and the circle part of the “9” goes over.

Next place the “6” on top of the “9” as shown so that the tails are opposite one another, forming a central ring of rope. Wrap the tail of the six completely through the ring and then do likewise for the “9”, leading out the opposite sides of the knot. Dress the knot by tightening up so that it makes a neat symmetrical bump.

Features of the Zeppelin Bend Knot

Zeppelin Bend Knot

Zeppelin Knot

Pull tight and dress. Your Zeppelin Bend knot is ready for action.

Unlike all other bends, the Zeppelin Bend Knot has ALL of the following characteristics, classing it as one of the best knots of all time:

  • easy to tie
  • easy to untie even after heavy loads
  • strong and secure
  • jerk resistant
  • jam resistant
  • perfectly symmetric

Sounds like a knot to learn!

Dan from Canada brought up an interesting question about using the Zeppelin knot to tie two ropes of different diameter. Read the comments section below for information on how to accomplish this.

So the next time you need a dependable knot for tying two pieces of rope together or for making a secure loop, use the Zeppelin Bend. It may very well save your life.

Original: http://www.survivaltopics.com/survival/how-to-make-a-zeppelin-bend-knot/

Quote of the Day

"All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an interest in life, good, bad or peculiar."
~Grace Paley

rv food storage

I did cover this before, but I understand that my huge reader growth, rivalling that of the birthrate of an infertility clinic, dictates that I cover this again. Also, before we start, I'll cover my policy on the comments section moderation once again. Censorship, in my opinion, has no gray areas. You either allow free speech or you don't. There is no good reason to block what others see. It is like any other freedom. You either are, or you aren't. As soon as you start making exceptions you open Pandora's Box. Corporate censorship is almost as bad as government censorship, since it is merely sucking up in one form or another. Sure, Big Daddy Government, I'll be your unpaid toady, turning in those with unpatriotic ideas so I'll be the last one to go to the re-education camps. I understand each blog is like a small business. Their owners should be allowed to run them as they please. If one has a high readership of sensitive religious types, by all means keep a lid on the comments. You don't want to offend. Myself, I run an anarchist organization. It reflects my political ideas. I hate the racist crap as much as the next guy ( of course, to be honest some of the jokes can be funny if you like your humor rough and unpolished ) but I won't use that as an excuse to censor. My blog might be one of the few places you can say as you please, even if I don't agree. It doesn't make any difference, only having a thousand readers. But it's the last bit of defiance I'm still allowed. This is not a licence to print nonsense, or stray off topic, but I won't stop the idiots. I hope that makes sense.
Storing crap in a trailer can be a tough business. There is inevitable clutter if you don't have a separate storage area. And there never will be enough storage space, even in a forty foot fifth wheel with pull-outs. I've owned 16 footers, twenty-five, 35 and currently a 32 foot trailer. Some are much easier than others for storing your years worth of food, but none are impossible. The eight foot cab-over would never store enough, but that should be the only exception. Right now I have almost two years worth of food in my trailer, and that is with the storage space under the bed full of books and camping gear. This trailer was easy, since it has storage under the bathroom that holds three hundred pounds of wheat in buckets. But I've also stuffed that same three hundred pounds of food in sixteen foot trailers. Granted, at the time I owned almost nothing, having just got out of the service. And the climate was so mild I owned nothing more than sweaters, jeans, tennis shoes, etc. So my trailer had no storage other than prep food.
On a sixteen footer, you may have to fold out the couch every night for a bed, but there are at least four or five storage areas under that and the other seats, plus one outside storage bin. If you vacuum seal bags of wheat, you'll be able to get enough wheat stored in there for your bare bones starvation diet. You won't fit in nine hundred MRE's or several hundred cases of canned food. It will be a thousand calories a day grain and bean diet. Some of the grain will be used for sprouts, the beans are your protein. There are plenty of other storage options outside the trailer, but if you're living in a tin box more than likely you can't afford them. I have two pallets under the overhang of my fifth wheel piled high with storage foods, covered with a tarp. That cost about ten bucks, seasonally. But I also keep the wife at home, and the neighbor dogs love to hang out at our place, so my security is pretty good. Far from perfect, but I'll be damned if I can see putting out the big bucks for the illusion of further safeguards. Sure, when the whole ball of wax begins to melt, I might worry more about theft. But by then I'll most likely be home permanently. And it's not like you can tell what the tarped pile is. But, back to interior trailer food storage.
Next we go up to your regular cupboards, those in the living room and kitchen. You can fit a lot of food in those. I have no idea what weight they will hold, but I've put almost a hundred pounds of beans in one of them. I kept getting one or two small bags at a time, then transferring them into Christmas metal tins as I pulled them from the trash. Being lazy, sometimes it took me awhile to transfer them. Which is why I had so many in the cupboard at one time. I do have the Hippy Bread Van that holds a lot of storage ( almost a ton before I transferred to the pallets ), but I have held food in the trailer for long periods of time. If you forget about the clutter factor for now, you can too. If you've stuffed a large family into a small trailer and can't set up outside storage, I hope you are pulling it with a van or enclosed pickup. There is some storage. That is one drawback to the fifth wheels, no storage in the pull vehicle. If you've settled in one place and build on an enclosed porch, you can make couches and beds out of plastic pails containing your grains.
So, settle on a bare bones food storage. Vacuum pack bag the grain and stuff in every nook and cranny possible. Even in a small trailer, you should have enough stored to help you sleep soundly. I've gotten several hundred pounds under the bed/couch and almost a hundred in the small outside storage areas with these bags. You can put a layer on the bottom of the closet. It is not impossible if you sacrifice the space for other items and put up with clutter.

Original: http://bisonsurvivalblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/rv-food-storage.html

Link of the Day

Common Sense Survival Guides

A collection of advice on a wide variety of survival and disaster scenarios from the author's book of the same name.

Q&A Why carry a water filter?

Guy Filtering water from a riverRecently a reader named Randy asked:

Q. What are the pros and cons of a water filtration system. I am thinking of purchasing one but it almost seems that I would be just hauling another piece of gear.

A. In my opinion a water filter is one of your most important pieces of gear you can carry. Without water, your pretty much screwed, and if you do find water without the proper filtration you still may be in trouble. There are some nasty diseases that you can get from drinking untreated water, some can actually kill you.

Pros & Cons of carrying a water filter in your BOB, or hiking backpack:


  • The ability to treat any water you find in the wilderness.
  • Safety - As I mentioned above, there are a lot of microorganisms in untreated water, most water filters will get rid of these germs.
  • Faster than boiling water. If your on the go, a water filter is quicker and easier than having to stop, build a fire and boil water.
  • Taste - A lot of people say that drinking filtered water tastes better than drinking boiled water.
  • Boiling will do nothing to get rid of herbicides and pesticides, a good water filter can filter out hazardous chemicals.


  • If you plan on being out for an extended period of time, even the best filters will not last forever. A good canteen for boiling water will out last any filter.
  • Boiling water is the safest way to get rid of unhealthful contaminants (except for chemicals), and is pretty much idiot proof. Filters, if not hooked up properly can fail to do the job.

Top Water Purifiers & Filters:

Original: http://offgridsurvival.com/waterfilter/

Survival Kit Item - Lighters

Survival Weatherproof LighterWhile I think every good kit should have a couple different fire starting tools, I recommend having at least two lighters. While some stubborn survivalists think that lighters are for the inexperienced, I think they are actually very smart. Why deal with the hassle of matches, flints or other fire tools? Your not trying to look cool, your trying to survive.

In a survival situation, the easiest tools are the best. Lighters are very easy to use, can start thousands of fires, and they will work even when wet.

Get the most out of your lighter: Before putting a lighter in my kit or pocket, I turn it into a mini survival kit.

  • Wrap your lighter with duct tape. In a pinch you will be able to remove the tape, and use it for what ever situation may present itself.
  • After Wrapping with tape, I put 2 fishing hooks one side and a bit of cotton and a few sewing needles on the other side.
  • Then Wrap everything with about 50 feet of a least 20lb fishing line. The line can be used for fishing or making snares and traps.

You now have a mini survival kit that you can carry with you anywhere.

Survival Lighters:

Original: http://offgridsurvival.com/lighters/

Review: Grundig FR300 Radio

Grundig Emergency Radio
Hello guys. Today I’m going to talk about the Grundig American red cross radio model fr300. It’s a hand crank radio to be used in emergency situations. To be honest I don’t have one at home so I will be summarizing some of the Amazon.com reviews here. A guy says that the build quality looks like $300 radio but it only costs 50 bucks or so. The quality of the TV and a.m. reception is superb. He also says that the three LED lights are a very bright and has a great little area in case of emergencies. You can thank crank the radio which recharges lithium or normal alkaline batteries.
Here is another review from from an Amazon guy and he says that they had a hurricane warning and all the electricity went out. So this little thing has a disaster channel, handcrank, LED, TV and also from charging. It was really helpful in this situation. Anyway the reviews I’ll give this radio four or five out of five stars so I guess you can’t get wrong with this one.

Original: http://www.surviveadvice.com/grundig-fr300-review/