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EDC Pocket Tins from Superesse Straps

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Superesse Straps took the concept of an Altiods tin often used as a container for survival kits and developed a smaller tin for EDC use. The tins feature a slider top and are 1-1/16″ x 2″ x 7/16″ outside dimensions with a capacity of 0.38oz.

Superesse Straps is selling prefilled and empty tins as well as a kydex sheath that fits the small EDC tins.

Customize a kit at superessestraps.com.

SCUBAPRO Sunday – Drinking Saltwater

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

I know most people will never be on a boat that sinks and be in the situation, whereas they would have to try and survive by drinking saltwater. First, don’t drink saltwater it will kill you. But there might come a time that you are on are out in the field for a long time, and you have to find water, and its either get it from the ocean or possible from a river or swap that has brackish water (half salt/ half fresh). The best method is to have a pump with you that can be used for saltwater. It will be a lot of work pumping saltwater and turning it into fresh is a lot of work for a little reward. There is also a way to get clean water out of saltwater that uses a leaching method that you can fill and forget. HTI uses Osmosis is the natural diffusion of water through a semi-permeable membrane from a solution containing a low concentration of dissolved solids to a solution having a higher level of dissolved solids. When it comes to the best method for you that depends on the situation, I am going to talk about a few different techniques and also suggest a few things you can just buy and keep around.

 

 

Getting salt out of seawater requires the following essential components. It doesn’t matter what you do to accomplish this, but they should be as clean as posable.

1. Method of evaporation

2. Something to catch condensation

3. A way to collect the condensation back into a substantial container.

There are a lot of things you can use to accomplish this, and during a real survival situation, knowing the necessary actions will go a long way. You should always carry the right items, so if you find yourself in this situation, it will make it a lot easier. All of this will go a long way and could save your life. You should always have items to purify water on your boat because you never know what will happen. You can have this in your boat, and if you need it, it is there.

 

Above is a basic Solar still, you can even just put a plastic bag on green vegetation and collect water that way.

This can be accomplished with a poncho also. Beach well. Along the coast, obtain water by digging a beach well. If you are near a beach you can go back on the beach or inland a little bit and dig a beach well, let it fill with water and drain it at least three times before you drink it. It should be boiled or treated.

 

There was an 18year old kid from Indonesia that survived 49 days on a tiny fishing boat, and he used his clothes to filter the water thru to make it (more) drinkable. He used his cotton shirt and drank the water thru it. Some studies have shown that filtering water through a sari, is a garment that is commonly worn by women in the Indian subcontinent, can significantly increase its potability. In 2003, scientists discovered that filtering water from rivers and ponds in Bangladesh through a folded piece of cotton cloth taken from a sari cut the risk of infection with cholera by half. Interestingly, they noted that old fabric makes for a better filter than new material because the pore size of loose threads is smaller.

In a follow-up study in 2015, researchers found that a filter made of four layers of worn cotton material could filter out more than 99 percent of all cholera bacteria.

One of the biggest things to remember in a survival situation is, do not eat if you don’t have water. If you have water available to you, you should try and filter it as much as possible. But if it comes to, I am going to die if I don’t drink the water. Well, most survival experts say to drink it. (that only counts for freshwater not water with salt in it) When you are rescued, a lot of what you can get from drinking bad water can be treated.

 

Release Your Inner MacGyver with the Combar Outdoor Multi-tool

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Designed by ex-special operations veterans, COMBAR has an innovative rapid-activation design and meticulous safety mechanisms. It’s a revolutionary multi-tool in one grip for survivalists, hunters, first responders, outdoor enthusiasts, law enforcement and military.

It was borne out of a quest to find the right combination of tools that could be easily carried and handle essential needs for outdoor adventures. The COMBAR PRO features five tools in one: a hammer, axe, spade, saw and knife … capable of cutting, sawing, chopping, hammering and digging. The basic COMBAR features three tools in one: a hammer, axe, and spade.

COMBAR is great for camping, fishing, hunting, off-roading, winter sports, trail sports, as well as emergency preparedness and survivalist essentials.

Versatile and rugged, COMBAR offers the following features:
•      Heavy-duty: Made with aircraft grade aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium
•      Safety: State-of-the-art safety mechanisms for your protection
•      Lightweight: The Pro toolset weighs only 1.5 kilos/3.3 lbs
•      Ergonomic: Feels even better than it looks with balanced weight for extended use
•      Designed for durability: Put through hundreds of field tests in extreme conditions
•      A 25-year warranty: Provides decades of use
•      A Red Dot design award winner that “combines sophisticated ideas for sensible use in nature with optimum handling”

The COMBAR Pro and COMBAR Basic are on Amazon. Retail prices: COMBAR Pro $600, COMBAR Basic $425, Pro Kit (knife and saw) $200, Case $95, Holster $45 and Magazine $15. For more info, visit www.Aclim8.com.

Sneak Peek – Dark Side Collection from Prometheus Design Werx

Friday, October 4th, 2019

The Ti-SST in a limited Black DLC finish is part of PDX’s upcoming Dark Side Collection.

This Survival Stash Tube is waterproof with a built-in, oil filled, 100M depth rated, button compass and primary storage compartment for wilderness survival fire making essentials.

Precision milled from 6AL-4V titanium billet.

SERE: Learning to Survive at Sea

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho (AFNS) —

From initial training to undergoing missions, aircrew have a dangerous and rigorous job. They must know what to do while flying and how to respond in some of the scenarios they might encounter.

One of these scenarios is the risk of having to bail out over the ocean.

“From the moment they eject up until they’ve been hoisted into a recovery vehicle, their lives are at risk in the ocean,” said Staff Sgt. David Chorpenning, 366th Fighter Wing survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist.

To develop these skills necessary to stay alive, aircrew from the 389th and 391st Fighter Squadrons attended water survival training taught by SERE specialists Chorpenning and Tech. Sgt. Timothy Emkey.

During this course, aircrew attend an hour-long classroom session where they are instructed on what to do, what gear to use and how to survive in case they may have to eject over the ocean. The course covers what to do from the initial landing in the water until they’re extracted by either another ship or an aircraft.

“F-15E Strike Eagle crew members don’t have much equipment once they eject,” Chorpenning said. “They have no food and very little water. The ability to utilize the gear they do have to get rescued quickly is a crucial skill.”

After the classroom session, the aircrew are then taken out to C.J. Strike Reservoir where they disconnect their safety harness from the parachute while being dragged by a boat. This simulates the wind drag they might experience when bailing out over water.

During the last part of the course, aircrew must inflate their life raft correctly and demonstrate how to prepare for extraction.

“The worst dangers they face are the lack of resources, both from the environment and in their kit. The only thing the ocean provides is the potential to catch food,” Chorpenning said. “There’s no shelter, water or the ability to build a fire. Without the proper equipment, a human will quickly die on the open seas.”

From classroom sessions to field training, this course ensures aircrew have the ability and skills to survive life at sea.

“Knowledge of their equipment and water survival training significantly increases a crew member’s chance of survival,” Chorpenning said. “By familiarizing them with their gear and how to make the most of their environment, SERE improves their survivability and empowers them to return with honor.”

By Airman Antwain Hanks, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Wndsn Applied Science Lab – Wndsn Quadrant Telemeter

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

We live in a world that revolves around automation, but having the answer to everything at your fingertips comes at a price: vulnerability. Whether it’s due to a power outage or enemy action, the digital tools we currently use to conduct mathematical equations can be turned off in an instant. But for centuries we relied upon simple tools to help help us make these calculations. There have been calls to get back to these basics, for use as a backup, if nothing else.

Enter Wndsn Applied Science Lab and their Telemeters, simple observational tools for measuring angles via various inputs combined with a number of means to directly process the acquired values.

Their current flagship, the Wndsn Quadrant Telemeter is a naked-eye observation multitool for emergency navigation, for training and education, and a visualization tool. The current version is made of brass.

Sign up for their newsletter at wndsn.com/newsletter.

PDW Ti-Survival Stash Tube

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Premium Survival Storage Capsule in Titanium

Prometheus Design Werx releases their new Ti-Survival Stash Tube for wilderness carry. This compact, pocket sized, weatherproof storage capsule is machined from 6AL-4V titanium billet and features a built-in 100M depth rated button compass, knurled cap, o-ring sealed, anti-roll body, neck down design for wrapping Type 1 cordage, Dyneema, to fishing line, and a built-in recessed striker strip for strike anywhere type matches. The overall dimensions are small enough to be easily carried, stowed in any pack, and stow fire making supplies for wilderness survival. As with all PDW EDC tool designs, form follows function with refined attentive details.

The Ti-SST from Prometheus Design Werx comes in a fine matte industrial finish and includes 7.5’ of Type 1 accessory cord for the user to wrap if wished.

The Design and R&D Team at PDW states:

“The PDW Ti-SST was designed to be a part of any user’s essential wilderness EDC. Small and compact in size to be easily stashed in any pocket, backpack, and can also be worn around the neck with cordage. This type of storage capsule is made with premium materials and components, excellent craftsmanship, and smart, purpose driven design. While clearly inspired by the classic waterproof match case, the versions designed by our Founder and Chief Designer Patrick Ma, have been a life long product interest elevating users’ expectations and delivering the highest quality of make and expanded functionality in a finished good in this genre. These wilderness survival tools were created for the discerning and discriminating user who wants and expects more in their everyday carry items.”

 

The new T-SST is available for $119.00 via their website, prometheusdesignwerx.com.

 

Mountain Khakis + VSSL Collaboration

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

Two of my favorite brands have announced a collaboration to offer the VSSL Camp Supplies model.

This waterproof, baton-style container houses over 70 items which can come in quite handy in the outdoors, including a compass and light at either end.

Contents:
9″ long, 2″ diameter
4-Mode LED light (high, medium, red and SOS)
Impact resistant
Oil filled compass
4 hour pure Canadian beeswax candle
First aid supplies
Marine grade rope
Razor blade
Wire saw
Tinder Quick fire starters
Waterproof matches
1 Liter water bag
6 Aquatabs water purification tablets
Multi-purpose tape
Fishing gear
Misc. gear tin
VSSL priorities of survival instructions

www.mountainkhakis.com/products/vssl-mountain-khakis-camp-supplies