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  1. Number One Item For Christmas

    I think I'm getting a couple new stuff sacks and compression sacks. I picked up a Gerber multi-tool for my dad. He lost the last one that I got him while he was out fishing.
  2. I'm not sure what falls into the category of "homeopathic", but one of the more natural cures/preventatives that I use all the time is a neti pot. I will include a usage video at the bottom for those interested. In my opinion, what people often times refer to as "catching a cold" is nothing more than irritated sinuses. When you wake up in the morning with a bit of a sore throat, and you pop a cough drop to make it feel better, you are treating the sympton, not the cause. For centuries, other cultures have been using a neti pot to cleanse their sinuses. In my personal experience, I tend to get sick in late November and early February. If I use a neti pot and keep my sinuses clear, I don't get sick. I might become lightly symptomatic, but I don't end up at the doctor on antibiotics. When I'm not sick, I use it about once a week. When I feel a problem coming on, I use it twice a day until it clears up. Anyway, take a look at the video and see what you think. And it's really not uncomfortable like most people might imagine it being. It's really quite soothing. And the salt in the video is just sea salt. Don't use Morton's
  3. The Little Parts Of Survival

    I would say that I'm confident in survival during the three warm seasons. Right now, it is 28 degrees in Indiana. I think I would be in trouble if I were tossed into the woods in my business attire. My shoes are made for it, but I think I'd freeze. I've wondered, since I wear two layers, if packing leaves between the two layers would help with heat loss.
  4. How to survive Martial Law!

    This is an interesting read as well as interesting replies. I've been familiarizing myself with gun laws in Indiana recently. In Indiana, you do not have to have a permit to own any gun including a handgun. The only time you need a permit for a handgun here is if you plan to leave your house with it. If you buy it at the store and take it directly home, one is not needed. You mentioned that your food stores might be seized. Does anyone have suggestions on where you would typically hide such things?
  5. Preparing Fish in the bush...

    Wow... looks tasty... Interesting video too. Thanks for posting. I have a Vietnamese friend who owns a fish market, and she has a ton of different powder-based fish batters, but unfortunately, they are all Cajun style. I don't mind spicy food, but my dad can't handle it so well, so that is why I'm looking more for a cornmeal based batter... But I will definitely give it a try when I'm solo...
  6. I am admittedly stoopid when it comes to fish preparation. I haven't filleted a fish since I was about 13 (I'm 37 now). I only know how to fry them by dipping in egg and corn flour, or baking. I figure if I'm in the bush fishing, I'm not going to have cold eggs at hand to use for battering, and I'm not really willing to do it with robin eggs or anything. So what I am looking for is how I would prepare fish that I have caught and filleted on a campfire in a cast iron skillet. I can presumably have carried in dry ingredients that don't require refrigeration. Any suggestions?
  7. Kit Size

    I have been moderately annoyed at the weight of my pack on my past few getaways. Maybe I'm just a weakling because I'm a computer geek who gets little exercise. Anyway, I've been looking into the minimalist approach, and picked up a 625 cubic inch lumbar pack last night. After configuring and reconfiguring my gear several times, I think I've got it narrowed down to everything I need. The only thing I don't have in it is my tent, which I think I'm going to go and pick up a compression sack for and strap it to the outside of the pack. Here is the link for the pack: http://marmot.com/fall_2007/equipment/packs/day/flathead/details
  8. I have two cooksets myself depending on whether I am going with a friend or going solo. If I go with a friend, I take the MSR Blacklight Cook Set. It has two sauce pans and a skillet. It's all very light, but you have to be careful because of the teflon coating. I like my solo cookware more. I can't recall the brand, but I will attach pictures below. The pot is about a 2 cup capacity. The kettle is about 2 cups also. I can get two normal sized cups of coffee made with it. I found these pictures at REI that are close to what I have, but my stuff is anodized aluminum.
  9. Camp Activities

    I don't know if it is because I always camped as a group when I was young, but it was this very thing that struck me when I decided to go camping as an adult. You hike in, prepare your campsite and get it all set up and then you are standing around with nothing to do. I think it is a result of adults planning everything out for you as a kid, so you aren't really aware of it. As a means of countering it, I typically carry a PDA to read ebooks on. I am also teaching myself to play a pennywhistle. It seems like such the cool and cliche thing to sit by a campfire and play a pennywhistle. And it is very light to pack. Typically, though, right after I get everything set up, I have to lay down and take a nice nap...
  10. The most obvious thing around me is the Indianapolis International Airport. In a normal emergency, we could always evac in her minivan. When I say that we would probably stay put, I was referring to heading for the hill on foot. Not real easy in a wheelchair. And we are expanding our water supply too. We have six dogs to tend to as well. I think at last report, we had five, but we got a doberman back in January that serves as my wife's "service dog", but in actuality, he is just a guard dog for her when she goes out in public. He makes her feel more secure with her surroundings.
  11. Rock, if there is a lot of strong fertilizer in urine, why is it typically noted that it kills things. For example, I planted a lilac bush, and my six dogs peed all over it until it died... Is it because it is over-fertilized?
  12. Just a related question for you people who are prepared for survival. Do other people know you are prepared for survival? I tend to work on my house and prepare for staying put because my wife is handicapped. I always have about 10 gallons of water on hand and a good stockpile of nonperishable food, but I don't tend to advertise it. I tend to see the largest threat in a survival situation to be the other people who are not prepared and attempt to take what you have done.
  13. I have read and done all that you all have said as it all seems pretty logical. I always stay at least a hundred yards or so from any water source. As for whether where I am going is going to be someone elses campsite, all I can say is that anyone with an ounce of sense checks the ground where they are going to be laying. Saying that, I'd never go near a trail where people are walking or anything. As for the tissue, I normally just bring it along and toss it into the next campfire. The only reason I put this question out there was due to the impression that one is lead to believe that their excrement is so much worse for the environment than that of another species.
  14. I figured this had been discussed before now, but, curiously, my searches yielded no result. So here I go... I have read a number of books, websites, state park pamphlets, etc. which all make the suggestion of packing your fecal dropping out with you, or, if need be, deposit them into a hole for safe keeping. I am trying to understand the reasoning behind this, and hoped maybe someone out there had the facts to explain it. I did the usual Google search for "Why shouldn't humans poop in the woods?" and everything I read about human poop was pretty positive. Here is an example: http://www.poopreport.com/BMnewswire/189.html Anyway, contribute away as we strain to push out a better understanding...
  15. Online Survival type game

    Your character's strength, endurance, and agility get better as you do things. Development is very slow. My homestead is pretty decent. I have a good sized field of crops and a nice cottage that I built. I've dug two mines looking for iron ore as well. I've been playing a total of 96 hours right now. Your tools, weapons, armor, clothes, etc get better by you improving them. Your skills go higher and you get better quality material, then you repair and improve the tools, weapons, armor, etc. It's a fantasy game, but not like WoW or EQ. It's mostly you striving to survive and becoming self sufficient. Or you can build a village and have different people focusing on different skill sets.