We had our first “Real” winter storm of the year last night, rain then Ice then about 6″ of snow. I alone prevented a massive blizzard, by purchasing snow shoes. You see our local weather man was predicting up to 24″ of snow with this storm on Monday’s forecast, so I immediately ordered a pair of Surplus GI snowshoes.
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This would definitely be a brutal time to try and forage, ideally for 3 or 4 day super cold snaps like this, a well insulated structure could be fabricated to keep wind and snow at bay and the Scout could emulate the other winter critters and hole up and conserve calories and heat. Continue reading →
When we started OSS several years ago, it was about simple survival. Short cuts and tips for preparedness, lots of homesteading projects and how-to’s. Over time I allowed the site to get political, which was never our intent. The political side led to the destruction of the site, so we took it down for some […] Continue reading →
I’ve accepted that Rav2 was built by people training their replacements, or possibly was cursed by a Jamaican Voodoo princess. It just ain’t been right. Continue reading →
I tried this shit and trust me, if my ass had fallen face first into a mud puddle I would have had to try to use one of my three fire starting methods to light my shitty chap-stick and signal for help before not only my two phones were water-logged , or I in fact drowned because all the “survival” shit I was carrying made it impossible to get up! Continue reading →
Hunting, trapping and fishing can legally fill a good portion your families protein needs every year, and watching Craigslist can net all sorts of free materials that can be used around the homestead for projects. Continue reading →
I did a ton of research, and found the best two used options for our situation were Subaru and Toyota. Continue reading →
In a fraction of the time it would take to radio town and find someone with a manual, you open your laptop, connect to the packet radio BBS hosted on the laptop and download the manual directly to your laptop.
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I carry quite a bit of gear every day, and my initial thought on the Alpha jacket was “LBE for the urban environment”. Unfortunately it did not quite work out as I had planned. Lets look at the good and bad of the ScottEVest, Brad Thor Alpha. Continue reading →
In the fast paced and sometimes dangerous world we find ourselves in, wouldn’t it be nice to get intelligence briefings and early warnings like the president and other world leaders? Continue reading →