Equipment: BioLite’s CampStove

30 March, 2012
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BioLite CampStove

Whether your out backpacking or dealing with a significant, regional disaster, being able to easily cook food and boil water is a real boost to your survivability. There are a lot of great, portable cookers for hikers and survival enthusiasts. The clever kids over at BioLite have taken one bottle design and added a thermoelectric…

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Rated S for Survival: Mythbusters – Duct Tape Island

27 March, 2012
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Recently the popular show Mythbusters launched a new season with a special episode “Duct Tape Island”. The hosts were “stranded” on a deserted tropical island equipped with nothing more than a never-ending pallet of duct tape. They had a check-list of key tasks or goals that had to be accomplished using duct tape and whatever…

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That time of year again…

11 March, 2012
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That time of year again…

That time of year again: day light savings time. As you turn back all of your clocks watch all of your clocks automatically jump-forward and resync to a server somewhere, take a moment and hit the SOTL quick-list of things-to-do, our quick list for your day light savings weekend. Don’t worry. It’s painless.

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Survival Thinking: Thai Flood Hacks

26 February, 2012
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I found this Tumblr page a little while back. It’s amusing, albeit about a not-so-amusing topic, but for our purposes demonstrates something I want everyone to develop: good survival thinking skills. This Tumblr page is a collection of photos from south-east Asia, primarily Thailand and some of the clever ways that locals have come up…

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Equipment Review: Tool Logic SVC2 “survival card”

23 February, 2012
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This review could just as easily be for any of a dozen or so similar products, but this is probably the best-in-breed for our purposes. The SVC2 is a credit-sized mini-tool kit. It includes a small steel knife, a magnesium fire stick, a whistle, tweezers and a red LED flashlight. It’s about the same dimensions…

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The Importance of Critical Thinking

21 February, 2012
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Critical Thinking in Emergency Situations It’s said so often as to be a cliché that the most potent emergency tool one has is a good brain. But like many clichés, it’s said so often because there’s so much truth in it. If it were up to me in a disaster I’d rather be partnered up…

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