Author: Dave Asprey

Best waterproof hiking shoes

Best waterproof hiking shoes

I’m doing a review today on the Salomon hiking shoe range and I think this will blow you away! Well not literally blow you away, unless you were standing inside a hurricane, tornado or typhoon. Haha, Let’s get started!

The Salomon hiking shoe is best worn for hiking purposes. However walking the red carpet, black tie event or romantic walks on the beach have been successfully done in the Salomon shoe range. Many hard ass bearded men (and not so much hard ass bearded women) have worn these on many top-notch occasions. They can look very classy or rugged, depending on what your wearing I guess.

Warning: Not suggested wearing these on your wedding day, as this could end in divorce soon after

These shoes have super strong speed laces with a slide toggle, that can have you out of your tent on the trail in record time. No more having to bend over with your heavy pack on, to adjust loose or undone shoe laces.

The shoe is as tough as nails! However, I do not suggest you stand on literal nails, as these will surely go through the shoe and into your foot. This would hurt you!

As you walk along in these shoes you will notice they are quite ballsy. They resemble a pair of Michelin tiers on a 50 tonne bulldozer. The tread however is not made from tires but a high grade rubber that offers good high arch support



Other people who spend less on their hiking shoes would feel a little behind the 8 ball when matched with the Salomon shoe range. Over longer hikes these preform heaps better than other brands on the market. When hiking up and down slopes or jumping between rocks and logs, there will definitely be no issues.

A hiking buddy of mine recently noticed that I was wearing a pair of Salomons and commented that they look absolutely bullet proof. I agreed that they certainly do, but warned him that they haven’t been tested yet by bullets at a shooting-range and that he should not shoot himself in the foot when wearing them.

The color schemes are a game over for Salomon shoe range and would suit many tastes and styles.

If you were ever to find yourself in a pickle whilst you were wearing a pair of Salomons, you could quite easily out run the problem. Just pretend for a moment you were sun baking down the beach and noticed that a tsunami was raging towards you. If given enough warning one could definitely out run it in a pair of Salomons.

This is because the shoe performs like a runner and is designed to fit tight and snug just like a track and field shoe.

You may be opening a can of worms when purchasing a pair of Salomons though, because all your mates will be highly envious of you. They will think that you have landed into some cash from an inheritance or something and start expecting you to shout beers for everyone down the local pub.

So maybe it’s a good idea that you wear these perhaps when you’re out hiking by yourself or partner

These shoes are almost 100% waterproof which is very good news if you are planning on jumping some puddles or walking in the rain. However, I suggest that you don’t walk in water any deeper than the start of the laces. If the water lever rises above the start of the laces/ Tongue area, your precious dry socks will get moist and possibly wet.

The Salomom range is designed to offer the user maximum comfort and support. The company has definitely put a lot of thought into how the shoe breathes, because Let’s face it nobody likes a smelly foot when one kicks off their shoes. Lots of holes located in different area’s means a cooler foot and better smelling hiker.

In my opinion the Salomon range is a good shoe to purchase and would last for many years of abuse.

Let me know what you think of the Salomon range and if you are a user, how they have worked for you

Leave comments below and I will get back to you ASAP

Keep safe

Dave



 

 

 

 

hurricane survival kit checklist

hurricane survival kit checklist

We are once again heading for another hurricane season and already we are seeing some activity in the Atlantic Ocean. Are you currently experiencing the uncertainty of a hurricane building out at sea near to where you live? Do you have family that live in areas where hurricanes hit the most? Hurricanes can be extremely dangerous if you are underprepared

The thought of hurricanes coming within range of our homes, family and possibly destroying our home will always build a level of dread and anxiety inside us

A hurricane survival kit checklist is a must for any home before a hurricane hits with all its force.

Now is the time to read up on the area in which you live to find out any past history concerning natural disasters. These details could prove to be life saving as previous hurricanes give us a insight on what to expect and how to safeguard ourselves

If you have recently moved to a region where hurricanes hit, it would be wise to talk to as many locals as possible. You might learn of past experiences of how people prepared in the past and what are the best techniques to use to survive a hurricane.

Many people lose their lives because they are under prepared to handle the intensity of a large scale natural disaster so learn and prepare yourself now

Advanced Planning

Plan ahead.

Have a plan in place that gets you and your family to shelters safely and as quick as possible. Plan the route beforehand with the whole family, so everyone is clear on how to get there. Anticipate that roads could be blocked, so a alternative route is always a great idea. Have a plan B in place also in case the first plan fails. (Always have a plan B for everything)

A pre selected bug out location would be the best bet, already stocked with supplies.

Family members that are caring for elderly or who are disabled will need help and assistance in the event of a hurricane. It would be wise beforehand to contact the local authorities to be informed on what to do for these ones. All the information you can gather to help all family members cope though this traumatic event will prove to be invaluable.

Keeping children calm with games, headphones and music of their favourite bands/artists, will help them keep in a good frame of mind. Make sure any pets stay inside with you as they will be just as frightened and needing a safe place

 

Flood insurance

Get flood insurance if you don’t already have it and make sure you know all the details about the policy. Some insurance policies for flood damage need to be well read.  Some appear to look as though you are covered for everything but the small print may say otherwise.

Emergency supplies

Make sure you have already purchased or put together you 72hr emergency bug-out bag for yourself and family. Keep these bags stored in a high dry place near the exit points in you home and have one permanently in you car for the whole family.

If you have not done this, you must have at least

  • 72 hours of drinking water per person
  • 72 hours of non-perishable food that you don’t need to cook per person
  • First aid kit
  • flash light
  • All medications
  • Personal documentation
  • Batteries
  • Crank powered radio and battery bank for devices
  • Mobile phone and contact list
  • Turn you fridge to the coldest setting
  • Pet food
  • Fire kit
  • Cash and coins
  • Multi tool

Check out my post on survival must haves here

Batten down the hatches

Around your house you will need to place anything that can be blown away by the wind, inside. Batten down all windows and doors with thick marine plywood, screwed in place by the longest screws you can find.

Clean out any guttering around the roof line and clean out any down pipes. Trim any trees of dangerous branches and fill your car full of gas in case you need to evacuate. Shut off all electricity gas and water if you know how to or learn now the process to do it.

A hurricane warning will be issued over the radio within 36 hours of its landfall, so make sure you listen in for information.

Atlanta and central pacific Hurricane season starts from June 1st through to November 30th

Eastern pacific starts from May 15 through to November 30th

Where’s the safest place to be

If you live in a high rise building and are above the 10th floor you should evacuate. Everyone that lives on floors 1 and 2 should make plans with all occupants from floors 3 to 10 to bunker down on the lower levels.

A small team should be set up to organise for the care and safety of everyone.

Anyone that lives in a mobile home, flood plain or close to a river or major water-way should also evacuate because of storm surge

Riding out the storm

Just before the storm hits fill you bath tub full of water (this is not the time to take a bath) its for an extra supply for other things that may require extra water.

Unplug all electrical devices from the wall and turn off all propane tanks.

When the storm hits, stay away from any glass doors or windows. This is the time when people are injured, usually trying to take footage on their phones or cameras. If you want some footage of the hurricane, set up another phone that can record whilst your riding the storm out

Don’t use the land line telephone because it won’t work and move to the lowest level of the house. Any rooms that have concrete walls and ceilings are great to bunker in. If you happen to live on a boat, throw out multiple anchors, buffers and evacuate to somewhere safe.

Bunkering in a hallway or well-built closet is a good option and have plenty of thick soft pillows and blankets surrounding your body and head.

Monitor weather conditions on your radio and stay in your safe location until the authorities say it’s safe to leave. Have a place nearby that all family members will meet after the event just in case you are separated. Also again if separated, designate someone  who lives out of town that everyone can call to notify on their whereabouts and condition.

When the storm has abated and authorities have said it’s OK to venture outside, don’t turn on circuit breakers if the power is down. Wait for a certified technician to restore power.

If you smell gas leave immediately and if you see frayed wires or downed power lines keep well away until restored.

If indeed flood waters are surrounding your home, don’t venture inside until they have receded to a safe level. Don’t wade through flood waters and do so only if necessary.

Self defense

In and around you home, you must think of ways that you can protect yourself and family from people who may want to harm or steal from you. In the time of crisis their are always groups that will want to take advantage of the desperate situation by robbing or inflicting violence.

Have measures in place within your home to keep intruders out and if you need to evacuate yourself and family to the street, stay together and away from the main places of activity. I wouldn’t stay in relief shelters as this would be a haven for decease and unsavory conditions.

Conclusion

Keep well-informed when a hurricane is expected. You can remain totally safe throughout a hurricane if you take all the necessary precautions beforehand. Get yourself well-informed and stay safe

Please any questions you may have don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible

Dave

tactical survival thinking

tactical survival thinking


Even if you have no intention at all to know how to protect yourself, it may be wise to learn a few defensive moves to ward off an attacker if need be. Have you ever been in a situation that calls for you to defend yourself from a violent person? Thankfully most of us haven’t but does that mean that it could never happen?

Attacks are happening far more frequent with much more intensity than ever before. Whether you are young or old we could find ourselves on the receiving end of someones else’s violent behaviour

More and more now their seems to be violence filling the news columns. Innocent people minding their own business and then someone out of the blue attacks them for no reason at all. Young men and women are no longer safe out with friends at a party or gatherings. Older people are no longer safe inside their own homes as break ins are on the rise and parents live with the fear that their children could be abducted whilst walking home from school

We now live in a world that an attack can happen at any time and at any place. So what measures can we take to safe guard ourselves and our families, if we were to face a similar situation. I recently heard a friend say that these days you need to develop tactical thinking just to drive down to do the grocery shopping.

I think that all you need is to have a mindset that can flick into gear if need be to protect yourself. The key is knowing your surroundings and being alert to dangerous situations

There are a few simple things that we all can learn, that could stop an attacker from harming us despite their size or strength

Protecting Yourself from a group attack

Suppose one night you are walking home from a friends house late in the evening. You happen to walk pass a bus shelter on the opposite side off the road where their was a group of young men looking suspicious and carrying on loudly. You decide to put your head down, trying not to attract any attention from them.

Some distance later you hear footsteps coming up behind you. Turning your head to see who it is and notice its three of the guys from back at the bus shelter. They close the distance between you and them quite quickly and now they are right behind you. Turning to face them. The guy in the middle of the three starts pushing you around and accusing you of staring at them moments before. You have to act fast and so you decide to try to talk to them calmly whilst trying to keep a distance from them.

As you try to reason with them you notice that they are drunk and aggressive. They seem very committed to kicking your butt for no reason at all.

What do you do?

Talking your way out of this so far hasn’t worked so its time to think about plan b.

First need to know what our surroundings are before a situation like this occurs.

Whether we are standing in a bank line, sitting on a bus, walking with a friend to the mall. We need to be constantly alert to possible dangers. We need to stay alert to things that are happening around us all the time, because staying alert could save our lives. Always have in mind in any situation your in, how would I get myself out of here if I needed to?

Because of being alert you noticed from where the bus shelter was located to were you now stand, their were 4 possible safety locations.

  • There was a 24hr service station only 4 blocks back.
  • You know their’s a McDonalds only 3 blocks ahead.
  • You can see two men moving furniture into a house at the end of the street
  • There is a police station 5 minutes away if I run flat out

You run all these possible scenarios through your mind and decide to run the short distance ahead, where the men are moving the furniture and ask for help. All you need to do is put yourself in a position where you don’t get hit and make your escape

  • In a group attack you never want to be tackled or put to the ground. This is where you can get a kick to the head or groin.
  • You never want to stay static either, meaning if they are surrounding and advancing on you the focus in this situation is to try to manoeuvre around them so you can run.
  • Don’t stay still and always face them, moving backwards or side-wards talking to them trying to defuse the situation
  • Always try to put one of them in front of you as a pivot so the other two can’t attack from behind. Never have anyone behind you in a situation like this

Remember if you need to make the decision to hit first make it quick and hard. A hard punch to the sternum area, a kick to the groin will leave most attackers laying on the ground for a long time. This move may delay the chase from them once you make a run for it.

NOTE Unless you are a jujitsu Grand master, your best option in a group attack is always to get out of their as quick as possible and get yourself to a safe place. If you can talk your way out of a situation like this that is always best, but always be prepared to make a run for it

Protect yourself from a surprise attack

A lot of people these days get attacked now in broad daylight. People are now just too afraid to step in to defuse a situation fearing that if they do they may find themselves on the receiving end of a punch, kick or weapon. There have been plenty of good Samaritans in the past that have been killed trying to stop an act of violence on somebody innocent

Many attacks can happen by surprise and without warning. These days most attacks don’t always happen in lonely subway stations or secluded beach toilet blocks, but can happen on a busy footpath or even sitting in your car at a traffic light.

Some forms of defense items you can carry or wear on you can be

  • Sharp rings on fingers
  • Can of deodorant or pepper spray in your bag
  • Steel capped boots
  • Sharp pointed shoes
  • Stun gun
  • Small foldable stub knife that can be on a key ring or bracelet

Other things that will improve your chances of defending yourself from an attack is

  • Maintained good physical fitness
  • Learn some in close and long range fighting moves and regularly practice them

Conclusion

Hopefully you never have to confront an attacker but at least now you will know what you need to do in order to protect yourself and get to safety.

Please feel free to ask any questions below and I will get back to you ASAP.

Stay safe

Cheers

Dave


Backyard vegetable garden tips

Backyard vegetable garden tips


All around the world for hundreds of years, back yard hobby farmers have been very successful in growing vegetables right in their own back yards. There are some varieties that grow great and produce a high yield in a short period.

Many types of greens, vine and root vegetables take on very well in all sorts of different areas and climates. Are you like the many thousands of well intended people that head to the back yard to put your hand to some vegetable gardening only to fail miserably?

Some of us have tried to grow our favorite vegetables out in the garden many times only to be saddened by the sight of seedlings that haven’t taken on or have died somehow by either too much sun, over fertilization or to harsh of conditions.

We often become inspired to start and grow a healthy productive crop, by either reading how easy it can be or hearing some experts explain the advantages of having your own vegetable garden. We head straight to the back yard with the vision of an overflowing vegetable garden producing us with a bountiful table of fresh greens and hearty root vegetables

But why is it that when we head to the garden to see the fruit-age of our labor we see a dust bowl? How can this be? Even school children out in the agriculture plot with the guidance of their teachers can grow veggies that would amaze the most seasoned growers.

Best hydroponic kit found on Amazon Click Here to view details

 

Beans #1 West

Back in the wild west the food was scarce and beans were on the menu. This is because beans were very adaptable to growing in harsh conditions and could be stored well after harvesting the crop. With the likes of John Wayne and Jesse James roaming the plains, their main food staple had to be cheap and able to be carried and stored in saddle bags for an extended period.

Remember Jack and the magic bean stalk? Well. Jacks bean stalk grew in an exceptionally fast period, and that goes for any beans that grow out in our back yard. They are hearty plants that offer plenty of nourishment and can be added into plant of dishes

Beans have a flexible growing range and can grow all year round in a sub tropical climate. Beans don’t take any nitrogen from the soil however they take it from the air making them take on in poor soil qualities. Once beans take on within the soil they grow in they store nitrogen in the roots, adding nitrogen to the soil. That’s why it is said that beans are a great pre-crop to other nitrogen dependent crops such as cabbages etc

 

Asian Greens #2 East

Fast growing and highly nutritious vegetable Asian greens are second on my list to grow in the garden. They can literally take on anywhere and are even found in the cracks of concrete if a plant is seeding nearby.

Asian greens are even though to be cancer fighting super foods from many in the alternative medicine scene. The properties found in many of these greens are found to support the re building and nourishment of good cells.

 

In Asia quite awhile back before over fishing and population was still low, people had a rich source of protein found in fish. But now days most Asian people need to source their protein from plants as animal protein’s are becoming a lot less accessible.

Raw or cooked Asian green taste great.

Aluminium portable greenhouse kit easy set up  Amazon Click here to view details

Here’s a list of Asian greens you give a go at growing in your own back yard

  1. Yu Choy
  2. Water Spinach
  3. Tatsoi
  4. Snow Pea Leaves
  5. Napa Cabbage
  6. Mustard Greens
  7. Mizuna
  8. Malabar Spinach
  9. Kokabu Greens
  10. Fava Greens
  11. En Choy
  12. Daikon Greens
  13. Chrysanthemum Greens
  14. Chinese Celery
  15. Chinese Broccoli
  16. Bok Choy
  17. AA Choy

Middle East #3 Carrots = Delicious

Carrots a root vegetable comes in all different shapes and colors and date way back originating in Afghanistan. In the early days they were considered a medicinal food that was given when there was an illness or disease. The way carrots tasted back then weren’t to pleasant and not really put on the dinner table.

But now days with the aid of cross breading carrots are very tasty and are a compliment to many of salad or roast dinner. Today they are main orange but back in the old days purple, white and yellow. But does it really matter what color they are? All I know is that they are scrumptious steamed briefly and then roasted in the oven with honey on high heat for an hour or so. I also like to dust them before the oven process with some fennel seeds

 

 

#4 What did you say? Radish?? Yuck or yum??? Possibly originated in India

Radish plants will pop up and be ready for the table in no time at all. Some farmers plant radish seed with other seed knowing that they will at least have something to harvest whilst they wait for the other crop to take shape. Sometimes its used as a ground cover by farmers to keep the soil moist and protected for the lead up to planting seedlings

 

 

 

Types of radish for your garden

  1. Black radishes
  2. Daikon radishes
  3. French breakfast radishes
  4. Horseradish
  5. Round radishes
  6. Watermelon radish

All these grow exceptionally well in your veggie garden and well worth giving a go

 

Zucchini European staple

Originally came from the America’s Zucchini found its way to northern Italy. The Italians add it to almost everything that you can stuff in your mouth. It’s not a sprawler like the pumpkin vine and can be contained in a small garden bed.

This veggie is super easy to grow and even a novice can make success with this plant. The fruit on this plant can swell in a small amount of time and some say you can see it grow almost in real time.

Most zucchinis can grow 1 meter long and the record was grown at 2.55 meters long. Wow that’s a lot of salad!

Definitely give zucchini a go growing, you will definitely grow one of these as they are super easy. This will give you the confidence to put your hands to other fruits and vegetables.

Conclusion

Get your hands dirty out in the garden now and give it a go. Educate yourself as much as you can on all the different vegetables that you can grow and in what seasons. You will surely be successful at it if you read up on it.

If the grid went down tomorrow and the food shelves were depleted in your local shopping outlet how would you go at sourcing food for yourself and family? You would definitely have wished that you had grown your own food supply in the safety of your own garden

 

 

 

 

 

 


Camping survival equipment

Camping survival equipment


 

 

 

If a natural disaster were to strike our area and we are left under prepared for it, what would be a key piece of equipment that could be vital to our survival? Can you think of at least one thing you couldn’t live without?

There are many things we could stuff into our bug out bag when putting them together that we may think we might need in a survival scenario. The last thing we would want to be doing is grabbing things last minute when fleeing our homes, that’s a sure way that we could lose our life

But when reviewing the items we are using to build our bug out bags the question arises. Would these items prove to be beneficial when enduring such a scenario?

Considering this question I thought a review on a vital piece of equipment was needed in order to survive a natural disaster

This is my camping survival equipment post on a Crank radio/torch battery bank. I definitely think all bug out bags need one, and Ive researched where to buy it at the cheapest price

Best place to buy Amazon Click here to view the Eton FR 250

Keeping informed through the media and having a power supply is key

Many items found in a bug out bag would prove to be very useful and handy in a survival situation. After this type of event we would want to be as comfortable as possible for any extended period. Some items that are in my bug out bag are

  1. Good quality first aid kit
  2. Water purifier
  3. High grade multi tool
  4. Mag light torch (Medium size)
  5. Portable camp stove and gas cylinder
  6. Hunting knife

One piece of equipment that I personally think is an absolute is a crank radio/ battery bank. With this piece of cool technology I can keep all my devices charged up and I can remain connected to the outside world through the different radio station broadcasts

Why would I want to tune into radio station broadcasts up you may ask?

After a disaster happens, news of the event will be circulating throughout different news stations with up to date information on what has occurred. In all the different effected areas we can learn of places to avoid, loss of life and where the disaster shelters have been erected. If you are needing to make important decisions on your plans for survival, this information could prove to be life saving to you and your family

Why would it be helpful to have a battery bank for all my devices?

We all store sensitive information now on our devices. We access bank accounts, read emails and social media etc. Now days if we want to learn some new piece of information or learn a new skill, we head over to YouTube, and can watch hundreds of video’s on any given subject.

Just imagine if my device had downloaded videos on survival techniques that I could watch to refresh my memory if need be after a disaster has occurred. Some stored information could be

 

  • How to administer first aid and basic surgical procedures,
  • How to build a bush shelter
  • How to start a fire by friction
  • Where to look for food
  • How to find medicinal plants and use extract there properties
  • How to trap animals for food
  • DIY protection from bush materials

Also having all our documentation stored on our devices would be very helpful if we needed to show authorities birth/marriage certificates etc. Its very important to have a printed copy of these in a waterproof zip lock bag just in case your devices are damaged

Accessing power to charge your devices might be harder than you think

Can you imagine what it would be like in a disaster shelter. I remember the images we were shown on television from disasters such as Katrina, Sandy and Irma. They looked as though things were very dire and levels of sanitation and comfort ability were very poor. I reckon if these levels were low, power supply would be scarce.

I don’t know about you but I would not want to be hanging around in one of these shelters for an extended length of time even if I had suffered a bad injury. If sterilization of floors, toilets and surfaces were nonexistent, infection and disease would grow rampant

I remember watching the movie Impossible staring Naomi Watts, on the true account on the Boxing day tsunami that devastated Thailand. Here she goes through the harrowing experience of enduring this disaster and being separated from her husband and children. She also had suffered extreme cuts to the back of her leg that eventually needed antibiotics and surgery.

Only in life or death situation like this, would be the only time I would be entering a hospital to get expert attention in a disaster of this magnitude. This is why now I try to gain knowledge on things that could save my life now and I view having a stored area on my device for this type of information is vital

Thanks for reading and please any questions or comments leave them below and I will endeavour to respond ASAP

Keep safe

Cheers

Dave

 

 

 

 


Waterproof hiking shoes top 3

Waterproof hiking shoes top 3

 

Let’s get another awesome review under way and look at the top 3 waterproof hiking shoes on the market

Every year, the newest fang dangle waterproof hiking shoes start appearing everywhere in our favourite stores and online. But what are the best and where can I find them at the cheapest price. Well im about to let you know!

 SALOMON X (Ultra 3 GTX) 

Synthetic and leather 

The benefits of synthetic and leather shoes is that they are extremely durable. As a seasoned hiker we expose our shoes to a large amount of wear and tear. The SALOMON X is a great choice for a durable, long lasting shoe.

Rubber sole 

Great for walking up and down steep surfaces. Rubber sole shoes are great for those tricky types of hikes that often come across rock, boulders and fallen trees

Been tested thoroughly over time to produce the best fit

Synergistically designed with a reinforced top section of the sensifit, supporting  your foot in a most comfortably way. Walking downhill is definitely no problem 

Lots of bits and bobs to make your feet feel on-top of the world 

Best place to buy – Amazon (Click here to buy)

 

MERRELL MOAB 2 (Waterproof – womens)

Hot Suede Leather Mesh


A lot of hiking shoe manufacturers these days cater for the hiking girl out there. Shoes these days can’t only function really awesome, they have to look really good as well. The suede leather mesh makes the shoe look like it could be warn at the local night club and nobody would notice. Haha no just joking, but they do look really good

Aggressive Rubber sole 

The rubber sole on these shoes cushion a lot of the impact from surfaces the shoe finds itself on. Talking to friends that hike in these shoes, they indicated that they respond really well to down hill climbs and jumping between obstacles

Big heel measuring approx 1.5″

Super high platform measuring  approx 1. inches

Tear out the inner sole if need be

You can remove the inner sole in these which can be great for washing them out after a long days hike

Merrell Air cushioning in the heel takes out most of the shock and adds stability 

Protective rubber toe cap

Best place to buy Amazon (Click here to buy)

 

THE NORTH FACE (Ultra 110 GTX)

Strong sturdy leather

Hiking shoes that are made from leather are great once they are broken in. Leather can be very unforgiving to the backs of your heals and your toes, so make sure you select the right size.

I recently read a book on the Pacific Crest trail, by Sheryl Strayed. There was a part in the book when she talks about her shoes severely chaffing and blistering her feet because of being to small. Ouch! I definitely know the feeling of hiking in leather shoes that are one size to small.

Make sure when purchasing leather hiking shoes they are the right size.  I can’t overemphasise this enough

Great colour combinations 

Super nasty laces

We need to have the best laces to brace our feet when out hiking. I also consider laces to have different purposes for me if I were in a survival situation. Laces can be used for slinging a broken arm, constriction of a limb in regards to a snake bit, making a bow to hunt with.

Strong thick laces are always good for your feet and to have as a stand by

Ultimate protection under foot and stability and traction when running away from bears or snakes

Best place to buy Amazon (Click here to buy)

 

 

A good pair of shoes I think is one of the most important choices you can make if your serious about hiking. Ive seen many people skimp in this area and it has made there hiking experience awful. When exploring the great outdoors the last thing we would want to be doing is sitting down rubbing our feet in pain. We would miss out on what we set out to do, and that’s taking in all the beautiful scenery

Hope these reviews help you with your next purchase. With all my reviews I thoroughly do my research so I can provide you with the best advise and help. These 3 waterproof hiking shoes are definitely the best on the market in 2018

Any questions please feel free to comment below and ill endeavour to get back to you as soon a possible

Cheers

Dave

 

food to store for disaster

food to store for disaster


 

Is it just me or is there a lot of scary things happening all around the world. We don’t have to look far to see that many countries are going through some pretty tough times. Do you agree with me here? The news item’s we are seeing and reading about on a day to day basis isn’t painting the best picture for a peaceful stable future

Many countries are finding it hard to make ends meet. Why is this? Corrupt governments in many cases are destabilising the country’s welfare, dividing people and creating mass uncertainty

There are lots of detrimental repercussions to such leadership and the ripple effect goes along way

There seems to be critical times in alot of places around the globe. We are seeing mass food shortages among other things occurring on a huge level. People are reporting that they simply can’t make ends meet due to lack employment or can’t go to the store to buy their food. This is a huge concern among many people and one has to ask, is this what I could expect anytime soon in my country or city?

Recent footage I saw coming out of Venezuela was truly terrifying. People were protesting in the streets demanding the government do something about the food crisis. People were breaking into shops and rioting, in an obvious desperate state of affairs

Refugee camps are popping up all throughout Africa and Europe with thousands of people dying of food starvation or contamination. On top of this water quality in some countries are sub-standard.

What can we do to prepare for a similar situation were it to affect where we live?

In light of the many developing situations affecting people around the globe, can we afford to have the attitude of just sitting back and saying ‘it won’t happen to me’.

I’m pretty certain that you could agree that the government doesn’t necessarily come to the aid of its citizens when faced with food shortages in the past. The aftermath of cyclone Katrina saw people without proper food water and medicine for many days, creating one of the biggest emergencies in our time

Food to store for disaster and similar items are vital in our storehouse of knowledge, because it could save our life

What can I do now?

It’s an imperative that we have a good plan in place for such a situation. We do not want to snooze on this as past history shows that peaceful conditions can take a turn for the worse in a matter of hours

We need to have two options in place if we are intending to survive a disaster scenario and we need to be very clear on what these two options are.

Option 1 and an option 2

What are these two options?

Some disasters that have devastated areas in the past, show us that we can flee our homes or stay. Perhaps relief shelters and the like offer protection in these cases and it would be wise to know in advance where these areas’s are

Some disasters are truly catastrophic and we would need to flee as soon as possible. Such disasters are hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods.

Disasters such as heatwaves, economic, wildfires, breakdown of society type situations could call on us to decide whether to stay or to go

Option 1 is to flee the disaster with the aid of our bug bags and a pre selected safety location

Option 2 is to have the supplies necessary at home to keep us safe through this time of uncertainty

How to prepare for option 1

It’s imperative that you have a bug out bag ready to grab in a hurry if need be. Having all my bags placed in an area close to the front door. Importantly I carry a family size bag in my car at all times just in case I’m away from home

 

 

I always make sure that my bags have me prepared for hydration, fire starting, first aid, food, basic shelter, protection, communication and clothing. Having printed personal documents in a water tight bag and a roll of cash totaling around $500. Importantly I carry a credit card and some gold just in case I need to barter in exchange for something

Some items I have two of a particular item, such as a water filter. In the event of a water purifier breaking, I have another one to use. Water purification tablets on standby are always another great option

Having a few different methods to start a fire is a must. I will pack a couple of lighters and waterproof matches that are safely sealed in a water tight bag. Importantly I have a fire kit that I can use to make a fire by friction

I always carry a spare pair of clothing and rain covering.

How to prepare for option 2

In the event of a disaster happens and we choose to stay at home, we need to be just as prepared as option 1

 

Things such as town water, electricity and gas could be cut off with no warning, we need to store a supply of essentials. We may be needing these in case vital services are stopped

Bottles of drinking water and food need to be stored in a dry cool area. If you have a small apartment you can always put these in the unseen places, such as under your bed or under an inside staircase

Fuel to run equipment such as generators, vehicles and the like, could come to a grinding halt. In order to be able to drive to a safe location or run a generator, I always have a few large tins of fuel and gas bottles stored in the garage.

Having a dry area also designated to store a large supply of fire wood. This is a natural free way to provide heating and cooking.

If there is no power and the grid is out this brings along with it many other concerns and questions

Conclusion 

Water and food are certainly important among other things if we are to stay alive in a disaster. We need to now put a plan in place to keep ourselves safe. If we dont and delay we could find ourselves left out in the cold fighting for our lives.

Please any questions ask me below and I will get back to you ASAP

Keep safe

Cheers

Dave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple hiking tips and tricks to use on your next adventure

Simple hiking tips and tricks to use on your next adventure


 

Hiking the trails near to my home in Victoria Australia, leaves me with a feeling in awe. I must be living in the best place on Earth I tell myself. Do you feel the same way about the area you live in?

Sometimes I ponder for days which hike or camping trip I should do as there’s so many great areas to choose from, that I still haven’t seen

I’m so fortunate to live close to the Great Ocean Road and Ottways National Park. Do you live near a rain forest or perhaps a pristine coastal landscape? If so you will definitely know what I’m talking about.

The thing that I think on and talk to my friends about is, whether we take this natural beauty in or take it for granted?

I try to always have my senses in tune when I’m close to nature. Observing the endless variety of sights and sounds. Hearing the sounds of my favourite birds, wind in the tallest trees, makes me feel alive and free.

You can find beauty in almost any place on the planet, just some places you may have to look a bit harder than others.

Its true, humans have destroyed a lot of once beautiful landscapes, that use to be abundant with wild animals and plant life. Some places that come to mind are the Great Barrier Reef Australia, Amazon rain forests South America.

Getting out into the bush is an absolute must for me and if I leave it to long between trips, I feel drained anxious and grumpy. It’s like an itch that I can’t scratch. Raise your hand if you feel the same.

When walking up to the beginning of the trail and I notice the sign indicating the beginning of the hike, I get a adrenaline rush that lasts well beyond finishing the hike.
What helps me begin any hike or camping trip is what preparations I make beforehand. There are literally dozens of simple hiking tips and tricks that can make all the world of difference when you are out next on you are adventure

Within this post I thought of writing about some of these simple hiking tips and tricks that has inspired me to get out into  the great outdoors more regularly. In the coming posts I will give you more information on different hacks you can use for your next hiking or camping trip

But for now I will give you 4 that I use

Lets make preparation fun and exciting making the overall experience rewarding and fulfilling

How to blow up your camp mattress quickly, using a plastic bag

What did you say!

You’re telling me that I no longer need to spend 20 or so minutes blowing my heart out, trying to inflate my mattress?

That’s right.

What you need to do is, lay out your inflatable mattress on the ground. Make sure nothing sharp is on the ground underneath it such as sticks or rocks that could pierce a hole in it

Simply hold the plastic bag by the handles and scoop air into it. Just like if you were catching butterflies. Then once you have inflated your bag close it off so no air escapes.

Tuck the bag in to your mattress opening and push the air through, being careful not to lose any of the air from the bag.

Avoid lugging around a tent and blow up mattress by getting your hands on a Swag. Click here to find the best place to purchase

 

Water proof shoes

I love wearing Converse All Stars high top shoes. I know there not the most practical type of shoe to hike in but I love feeling the ground when walking. The thin sole offers me a lot of flexibility when I’m jumping between boulders or climbing trees etc

However theses are made from canvas and let in a tonne of water if I accidentally step into a puddle or if it rains

What you can do is grab yourself a tea light candle and rub the wax all over your shoes. Nice and thick. Then grab yourself a hairdryer and blow on a low hot heat all around the newly applied wax. This will melt the wax

It should go from white to clear and then you are all done. Water proof shoes

Click here to see my review on the top 3 best hiking shoes on the market

Long burning waterproof matches

Grab yourself and packet of matches and a roll of toilet paper. Unroll half a foot or so of toilet paper and cut it length ways in half.

Proceed to roll your match in the strip of paper so it wraps around it many times.

You need the head of the match exposed, and it should be nice and thick in the middle with the paper.

With some hot wax from a candle dip the match into it. Submerging the entire match in the wax.

Do this several times and store the matches back into the box. These will burn for ages

Fire wood holder for bundles of sticks

So you have spent the last hour or so collecting all your nights firewood to keep you warm under the stars.

What do I do now? I can’t possibly carry all these back to camp in one go.

What you need is 2 decent long sticks and 2 lengths of rope as long as you are arm.

Tie both ends of the rope to the ends of both sticks. It should look like a rectangle box shape with the sticks down one side and the ropes top and bottom

Place all you are firewood across the ropes and then lift it by holding the sticks. Stick carrying problem solved

Conclusion

There are many things you can use that are lying around at home that could potentially make your life a lot better when out hiking or camping next

When out next time you want to make what your carrying on you are back as light as possible, so try to improvise with what you can use.

Sometimes I will take tin foil with me so I can mold it around a rock to make dinner wear. Even a fork and spoon can be made out of an old plastic coke bottle. Duct tape can be wrapped around your lighter over and over, so you have some on hand if you need it. A car or house key can be threaded through one of your shoe laces and tucked under so you don’t lose or misplace it.

I hope this gives you a few ideas so you can make you are next hike or camp-out a little better

Leave any comments below and I will get back you as soon as I can

Cheers

Dave

 

 

 

 

 

 

Survival food supply review

Survival food supply review

NuManna INT-NMFP 

Emergency Survival Food Supply Kit

144 Meals that you can eat right now

Seperate Rations

Sturdy food grade bucket

25 plus year shelf life

GMO, SOY, MSG, ASPARTAME AND NO CORN SYRUP. LOW LEVEL OF FRUCTOSE

Sweet habanero pineapple and chilli, pilaf rice, black bean soup, chilli classic, potato cheesy soup and brown sugar oatmeal just to name a few

Best place to buy Amazon 

 

I thought a survival food supply review was definitely needed as I had my doubts weather the ones on the market were any good. But I must say I was pleasantly surprised that most were pretty good.

I have recently noticed the explosion of long shelf life survival foods hitting the market. As I have personally made all my own survival food kits, I was wondering how alot of these would stack up with what I had put together for myself and my family.

There’s lots of talk among the prepping community’s on how much one should store away if there were a shortage or stoppage of food supply at the stores in the event of a disaster scenario. Should it be 1 to 3 months or 5 to 10 years?

Some prepping families have a food and water supply of 25 years. This is a combination of food growing in gardens and a supply of pre made canned, vacuumed sealed bags and bottled foods, always at the ready. I know families that buy bulk water delivered to their doors on pallets

As with myself my long haul food pantry is slowly depleted as we go throughout the year. Every month or so I do a stock take of what food has been used and replenishing what’s been used. We always eat the foods that are going to go out of date the quickest. This means food never spoils and there’s always a fresh supply

This neat survival food supply kit comes in a very durable heavy container, so the little bugs and rodents wont be getting inside in a hurry. However always check regularly that there’s no bit and tooth marks from rats. They have extremely sharp teeth and Ive know them to bit around a steel bread tin like a can opener

Within this container you have a generous supply of 144 meals. Very yummy and the kids definitely wont be complaining. People are still continuing to buy the old army ration style of emergency food supplies. But just think about it, If you have a family good food will boost the mood of such a situation. There would be nothing worse than a terrible scenario and the food your about to put in the mouths of your wife and kids is below average.

A 25 year food supply is a weight of the shoulders knowing that if you needed to grab and run, you can do so with piece of mind.

Alot of the nasties are out of the foods that you will find in some other brands out there. So if you need to eat this food supply for 144 meals theres a good chance that you will feel pretty good and not sick and bloated

This is a good choice for survival food storage options. I like to have a few different options up my sleeve and don’t settle for one means of having food and water on hand

Thanks for reading my review

Cheers

Dave

 

 

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