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hiking and camping backpacks

hiking and camping backpacks

Hi there guys. Today we will be talking about hiking and camping backpacks

 What makes a good backpack

There are lots of backpacks on the market now that cater for all different types of applications. Backpacks that are designed to be carried short distances with little to carry, to the larger packs that you could carry your gear for months at a time.

Today there’s different colors you can choose from, helping you to stand out or to keep you in full camouflage if need be. Personally I tend to stick to a black or dark green pack as I want to stay within the colors of my surrounds. This is because when watching for wildlife, I don’t scare them off. However, there are some that like a colorful pack because if they get lost, they can easily be found.

Most packs now come with safety features such as an in built whistle. Pretty neat if you happen to be walking and fall off a ledge or get yourself lost. Most packs come with state of the art back support and comfortable waist straps. Inside there usually a water bladder and plenty of room for first aid kits, food and hiking equipment

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Are there a difference between gals and guys backpacks

There’s not a lot of difference between packs these days. Colours separate what the gals seem to choose over what the guys will gab. Girls tend to want heaps of inside storage space where a guy will want plenty of outside pockets and straps to hang things like axes, knives off

There are plenty of things to consider when you are choosing the right back pack. How long you are going to be away for, Your height, Your strength and endurance, What type of hiking or camping you are going to be doing

Some buy backpacks to use as there go bags. These packs are filled with the necessary items, if one had to flee there homes in the event of a disaster. These packs would be stored in the home or car and would be in an easily to grab area if they needed to go quickly. Plenty of disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, tsunamis, floods, mudslides are on the increase, so ones are now seeing the need to have one of these packs on standby ready to go.

Is a backpack meant to hurt my back when walking

When walking with your pack, it’s going to feel a lot different walking with it when it is empty to when it is full. When choosing keep in mind what exactly you will be intending to do with it. Don’t get talked into by the store owner to buy the latest and most expensive on one the self. A backpack when full should feel like you have little weight to carry and should hug your back comfortably. There should be good air flow between your back and the bag, so you don’t get a wet pack, and your cloths don’t get to smelly.

Shops will try to sell you the most expensive bag so beware

Keep in mind storage, durability, colors and how the pack feels when choosing. The most expensive packs in store are usually sitting on the racks right in front of your eyes when looking. Do your research when you are thinking about choosing a pack and read as many reviews as you can on that particular item. One of your hiking buddies might have bought themselves a backpack wich they love, however will be no good for you.

Check out this post on essential survival equipment that could save your life in a disaster 

I love outside pockets and the detachable daypack

I always like to know what sort of daypack come with the larger backpacks. The day pack is designed to unzip from the larger pack and carry things such as a camera, water, food and small first aid pouch. These small day packs are great and many of the good brands out there offer this option with there packs.

Pockets are something that I love to have on my larger hiking pack. I like pockets that are deep and tight, as I don’t want anything to fall out along the way. Often you may need to jump a tree branch or hop between rocks, so I don’t want anything to fall out

Is my pack going to stay dry if it rains?

Another thing you will want to consider is if the backpack is waterproof and is going to hold up to whatever is thrown at it. Most backpacks come with an all weather pull over that is located usually at the bottom of the bag. If the rain starts to belt down and you need to take cover, at least you know that your bag and contents will remain dry.

There is nothing worse walking into camp when it’s almost dark, having a wet backpack. This is the time of day when you will want to kick off all those smelly cloths so you can wash, put on some dry cloths, set up your dry tent, start a fire with your dry matches etc. So choose a backpack that’s going to stay dry in the event of bad weather.

Conclusion

I have written a few posts now about the importance of choosing the right backpack for all types of applications. There are plenty of places you can go to review different applications and get all the information you will need. Check out my links to help you make the most informed choice and buying a backpack should be a fun experience.

When buying you don’t even have to go new. I have personally bought some of my packs from garage sales, eBay, community sell swap buy sites on Facebook etc. Some people buy and use once then want to sell them. So you could always pick up a good deal there

Thanks for reading my blog and please leave any comments below and I will get back to you ASAP

Stay safe

Cheers

Dave

Recent Earthquakes Alaska

Recent Earthquakes Alaska

One place that’s being hammered by earthquakes in the last 12 months is Alaska. Recent earthquakes Alaska has had to endure, hasn’t been easy. The people who live there are over the tremors to say the least! The people have had wave after wave of smaller and larger, bone shaking earthquakes in previous months.

Fears about a catastrophic earthquake to shake all cities located around the Ring Of Fire to the ground

In the first days of January Alaska soar close to 100 earthquakes in total. 6 of theses were a magnitude 4.5 and higher which is quite extraordinary. Alaska is situated high up on the globe and is a state of the USA. Its north-western location runs very close to the words biggest fault line, The Ring Of Fire.

16 earthquakes measuring 4.5 and above have occurred in a space of 48 hours along the hugely volatile ring of fire on a single day followed by 53 the following day. This is a huge amount of activity and alot larger of what we have seen in the past. Even though the western coast of California didn’t see any significant activity on these days.

Lots of discussion about what this could mean for people who live on the fault line

Conspiracy theorist’s and scientists are sending chat rooms into meltdown, as they are predicting and warning that it’s just a matter of time before we see an earthquake that packs so much force, it will kill millions. Some are suggesting that these earthquakes that we are seeing in New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, Venezuela, Fiji, Bolivia are only the tip of the iceberg.

Scientists say California is in an earthquake drought as a 7.0 magnitude hasn’t occurred for a long time

California hasn’t seen any major events for quite some time so should we be concerned? In 1906 a huge earthquake ripped San Francisco apart killing 3000 people. Definitely California shows all the signs that it has been ravaged in the past by moving fault lines. The land scape surrounding San Francisco is scared with deep cuts in the earths surface where the land has pulled away and torn its self in two.

Can earthquakes be predicted?

With all the technology scientists have at their finger tips, they still can’t predict when an earthquake will occur. When an earthquake happens, it’s hard to pinpoint if it’s a single earthquake or a pre shock before a larger one.

What Alaska is enduring at the moment is a series of many smaller shocks, then the odd bigger one measuring over 4.5 comes barreling through. Not a nice feeling!

A girl I know lives and works in Anchorage and grew up in Alaska. She has told me that many of the buildings have broken apart and have suffered damage after the barrage of earthquakes they have had. Her building were she lives, has been weakened structurally and may need to be take it down. This is happening all around Anchorage as roads, schools, houses and buildings have been effected

It must be quite terrifying for all people living in Anchorage as thousands of earthquakes have been registered since the big one occurred on November 30th 2018. This registered as a magnitude 7.0 which is considered large. In fact as I write this post, an earthquake has happened in Alaska just now, measuring as a category 5.0. So as it appears there seems to be no let up for the people of Alaska

Conspiracy theorists, scientists and disaster watchers all point to a massive major event to hit California, as the Cascadia subduction is ready to pop like a compressed spring

All this activity around the Ring Of Fire in the past days and months is a conspiracy theorists and scientists dream. Many go years or even decades without seeing the activity we are seeing here on a daily basis.

They believe that these series of earthquakes is the start of the lead up to the big-one. The big one that they are pointing to is the location around the Californian Coast. This fault line is called the San Andreas. They reckon this fault line has been sleeping for far to long and is ready to wake up

A over due earthquake has been talked about for a long time in the scientific circles for this area of California. A magnitude 9 or greater here could see tremendous damage and the death toll could be in the millions.

Get your bud-out bags ready

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The ring of fire What is it?

The ring of fire is were two large tectonic (earths crust) plates meet. The heavier plates push under the lighter ones causing subductions and deep trenches in the ocean floor. There continually pushing and grinding at each other, fighting for space and room. The tectonic plates resemble a big jigsaw puzzle when looking at them from a map.

About 90% of all earthquakes happen around the fringes of the Pacific Ocean and has of all the active volcanos on earth. The plates are not connected or fixed together but float on top of whats called the mantle (molten rock). Often these plates collide or over time under huge amounts of pressure, let go.

These two plates (one being the Pacific plate) circles the Pacific Ocean from New Zealand up past Japan, over to Alaska and down past the western coast of California to the tip of south America. Spreading out along this fault line is 452 volcanoes that produce high seismic activity, are extremely volatile and unpredictable in nature.

What ever the case maybe we need to prepare now for the unknown.

The best way to avoid an earthquake is not to live on or near a major fault line. Many of our fault lines are pretty harmless and may never pose any threat to us, however we shouldn’t become complacent and pretend it won’t happen to me. That’s how people get killed in a disaster. Its when people are dont see the urgency of what can happen.

If it’s not earthquake, it can quite easily be something else of an equal serious nature. Hurricanes, tornadoes, bush and wild fires, floods, heatwaves, drought, ice and snow storms, tsunamis and then also man made disasters do happen and happen without warming

Keep safe everyone and prepare now before it’s to late

Remember to write a comment below to tell me your thoughts and concerns

Cheers

Dave

how to prepare for a disaster in the home FIRE

how to prepare for a disaster in the home FIRE

 

A house fire is one of the most common disasters to occur in the home. Thousands die every year in the United States alone. Sadly this is a number that can be greatly reduced by drawing up and becoming familiar with a fire evacuation plan. How to prepare for a disaster in the home should be on everybody’s priority list as it could save you and your family.

Evacuation plan

Keep calm and try not to panic (I know easier said than done)

Its of vital importance that you have a escape plan in place, in order for you and your family to survive a house fire. You should regularly go through the actions with your family, on how you would escape your home if its on fire. You should have all the details down in writing and a diagram drawn so you and your family can see it often.

I have a diagam of our house floor plan hung up in our pantry where the kids can see it. In the diagram I have counted steps from bedrooms to the exit points in the house. We regularly practice this with the lights off walking then crawling to exit.

In a house fire there’s a big chance that smoke will be everywhere so you need to know your home layout blindfolded, so you dont get disoriented in you cant see.

Stay away from fabrics

In the event of a house fire you want to stay down and close of the floor as you make your way to the exit points. Smoke rises and this smoke contains toxic gasses from synthetic fabrics, paints etc.

If you find that the heat is intense, it would be wise to remove any clothing thats synthetic. If you have time replace your clothing with woolen garments. Synthetic clothing can stick to your skin and create burns that are far more severe. Fabrics around the home will go up in flames much quicker that other house hold objects.

What if you cant get out

If you cant exit the building for any reason, it may be a good option to stay put. Dont open any doors and try to cover or block up any cracks. put towels, clothes, blankets whatever you can find to fill any gaps. A fire will gain momentum fast if exposed to  oxygen. The fire will suck in oxygen from anywhere it can, so keep doors and windows shut until help arrives.

Call for help if your trapped on the upper floor

If you are on a high upper level call out to passerbys for help. Use your phone to call for emergency assistance and wait calmly until help arrives. Have any fire extinguisher’s there with you if possible.

If your not to far from the ground escape through the window

If you are on the first floor you can simply climb out of the window and jump to the ground.  If you are on the 2nd floor you may opt to dangle down from a window ledge to swing down to the ground from.

Remember that if you leave a window open for too long the oxygen will fuel the fire. If you make the decision to escape through a open window then commit quickly.

Keep rope ladders on the top floors

In a few different locations on your upper floors, have rope ladders stored. Make this a area easy to locate by all the family. If a fire occurs you can dangle these from balconies or window ledges. This will make for a easy escape for all the family

Leave your house immediately after you hear your smoke alarms

Where most people die in a house fire is when they delay in gathering photos, clothes, documents etc. As soon as you hear your alarms go off, make a inspection that it is definitely a fire and if it is, take immediate action.

Wake up all people and hurry to the exit points. Any pets can be taken along with exiting. All of you should be fully up to speed with the evacuation plan, even small children.

Don’t assume everyone is following you to the exit. Gather everyone in the house and be the last person to leave. This insures that small children, elderly ones get to safety

Doors can serve as a protection

Doors can be a great protection in the event of a house fire. But remember to keep them closed if flames are in the opposite room. If you are not sure where the fire is located, touch the handle of the door or the door itself.

If it’s hot to touch don’t open the door as flames will certainly be on the other side. Also if smoke is billowing from under the door this is another indication that there’s flames on the other side

Have a smoke respirator on stand by

Smoke is definitely the number 1 thing that kills most people in a house fire. Within 5 minutes toxic gas and smoke would render a person that has suffered from smoke interrelation unconsciousness. Brain damage would soon result if exposed to longer periods and probably death.

Have a smoke respirator on hand in a few different locations in the house that you can grab in a emergency. Failing this you can use a large plastic bottle, empty it and cut the bottom off. Cut it so it molds around your face in a slopping direction. Place a wet spong in the neck of the bottle and put it to your face. This will cut out most of the deadly gas and smoke

Take your fire plan seriously

Fire in the home is something that we all need to take very seriously. Way too many die in homes due to fire and sadly alot are children. Parents need to be diligent in taking this topic very serious and need to put a real plan in place.

Any questions regarding fire evacuation plans or help putting one together, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Are there any other things I forgot to mention here? Let me know in the comments below

Stay safe

Cheers

Dave

escape submerged vehicle in less than a minute

escape submerged vehicle in less than a minute

 

Escape submerged vehicle in less than a minute! Experts suggest this tactic if your car happens to find itself sinking into the watery deep. But what if you throw a few logistical nightmares into the mix such as children or elderly people? Could you save everyone involved?

Bad driving got me thinking

Recently my family and I were driving along the Great Ocean Road in the very beautiful state of Victoria Australia. This is a very scenic road that whines itself along the coast for hundreds of kilometers. Its spectacular driving this road because often in sections the road actually goes out above the water, giving the driver and passengers a view of the crashing waves below.

Many overseas tourists come to drive this road at all times of the year and it’s often the busiest throughout the summer period. Super bikes, Harleys, European sports cars, Hot rods, muscle cars and retro vintage cars all take advantage of what this road has to offer. Many beaches, restaurants and cafes are jammed packed and you can’t get a car spot for miles.

A lot of tourists come out here from countries where you drive on the right side of the road, not like here in Australia where you drive on the left. This adds to a lot of confusion and often you will see head on accidents along this stretch of road

Whilst driving taking in the view, I made mention to my wife that driving this road this time of year is quite dangerous. She nodded her head and said that its pretty nuts. Many drivers were swerving all over the place, uncertain whether they had to stay on the left or right side of the road. Nuts alright!

My oldest son happened to say, I hope they don’t drive off the road into the ocean below. Wow! I thought. Imagine that I said, that could be a real disaster if they didn’t know how to escape.

This got me thinking and we started talking about it for the remainder of the drive

How do you escape from a sinking car?

Experts say that as soon as the car hits the water and settles, this is the exact time you should unbuckle your seat belt, wind down the window and climb out. This is great if you have a crank winding handle, but what if you have powered windows? Most car manufacturers guarantee that all car circuitry will work for 10 minutes in a submerged situation.

That’s great but what if the powered windows fail and don’t go down?

Smashing your side window is your best option. The front windscreen is made from toughened composite glass and it won’t break no matter how hard you thump on it. Using a hammer or pointed heavy steel type object (hammer) is recommended in assisting you with breaking it. Failing you don’t have a hammer in the car you can use your elbow to break it. Failing your elbow is not up for the job you can use the pointed steel parts from your head rest, whacking this on the glass instead

Remember when the glass breaks, clear away all the glass from the door frame so it doesn’t cut you.

Failing you have children in the car, what do I do?

Unbuckle your seat belt first, then work unbuckling the oldest through to the youngest. This is so that the older children can assist you if need be with the younger children. Have the windows already wound down and start exiting your children from the car, oldest to youngest. Hopefully the water hasn’t breached the windows at this point, but if it is starts to pouring in keep your calm. (Easier said than done I know)

Elderly or in firmed people would need the most help, but help them after the children have vacated the car. If their are any older children perhaps in their teens, they can assist you with this.

Windows didn’t break or go down. What to do now?

 

If the windows didn’t break or go down when you tried, your best option now is just let the car sink down to the bottom and settle. You will still be able to breathe for a considerable amount of time as the water won’t pour in fast at first. Don’t try to open the doors until the car has completely come to rest on the bottom and the water level is up around your chin. The inside pressure of the car and the outside pressure will now allow you to open your doors.

Take the last remaining bit of air taking a deep breath. Have all the children copy you and talk through what they need to do as the water is coming in and rising. Once the water has completely filled the car open the doors and swim out. Failing you are disoriented and don’t know where’s up, follow the air bubbles to the surface.

If their are any still in the car, take a deep breath and swim down pulling them out.

People would be swimming over to you by now and on the scene assisting. A car leaving the road and floating on the surface of the water is not something you see every day, so people will be only too happy to help

Conclusion

This is quite a scary scenario and is probably making your hands sweaty at just the thought of it. (I know it made my hands a little). Go through this scenario with your family, and being prepared will definitely help if this was to ever happen

Just try not to find yourself in your car out in deep water, that’s my best tip

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog

What do you think? Can any other suggestions be added?

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All the best and stay safe

Cheers

Dave

Latest Earthquakes

Latest Earthquakes

 

Plenty of earthquake activity is taking place around the globe and it doesn’t seem to be easing up.

Have you been effected by this increase of tectonic movement that all the experts seem to be raving on about?

This increase in activity could be an indication that a massive one is just around the corner around the highly volatile Ring Of Fire. Scientists for the past decade have been saying that California is well over due for a big one. An earthquake with a magnitude of 8 or higher along the San Andreas fault would see many people in danger and there would be a large loss of life

Just like the Hollywood blockbusters that depicts building’s crashing to the ground or massive tsunamis enveloping entire cities, we are constantly being exposed to footage of the effects of natural disasters and the vulnerability that people find themselves in after one takes place

How do I avoid earthquakes?

Cities now are more populated than ever. Anchorage, in Alaska just recently went through a series of earthquakes that busted up roads, building’s and parkland. But Alaska has always been rocked by earthquake’s and according to the long term residents, rumbling and shaking of the ground happens all the time

If you want to avoid earthquakes, move to areas that are nowhere near a fault line or a history of such disasters

Japan has always had consistent seismic movement because of its location to the Ring Of Fire. The deep ocean trenches such as the Mariana trench, are evidence of the grinding tectonic plates that smash themselves together forming huge deep valleys on the ocean floor. These trenches are also home to many hundreds of active volcanoes indicating the volatile nature of The Ring Of Fire

This Ring Of Fire horse shoes its way up from New Zealand, fringing the eastern coast of Japan, turning its way over to Alaska, then down through the western coast of California, finishing up off the S/Western coastline of South America

New Zealand has copped its fair share of destabilization from tectonic movement over the years. Christchurch is still rebuilding after a big one hit a few years back. Footage showed people running for their lives as buildings crashed and ground split underneath them.

And we can never forget Japan’s earthquake that sent a tsunami barreling its way through villages, swamping everything in its path. Scary footage indeed

Large dormant volcanoes that could come to life at any time, dot all over the place around the northern part of the Ring Of Fire making many people uneasy with uncertainty

Yellow Stone national park could blow its top at any stage making this place a volcanologists paradise

Have I made your palms sweaty yet?

Yes a large percentage of the world’s population live on highly volatile fault lines. That is why when a large scale earthquake occurs, they tend to happen in these densely populated areas and tragically loss of life happens

Earthquakes fire off all the time but occur deep down near the earths core. The earths tectonic plates are continually moving and nobody can predict when pressure is going to be released from any one of these.

For example scientific experts say that the San Andrea’s fault must be under extreme pressure and ready to let go at any time. But simply no one knows. It could continue to stay that way for another 50 years

Plenty of action happening deep down

Many earthquakes happen with us not feeling anything at all. They usually occur deep down beneath the ocean floor and go undetected by people on land. Scientists have detectors that can pick up the lowest of vibrations. The earth undergoes thousands of earthquakes per day, but most are in the low magnitude scale and are not felt by humans

But occasionally an earthquake happens close to the earths surface, and this is where it becomes dangerous and the loss of human life can take place

A decade of large earthquakes

Most of the latest earthquakes we have seen, have been some of the biggest in history. Here’s a list of a few earthquakes that may come to mind

Chiapas Mexico, 2017 Magnitude 8.2

Ecuador 2016 April 16 Magnitude 7.8

Chile 2015 September 16 Magnitude 8.3

Nepal 2015 April 25 Magnitude 7.8

China, 2014 August 3 Magnitude 6.5

Pakistan 2013 September 24 Magnitude 7.7

These earthquakes killed many hundreds of people and there was no warning that one was about to strike.

What do I do in an earthquake?

Many people don’t know what to do in an earthquake and this is where people die.

Gaining knowledge now on how to prepare for an earthquake and what to do when in an earthquake is vital for survival.

Loss of life usually occurs because things fall on people due to the shaking and swaying. Anything that can topple over such as, large pot plants, statues, furniture, large paintings on walls etc. These items can sometimes be very heavy and can crush someone in an instant.

When you feel the beginnings of an earthquake, quickly make your way under a solid object. Desks or large tables are good choices to seek refuge. Put your hands over the top of your head to stop any falling glass landing on you. Try to wrap some material around your nose and mouth such as a hat, scarf, shirt, jumper, handkerchief etc. This will prevent any dust filling your lungs.

Taking cover underneath solid objects would stop any plaster falling on you from walls and ceilings and hopefully give you protection if the building was to collapse.

When the chaos stops

If you can make your way quickly and safely to an exit do so. This is not the time to linger around to check out what’s just happened, snap some selfies on your smartphone and upload them to Instagram. Get yourself to the street as quickly as possible then take all the pictures you want.

Always know where the exit doors are when you are at any location and always carry on you documentation of who you are.

Earthquakes can devastate places and lives in an instant so educate yourself now on survival techniques by visiting my other posts on survival techniques in a disaster

Do you agree with what I have written about here? I would love to hear your feedback on this post.

I will endeavor to respond back to you ASAP

Cheers and stay safe

 

 

 

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



 

 

 

 

Survival Scenario Exercise

Survival Scenario Exercise

Having good fitness in the event of a disaster will help us endure and survive. Whether it’s a natural or man made disaster that we find staring down, having a good survival scenario exercise plan in place will definitely give you the tools needed to mentally and physically prepare and survive.

What’s the point! I would probably die anyway

You may question whether fitness is needed in a survival situation and that it’s pointless. You may reason that unforeseen circumstances could befall us in a disaster, and even having the best of fitness wouldn’t help us survive.

But what if we happen to survive? You could find yourself in any number of different situations needing your strength and stamina.

To physically not prepare for a disaster could be fatal

We have all heard of the stories of survivors who had to fight to stay alive after a disaster. Whether it’s been an earthquake or a rescue out at sea, many survivors later say that if they weren’t physically and mentally strong enough they would have died

Yes you can still have a good chance of survival if you are unfit, but the chances of your survival after a disaster could be decreased.



Training in the mornings is always the best time to do it.

When you have been sleeping all night in a nice comfy bed, the last thing you may not want to be doing is getting up and hitting the pavement.

But this is the best time to do it for a number of reasons

  1. Getting it over and done
  2. Weight loss
  3. Focused mindset for the rest of the day

Someone can maintain good fitness in a variety of ways by using what’s on hand around the home or walking tracks or pathways nearby.

Having a good routine at some point of the day when you can set aside 60 minutes for exercise will definitely have positive effects on your mind and body

I find that as soon as I wake up exercise is best done on an empty stomach. This is because we are clear and focused from a good night’s sleep and once we begin to exercise our body will get it’s energy from your fat stores.

I typically start the day off by

  • Walking briskly for 15 minutes
  • Do a combination of different weight training exercises for 30 minutes
  • Cool down spin bike for 15 minutes

You can have good physical fitness by setting aside 60 minutes a day

Home workout and survival mode training

A disaster could call on us to put our bodies to the test. Who knows what things and different scenarios we may face

We may need to walk a large distance to find help, lift wreckage to find survivors or maintain a positive mindset to help other survivors. So when we train for survival we must keep in mind the many scenarios we could find our selves in and train for those scenarios

Some areas I think are a must with any survival fitness routine are

  • Good core strength
  • Good leg strength
  • Good flexibility
  • Focused mindset

Exercises such as

  • Abdominal crunches
  • Planks
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Chin ups
  • Bent over row
  • Dips
  • Push ups
  • Dead lifts
  • Stretching
  • Meditation
  • Jogging

Having a daily routine combining these exercises with a healthy diet, will give you the strength and focus needed for any disaster that may come your way

Disaster + fitness = survival

I have reaped the benefits of having good health and fitness for many years now. I have seen the importance of keeping a good routine in place and have passed this knowledge down to my wife and kids

If a disaster were to occur and have immediate effects on us, I’m confident that having a measure of fitness will keep us safe and alive. I don’t know if I could be separated from my family because of circumstances. But I’m put at ease knowing that they are mentally and physically prepared if a disaster was to strike

People are rewarded in public for what they practice for years in private

History has shown in the past that after a natural disaster, crime and violence are sure to fill the gap. People will go to great lengths to get food and will often resort to stealing and violence to get what they need.

If we were lacking physically and mentally, how could we take care of ourselves and family in the chaos that can often proceed a disaster?

How you train now will show itself in the event of a disaster and will save your life

Train now! Get off the couch, put down the Netflix remote and get moving

Getting fit and healthy can be fun and exciting. If you have the right exercise routine in place and can exercise with a good friend or family member, exercise can become addictive.

Many chemicals are released from the brain when we exercise, and these chemicals are called endorphins. Dopamine is one of these feel good chemicals and is released through meditation and exercise.
Once you start seeing changes in your body, your thinking will change on how you view exercise and you will gain momentum. This momentum will be a key to your survival in a disaster

Small steps and remember, good physical fitness doesn’t happen overnight

Try to view any exercise and health routine in small steps. People tend to think that results should happen almost immediately and then they drop off, but just remember to be patient and show persistence and your hard efforts will pay off in time.

Clear focused mindset

But how important is it to make good clear decisions if you were caught up in a natural disaster?

It could definitely give you the edge over most people and help you make the best decisions to get you out of anything. This is why we need to work hard at all aspects of our body, to grow in a deeper awareness of ourselves. This will maximize our abilities if needed

Set aside if possible 10 minutes twice a day, doing some sort of meditation and breathing practice. When I do this, I try to find a quiet spot away from any noise. I breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, let out for 5 seconds and hold for 5 seconds. I repeat this for 10 minutes, thinking of all the things I am grateful for in life



Sometimes it’s hard to put health and fitness first at the top of the priority list. Juggling home chores, working all week, being there for the kids, socializing etc. can take a toll on our bodies. Not to mention the part these things play out on stress and anxiety.

The professionals say that any new habit that you start needs to be carried out for at least 21 days for it to stick, so be prepared for this to be challenging for the first few weeks.

Remember, make sure before you take on any exercise program that you first consult with your doctor.

Conclusion

There are many simple things we can do at home to build up our strength, mindset and fitness. We have considered some exercises that can be simply done in a short amount of time. Its imperative that we put a plan of action in place now in order to survive a disaster

Thank you for reading my blog and please any questions feel free to leave it below in the comments

Be safe

Dave


How to survive the end of the world

How to survive the end of the world

Have you ever thought about what would happen if everything we know the world to be, was to shut down. Imagine that we could no longer obtain the things that we depend on each and every day.

Surviving the end of the world is on a lot of peoples minds as television shows, movies and YouTube clips on this topic is in demand. We now take many things for granted that make our lives very easy but what if overnight they were gone?

If we ponder long enough on this, we may start to realise that our money won’t save us if the economy goes belly up.

So what would keep us going and keep bread on the table if money no longer had any value? Could we survive? What things could we stock pile now that would help us barter for item’s and what skills could we acquire now that we could use in a post apocalyptic world?

We will consider what will have value and what won’t in this post

Gold and silver

People will revert back to gold and silver once money has lost its value. Looking look back in history you will discover that banks hold the upper hand when it comes to your money.

If the economy crashes, banks will pay back everyone at the top of the pyramid and then that money will gradually filtrate down to the bottom. So if you think you are safe having your money tied up in a bank, think again. History shows that banks can simply shut their doors

In recent times countries such as Venezuela have been suffering at the hands of government where corruption thrives. Inflation has been so high in this country, that a truckload of cash still wouldn’t buy your grocery shopping. Pretty frightening if you’re under prepared.

People are starting to invest their cash into gold and silver and putting it in a safe place (buried underground most of the time). There’s a lot of uncertainty in the stock market lately as you don’t have to look far to see gold rising and stocks starting to drop. This forecast is quite worrying as hesitation in the market could lead to an economic collapse.

Gold and silver won’t have value for to long after a post apocalyptic world. This is because you can’t eat gold and silver and it’s only use will be for utensils. Or in the case of silver its use could be for circuitry and technology after a long period of time

Some say gem stones are worth investing in and would be good to use as a bartering item, but not many people can determine what is a real stone from a fake. I think a lot of people will steer away from using gem stones to barter with

Vice products

Vice products will be the source of currency. Here in Australia you have what’s called the beer economy. When you carry out a job for a friend such as carpentry, plumbing etc. you get paid with a cartoon of beer. This seems to work very well with both parties are left happy

 

 

Tobacco

Cigarettes and cigars would be worth storing now and could be a great item to barter with in a cashless world. Having several boxes of cigarettes and cigars lying around will become very handy

 

Alcohol

After everyone breaks in and steals all the alcohol in the stores throughout the world and all of the good stuff has been consumed, people will desire a drink from time to time.

The problem with alcohol is that it’s big and bulky and takes up a large area of space. I suggest that you store spirits and not beers because you get more bang for your buck with spirits.

If you were the only man in your neighborhood that had bottles of single malt whiskey and over proof rum imagine how popular you would be. You would definitely need good security around your precious stash, from people wanting to steal it. (guard dog)

 

Medication

You will definitely be able to trade pills like currency in a post grid down situation. You can definitely bet your bottom dollar that you will be hard up even finding an aspirin. Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen will be on high demand, as well as cough and cold remedies, and the list of medications for illnesses are endless.

Ammunition

In history, bullets have been used to trade. In the old west men would trade bullets for a drink of alcohol. I’m pretty sure that’s where the term shot glass came from. It was because you could trade a drink for a bullet.

Carrying guns would increase in a post apocalyptic world and that’s where if you have a stock pile of weapons and ammunition, you will be in hot demand. Personally I like crossbow’s and compound bows, as I can fashion my own arrows and have as many as I need on standby.

 

Seeds

If people Required to get themselves going again in the garden they will want seeds. Having a well researched seed bank now will guarantee that you and your family can survive a time like this. If the government falls hard economically and can’t supply the people with food, seeds will be a good item for trading.

Coffee and tea

Coffee and tea products will be highly valuable and will be needed. Everywhere you go now people are drinking coffee and tea in the truck loads. Coffee will certainly be king

 

Batteries

Having batteries properly packaged and stored also will be a great asset. However, batteries don’t store for a long period so you may want to come up with different methods of harnessing power. Solar power and wind turbines directing power back into batteries is a good option.

Spices, sugar and seasonings

Once upon a time pepper was worth its weight in gold literally!

  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Fennel seeds
  • Cumin
  • Curry powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger and garlic powder

These are just some off the items that will be in high demand and also they store for a long period.

 

Fuel

Gasoline, butane, kerosene, oil, propane where are you going to get it?

Just sit and wait at any gas station long enough to see all the automobiles filling up. Stay long enough and you will notice fuel tankers off loading their supplies multiple times a day to keep these stations going.

Imagine the grinding halt that would occur if fuel supply stopped? Everything would stop. Hospitals, buses, trains, airplanes, cars, trucks, shopping centers, electricity companies, water supply and the list goes on and on

 

What skills can I offer to a post apocalyptic, cashless world?

The man or woman who

  • Brews the beer
  • Can pull out a sore tooth
  • Can cut and butcher meats
  • Can hunt game and catch fish
  • Can tan hide and make jerky
  • Can make clothes
  • Can make an ice cube (science)
  • Can craft using metal and wood
  • Can entertain people
  • Can treat illnesses naturally
  • Can grow food
  • Can generate power
  • Can make a coffee
  • Can make glass and pottery

And I could go on forever.

Conclusion

It’s never too late to learn some skill that our grandparents, grandparents used to know. You can find lots of classes on-line or in your area to learn some of these fazed out skills. Sometimes its just asking your old neighbor or perhaps your grandfather how things were done in the old days.

Pick up some books on different survival topics at your local library and educate yourself on these.

Start storing items that will be handy to have, for bartering purposes

Make for yourself a good preppers pantry to have all these organized and do a stock take on these items regularly to check for any spoiled items.

Thank you for reading my blog and I’m interested in what you thought.

Any questions please feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP

Cheers

Dave

treatment for anxiety and panic attacks in or after a disaster

treatment for anxiety and panic attacks in or after a disaster


A disaster close to home

Back in 1989 on a beautiful Thursday afternoon, an earthquake struck Newcastle Australia, with a magnitude 5.6 on the Richter scale. People t the time all over the news coverage said it was a truly frightening experience, one that they will never forget.

This natural disaster killed 13 people and injured at least 160. The Newcastle earthquake at the time was rated Australia’s worst natural disaster in history, as the damage bill topped around 4 billion
I remember this day well because it happened all so fast. We only lived a short distance away from Newcastle where it the earthquake struck. I was 11 years of age and sitting on the lounge, watching a movie on television with a friend. All of a sudden I felt this vibration through the house. We both looked at each other in total amazement as the whole house moved and swayed like we were sitting in a house made of jelly.

We couldn’t believe what had just happened!

As the floor swayed around us, I remember a sound building up and intensifying almost becoming deafening. We rushed outside to see what was going on and to our surprise, all our neighbors were standing outside also.

As kids we didn’t exactly know what had just happened until later that day, we saw the coverage on the news that an earthquake had smashed buildings and devastated homes all throughout Newcastle.

Many weeks after the earthquake, many people were talking about the increasing feelings of anxiety and panic attacks.

The loss of life and all the damage to homes were all too much for some people. Many people thought that possibly another big earthquake could be on the horizon. An earthquake of this size was quite rare in Australia.

Anxiety and fear of the thought of a natural disaster

Do you get anxious and stressed at the thought of a natural disaster happening where you live? The people of Japan were all going about their business back in 2011 when the fatal and devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck and then followed by a powerful tsunami. We all remember the footage of the massive wall of water enveloping everything in its path.

Should we live in fear that this could happen where we live?

Some countries live in constant fear that someday soon the location where they live could be devastated by a natural disaster. The majority of people who live in Japan, South America, New Zealand (to name a few) all know that at any moment a disaster could strike.

Scientists have long been saying that California is long over due for a massive quake, and that anything over a 9.0 magnitude would have devastating effects. This is quite scary as a quake of this magnitude and on this level of destruction would have massive negative implications on the economy, which could lead to massive population unrest.

Melt down mode

Back in 1997 a tragedy occurred in Australia at the ski village of Thredbo. In the late stages of the night in sub-zero temperatures a landslide occurred and destroyed two buildings killing 18 people. One of the survivors was a ski instructor named Stuart Diver. He endured 11 hours in the freezing cold under a slab of concrete, deep under the rubble with water flowing around him.

It was a truly magnificent show of human strength and courage by Stuart and the rescue team and the images that were seen across the world were etched in all our minds.

Later on some 15 years later I saw an interview on television with Stuart. He told the viewers of his personal melt down and struggle with depression, fear and panic attacks. He lives a constant reminder of how lucky he was to survive but the sorrow of losing the person he loved in the disaster that took place.

Learn meditation to calm your thoughts

Meditation is a process of calming your thoughts through breathing and thinking. If we learn how to do this now, we can control our emotions in any given circumstance. Meditation will lower your heart rate and clear your mind on the things you will be needing to do.



The word fear is broken down like this

F – forget

E – everything

A – and

R – run

Its amazing what the human body does when its faced with a fight or flight situation. Your body goes into hyper sensitive mode readying your body for acute awareness to take immediate action. The only thing is that these days people don’t know how to go back to normal when they are faced with a fearful situation.

Back in early human history, our ancestors had many stressful and sometimes life threatening things happen in a single day. Whether it was a Sabre tooth tiger running behind you or a wooly mammoth trying to eat you, your body would gear its self up for survival and operate very efficiently to survive. However, the body would recover its normal behavior a short time later until the next stressful situation.

Now if someone cuts us off on the freeway or bangs into our shopping trolley we straight away go into fight or flight mode, we find it hard to wind back down. This is because we live in a time when everything is so fast paced with a lot going on. This raised awareness of fight or flight many times throughout the day leads to massive amounts of stress and eventually this type of continual stress will give the body to all sorts of disease in the body.

When in fight or flight mode you will experience many changes in the body. Do you feel like this when your fearful or experiencing a panic attack?

  • Raised heart beat
  • Sweety and clammy with perspiration
  • Very acute awareness
  • Your mouth goes dry
  • Everything goes very loud

Conclusion

When reading about the many hardships people are facing all around the world due to going through natural disasters or perhaps their own personal disaster, we can take stock now to learn how to control our emotions so they don’t control us. Take time to learn how to meditate and you will see many benefits in a short period.

I have experienced both anxiety and panic attacks on and off throughout my life and only recently learned of the powerful effects of meditation. I know firsthand how debilitating these can be on everyday life, but there is a way out

 

 

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