The Importance of Wilderness Survival Skills

Wilderness survivalWilderness survival can be one of the most challenging adventures of a lifetime. Being in the wild and with nature can be a profound experience. There can be a great time to be had when engaging in wilderness adventure. However, things in the wilderness may not be just about sightseeing, exploration and fun. If one desires to venture the wild and to keep alive staying there, he should know wilderness survival skills.

To learn the basic wilderness survival skills, one should enroll in a survival skill program offered by a survival school. Participating in survival training seminar could also be an option. Various schools and institutions may have their own survival programs. Nevertheless, the programs offered may integrate the basic survival skills.
Survival schools may give instructions on aboriginal survival skills. One can check out survival schools or survival programs in local community or schools. It is also possible to learn the wilderness survival skills by reading survival articles on some websites and practicing them in local wilderness areas. Read More …

Cement Mixer Brass Tumbler

Cement Mixer Brass TumblerI got into reloading for cost savings, but I stay involved to ensure that I can still shoot in ammo shortages – it’s not necessarily enjoyable to me as a hobby, so I try to keep my reloading as cheap and efficient as I can.

Cleaning an polishing brass is one area that takes a large amount of time, yet lends itself to experimentation.

I find that I can get walnut media in bulk, cheaply at harbor freight – it is used in abrasive blasters. I cleans really good, even if it does not polish as well as corncob media.

I have several small vibratory cleaners, and they work well, but when I am cleaning range brass, or 5 gallon buckets of once fired brass from classes – I spend way too much time sorting media from brass and loading and unloading the machine.

I recently bought an inexpensive harbor freight mixer for some cement projects and while doing internet research stumbled on the idea of using a cement mixer as a tumbler…

After thinking about it, I realized that it was a great idea.

Some forums like arfcom have full threads about this, and after lurking on several I find that many recommend installing the mixer without the internal paddles, and that many spray the inside of the barrel with a rubber coating to decrease the sound.

Many also fit a lid made out of plywood or even a pizza pan so that they reduce lead dust.

I am going to leave mine in the original configuration, because I will use it as a cement mixer more often that I will as a tumbler.

I do find it does a good job, and since I can do a bucket at a time, it saves a lot of work.

The only thing I recommend is to sort brass before you tumble, as 9mm can get stuck in 40 cases and that is big pita…

Northern Industrial Portable Electric Cement Mixer – 4.1 Cubic Ft., Model# CM305A


The Northern Industrial portable electric cement mixer features a 120V AC motor that drives the 4.1 cu. ft. capacity drum. Drum Speed (RPM): 30, Tire Type: Solid rubber, Wet Material Volume (cu. ft.): 1.94, Drum Material Type: Metal, 50-lb. Bag Capacity (qty.): 5, Empty Drum Volume (cu. ft.): 4.1, Tire Size (in.): 10 dia. x 1.6 W, Pre-Mix Weight Capacity (lbs.): 246, Weight Capacity (lbs.): 290, Drum Diameter (in.): 22 3/10, HP: 1/2, Overall Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 45.5 x 28 x 55, Speed (RPM): 1,720, Volts: 120, Drum Opening (in.): 14
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Toilet Paper Holder

toilet paperIf you want a more watertight Toilet Paper Holder holder than the one we showed you a few months ago h, I have a more complex version.

This version uses a 2-liter soda bottle, some string, tape and a ziplock bag.

  • Cut the bottle in half, ensuring that the end with the spout is deep enough to hold your roll.
  • Split the bottom of a heavy duty freezer bag and place the split end over and around the cut end of your bottle.
  • Duct tape the bag to the bottle. – This should make an opening on either end – the bottle spout on one, and the bag ziplock on the other.
  • Poke a hole in the center of the bottle top and thread a string through it, knot it on the inside so it will not pull out. Attach the other end of the string to the neck of the bottle.
  • In the center of the ziplock zipper, and outside of the actual bag, strengthen both sides with a piece of tape folded over. Do each side individually so that the zipper is not taped together.
  • Poke a hole through the tape and the bag. Thread a length of string through the two holes – this is your hanging string.

To use

  • Remove the center from a roll of toilet paper.
  • Pull out one end of the paper from the center of the roll
  • Open the ziplock end of the holder and drop in the toilet paper, pulled end down
  • Fish the pulled out TP through the neck of the bottle
  • Hang near your latrine area, and pull TP out as required.
  • Screw lid on when done to keep anything from nesting in your holder.
  • Wash hands and go enjoy the woods…

The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail


Supreme long-distance hiker Andrew Skurka shares his hard-earned knowledge in this essential guide to backpacking gear and skills. Described by National Geographic as “one of the best traveled and fastest hikers on the planet,” and named “Adventurer of the Year” by Outside and “Person of the Year” by Backpacker, Skurka recounts what he’s learned from more than 30,000 miles of long-distance adventures, most recently a 4,700-mile 6-month loop around Alaska and Canada’s Yukon.

Whether you’re a first-time backpacker, an occasional weekend warrior or a seasoned long-distance trekker, you’ll love this guide. Learn exactly what you need to carry – both on your back and between your ears – for all seasons and circumstances through a show-and-tell of clothing, footwear, backpacks, shelter and sleep systems, and more, as well as through detailed articles on foot care, campsite selection and hiking efficiency. Skurka’s practical and priceless recommendations give you all the tools and techniques you’ll need to hit the trail.

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