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    Practical Solution for Outdoor/Wilderness Repairs

    The picture shows the damage done by a Polar Bear; repaired by self-adhesive, waterproof tape Tape and Seam seal are important items in any repair kit, having almost unlimited uses is a must-have for every adventure. Ideal at home, on a family camping holiday or during the rigours of long expeditions into the wilderness and on occasions it is the survivalist best friend. Even the best of gear can get damaged, and it’s always at the worst possible time! TUFF Tape is quick to repair rips in waterproof clothing  fabrics, canoes,tents and more….. Stormseal is a water-based seam sealer that comes in a squeezable bottle with a foam pad for easy and precise application. The…

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    Foolproof Fire Starter

    A cotton ball impregnated with petroleum jelly (Vaseline) makes an outstanding Safe, Lightweight Fire Lighter; practical addition in your Survival Kit Ingredients Cotton Wool Balls Tub of petroleum jelly Ziplock bag / Grip seal bag How to make a ‘Cotton Ball’ Fire Lighter Open your ziplock bag Spoon in your petroleum jelly Add some cotton balls Zip and seal bag Gently squish and kneading the jelly into the cotton balls Don’t saturate the balls, you need dry cotton fibres Petroleum jelly in its normal solid state is ‘Not’ flammable but Cotton fibres are. The combination works on the same principle as a candle –you ignite the dry fibres of the…

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    Aluminium foil can be used as a versatile survival tool 

    It keeps heat and cold in because it does not efficiently radiate nor absorb heat Cooking – roasting, steaming, frying.  Create improvised pots, food container and plates Use as a Wind shield & reflect heat around cooking stove and/or a camp fire Build a Solar oven Signal mirror, also cut into multiple strips acts as signalling flag Fishing lures By placing your fire starter on top of an aluminium sheet you will stop the wax or jelly leaking into the ground **Excellent fire-starter is Vaseline-coated cotton balls Police and cybersecurity experts recommend wrapping your car’s key fob in tin foil so potential thieves won’t be able to intercept your signal.

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    Adventurer’s must-have Survival Shovel for ‘tasks’ in camp, on the trail or in the wilds.

    Multi benefits & Uses Except from “Live a Life to Die For” by Roger Davies (page 129). Then I would cut snow blocks to be melted for drinking and cooking. I continued to secure the pulks, shovelling snow to cover the valence, to help keep the draughts to a minimum and also stops snow being blown up between the inner and outer tent in high wind and blizzard conditions. I then dug a little cold air trench in the vestibule space between the tent’s inner and outer door. This allows space for cold air to sink below the platform on which you are sleeping. Every little bit counts. It also gives…

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    Sometimes problem weather is more than a weather problem

    Emergency Thermal Blankets and Bags are essential in your survival kit; providing emergency shelter from the cold, wet and wind A Thermal Blanket is a reusable, lightweight and waterproof Windproof: the killing factor is wind chill effect Dramatically lowers users body heat-loss rate – keeping you warmer Importantly retains over 90% of radiated body heat Sized for one or two people. The Survival Bag can provide a personal lifesaving shelter Providing ‘total body’coverage and protection Waterproof & Windproof Durable and Lightweight Accommodate two people Highly visible from a distance and radar reflective….search & rescue  ‘Safety’ Orange is used to set objects apart, making it easily visible to the human eye even in…

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    Healthy feet are the essential foundation for an active life

    Check your feet regularly  Wash your feet every day Dry them well, especially between your toes Avoid dry & cracking by moisturising regularly Wear the correct footwear for the event / adventure Double check your shoes are the right size Train in the shoes & socks you intend to wear Change socks as often as possible – daily is more sociable  Rotate your footwear; trainers or camp shoes after a day’s trekking Roll-a-ball under your feet; it relaxes tight muscles & ligaments. Trim your toenails; Lads, a pedicure is cool but a paint job is questionable!   *Consult with a podiatrist if you have any concerns; not just your about an injury or footwear…

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    Etiquette on the Trail

    My, not so secret tips on Tent Etiquette Keep the inside your tent clean and tidy, OCD works! Take your shoes/boots off before you get in the tent Change your socks daily Respecting personal space and quiet times Establish a routine to share tent tasks Personal hygiene; breathe, pits and private bits!!! Weakest bladder nearest the door/flap My, not so secret tips on the Trail Etiquette Leave No trace, only footprints Be prepared to share Make an effort to be friendly and talk to everybody Dispose of all trash properly If nature calls – leave the trail & bury Paper, grass or leaves for hygiene What to bring when hiking…

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    Backpackers & Adventurers Eating Utensils

    Spork- a perfect eating utensil for travel and adventure; my preference is the light weight titanium, easier to keep clean and virtually indestructible; I always take two in case I lose one! Stainless Steel mug for hot drink or soup perfect after a hard day on the trail or a good morning Coffee. The single wall design means it can be used as an emergency cooking pot … The robust stainless steel ‘deep’ 9″plate,that’s lightweight & easy to clean. Ideal for heating up your food in your oven, over the fire or your BBQ. Sharp durable knife: some prefer a folding knife and others a lightweight fixed blade, importantly they both…

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    The Adventurers & Survivalists Woodland Axe / Hatchet

    An essential item in your backpacking survival kit is the outstanding all-round Woodland Axe/ Hatchet ideal size and weight for carrying with you on your adventures Use it for everything from cutting down trees and bushes;  preparing and splitting your firewood. Handy, when building an impromptu shelter from the elements; dealing with tougher cuts of meat preparation; A great tool to help you dig and break through, ice and snow.  Effective for self-defence against 2 & 4 legged predators.

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    Outdoor Adventures – get changed outside, inside!!!

    Live your outdoor adventures to the fullest; from camping to wild swimming enjoy the luxury of being comfortably cloaked within your insulated and water-resistant personal shelter whatever the weather throws at you… A Changing Robe / Dry Coat allows you to change outside, inside. Whether your surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, walking the dog, staying dry and warm is important not just an indulgence. The picture is of me in Tough Guy; reputed to be the world’s most demanding one-day survival ordeal. I have conquered it five times, between January 1992 and 2008, at the ages of 47 to 61. Worryingly, before taking part, I had to sign a death waiver, to…