Let’s Play A Game

Let’s play a game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”  Better yet, let’s play a gamer of “Prepper, Marauder, Zombie.”  First we need to define each of these nouns.

Prepper: Call them a prepper, survivalist, eccentric with a bunch of stockpiled food and ammo, doesn’t matter.  It’s you.  You have spent your time gathering the necessary resources and knowledge that will help you prevail during dire times, whatever those times may be.  You have taken stock and inventory, done the math down to the last calorie; you know what is at stake and how long you can last.  You live by a simple code: Survival of the fittest, not the survival of everyone.  You have your own moral and ethical code that will guide you and your companions during those dark times.  You are a hard target, not one that can be easily taken down.

Marauder: They prey on others through the use of fear and violence.  They take what they want through force and intimidation.  Don’t think of them as the anarchic bike gangs that television and fiction often portray them as, unruly in their pecking order, bowing down to the Lord of the Wastelands.  Some may be of this caliber, others may be organized, disciplined, and operate as a well-oiled machine.  They may use tactics or infiltration and subterfuge to take down their targets.  Initially they will seek out easy prey, but sooner or later that prey will become scarce and they may have to go after something bigger. Continue reading

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Chia Challenge Train Up Part 1

It was time to start training.  It was time to put down my beer, turn off the horrible 1974 post-apocalypse movie I was watching, get off of the couch, and begin the work-up for the Chia Challenge.  I knew what I had to do; run the actual Chia Challenge Course.  Yeah, I can do it cold.

It seemed like a good idea at the time.  Most of my ideas seem epic and glorious when I think of them, but usually prove to be impractical or painful when executed (like the time I stuck my hand in the toaster to build up a tolerance to heated surfaces).

I decided to give the Fieldline Tactical Pack another try.  I loaded it up with 32 pounds of gear, laced up my shoes, and hit the road.  Everything seemed great until the 7 mile mark. That is when I began to feel the twinge of a cramp in my right calf.  I attempted to suck it up.  I just kept telling myself that I could make it.  I used a bit of mind over matter and all that motivational stuff.  It seemed to be working but then the cramp got a bit worse.  It was time to self-motivate again.  I just kept asking myself, “What if there were zombies chasing you”?  The cramp answered my question. Continue reading

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Chia Seeds For Your Bug Out Bag?

Salvia-columbariae-seedspublicdomainOne of the realizations I made during my bug out exercise is that I am not in the proper physical shape that I need to be in. I had the necessary will and desire but that will only take you so far. The stresses and challenges indicative of a bug out cannot be met unless you have a decent level of physical fitness. Sure, you can compensate for a lower level of physical fitness by the utilization of technologies, vehicles, animals, etc. However, reality and Murphy’s Law have proven time and again that vehicles break down or run out of fuel, pack animals may not be usable, and any alternate form of transportation may not be available. Inevitably it comes down to the fact that your boots are your wheels, food is your fuel, and your body is your engine. Continue reading

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The Truth About Expiration Dates

IMG_1935Let’s clear up the confusion over expiration dates, “best by” dates, and “sell by” dates. We all know that cereal doesn’t suddenly go stale the day after the date on the top of the box. Canned goods don’t go rancid the day after either, right? So when do these foods go bad? When are they still safe to consume? Is it wise to buy foods nearing their expiration dates when the store puts them in the discount bin? If we’re in a survival situation, can we safely consume pears 3 years past the date on the can? Continue reading

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Coming soon! SURVIVAL TREK 2014: Escape from Sioux Falls

Survival Trek

Nine selected colony members will make their way out of Sioux Falls, SD to the bug out location.  The route will test their preparedness.  The challenges will test their survival skills.  The overall event will test their mettle. Every decision that they make along the way will lead to either success or failure.

Learn alongside us at SurvivalColony.com as we prepare ourselves for the SURVIVAL TREK.  Details are being worked out and we will keep everyone up to date on the information as we get things locked into place.

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Gear Review: Fieldline Tactical Alpha OPS Internal Frame Pack

packIf you were following my prior adventure you may remember that I selected the Fieldline Tactical Alpha OPS Internal Frame Pack, a pack that I purchased from Walmart, to serve as my bug out bag. You may also remember that I quickly became a non-fan of this particular pack, and that I added its name to my lexicon of vulgarities. Now that the frustration and anger have subsided, and I have gotten my full refund from returning it, I have been able to sit down and give an honest review of this item.

My initial take on the pack, as I stood looking at it on the Walmart shelf, was “Frick’n Sweet!  And it’s only $40.00?  What a bargain!”  That and it had the word TACTICAL on it. Everyone knows just having the word tactical on a piece of gear gives you the best qualities of both SEALS and ninjas with none of their weaknesses (inability to defeat samurais for ninjas – inability to say no to a bar fight for SEALS).

The pack looked well-made. I liked the MOLLE attachment points on the pack and I loved the ALICE pack like attachment points on the bottom of the pack. Everything about this pack looked like it would make a solid bug out bag. So I decided to buy it. And then I decided to test it out. Let the good times roll! Continue reading

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Prepping For Injury?

(written by Jackie)

IMG_1657When you first start storing food as a new prepper, it can be overwhelming. Goals differ, but it seems that most aim for around a year’s worth of food for their entire family. That’s a lot of food, a lot of space, and a lot of money to devote to something you may wonder if you’ll ever need.

You’ll hear about how storing food can save you money, even if you never use it. You’ll hear about beating inflation by buying basic staples before food prices increase. You’ll hear that it’s an investment. Continue reading

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Bug Out 1, Phase 2: The Hike

If you missed Phase 1, you can find it HERE.

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The hike started off as all other hikes I have ever done. I stood there with a heavy pack and gobs of motivation. I took another look at my strip map, got my bearings, and mentally noted my initial turn which I called Check Point 1 (CP1). I ensured that I had informed Jackie of my route, and we decided that we would establish check points at all the turns that I had to make or, in the cases of long stretches of roads, notable land features or county roads that intersected; and that I would text which check point I was crossing. We established this for safety reasons and so that progress could be tracked as well as data compiled (speed of movement, rest breaks taken, etc.) to aid in future events. Continue reading

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Review: 4 Foot Farm Blueprint eBook

4ft-farm-blueprint-smaller(article by Jackie)

Note: This review covers the 2013 version of Crisis Education’s 4 Foot Farm Blueprint. Crisis Education has released a new version for 2014. Click here to read my review of the 2014 edition. The 2014 edition is very different from the version reviewed below.

One of our Colony members posted this link to our Facebook wall last week:

Crisis Education’s 4 Foot Farm Blueprint eBook

Gotta say, we knew just from the first viewing of this video that it was a scam, but we looked at each other, shrugged, and said, “It’s for the Colony,” and pulled out the credit card. $7 with a double-your-money-back guarantee? What could go wrong? Continue reading

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