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Swipe Right on this Tinder!

 

To start a fire, you need a source, either from a flame or spark. Afterward, use tinder, then move to kindling. The process is simple but difficult when in a survival situation.

Tinder is very crucial and necessary to start a fire. Using our crinkle paper from our boxes will help you create a successful fire. Just put some in a ziplock bag and put it inside your camping/bug out bag.

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Winter Fire!

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Find an area: The hardest task to starting a fire in the snow is protecting the fire from the snow (melting snow) and as well as any cold gusts. So, remember to be aware of your surroundings.

 

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Gather Firewood: When gathering firewood, pick up wood from the ground that is already dead. A good place to find some dead wood and branches are at the bottom of trees. When the snow is heavy, this is a place where dead branches are going to be the driest. 

 

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Begin to build the fire: Before you begin to build a fire, separate your firewood from wet or damp ground. Once your fire starts burning, start placing larger pieces of wood onto the flames. Try not to get frustrated when doing this. Be patient and focus on maintaining your fire.

 

Now enjoy your primitive caveman pride and remember that fire is important for survival!

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5 Common Edible Berries

There are several definitions of “berries” or “berry fruits.”  The botanical definition of the berry fruits: berry fruits are fleshy fruits produced from a single flower and containing one ovary. Two common examples of ‘botanical’ berries are grapes and bananas. Below are common berries you can find in the wild when you’re in a survival situation.

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Wintergreen Berries: a common plant mainly grows in the northern half of the united states. Its leaves are waxy and dark green and it produces a brilliant red berry that is edible.

  s1160075_fotorManzanita berries like to live in dry, scrubby places

Manzanita Berries: A plant that mainly inhabits the west coast of the united states. Though this plant is edible, it tastes really earthy because the berries are full of tannin.

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Partridge Berries: Partridge berries looks similar to cranberry berries but have a very tart and earthy taste. these berries are packed with a ton of natural pectin and are best served with chicken, venison, or cheese.

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Blackberries: These dark berries are like sweet little diamonds from the wild. They are delicious and are a nutritious source of food that we can forage almost anywhere.

 

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Blueberries: Blueberries belong to the Heather family (The Heather Family is a large plant family, containing over 4000 species in 126 genera) The tough, low-growing plants can absolutely carpet a forest floor. That being said, this provides a paradise for foraging.

 

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How to Skin and Gut an animal

Never forget that you have removed a living, breathing creature from its natural life cycle. Whether it’s a bug or a buck, it has the same spirit and not utilizing the whole animal would be a waste. Give thanks and appreciate that a living being gave up its life for you.

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1. On an incline, lay the carcass on its back.

2. Cut off genitals and udders.

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3. Just beneath the skin, slice the hide down the middle from the chin down to the tail. Be careful not to puncture any organs.

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4. Open the chest cavity by separating the sternum.

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5. Reach inside remove internal organs. Start from the front of the intestines and working your way to the back.

NOTE: Be especially cautious when cutting the bladder so that you do not puncture it, otherwise, urine will contaminate the meat. Tightly pinch the urethra and cut it above the pinching point, then remove the bladder.

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7. Cut a circle on the outside of the anus.

8. Pull out the anus from the inside of the body cavity.

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9. Lift the carcass to drain it of all the blood.

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10. Just above the hoof/paw cut along the inside of the legs to remove the hide.

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11. Peel the skin back while cutting the membrane between skin and meat until all of the skin is removed.

NOTE: Edible Guts!

Heart, kidneys, and liver are good eating and full of nutrients.

Stomach, small intestines, and large intestines are full of acid and waste. Unless those organs are properly prepared, DO NOT eat them.

If any part of the meat becomes contaminated, it will quickly turn rancid. Use your eyes and nose. If the meat looks bad or smells bad, cut that part out.

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Time to get lit

p1010453Buy lighter fluid – NOT lighter fluid for a BBQ

 

p1010454Open the lid of the lighter and take out the metal insert.

 

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p1010456Turn the insert upside down – there should be a felt bottom that says “Lift to fill.”

 

p1010457Using a pen or anything pointy. Lodge a pointy end into the tiny hole and lift the felt backing.

 

p1010458Squeeze the lighter fluid can once into the loose cotton. Wait a couple of seconds, then squeeze the canister again into the cotton.

 

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p1010461Let the lighter sit and absorb the fluid for 1 minute or 2. While waiting, wash your hands if lighter fluid spilled on you.

 

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Light it.

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How to make a Manhattan

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Story goes that the Manhattan was invented back in the 1860s by Broadway bar bartender named “Black.” It was originally made with American Whiskey, Angostura bitters, and Italian Vermouth.

 

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3 parts Canadian or Rye Whiskey

 

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1 Part Sweet (red) Vermouth

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1 Dash Bitters

ENJOY!

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The thought process of EDC

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The purpose of the EDC is to stay in a constant state of logical and critical thinking. Utilizing only the resources around you. Ask yourself; how can I fix, complete, or survive life or death situations? Two concepts to keep in mind when choosing and using your EDC gear are: Lateral Thinking and P.A.C.E Report.

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Lateral Thinking: An Alpha should use lateral thinking to move from one known idea to creating new ideas. Four types of thinking tools.

  1. Have multipurpose items that can help change how you figure things out.
  2. Question the question and rearrange the pieces for the scenario.
  3. Pretend you were someone else trying to solve a problem. Say, if you were a soldier, or a scientist, how would they escape from a hostage situation?
  4. Consider real world restrictions, resources, and support.

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P.A.C.E Communication Plan

Primary: The first considered and most often efficient way of completing the objective because you’re communicating.

Alternate: The second route to take to accomplish the same task. Usually initiated in conjunction with Primary, just in case.

Contingency: This method is not the quickest, cheapest, nor easiest in comparison to the first two methods, but can complete the objective in an acceptable manner.

Emergency: This is the last resort and usually has the longest delay, highest cost and most significant impact.

 

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Chapstick Survival

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You think chapsticks’ only use is for lips? Think again! A real alpha can turn this everyday object into a tactical tool. Check out these chapstick tips and learn how.

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Keep your knife from Rusting: Apply to your knife, if you have to use it in wet conditions. This well keep the blade smooth and rust-free.

 

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Use as a gear lubricant: Apply to the zippers on your gear. This will help with jamming and keep the zipper water resistant in wet conditions.

 

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Use as Mild Anesthetic: Apply to blisters, foot rot, or small cuts. The tingling sensation will help with itchiness and pain.

 

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Use it to extend the life of fire: Apply to a q-tip, match, or any flammable fabric. This will make the flame last longer and can be used as a potential survival light source.

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How to make a Gin and Tonic

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This popular drink was born in the 19th century from British soldiers who believed that it would counteract malaria during their stay in India. They believed that the quinine, the bitter ingredient in the tonic, was effective against the disease (it wasn’t), but that didn’t stop them from enjoying this simplistically elegant drink.

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1 Part Gin

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2 Parts Tonic

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On the rocks poured over ice and garnish with lemon slice. Enjoy

Note: This drink is simple, there’s no shaking, no stirring, just you pouring everything into the glass. The name literally is the recipe. 

 

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A Guide to choosing the right Knife; EDC Knife

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Karambit, Tanto, or a Spear point? Confused? Let Alpha Outpost show you an overview of everyday carry knives. In this guide, we will talk about strengths and weaknesses of each. Since, knife shapes are intended for specific purposes, it is good to familiarize yourself with the following knife types to better prepare yourself for outdoor adventures, everyday applications, and survival situations.

 

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Karambit Knife

The Karambit Knife is a curved multi-use knife designed for protection, preciseness, and efficiency. It has a curved blade, comfortable handle, and usually includes at least one safety ring.

Strengths: Precision, Control, Stability, Leverage

Weaknesses: Maneuverability, Reach

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Tanto Knife

A Tanto knife has a chisel point that is thick towards the point which makes it quite strong. This design is very similar to the points on most Japanese swords. (wakizashi and katana).

Strengths: Strong Point, Great for piercing, and stabbing.

Weaknesses: No cutting edge belly, (belly increases the knife’s ability to both slice and slash), Hard control point.

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Spear Point

A spear point is a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center line of the blade’s long axis. Both edges of the knife rise and fall equally to create a point that lines up exactly with the equator of the blade. They can be single or double edged, although most forms of the spear point knife come with a double-edged design.

Strengths: Strong symmetrical point, Sharp on both sides (if doubled edge), Precise, good control

Weaknesses: Small cutting, not well suited for slicing and slashing

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Drop Point

A drop point knife has a curved blade and an unsharpened back. The back of the knife tracks to the point in a slow curved style, slightly resembling a spear point knife. Mostly used by hunters because of large belly blade.

Strengths: Control, Strong tip,

Weaknesses: Not as sharp point, Not suited for piercing

 

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Clip Point

This blade is one of the most popular blade shapes in use today. The back of the knife runs straight from the handle and stops about halfway through the knife. Then, it continues down towards the point of the knife. This area can be straight or curved, and is referred to as the “clip”. Thus, the name Clip Point.

Strengths: Sharp and controllable point, Piercing strength, Plenty of cutting edge for slicing

Weaknesses: Weak and Narrow Point

 

Conclusion: Ultimately, you want a knife that’s convenient, strong and which will hold a sharp edge. Start there and add features or fancy specs as your budget allows or you desire.

 

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