Author - Max Smith

Direct Action Ghost Backpack Review

Direct Action Ghost Backpack

Overview I purchased the Direct Action Ghost backpack around a year ago, and since then I have put it through it’s paces. This review is a summary of my experience with the pack, hopes for the next design, and more.  Description of the Direct Action Ghost backpack The Direct Action Ghost...

What is Bushcraft?

Bushcraft

Bushcraft is a term that you may have heard but not understood. Around the world, people use different terms to refer to natural places: wilderness, wild, outback, bush, backcountry, and so on.  All these words refer to places that have not been significantly impacted by humans; they are dominated...

Importance of Ground Insulation – Why to Use a Sleeping Pad

Ground insulation

Many people underestimate the importance of having insulation underneath them when spending time in the  In most scenarios, this insulation is provided by a sleeping pad. A sleeping pad is made of foam or an inflatable material and provide the layer between you and the cold ground. Even in...

Choosing a Good Campsite

choosing a good campsite

In survival situations and in regular old camping, you’ll often find yourself camping in the wilderness or bush. Camping is great—it’s fun, it’s good practice for more serious situations, and it’s a great experience. However, a bad campsite —exposed to the wind, too cold or hot, wet...

Survival Snares

Survival Snares

In a survival situation, finding food can be critical. While shelter and water are more important in the short term, food becomes critical once you’re exposed for a day or two. Otherwise, your energy levels start to rapidly decline, leading to bad decision making, depression, mental fog, and...

Storing Water

Storing Water

The human body needs between two and four liters (1/2 to 1 gallon) of drinking water per day—even more if you’re working hard or in intense heat. In emergency situations, having water on hand is critical. Since most of us don’t live next to potable natural springs, this generally means...

How to Make Improvised Pitch Glue

Pitch Glue

In a survival or grid-down situation, the ability to create glue can be invaluable. Glue can be used to bond together improvised weapons and tools, repair clothing and tarps, set traps, seal shelters, and more. But today, almost 100% of glue is manufactured in chemical factories using commercial...

Understanding Economic Collapse

Economic Collapse

The global economy is fragile. Unlike wealth in the past, which was based on real goods—food, water, wood, and so on—today’s wealth is fictitious. What this means is that the majority of money today is based on speculation, doubt, and what is essentially gambling. This reality makes financial...

Map and Compass Navigation

Map and Compass Navigation

Modern GPS technology is great, but it has two major flaws: GPS units require batteries, and they can break. These are major drawbacks in any grid-down or survival situation. For these reasons and more, maps and compass are still the best means of navigation through an unfamiliar landscape, or when...

Navigation Basics

Navigation Basics

There are many situations in which knowing how to navigate is important. In any emergency, roads may be clogged, unsafe, or completely destroyed. In a wilderness setting, there won’t be any roads: just open country to traverse. And even in a grid-up situation, you may have need to travel...