New Thermals for Ajax: Our First Major Winter Storm

With the first major winter storm of the season, Ajax, hovering over the Mid-West and the Rockies, now is the time to prepare for the cold conditions and rain that will sweep across the country this week and throughout the Winter season. If you plan to work or play outdoors in the cold, be sure to layer up your clothes and cover up your extremities for optimal comfort and protection.

New Thermals for Ajax

We are offering three new styles of thermal underwear that make ideal base layers for a variety of outdoor activities and conditions. Moisture on your skin from snow or sweat will cause you to feel cold and clammy and will pull away the body heat you are trying to protect. This means that the fabric you chose in a base layer should align with your level of activity.

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Dave’s Tips: Don’t Plan to Hunt When the SHTF

Planning to Hunt for Food in a Post-apocalyptic Scenario? Think Twice.

We often hear of people who plan to hunt as a way to feed their family in a TEOTWAWKI situation. Dave’s advice is to think twice. There are several downsides to hunting in a post-apocalypse scenario.

 

First, everyone else will probably have the same idea, quickly leading to a scarcity of game. Unregulated hunting in populated areas will decimate populations of white tail deer and other game animals, making it a short-term solution at best. Even if you have planned ahead and live in a sparsely populated area with plenty of wild animals, you will have to manage the game population by using good practices such as only taking male deer or dry mothers who do not have young ones that still depend on them.

 

Second, keep in mind that gunshots will draw attention to you. You and a dozen other guys are in a state park hunting deer to feed your starving families. You get lucky and kill one. How soon will it be before some other hungry fellow comes to take your kill, possibly leaving your family not only hungry, but down a member?

 

Third, conditions may be such that hunting is impractical or impossible. Maybe whatever caused the TEOTWAKI also killed off the deer. Maybe the (pick one) radiation, comet strike, dust from the volcano, or the virus make it impossible to go out hunting.

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Dave’s Tips: Use Ammo Cans to Keep Gear Dry and Safe

It probably comes as no surprise that .50 caliber ammo cans are just great for storing ammo, but they can be used to protect and store things like radios, first aid supplies, spare parts, and rechargeable batteries.

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Familiar to generations of soldiers, army navy store aficionados, and most preppers, the big green .50 caliber ammo can is a sturdy metal box with a tight, waterproof seal. Available new or surplus, ammo cans come with hinged top that can be removed, a convenient carry handle, and a solid latch that clamps down tight. The bottoms have a divot to accommodate the folded handle of another can, so they can stack on top of each other for convenient storage.

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Fresh Perpetual Stew: Quick, Cheap, & Easy DIY Pots

Fresh Perpetual Stew -- Captain Dave's NewsI overlooked one minor detail when planning my garden—I didn’t think about the cost of dirt and pots. Of course, I knew I would need them, but for whatever reason I was kind of shocked when I got to the store to buy them.

 

Before I get too far, let’s talk pots. There are pots designed for any needs you may have for your plants. If you want something sturdy you can buy clay pots. If you’re going to frequently move your pots around a space (like I am) then you can buy plastic pots. There are fancy-pantsy painted pots for indoor plants and huge, 50 gallon, decorative rain barrel planter-urns. You can even buy self-watering planters.

 

One thing you always need to remember when buying pots is that no matter how long the plant lives, the pot will stay with you for a few years provided you don’t break it.

 

Personally, I feel this is where large home repair stores and nurseries end up cheating gardners. Many times people will justify spending a little bit more money on a decorative pot or a pot that claims to be sturdier than the average container because they know that a pot is an investment. Also, let’s face it, there are a lot of people out there who want to be really decorative and cute with their plants. Since I’m more concerned about the health of the plants rather than the pin-ability of it’s container, I just went looking for plain plastic pots.

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Dave’s Tips: Make the Most Out of Your Paracord

 

Dave's Tip - Brightly Colored ParacordRight now, there’s 100 feet of paracord in my bug out bag. There’s 100 feet in my car, and there’s a big spool of it in my basement. And I’m not the only prepper who finds Paracord useful. So why is paracord so popular with preppers?

 

First, when you are trying to improvise a shelter or make repairs, a bit of rope or cord can help. String some paracord between two trees and you have a roof line over which to throw a tarp or even a military style poncho, and your shelter is quickly taking shape. Break a shoe lace or blow out a zipper on your pack? Paracord can help you get up and running again. Need to hang something up, tie something down, or tie a rope a bunch of stuff together? This tough cord can do it.

 


Paracord
is so versatile because of its strength and make up. It’s also popular because its affordable. A nylon sheath surrounding 7 thin strands, it has a test weight of 550 pounds, which is why it is often called 550 cord. If necessary, you can pull the thinner white strings out of the paracord sheath and you have a line for fishing, for making a snare, a tripwire, or for sewing up a piece of torn clothing or gear.

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Dave’s Tips: Some Survival Jobs Call for a Hatchet

There a great deal of emphasis put on survival knives these days, and they are featured prominently on survival-related TV shows, often as the primary tool given to a survivalist abandoned somewhere off the beaten track.

 

We like a good survival knife, and we sell plenty of blades that fit into that category. But we also like the simple hatchet, which has many outdoor and survival uses and is often a better choice than a knife. For example, you may be able to chop down a small tree to make a ridge pole using your knife, but the job will go faster with a hatchet. You may be able to use the butt of your knife as a hammer, but that’s another job for which your hatchet is better suited.

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Dave’s Tips: Redundancy and Variety are Critical for Preppers

Redundancy and Variety are Critical for Preppers || Captain Dave's News & Views

“One is none and two is one” is an old saw for most serious preppers. It addresses the fact that if you have only one of something, you may soon have none since it is likely to break or wear out. Redundancy is important, but don’t forget to add some variety to your redundancy.

 

For example, imagine that you decided to count on a water filter to filter all your water. You go out and by a Katadyn Ceradyn filter or a Big Berkey. Knowing that “one is none and two is one” you buy the spare parts kit and some extra filters. Knowing that you can always boil water if necessary, you figure you are covered.

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How to “Un-Pop” Your Pop-Up Tent

We heard a story about a woman who went camping with a pop up tent, but did not know how to fold it back up. After trying to fold the tent for an hour, she stuffed it in the back of her car and drove off in frustration. She described driving home with an open tent filling half her car as similar to driving a car filled with thirty helium balloons. All of the fun family camping memories were crowded out because she didn’t know the trick to re-packing her tent.

 

The pop-up tent may be difficult to fold up if you have never seen it done. There is a trick to it, however, and once you learn that trick, you will find collapsing your pop-up tent to be much easier than taking down and repacking a traditional tent.

 

To keep your next camping trip from devolving into a similar Griswold-like catastrophe, we’ve provided these six easy steps to refold or take down and re-pack your pop-up tent:

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