“This is how hikers die,” I thought, watching my husband half walk, half slip down a sheer rock face. We were in the middle of a week-long backpacking trip in Colorado’s Rahwah Wildnerness and things had taken a turn for the worse. We’d spent the morning hiking above tree line, with only cairns (rock piles meant to guide hikers) marking an otherwise indistinguishable trail. By midday we realized it had been an hour since we’d last seen a trail marker…. Read More »
Articles Written by Melanie Swick
AboutMelanie SwickMelanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.
When it comes to finding the perfect vehicle for your next epic excursion, you want just the right combination of features to keep up with the unpredictable nature of the great outdoors. You need something that’s roomy enough for all your gear but that also has enough power to handle a variety of terrain and weather conditions. Sure, there’s a whole battalion of vehicles that seem to fit that description, but as a serious sportsman, you also want a ride… Read More »
Surviving is a matter of preparation. This is why survivalists are often (sometimes derogatorily) called ‘preppers’. Of course, mental fortitude, survival skills and good health are all key—but these should all be a matter of preparation as well. It’s a very wide-ranging word that encompasses the various ideas necessary for survival. Being well-trained, well-stocked, and well-defended is key. However, far too few people realize that an important part of this is applying that diligence to body armor, for a number… Read More »
I’m confident that most of you have plenty of food stocked away. Many of you have at least a small vegetable garden, and some of you even have livestock of some sort. That’s great, but what happens during an extended disaster or a total collapse of society? Eventually, your freeze-dried food and canned goods will run out. You’ll have a tough time getting all the essential amino acids your body needs from plant-based protein sources alone. It’s not impossible, but… Read More »
Hunters and anglers spend $76 billion a year on gear, excise taxes and various permits and licenses, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Firearms, tree stands/ground blinds and a good all-purpose knife are the essentials for a day trip into the wild. But those going on an extended getaway, such as a 10-day Dall sheep hunt in remote Canada or a Rocky Mountain adventure in the States, need to account for both the known and the unknown. Preparation is… Read More »