guys, when I am not working as a systems guy I love getting into the
I play lots of different sports but my true passion is getting into
the 'Great Outdoors'. I am a keen mountain biker, treker and climber and I
love to chill out by relaxing by the water with my fishing rods.
a great family and we all love to go camping off the beaten track.
Those of us who enjoy hiking have all faced the perennial problem of how to properly break in Hiking Boots. There is nothing worse than putting on a new pair of boots, attempting a trail-walk, and finding that half way through the walk you have developed the biggest mother of a wet blister, so you need to turn back, and that is not as easy as it sounds. Ouch!!
Let’s face it, when your feet feel sore and miserable, so do you. So, what is the secret to properly breaking in Hiking Boots? We will share with you what we believe is the best techniques, if you follow our advice you will be hiking to your heart’s content, without the pain or discomfort of blisters or hot spots.
The first thing we need to think about is our choice of boots. Today there is a plethora of choice, from open-style trail sandals to heavy duty hiking boots, and all styles in-between. Preventing foot problems starts with your choice of shoe or boot.
So let us explore some factors that should be considered in making your choice. Obviously, large people who carry large or heavy packs over rougher than usual terrain will require more rugged, all-leather hiking boots. If you are a smaller person who tends to hike the established trails you will probably only require lighter, fabric and leather combination boots, which incidentally, are much easier to break in. Many hikers tend to buy the most rugged boot available when often a much lighter style is all that is required for the hiking that they do.
Now let us consider what to look for when choosing a pair of hiking boots.
· When fitting hiking boots always try them in the late afternoon as your feet tend to be at their maximum size then.
· It is important that the area where your toes fit in the boot allows you sufficient room to easily wiggle your toes.
· With the boot on, move your foot forward to the front of the boot. You should have enough room to fit a finger between the back of the boot and your foot.
· To avoid blisters and hot spots, ensure that your heel does not move up and down within the boot while you walk.
· When trying on boots, use the socks that you intend to wear while hiking, and look at investing in new technology socks like Blister-Guard or ones made from the new Teflon fabrics, they will help you avoid blisters and hot spots.
OK, now we are ready to break in the boots. Here are some tips to help you do this with a minimum of fuss.
· A time-honored way to break in your boots is to soak them in lukewarm water and then start walking in them. This helps to mold the boot to the shape of your feet. After the boot is dry, treat it with a good leather conditioner.
· Cover any irritating seams or gaps in your boot with tape or moleskin.
· On your first hike, pay attention to any discomfort you may feel in your feet. Any slight rubbing or irritation needs to be taken seriously, and you should stop to investigate. I am sure fellow walkers would rather stop for a couple of minutes to rest your feet rather than have to carry you back down the trail because you were stubborn and wanted to carry on regardless.
Are you having problems with your pistol shooting accuracy? Becoming a good marksman doesn’t happen over night. You need to practise regularly and know what to change about your technique in order for it to improve. Luckily for you, Ready Tribe has got you covered! We spoke to our friends over at Basic Shield and they
Zip or cable ties come in all colors and sizes, but I would recommend always packing a hand full in your bug-out bag just in case. They are not all created equal, and quality ties may cost a bit more. Below are some practical uses that may prove useful to survive. Make-shift Cleats For Slippery
If you have ever wanted or needed to know how to cut down trees safely using a chainsaw, then this video from Husqvarna USA does an excellent job of explaining all the ins and outs. Tree felling using a chainsaw can be a very dangerous task so using all the correct safety equipment is a
With all the mass shootings in recent times and an increased perceived threat of terrorism, there has been a massive increase in gun sales during this holiday season. Although the Christmas period is always a good one for gun manufacturers, possible near future changes to gun laws instigated by President Obama have led an increased
We all know salt has a great many uses so here at Ready Tribe, we decided to put together a list of some of the more alternative uses of salt and we came up with this list of 17 unusual ways to use salt. If you can think of anymore after you read our list,
Earlier this month, there was heavy backing in the house of representatives of a GOP bill to increase refugee screening for the large influx of Iraqi and Syrian refugees coming into the US. A number of democrats decided to back the bill including Rep. Stephen Lynch (D., Mass.), a Democratic lawmaker. Following the vote, Lynch went
Here at Ready Tribe, we like to try and help you be prepared for all sorts of situations. Treating hypothermia can quickly become an emergency situation so it is important that you know what to do if the situation arises. Remember too that not just people going out in cold weather get hypothermia. In the colder months we need to look after our elderly and very young too, especially if they are not active and spending a lot of time in cold rooms, concerned with not being able to pay their heating bills.
Effects of Temperature On The Body
To make sure our bodies function properly, a body temperature of 97 to 99°F (36 to 37°C) must be maintained. To achieve this, we adapt to different external conditions. If it is cold, we retain heat by wearing warm clothes and we can also create heat by eating high-energy foods. Prolonged exposure to extremes of temperature can severely damage the skin and other body tissues.
What Is Hypothermia?
Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops below 95° F (35°C), for example, in very cold weather or on expeditions. It is often caused by wearing unsuitable clothing in cold weather or by prolonged immersion in cold water. Elderly people can also get hypothermia if they spend lots of time in a poorly heated room in the cold weather.
The old and very young are the most vunerable as elderly people can be less aware of changes in temperature and young babies do not have a fully developed mechanism for temperature regulation. This means both age groups are easily affected and need extra care.
Signs and Symptoms Of Hypothermia
The casualty may become unconsciousness.
The skin may become very cold and pale, and they can’t control their body from shivering.
They may become clumsy and irritable.
When talking, speech may become slurred.
The casualty’s breathing may become slow and their pulse weakened.
They may show other signs of lethargy.
If You Can Get Your Casualty Indoors
Stop loss of body heat.
Warm up the casualty.
Obtain medical aid.
To help with this, you will need to have a supply of dry and warm clothes, warm drinks and high-energy food like chocolate.
1. Get Them Changed Out Of Their Wet Clothing
If a casualty has been brought inside with wet clothing, get them changed into warm and dry clothes as soon as possible to help them warm up. If thy are young and fit then they can take a bath to warm up. Try to make sure that the water should be a warm 104°F (40°C). If the casualty is elderly or is a young baby, get them warm by wrapping blankets around them so they slowly raise their core body temperature.
2. Put Them In Bed And Give Them Warm Drinks
Make sure you put the casualty into bed and give him or her warm drinks, such as soup, or high-energy foods such as chocolate. Cover their head to provide them additional warmth and then make sure you then seek medical advice and CALL A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY.
For A Casualty Outdoors
Stop the casualties body temperature falling further.
Make the casualty warmer.
Get medical assistance.
To help do this, you will need a survival bag, sleeping bag or blanket, warm, dry clothes and warm drinks and high energy food.
1. Make Them Stop And Rest Immediately
Stop what you are doing immediately and rest. You should not try to continue on in the hope that you can find shelter for the casualty. Insulate the casualty with extra clothing or a survival bag to raise their body temperature. If the casualty has wet clothing and you have dry clothing available, make sure they get changed ASAP. If you have other people in your group, send them ahead to get help immediately.
2. Shelter And Insulate The Casualty
Make a shelter for the casualty to protect them from the elements. Ensure they are wrapped up in a survival bag, blanket or a sleeping bag and get them to wear as much additional clothing as possible.
DO NOT use a hot water bottle or an electric blanket to attempt to warm the casualty.
DO NOT give the casualty any alcoholic drinks as this will lower their core temperature further.
3. Give The Casualty A Warm Drink.
Try to give the casualty a warm drink such as milk, tea, cocoa or soup, and some high-energy foods such as chocolate to raise their internal body temperature. Try to reassure and comfort them so that they remain calm and positive and do not begin to panic.
If the casualty loses consciousness, check their breathing and place them in the recovery position or on their side. If necessary, be ready to resuscitate them.
4. Check For Signs Of Frostbite.
Frostbite can happen when parts of the body such as fingers or toes become frozen due to extreme cold.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Frostbite?
A prickling pain that is followed by a loss of feeling in the affected area.
Skin that has been affected will become very hard and first turn white, eventually turning blue and then black.
Warm the affected area slowly in order to prevent further damage to the tissue.
Obtain medical aid as quickly as possible.
You will need a gauze bandage or dressing.
DO NOT thaw a frostbitten foot if further walking is necessary DO NOT warm the frostbitten area with a hot water bottle.
Remove tight clothing around the affected area to allow better blood flow. This can include gloves and boots and other items such as rings. You should then warm the affected area slowly (hands in armpits is a good method) and then apply a loose dressing until the colour and feeling comes back.
5. Arrange For The Casualty To Be Transported.
Arrange to get the casualty to hospital using a stretcher. Do not let them walk or leave them alone.
Although shark attacks are rare, and the risk is often minimal, they do still occur so here at Ready Tribe, we thought you guys and gals might like a few tips on what you can do to survive being attacked by a shark.
When these great sea beasts do attack it is usually because a shark is looking for non-human prey and/or they have become trapped and subsequently agitated at low tide, possibly between sandbars or inshore of a sandbank. As there is always a risk, however slight, it is worth taking some minor precautions in order to mitigate that risk.
Try not to swim too far from the shore
Try and stay in groups as sharks are less likely to attack a group than an individual
Stay out of the water during a sharks most active periods i.e. in darkness and twilight
Never enter the water if you are bleeding from an open wound. Sharks are attracted to blood!
Do not wear shiny jewelry in the sea as this could resemble fish scales shimmering – prime shark prey
So what do you do if you see a shark in the water?
Step 1: Staying calm is vital!
Do your best to stay as calm as possible. There are only a small number of species of sharks that will attack humans when not provoked. They are generally bull sharks, tiger sharks, and great whites and it is not likely that you will be in the same vicinity as them! It is more likely that you will come face to face with one of the smaller species of sharks and it is unlikely they will attack you – as long as they do not feel threatened.
Step 2: Try and Swim away as smoothly as possible
If you do come across a shark in the water then you should swim away as quietly as possible. Creating a commotion by screaming and splashing about may alert the shark to your presence and may also make them feel alarmed which could lead to them attacking you.
If the shark is displaying aggressive behavior and is swimming directly towards you then attempt to take cover against something so that you minimize the parts of your body that can be struck by the shark. If you are in the water with someone else then you may want to go back to back to help increase the chances of survival. If diving, head to the surface whilst remaining in a back to back formation with your dive buddy.
Step 4: Make Sure You Fight Back!
if you fond that the shark is coming at you then fight back by kicking and punching it. Aim for its areas of weakness such as its gills, eyes and nose.
Step 5: Make Sure You Help Other People
There is power in numbers so if you can scare the shark off when it is attacking someone else, do so.
Step 6: Don’t Let This Stop You Enjoying Yourself In The Water
Although there is a risk of shark attack, it is a very minimal one so do not be put off from enjoying yourself in the sea. Below the video is some facts about shark attacks. Remember: your chances of being attacked by a shark are one in 11.5 million – pretty low odds!
Here at Ready Tribe we like to try and bring you useful information that you can use in everyday life, as well as in a disaster or emergency situation. Today we are talking knots – specifically the square knot. If you want to know how to tie this beauty properly you can find our step by step guide below.
The square knot is one of the most familiar types of knot and is relatively easy to tie. It is often referred to by our British and Australian cousins as a reef knot and is a favorite of scouting groups across the world. It is a flat lying arrangement which can be very useful in situations such as tying bandages etc.
Although this kind of binding is widely used, it should never be used in a critical emergency situation as it can have a tendency to slip and even come unbound when lightly jiggled. It is vital that stronger knots should be utilized in critical situations or when supporting any weight.
What Are Square Knots Good For?
Tying down reefing and furling sails on a sailboat
Any critical or emergency situation VERY IMPORTANT
When supporting anything of weight – including yourself or another person!
When tying ropes of 2 different thicknesses together
When using nylon or other smooth rope material
How To Make A Square Knot
Step 1. Pass the end of rope held in your right hand (Red rope) over the end in your left hand (Blue rope).
Step 2. Pass the red rope underneath the blue rope.
Step 3. Pass the red end back over the blue end
Step 4. Repeat the process
Step 5. Red end over and then under the blue end.
Step 6. Finally, pull the red end back over the blue and pull tightly.
The finished reef knot should be relatively flat and look symmetrical in shape.
Add an extra half knot for a little bit more security.
The surgeons knot has an extra half turn in the first half that helps to reduce slipping. This is often used for stitching during an operation.
The granny knot is a result of tying the second part in the wrong direction .i.e. Instead of placing the red rope over the blue rope, it is tied underneath. The granny variation is even weaker than its correct cousin so if it isn’t flat and symmetrical then re-tie it.
The thief knot has the ends of both ropes on opposite sides. Legend has it that sailors would use this kind of fastening to see if anyone had tampered with their bundle of belongings. This is an extremely weak variety and is actually more difficult to tie than a normal square knot.
Have you seen our Ready Tribe guide to making a grass rope? Find it here.
Car emergency kits are among the things that many people do not think much of until it is already too late, and they end up wishing that they hadn’t left their house without one. The key to this is being ready and here at Ready Tribe we want to inspire you to be ready for any situation.
If we drive a new car, with a full warranty, or we pay for premium breakdown cover, we can often become lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to our car breaking down. Unfortunately, vehicle breakdowns can happen anywhere and at any time. There will be times when you have to stop in a remote area that is not very well lit and has poor cell phone reception. An emergency car kit can help in easing the pain and reducing the hassle of this kind of breakdown situation.
Your car might seem to be in good shape right now, but there is no guarantee that problems won’t arise in the future. You just don’t know when something can happen to your vehicle even if you maintain it properly and carry out all necessary checks before use.
While such incidents can occur right on your driveway, there are many instances when you have to deal with auto problems when you are several miles away from your home. Not only do you need the right equipment for the task, you need to make sure you are physically able to carry out the task. If you are traveling where the weather is bad or the area is remote then it is imperative that you carry a car emergency kit even if you are covered for roadside assistance. These kits are specifically designed so that you can survive until help finally arrives.
There are several prepackaged kits that you can find on the market today that contain everything that you will need. However, you will be able to save some money if you choose to assemble your own car kit. Even after purchasing a prepackaged one, you may choose to add additional items that are more specific to your needs, depending on where you are traveling.
Visit Amazon.com to buy one of these premade kits now.
Here are some of the must-have items that you should include in your auto emergency kit:
• Cell phonecharger– Most people will carry a cell but taking the time to make sure it is fully charged before setting off is sensible. Carrying a car charger is a must!
• First aid kit – It must include band aids, gauze pads, adhesive pads, antiseptic, aspirin and any other specifics that you or any member of your family needs.
This video goes into a bit more detail about items needed in a car first aid kit:
• Reflective warning triangles – Although most prepackaged kits come with a single warning triangle, experts suggest that you should have three placed at a distance of 50 feet for warning any oncoming traffic.
• Spare Tire, Jack And Wheel Brace – If you get a flat or a blowout you need the right equipment to get it changed.
• Tire gauge – You should use a tire gauge to regularly check the air pressure on ALL your tires, including your spare. Making sure your spare is usable is often ignored until it is needed. Don’t be a victim of this!
• Windscreen washer fluid – Always carry a bottle of washer fluid in case you run out and you can’t see through your windshield.
• Battery Jumper cables – These must be a minimum of 10 feet long and coated with a minimum of 8 gauge rubber.
• Foam tire sealant – This is a quick and inexpensive way to repair a flat tire with no need to change the tire. However, always carry a spare as foam sealant will not work if you have suffered a blowout.
• Gloves – Protect your hands when making any repairs. Look after yourself!
• Waterproof flashlights and extra batteries – Trying to change a tire in the pitch black is extremely difficult. Carry extra batteries at all times.
• Duct tape – This is the universal solution for all fixes . Never leave home without it!
• Drinking water – hydration is a killer! Keep a stock of drinking water at hand.
• Tow rope or tow strap – Make sure it is strong enough to be able to tow your vehicle.
• Nonperishable snacks – Stave off hunger for you and your passengers.
• Rain poncho – A cheap plastic poncho is better than nothing if you have to make repairs in the pouring rain.
• Warm blanket – Helps to stay warm in the vehicle overnight.
• Windshield ice scraper – When temperatures plummet, you want to be able to make sure you can see through the windshield.
Visit Amazon now and make sure you have these items in your car emergency kits for a safe and hassle-free road trip.
Can you think of any additional items that we have forgotten? Let us know in the comments below.
Have you ever watched shows where some people got stranded in the wild but managed to survive using their bare wits and living off the things that nature has to offer? Sometimes you might see how a poor guy ran into trouble after eating a plant that he assumes to be safe but is, in fact, poisonous. Maybe his survival instincts were not at the top of their game and he should have done more research into edible plants? Do you want to make sure that this doesn’t happen to you? Read on to find out more about 5 plants that are safe to eat in the wild.
No matter where you might be in the world, identifying the plants that you can eat and the ones that you shouldn’t go anywhere near is critical for your survival. You will never know when you might end up stranded in a wild forest, or washed up on the beach of a deserted island and have to fend for yourself in a survival situation. Are you ready for that?
It is important to know what the best edible plants are and knowing which ones are poisonous. Some plants smell nasty or look unpleasant but are quite nutritious and delicious to eat. Some plants taste disgusting and smell bad but can have all the right nutrients in them that can mean the difference between winning and losing.
Here are some of the useful plants that can help you make it through your survival situation and give your body the nutrients that it needs.
Also known as Bulrush, it is an easily recognizable plant because of its brown and cigar-shaped head that stands on top of a long stalk. Cattail is among the most common and most important wild foods, and it has various uses at different times of the year. You can read about them here at NativeTech. Inside the fresh shoot’s stalks, you will find tasty food that you can eat as it is, or if you prefer it can also be sautéed or stir-fried.
Amaranth is a kind of weed that resembles a pigweed: a tall, broad-leafed and upright plant that grows all year round. It comes in various colors, shapes, and sizes. It is a type of leafy grain and vegetable that has been eaten in different parts of the world for many centuries. Its seeds, in particular, have a high content of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and Lysine (an amino acid). Amaranth has a much higher nutritional content when compared to spinach, Swiss chard and beets. Also, the leaves of the plant contain three times more niacin and three times more calcium than found in spinach leaves.
Burdock is a common stout weed that has annoying burrs that stick to anything around them, such as clothing of hikers walking past, or animal fur. This biennial plant contains volatile oils, carbohydrates, tannins, fatty oils and plant sterols.
If you find yourself stranded in the wild and feeling hungry, finding a clover field can be considered as a stroke of luck, primarily since this wild plant is 100% edible. The clover leaves are very delicious in juices and salads and are also valuable survival food since they have a high protein content. This is great news as clover is found in plentiful supply throughout the world. It might not be too easy to digest raw Clovers but you can fix this problem by just juicing and drinking them. The seed pods and dried flower heads can be ground up to create a nutritious flour that can be combined with other foods. You can also steam the dried flower heads in hot water to make a healthy and very tasty tea.
Chickweed is among those weeds that you can commonly see springing up everywhere. This hardy plant is wild and edible, and grows all year round and has a very delicate appearance of a thin hairy stem with oval pointed leaves. Chickweed is very healthy to eat and is full of minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients.
According to Drugs.com: “The young shoots are edible and have been used as salad greens.”
Having additional knowledge of which plants are edible is great when you need to find alternatives when in the wild. Want to find out about natural items used for healing? Read this post now.
This video by Primitive Pathways shows some more edible wildflowers that you can find while out foraging.
The flowers are growing, the birds are singing, and the storm clouds are gathering. Yes, it’s tornado season once again.
We had several thunderstorms here in Tulsa last month, and the tornado siren has already gone off three times (all of them in a single night), so preparing for a twister to come barreling through my neighborhood has been on my mind lately. Statistically, more tornados happen in May than any other month of the year.
With swirling winds that can reach up to 300mph, tornados are both fascinating and frightening. On average, 60 people die each year from tornado outbreaks, but in a particularly deadly year, like 2011, they can kill over 500. I’ve been through two big tornadoes during my time in Oklahoma that flattened entire parts of cities. It’s one of the most surreal and sobering things to see.
Tornado safety is pretty elementary – quite literally; if you grow up here in “tornado alley,” sometime during your grade school years a kindly local weatherman will probably show up at your school and teach you how to survive a twister. For me, Gary England was that kindly local weatherman. The man is a cult hero roun’ these parts.
He’s calmly talked Oklahomans through tornadoes and severe ice storms for 40 years. Gary England is so beloved, there’s even a drinking game named after him.
Yet despite growing up in the panhandle state, I learned a surprising number of new things (as well as how advice has changed over the years) while researching this article. And if you’re a new arrival to the Midwest or Southeast, tornado survival 101 is something you should definitely take the time to learn. Also, just because you don’t live in a tornado-prone part of the country doesn’t mean this bit of lifesaving know-how doesn’t apply to you; tornados have occurred in all 50 states, and you never know when one might touch down on a 14,000-foot mountain or come roaring through the Big Apple.
How to Survive a Tornado
Before the storm clouds even gather, know exactly where you’ll take cover in your home if a tornado approaches, and store some padding materials in this designated “shelter” (we’ll talk about this more below). When you’re out and about at the stores and restaurants that you frequent, take note of where the bathrooms are and if shelters are available. If you live in an apartment or mobile home park, know what the tornado evacuation drill is and where you’re supposed to go for shelter if a tornado is imminent.
Since tornados can knock out power and utilities for several days, I also recommend having a 72-hour emergency kit at the least, and ideally, supplies for a longer period of grid-down as well.
Tornados can occur without warning any time of day, even if there isn’t a thunderstorm in the area. And if it’s nighttime, or there is heavy rain and clouds in the vicinity, you may not be able to see signs of a potential tornado. That being said, most tornados occur in the afternoon, and they are sometimes preceded by a few telltale conditions. Signs of a possible tornado include a pea-soup green sky and/or a low, dark cloud; spotting a wall cloud around here is always a cause for concern.
Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base — tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can’t be seen.
Day or night – loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder.
Night – small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
Night – persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning — especially if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.
BOISE - Less than two weeks after President Obama signed into law a
bill protecting 275,000 acres in central Idaho’s Boulder and White Cloud
mountains, the U.S. Forest Service has already begun to make some
changes to the new Wilderness areas.
Maps are being posted at
trail heads showing the boundaries of the of Wilderness and new boundary
signs will go up soon. Longer term, managers will begin work on a
Wilderness Management Plan.
The Sawtooth National Recreation Area
and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act was the result of a decades-long
effort led by U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho. After years of failed
efforts, the ultimate compromise bill overwhelmingly passed the U.S.
House and U.S. Senate earlier this month.