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Live Fire Gear Ring O Fire

Live Fire Gear Ring O Fire Now Available in 13 Colors!

Live Fire Gear’s Ring O Fire is now available in 13 colors! The Ring O Fire includes 25 feet of 550 FireCord, 1 Live Fire Original Emergency Fire Starter and 1 Ferrocerium Rod & Striker. We have also completely redesigned our packaging. When we launched the Ring O Fire we only offered 5 colors, but due to popular demand we decided to expand our selection to include all 13 of our FireCord colors. You can pick up yours today for just $24.99.

Our Live Fire Original has burn times which average 30 minutes with the lid completely removed, and much longer when the lid is used. Just get your kindling going and slide the lid closed. The Live Fire Original is waterproof and can be lighted again and again.

Our 550 FireCord is More Than Just Paracord! FireCord is 550 Paracord with an 8th inner strand (color-coded and waterproof) to be used as fire tinder. When you need the fire tinder strand (formulated with Live Fire Gear’s properties) light the fire tinder and build the fire. 550 Outer shell can still be utilized for Survival Kits, Zipper Pulls, Handles, Keychains, Bracelets, Necklaces, Lanyards, Boot Laces, & Outdoor Lashings.

The Ferrocerium Rod and Striker ensures you will always have the spark you need to get your fire started.

Ring O Fire is available in ACU Digital, Black, Coyote Brown, Desert Camo, Foliage Green, MultiCam, Olive Drab, Red, Royal Blue, Safety Green, Safety Orange, Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line. Pick yours up today at LiveFireGear.com.

6 TIPS FOR ANYONE GOING WILD CAMPING

6 Tips For Anyone Going Wild Camping

6 TIPS FOR ANYONE GOING WILD CAMPING

Anyone can go camping at a proper campsite and it’s going to be easy. You might have to get used to sleeping in a tent and cooking food on a fire, but apart from that it’s not hard. Wild camping is an entirely different ballgame. You need to take your skills to a new level and it’s nowhere near as easy. There could be lots of reasons why you would be going wild camping and just enjoying it more is good enough.

You could also be traveling long distances with a bike and need somewhere to lay your head down for the night. It doesn’t really matter what your reasons are because you tackle it all the same. If you’ve never done it before it can definitely be intimidating if you’re not sure about what to do. We’ll take alook at a few things you should know and hopefully this article will give you the confidence to hold your head high when you attempt it for the first time.

1. Keep away from houses and roads

You can’t just go walking into someone’s back garden and pitch a tent. Next you’ll want to wake them up in the morning for some coffee. The idea is to be inconspicuous and that means staying away from places where people can see you. If you have a map then look for woodland where you could easily get away with making a campsite with all the privacy you need.

2. Don’t trespass6 TIPS FOR ANYONE GOING WILD CAMPING

 

You might accidentally walk onto someone’s land and even though they might not be happy there’s nothing you can do. It was an accident and they’ll have to accept it or call the police. Walking onto someone’s land on purpose is an entirely different matter and you should avoid it at all costs. Just try and put yourself in the land owner’s shoes and see how you would like it if a stranger sneaked onto your land.

6 TIPS FOR ANYONE GOING WILD CAMPING3. Stay away from dry riverbeds

Do you honestly think it’s a good idea to make your camp inside a dry riverbed? The river might have disappeared, but just wait until it starts raining and you could find yourself in a lot of trouble. At the very least your equipment is going to be filthy. The worst thing that could happen is floating down the riverbed while you sleep and getting washed away.

4. Watch out for bears6 TIPS FOR ANYONE GOING WILD CAMPING

 

Bears don’t want to sneak into your camp and eat you while you’re sleeping. It’s definitely not their style, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be in big trouble if you decide to tempt them towards you with lots of food. You must cook away from your tent, at least 200 meters if possible. Once you’ve finished eating you should also take all the food and tie it up a tree so the bears can’t reach it.

5. Don’t be an attention seeker

Staying hidden is an easy task. What are the chances of someone finding you hiding in the bushes when they don’t expect you to be there? This changes when you start seeking attention and starting a fire is a good way to do this. Nobody is going to leave a fire they see burning in the woods and you might get a visit from the fire service. The same goes for loud music.  Besides, you shouldn’t be playing any if you’re out to enjoy nature at it’s finest.

6. Don’t hang around

When you wake up you should get on the road as quickly as possible, but of course you can make yourself some breakfast first. If you’re planning on doing a lot of walking or cycling you need something in your stomach. That doesn’t mean you should goof around. It’s going to be light and you have a greater chance of being caught. Now all you need to do is reach your next campsite before dark.

Deborah Harris has been working as a community manager with Techniice from the past few years. She is also an avid blogger and is of the opinion that carrying a car fridge makes eating good food possible even while camping.

This article was written by INCH Survival and can be viewed here:

http://inchsurvival.com/blog/6-tips-for-anyone-going-wild-camping/

How To Organize An Amazing Camping Experience For Kids

How To Organize An Amazing Camping Experience For Kids

The summer holidays are a time for adventure, and there’s no better adventure than sleeping under the stars during a camping trip. Camping may not be as comfortable as relaxing in a hotel suite, but if it’s done right it can be a great experience for the kids. Choose a weekend this summer to bring out the tent and get back to nature.

What to Bring

Aside from the basic essentials (a tent, sleeping bags, camping stove, etc), there are a few things you should pack that will really improve the experience. Packing a football is a good idea, as there are various ball games that you can play during the day with the kids. Another good idea is to bring some duvets. If it’s your child’s first time camping, they may not be comfortable in a sleeping bag. Even then, you’ll be glad of the extra warmth if the nights are chilly. Bring along some disposable barbeques, too, for a spot of summery al fresco cooking. Bring some small prizes as well, if you want to organize a treasure hunt.

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Kids need to burn off energy, and there are plenty of ways to do that if you’re camping. Hire some bikes for the day and explore forest trails, or hang around the tent and kick the ball around. There are lots of ways to keep children entertained with a ball, so it’s a good idea to read up on ball game ideas before you go.

Sick, Dying, Dead is a fun game to play: even if it doesn’t sound like it would be! Stand in a circle and throw the ball to each other. If you miss the ball once, you have a ‘headache’ and have to keep one hand on your head while you throw and catch with the other hand. If you miss again, you have a ‘tummy ache’ and have to keep one hand on your belly while you catch and throw with the other hand. Miss again and you’re ‘dying’: get down on your knees and throw and catch with both hands. Miss once more and you’re dead! Lie down, you’re out. Last person alive wins.

Another good idea is to organize a treasure hunt. Leave clues around the campsite and get the kids to follow them to the prize. The first team to arrive wins. You can combine this with a bit of orienteering by giving the children a map and compass, and incorporating them into the clues.

On rainy days it’s a bit more difficult, as nobody wants to go out in the rain. It’s still a good idea to keep the holiday active, so instead of going to the cinema or the museum try something like indoor rock climbing or swimming. Before leaving for your trip it’s always a good idea to look online and find out what’s nearby.

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It’s always a good idea to bring your own ingredients when you go camping, as you don’t want to ruin the illusion of being back to nature by running to the supermarket every day. Raw meat tends to spoil quicker than cooked meat, so if you are having a barbecue make sure you pack any raw meat in a cool box and that you use it on the first and second nights.

It’s sometimes a good idea to pre-cook meals, too, and heat them up on the camping stove.

Nothing beats cooking al fresco, and these great camp site recipes are perfect for the campfire (or the gas stove, as the case may be). They’re also super easy for little hands to make, so in the evening you can wind the kids down by letting them make their own banana splits, pizzas, and corn on the cob.

What are your favorite things to do on a family camping trip?

Author: Catherine Helsey is a keen outdoors person and regularly enjoys getting away from the city and heading back to nature.

This article was written by INCH Survival and can be viewed here:

http://inchsurvival.com/blog/how-to-organize-an-amazing-camping-experience-for-kids/

Five Ways to Enjoy Homesteading this Summer

Homesteading and farming conjure up images of vast, open land, contented, grazing cattle and clucking chickens.  However, not everyone is able to live in this serene setting, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the blessings of homesteading.

Whether you are in a small city apartment or the heart of the suburbs, there is always room for getting back to nature.  Here are 5 ways to get you started this summer.

  1. Start a garden.  Even if you are on the tenth floor of a city apartment building, if you have access to a sunny spot you can start a garden.  Use containers to help maximize space.  Most vegetables are capable of growing in a container of appropriate size.  The best part of container gardening is significant decrease in the need for weeding.  If space is extremely limited think vertically.  Repurpose a pallet into a container garden or use hanging containers.
  2. Visit a farm.  Farms are everywhere.  Farms come in all shapes and sizes and with a little help from Google, you can locate one.  Call the local farm or visit their website.  Go out and tour the farm or volunteer your time.  Volunteering on a farm not only helps them, but you can usually strike a deal to take home fresh eggs and produce in exchange for your time.
  3. Go camping.  Camping comes in all different styles.  There is sleeping under the stars, tent camping, RV camping-just to name a few.  Take a friend or your family and go enjoy the outdoors.  Contact your local state’s parks and recreation department if you are unsure where to go.  Camping not only helps you bond with your loved ones, but helps disconnect you from the chaos of the modern world.  You will certainly feel refreshed after a few nights of eating by a campfire and exploring the surrounding land.
  4. Go to a farmer’s market.  Farmer’s markets are a great place to commune with people who make their living working the land.  Spend your money on fresh food that is lovingly tended as opposed to food that is slapped together and packaged miles and miles from where it was grown.
  5. Cook a fresh grown meal.  Pick a recipe that you and your family will enjoy.  The opportunities are endless; homemade strawberry ice cream, a fresh salad with all locally grown ingredients, roasted fresh vegetables.  Purchase local ingredients and home-make the meal.  Get your kids involved, use this task to spend time together and teach them about where food really comes from.  Make lasting memories while you make your delicious dinner.

No matter who or where you are, there is a place for you in the homesteading world.  Carve out a section of your summer and spend time getting back to nature and enjoying the company of your loved ones.  Make this summer the best one yet!

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Here comes the sun…

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I had a terrible sleep again last night, partly due to the wind but also because my poor tummy was rumbling after the Ramen noodles didn’t quite fill the void. I had stuffed a packet of white chocolate Oreo cookies in my sleeping bag to snack on during the night, but the packet of six mini biscuits only left me wanting more.

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I was already awake at 5am and knew it was time to rise as the mist started rolling in and the temperature outside started to drop. I was on the trail by 6am and literally walked through cloud, mist and drops of rain for the first four hours of the day.

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For the first time on the trail I reached the 600 mile milestone alone and was all rugged up in my rain jacket trying to keep warm. I stopped once on the trail before the first water source when I finally got signal to post my blog from the night before but my hands were so cold I could hardly type and uploading all of the pictures took 30 freezing cold minutes. When I was done I put gloves on and ran a mile down the trail to warm up my poor freezing body.

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We walked through paddocks of cows and a number of hikers encountered a huge bull right in the middle of the trail. Lucky for me he was off to the side when I passed but I still took caution after the chapter in Wild where Cheryl gets charged by the bull which had to be in this very location.

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I grabbed enough water to get me to the water cache 15 miles away and was able to borrow Birdman’s windshield to make coffee around 9am. At 10 the sun finally broke through the clouds and suddenly the whole environment around me changed into beautiful forest.

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When I stopped for lunch I had to pop one of my old blisters on my heel which has flared up again and rub the soles of my feet which are REALLY starting to hurt. I don’t know if it’s the new insoles or overuse but this pain feels pretty serious and flares up around the 10 mile mark. I tried using Dr Sole’s magic green potion on them but even that didn’t ease the pain. I’m hoping two days off in Kennedy Meadows will do them a world of good. Sadly I still have just under 100 miles until I get there.

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I had two great surprises as my lunch stop today. The first was seeing UB coming up the trail having put in some serious miles to catch up with me, and the second was he had my stove windshield, bowl, cup and spoon that I’d lost!! Miraculously he bumped into Robin and Garth who had picked it up for me not far from where I left them at camp. I’m so relieved to have them back! Thank you Robin, Garth and UB!

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After lunch we hiked another 7 miles to the water cache and stopped once so I could tend to my aching feet. I think I need to take the next few days easy and just rest them when they flair up. Tonight UB cooked up a feast of macaroni, beef, rice and beans, a nice change from Top Ramen. I have a Snickers bar on the ready but I’m hoping tonight that my belly’s so full I won’t be waking up for a midnight snack.

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