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Enter to win a Ka-Bar USMC Knife with Leather Sheath

Ka-Bar Knives were originally made for the United States Marine Corp ("USMC") as a fighting/utility knife and has become the ultimate survival knife. Enter to win a Ka-bar USMC knife and be prepared for anything.
Posted by ES Team on 27 November, 2015 contest | 4 comments | Read more →

Survival with Bandanas

When I am out in the wild for more than a day I always think about survival. I only want to carry a certain amount of weight. When you are walking around in the wilderness weight is important. You only want to burn the calories you have to and at the end of the day you don't want to be to tired to do want you need to do to set camp and eat. Each survival tool I choose to carry is important. The more tasks they can accomplish is a factor on what to include. Bandanas are perfect. They are lightweight and have many uses in survival situations.

Bandanas are cheap. Because of their lightweight you can carry a couple if you want. I use my bandanas for many things. They are of course great sweatbands and head cover to prevent heat exhaustion. When not on my head I may tie a bandana to prevent sunburn or keep warm in cold weather. I soak my bandana in water and wet tie it around my neck to keep cool. When in camp I Pick up my pot, wash my dishes, and wash up with my bandana.

I have used my bandana to tie items on my belt loop or my pack. I tie my sierra cup on my pack with my bandana. Bandanas are usually a little lighter than those expensive clips and utilizing items from home saving money.

Bandana and Survival

A few years ago I was in a pretty good dust storm and used my bandana as a dust mask. It worked great. Regularly I wrap a stone in my bandana tie a cord to it and throw it over a limb. This is a time savor when making shelters. I have also used my bandana to make cordage. I rarely take a tent, usually just a blue tarp. I can throw a tarp up quick at the end of the day.

I have used a bandana to filter water. There are better filters but a bandana isn't bad and is better than nothing, especially if the water is muddy. I have problems sometimes with my feet on the trail. I usually have moleskin for those hotspots but I have cut up my bandana and put them on those hotspots. Blisters in the wilderness suck!

I use my bandanas to clean my glasses and my camera lens. When I forage for food I use my bandana to hold berries and such.

There have been times when I am out that I have used pieces of my bandana for firearm cleaning patches and wiping them down with gun oil. I have black powder friends that have used bandanas as bullet patches for muzzleloaders.

I have never had to do this, knock on wood, but a bandana makes a nifty sling for an injured arm or wrist. A bandana would make a great tourniquet if needed. You can also us a bandana as a sling to throw a rock at game. I have never done this either.

A few other things I have never done with a bandana but could if I wanted to: Waist Pack, Mark a trail, eye patch, ear muffs and a hobo pack. Bandanas can be used as toilet paper but I am thinking this would be a one time use. People report using a bandana as a signal flag by tying the bandana onto a stick.

For me a bandana is a must have on my pack, in my bug out bag and in my survival gear. A bandana is as important as rope or duct tape. But best of all a Bandanas best use always is to catch a sneeze.

Posted by Don Uhlir on 23 November, 2015 get outdoors, survival | 0 comments | Read more →

Win a trip to go support our troops

VETober is upon us. Let us send you on a three-day, two-night trip with Operation Supply Drop to thank our troops. Enter below. Tell us why you support veterans and what Operation Supply Drop means to you.
Posted by ES Team on 09 October, 2015 0 comments | Read more →

NASA Released Truly Breathtaking New Footage Of Earth in 4K

Videos like this are important to see because they open our eyes to the broader perspective and glorious creation that we live in. If you're ever feeling down with all of the small things in life (which happens to us all too often!), pause and remember the sheer beauty and wonder that surrounds us. 
Posted by Don Uhlir on 13 August, 2015 get outdoors | 1 comment | Read more →

Kickoff to Summer - get outdoors

It's less than 75 days until college football is back! Enter to win a signed copy of Tony Barnhart's "Southern Fried Football"! We're picking 3 winners.

Get outdoors this summer, get prepared for football season and win a copy from our friend
Posted by ES Team on 19 June, 2015 contest | 0 comments | Read more →

Stock Photos - group 7

Here's a few more free stock photos for you. Click on the images to find the big ones to use for your next project - American flags, hiking trips, gourds or just jumping from a waterfall.
Posted by ES Team on 07 June, 2015 stock photos | 0 comments | Read more →

Stock Photos - group 6

More royalty free stock photos for you. Pics of Peru, Seattle and more lake views with SwansClick a photo to see the full version.
Posted by ES Team on 07 June, 2015 stock photos | 0 comments | Read more →

Stock Photos - group 5

More royalty free stock photos for you. A few more from Ireland, tons of lake and mountain picks, a picnic date and a few others. Let us know what ones you like the best and what you want to see more of.
Posted by ES Team on 07 June, 2015 stock photos | 0 comments | Read more →

Stock Photos - group 4

Here is our fourth group of stock photos - Haiti, Adare in Ireland and the Cliffs of Moher. Have fun with these royalty free stock photos.
Posted by ES Team on 07 June, 2015 stock photos | 0 comments | Read more →

Stock Photos - group 3

Here is our third group of stock photos - Brazil waterfall, mountain views, coffee shops and few fun ones others. We'd love to see them put to good use on your site. Comment and let us know how you use them - not required but we'd love it.
Posted by ES Team on 06 June, 2015 stock photos | 0 comments | Read more →
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    When I am out in the wild for more than a day I always think about survival. I only want to carry a certain amount of weight. When you are walking around in the wilderness weight is important. You only... Read more →