Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Alone Season 2 Pack List

Each Alone participant brings clothing, safety, and survival gear to Vancouver Island. Here’s a list of all of the standard items the participants are given, as well as the master list from which they are allowed to select ten special items. Finally, there is a list of prohibited items on their website.

Most all of these items are for substance, but it seems to me as time goes on, that it is loneliness that causes them to tap out.  With out a companion, even one like "Wilson" on Cast Away, they start to go crazy.  So what could we do or bring (besides a companion) that would help with this?


*These items do not count towards the 10 special items, but may not exceed the approved quota for each.

1. 1 pair high leg Hunting boots
2. 2 pairs of Outdoor Pants (can unzip into shorts)
3. 1 t-shirt
4. 2 fleece or wool shirts (hooded or unhooded)
5. 3 pairs wool socks
6. 1 hat (brimmed, wool or baseball)
7. 1 bandana 8. 1 pair gloves
9. 1 light outdoor jacket
10. 2 pairs underwear
11. 1 rain jacket and rain trousers
12. 1 thermal underwear (long)
13. 1 pair of gaiters
14. 1 pair of Crocs, Teva sandals or Keen sandals
15. 1 toothbrush
16. 1 pair of prescription eye glasses
17. 1 personal photograph



*These items were provided to each participant and did not count towards the 10 special items.

1. 1 wool sweater (heavy)
2. 1 pair of gloves (wool/Dachsteins)
3. 1 trapper’s hat with ear protection or toboggan



*We will provide the following items to each participant. These items do not count towards the 10 special items.

1. 2 safety tools (may consist of wild animal repellent, an air horn and/or 1 flare)
2. 1 rules and regulations guide
3. 1 backpack
4. 1 camera pack
5. Camera equipment
6. 1 emergency flare
7. 1 satellite phone
8. 1 emergency personal flotation device
9. 1 first aid kit (military type – tourniquet, wadding, ace bandage, alcohol, plastic bag, etc)
10. 1 small mirror
11. 1 20×20 canvas tarp
12. 1 10×10 tarp for protecting camera and equipment
13. 1 GPS tracking device
14. 1 head lamp
15. 1 emergency rations pack to include water and food



*Each participant must choose TEN total items from the following list. Selections are final. Once chosen, no items may be swapped out or replaced. These will be each participant’s unique tools used to survive in the wilderness on camera.

I've listed my recommended items below in BOLD

1. 12×12 ground cloth/tarp (grommets approved) You get 1 of these above
2. 8 mm climbing rope – 10M
3. 550 para chord – 20m 
4. 1 hatchet
5. 1 saw #2
6. 1 ax

1. 1 multi-seasonal sleeping bag that fits in provided backpack #3
2. 1 bivy bag (Gore-Tex sleeping bag cover) #4
3. 1 sleeping pad
4. 1 hammock - I might consider this (if mesh) as an alternative to a fish net to serve both needs)

1. 1 large (no more than 2 quart) pot, includes lid #5
2. 1 steel frying pan
3. 1 ferro rod set #6
4. 1 enamel bowl for eating
5. 1 spoon
6. 1 canteen or water bottle
7. 1 bear canister

1. 1 bar soap
2. 1 8 oz tube of toothpaste
3. 1 face flannel
4. 1 40 m roll of dental floss
5. 1 small bottle bio shower soap
6. 1 shaving razor (and 1 blade)
7. 1 towel (30” x 60”)
8. 1 comb

1. 1 300-yards of nylon filament fishing line & 25 assorted hooks (No lures) #7
2. 1 primitive bow with 6 Arrows (must be predominately made of wood)
3. 1 small gauge gill net (1.5 m deep x 3.6 m long, 2” [50 mm] mesh) #8
4. 1 slingshot/Catapult
5. 1 net foraging bag
6. 1 3.5 lb roll of trapping wire

1. 5 lbs of beef jerky (protein) #9
2. 5 lbs of dried pulses/legumes/lentils mix (starch and carbs)
3. 5 lbs of biltong (protein)
4. 5 lbs of hard tack military biscuits (carbs/sugars)
5. 5 lbs of chocolate (Simple/complex sugars)
6. 5 lbs of pemmican (traditional trail food made from fat and proteins)
7. 5 lbs of gorp (raisins, m&m’s and peanuts)
8. 5 lbs of flour (starch/carbs)
9. 2 lbs of rice or sugar and 1 lb of salt

1. 1 pocket knife
2. 1 hunting knife #10
3. 1 Leatherman multi-tool
4. 1 sharpening stone
5. 1 roll of duct tape or 1 roll of electrical tape
6. 1 small shovel
7. 1 small sewing kit
8. 1 carabineer
9. 1 LED flashlight
10. 1 pair of ice spikes

On Season 2 of Alone, the History Channel did not publish a pack list, so watching Season 2, here are the observations of what each person picked as their 10 items.  IF a person build a log structure with sawed ends, it was assumed a saw was taken, even if they did not show it.  In one case, Desmond, very little gear was shown, because he tapped out in a matter of hours, setting a record for the fastest quitter on the show.  Those that stayed longer, or filmed more, showed more gear than others.  So while the list is not complete, it is currently the best available to my knowledge.

IF you notice any items in the show that are NOT on this list, please Post a note about it, indicating which episode, and who has what, so that we can verify it and update this list.

Here WAS the link to the Alone website and list of supplies; but it is not working now.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The First 5 Things To Do After a Crisis

You’re at work when all of the sudden one of your co-worker’s shouts with a terrible shriek, “Did you hear?” He can see the confused look on your face and explains, “The financial markets just collapsed and everyone’s running to the bank and ATMs.” What should we do?

Preparing for civil unrest in your town is much like prepping for bugging in during any other emergency or weather disaster. You should have plenty of food, water, batteries, medicine and first aid, an alternative cooking method, fuel and lighting for your family for a week.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Best Prepper Books

Here are some excellent Prepper Books.  Your feedback and suggestions are appreciated and will be evaluated and possibly used to update this list. Note that the order of importance of these books will change based on the skills and experience of the reader.  Here they are:

  1. How to survive the end of the world as we know it by James Wesley Rawles (buy 2 copies)
  2. Prepper Handbook on Amazon Kindle
  3. The Encyclopedia of Country Living 
  4. Country Wisdom & Know-How
  5. SAS Survival Guide by John 'Lofty' Wiseman
  6. Idiot's Guides: Foraging by Mark Vorderbruggen
  7. The Survival Medicine Handbook 
  8. Bushcraft 101 by Dave Canterbury 
  9. Advanced Bushcraft:  by Dave Canterbury
  10. The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan
  11.  The Homesteading Handbook by Abigail R. Gehring
  12.  Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham
  13. Guide to Canning, Freezing, Curing & Smoking Meat by Wilbur F. Eastman
  14. Meat Smoking And Smokehouse Design by Stanley Marianski
  15.  Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game by John J. Mettler
  16.  Keeping Bees by Ashley English also see our post Bees for Prepping 
  17.  National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms 
  18. Where There Is No Doctor
  19. Vegetable Gardner's Bible  
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Gardening Links

Gardening101 – Soil Basics
Preppers Garden
Green House for year-round food supply  
Vegetable Planting Dates 
Vegetable Days to Harvest   

Seeds for Survival
Budget Garden Preparations

Growing your own food from seed

Prepper Livestock series
Preppers Garden 

Food Shelf Life

Growing your own food from seed
Practice Garden 

Fall Garden 

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Food Shelf Life

"What is the shelf life of my food storage?"

Shelf life can be defined two ways according to BePrepared.com:

Best if used by shelf life - Length of time food retains most of its original taste and nutrition.
Life sustaining shelf life - Length of time food preserves life, without becoming inedible.

There can be a wide time gap between these two definitions of shelf life. For example, most foods available in the grocery store that are dated have a best if used by date that ranges from a few weeks to a few years. On the other hand, scientific studies have determined that when properly stored, powdered milk has a life sustaining shelf life of 20 years. That is, the stored powdered milk may not taste as good as fresh powdered milk, but it retains some nutritional value and is still edible.

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