What Every Human Being Should Be Able To Do

The Basics

Archery as a basic human skill

One of my favorite quotes:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly … Specialization is for insects.”

-Robert A. Heinlein

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10 Things We Wish We’d Known Before Going Off Grid

Off Grid Reality

Nick Fouch and Esther Emery, the YouTube channel Fouch-o-matic Off Grid couple, have been living off the grid since 2013. In the video below they discuss–with solutions–10 things they wish they knew before beginning their homestead adventure.

Actually, they already sorta knew all this, but some of the details of the actual implementation took them by surprise … sometimes.

fouch o matic

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10 Things To Really Know Beforehand

1) Solar power is easier than you think. It does work.

2) Plants can’t grow without soil; and if you don’t have good soil, you’ve got to make it. Think organic matter.

3) Water runs downhill, so a spring “up there” means water “down here”. A water system is easier than you think.

4) Carrying water is grueling and “demoralizing” work… figure out plumbing any way you can. Especially for winter months.

5) Batteries run out. LED lights only “sip” off a battery bank, and rechargeable items (like headlamps) are more efficient than packs of AA batteries.

The VIDEO And Items 6 Through 10 On The Next Page:

5 Forest Plants You Should Never Eat

Toxic Plants That Look Like Food

Your survival skill set typically includes the “How-To’s”: how to do this or that. But you also need to know what not to do. Things and places to avoid. And on the top of the “avoid list” are toxic forest plants that look tempting to eat.

Wild Cherry Plant

Wild Cherry Plant

The First Rule Of Foraging

There are several basic rules for foraging wild edibles. The first?

Only forage for food that you know for certain is safe.

Plants LIST On Page 2

[Videos] Bug-Out Bag: What-To And How-To Pack

The Why And What Of Your Bug Out Bag

As everyone(?) knows, your bug out bag (BOB) is what you grab when you have to leave. And I mean leave right now. For the most part, it’s prepacked with the most essential items you need to survive for the next 72 hours or so.

bugging out with dog

What-To And How To Pack

Survival Lilly shows in 3 videos (we’ll publish the third one when it’s available):

  • what she packs
  • why she packs it, and
  • how it goes into her BOB rucksack.

Basic Packing, You Start With A List And …

The least important items go in first. Then you pack the gear you want to be able to get at quickly. Pretty obvious, but think about it carefully. You pack the most important stuff that you can carry quickly and comfortably. The kitchen sink stays at home.

VIDEO  And The Complete GEAR LIST By CATEGORY On PAGE 2

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