Robert Camp

Robert Camp turned his love of the outdoors into over 35 years of professional guiding and outdoor leadership. He has helped develop programs, lead trips, and taught for juvenile diversion programs, the U.S. military, The Sierra Club and many others.

How to Keep Emergency Water in Your Vehicle Unfrozen During Winter

If you live in cold country, you know that almost anything stored in your vehicle overnight is susceptible to freezing, especially water. You also know how handy a stash of bottled water can be in an emergency. One of the most important items in any winter survival kit for your vehicle is water. It will stave off thirst and help you stay hydrated if you become stranded during a winter storm or blizzard. Unfortunately, water is also one of the things most quickly …

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How to Survive a Blizzard in Your Vehicle

How do you survive if you become trapped in your vehicle during a blizzard? With winter fast approaching, this is a good question. The last few years have seen unseasonably cold and snowy winters in the U.S. Along with sustained cold temperatures, many regions experienced blizzard conditions including heavy snowfall and accumulation, combined with strong winds. Numerous areas were affected, including thousands of miles of roads ranging from major commuter highways down to narrow, twisty mountain roads. This became a recipe for motorists …

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The Essentials of a Well-Made Daypack

It seems like the daypack, in one form or another, has become ubiquitous in the United States as well as in other parts of the world. However, the daypack in its early form was an elementary affair. Mostly used by settlers and colonialists, Native Americans, trappers, and mountain men when the United States was young.  John Hart, author of Walking Softly in the Wilderness: The Sierra Club Guide to Backpacking, writes, The traditional daypack is simple. A tough fabric bag, …

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How to Dehydrate Cabbage

When you think of dehydrating vegetables of any kind, learning to dehydrate cabbage is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. It sure wasn’t for me. As an outdoor guide who provides meals to my clients, I need to plan and prepare a wide variety of offerings, especially when I’m guiding a multi-day climbing, backpacking, or white water rafting trip. One of my main concerns is the weight of the food that I’m packing, along with the rest of the …

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White River Knife & Tool Sendero Pack Knife

The Sendero Pack Knife: A High Quality Field Knife

I was excited when The Survival Mom asked if I wanted to write a review for a knife that Larry Connelley, knife expert and founder of knifeart.com, wanted to have run through its paces – the White River Knife & Tool Sendero Pack Knife. This project really peaked my interest when I found out it was a field knife designed by renowned Master Bladesmith Jerry Fisk, MS. White River Knife & Tool teamed up with Jerry, to create what I consider to be one of …

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Stay Alive! by John D. McCann

Book Review: 5 Stars for Stay Alive! Survival Skills You Need, By John D. McCann

Have you been looking for a book that covers survival kits and gear as well as basic survival skills? Stay Alive!: Survival Skills You Need, by John D McCann, is a book you should consider. After reading and reviewing the second edition of McCann’s first title, Build the Perfect Survival kit, for the blog, I could not wait to dig into this one. I wasn’t disappointed. “Stay Alive!” is a Must Read… Stay Alive! essentially picks up where the author’s first book ends, focusing …

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“Build the Perfect Survival Kit”, by John D. McCann: Book Review

Do you need to put together a survival kit for your Everyday Carry, Bug Out Bag (BOB), an upcoming backpacking trip or your vehicle, to name just a few possibilities? I have an excellent resource to help you: The book Build the Perfect Survival Kit, 2nd Edition by John D. McCann. A recognized expert in the fields of self-reliance, survival, and emergency preparedness; the author considers himself a student, life-long learner, and practitioner. McCann has written a great book for anyone who needs to build …

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“The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide”, by Robert Richardson: Book Review

Let me start by telling you what I think Robert Richardson’s first book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide, isn’t. It’s not the same old rehash of survival skills regurgitated between the covers of a newly minted title. It is a fresh look at real-world survival situations and how to best prepare for and protect against them. Richardson, a noted survival expert and founder of offgridsurvival.com, has written the common man’s basic primer to recognizing, prepping for, and surviving many of the …

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“Outage” by Ellisa Barr: Book Review

As you turn the opening pages of Outage, the parents of 15 year old Dee, our self-absorbed and somewhat reluctant teenage heroine from the city, are leaving her with her grandfather. He runs a veterinary service on a small farm near the town of Lookout Falls in Washington State. After Dee’s mom and dad depart for a vacation cruise to Alaska, she is hit with the realization that there is no cell phone or internet service, let alone a mall …

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Prepping For an Emergency in Another Country

Basic Survival in Another Country: Prepping For an Emergency

Basic survival in another country means being prepared for an emergency long before you board an airplane for your travel destination. As an outdoor guide, I’ve been asked to go to many different parts of the world, and I lived in Japan for 3 years. Before boarding the airplane, heading up the gangway to a ship, or getting  in my car to go visit, work, or live in a foreign land, there are a few preps I’ve learned to undertake. What do I mean by survival …

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