A blog discussing all things survival and zombie related. Because if you can learn to survive from zombies and you will thrive after anything. So keep your bug out bags close, because it's coming.

 Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent. Bend forward at the hips so the torso is at parallel to the ground, holding a pair of dumbbells straight down with palms facing in. Next, with elbows slightly bent, raise the dumbbells out the side so that the elbows extend above the shoulders. Return to starting position.

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First Aid Kits are a Personal Thing 

Recently, a friend asked me whether I would buy a ready-made first aid kit or gather the supplies individually. I found myself in the market for one just under a year ago, and here are some thoughts on what I found.

While researching first aid kits (FAKs), I found an overwhelming amount of choices and advice on the subject. I’m not an expert and this is just my opinion. There are plenty of EMTs/First Aiders/professionals out there offering input; read what they have to say and learn from them.

It seems a good number of people have set up their own kits from scratch, and many highly recommend doing that. Despite this, and despite having some basic first aid training, I did not think I could confidently do that without missing something vital. Lifesystems has a great selection of kits, available in different sizes with different equipment depending on their focus. The company is also widely recommended – so I picked up one that met my needs.

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Fast Pack Friday: Frazier Damon – Pack Configuration

I got in touch with Frazier Damon (we’ve previously featured his pack here and here) when I heard reconfiguring his pack, and asked if he could detail how he went about it. Above shows his Fast Pack EDC and pouches all laid out ready to be set up and next to it his finished pack.

Here are his notes on his configuration:

Above: OP1 on the Beavertail. S1 and BC4 on top MOLLE row. Web dominator to help lock the Beavertail up. Glow zipper pull replacements (below).

Gear retractor in the cave pocket.

One great feature on this pack is the sleeping bag straps on the bottom of the pack came with buckles, something my Litespeed didn’t have.

BC8 and SERE on the right side top.

Cobra knot on grab handle.

ITS/Zulu skeleton bottle holder and ITS Liberty bottle on left side top.

Replaced the stock buckle on the waist strap with an ITW cobra buckle.

S2 and iComm on shoulder straps.

RDDP1 on right side waist strap.

GPP1 on left side waist strap.

This amazing Fast Pack EDC can be purchased here (all colours currently in stock). For more information check out our review of this pack here.

The majority of the pouches are made by Triple Aught Design too (currently not available to buy new, except the OP1 and iComm occasionally) but the ITS Tactical Skeletonized Bottle Holder is available here.


13 Essential Tools for Survivng the Zombie Apocolypse Infographic.

Normally I love things like this but REI you disappoint me. If the depiction of green fleshed zoms wielding makeshift weapons wasn’t bad enough Fig.4 kills it for me.

Of course zombies in all forms are hypothetical but never waste your time shining a flashlight in the face of one to disorient it. No matter how bright your flashlight is this will do nothing no matter if we end up against infected, mutated, or especially the generic raised from the dead. Put that flashlight to better use and bash their skull with it or just book it from the get go.

The rest of this information I approve of. Just whoever works at REI and made this, prepping for a zombie apocalypse and believing Fig.4 will help them, needs to re evaluate their survival plans. 



Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety


Summer is the most likely time of year when you may find yourself caught in a thunderstorm, or surrounded by lightning. It’s important to prepared for this common, but dangerous aspect of nature.

  • 16 million thunderstorms occur worldwide each year.

What can you do to stay safe?

  • Sign up for weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

  • When thunder roars, go indoors.” (Home, building, automobile) Stay inside until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder. Unplug electronic devices.

  • If caught outside, avoid being in open areas and being the tallest object in the area. Stay away from any metal such as wires or fences.


This handy dandy reference will serve useful should one fine one’s self in the middle of a zombie apocalypse with nigh a clue as to how to proceed. Other improvised zombie weapons:

  • brick
  • rock
  • cane
  • croquet mallet (name that reference)
  • human femur
  • lid to toilet tank
  • bicycle seat (another reference)
  • snide humor
Man, they should totally pay me to make these infographics. Anybody listening?

Introducing, Halcyon Backpacking Company: A New Travel Company For 18 to 35 Year Olds Living With Various Mental Health Issues



I am extremely proud and excited to reveal Halcyon Backpacking Company, an outdoor-adventure travel company for young adults who live with various mental health related issues.


The development of this company has been a long time in the making, with today marking the official public launch of operations. In the coming months and years we will be working tirelessly to bring participants an important and valuable life experience. There are a lot of people who dream of travel, but travelling can be an extremely intimidating idea, especially for someone suffering from a mental illness. We want to make travel more accessible and allow everyone to chase their travel dreams.

What Is Halcyon Backpacking Company?

We are a guided tour company who provides outdoor-adventure themed tours around the world for people between the ages of 18 and 35 who suffer from mental illness and mental health related issues.

How Do Tours Work?

Each tour is led by a certified tour guide, who will lead participants through unique and exciting tours that have a bit of everything: sight-seeing through world famous cities, outdoor exploration in breathtaking locations, and memorable, once in a lifetime adventures. Each tour guide is also accompanied by a mental health professional who will hold counselling sessions throughout the tour and strive to improve participant’s overall well-being.

Who Can Participate In A Tour?

AnyoneYou don’t need a formal medical diagnosis in order to go on one of our tours. Everyone suffers differently and we all deal with our struggles in our own ways. We want our tours to be available to as many people as possible, so we don’t require you to get a doctors referral or prove your condition. We want to help you, so all we ask is that you are willing to participate in the counselling sessions offered on tour.

When Do Tours Start?

We are aiming to have the first tours depart in 2015. We currently have example tour itineraries on the website which provide an idea of what tours will be like. You can also join our mailing list to be notified as soon as tours become available.

How Can I Support Halcyon Backpacking Company?

There are a number of ways you can help us develop and spread our business message to those who could benefit from our service.

I am so happy and excited to be sharing this news with you. This is something I have been working hard on for a long time, and I am so glad I finally get to share it. Please do not hesitate to stop by and ask me any questions you may have about Halcyon Backpacking Company, or anything else. This community of people here on Tumblr has helped me grow and evolve over the years, providing me nothing but kindness and support. With your help, I hope we can make Halcyon Backpacking Company an extremely successful business that helps people realize their dreams and improve their well-being.


Aer Duffel Pack

For the active professional on the go, it’s important to be equipped to work hard and train harder. San Francisco-based sportswear brand Aer kickstarts their Duffel Pack as an all-in-one carry solution for both your office and gym essentials. This duffel bag/backpack hybrid features an easy-access main compartment with a ventilated pocket to keep your gym shoes and apparel fresh while a separate padded compartment stores and protects your laptop or tablet. Incorporating weather-resistant fabrics in a sleek, understated design, the Aer Duffel Pack fits into any modern lifestyle.

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