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E&E kits: How to make Your Life suck a little bit less.


In a perfect world, I’d always have precisely the right tools for whatever bind I’d find myself in, and conveniently, no more than I’d need. That way I’d always have exactly what was useful to survive and escape, signal and navigate my way back to safety and also have a bit of comfort and convenience while doing it, without carr[…] Continue Reading


Attack Recognition – What’s Normal? What’s Abnormal?


If you wanted to summarize Attack Recognition into one phrase it would be as follows: Know what’s Normal for the environment you are traveling through and look for what is Abnormal. Every place has its own “Norms” as far as activities go and every culture has its own societal norms as far as what behaviors are acceptable in a gi[…] Continue Reading


Gear Review: Kifaru Slick Bag


Kevin Estela of Estela Wilderness Education was sent a sample of the new Kifaru Center Zip slick bag for evaluation and review. After a couple months of use in varying New England weather, Kevin found the bag to have improvements over the previous generation side zip bag. Popular with the military, find out why the features of t[…] Continue Reading


Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plants Part II


Building on the information presented in Edible Plants Part I found here on www., the outdoorsman can add to his knowledge of edible, medicinal and useful plants. Assuming the recommended identification guides have been acquired and are handy, the outdoorsman can begin to use all his senses to create a better und[…] Continue Reading


The Quick Draw


Sayoc Kali practitioners work to develop their quick draw skills as this technique with the blade is applicable in multiple scenarios. This ability to access the blade and present it quickly within a fight is an important attribute in winning, not just surviving this exchange. The quickdraw can happen at anytime, and understand […] Continue Reading


Map, Compass, and Land Navigation


Getting lost leads to rushing, to panic and problems. Avoid trouble by learning how to navigate using map and compass in this free handout by Kevin Estela. Find out what can be done with just a compass, with just a map and what can be done when both tools are used together. Learn how to gauge distance, how to triangulate locatio[…] Continue Reading


Rope Manipulations for Self-rescue


Rope and line is used for self-rescue but would you know how to manipulate it to save your life? In this video, Kevin Estela demonstrates the technique to tie a one-handed bowline to loop around the body as well as how to use a prussik knot for hauling, ascending and as an emergency brake. He demonstrates how to use a flashlight[…] Continue Reading