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Train Like It’s Real


In “Train Like It’s Real” Kevin Estela of Estela Wilderness Education challenges the reader to learn from the experience of reality training. By basing exercise and training off of reality, a person can learn what works and what doesn’t. To learn one’s limits in a “bug out” or “evasion” scenario[…] Continue Reading


Canteen-Based Emergency/Survival Kits


In this video for, Kevin Estela of Estela Wilderness Education explains the contents of his Heavy Cover canteen-based survival kit. Learn the items that can be carried to improve survivability and why it is important to build a survival kit around an item commonly carried or used.


Pimp Your Lighter


How do you make a good idea even better? In this submission for, Kevin Estela describes a few ways to improve your lighter’s performance in wet weather. Paired with a good ferro rod, you have a reliable fire starting combination for all your outdoor pursuits. Visit Exotac at    […] Continue Reading


The Survivor’s Virtue of Eccentricity


I submit Richard Burton, the British 19th Century explorer, not the actor, survived a Somali spear through his cheek (which he had to leave there as he made his escape), had a habit of crashing Arabian harems, and endured many harrowing scrapes, was protected only by his dogged eccentricity and[…] Continue Reading


Finding Direction with Pen and Paper


Assuming you know the time of day (digital watch, vehicle display, cell phone w/o compass app) and you have a pen and paper you can find your general direction. The following technique comes from adapting an analog watch navigation skill to digital watch technology. Through sideways thinking, the survivor can[…] Continue Reading


Spring Foraging Field-Made Digging Tools


In this video for, Estela Wilderness Education Owner/Head Instructor, Kevin Estela explains a few tools including the digging stick, digging adze and folding shovel, that make spring foraging for underground edibles easier . In a bonus video, Kevin shows the U-Dig-It Shovel in action harvesting a wild ramp/leek. As[…] Continue Reading


Sunjack Review


I spend a lot of time in airports, on the go and away from civilization. I also am bound to my electronic devices as a writer, regular blogger and social media jockey. Combined with these roles is my occupation as a survival instructor who is usually far from civilization on[…] Continue Reading

Large wheeled duffels make excellent disaster boxes. The author’s LBT wheeled duffle carries all of his equipment for training around the country. They can be large enough to carry both clothing and gear and many are equipped with organizing dividers and pockets.

Practical Caches and Discrete Drops


Napoleon learned an army marches on its stomach. Cut off from supplies, he struggled to survive the Russian campaign as he found the Russians destroyed anything of value the invading army could have exploited. As a result, his army suffered a crippling loss and the return trek to France claimed[…] Continue Reading