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Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Book Recomendation

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.

Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. . Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.

When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hacks for Homesteading for Almost No Money - Guest Post by Jack Neely


Homesteading comes with freedom. It provides you with an opportunity of living off the land as you enjoy your own grown food and recreation. On the flip side, getting started might require some capital before your homestead can sustain itself.
Here are some tips to get started with homesteading for almost no money.
Initial Decisions
If you want to start homesteading today, you must first consider what is important to you. You might want to start growing your own food, raising your own livestock, cooking your own bread, or even doing a combination of the above.
Additionally, consider your strengths. If you love vegetables, start with gardening. If meat is your thing, then you can get started with meat harvesting. It all depends on your passion and interests. If you have interest in something, you will be more likely to sustain this sort of lifestyle.
Homesteading with Livestock
If you have made a decision to start homesteading with livestock, then you’ll need to practice a lot of patience. You can start by joining Facebook groups in your locality, especially those relating to livestock and farms.
If there are livestock in your area, some people sell them for super cheap. This means you can really start with the livestock at a low price. You’ll just need to worry about the food.
However, you will have to ensure that the stock you are receiving is healthy and will not infect your other animals with diseases. If you are cash-strapped, this is something you really need to be smart about. Don’t take free or low cost animals for the sake of increasing your livestock, because it can have the opposite effect. Make sure each animal you choose is perfect for your needs.
When it comes to goats, purchase them when they are young and bring them up yourself. They are available at a much cheaper cost than when they mature up. For homesteaders who want to rear pigs, a weaned piglet is available for as low as $40.
If space is limiting, you can rear chickens, rabbits or quails instead. They don’t require much space. On the other hand, you can even stack up their cages, making use of vertical space, which is not easy when rearing cows, goats and pigs.
Learn Traditional Skills
One of the simplest and best ways to launch your homesteading is to learn some traditional skills such as canning and baking. Once you learn these skills, you don’t have to buy bread any more. You’ll be able to eat fresh breakfast straight from your farm.
There are certain foods that you might need to acquire from the store. So that you can save on costs, you should purchase them in bulk, and then you can them. You can also learn how to make sausage or how to preserve meat. Similarly, you can learn numerous traditional skills that will help around the house and plot.
Gardening
Homesteading is not complete without gardening. If you happen to have some portion of land, start growing vegetables and fruits. It is advisable to grow only what your family can consume. During your first homesteading years, just concentrate on few varieties of vegetables.
This will give you a better experience, as you proceed to putting more land under cultivation. Tomatoes are always a nice way to start, since they are not very demanding, in terms of care and management.
Moreover, you can make several things with them including pasta sauce, tomato paste and salsa. Beans, which contain a significant amount of proteins, should also be grown.
Conclusion
There are many ways to start homesteading today. Just find out the activities that are very attractive to you, and start with them. Homesteading isn’t super easy, but it’s rewarding. These hacks will help you get started!

About the Author
Jack Neely is a fitness expert, survivalist, and world traveler. He’s been in several life or death situations, and he’s making an effort to spread his knowledge around the web to help others survive these situations as well. He’s also on the content team at The Tactical Guru.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Book Recomendation - The Sensible Prepper

As the news reports an endless array of chaotic events from summers of record-setting wildfires, heat waves and droughts or winter polar vortexes, Hurricane Sandy convinced many that climate change is real and that catastrophic weather events are the new norm. Many people resolved to be better prepared for the next big crisis and to make a plan to deal with the disruption that will come. The Sensible Prepper provides readers with the tools to make a plan and be prepared to deal with the next storm. The book takes a big picture look at additional challenges such as economic collapse, peak oil and global pandemics that form the zeitgeist of “angst” many people are experiencing. It provides a framework for taking steps to build personal resilience examining such questions as where to live, how to power your home, how to grow and store more food as well as new models of economic exchange. The tools and knowledge exist today for people to be more independent and better able to deal with many of the challenging issues of our time but what has been lacking is a coherent, achievable plan to build that resilience. Unlike the “stock up on guns and ammo” books of the past, this book provides a logical road map to build independence written by people who have lived independently for more than a decade. Michelle and Cam Mather have lived off the electricity grid for 18 years heating and powering their home sustainably and independently with renewable energy while growing food for themselves and for others in their community.