Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Riverwalker’s Gear – Survival Hatchet

This survival hatchet is an item I found on sale at a local Tractor Supply Store. It’s a combination axe, hammer, pry bar and nail remover. I bought all they had as they were on special and only cost $2.00 each. I got the five they had remaining. I now keep one in each of my vehicles for emergencies and an extra in my trailer tool box and at home. Although they are not the best axe available, at only $2 each they were well worth the price.

They normally run anywhere from $8 to $10. So I saved some money by catching them on a close-out sale. I’ve used them on several occasions to drive tent stakes, as a pry bar and to pull nails. It has a rubberized grip with a solid metal shank and is quite sturdy. It’s sturdy enough to get the job done while having a multi-function capacity in one simple tool.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Riverwalker’s Gear - Survival Cell Phone - LG Shine

Being able to communicate during an emergency or a crisis is of the utmost importance.
One of the things I use is an LG Shine cell phone. This cell phone from AT&T, while fulfilling all the basic requirements for communication, also serves a dual use. The shiny mirror portion of the cell phone gives you increased options for survival. Even though the battery may go dead, the cell phone may break, or there may be no signal, it is still useful as a signal mirror. The use of a mirror as a signaling device is well known as a survival tool. It is always good to have items that are dual use. This saves money and helps you to be better prepared.

Technical Specifications for the LG Shine

Battery Capacity

900 mAH: Talk Time up to 3 hours / Standby Time up to 10 days

Weight: 4.23 ounces / Size: 3.93 x 1.99 x 0.59 inches

Internal Memory Storage: 70 MB / Expandable Memory Storage: 4 GB

Memory Format: MicroSD(TM)

Wireless Technology
GSM/GPRS: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz / 3G: 850/1900 MHz
EDGE High Speed Data Network
Bluetooth Technology 1.2

Display Size: 2.2 inches with 240 x 320 resolution (pixels)

Additional Details:
Camera, Music Player, E-mail, Web Browser, and Full Media Features

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

DIY Gear - Survival Lamp

You can make a survival lamp out of a drink can. Make a slit about an inch from the top and an inch from the bottom of an aluminum soda or beer can. Then cut the slit about half way around the outside of the can. Then cut along the center of the two cuts. The two pieces can then be folded out to reflect the light from a small fire or candle. The lantern can then be hung by the top of the can. Just punch a couple of holes in the rim that are opposite each other and attach a small piece of wire for a handle. Place a small candle or tea light in the can and you have a home-made lantern.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Riverwalker's Gear - Stinger Streamlight Flashlight

This Stinger flashlight is small in size at 7 inches but has a huge light output. It can put out as much as 15,000 candlepower. The Stinger is brightest flashlight ever made for its size. Stingers are the number one selling rechargeable flashlights in the United States. I have the original Stinger Streamlight with the optional 12 VDC and 120 volt AC Piggyback chargers in the 10 hour charge model.


Battery: Nickel-cadmium 3.6 Volt, 1.8 amp hour, sub-C; rechargeable up to 1,000 times.
Bulb: 3.7 Volt, 6 watt, xenon gas filled bi-pin; spare bulb in tail cap.
Material: Machined aluminum housing anodized against corrosion inside and out.
Lens: Unbreakable polycarbonate lens.
Color: Black
Weight: 10 ounces
Length: 7.4 inches
Run Time: 1 hour of continuous use between charges.
Candlepower: Up to 15,000 (depending upon battery charge status)
Special Features: 120V AC and 12V DC Piggyback chargers in 10 hour model.

I also have an optional leather flashlight holder for my utility (web) belt. This is an EDC (Every Day Carry) item for me and goes wherever I go! The original battery lasted over five years with constant recharges and every day use. This is a great flashlight with good versatility due to the 12 Volt DC and 120 Volt AC charging options.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Riverwalker's Fire Bowl

What is a fire bowl? It's quite simply an old brake hub off a large truck or bus. They are quite heavy, able to resist high heat temperatures, and will safely contain a fire built in them. The ones in the pictures are from the drag axle for a bus. The simple thing is you can even use smaller versions from trucks or even cars for that matter. Many auto repair shops have them laying around and you can probably get them for free. You can also check with diesel repar shops or truck garages to see if they have any. They are generally sold for scrap and you can pick them up for a few dollars. Add a grill from one of your old rusted out, thin metal pits and you can start grillin'.

Single fire bowls can also be stacked to make a double fire bowl that can be used for grilling, cooking hot dogs, or just roasting marshmallows. You can let the smaller coals and ashes just drop to the bottom or you can place a small, shallow pan underneath to catch the ashes. These weigh approximately 40 pounds each, are 3/4 inch thick, about 13 inches high, the large open end is about 15 inches across, while the bottom part with the bolt holes is about 13 inches across.
At 40 pounds, one is easily carried by most anyone. Two can be packed at one time if you're a hefty fellow.

Looking for a way to spread the heat around? Try using a fire bowl. A fire bowl safely contains the fire and absorbs a large amount of heat that is slowly given off to the surrounding area. Think of it as a portable cast iron stove for outdoor use.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Riverwalker's Gear - Sterno Folding Stove

One of the items I have as emergency equipment is a Sterno folding stove. They are portable and lightweight. They fold flat for easy storage and ease of portability. They are fueled by cans of Sterno (gelled alcohol) and can be used indoors with proper ventilation.

They are relatively inexpensive stoves and cans of Sterno fuel can usually be found at most grocery stores or camping supply outlets. They work great for camping out or emergencies.
You can get additional info on an Emergency Preparedness Pack with stove here:

Staying above the water line!


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Riverwalker's Gear - Cell Corp Coolvent Sleepcell Sleeping Bag

One of several different styles of sleeping bags that I use is the Sleep Cell Cool Vent. It’s available at Wal-mart or Academy Surplus and has a special climate control system. It’s a large size sleeping bag at 40” x 90” and comes with different temperature ratings. I currently have two Sleep Cell bags which are rated at 30 degrees (other temperature ratings are available) which pretty much makes it an all-season sleeping bag for my usual area.

It has a removable air pillow, a drawstring hood, three pounds of Litron Hollowfill (a 7 hole polyester filling), and a compression sack. The price for these sleeping bags is generally under $40 which makes them very affordable. It’s a mummy-style bag and has a hood which can be tightly secured with the drawstring and its size allows storage of gear at the foot of the bag. The special climate control system, called Cool Vent, consists of mesh vents on each side with zippered controls that allow you to regulate the air flow through the outer portion of the bag. The system actually works quite well and I’ve had no problems at varying temperatures with over-heating while using it.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Riverwalker's Gear - Safety Cross 6-in-1 Safety Flashlight

I use the Safety Cross 6-in-1 Safety Light. I keep one in each of my two main vehicles in my EDC fanny pack. It requires no batteries (crank the handle for power) and includes a cell phone charger, an FM radio, a compass, an emergency flasher and a 130 decibel siren. The LED flashlight provides a very reliable source of light. The cell phone charger feature comes with a free adapter for most cell phones. The cranking handle for power can be either turned clockwise or counter-clockwise for either left or right-handed users and can be used to generate power when and where it’s needed. It has a reasonably high-quality FM radio that provides access for emergency purposes or to just have a little music available. It also has a directional compass in the crank handle and a siren for emergency signaling (the siren has a rating of 130 decibels). The flashlight also has a flashing strobe light feature for night-time signaling.

One minute of cranking yields about 1 hour of running time for the flashlight and an even longer time for the radio feature. It is relatively lightweight (less than a pound) and compact enough that it fits easily in my fanny pack that has my EDC items.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Riverwalker's Gear - Rubbermaid ActionPacker 8-Gallon Storage Tote

I use the Rubbermaid Actionpacker 8 gallon storage totes to handle a lot of my storage needs. They are weather resistant which adds to their durability and reliability. The weather resistant plastic they are made of keeps moisture out and they resist cracking when exposed to sunlight or cold temperatures. They also have really good latches to hold the lid down and can be locked or fastened down with a bungee cord. I currently use a 10 inch bungee strap connected to the handles to keep the lid secure. They stack easily (including the lids) which make them really good for storage. They have double-walled construction which gives them additional strength. This is a really nice feature if you like to cram a bunch of stuff in the totes. Rubbermaid covers the purchase of these totes with a full 6-year warranty.

If you want a really nice tote for tools, camping or fishing gear, or other miscellaneous items, these are excellent containers. The totes are even sturdy enough to use as a seat. You can also use those little adhesive labels to identify the items that are in the tote if you use it for long term storage.

These Rubbermaid storage totes are very useful and are quite durable storage containers. They are fairly expensive online but can usually be found at your local “big box store”. They are also available in larger sizes. The larger sizes are hard to find in stores but are usually available online.


Riverwalker's Gear - Rbbermaid Two Gallon Cooler

I use the Rubbermaid two gallon water coolers (they are available in larger sizes but can be difficult to carry without help) that many workers (carpenters, construction workers, electricians, etc.) have on their job sites. Remember, water weighs approximately 8.6 pounds per gallon and a five gallon water cooler when full will weigh over 40 pounds and take additional space for storage. I have a two gallon cooler for each of my vehicles and use these as a source for cooking purposes. They offer an easy method of transporting water should a temporary evacuation become necessary, are fairly inexpensive and can be obtained at most of the big box stores.


Friday, August 29, 2008

Riverwalker's Survival Gear - Water Storage

I use the Reliance 6 gallon water storage containers. I have several of these and each container will supply enough water for one person for two days. I keep these mainly to meet sanitation needs and also as an additional supply for drinking and cooking purposes. This is water storage for needs in excess of 3 to 5 days and will cover short term water needs for an extended period.


Riverwalker's Gear - Personal protection

Blackhawk Tactical Vest

BlackHawk Omega Shotgun and Utility Vest Update

Personal Protection Items - Work Gloves

Riverwalker's Gear - Emergency Lighting

Emergency Lighting - Solar Powered

Riverwalker's Gear - Knives

Riverwalkers Gear-Tactical Knife with Tanto Style Blade

Riverwalker’s Gear-The Machete

Riverwalker’s Gear- The Corn Knife

Riverwalker's Gear - Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops CK6A

Riverwalker's Gear - Emergency Equipment

Riverwalker’s Gear - Alcohol Stoves

Riverwalker's Gear - MIU Cando Safety Can Opener

Riverwalker's Gear - Emergency Pet Gear

Riverwalker's Gear - Midwest Cages

Riverwalker's Gear - Emergency Radios

Riverwalker's Gear - Streetwise FSH250 Dynamo / Solar Radio Flashlight

Riverwalker's Gear - Guns

Mossberg 500A Shotgun-Tactical Advantages

Guns and Gear

Riverwalker’s Gear - Taurus PT-111 Pistol

Defensive Firearm Accessories-Cartridge Slides

Ruger 10-22 Rimfire Rifle - Disassembly, Cleaning and Reassembly

Riverwalkers Gear: Mossberg 500a Shotgun - Update

Riverwalker’s Gear-H&R Topper Model 88 Shotgun in .410 Gauge

Accessories for the Ruger 10/22 - The Bipod

Riverwalker’s Gear: Accessories for the Ruger 10/22 – The Muzzle Brake

Riverwalker's Gear - Ruger 10/22 Rifle

Riverwalkers Gear-Blackhawk Omega Shotgun and Utility Vest

Riverwalker's Gear - Mossberg 500A Shotgun

Riverwalker’s Gear - Marlin 336 - Special Scope Setup for Different Size Shooters

Riverwalker's Gear - Marlin 336 Update - Scopes and Mounts

Riverwalker's Gear - Marlin Model 336 Rifle

Riverwalker's Gear - Smith & Wesson Model 65 Revolver

Riverwalker's Gear - Hoppe's Deluxe Gun Cleaning Kit

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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