How long do you think you can survive in the woods on your wit and wisdom alone? Sure, you can get a fire going by fashioning a bow drill, and you can purify a little water via a solar still. However, you can turn surviving your situation into thriving with the right kind of gear. Wouldn’t having a ferro rod and a water filter be much easier? Sure, it would. As part of our annual “Gear Guide” issue, we culled through the best of the best to bring you the latest and greatest equipment to help you survive the harshest of circumstances. With more than 200 items broken into a dozen different categories, there’s something for everyone: camp cooking gear, emergency prep gear, bug-out bags, Bear & Son’s latest cutlery and oversized survival choppers, to name just a few.
But what good is the gear without knowing how to use it? That said, the issue is packed with stories on how to identify medicinal plants, read a compass and apply a tourniquet. We’ll show you the ins and outs of the latest subscription box from Gear Up, and get close with Exotac’s newest fire-starters, Midland’s latest hand-held comms, Forj’s thermoplastic do-it-all tape, and Leatherman’s game-changing FREE P2 multi-tool.
Since everyone needs some inspiration, we’re taking you on a once-in-a-lifetime Alaskan moose hunt with adventurer Christian Schauf. You’ll experience his frustrations and ultimate triumph through breathtaking photos and a play-by-play narrative as he treks into the Arctic with nothing more than a pack, a rifle and some hope.
The final touch—as with every issue—is “The End” on the last page, where we discuss what happens when you don’t survive, which is always a possibility. In this issue, you’ll learn what is it like to starve to death. Spoiler alert: it isn’t pretty.
The May/June 2019 is now available, and if you can’t find it at your local newsstand or bookstore, be sure to pick up a digital or physical copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. Better yet, while you’re there, subscribe and have it delivered directly to your door. Also, like us on Facebook and visit Real World Survivor for daily new content.
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Carrie Roeder, Senior Director, Marketing and Operations