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Episode 46 Ten Essentials vs. Systems of Survival Part 1



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As a young teenager back in the day, the Mountaineers’ Ten Essentials for me were the starting point or base for my Systems of Survival that I use today. In part 1 of today’s show I compare the Ten Essentials lists, old and new and cover how I’ve added the components that I feel are more in-tune with the type of outdoor activities I participate in today. There are also parallels between wilderness and urban survival preparedness that make my systems a good base for planning and preparing.


The Mountaineers
Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, 8th Edition

Episode 45 The Survival Mom Lisa Bedford Interview



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Show Notes:
Helping moms worry less and enjoy life! -Well as I discovered, Lisa Bedford “The Survival Mom” is doing much more than that. I found Lisa’s Blog while searching for new podcasts to download and listen to. It didn’t take long for me to discover the depth of survival and preparedness information she exudes each day in her blog posts, books and in The Survival Mom Radio Network.

Lisa is not only motivating and empowering women in the survival community; and now me "Mr. Mom" but she’s helping women in other ways as well with her Facebook group -Skinny Survival Moms on Facebook

Lisa Bedford has the rare ability to bring common sense to the survival and prepping communities and you owe it to yourself to visit her blog and see for yourself the amazing work Lisa Bedford “The Survival Mom” is doing each day.

Links: Blog
Lisa’s books:
Survival Mom -How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios
Happy Healthy & Prepared (A free eBook for you!)
The Survival Mom Radio Network
Skinny Survival Moms on Facebook

Connect with Lisa Bedford on:
Email Lisa Bedford

Episode 44 Beth & David Pruett Interview



Show Notes

In my journey to complete and total prep-dom-ness, I’ve met some pretty amazing and knowledgeable people that are making a difference in thousands of lives every day. Today I had the opportunity to meet and interview two such people, Beth and David Pruett from They have a huge resource for the preparedness minded person to acquire some top of the line First Aid, Ham radio equipment, innovative technology items to fulfill your communications needs and so much more. I highly recommend you check out their website to see all of their offerings and support a Made in American business. I also want to personally thank Beth and David for providing us with tons of links and downloadable documents. Thank you!

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ASP Swag


USNERDOC -David’s YouTube Channel 

Contact AMP-3

AMP-3 on Facebook

AMP-3 on Twitter

Communication Resources:


Radio Free Redoubt

Sparks31 - The 3% Signal Corps

Intelligence and Security Resources:

Forward Observer Magazine


The Charles Carroll Society

AMP-3 Download Docs:

100 Essentials List


Introduction to Amateur Radio

Non HAM Radio Primer

Security Primer

Episode 43 Wilderness Adventure Planning



This subject may be way too detailed for most people but if you’re looking to have the advantage of survival then being prepared can only be a step in the right direction. I realize people like to be spontaneous and I do too. Just know you can do a little preplanning in a “global” manor such as preparing and using a “common” survival kit (See Episode 41) that travels where you do. One that can be merged with your adventure specific equipment you plan to use. That small step alone may keep your next adventure spontaneous.  Take the kit; toss it in your pack and go. Now don’t you feel better knowing you did something to improve a survival situation if it shows its face on your next adventure?

I want to enlist your help on this. I’m looking to create a master list for adventure planning that I can provide to help you and me plan our next wilderness adventures. So please share any ideas or topics you think would be good to include in that list. Thank you and enjoy Episode 43 Wilderness Adventure Planning.

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The Adventure Plan Phase

  • You get a bur in your bum to go play outside.
  • Now what?
  • Where and what are you doing?

Research Phase

  • Need to get some info on the area you’re heading into.
  • Who owns or manages the land?
  • Who has legal jurisdiction?
  • If hunting, get the hunting regulations and locate the Game Management Units (GMU) you’ll be hunting in?
  • Have a plan “B”
  • Acquire local phone numbers and information on: Law Enforcement, Forest Service, Park Service and Tow Truck Service, AAA.
  • Get printed topographical maps of the area.
  • If you are a HAM get the latest repeater information.
  • Get the NOAA weather frequencies for the area. FRS/GMRS Radios.
  • Acquire any permits, passes…
  • Get the pertinent information about the people you are going with, Names, Cell & Home phone numbers and Emergency contact inf.

  • Get your hunting License, Tags Stamps…
  • Download my Wilderness Trip Plan Form and start working on it

Pre-flight Check List Phase

  • Start a System of Survival check list or SOS list
  • Adventure Specific List
  • Hunting Trip
  • Firearms Needed
  • Ammunition Needed
  • Cross-country Skiing
  • Insert your next adventure here:

The Need to Buy Stuff List Phase

  • Backpacking food
  • Boots

Risk Assessment and Planning Phase

  • What could go wrong?
  • Gunshot Wound
  • Mechanical Injury to you or a member of your party
  • You or someone becomes sick
  • Vehicle malfunction 
  • Unexpected weather conditions
  • An emergency at home? How would you know? Do you have a way to get back home?

Equipment/Gear Testing Phase

  • If you bought it you need to test it.
  • Get it out of the packaging and run the gear through its paces. Yes, read the instructions
  • You may need to spend a night or two camping in your backyard

Packing or Pack It Phase

  • This is the time you work out the bugs
  • See if it all fits in the pack you want to take

Share the Love Phase

  • Tell your trip partner(s) what you’re level of training is and the survival gear you have with you

Show Links

ASP’s Systems of Survival

Rpod Trailers

ASP Episode 15 Wilderness Trip Plan Form

Download The Form Here


Episode 42 Quintessential Tarp Shelter




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Show Notes

Shelter shelter shelter -I can’t stop talking shelter because it’s one of those Systems of Survival that most take for granted.  The Quintessential Tarp Shelter is easy cheap and a must have on any outdoor adventure. Here’s the recipe:

1 Tarp 8’ x 8’ or bigger

Add 4 to 6 lightweight tent stakes

25’+ of cordage


Pitch the tarp and live another day.


The Ray-Way Tarp Kit

Shug Emery’s YouTube Channel

Sintax77’s YouTube Channel

Kelty Noah’s 9x9 Tarp

Surviving A Day Hike All Night - JUST .99! Cuben Fiber Tarps

Episode 41 My Survival Kit



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Show Notes

In the spirit of never staying “static” in my survival mine set, here I go again tweaking my survival kits. For me it’s a way for life but for some this can be somewhat of a daunting or confusing task. I mean let’s face it; these days you’ve got: EDC’s, Bug out Bags, Get Home Bags, Backpacks, Car Kits, Lightweight, Ultra Lightweight, Micro Kits, The Kits that Les gave me Kits, Kits in some kind of Tin Kits, Caveman Kits, Ready-made Kits, Kits that cost a lot of money Kits and then -there’s the kit you build yourself. I like this kit because I know what’s in it and chances are I’ve probably used or practiced with the items in it before.

Items in my kit and remember my Systems of Survival as you build your kits.

Blizzard Survival Jacket

Sawyer Mini with 16 oz. Bag & Straw
16 oz. Water Bottle Disposable Type with 2 Extra Caps

GobSparker Faro Rod
Bic Lighter with a Zip Tie on the Trigger
6 Stormproof Matches with Striker
6 Petroleum Jelly Dense Cotton Balls in a Pill Bottle
6” Stick of Fatwood
12”x12” Heavy Duty Foil

Silky Saw Folding Saw

Spot Connect
UST Whistle
Signaling Mirror

Compass with Mirror Accurate +/- 2 degrees

Olight Headlamp H15s Wave

Part of my EDC


Part of my EDC

Over the counter Meds

Bank Line Soon to be Zing It
Insect Repellent
Extra Reading Glasses
Bug Net
Family Photo
Duct Tape

Metal Cup
Maybe a Mountainhouse Pro-Pak

Duct Tape (above)

4 AAA Batteries

Taking Nothing

Toilet Paper
Dental Picks with Floss
If you are female, then add female items

Bottom Line
Have a Survival Kit. Why not? The only thing you have to loose is your life. Keep it on you if you can or at least in arms reach. Know what’s in it and how to use the stuff.

If you have kids, let them help you put the kit together and let them come up with some ideas for items like putting a family photo in the kit. Help them build the one for their adventures.

Steven's link to Orienteering:
Wilderness Trip Plan Form
Episode 35 Lost Art of Wilderness Navigation
Surviving A Day Hike All Night

Episode 40 Sawyer Interview with Patrick Hurst




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Show Notes

Part of what makes the Advantage Survival Podcast one of your survival resources, is that I try and bring information, products and technologies that will help you gain the advantage of survival in all your life adventures. Today, I bring you an interview with Patrick Hurst from Sawyer, Sawyer is one of the incredible companies out there that is making a difference and saving lives around the world.

Patrick explains Sawyer’s product offerings and the technologies behind the products that make them so attractive to outdoor and survival minded people. When I started researching a more reliable replacement for my pump-type water filtration system in my Water System of Survival I soon discovered the Sawyer Squeeze. I purchased my first unit and gave it a backcountry run for its money. After owning several water filtration units from many different manufacturers I soon made the Sawyer Squeeze and Sawyer Mini my main “go to” filters in all my backpacks, Get Home Bags and it is certainly a travel companion in my carryon bag.

In addition, when I was doing my research on water filtration I didn’t anticipate the depth of other lifesaving products Sawyer had to offer; from Insect Repellents, Sunscreens, to a diverse collection of First Aid Kits and supplies. 

We talk about that and much more with Patrick Hurst from Sawyer. Please enjoy the show and don’t forget to check out all the products and information available at


Water Filtration

Insect Repellents


First Aid

Sawyer U

Sawyer Ambassadors

Sawyer on Facebook

Sawyer on Twitter

Episode 39 Rob Hanus Interview



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Show Notes

I have an excellent show for you today. I’m talking with Rob Hanus from The Preparedness Podcast, I discovered Rob’s show a few months back and after downloading it, I was hooked. Now I’m filling up my phone with hundreds of episodes as I catch up and consume the shows as fast as I can. If you want a “real” common sense podcast about preparedness then I highly recommend his show.

That’s only the start of the amazing things Rob has going on. We talk about his books “The Preparedness Capability Checklist” and “Surviving EMP” along with his very popular daily -Prepper News Watch. Oh and did I mention CCRET? (Center for Community Resilience Education & Training) You need to tune in to get the skinny on that amazing project. So join me today in welcoming Rob Hanus to the Advantage Survival Podcast.


The Preparedness Podcast

The Preparedness Capability Checklist

Surviving EMP

Prepper News Watch

CCRET (Center for Community Resilience Education & Training)

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Episode 38 EDC Everyday Carry



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Show Notes

I often think there is some confusion when it comes to what makes up an EDC or (Everyday Carry.) Today I go over some of the Items I carry with me on a daily basis and my philosophy of use. Keep in mind that this is my EDC and is dynamic as my situation evolves. I hope this episode helps you build and carry items that help improve your life adventures.


Glock 26

VanGuard 2 Holster

Wallet: Alaska Bear

Cell Phone: Samsung Galaxy S5 Active


Knife: Victorinox Swiss Army Dual Pro X Knife

Light: Olight I3s

Fire: Spark-Lite Fire Starter and 1 Tinder-Quik Tab & Credit Card size Fresnel Magnifier (For extra glasses)

USB Drive: Corsair Flash Survivor Stealth USB 3.0 128GB USB Drive

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Episode 37 Headlamps Own the Night


Olight H15 Wave S

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Show Notes

If you’re going out to play after dark then you need to own the night. Get your headlamp on! I’m not talking night vision gear here, although that would be another incredible way to own the night. For us mere mortal budget-conscious individuals headlamps will have to do and my new pick is the Olight H15 Wave S.

In today’s show I discuss my philosophy on headlamps and why I think you need a few in your Survival Kits and Get Home Bags. Oh I forgot to add this little tip in the show so here’s an exclusive for you: This is an old search and rescue hack that can help improve your nighttime headlamp capabilities. Wear the headlamp upside-down and around your neck while hiking at night in foggy conditions. Just like dimming your high beams in an automobile driving in similar condition, you will see further and better. You can even attach the headlamp to your packs hip belt. Upside-down lets you adjust the head up as needed for distance. Just say’n…


Olight H15 Wave S

Headlamps at the (my Amazon affiliate site)