Bible made for the outdoorsman.

Not too long ago I received a waterproof Bible as a gift. A gift that I requested. Mainly because I am very much into the outdoors of backpacking and canyoneering and just plain camping. However, taking a Bible Mountains wilderness and reading the Bible can be a little bit risky. As the typical Bible is not exactly made for the outdoors.

For one a little bit of water, either from rain, or an accidental dropping into the water. can cause a huge amount of damage to the Bible. Pages will stick together and if you try and pull them apart. Chances are they will rip.

Electing to stick your Bible into a baggie may protect it for the most part, however, you have to choose the time in which you read your Bible carefully. As there could be a high amount of humidity and fog that can also cause the pages of the Bible to get a damp. Not to mention you might take the Bible out and start read it only to fine your grubby little hands caused a little bit of a mess on the pages. And as the experienced outdoorsman can tell you a baggie or even a waterproof bag does not guarantee it will not get wet as it can always be a leak.

So when I heard about a waterproof Bible. I thought this is a great idea. And low and behold I ended up with one that I decided I would talk about here.

When those that produce this Bible claimed that it was waterproof, they really meant it. The pages are made out of plastic. It’s similar to the waterproof maps that one can buy at a local Map store or on specialty paper used to make waterproof maps. I’m not sure that plastic it’s made out of is also rip-proof in the same way those specialty maps are. However, I assumed that it is at least similar in that respect.
The quality of the Bible is awesome. It’s very well put together and seems like it will probably last a very long time, even in rugged conditions. Like when it’s tossed into my backpack with a lot of other things being roughed up. And whatever font they used is really impressive, as it is very clear to read just as they advertised. Which was a concern because they’re trying to make the book as small as possible, thus being as light as possible.

However, despite their attempt to make it as light as possible. It’s still not a very light Bible. Which is the only real drawback from this Bible because, I’m the kind of person likes ultralight backpacking. At least keeping my weight down. As it stands it seems to weigh a little bit more than my Norton’s new King James study Bible. Which actually is slightly bigger than the waterproof Bible. Which makes this Bible, the second most heaviest item I would take on backpacking trip backpacking trip.

However, sacrificing a few extra pounds on a trip in order to have a rugged and durable Bible that I can take with me, out in Gods creation, while reading about his creation, seems like a fairly good trade-off. All in all I definitely recommend it. And anybody who would like can get their own waterproof Bible can do so here at Bardin & Marsee Publishing.

So I give this Bible 4.0 out of 5 survival-berries

Pros: Great construction quality, waterproof, durable, easy to read font (even in low light)

Cons: weight and size.

Bear Grylls Knife Review

It has been long time since Ihave been canyonering or backpacking or even hiking for that matter. One of my favorite things to do was canyonering. And I was heavily involved in the outdoors. I love wilderness survival as I would try and get as far away from the city as I can and live off the land.

But I haven’t done that in the long time now. I’ve even got myself a little gut (well, little being objective) from my inactivity. So I decided to start eating healthy and I’m going to get back in shape and get back into backpacking and canyonering. To do this I am going to start by eating healthier and smaller portions. I am also going to begin hiking again. Starting with trails located around the city of Phoenix. This way, I get my strength and stamina back so that I will be back in shape for doing these activities I once enjoy. I have all the equipment I need to get back into it. However, my wife does not.

So the other day I entered REI. And purchased her a survival knife. The knife apparently is something that was designed with or in association with Bear Grylls and GERBER (not to be mistaken for baby food).

Now I’m actually impressed by this knife. It does not have all the gadgets is my JungleKing I survival knife has. Gadgets that really aren’t necessary, but I find having them helps you have confidence and who knows if you might actually need them, especially if you’re like me in into long-term survival. Instead of just trying to stay alive for rescue crews to arrive.

The knife itself comes with a diamond sharpener and a fire starter rod that is used with the fire starting notch but can be found on the back of the blade. Bear Grylls knife is lightweight and is held into the sheath very well. And despite no other mechanism to hold it in like a strap it is not going to just fall out on you. It’s that snug of a fit.

Which is very noticeable to me being a big fan of the JungleKing I survival knife which in the end, in my opinion, is one of the very best if not the best survival knife on the market(well used to be a market mother replaced it with the JungleKing II, which doesn’t seem to be all great). In comparison it is very heavy and has a strap which is used to lock the blade in place. If that strap becomes old and falls apart you’re pretty much screwed as they do not offer replacement sheath. And you cannot just simply buy any old replacement for it. As it is custom-made for all the other gadgets involved.

Another thing I really like is how the but of the knife has been designed to be used as a hammer. This is a very useful thing on a knife. I don’t know how many times have been out, backpacking and putting up my tent and using the but of my JungleKing I knife put stakes in the ground or for some other use. And wondering; I’m going to break the little compass? Is it going because of the fallout? Or maybe the damage the knife in some other way?(Amazingly, I have not had any problems using it in such a way which only goes to show the quality of knife the JungleKing I really is) So having this as a built-in feature and not worrying about your knife makes this a really nice feature to have.

That is not to say there are things that I’m not impressed about when it comes to this knife. For one even though it fits in snugly into the sheath, trying to pull it out can actually be a little bit dangerous because it’s such as snug fit and you have to pull hard. And if you’re cold and tired, you probably will not be paying attention as much as you should be. And this could easily result in an injury.

Another thing I’m not impressed about is it seems as though the knife is not his strong as it should be. I have a small $10 knife about the same size and weight. I used this knife or for my hiking adventures not really my going out and roughing it adventures. And this knife seems to have a little better quality metal than Bear Grylls $50 knife. Although I don’t think this quality really is a thing of concern is still very solid. And I don’t expect to have a reason to take a large rock and pound on the side of the blade hoping the blade doesn’t break. For what in the end you really need the knife for this knife will do great. At least I believe so.

What I like most about this knife is how it combines the gadgets you most need from the jungle King knife to the lightweight simplicity of my hiking knife.

In the end, I would say this is a great knife. It’s so good that I hope to purchase one of my own. In the end, I would give it a good 4 out of 5 survival berries.

My small urban garden.

I have taken steps to start up a small vegetable and fruit garden in my tiny backyard that is no bigger than an apartment balcony. I have already had much of the materials that I needed, but I still ended up spending an additional $100 on supplies. One of the reasons why I spend so much is that I decided to try the new topsy turvy. The topsy turvys will help me use the avalable space that I have so that I can grow a lot more.

I will be growing tomatoes, many different types of herbs and strawberries in the topsy turvy. At least at first, because I can grow other things in them as well. As for what I will be growing in the pots that I have on the ground, I will be growing, yellow onions, green peppers, jalapeños, okra, artichokes, long stemmed onions, Cabbage, lettuce And soon, watermelon, cucumbers.

I will have everything that I need for the ingredients required for my hot sauce. Except for one ingredient, which is my secret ingredient. So do not ask. However with everything that I will be growing. This means that I will be spending less time and money shopping and in the long run. I will be making up the money I spent.

I have learned that growing my own garden is a really rewarding experience for me. And it makes me less dependent on other people to put food in my belly. Granted, I cannot be self-sufficient with such a small garden, but being less dependent on others is still an improvement. And the idea becoming an urban survivalists is very much appealing to me seeing that I enjoy the art of wilderness survival (Yes it is an art, and I do not care what anybody says).

Anyways I will be posting updates on my garden, and seeing that I brought up the topic that I am into wilderness survival I may also be doing post on wilderness survival and even urban survival now that I am getting into it.