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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books and movies–often with a tie-in to disaster preparedness, and links to “how to” self-sufficiency videos. There are also links to sources for both storage food and storage containers. You will also note an emphasis on history books and historical movies. This week the focus is on winter backpacking and other aspects of winter travel. (See the Gear & Grub section.)


Ultralight Winter Travel: The Ultimate Guide to Lightweight Winter Camping, Hiking, and Backpacking [1]

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Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story [2]

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Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime [3]

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Head-to-Toe Winter Knits: 100 Quick and Easy Knitting Projects For The Winter Season [4]

Movies and Television:

Already mentioned once today: Gandhi [5].

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Northern Exposure – Season 1-6 Complete Series [DVD] [6]

Instructional Videos & Vlogs:

Gear for Winter Backpacking – Tips, Tricks & Budget Options [7]

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When Sub-Zero Camping Goes Wrong – Winter Backpacking in the White Mountains [8]

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Reader G.P. sent this: How to Dye Fabric With Food Scraps [9].

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Tim J. mentioned this brief video: Clint Smith’s EDC [10]

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Also from Tim, there is this from Reid Henrichs:  The Key to Consistent Rifle Shooting [11]

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Five Lines of Effort in a WROL Scenario [12]

Gear & Grub:

Wiggy’s Sleeping Bag System.  (I’m sure that you’ve seen me mention these dual-bag systems before. These are simply the best, and unlike 98% of the other sleeping bags on the market, these are made in USA!

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Magpul M-LOK Aluminum Picatinny Accessory Rail, 5 Slots [13]

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IRON JIA’S Waterproof Long Rifle Case 61″ x 12″ Floating Tactical Scoped Gun Dry Bag [14]

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Reader “Midwest Marco” wrote to mention: “I have some of my prep stuff stored in grocery store gallon zip lock bags, but wanted a solution with the plastic being stronger.  I have used these for years, and just reordered some. I’ve heard that grocery store bags are only 2 or 4 mil thick plastic.  These bags are 8 mil thickness:  uGems 8″ x 10″ 8 mil Extra Heavy-Duty Puncture Resistant Clear Reclosable Resealable Zipper Bags, 24 [15]

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Western Frontier MRE 2020 Inspection Date Case, 12 Meals with 2020 Inspection Date, 2017 Pack Date. Military Surplus Meal Ready to Eat [16].

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Mountain House Classic Bucket [17]

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#1 Comment By Once a Marine… On October 2, 2019 @ 10:25 pm

A friend loaned me a fine and challenging book: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds by Katrina Blair,

Subtitle says: 13 essential plants for Human Survival

Carry n

#2 Comment By gamachinist On October 2, 2019 @ 11:46 pm

re: Northern Exposure,

That was one of my favorite shows when it was on. I bought the dvds a couple of months ago and I am enjoying them. It’s been so long I’ve forgotten most of the episodes.
A note about the Amazon link, those are region 2 dvds:
“Playback Region 2 :This will not play on most DVD players sold in the U.S., U.S. Territories, Canada, and Bermuda.”

#3 Comment By James Wesley Rawles On October 3, 2019 @ 12:37 am

Thanks for catching that glitch. I’ve just corrected the link.