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Overlanding (off-road truck driving) has rapidly emerged as a thrilling adventure for those who seek to traverse untamed terrains and distant landscapes. To embark on such journeys successfully, one needs reliable gear, and at the forefront of the equation is the right set of tires. Amongst the sea of options, the Yokohama Geolandar X-AT stands tall as the best overlanding tire, providing the perfect balance of performance, durability, fuel efficiency, and versatility. At least in this humble Overlander's opinion. I’ve been running them for years and absolutely love


In the vast tapestry of nature's bounty, few trees stand as tall and resilient as the cottonwood tree. A staple of North American landscapes, these majestic giants not only provide shelter and sustenance to numerous creatures but also possess remarkable medicinal properties that have been cherished by indigenous cultures for centuries. In this blog, we will delve into the remarkable survival uses of the cottonwood tree and explore the diverse medicinal uses that have made it a cherished resource in traditional herbal medicine. Cottonwood is the best friction firewood in North America and has many survival uses for fire starting, as well as other survival uses that include:
  • Shelter Building
The cottonwood tree's sturdy branches and thick foliage can be utilized to construct emergency shelters. Its branches can be woven together to create a basic frame, which can then be covered with leaves, bark, or additional foliage for insulation and protection from the elements.
  • Fire Starting
The cottonwood tree's inner bark and twigs contain flammable properties, making them excellent fire-starting materials. The inner bark can be shredded into fine fibers to create tinder, while the dry twigs can be used as kindling to ignite a fire easily. And in the video below, we delve into the many reasons it’s the best bow drill or friction firewood in North America. This is its best use for the survivor.
  • Cordage and Lashing
The inner bark of cottonwood contains fibrous strands that can be processed into cordage. By stripping the bark and twisting the fibers together, you can create strong and durable ropes for lashing together shelters, building tools, or constructing other survival essentials.
  • Edible Parts
The cottonwood's young leaves can be used in salads or cooked as greens, and the inner bark can be ground into coarse flour for supplementary sustenance. Though these won’t have many calories, they do have micronutrients.

Sigma 3 Survival School is all about teaching people how to explore, survive, and preserve themselves in any atmosphere on the planet only with a few instruments and their creativity. The core competency of SIGMA 3 Survival School is to teach skills and techniques that are widespread and will safeguard you and encounter your basic needs anywhere in the world and any situation, you face during hiking and adventure. Shelter, water, fire, food, instruments, navigation, basic first aid, and safety are all requirements for survival. The purpose of this blog

What do we require as humans to survive? We require nutritious food, clean water, and adequate shelter. These are basic human essentials that we have used since our forefathers began hunting and gathering. We need to gather such things to stay alive. In the hunter-gather course, you learn how to survive off the land when you begin to hunt and gather.   Why do we require them? Food and water are required for survival. We cannot survive without them. We need shelter to safeguard ourselves from different components. We will not survive

Bow drill day.  Will had warned us it would be a killer, and he wasn’t kidding.  My hands were already blistered and bruised from carving out a spindle and a hearth board (two things which I didn’t even know existed before that day) for nearly four hours.  Now, my rubbery left arm was supposed to press down on the spindle with more weight than I knew it was capable of while my right arm was supposed to spin the spindle in this perfect stiff-armed sawing motion with the

SIGMA 3 Survival School is happy to announce that after almost 4 years of work, we have finally been approved for the GI Bill® for our 45 Day Survival Instructor course. Now all veterans will be able to come take survival instructor education with their GI Bill® benefits. Visit Survival Instructor Course What is the survival instructor course? It’s a 45 days totally immersive outdoor education on survival and bushcraft, that will give you the necessary skills to survive almost anywhere with little to no modern tools. We put a heavy

“Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘You cannot withstand the storm.’ The warrior calls back, “I am the storm.”By William Hunsaker The desire, the physical determination, and the strength of the mind. The triangular fortitude among survivalists and those seeking the adventure and the art of self-reliance. Within this triangle, mental strength is the foundation that holds the key to unlocking the primal ability to sustain. Unlocking the natural skill set that lies within all of us that lets one prepare for the unknowns; the surprises that come knocking on

For years we have always had a very flexible scheduling system for classes. Definitely the most flexible survival school scheduling system available. When you purchased a SIGMA 3 class, you were purchasing a training credit and it was good for 3 years. And that hasn’t changed, except for one minor variation. You now don’t even need to choose a date for training. Previously when you purchased a course, you would need to pick a date for training and once you did, you were locked into that date. And

ATTENTION: ANY OF THE BRANDS CAN BE SUBSTITUTED FOR SOMETHING CHEAPER. It’s the layering system that matters, not the brand or how much you spend. Budget friendly items are totally acceptable. And wool and down can be replaced for synthetic products if you can’t afford them. /*! elementor - v3.5.1 - 20-12-2021 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=".svg"]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} There are a lot of things that can kill you in the outdoors, but the thing that gets most people is the cold. Nothing is more sneaky than becoming hypothermic. It sneaks up

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