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Top 5 Survival Knots Every Prepper Should Know

Top 5 Survival Knots Every Prepper Should Know
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Top 5 Survival Knots Every Prepper Should Know
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Everyone knows how to tie a knot or two, but do you know how to tie the most important survival knots? Learning how to tie knots is not something that happens overnight. Like most things, it takes practice…sometimes lots of practice.

Focus on mastering just one survival knot at a time. Once you can pull off tying and untying the knot with your eyes closed and can teach someone else how to do it, move onto another knot.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of uses for the cordage you keep in your bug out bag. Carrying a rope with you at all times and knowing how to tie the five survival knots detailed below could very well save your life one day.

If your knowledge of knots doesn’t extend past what you learned at the age five to tie your shoes, you are more likely to end up a statistic and not a survivor during an SHTF scenario.

Once you’ve mastered them, these knots will only take a few seconds of work to tie properly. You could opt to spend a ton of time learning a myriad of different knots that are complicated to tie, or focus instead on these sturdy, easy release, multi-purpose survival knots instead.

New to knot tying? Review the list of knot terminology and tips below before attempting to work alongside the videos, for frustration-free (alright, maybe nearly frustration free) success.

Knot Terms And Tips

When learning anything new, the terms and phrases often used by experts in video tutorials can be difficult to follow. Become familiar with a few basic knot terms to foster your ability to follow along while working with cordage and viewing the videos – and to use when you teach others how to tie survival knots, as well.

  • The end of the cordage you hold in your hand while working on a knot is called either the running end, the working end, or the bitter end.
  • The middle of the cordage is referred to as the body.
  • The end of the rope you are not working with to tie the knot is called the standing end. The standing end can be attached to an anchor point, like a tree stump or tarp grommet.
  • An overhand loop is created when the working end is placed over the body.
  • When the working end is placed under the body, an underhand loop is created.
  • The bight portion of the cordage is created when a loose section of the cordage is not crossed over another section of cordage like noted above, but instead lays like a loop or curve of a garden hose lying on the ground. A bight shows the cordage at a 180 angle, making a U type shape.
  • A knot turn refers to the placement of the cordage when it is positioned 360 degrees around a portion of the body area of the rope.
  • A knot wrap simply refers to placing the cordage around a fixed object to anchor it or to create tension.
  • The tag end or tail of the cordage references a tiny portion of the working end of the cordage that is left over after the knot is completed or around a bight.

If you’re confused, just listen for these terms while watching the video and refer to the above list again. Eventually it will all make sense. Now on to the five most important survival knots.

1. Bowline Knot

This type of knot is highly versatile. It can be used to put a loop on a knot to prevent it from seizing up on what it is tied around. A one-handed bowline knot could be a lifesaver if one end is tied to a sturdy fixed point.

Many survivalists often refer to the bowline knot as the most useful knot in the world. The bowline knot is traditionally used by sailors and on small watercrafts. It can be fastened to the head of a sail, tied to a jib sheet or clew, and fastened to a halyard.

8 Uses For Bowline Knots

  1. For use in water rescues.
  2. To make a sturdy loop at the end of cordage before yping it around an anchoring object designed to bear heavy weight. World War II hero Desmond Doss lowered 75 injured soldiers down a steep cliff all by himself using a bowline knot to create a crude belay harness, as showcased in the movie, Hacksaw Ridge.
  3. To make a basic rock climbing harness that can wrap around the torso and legs. Doing this will require the use of a double bowline design knot.
  4. Attaching cordage to a tree to construct either an emergency shelter or a simple clothesline.
  5. Attaching rope to stakes or posts.
  6. To make a lanyard to carry tools or gear.
  7. To make a loop style handle to carry a heavy or bulky object.
  8. To tie down gear on a cargo rack or trailer.

2. Threaded Figure Eight Knot

This is a rather simple knot to master. Perhaps that is why it is not only the first knot that many people learn, but also one of the most underrated knots. My firefighter officer husband and his peers use this knot quite often during emergency rescues.

The threaded figure eight is a substantially strong knot. It creates a non-slip and ultra-secure loop on one end. Like firefighters, mountain climbers are exceptionally fond of the threaded figure eight. One of the reasons, in addition to its sturdy nature, that the threaded figure eight knot is so popular with climbers, firefighters, and preppers is because it is incredibly easy to inspect to make sure the simple knotting method is correct…and safe to use.

Sometimes the threaded figure eight is also referred as the Flemish Bend knot.

A threaded figure eight knot can be used when either rappelling or lowering goods or gear during routine work or in a potentially deadly emergency.

3. Taut-Line Hitch Knot

This type of knot helps to secure a heavy and possibly shifting load. The taut-line hitch knot will allow you to adjust the tension as needed and is most frequently used to adjust the tension on guidelines on tarps or tents.

The taut-line hitch knot can be exceptionally useful when the length of the rope must be adjusted, without losing complete tension, on a periodic basis while hauling, raising, or lowering either an object or person. You make the knot by rolling a hitch around the stationary part of the line after passing it through or around an anchoring object.

4. Power Cinch Knot

The power cinch knot, or trucker’s hitch knot, is used to increase tension on a line that will not need to be adjusted – like with a taut line knot. Power cinch knots can be used to hold, lower, or raise heavy loads (including people) without much worry about slipping.

Even though the power cinch knot is a superb survival knot to use when secure tension is necessary, it is not difficult to release in a hurry – as could become immediately important during an SHTF situation.

If you are going to set up a shelter or create any kind of trunk line, the power cinch should be your go-to knot. There are several different types of tensioning knots that would be great to learn, but the power cinch can fulfill at least the vast majority of typical half hitch knots – reducing the number of knots you will have to master.

The power cinch knot is a compound knot. It got its trucker’s knot nickname because of how frequently (and successfully) it has been used to firmly and quickly secure loads on either trucks or trailers. This type of tension knot basically turns the rope into a crude yet functional block and tackle.

5. Double Sheet Bend

The double sheet bend, or weaver’s knot, is used to connect two pieces of cordage together. If you must join two ropes together during a survival situation, time will likely be of the essence. The double sheet bend knot will help you accomplish the task quickly without sacrificing sturdiness.

The weaver’s knot is not the only knot that can be used to connect two ropes, but it is often heralded as the strongest and best knot to use, especially when dealing with cordage of differing weights and dimensions. Similar connecting knots, like the Hunter’s knot, Reef knot, or Zeppelin Bends, are only designed to be used with identical types of cordage.

The double sheet bend knot, like the threaded figure eight knot, offers the ability for a speedy yet thorough safety check for accurate tying. More complicated bending knots, like the Carrick and Butterfly, are generally considered far too intricate of a knot for anyone who’s not a master to evaluate at just a glance.

Weaver’s knots are not prone to jamming or locking up while being used and can be untied rapidly. This type of knot is often used when creating a guideline across a waterway, hanging food high up in a tree, increasing the length of cordage when constructing a shelter, using non-traditional and short types of material as cordage, and tying down large loads.

Mastering these top five survival knots won’t cost a dime but could be an invaluable skill.

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4 No Cook Meals For Surviving The Pandemic And Food Supply Shortages

prosciutto avocado sandwich

When it comes to your food supply, you just can’t risk not having enough. These no cook meals will be a great addition to your food supply planning. Check out the recipes below!

No Cook Meals to Help You Through the Pandemic

As of the writing of this article, there are 20 meat processing plants that have been shut down due to COVID-19 infections. We have been worrying about these types of effects on our food supply for months now, and this is the first real sign of how infections can affect the food supply.

When you walk into a supermarket, you might not see all the choices you had in the past. An empty meat case is a humbling thing for your eyes to fall upon. It’s the shocking realization that the seemingly infinite supply of chickens, pigs, and cows that are butchered for us has begun to run dry!

To deal with this issue, we are going to present four no cook meals that will help you create dinners at home that will feed your family without worrying so much about what’s available, or unavailable, in the meat case.

1. Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches

Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

As preppers we get beans. There are a bunch of ways to use beans and this a great example of how you can pack a sandwich with great nutrition and protein.

Serving: Makes 4 sandwiches


  • Can of White Beans
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Avocado
  • 8 Slices of Whole Grain Bread
  • 8 Slices of Salted Pork (Prosciutto, Ham, Virginia Ham)


  • Begin by draining your beans in a colander then smashing them up in a bowl add a few glugs of olive oil, salt, pepper. This little mix is delicious. If you add some minced rosemary, you can even turn this into a delicious dip.
  • Pit your avocado and cut it in half and then quarters lengthwise. Leave the skin on.
  • Lay the bread out on a clean work surface for assembling the sandwiches.
  • Spread your mashed bean mix onto one side of the bread.
  • Peel your avocados and slice 1 quarter for each sandwich. Spread slices over the bean spread.
  • Add a few slices of your pork to over the top of the avocado.
  • You can finish this sandwich with some lettuces, fresh sprouts, or just eat it as is.

2. Delicious Crab Salad

Canned crab is a protein option that will likely be around through much of this meat crisis. It does have to be kept in refrigeration, but it’s delicious and this chipotle mayo salad is great in the spring and summer.


  • 1 Can of Crab Meat
  • 1 Bunch of Asparagus
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • 1 Bunch of Green Onions
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro


  • Drain your crab in a colander and set it in the sink.
  • Slice your asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Throw them into a bowl.
  • Thinly slice your onions and your cilantro and throw that into the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss in the crab meat.
  • Squirt on enough Chipotle mayo to coat everything and toss gently not to break up the crab meat.
  • Chill in the fridge and serve.

3. Simple Greek Salad

Simple Greek Salad | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

The combination of simple summer ingredients makes for an incredible quick salad that you could add other proteins, too, if you wanted. These could be canned meats.


  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Red Onion
  • ¼ Cup of Feta Cheese
  • A Few Sprigs of Fresh Mint
  • ½ Cup of Kalamata Olives
  • Balsamic Dressing


  • I like to cut the tomatoes in large chunks and have them kind of be the main course in this salad. Peel and slice your cucumber in half. Remove the seeds and either dice or slice in half-moons.
  • Peel and slice your red onion in half. Julienne your, or thinly slice, your half onion.
  • Add all these ingredients to a bowl. Finely slice your mint.
  • Add your olives, crumbled feta, and mint to the bowl and add enough dressing to coat everything.
  • Stir it up and allow this to chill for at least an hour for the flavors to really blend.

4. Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

Using some similar ingredients and adding a protein like tuna, you can create some delicious lettuce wraps. The key to a good lettuce wrap is to have most of the items around the same size. So, consider that when you are preparing this dish.


  • Iceberg or Butter Lettuce
  • Canned Artichokes
  • Canned roasted Red peppers
  • Fresh Cucumber
  • Feta Cheese
  • Minced Olives ¼ Cup
  • 2 Cans of Tuna
  • Green Onions
  • Basil


  • Start by peeling all the full leaves from your lettuce. Set them on a plate either cover them with a wet paper towel or put them back into the fridge.
  • Dice the peppers, artichokes, and cucumbers into cubes. Go no larger than ½ an inch.
  • Thinly slice your green onions and basil and add them to a bowl with your diced vegetables. Add your loves to this bowl and mix them thoroughly.
  • Crumble your feta cheese over the mixture.
  • Drain your tuna thoroughly and then add that to the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss this mixture. Try not to break up the tuna and the cheese too much but incorporate it thoroughly.
  • If you want, you can add some olive oil to the mix or a few glugs of balsamic vinegar. It’s also delicious just how it is.
  • Scoop a few tablespoons into a lettuce leaf, wrap it up and eat up!

These no cook meals should help lessen the stress you feel when thinking of what to feed your family. If you don’t have the specific ingredients, use your creativity, and use what you have. You might discover a new recipe while you’re at it!

What’s your favorite no cook meal recipe? Please share it with us in the comments section!

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Billionaire Whistle Blower: Wuhan Coronavirus Death Toll Is Over 50,000

  1. Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000.

A Chinese billionaire and whistleblower who lives in U.S. exile says Wuhan crematoriums have burned 50,000 coronavirus victims. | Credit: Chinatopix via AP

  • The official coronavirus death toll in China is a little over 800. But an exiled Chinese businessman says crematoriums are leaking the real figure.
  • A billionaire whistleblower alleges Wuhan has crematoriums working 24/7. He claims they’ve cremated some 50,000 coronavirus victims.
  • Guo Wengui is a Chinese billionaire living in exile in the United States.

The official coronavirus death toll is some 800 people in China. The current official death toll worldwide, outside of China, is 774. But a Chinese billionaire with a history of blowing the whistle on his former government says the real figure is much higher.

Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000. Wengui made the bombshell allegations in an interview with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.


Whistleblower: 1.5 Million Coronavirus Cases In China, 50,000 Coronavirus Deaths In Wuhan


He also claims to have inside information that there are 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in China. Wengui is emphatic that these are not merely quarantined or “under observation” but confirmed cases of coronavirus infection:


China has struggled to contain the coronavirus. But it has also struggled to contain public outcry against censorship and tight control of information. Dr. Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm about the disease, succumbed to an infection and died this week. The Chinese government arrested him for blowing the whistle.

Then officials tried to suppress news of his death. Afterwards, millions of Chinese citizens saw the hashtag #IWantFreedomOfSpeech on Mandarin language social media. But the Chinese government censored that too.

Are Wengui’s Crematorium Claims Credible?

Watch VICE’s 2017 profile on Guo Wengui. At the time, he published bombshell documents alleging corruption in the Chinese government. He got the attention of the media and reportedly the U.S. State Department.


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5 Types Of Ammunition To Stockpile For A Collapse


Every prepper knows it’s a great idea to stockpile ammunition when preparing for a major disaster.

You can use it for hunting, self-defense, or barter.

But which types of ammo should you stockpile?

If you plan on bartering, then you don’t want a bunch of calibers that nobody wants. And that’s just one consideration.

In this video, Reality Survival & Prepping talks about what he thinks are the 5 best types of ammunition to stockpile for a collapse.

Here are his picks:

  1. .22 LR – Very common, good for hunting small game, very light and small.
  2. 9mm Luger – Great for self-defense, fits in a wide variety of handguns.
  3. 5.56×45mm or .223 Remington – Also very common, cheap and effective.
  4. .308 Winchester – Widely used, works in AR10 and bolt-action platforms.
  5. 12 Gauge – You can do a lot with it — hunt, defend yourself, etc.

In the video below he makes a much more detailed case for each caliber. What do you think of this list?

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