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Rob Raskin’s Favorite Survival Stories – US Edition

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and this time around I thought it would be fun to talk about a some of the survival stories I’ve been reading about lately. Have you ever done an online search for stories of people who have survived on their own in the wild or other dangerous circumstances and lived to tell about it? It really makes you wonder how far you would go to survive if you had to. Today I want to focus on people who have survived life-threatening ordeals here in the United States. Read these stories and let me know what you think of what these brave people did in the comments. These people are so inspirational, I might just make this an ongoing series!


Aron Ralston

When 27-year-old mountaineer Aron Ralston decided to spend a day hiking and biking is southeast Utah’s Blue John Canyon, he never imagined he’d return five days later and without his arm. Despite the fact the experienced outdoorsman was an avid climber, he broke one of the cardinal rules of going out into the wild—he did not tell anyone where he was going. When he slipped into a narrow canyon his right arm became pinned under an 800-pound boulder. Ralston’s wife was pregnant at the time, and he said he was visited by the specter of a child who he believed to be his unborn son, and that gave him the strength to amputate his own arm with a blunt pocket knife. Today Ralston is a father, thanks to his bravery and nerves of steel, and after much rehabilitation he has returned to his active outdoor lifestyle.

Hear Aron Ralston describe the ordeal in his own words!

Donna Cooper

Then 62-year-old retiree Donna Cooper decided to visit remote Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley, she ended up lost in the desert with her two teen daughters, who were dependent on her for survival. The trio ended up driving a distance of over 300 miles when they ran out of gas. Cooper and her daughters were forced to rely on cacti for sustenance, and they were lucky to find an abandoned trailer with a hose that still had some hot—yet drinkable—water in it. The women attempted to sleep on the porch, but they were forced to douse themselves with water every 15 minutes due to the scorching desert heat. They hooked a CB radio up to a car battery, but there was only static. It would be three days before they were found by rescuers, alive and only suffering from mild injuries.

This three-part series about Donna Cooper’s ordeal is fascinating!

What would you do if you were in a life or death situation like the ones faced by these incredible individuals? This is Rob Raskin, hoping you’ll visit the site again soon. Until next time!

Bleach : The Prepper’s Best Friend



This is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, and today I’d like to tell you more about why every survivalist, homesteader, and prepper needs to stock up on bleach. This is one of the most important things you’ll need to keep on-hand because it reduces harmful bacteria and other impurities, and you can use it to purify water, which may save you from a life-or-death situation if there is no clean water around when you need it.

A Word of Warning

Bleach can be a prepper’s best friend, but it doesn’t come without risks. You’ll need to make sure you use bleach in a well-ventilated area. Sodium hypochlorite is a powerful substance that is safe for human consumption if it is diluted, but if it’s used without diluting it first it can be poisonous. It’s important to not use scented or colored bleach or swimming pool chlorine to purify water. Also, don’t forget bleach has an expiration date, so you’ll need to rotate your stock out as necessary.

Water Purification

While there are other methods for purifying water that are preferable, when you are in a pinch, bleach will do the job. It can kill some disease-causing organisms, and you can also filter cloudy water through clean cloths to aid with disinfection. In general, you should add an eighth of a teaspoon, which is roughly eight drops, of bleach to each gallon of water, after which you need to stir it well and let it sit for a half-hour before use. Be sure to check a water-bleach ratio chart before you do this!

Bleach Alternatives

Some alternatives for bleach you can also use are water purification tablets, fluoride water filters, ceramic filters, LifeStraw, the Katadyn water filter, or other similar products. It helps to keep purification tablets in your emergency bag, because you never know when you may need these. Of course, it’s important to store as much water as you can with the hope that you never need to resort to using bleach. I know I keep many barrels at my home and my office! This is Rob Raskin, wishing you happy homesteading and effective survivalism!


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