PURE VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP : $5
Many ‘sugar bushes’ are in full production of Maple Syrup right now. This bottle of Pure Maple Syrup comes from Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville, VT. Did you know it take 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup? Trees like maple and birch are truly a survival tree when it comes to drinkable sap. It’s like a natural energy drink – filled with vitamins, nutrients and minerals. Late winter and early spring is the best time to tap trees, as that is when the sap is flowing. Maple sap does not require purification and can be consumed in a survival scenario (or just for fun) to rehydrate.
WINTER TREE FINDER: $6
Your knowledge base item this month is the WINTER TREE FINDER. This very cool manual helps you to identify trees WITHOUT leaves. Need to find a maple tree this winter to tap? Check out page 50. Tree identification is an important survival skill for any outdoorsman/woman. This month is the perfect time to get out there and hone your TREE ID skills. Make notes and compare your findings to the same trees in a few months when the leaves have grown.
SURVIVAL SPILE: $3
WATER is second only to EXPOSURE on your list of survival priorities. I like to have several water collection options in my Bug Out Bag and survival kits. Sap from nonpoisonous trees is an awesome source of hydration during later winter and early spring. This light-weight and durable spile is a turn-key solution for filling your canteen in a pinch. Use your knife to twist a hole about ½”deep into the sapwood, press in the narrow end of the spile and wait for the flow. You can easily hang your canteen from the attached hook or eyelet. If you’re around the house, a 5/16” drill bit works perfect for this spile as well. Made in CANADA. My favorite sap trees are Maple, Birch and Sycamore. *Only drink sap from nonpoisonous trees that you have positively identified.
MOLLE BOTTLE HOLDER KIT : $20
I’m a huge fan of building a self-contained HYDRATION KIT using these MOLLE bottle holders. Not only do they hold a standard Nalgene or Klean Kanteen but they also have room for other water related kit items. The front zipper pouch is the perfect space to store a variety of items, including water purification tablets, pocket sized straw filters, plastic water bags, bandana, spile or any other items that relate to survival water collection, filtration or purification. This holder also protects your bottle in the event of a fall or similar event. If you build your own hydration kit, I’d love to see photos of it on INSTAGRAM with the hash-tag #APOCABOX. These also
make a great self contained survival kit for a day hike!
BATUCA BUG OUT BATTERY CASE: $6
There’s nothing I hate more than loose batteries in my Bug Out Bag. BATUCA is the perfect solution for storing a variety of battery sizes for flashlights, radios or whatever other electronics you may have packed in your BOB. The BATUCA holds up to Eight (8) AA batteries, Twelve (12) AAA Batteries, Eight (8) CR2 or Eight (8) CR123 Batteries. The case can be slide apart if necessary as well. Molded in Massachusetts, these cases are durable, functional and compact. It’s also safer than storing loose batteries that could short-circuit during travel.
POCKET BELLOWS SURVIVAL FIRE STARTING TOOL: $12
Far too many people underestimate the power of OXYGEN when starting a fire. A fire needs 3 things: HEAT SOURCE, FUEL and OXYGEN. This collapsible bellows is simple but incredibly effective. I encourage you to use it while completing this month’s SURVIVAL SKILLS CHALLENGE. This fireproof telescoping tool allows you to compress and focus the oxygen in your breath directly into the heart of your fire. You’ll be amazed when you try it for yourself. Any tool that makes fire starting more effective in difficult weather conditions is worth it’s weight in gold. See a quick demo at www.pocketbellows.com.
APOCABOX RULES OF 3 PATCH: $5
Never forget the 3 SURVIVAL RULES OF 3. You can sew this patch on or heat-seal it using a home iron on COTTON setting for 30-60 seconds. Heat-seal on cotton only.