Great site! Very informative. I’m retired U.S. Army, spent two decades with the 10th Mountain Div. out of Ft. Drum. I had some pretty extensive training in the area of mountain and cold weather survival and I learn something new every time I visit. One thing I’d like to ad on this topic, if I may, is don’t just pack up your gear and toss your pack in the closet and think you’re all set. One thing I can’t stress enough is to actually go out and use that gear! Plan 3-4 day get-aways and hit the boonies for a camping trip, using nothing but what you have in your B.O.B. Use your ferro rod to start fires. Set up a couple snares and try to catch yourself a rabbit or squirrel – prep it, cook it and eat it. I assure you, it will be one of the tastiest meals you’ve ever had. Build yourself a shelter. Filter your water from a creek, stream or pond. Do it right! It’s these exercises that will give you what no website can – experience, hands-on know-how, and confidence. I try to go twice a month… rain or shine, winter, summer spring or fall. I can’t stress enough how important this exercises can be…. and gosh darn it, it’s a lot of fun!!