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With major storm systems racing through the country, we find that people are not prepared and that some of these people died.  Since the storm that dumped the paralyzing snow in New York City, we have heard people tell about being “trapped” in their homes, while some more hardy souls tell of surviving for hours, being stuck in their vehicles.  An NFL game was canceled due to the storm, and air travel shut down for days.  Now, this was only a snow storm.  What would it be like if it was something serious?

The bottom line here is; survival during an emergency.  Problem is, very few people are prepared for any emergency, and when given the opportunity to learn, disregard the lessons as a waste of time.  The mentality of “It always happens to the other guy.” dominates the human’s thought process, but the problem here is that you are the “other guy” from their point of view.  This may be a good thing for those of us who know how to survive emergencies and are prepared for them.  Less people surviving means more resources for those of us who have the strength and wisdom to continue on.

It is thought that 80% of the US population is not prepared for an emergency and if the circumstances were of cataclysmic proportions, most of these 80% would die.  That is 8 people out of 10.   These are pretty bad odds to bet against and not to sound self-righteous, in most emergencies, I will be one of the two who make it.   I will make it because I am prepared and have the basic skills/equipment needed.  I have put together numerous free resources so you can be the other one of the two people who will survive.


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Made from tart-sweet cranberries and prairie-raised buffalo, the Tanka Bar is a delicious real food bar with a smoky, slightly-sweet flavor.

100% Natural and only 70-calories, Tanka Bars are the perfect food for anyone who’s on the go — outdoor enthusiasts, students, busy moms, athletes, and pow-wow dancers. Gluten-free, hormone-free and low-fat, the Tanka Bars are deliciously perfect for every diet lifestyle. Tanka Bars are guaranteed shelf-stable for up to 12 months.

You can keep it Traditional or spice it up with our new Tanka Bar SPICY PEPPER BLEND, featuring an awesome four-pepper blend with just the right kick from habanero, jalapeno, and red and black pepper!



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Sign up for our monthly drawing of Tanka Bar sample.  $30.00 value and we guarantee your privacy.  Sample includes: Tanka Bar, Tanka Bites, Hot & Spicy and Tanka Wild Sticks. TANKA BAR is a new nutrition bar that transcends the Dried Meat and Nutritional Bar categories, giving your taste buds a truly authentic Native American food.



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GORP, “good old raisins and peanuts”, scroggin, puppy chow and trail mix is the life blood of hikers, hunters and campers from around the world. A combination of any of your favorites items such as cereal, dried fruits, raisins, granola, nuts, candy, and marshmallows, in any combination and created for individual taste buds is one of the simplest ways to keep your energy up while hiking those high mountain trails.  The low cost factor of creating this sustenance, it’s minimal weight factor, it’s longevity and the ease of it’s creation makes gorp the number one energy food for your hiking adventure.  To make gorp, the following basic recipe will get you started, but with imagination, a knowledge of what your taste buds enjoy, you make add or delete any individual food item.


* 1/2 cup Raisins
* 1/2 cup nuts
* 1/2 cup chocolate coated candies (m&ms, chips)
* 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
* 1/2 cup dried fruit
* 1 cup granola of your choice

The second most popular hiking food are energy bars. Energy bars are created for maximum nutritional and energy value.  Ounce for ounce, energy bars cost more than a bagfull of gorp, which is the only reason that energy bars in second place in popularity.  Energy in food comes from three main sources: fat, protein, and carbohydrates.  Carbohydrate is the energy of choice during exercise. Therefore, you need to look for bars that are high in carbohydrate with moderate protein and low fat.  Though there are hundreds of energy bars on the market, and many can be considered good, my choice is a product from Native American Natural Foods, located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and based on an ancient recipe called wasna.
Long lasting, natural, low fat content, and delicious, this energy bar is made from buffalo meat and cranberries. The benefits of this marriage of tastes?
Buffalo meat has fewer calories and less cholesterol than chicken or fish, 76% less fat than beef and 68% less fat than chicken, and 35% more protein than beef, while cranberries (recent studies suggest) that this native American berry may also promote gastrointestinal and oral health, prevent the formation of kidney stones, lower LDL and raise HDL (good) cholesterol, aid in recovery from stroke, and even help prevent cancer.

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Hiking options in the Black Hills region of South Dakota for the avid backpacker or the person who just wants a leisurely day hike are many.  Shared or multi-use trails where you might come upon a mountain bike or even a horse, but others are designated only for hiking or backpacking.  The Centennial Trail stretches 111 miles in length runs from the northern border to the southern border of the Black Hills and is a mixed use trail.
Whether you enjoy a strenuous climb, or a gentle hike,  you can find it all in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Here is a list of some of the more popular trials, their lengths and the type of use allowed on each are listed below.

* Centennial Trail – 111 miles – mixed use
* George S. Mickelson Trail – 114 miles – mixed use
* Cook Lake Trail & Cliff Swallow Trail – 4.5 miles – hiking, biking
* Bearlodge Trails – 50.3 miles – hiking, biking, horses, cross country skiing
* Crow Peak Trail – 3.5 miles – hiking and horses only
* Big Hills Trails – 16.5 miles – cross country skiing, hiking and biking
* Baldy Trail, Rimrock Trail and Little Spearfish Trail – 18 miles – hiking, biking and horse
* Eagle Cliff Trails – 14 miles – cross country skiing, hiking and biking
* Veterans Point – 1 mile – very accessible hiking trail
* Deerfield and Lake Loop Trail – 28 miles – hiking, biking, horses, and cross country skiing
* Bear Mountain Trails – 16.1 miles – cross country skiing, hiking, and biking
* Flume Trail – 14 miles – only hiking
* Harney Range Trail System – 50 miles with numerous trail heads – hiking, biking and horses
* Hells Canyon Trail – 6 miles – hiking, horses and biking

And to keep your energy level high, take along the best energy bar available, produced right here in South Dakota by the Lakota Nation.

Tanka Bars: Endorsed by "Backpacker" magazine.


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Space Food Sticks was the first energy bar in the American marketplace and was created in the late 1960s to capitalize on the popularity of the space program.   Energy in food comes from three main sources: fat, protein, and carbohydrates so a typical energy bar will supply about 200–300 Calories,  3–9 g of fat,  7–15 g of protein, and 20–40 grams of carbohydrates.  There are two types of carbohydrates:
1.   Simple carbohydrates, which are digested quickly by the body
2.   Complex” carbohydrates, which take longer to digest.

There are many energy bars on today’s markets, so how do you decide which energy bar is the best for your needs.  First look at the nutritional labeling:

1.  Most of the fat in many bars was saturated (“bad”) fat.
2.  A “whole food” bar contained more calories per gram than most other bars.
3.  The top ingredient in many bars is sugar alcohols, which can cause gas and bloating.

So what makes Tanka Bars a better choice for your outdoor adventures?

Made from tart-sweet cranberries and prairie-raised buffalo, the Tanka Bar is a delicious real food bar with a smoky, slightly-sweet flavor.

100% Natural and only 70-calories.
Gluten-free, hormone-free and low-fat.
Guaranteed shelf-stable for up to 12 months.

Tanka Bars: Endorsed by "Backpacker" magazine.


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