$10 Dollar Tree Survival Challenge

Survival. It can hit you as a stunning reality when you least expect it to be an issue. You can find yourself lost in the woods or in a weather emergency and having to get by on what you have available to you. And if you have enough of the right things, you get to live. Otherwise… Well… You get the picture.

Sometime in April, we are going out to do a survival challenge which involves heading to our local Dollar Tree store to get $10 of goods to survive one evening outdoors.

The idea is to set up a camp, complete with survival shelter and using the items we purchased at Dollar Tree and whatever other natural materials are available in the local environment.

Why do this? Because it can be done, THATS WHY!

The entire experience will be filmed and shared on our BitChute channel and hopefully it’ll end well for all involved (namely ME!). We may even do a live broadcast on Facebook to share with folks how it is going.

In all seriousness, this is a great test of survival skills and a good check of ability and creativity in the face of a cold and uncomfortable evening outdoors.

We are providing our initial list of survival items that we THINK we’ll end up with and also provide for some allowances that are items we feel are reasonable to allow for in the challenge.

Survival Challenge Gear

  • Garbage bags – Multiple uses
  • Drop cloth – Key item to stay WARM
  • Matches – Fire!
  • Twine – For shelter building and misc uses.
  • Flashlight – LED – Gotta SEE for God’s sake!
  • Food – Preferably Edible.
  • Knife – Camping knife (carve a spoon with it!).
  • Duct Tape – To silence complainers and build stuff.
  • Steel Bowl – To cook food in.
  • Water – 1 gallon – Stay hydrated and ALIVE.


These three items are allowances that are necessary to do the challenge and which most people already have.

  • Warm clothing – All that you can fit on your person.
  • Batteries for flashlight.
  • Pocket can opener.
  • Cameras and gear to film the challenge.
  • Cell phone to live broadcast the challenge.

Bushcraft and Survival – New direction and focus.

As a kid, I had one of those idyllic lives, living in the Sierras and avoiding much of the negativity that goes with living in cities. Weekends spent roaming the Sierra mountains and never spending too much time in front of a TV or computer.

I actually remember going to the local Western Auto in Paradise, California and it was a local hangout for everyone.  It had that 1950s sort of optimism about it and was just plain fun to visit.

They carried EVERYTHING. It’s too bad Sears bought the chain out and then immediately trashed it as a brand since it really was one of those iconic and wonderful places for a kid to spend time and dream… Way before Amazon, yes, this is what we did ;>) And they even carried stuff like fishing supplies and outdoor gear.

One of the things we loved doing was spending time in the outdoors. In fact, before the term “Bushcrafting” came about, we called this activity “Outdoors Living” – LOL!

We got by on a lot less of the fancy gear that people have now and for a lot fewer dollars since people didn’t have the disposable income they have today. We had to be inventive and stretch resources to make solutions that would work. And now that I am retired and revisiting these subjects in my late 50s, I’m enjoying the rediscovery and channeling my energies to these subjects as a primary activity.

As some prior posts have noted, I’m moving my primary video channel to BitChute and will post videos there first and then the same videos at a later schedule on YouTube due to the censorship issues that YouTube and Google have chosen to engage in. Better to put your faith in the First Amendment and in video streaming providers that don’t engage in tearing down our rights.

Free speech is a lot like survival gear and knowledge. If you don’t engage in learning it and then go to use it and find yourself without it, things can go south in a hurry.

Best to use Free Speech and refuse to give it up to forces that wish to take it away.

The channel is undergoing a shift towards Bushcraft and Survival technique and tech being featured, but will still retain some of it’s old feel as well. The goal with the survival/bushcraft emphasis is to share my unique perspective on these subjects and to share my experiences and also my lifetime of outdoor experiences that I have acquired. Should be a lot of fun and I’ll learn a thing or two in the process and hope you do too.

We’re shooting new video now and should be posting new video in the coming week! Spring is here and the weather is great! Get out and enjoy the outdoors!



Fall is here and Light5Media is humming along…

Much has been going on and with the arrival of the first rains of fall, California’s weather has gone from warm to distinctly cool.

I’m working hard on the business and weekly voice-overs and video shoots are part of the routine. I’ve learned a lot about the business of producing content and how YouTube works and am keeping my focus on what is important.

I’ve been getting into animation (in a very primitive way), but they came out good despite my initial thoughts of giving up on it in the following video.

Light5Media is one of the two YouTube channels I am throwing my efforts into and I am not going to quit. This work is paying off and staying the course is the answer.

The studio continues to evolve and improve, with the addition of new hardware to improve our vocals and deliver a better audio product. While voice-overs are an important part of the business, I’m keeping my eye on bigger fish and staying on-mission.