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Fire Building

Friday, 05 July 2013 00:52 Written by
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As you build up your survival kit, you will probably want to add a firesteel ferrocerium rod. These are usually referred to as ferro rods and are incredibly useful for starting fires. Before you can use your new ferro rod, you need to take special note of the coating placed…

Making & Using Bow Drills

Friday, 21 June 2013 00:20
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In today’s modern world, it is extremely rare to see or hear of anybody doing such primitive things like flintknapping, hide tanning or even old fashioned ways of starting a fire. We are a modern society and we certainly like our gadgets. However, using our hands like our ancestors used…
If you are in an unfamiliar area, can you determine direction without using a compass? Okay, let me add to that. Can you do it without the use of the sun or stars because of heavy cloud cover? If you answered no, you need to keep reading. I am going…

Primitive Outdoor Skills: Dead Trees

Sunday, 05 May 2013 01:23 Written by
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One of the most exciting things about primitive outdoor survival skills is the fact that nothing is viewed as garbage. Everything in the environment can be put to use if a person is willing to think out of the box. The idea of reuse and recycle has never been more…

Tracking: An Essential Skill

Monday, 29 April 2013 00:00 Written by
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Somewhere down the road, a good tracker became about as hard to come by as Bigfoot. They have been seen on television, in the movies and a few claim to have met one in real life, but they are so rare (according to the movies) one must question whether or…

The Law of 3's

Saturday, 06 April 2013 01:07 Written by
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Survival enthusiasts often resort to the Law of Threes during training and practice runs to keep the idea top of mind. The Law of Threes is one way to remember exactly what needs to be done when things get a little crazy.

Wilderness First Aid: Broken Bones

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 05:00 Written by
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Attending and applying first aid on broken bones in the wilderness where there are no immediately available healthcare practitioners is a vital skill that an outdoorsman or outdoors woman should master. Although, most fractures are not immediately life threatening, learning how to apply first aid on broken bones will help…

Testing Edible Plants

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 16:37 Written by
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Food is a pretty popular subject in the world of survival. Surprisingly, food is really not at the top of your list of needs. Despite its relatively low rank on the list of needs, it is typically at the top of most want lists. Now, just because it isn’t physically…

Making Knots

Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00 Written by
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You cannot use much rope without fastening it somewhere or somehow. That is why knots are always tied in (pun intended!) articles about rope. As I am sure you are aware, there are several types of knots. Each type of knot has its own particular benefit. Increasing your knot repertoire…

Survival Preparedness - Your Family

Monday, 25 February 2013 05:36 Written by
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Men, listen up. You have a pretty basic decision in front of you. Do you keep your survival knowledge to yourself or do you involve your family? Look at it this way, if you don’t educate them now, you will either have to walk away and leave them to fend…

Lacerations & Avulsions

Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00 Written by
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Skin injuries are frequent and commonly occurring injuries, particularly for those who spend a lot of time outdoors. There are different types of these injuries and varying degrees of severity, as well as treatment. Skin injuries can be minor and superficial, with a linear direction such as your paper cuts,…

Felling a Tree

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00 Written by
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You have decided you are ready to cut down that tree you have had your eye on, but are not entirely sure how to go about doing it. Just because you have a chainsaw ready and raring to go does not mean you are truly ready to start sawing away.…

Fire Starters

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00 Written by
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The ability to start a fire can be the difference between a comfortable night in the woods and a survival situation. In first responder parlance, it may be the difference between a rescue and a recovery operation — as in dead body recovery. Knowing how and having the ability to…

Garbage Bags: Part of Survival Gear

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00 Written by
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Survival gear is not always what it appears to be. Take for example, a simple trash bag. Although these extraordinarily inexpensive and handy bags are everywhere, most people would not associate them with survival. Garbage bags are indeed a crucial tool that should be in every survival kit.

Survival Training

Sunday, 27 January 2013 22:25 Written by
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Many people have found the idea of the Law of Threes a valuable bit of information to apply to their own survival plans. However, knowing about an idea and actually putting that plan to work can make a person a little apprehensive. How can you make the concept a reality,…
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