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Albert Brown And The Will To Live

August 18, 2011

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“Enjoy the next few years, Albert; you’ll probably be dead before you’re 50.” Those were the last words then Army Major Albert Brown heard as he walked out of a military hospital. He was in his mid-forties and his body had endured more than a man twice his age, more than any man should ask […]

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Backpacking As A Survival Skill

August 8, 2011

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The backpack groaned as I hoisted it onto my back, positioning it as best I could upon my hips. I let out a simliar noise under the weight of the pack, realizing that I had to carry this 62 pound monstrosity 25 miles over the next three days. A Hard Lesson So began my very first […]

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Handy Knots: Learning The Basics

August 1, 2011

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“I can’t believe it’s gone!” Those were the words that echoed through my mind as I looked out of the back of the duck blind for the 16 foot jon boat that had brought us to the middle of the flooded soybean field. It was the middle January and a nasty storm was blowing in […]

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Being Thrifty In The Wilderness

July 22, 2011

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Whether scarce or abundant, it is always a good practice to conserve resources. Making the most of every asset is part of the prepper’s creed. This is important in every area of prepping: the beans, the bullets, and the band-aids. The longer our supplies last, the better off we’ll be. It’ll cost less in the […]

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The Most Important Survival Tool

July 11, 2011

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Whether on an afternoon canoeing trip down a local river or on ten-day backpacking trip along a remote section of the Appalachian Trail, the most important item that you can carry with you is not a battery-operated gadget. It’s not a compass, or a fire-starting tool, or even a knife. Knowledge Is Power The most […]

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Daytime Navigation Using The Stick And Shadow Method

July 1, 2011

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Generally the best advice for the lost victim is to stay put and wait for Search And Rescue (SAR) personnel to find you. Attempting to find your own way out of the wilderness can make their job much more difficult. If you want to go home soon, stay where you are, the saying goes. However, […]

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Where the Wild Things Are (Dandelions On the Table), Part 1

June 24, 2011

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If you have been giving my bean-eating challenge a fair chance, you’ve probably realized that incorporating some new storage friendly foods into your diet isn’t as hard as you thought it would be (and hopefully you are actually enjoying these new dishes!). A New Challenge I have a new challenge- what can you FIND OUTSIDE […]

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Using A Magnesium Fire Starter

June 21, 2011

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Despite not being one of the so called “Big 4 of Survival: air, shelter, water, food”, fire can make most survival situations more bearable. It can give you a brighter outlook, can lift your spirits, and help stoke the will to live. Fire is a multipurpose survival tool. It not only provides heat for cooking […]

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Breaking Firewood Safely

June 14, 2011

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Think back to when you were a kid. How did you try to break sticks? When I Was A Child If you were sure you could break the stick, you’d probably whack it across your bent knee, listening to the loud crack as the wood splintered. But you only tried that if you were pretty […]

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Why Parachute Cord Should Be In Your Survival Kit

June 8, 2011

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In survival situations, everything is a potential tool for bettering your situation. U.S. paratroopers found this to be true during the second world war. Once on the ground, soldiers harvested the suspension lines from their parachutes and used them for general purpose cordage. It was so useful, that the military has since made paracord readily […]

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