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  • March 31, 2014

    Survival Book Review: Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia -1

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    From a standpoint of long-term survival, you need to know everything you can about the great outdoors. And as someone “living off the land,” you’d need to know how to effectively catch every critter under the sun, as well as camping, survival, and first aid skills. Even if you just want to know the outdoors better, there is much to learn. Thankfully, almost everything you’d want to know has been covered in one big brick of a book, the Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia.

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  • March 31, 2014

    Survival Gear: Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter -0

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    The Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter  is a unique and functional product in that it is both a fire starter and a water-tight tinder box with a rubber O-ring seal. The puck-shaped box offers generous storage space, and its seal proved to be waterproof during the cold March showers experienced during testing. When the sun popped back out, we clipped the tinder bracket onto the parabolic mirror piece and had instant tinder ignition once we achieved the right angle to the sun. We easily lit the char cloth that was provided in the kit, as well as cattail fluff and tulip poplar bark tinder.

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  • March 26, 2014

    5 Ways To Maintain Morale In A Survival Situation -1

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    In an emergency situation, group morale is one of those ongoing things that needs to be monitored closely. This psychological and emotional condition of the group is not as important as shelter or water on Day 1 of a crisis. But by Day 10, after your shelter and water have been secured, the priority of morale starts to show its real importance. What is morale exactly? The dictionary definition is “the mental and emotional condition of an individual or group with regard to the function or tasks at hand.“ Since the tasks at hand in an emergency situation revolve around keeping everyone alive, you’ll want to commit these five morale boosting steps to memory.

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  • March 24, 2014

    Survival Skills: Find These 3 Spicy Wild Cresses-0

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    Springtime is one of the best times of the year to forage for wild edibles. The tender new growth is usually at its most mild and flavorful at this time. Wintercress, watercress, and Pennsylvania bittercress are three members of the mustard family with intense flavors. From bitter mustard to peppery spice, these plants will stand out in a wild salad or dish of cooked greens. 

    Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

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  • March 21, 2014

    Survival Skills: Set Up A Disaster Water Treatment System -0

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    Alternate plans to provide your own utilities might seem like a complicated matter, but they don’t have to be. If, after an emergency, water is no longer running, there’s no need to die of thirst sitting in your house. Replicate the actions of your local water treatment facility and you’ll have safe water in no time. Here’s how to set up a small system for water disinfection and usage right on your kitchen countertop.

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  • March 20, 2014

    Survival Skills: Make A Vault From PVC  -0

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    Whether you’re storing beans, bullets, or bars of gold, you’ll need a secure place to keep these potential survival currencies. For a quick solution, you could purchase some expensive olive-drab burial vaults, but does it really matter what color they are if they’re buried in the ground? Follow these easy steps, and you can put together a PVC pipe vault for $15 or less.

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  • March 18, 2014

    Survival Hacks: How to Stay Alive Without Breaking a Sweat-1

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    We’ve all been in the wrong place at the wrong time. But what happens when you have the wrong gear at the wrong time? This is where a few creative survival hacks can save the day. In the modern vernacular, hacks are alternative plans, utilizing materials at hand, to get a job done. They are usually smart, expedient, and easy to perform. Here, we’ll examine a few hacks that will come in handy on a hunt, in your camp, or, God-forbid, during a survival situation. And if you still find yourself trying to pound a square peg into a round hole, just ask yourself, “WWMD?”—What would MacGyver do?

    Hack Your Fire

    Can’t get that damp tinder to light? Then dip into your food supply and pull out some high-calorie comfort food—especially chips. Delicious greasy snack chips make an outstanding fire starter when you apply an open flame to them. Sacrificing two or three corn or potato chips won’t put much of a dent in your food supply, but they can have a massive impact on your fire building.  

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  • March 17, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Use Wood Sorrel for Food, and Hangovers -0

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    If you had a little too much green beer over the weekend, don’t worry — you weren’t alone. St. Patrick’s Day may have a rich historical point of origin in Ireland, but here in the States, it’s often just an excuse to chug cheap brews died into verdant colors. So here’s a little shamrock for the outdoor lover who might still overindulge.

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  • March 14, 2014

    Survival Skills: Create a Survival Pantry-0

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    Any food is better than no food when you’re facing an emergency, but all food is far from equal when it comes to stocking a survival pantry. There are many factors to consider. First off, you’ll need enough calories to keep you going. Second, you’ll need a healthy blend of macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates). Vitamin, mineral, and fiber content are important, too. And the food should be something that is easy to prepare, with no-cook foods being preferable. As if that wasn’t enough to think about, add in factors like shelf life, food allergens, and taste. That super deal you got on a case of pickled pigs feet at the big box store won’t seem so super when you have to live off them for a week. Get ready to read some labels, as we put together a proper survival pantry.

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  • March 12, 2014

    Survival Skills: 4 Wild Teas Every Survivalist Should Know-0

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    The value of a warm beverage in a survival scenario is nothing to laugh at. What could be dismissed as a luxury is actually a valuable asset. The drink provides you with vital hydration in any climate or situation. In cold weather, the warm drink can bolster you against hypothermia. And if there is a medicinal or nutritional element to the tea, that’s even better. Any survivalist worth his or her salt should be able to identify and brew up these prospective panaceas. Get ready for tea time.

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