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Fire Building

Friday, 05 July 2013 00:52
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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 on the rod. The black coating is a protective barrier to prevent the rod from throwing sparks during shipping. The coating is fairly simple to remove.

Primitive Outdoor Skills: Dead Trees

Sunday, 05 May 2013 01:23
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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 accurate than in the art of primitive survival skills.

The Law of 3's

Saturday, 06 April 2013 01:07
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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.

Making Knots

Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
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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 will help you to better utilize your paracord or other type of rope for your unique need.

Survival Preparedness - Your Family

Monday, 25 February 2013 05:36
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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 for themselves in an emergency (which is clearly not an ideal option) or you are going to be forced to waste precious time and resources to give them a crash course during a survival situation. Neither option sounds real appealing, does it?

Lacerations & Avulsions

Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00
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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, or deeper and more prone to infection such as lacerations. Basically, your skin injuries can be classified into several categories, these would be lacerations, abrasions, puncture wounds, and avulsions.

Felling a Tree

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00
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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. Felling a tree is not quite as simple as it looks. There are a couple of things you need to know before you jump in and start cutting. Obviously, personal safety is a huge concern and needs to be addressed. Another situation you may not be prepared for is the chainsaw getting stuck. It happens. 

Fire Starters

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00
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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 start a fire is an imperative and essential skill.

Garbage Bags: Part of Survival Gear

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00
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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
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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, easily retained, and used when the need arises?

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