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  • March 30, 2012

    Survival Gear Test: UCO Stormproof Match Kit Proves to Be Rugged and Affordable-1


    At last, someone has made a rugged piece of survival gear with value that greatly exceeds the price tag. And this item isn’t just another low priority widget or useless gizmo. This is a piece of gear that supports a vital part of survival: fire building.

    The UCO Stormproof Match Kit is a tough, waterproof match safe that is a steal at $6. The bright yellow case includes 25 stormproof matches and 3 striker strips.

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  • March 28, 2012

    Two Friends Lost at Sea For 30 Hours, Only 1 Survives-2


    A cheerless story comes to us today, of a fight to stay alive in the Gulf of Mexico for two Texas fishermen.  For more than 30 hours, best friends Ken Henderson and Ed Coen treaded water after their boat sank at noon last Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

    Coen, who was a slender man, began shivering almost immediately after the accident in the cold springtime ocean. Both men were wearing their life jackets, which they strapped together to avoid drifting apart. After failing to swim to a gas well nearby, they kept their morale up as best as they could, hoping for rescue.

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  • March 27, 2012

    Survival Skills: Animal Tracking 101-0


    So what can you really tell from a track?

    If it’s a clear animal footprint, you can tell plenty. Just one track can tell you the animal’s species, their size, their direction of travel and much more. If you can spot a few tracks in a row from the same animal, you can establish their gait, and therefore determine the animal’s speed.

    But what if you’re having trouble seeing animal footprints? That’s when you start looking for other animal sign, which occurs in a number of forms.

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  • March 23, 2012

    How to Avoid Ticks: More Lyme Cases Expected This Year-7


    Remember the bumper crop of acorns back in 2010? In many places, you couldn’t walk outside without crunching them under foot. And as disjointed as it may seem, some experts are blaming the mast crop for the big rise in tick population (and Lyme disease) that are expected this year, reports

    How can the acorns govern the tick population? Apparently, the mouse population is the real culprit. White footed mice and deer mice populations exploded with so much food on the ground over the winter of 2010, providing a lot of furry, warm real estate for the tick numbers to bloom.

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  • March 21, 2012

    Survival Skills: How To Build A Stone Oven-2


    After our chicory root coffee post the other week, someone asked us how we should roast our roots for coffee while out in the field. Well, that sounded like a good enough invitation for me to roll out one of my favorite wilderness kitchen projects: the stone oven.

    The stone oven is a good cooking tool for meats, vegetables and even some breads. Once built, it can be used over and over again. With the work involved, this wouldn’t make much sense for a nomad, but it can be a useful addition to a permanent or semi-permanent base camp. And what a great way to cook a roast!

    There are really two types of stone ovens: those that are either internally or externally fired.

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  • March 19, 2012

    The Parasites and Pathogens You Need to Avoid in the Wild-2


    It’s enough to make you sick, literally. But every year, outdoorsmen become ill from injesting pathogens in their game meat that could have been easily prevented. Maybe a dirty knife or unclean hands spread the contamination after butchering game, or your roasted rabbit was done too rare. It’s important to know what you are up against, and just as important to avoid or kill these nasties.

    Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The rabies virus is mainly in the saliva and brain tissue of rabid animals. It can be transmitted through a bite or by getting saliva or brain tissue in a wound. On rare occasions, rabies can be contracted when the virus enters the eye or mouth.

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  • March 18, 2012

    Survival Knives 101: Match Your Knife to the Task-5


    I’m a big believer that you need the right tool for the right job, whatever that job may be – even survival.

    With so many survival knives on the market today, and more added every year, I am constantly asked, “what kind of knife is best for survival?” Well, it depends on the tasks you need to perform, I always reply.

    This is my breakdown on a handful of different blades and edges and what survival applications they're useful for. Also, I've listed a few of my favorite brands and models.

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  • March 14, 2012

    Survival Skills: How to Make A Rain Collector -1


    Did you know that one inch of rain falling over a 5-foot by 8-foot tarp would give you almost 25 gallons of rain water? And fresh rain water can be one of your best drinking sources during an emergency or after a disaster, so long as that disaster wasn’t nuclear or chemical.

    All you’ll need to make the rain clouds work for you is a tarp, some rope and a large container, like a clean bucket. 

Tie up two adjacent corners of the tarp to trees or poles.  Fix the other two tarp corners to the ground, so that there is a little sag in the middle of the tarp.  Place your bucket under the lowest point in the tarp, and then pray for rain.

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  • March 12, 2012

    Survival Skills: How to Make Chicory Root Coffee in the Field -2


    We all have our vices. There’s always that one thing that we just can’t live without. Or so we think. So what happens if your dark master is the coffee bean, and you get stranded without its rich and flavorful brew? Luckily, there is a weed that can be used to make a pretty darn good—albeit caffeine-free—facsimile.

    Chicory Coffee

    The humble and often scorned chicory is a plant that is so common and so hardy that you’ll even see it growing in the cracks of the sidewalk, not to mention most lawns and fields across America. Chicory is full of surprises too. In addition to being edible from flower to root (raw or cooked), it also makes a coffee flavored beverage.

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  • March 9, 2012

    Survival Skills: How to Make an Improvised Arm Sling and Splint-3


    Anyone who has ever suffered through a broken arm or hand (or a really bad sprain) can tell you just how painful the injury can be when that part of the body keeps getting moved around. The scenario is only worsened when this injury happens to you in a remote location and wilderness travel is needed to get to a doctor.

    Ideally, you’ll be equipped with a SAM splint, one or two Ace bandages, and something to create a sling, like a cravat. But if you get in a scrape without any modern splinting equipment in your first aid bag, or you get separated from your medical gear, you can always make a sling or splint.

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