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  • November 14, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The Chinook BleederPAK Trauma Kit-0

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    Traumatic injuries can end lives in minutes. Gunshot wounds, deep punctures, and long lacerations can leave the unprepared person helpless as precious blood spills onto the ground. These types of injuries require specialized gear, like the kind found in the new Chinook BleederPAK ($30).

    Why carry a separate trauma kit? There are a number of good reasons to have this type of gear in its own container. First, it speeds up first aid application. You have the needed supplies in one pouch ready to go at a moment’s notice. Another point to consider is if someone is bleeding profusely, you’re going to get blood (and maybe other fluids) on all of the gear in a single-compartment medical bag.

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  • November 11, 2013

    How To Use Fire As A Tool -1

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    Fire has a number of uses in the wilderness. Among many other things, it can generate heat, boil water, and summon rescue. But have you ever used fire as a “tool”? Fire has the amazing ability to consume materials, as well as to modify them. Here are three uses for fire that you might not have considered.

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  • November 8, 2013

    Navigation Tricks To Keep You On Track-4

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    Getting lost is one of the primary reasons that people find themselves in a survival situation in the outdoors. It can happen to anyone, anywhere; but it’s much more likely to occur when someone fails to keep track of their location, or when navigation skills are lacking. Getting lost can be a preventable problem, if you take the right precautions.

    To avoid getting lost on your next hunt or hike, put the following tricks into practice:

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  • November 7, 2013

    Lost Couple Rescued In Wyoming-1

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    What would you write to your loved ones if you thought you were about to die? A Wisconsin couple spent some time thinking that over before they were rescued last Sunday night.

    According to the Billings Gazette, Mark and Kristine Wathke left Yellowstone Park on their way to Miles City, Mont., on Oct. 28. The Google Maps app on their phone instructed them to take Highway 212 over Beartooth Pass, but what it failed to tell them was that the road had been closed since September. At 10,000 feet in the mountain pass, their Kia Forte became stuck in snow around 5 p.m. Out of cell phone range, and mired in near-blizzard conditions, calling for help wasn’t an option, and neither was walking. So the Wathke’s spent the next few days living off some groceries in the car, huddled in piles of their clothing.

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  • November 4, 2013

    Canadian Man Survives By Eating His Dog, What Would You Do?-9

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    Would you kill and eat your dog in order to survive?

    One man has recently answered that question in the affirmative, after being stranded for 3 months in the Quebec wilderness 500 miles north and west of Montreal. His friends and family are rejoicing today, to have their lost loved one returned to them, but dog lovers are scratching their heads at the manner of this man’s survival.

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  • November 4, 2013

    Survival Skills: How To Weave A Minnow And Crawdad Trap -2

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    The idea of a fish trap must have been a game changer for our ancestors. Imagine being able to catch fish and other aquatic critters without even being there. While today we’d argue that being there catching the fish is the whole point, when subsistence is your goal it makes a lot of sense to employ survival strategies like fish and crayfish traps. This small trap is just about right for my local crayfish, and took an hour and a half to build, including harvesting materials.

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  • October 31, 2013

    Survival By Coffee: 5 Emergency Uses For Java -3

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    Don’t feel like you could survive without your morning coffee? You’re not alone. According to Bloomberg.com, an astonishing 83% of American adults drink coffee, which is up from 78% just one year earlier. With all this coffee floating around, it makes one wonder about other applications for this everyday resource?

    Here are my top 5 survival uses for the flavorful beans we know as coffee. Pour yourself a cup, and read on.

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  • October 29, 2013

    Get Your Vehicle Ready Now, For Winter Survival-0

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    If the Farmer’s almanac is to be believed, this winter will be colder and snowier than usual in the lower 48. With fall retreating fast, now is the time to prepare for worse weather ahead by getting your vehicle “winter survival ready.”

    The first thing to consider is warmth and shelter. All of the metal in a vehicle can suck the heat right out of the occupants, but this is still preferred to sitting outside the shelter of the car or truck. Consider carrying sleeping bags or blankets (one for each seat in the vehicle) to provide your first line of warmth. A second line of protection could come in the form of additional warm clothing. Parkas, snow pants, pac boots, and other serious winter outerwear could be worn inside the vehicle, should you find yourself sheltering there.

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  • October 25, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The Chinook MinimalistPAK First Aid Kit -3

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    When you hear the word “minimalist,” you probably think of something that is stripped down to the bone, and maybe to the point of being ineffective. But this certainly isn’t the case with the new Chinook Medical Gear MinimalistPAK. Being on a bit of a first aid kick lately, I was eager to check out this company’s version of the bare essentials.

    The kit was bigger than I expected it to be (though it does fit in a BDU pocket), yet lightweight at 9.2 ounces. Everything is contained in a waterproof zip-top plastic pouch, that measures 4 by 8 by 2 inches in size. Upon opening the kit, there was a nice assortment of quality supplies for basic first aid, even some name-brand stuff. The kit contains medicines, dressings for bleeding and wound care, and a few unexpected extras like a space blanket and rehydration salts. I don’t think you could purchase all the contents separately for the cost of this kit, a respectable $24.

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  • October 22, 2013

    Survival Food: 5 Merits of Sugar in an Emergency -0

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    Dietitians and dentists tend to frown on empty calories, like the ones found in table sugar. But who cares once you step out of the everyday world and into an emergency scenario. You’ll find that any calorie is a good calorie.

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    This multi-use food source can last for decades if it is kept dry and out of reach of pests. Food-grade plastic buckets with a Mylar liner bag and a couple of oxygen absorber packets will do the trick, unless you are plagued by rodents. If mice, rats, and other gnawing beasts are a possibility, swap the plastic bucket for a metal tin. Sugar can be used in so many ways, most notably to add valuable calories to mediocre food supplies. It can also turn hot water and wild tea ingredients into a delicious cup of tea, or turn your acorn porridge into something you won’t mind eating.

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