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  • February 19, 2014

    Survival Skills: 4 Ways to Build a Fire Without a Match-1

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    Even if you don't have matches or a lighter, you can still spark a blaze with the right tools and techniques. Be sure to have your tinder bundle, kindling, and fuel wood ready before you start.

    Bow Drill Method

    Notch a board or a flat piece of bark. To make a bow, stretch a string between the ends of a flexible branch and tie it in place, then use a second stick as a vertical spindle. Place the spindle inside the bow with one end in the notched base. Turn the bow once to loop the string around the spindle, then hold the spindle's other end in place with a stone. Place a leaf under the notch and saw back and forth to create a coal. Then move it to the tinder bundle, and blow gently into flame.

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  • February 15, 2014

    Step-By-Step: How to Tie the Fisherman's Knot-0

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    Got two short ropes, but need a long one? A fisherman's knot can join the short ones together.

    Step One

    Loop one rope's end around the other rope, then bring it over both ropes.

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  • February 7, 2014

    Winter Survival Tip: Hole Up in a Tree Well-0

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    Snow is not necessarily an enemy in a blizzard. It's a great insulator, and if you build a proper snow shelter, it'll keep you safe and warm for a short period.

    You can quickly make an effective snow shelter in a tree well (the depression in snow around a tree trunk formed by the protective canopy of branches above it).

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  • February 4, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Make Waterproof Matches-1

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    When it comes to matches, waterproof ones are best, especially in dire circumstances like a flood. Since they're much more expensive than their pedestrian cousins, you might want to make your own.

    Use the Candle Technique
    Burn a candle long enough for a pool of wax to form around the wick. Blow it out, then dip the head of your match into the wet wax, about of an inch (3 mm) up the stick. Remove the matchstick and allow the wax to dry, pinching it closed to form a water-tight seal.

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  • February 3, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Make Improvised Snowshoes-0

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    Walking through deep snow is tough work that will drain you of crucial energy. These snowshoes will help you glide across—not plow through—the snow's surface.

    Step One
    Start by cutting two pine boughs with ample foliage to about 3 feet (1 m) long.

    Step Two
    Tie a string near the base of the branch, where you cut it. Then flip the branch over and tie an overhand knot on the opposite side.

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  • January 30, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Build a Swamp Shelter-0

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    You're in the swamp. The ground is wet. The air is wet. And the vegetation is bloated with water, which makes it a poor building material. As a result, one of the most challenging things to do is erect a dry shelter.

    Step One
    Find a dry spot. Of course, "dry" is relative, but a slight hill should be less wet than areas of lower elevation. It's also a good idea to learn how to spot and avoid run-offs. These sparsely vegetated, eroded spots are prone to flash floods, so they're not ideal for a shelter, especially when rainfall is likely.

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