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  • November 30, 2012

    Why You Need Vitamins For Long Term Survival-0

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    Do you really need vitamin and mineral supplements in your survival gear?

    I think the answer is a resounding yes, if that survival gear is stocking a cabin, a Bug Out Bag, or a long-term survival kit. The reason is simple. Over several months’ time, you could be at risk from several malnutrition diseases if you became cut off from our normal diverse food supply.

    Vitamins, minerals and malnutrition diseases
    In a short-term survival situation, vitamins and minerals shouldn’t be any concern at all. There’s no reasonable place for vitamin pills in a small survival kit. You’re certainly not going to die of osteoporosis from missing your calcium pills for 72 hours.

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  • November 28, 2012

    Get Paid For Your Adventures: A New Contest From Light My Fire-0

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    It’s a pretty sweet deal to win prizes for doing something you love. It’s even better when you get paid to do it. Light My Fire, the creator of outdoor gear like the Swedish FireSteel fire starter, is seeking seven different sets of adventure plans for next year—and they’re giving out prizes and a cash award for the top story.

    Adventure plans don’t even have to be “extreme,” expensive, or dangerous to qualify. If you are planning any excursion in the outdoors during 2013, you are welcome to enter the competition. The staff at Light My Fire is looking for all types of outdoor stories. From hiking and biking, to canoe trips and hunts, all are welcome to throw their hat into the ring. The only condition to enter this contest is that your adventure must happen in 2013 in some type of outdoor environment, and you must enter your plans by the deadline.

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  • November 26, 2012

    Survival Skills: 5 Bugs You Want to Eat-6

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    Have you ever had that dessert called “worms and dirt”? Generally, it’s some kind of chocolate and gummy worms. But how about the real thing? Something has usually gone wrong if you are thinking about eating actual bugs. But for argument’s sake, let’s suppose you did run out of food and required some protein sustenance. Which bugs would be the safest choices for you to eat? Here are three groups of creatures for the adventurous diner.

    Earthworms
    There are many different species of worms throughout North America. All are considered safe for human consumption, but they should be purged of the dirt that fills them before you try to eat them. An easy way to clean them out is to place them in a container of damp grass. After a few hours, the critters will be void of the dirt and sand they normally hold. Like all animal foods, worms should be cooked before you eat them. I recommend frying. The good news is that fried worms taste a little like jerky. The bad news, average sized worms provide only about 1 calorie per gram (not counting the fat from frying).

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  • November 22, 2012

    Nine Survival Uses Of Turkey Parts-0

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    With Thanksgiving upon us, more than a few of you are probably going to dine on a bird you shot yourself. When the time comes to feast, we all have our favorite part of the bird. But what happens to the less traditional edible parts or the more obscure, yet useful, pieces? There’s no better time than now to discuss the useful animal parts that often get thrown away.

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  • November 19, 2012

    Survival Gear: How to Make a Char Cloth -0

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    Char cloth is one of the easiest fire-building materials to light, whether you are working with a magnifying lens, a modern spark rod, or old-fashioned flint and steel. On top of that, you can make char cloth yourself and it is a renewable resource in the field, which is great if you run out of char in middle of the wilderness.

    So what is char cloth, you ask?

    The char cloth is some form of blackened, plant-based material for catching and feeding a spark. Scraps of cotton and linen cloth were traditional American frontier char materials. Most flammable plant fibers, tinder, some shelf fungi, and punky rotten wood can also be turned into “char cloth."

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  • November 16, 2012

    Survival Gear: The Orion Signal Flare/Fire Starter -3

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    If you’re ever in a survival situation where you need to both signal for help and light a fire, Orion’s Signal Flare/Fire Starter might just be your new best friend. This versatile tool can be used to start a fire in wet or windy conditions; and it can be used to signal rescuers with a bright red light that helps them locate your position, day or night.

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  • November 14, 2012

    Survival Skills: How to Make A Coal-Burned Bowl -0

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    How can you survive without a container to boil water or cook food?

    Fashioning a heat tolerant, waterproof container can be a difficult task during seasons when the tree bark doesn’t peel, or in places where no bamboo grows.

    So when you get pushed to that point, you can do what people have done for thousands of years, burn out a container from a piece of wood.

    Controlled Burning Wood
    Controlled burning is a process of shaping wood by slowly and repeatedly burning it with coals from your fire, and then scraping away the charcoal. Many different types of wooden articles and tools can be made with this method, including wood bowls, tool handles, and even canoes.

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  • November 13, 2012

    Survival Skills: Backwoods Hygiene Tips-1

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    When most folks think of survival, the words clean and hygienic don’t usually come to mind. In fact, the art of surviving in the wild can be a filthy, nasty endeavor. But it doesn’t always have to be.

    As you’ll see, there’s more to surviving than just wiping with leaves. (see my emergency toilet paper post here). Here are a few simple tips for staying clean while you stay alive.

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  • November 12, 2012

    Survival Skills: 5 Fall Edible Plants You Must Know About-2

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    If you find yourself in a wilderness emergency without food, and the wild game is scarce, you can rely on some of the wild edible plants that kept our forebears alive through tough times.

    Here are five of the most common and most nutritious wild edible plants that you must know for the fall season.

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  • November 8, 2012

    Survival Gear: 15 Uses For An Emergency Poncho-3

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    Those little, throw-away plastic emergency ponchos may seem like a poor addition to your survival gear. They are thin, flimsy and they blow around in the wind like a ship’s sail. However, all of their other uses may inspire you to think again about adding them to your survival supplies.

    Here are fifteen other survival chores that your poncho can handle, beyond its normal job of rain protection.

    1. Shelter waterproofing:
    Since the average lean-to or survival shack tends to have a leaky roof, you can place the poncho in the roof structure as you build it to make a waterproof section in your shelter. Just be careful that sticks and thorns don’t poke holes in the plastic.

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