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  • July 17, 2012

    The Gear You Need for Hurricane Season-0

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    With the 2012 hurricane season already underway, if you’re not yet ready, we’ll help you finalize your preparations.

    The season officially began on June 1 and won’t end until November 30. So far, we’ve already had Tropical Storm Alberto, Tropical Storm Beryl, Hurricane Chris and Tropical Storm Debby in the Atlantic. The forecasts for this coming storm season are conflicting, and at the end of the day they are simply predictions, not certainties.

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  • July 13, 2012

    Lost Autistic Hiker Found Alive After 3 Weeks In The Desert-1

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    Have you ever been outdoors with someone who was in over his head? No skills, in terrible shape, or simply overconfident. Or perhaps he had a health issue, or even a mental health issue, that put him at greater risk of getting hurt or lost than the average outdoorsman.

    A young autistic man was at great risk for the past three weeks, when he got in over his head and became lost in the backcountry by himself. And yet, he somehow survived. William Martin LaFever, 28, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, went missing around June 6th while attempting to walk from Boulder, Utah, to Page, Arizona, a distance of about 90 miles.

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  • July 11, 2012

    How To Keep a Campfire Under Control -3

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    The wildfires and resulting damage in Colorado and New Mexico have been horrific over the past few weeks. Over 600 homes have been destroyed, and 5 lives were lost. It is bitter irony that such a useful tool as fire can stray so far from its beneficial state and cause such havoc and loss as we have seen in recent days. (2012 Colorado fire data.)

    Obviously, there are times and places where fire building is not a safe activity. There are even times when fires are illegal to light. But what happens when you get caught in a dry environment and you must have a fire? How do you keep the beast under control to boil your water, cook your food and signal for help?

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  • July 10, 2012

    The Importance of Having Rehydration Salts in Your Survival Kit-2

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    There are plenty of off-the-wall survival items that can make or break an emergency, but few are as important in hot weather as rehydration salts.

    This simple mixture of sodium chloride, potassium chloride, trisodium citrate and glucose won’t win any awards for taste, but the mix does give your body the nutrients that it desperately needs when you are suffering from dehydration. These salts can also be used in smaller doses to keep you going in hot climates and during intense work that causes significant sweating. In a way, you can think of these salts as a Gatorade concentrate, which can also be vital in cases of flu or dysentery, when you are losing fluid through vomit and diarrhea. What do these salts actually do for you?

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  • July 9, 2012

    How to Build a Tarp Shelter to Stay Cool -0

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    It’s usually pretty easy to find ways to warm yourself up when things turn cold outside. Build a fire. Build an insulating shelter. Put on another layer of clothes. The list goes on and on. One of the real tricks in the outdoors is cooling down when the weather turns hot and there’s no shade to be found.

    If you have two tarps, a few yards of rope, four poles and some anchoring material, you can build a shade shelter that can cool you down in hot, dry climates and in conditions with no shade and little chance of rain.

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  • July 3, 2012

    5 Tick-Borne Diseases You've Never Heard Of-2

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    One very unfortunate reality of enjoying the great outdoors this time of year is that we are exposed to a number of tick-borne illnesses. If you haven’t had Lyme Disease, you probably know someone who has. This ailment has become all too common, and it seems to be spreading by the day. And Lyme is not the only thing that you can catch from a tick. Other diseases are not as well known or as easily diagnosed. Here’s a look at five of them.

    Anaplasmosis
    Anaplasmosis is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans primarily from the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) in the Northeast and upper Midwest, and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) along the Pacific coast. Symptoms include fever, headache, chills, and muscle aches, which usually occur within 1 to 2 weeks of the bite. Anaplasmosis is treatable with antibiotics.

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  • June 29, 2012

    Survival Skills: How To Make A Key Ring Trap Trigger-1

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    A key chain ring is one of those everyday items that never gets much attention. It holds our keys together, and that’s all it does for us, most of the time.

    But as I focus more on EDC (every day carry) gear lately, I wanted every part of my keychain to help with survival chores, even the key ring. So I thought you might get a kick out of my favorite key ring trap trigger. Here's how it works.

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  • June 27, 2012

    Survival Skills: Find Your Way With A Sun Compass-2

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    People often ask me how I can tell so quickly which way is north, south, east or west. Well, the straight answer is that I just pay attention to the orientation of things wherever I go, and I also pay attention to the time of day and the position of the sun. But what happens if you have no compass or GPS, you weren’t paying attention, and it’s the middle of the day so you cannot use sunrise or sunset to gain your bearings?

    Never fear, the sun moves enough at midday that we can find our direction by sticking a few twigs in the ground to make a sun compass.

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  • June 25, 2012

    10 Survival Tricks For A Lexan Water Bottle-2

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    The ability to store and transport water is a huge part of any good survival strategy, especially in a dry climate. But that heavy duty Lexan plastic bottle is more than just a one-trick pony. Lexan plastic is shatter-resistant and can withstand boiling temperatures. Here are ten other survival chores that your water bottle can perform beyond just holding your drinking water.

    1. Waterproof Survival Kit: Since a water bottle won’t let water out, it also won’t let water inside (unless it sinks to a depth that has high enough pressure to cause the lid to leak). Stuff a water bottle with survival equipment to keep the gear dry and in one place. If it’s brightly colored, it’ll be easier to find. If you don’t overload the bottle, it can even float.

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  • June 18, 2012

    Survival Skills: How To Make a Bark Container-0

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    Did you ever notice how easy it is to knock off a chunk of tree bark in the late spring time? That phenomenon is due to the sap running in the tree and the bark temporarily loosening as the tree gets ready to put down another growth ring. This is the perfect time to peel bark for containers.

    Bark containers have been used for thousands of years and are found worldwide. From the birch bark canoes and maple syrup buckets of the Native Americans in the North East, to Aboriginal bark cooking pots in Australia, the containers have been as diverse as the people who have made them.

    Bark containers also give you a strong and versatile container to use for survival purposes in the wilderness, especially if your normal gear has been lost or stolen. Here’s how to make one type of bark container.

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