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  • March 24, 2014

    Survival Skills: Find These 3 Spicy Wild Cresses-0

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    Springtime is one of the best times of the year to forage for wild edibles. The tender new growth is usually at its most mild and flavorful at this time. Wintercress, watercress, and Pennsylvania bittercress are three members of the mustard family with intense flavors. From bitter mustard to peppery spice, these plants will stand out in a wild salad or dish of cooked greens. 

    Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

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  • March 21, 2014

    Survival Skills: Set Up A Disaster Water Treatment System -0

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    Alternate plans to provide your own utilities might seem like a complicated matter, but they don’t have to be. If, after an emergency, water is no longer running, there’s no need to die of thirst sitting in your house. Replicate the actions of your local water treatment facility and you’ll have safe water in no time. Here’s how to set up a small system for water disinfection and usage right on your kitchen countertop.

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  • March 20, 2014

    Survival Skills: Make A Vault From PVC  -0

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    Whether you’re storing beans, bullets, or bars of gold, you’ll need a secure place to keep these potential survival currencies. For a quick solution, you could purchase some expensive olive-drab burial vaults, but does it really matter what color they are if they’re buried in the ground? Follow these easy steps, and you can put together a PVC pipe vault for $15 or less.

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  • March 18, 2014

    Survival Hacks: How to Stay Alive Without Breaking a Sweat-1

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    We’ve all been in the wrong place at the wrong time. But what happens when you have the wrong gear at the wrong time? This is where a few creative survival hacks can save the day. In the modern vernacular, hacks are alternative plans, utilizing materials at hand, to get a job done. They are usually smart, expedient, and easy to perform. Here, we’ll examine a few hacks that will come in handy on a hunt, in your camp, or, God-forbid, during a survival situation. And if you still find yourself trying to pound a square peg into a round hole, just ask yourself, “WWMD?”—What would MacGyver do?

    Hack Your Fire

    Can’t get that damp tinder to light? Then dip into your food supply and pull out some high-calorie comfort food—especially chips. Delicious greasy snack chips make an outstanding fire starter when you apply an open flame to them. Sacrificing two or three corn or potato chips won’t put much of a dent in your food supply, but they can have a massive impact on your fire building.  

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  • March 17, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Use Wood Sorrel for Food, and Hangovers -0

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    If you had a little too much green beer over the weekend, don’t worry — you weren’t alone. St. Patrick’s Day may have a rich historical point of origin in Ireland, but here in the States, it’s often just an excuse to chug cheap brews died into verdant colors. So here’s a little shamrock for the outdoor lover who might still overindulge.

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  • March 14, 2014

    Survival Skills: Create a Survival Pantry-0

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    Any food is better than no food when you’re facing an emergency, but all food is far from equal when it comes to stocking a survival pantry. There are many factors to consider. First off, you’ll need enough calories to keep you going. Second, you’ll need a healthy blend of macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates). Vitamin, mineral, and fiber content are important, too. And the food should be something that is easy to prepare, with no-cook foods being preferable. As if that wasn’t enough to think about, add in factors like shelf life, food allergens, and taste. That super deal you got on a case of pickled pigs feet at the big box store won’t seem so super when you have to live off them for a week. Get ready to read some labels, as we put together a proper survival pantry.

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  • March 12, 2014

    Survival Skills: 4 Wild Teas Every Survivalist Should Know-0

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    The value of a warm beverage in a survival scenario is nothing to laugh at. What could be dismissed as a luxury is actually a valuable asset. The drink provides you with vital hydration in any climate or situation. In cold weather, the warm drink can bolster you against hypothermia. And if there is a medicinal or nutritional element to the tea, that’s even better. Any survivalist worth his or her salt should be able to identify and brew up these prospective panaceas. Get ready for tea time.

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  • March 11, 2014

    Survival Skills: Make Survival Medical Gear From Household Supplies-1

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    Suppose you have a pressing emergency at home or work, or while you’re traveling, and you don’t have the right medical gear that you need. It’s been said many times that necessity is the mother of invention. So what medical supplies could you create around your house, office, or hotel room if push came to shove? Happily, there are plenty of DIY medical supplies that you can create from common materials on hand in the modern world. These are just a few options to consider if you find yourself in need.

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  • March 10, 2014

    Survival Lessons Learned from 6 Animal Attacks-2

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    If last year’s headlines are any indication, incidents of strange and aggressive animal behavior are on the rise in North America. Experts attribute increasing human-animal encounters to a combination of factors—from human encroachment into once--remote wildlife habitat to an ever-increasing number of carnivores migrating into America’s cities and suburbs in search of an easy meal.

    While recent statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show you have a better chance of getting killed or seriously injured by hitting a whitetail deer with your car (the cause of roughly 130 deaths in the U.S. every year) than in an animal attack, these compelling stories from 2013 show that you can never get complacent when you step outdoors.

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  • March 10, 2014

    Would You Drink From A Wooden Water Filter?-2

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    Before you answer this post’s title question, think back carefully. If you’ve ever tasted tree sap that was dripping from a maple, birch, sycamore, or hickory then technically you’ve drunk from a wooden water filter.

    After the first sip of sap I took years ago, I’ve always wondered why it was safe to drink. I thought it might have had something to do with the size of the pores in the tree’s roots, or some similar screening process. According to some interesting recent research, it turns out that the wood itself may be the filter element.

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