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  • November 25, 2013

    10 Survival Uses For A Trash Bag-1

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    The humble garbage bag doesn't often get the recognition that it's due, probably because of its association with trash and other “worthless” items. Dig a little deeper, though, and you'll see that this plastic pariah has loads of emergency uses. Here are ten of the most important reasons to add a few large trash bags to your survival kit.

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  • November 25, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Identify and Treat Hypothermia -2

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    Every outdoor enthusiast has probably had a touch of hypothermia at one point or another, and perhaps you’ve had more than just a touch. This dangerous cooling of the body occurs when a person’s body core temperature drops below 95  degrees Fahrenheit.

    Water, wind, and cold temperatures can work against you, causing the loss of critical body heat. But how do you spot this condition in yourself or others?

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  • November 21, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The Streamlight Microstream Flashlight-0

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    LED flashlights have come a long way over the past few years, and shrunk in both size and price. I recently received the Streamlight Microstream as a gift (thanks, Wes!) and here’s what I thought of it. Spoiler alert: great stocking stuffer, if you’re planning that far ahead already.

    From the size of the light and the AAA battery enclosed in the package, I was expecting the Microstream to perform like a typical keychain light: Handy, but for short-range use only. But when I installed the battery and clicked it on, I realized that this little sucker is bright.

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  • November 20, 2013

    Survival Skills: 3 Ways To Improve Signaling Equipment -2

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    Since signaling for help is your ticket to getting home, it makes sense that your signaling gear should work to its fullest potential. Just a few little tweaks can get your gear working harder and signaling farther. Here are three handy options for common signal equipment. Let’s just hope we never need them.

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  • November 19, 2013

    Survival Tips: 5 Important First-Aid Items To Replace -1

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    A first aid kit is an essential piece of survival gear, and keeping it stocked and accessible is a must. But what happens when your good intentions go wrong? Perhaps someone you are treating is allergic to something in your kit. Or what you are doing just isn’t helping. You may be doing more harm than good.

    Here are five important items in a first aid kit to consider replacing:

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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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