Curling up with your pet to stay warm certainly does work, just ask the authorities of Elgin, SC, who have recently credited one family dog with keeping a missing 2-year-old boy safe and warm as he spent a night lost outside with temps in the 40s.
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There are many ways to train yourself, your friends, and your loved ones in the skills of wilderness survival. It’s usually easiest if the training is either a little scary (to make it memorable) or simply fun. If giardia water bottle roulette isn’t your idea of a fun game, then consider these five training games for your next camp out.
Ten-Minute Fire Drill
Tell somebody that they are in a remote location in the wintertime with little Timmy, and he has fallen through the ice, down a well, or in some other way has come down with hypothermia. You alone can save him, by lighting a sustainable fire within 10 minutes. [ Read Full Post ]
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. [ Read Full Post ]
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? [ Read Full Post ]
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. [ Read Full Post ]
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 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. [ Read Full Post ]
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. [ Read Full Post ]
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. [ Read Full Post ]
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