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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With Hurricane Sandy, aka: Frankenstorm, barreling down on the entire Eastern seaboard, now is a good time to review some commonsense hurricane safety tips. We've compiled our best survival tips below, so you can stay safe and ride out the storm. [ Read Full Post ]
If you’re like me, you still cringe when you think of the “home dentistry” scene in Castaway, when Tom Hanks’ character knocks an abscessed tooth out of his own mouth by using an ice skate and a rock as a hammer and chisel. And he wasn’t successful on the first attemp. Dealing with tooth trouble in the middle of nowhere really is a nightmare scenario.
Dealing With Dental Trauma
Falls and other types of outdoor injuries can cause teeth to be cracked, splintered, or completely knocked out (technically referred to as avulsed). Unless teeth or blood create a choking hazard, dental injuries do not represent a life threatening emergency in the short term. However, in the long term tooth damage can come back to haunt you in the form of infection, which could be life threatening if antibiotics are not available. [ Read Full Post ]
Aluminum foil is one of those classic camping supplies that can morph into hundreds of useful things. I have made foil oil lamps and foil cooking pots, added flash to fishing lures, and performed many other camp tasks with this versatile product.
Some commercially available survival kits even include a square of foil to shape into a container for boiling water, among other tasks. It’s never a bad idea for us to fold up a few feet of this modern marvel and store the little square in our own survival kits. So how can we use aluminum foil for survival cooking? [ Read Full Post ]
Acorns and other tree nuts are the most valuable food we can get from any wild plant. There are many different types of tree nuts that offer a great back-up food supply at home and in the wild. Black walnut, butternut walnut, pecan, hickory, beechnut, hazelnut and even Pine nuts can be eaten after picking the meat from shattered shells
The common and abundant acorn requires only a nut cracker. But these high calorie nuts were a staple crop to many of our ancestors around the Northern Hemisphere. Coming in at 2,000 calories per pound, this abundant food crop is too valuable to ignore. Just make sure you know an acorn from a buckeye, as buckeyes (and the very similar looking horse chestnut) are poisonous for people to eat. [ Read Full Post ]
I would certainly hope that every outdoor enthusiast has a few books on survival skills.
Yes, you may have every episode of your favorite survival show on DVD, and you might even have some kind of survival app on your fancy phone. But to me, these just don’t take the place of a real paper book.
So what’s in my library? [ Read Full Post ]
Staying hydrated plays second fiddle only to shelter as a critical survival priority. Yet outdoorsmen often walk around at some level of dehydration, especially on long trips and hunts. That little headache, that extra tiredness, the clumsy thing you did—it could very well be a result of dehydration.
Cold, dry, or windy weather usually aggravates this situation. Who wants to drink cold water or take the time to make a hot drink when you’re busy outside in cool temperatures? And dry or windy conditions will steal extra water from your skin, and therefore from your body.
So here are some time-tested ways to both ensure you are drinking enough, and to remind you to stay hydrated no matter what you are doing or where you are. [ Read Full Post ]
Whether you are adventuring deep in the back country, or you simply forgot to check the weather before your day hike, there are some handy old sayings that can help to predict the short-term weather. Using the moon, wind direction, indicators of moisture increase, and the color of the sky, you can form a good guess about the weather you’re about to encounter.
The Moon’s Appearance
“Pale moon rains; red moon blows. White moon neither rains or snows.”
When the air at night is very clear, the moon appears white. This sign speaks of fair weather to come. But when moonlight passes through air laden with dust particles, it can appear pale or reddish. The more dust particles in the air, the greater the chance that moisture will have something on which to form raindrops. [ Read Full Post ]
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