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Leaf Identification (Infographic)

Leaf Identification (Infographic)

A few days ago we shared some information about chestnuts and why they’re a great survival food to know about. But of course, knowing how to identify all kinds of plants and trees is a vital skill for wilderness exploration and survival. I have to admit that I’m not incredibly strong at identifying plants and trees, so when I saw this infographic from Red Rover Camping on Pinterest, it definitely piqued my interest. I’m always trying to work on this skill of plant identification and I love visual guides like this. This is definitely a good one to keep on […]

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How to Mark Your Trail in the Wilderness

How to Mark Your Trail in the Wilderness

If you ever find yourself stranded in the wilderness for whatever reason, you will most likely be faced at some point with a decision between staying put and moving on. While it is always advisable to stay in the place you became stranded, so to speak, such as the last place you saw your companions before getting lost, a crash site, your broken down car, your campsite, etc. This will be the most likely place a potential rescuer will find you. However, for the sake of staying alive or avoiding any number of threats to your safety, you might need […]

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How to Tie Your Boots Like a Pro (Video)

How to Tie Your Boots Like a Pro (Video)

It is crucially important to take care of your feet, and your boots, when you are camping, hiking, backpacking, or in a survival situation. Any good soldier knows that taking care of your feet is a life-or-death situation. One of the important aspects of taking care of your feet is to tie your boots properly. This might seem like a small detail, but it’s hugely important. You want your boots to be very secure, to keep your ankles, and essentially, the rest of your body, properly supported. And you probably don’t want to be stopping frequently to re-tie your boots […]

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Safety Tips for Survival Travel

Safety Tips for Survival Travel

If you are in a wilderness survival situation, there are a great many reasons why you might find yourself needing to travel. In fact, most of the time, if you are stranded in the wilderness, it is going to be your prime objective. But even if you are staying in place, you’ll probably find yourself traveling to look for food or water, scout the area, or scavenge for supplies. Here are some tips for how to travel smartly in the wilderness. High Road When you are moving uphill, take your time, and try to avoid raising your heart rate or […]

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Safety Tips for Traversing Wet Ground

Safety Tips for Traversing Wet Ground

If you find yourself trekking across long distances or happen to be in a very wet environment, you might be faced with the difficult task of crossing very moist, muddy ground. Any veteran who’s been in a tropical battle zone can probably tell you how dangerous this ground can be. A muddy path doesn’t seem that serious to the untrained eye, but after you’ve been slogging through it for a bit, you don’t want to find out the hard way just what a challenge it can be. Dangers of wet ground First of all, very wet ground is unstable. You […]

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8 Camp Cooking Essentials

8 Camp Cooking Essentials

If you find yourself getting tired of energy bars and protein shakes every time you’re out on the trail, it’s time to liven up your camp cooking. The right tools keep the fun in preparing the fuel that keeps you going. No matter your culinary skills or preferences, these essentials deserve a spot in your camp kit for every trip.   Utensil Dopp Kit This is a simple utensil organizing kit. Your kit should include: a spatula, mini whisk, can opener/corkscrew/bottle opener, knives, forks, spoons, a pocket knife, seasoning, oil, soap, and a sponge. Egg Holder Eggs are an ideal […]

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How to Choose the Right Hiking Boots

How to Choose the Right Hiking Boots

Every avid hiker or outdoorsman knows the value of a quality pair of hiking boots. A bad pair can ruin a camping trip or even cause an injury, so you need to be sure you get the right boots for your needs.   First, consider how they’ll be used. The most common hiking injuries are twisted ankles and stubbed toes. The rougher the terrain, the more ankle support you’ll need to keep yourself safe. Will you be walking well-kept, manicured pathways? A low/mid-cut leather boot will be comfortable. If you prefer more rugged trails for hiking and backpacking, ankle-high boots […]

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Taking Care of Blisters

Taking Care of Blisters

If you’ve spent any time running, jogging, or hiking, then you understand blisters can be a real pain. In today’s modern world, if you get a blister, you simply go home, put your feet up and rest. Of course, when you are in a survival situation, things are far different. You need to make sure you take proper care of the blister so it doesn’t become infected and cause you many more problems. If you find that you’ve developed a blister, you should resist the urge to pop it, if it is not painful. This will provide you with a […]

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Identifying Animal Tracks (Infographic)

When you are out in the woods or wilderness, you definitely won’t be alone. One of the most essential skills you can have is figuring out who you are sharing the area with. For the sake of tracking game, finding water, or keeping yourself safe from predators, identifying animal tracks can be life-saving. If you have children who you are trying to prepare for a self-reliant life and equip with crucial survival skills, this is a particularly fun activity, as little ones tend to love animals. When hiking or camping, it’s always exciting to find animal tracks from the critters […]

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