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Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Whether you are in a survival scenario or you are just out for a hike with some friends, you need to take precautions against the heat. The world experienced the hottest year on record, and it doesn’t look like things are going to be letting up for a while. The following are some tips that will help you to stay safe in the heat. Stay Inside If Possible If you don’t have to spend time outside during the middle of the day when it is the hottest, don’t. Try to spend time inside and in a cool location if you […]

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Throwing Stick

Throwing Stick

  The name is pretty self-explanatory.  A throwing stick is a stick that you throw at things you want to eat.  There’s a little more to using it successfully, but basically, you throw the stick at what you want dead.  One of the animals that a throwing stick can be successfully used to hunt is a rabbit.  Here are some tips on how to successfully use this primitive method to obtain food in a survival situation.   First, you need to select the right stick. Not just any stick will do.  You want a stick that is about the length […]

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Lean-to Fire

Lean-to Fire

Not every fire building technique will work for every situation.  The lean-to fire is a great design for windy situations.  It provides a built-in wind block and allows for you to continually add fuel as the fire grows.  Here’s how to build one.   Gather all your tinder, kindling and fuel before trying to start the fire. Take the log with the largest diameter that you have available and lay it in position, perpendicular to the direction the wind is blowing. This will serve as a wind block to help get the fire started, and as your bed of coals […]

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Lost in the Wild, What Now?

Lost in the Wild, What Now?

  Being lost in the wild is a serious threat to your survival.  The fear that goes along with it can overwhelm and cloud your mind making you response slow or irrational.  This is the last thing you want when you are already fighting just to stay alive.  Here are some tips on what to do if you find yourself lost in the wild.   Don’t panic because you aren’t sure of your exact location. Finding or building shelter might be a higher priority than determining where you are at the moment. Take a minute to consider where you are […]

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Distinguishing Between Safe and Dangerous Prey

Distinguishing Between Safe and Dangerous Prey

The last thing you need when hunting in a survival scenario is getting injured or sick from your would be prey.  Knowing the physical characteristics of safe prey and potentially dangerous animals is a vital bit of knowledge that can keep you safe from further danger in an already precarious situation.  These are just a few animals that are good survival food, but resemble dangerous animals that you should avoid or use greater caution.   Scorpions All scorpions can be eaten, but some have venom that can be dangerous if you are stung.  The easiest way to visually differentiate between […]

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Treating a Broken Bone in the Wilderness

Treating a Broken Bone in the Wilderness

Injuries in the wilderness can turn a hike or a camping trip into a fight for your life instantly.  The pain alone can immobilize you, leaving you stranded.  The risk for infection is high if the fracture has punctured the skin.  A broken bone can even severe an artery and cause massive bleeding which could kill you in seconds.  Knowing how to treat a fracture can help get you mobile again, and on your way to medical treatment.   Setting the Bone After you have determined that there is a fracture, you will need to set the bone.  While the process […]

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Universal Edibility Test

Universal Edibility Test

Learning how to identify the edible and poisonous plants in your local area is always a good idea.  But what if you find yourself in an area you are not familiar with and in need of food to survive?  You can follow the steps in the “universal edibility test” to determine of the plant is edible or not.   Divide the Plant After gathering the plant that you want to test, divide the plant into its basic parts, roots, stem, leaves, and flowers.  This is done so that you can test each part separately.  Some plants have both edible portions […]

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3 Tips for Fire Starting in a Wet Environment

3 Tips for Fire Starting in a Wet Environment

If things always went your way you would never need to worry about how to survive in the wilderness.  But since things don’t always go your way, you need to have a plan, and a backup plan when that doesn’t work.  It’s not enough to know how to start a fire in ideal conditions, if you want to survive, you need to know how to start a fire in all conditions, including wet condition.  Here are 3 tips on how to do it.   Gather standing wood If it has just poured down rain, all the wood laying on the […]

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