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Moraine Lake in Central Oregon's Three Sisters Wilderness

10 useful – but cheap – survival gift items for the holiday season

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Christmas doesn’t have to break the bank. You’ve heard this here before: Good equipment doesn’t have to be expensive – it just has to work.

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Cutlery Reviews

Why don’t all Boy Scouts carry and use fixed blade knives?

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A rigid blade knife is the best choice for bushcrafting, IMO, but some scouts aren’t allowed to carry and use them.

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Hunt|Fish|Camp

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Video: What to carry in your big game hunting daypack

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A hunter’s daypack houses a very personal collection of gear designed to keep you safe, dry and warm. It also must contain meat cutting tools and equipment. Here’s what I carry in mine.

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Making Fire

Video: Make a Scandinavian log candle for emergency lighting

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What if there isn’t much wood available, you want to stay warm and also be able to see in the dark? One possibility might be to make a log candle.

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Emergency Shelter

Camp inside to survive power outages during winter storms

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Use your camping gear and skills to survive inside your house during winter storms.

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Survival Gear

10 Christmas gifts for the well-prepared (and hard to buy for) person on your list

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So what do you buy for that survivalist/prepper/outdoorsperson on your Christmas list who (apparently) has everything and (allegedly) doesn’t need anything. Here are some suggestions, from items I have field tested n the past year.

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Survival Skills

For Wilderness and Urban Safety | Attach a whistle to your child

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You can only yell for help as long as your voice lasts. Here’s why you need to carry a whistle.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

The L.T. Wright Next Gen (top) and Rouge River are great user knives.
How to: Baton firewood with a butter knife
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Most survival knife reviews at some point show the blade being pounded – or batoned -through a block of firewood. But batoning is not a big deal if you use the right technique. This method is so simple you can baton firewood with a butter knife.

A much younger Leon at a silver mine in the Beartooth Mountains in Montana.
My 1976 John Muir Trail Journal
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…even the lousy weather can’t change the beauty of this mountain range. It’s all worth it, when I come over a ridge and can look at all the trees and mountains. The mountains are so beautiful in the mornings, I usually get up early just to watch the sunrise. The air is usually pine-scented. Walking through the forest is like walking through a cathedral. Underfoot, there is a thick carpet of pine needles, which muffles my foot steps. I have walked right up on several herds of deer, just because I was so quiet. I’m really glad to be out here.

Happy Birthday Survival Common Sense: Why I started a survival blog that has lasted 14 years
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In the wilderness survival industry the average lifespan of a website is about 18 months. Survival Common Sense has been around for 14 years in October. Here is the “why” of that continued success. 

Leon Pantenburg writes a survival skills blog with tips and techniques to help typical folks survive an unexpected urban or wilderness emergency, using their common sense and emergency preparedness training. Topics include survival knives, survival clothing and camp cooking, making a fire, emergency shelter, hunting and fishing, competent survival skills and survival gear reviews.