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10 tips for staying cool during a power outage/heat wave emergency

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An emergency situation caused by a summer storm may be made worse by the hot weather! How will you stay cool during the heat wave/disaster? Here are some tips.

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Survival Knives

Survival Knife Video and Review: Cold Steel Master Hunter

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The Cold Steel Master Hunter’s name says it all. If you could only have one knife for big game hunting, the Master Hunter just might be the best bet.

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Hunting and Fishing

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Best survival fishing lure: Is it a leadhead jig?

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Is there a do-it-all lure for survival fishing? My money is on the plain lead head jig. Here’s why.

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Make Fire

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How To: Combine charcloth and a non-functional lighter for ignition

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Suppose your butane and/or Zippo-style lighter both fail, but continue to spark. Here is how you can use a piece of charcloth to catch a spark and get that initial ignition.

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Clothing

Review: Garmont® 9.81 Track GTX may be good choice for rugged trails

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One thing you don’t want to scrimp on are your hiking boots. These Garmont® 9.81 Track GTX may be what you are looking for in a trail runner or light hiking shoe.

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Survival Skills

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Review: The Outdoor Answer Epic Water Filter system for wide mouth Nalgene bottles

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Want to ensure a constant supply of clean drinking water, even on the move? This water filter system might be just what you’ve been looking for.

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Survival Gear

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Best survival knife? L.T. Wright Genesis 6 proves itself on ‘Alone’

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The L.T. Wright Genesis is one of my go-to bushcraft knives. So it took some convincing that it could be improved upon. If you’re looking for the ultimate bushcraft knife, the Genesis 6 is worth considering.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

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Save the Planet: Nalgene water bottles can help reduce plastic trash and pollution

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It seems Nalgene water bottles have been around forever. But actually, it’s only been 70 years. Here is why they have lasted so long, and why I have to many of the Nalgene 32 ounce wide mouth bottles.

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Emergency Shelter

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10 things to consider before buying a tent

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Thinking about investing in a new tent for camping season? Here are some things to consider.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Video: MS River sets new flood longevity record
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The Mississippi has set a new record for flood longevity, eclipsing even the epoch, benchmark flood of 1927. Things are not looking good along the big river.

A drainage ditch might be the only source of water you can find.
Video: How to stay hydrated under all circumstances
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Water is necessary for life. Here is how to find it in the desert.

This stack of garage sale cast iron skillets can be restored to usefulness with a little work.
Video: How to season cast iron cooking implements on a barbecue grill
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Cast iron cookware will last forever if you take care of it. But what happens if an implement is neglected and develops some rust? Or what about that crusty, dirty relic of an unsuccessful camping trip you find at a garage sale?

Leon Pantenburg writes a survival skills blog with tips and techniques to help average people 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.