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Video: Urban foraging | Edible and medicinal plants may be easy to find.

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It’s a great idea to combine normal activities with preparedness training. In this case, a nightly dog walk became a wild plant foraging adventure.

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Survival Knives

Video: Best bushcraft knife? We review the TOPS Brothers of Bushcraft knife

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Anything designed by a committee can end up being a disaster. But this bushcraft/survival knife, designed by a group of bushcraft experts, may prove an exception to that rule. 

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Hunt|Fish|Camp

Blisters on your feet | 10 tips on how to prevent them

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When your feet hurt, you may end up hating whatever activity you’re involved in. Blisters make it worse. Here is how to avoid them.

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Making Fire

Video: Make safe, waterproof survival fire starter out of throwaway recyclable materials

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Survival gear doesn’t have to be expensive – it just has to work. This very effective – and waterproof – fire starter is easily made out of throwaway recyclable materials you probably already have.

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Emergency Shelter

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How to pitch a tarp to survive in heavy winds

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Winds can rip a tarp to pieces if it isn’t secured correctly. Here’s how to make your survival shelter safe and secure.

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Survival Gear

Best EDC light? We review Wuben G2 multi-functional EDC flashlight

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Survival gear needs to be lightweight and convenient to carry. Otherwise, there is a good chance it will be left behind. This Wuben G2 may be the EDC light you’ve been looking for.

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Survival Skills

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Stay safe | Five hiking tips for crossing streams

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While planning your hike, look at the topo map and check out the creeks and river crossings. Stream crossings can be dangerous.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Video: Standing on the corner, in Winslow, Arizona
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Anybody who grew up in the mid-70s knows the Eagles and their hit song “Take It Easy”. We had to go stand on the famous corner mentioned in the song.

Video: Bucket list – Best swimming hole ever!
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Slide Rock State Park near Sedona, Arizona, is a must-see-and-do for swimming hole enthusiasts.

Video: Walking with Naga – Foraging for mullein in the Oregon high desert
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Naga, my 10-year-old Labrador Retriever and I walk every day, regardless of the weather or where we might be. Sometimes our outings end up becoming adventures or evolve into other activities.

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.