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Bark River Bravo 1 3v – Possibly the Perfect Hard Use Knife

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How many times have we heard “What knife would you pick for…” (fill in the occasion)?
Most of us can only base our opinions on a few knives. Jason Thoune has access to literally thousands of knives in all shapes, sizes, steels, handles and grinds. Here is the knife he chooses.

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Survival Knives

The Mora sheath, top needs to be modified for safe carry. The Feather Stick comes with a leather dangler.

What are the best choices for backpacking knives?

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How do you balance weight versus practicality in a backpacking knife?

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Hunting and Fishing

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Five reasons why I hunt

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Suppose you, a hunter, are approached by a person neutral on the subject who is genuinely seeking some information. Here some thoughts on being a hunter, and some reasons why hunting is a good idea.

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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

My footwear: flip-flops, running shoes, Merrill walking shoes, Danner day hikers, Cabellas Outfitters and Sorel snow boots. One of these pairs of shoes will take care of my needs.

How to pick the best pair of hunting/hiking boots

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You can’t compromise quality on hiking boots. Sore, wet, cold feet can ruin an outing and could become . In the worst case scenario, inadequate footwear could create a survival situation. Here is how to pick the right boots.

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Survival Skills

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Flash Floods: Plan Ahead For Quick Reaction

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More people die of drowning in the desert than of thirst, and that is usually because they were surprised by a flash flood. Learn how to avoid that situation!

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Survival Gear

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Five tips to prepare for western big game hunting

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Got tags for that first western big game hunting trip? Start preparing now! Like right now!

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

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Five freeze dried foods to use on camping trips

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There is a whole population of us baby boomers who are too young to slow down, but too old to carry heavy packs. For me, going lightweight in my gear selections is no longer optional. Integrating freeze dried foods into the menu can cut unnecessary ounces.

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Emergency Shelter

Set up a new tent in your backyard before taking it camping.

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

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Video: How to make an Altoids tin pocket survival kit
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The only survival gear you have is what you have with you. And that gear is only as good as your ability to use it! Here’s what I carry in my Altoids Tin survival kit.

Here is a Trekker completely disassembled. With no moving parts to break or get jammed, the Kelly Kettle is extremely reliable.
Survival kits: Video gear review of the Kelly Kettle Trekker backpacking stove
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Biomass-fueled outdoor implements are the way to go, IMO, and here is a great way to cook and boil water quickly, using sticks, twigs and other forest debris.

Survival recipe video: How to cook trout in foil over a campfire
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Does your area have stocked fishing ponds for kids? Here is a great fishing and cooking method to “hook” the youngsters!.

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.