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Video: Bushcraft Basics teaches wilderness skills to help urbanites survive

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Can bushcraft skills and techniques be adapted to urban settings? I think so, and that is what my new book is all about: “Bushcraft Basics: A Common Sense Wilderness Survival Handbook”.

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Survival Knives

Knife review | Bark River UP Bravo first look

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All cutlery aficionados have that grail knife somewhere in the back of their minds. 
But this Bark River UP Bravo meets all my requirements for a hunting/bushcraft knife, and my search for the grail may be over. Maybe.

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Hunt|Fish|Camp

Best rain suit? We review Beretta’s Active WP Packable Jacket and pants

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Go outside much, and you’ll inevitably end up in the rain. Good rain gear can make the difference between enjoying the experience or having a really miserable time.

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Review | The Hults Bruk American Felling Axe should be part of your preparedness gear

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If you only had one tool to use for clearing land, building a cabin and possibly self defense, chances are you’d pick an axe. Take a look at this axe for inclusion in your emergency gear. A quality ax may be worth its weight in gold.

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Emergency Shelter

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Gear you don’t need: Dump the mylar blankets from your survival kit

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Do you carry a mylar blanket as an emergency shelter item? If so, here’s why you should get rid of it.

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Survival Gear

Video review: ESEE Junglas- Kydex Sheath w/ Molle Back

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When you need a machete and/or a chopper, the ESEE Junglas may be the best choice. It is a rock solid user tool that handles well and is designed for hard work under harsh conditions.

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Survival Skills

Urban camouflage: Why you should blend in to walk home after a disaster

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You’re driving home from work, something “big” just happened and you’re completely stuck in gridlock on the highway. But, you’re prepared for this scenario. You abandon your car, grab your Get-Your-Ass-Home backpack out of your trunk and start walking. How do you blend in with all the unprepared people, so you don’t become a target for muggers? Here are some ‘fashion’ tips to get you home safe.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

This improvised block rocket stove could be invaluable after a natural disaster strikes.
Build an emergency biomass block stove for $4
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Here’s how to make a high efficiency biomass stove out of concrete blocks. This design can be made from debris in the aftermath of a tornado or other disaster.

Video: Five things to avoid when choosing a survival/hunting knife.
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What qualities need to be included the best survival/hunting knife is the topic of endless discussion. But maybe the conversation should start with the attributes you don’t want. Here are some suggestions.

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Video: Save big bucks with these laundry and dishwasher soap recipes
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My personal rebellion against high-priced laundry soap has spread to dishwashers. Check out this video and simple, easy recipe that will save you money!

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.