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Big River Wild Adventures: Learn wilderness skills at this Mississippi River outdoors school

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Want a totally unique eco-vacation, but one that is affordable and nearby?

Want to learn basic wilderness survival skills while canoeing on America’s largest river, through some 300 miles of Wilderness? Big River Wild Adventures combines wilderness, canoe cruising and learning.

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Survival Knives

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First impressions of the Bark River Mini Tundra

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I’ve been singing the praises of the Ambush Tundra since it came out several years ago. The latest verse may need to include the most recent incarnation – the Mini Tundra.

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Hunting and Fishing

This pocket-sized box holds all the lures I need for a day of smallmouth bass fishing on Oregon's John Day River.

Should you include fishing gear in a pocket survival kit?

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Many commercial personal survival kits include hooks, sinkers and fishing line. I don’t see much value in fishing equipment as part of an emergency survival tool. Here’s why.

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Make Fire

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Five tips to modify a Zippo lighter for survival fire making

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Modify a Zippo lighter to be a more reliable source of fire in your survival kit. Learn why a Zippo is better than matches and a Bic lighter when needing to start a fire in an emergency. Pimp your Zippo to up your survival game.

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Clothing

BioScarf, winter hat

BioScarf™ provides air filtration with warmth and protection

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Think a scarf is just a fashion accessory? Most probably are. But when the Shinola Hits The Fan, this BioScarf™ might also be a survival tool

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Survival Skills

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Civil War Andersonville Diary provides modern survival guide

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What are the rules of survival in an emergency situation? Most experts will point out that the psychological aspect is more important than anything else. Here are some thoughts on the subject from the Civil War.

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Survival Gear

Hillsound Trail Crampons can be used successfully in urban setting as well as in the mountains.

Hillsound Trail Crampons | Try these so you won’t slip on icy surfaces

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More of us will shovel driveways and sidewalks than traverse glaciers and Himalayan trails. These crampons can help you do both safely.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

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Recipe: Squirrel and rabbit jambalaya

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Jambalaya is a Cajun dish that originated in the bayous of southern Louisiana. It uses a variety of meats and is great for serving large groups of people.

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Emergency Shelter

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Try this practical method to build a survival snow cave

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Just about every survival manual shows how to build a snow cave. But the reality is that most people don’t have the skill, tools or time to effectively use this technique. These young scouts did it and you can, too.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Snow accumulation on roofs can present hazards.
Should you remove the snow off your roof?
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More winter storms and blizzards are on the way. Do you need to shovel the snow on your roof?

A survival situation can start with a vehicle sliding off the road in bad weather. (Pantenburg photo)
Video: Prepare to survive in your car during a winter storm
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A routine drive to visit the family can turn into a nightmare. Here are some survival tools to take along in your vehicle.

Survival fire making videos: What ignition system should you carry?
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Your ability to start a fire can save your life! The inability can cost it! Here are some common methods, and how well they work!

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.