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Review: Get a sled for big game hunting safety and efficiency

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Dragging a deer or elk out of the woods is a good way to bring on a heart attack for the not-so fit, once-a-year hunter. A sled can be a sound investment, and make the hunt a little easier and safer.

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Proven survival gear that works for me| Ole Red, the wool sweater

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A story about Ole Red seems like it should be a country song about a faithful dog. My Ole Red is a wool sweater, and it has never let me down.

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Here is a Trekker completely disassembled. With no moving parts to break or get jammed, the Kelly Kettle is extremely reliable.

Review and video | Base Camp Kelly Kettle as water purification tool

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Purifying water can be critical during an emergency. The Kelly Kettle combines an efficient design for boiling water with the ability to be fueled with biomass. It seemed like a great idea, so I ordered one for testing.

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Patriot cooler review | Do you need a super cooler survival tool?

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Coolers are great for camping, football tailgate parties and for keeping the beer cold. But, really, do you need an expensive super cooler that keeps ice for days? You might be surprised.

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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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Review: Fenix rechargeable headlamp should be in your gear

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I love headlamps, and think one should be in everyone’s emergency gear. This Fenix rechargeable headlamp deserves consideration for your emergency gear and/or Bug Out Bag.

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Moraine Lake in Central Oregon's Three Sisters Wilderness

Leave a note and save your life!

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If nobody knows where to look, you could wait a long time to be rescued! An detailed note about your outing can solve that problem.

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For Wilderness and Urban Safety | Attach a whistle to your child

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You can only yell for help as long as your voice lasts. Here’s why you need to carry a whistle.

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This Civil War replica and WWII canteen cup are very useful survival kit items.

Metal cup: Useful addition to emergency kit or survival gear

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Some of the best items for survival kits are common, easily-found products. One of those is a large metal cup. A tin cup can be used for many things.

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How to: Choose the right sleeping bag

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Too light a sleeping bag can put you in danger of hypothermia. Too heavy a bag may be too hot for comfort. Here’s how to pick a good one for your specific needs.

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