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Dry Canyon, near Bend, Oregon.

Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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You don’t have any wilderness experience, but you want some. So what do you take along to make sure you get back? Where in that urban wilderness maze of outdoor stores, catalogs, websites and eBay will you find the gear you need? Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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Pipe tomahawk provides touchstone with past

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One reader wrote, “Loved the story about the flintlock rifle. When are you going to tell us about that pipe tomahawk that goes with it?” So, here it is, folks – a good tale about a man who loved to make well crafted tools and weapons, and gracious enough to give it away.

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A drainage ditch might be the only source of water you can find.

Make A Practical Water Purification System Part of Your Survival Kit

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In a disaster, no single item or piece of gear can guarantee your ability to purify water for drinking. But several carefully-chosen pieces of water purification equipment might give you a fighting chance!

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Why you should make a mini survival kit part of your wardrobe

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This collection of survival items in your wardrobe may get you through an emergency!

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Tool review: Huron 13-inch Half Hatchet

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Looking for a good, usable hatchet to add to your preparedness gear? Then check out this Huron.

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Survive this: Six maps you should have for urban disaster evacuations

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What kind of maps do you need to function in urban and/or wilderness situations? What happens during a disaster where you are forced to evacuate and need to travel by road, then go off road and finally cross country?

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Typical Idaho elk hunting terrain. Out here, you earn any game animal. (Pantenburg photos)

Rain suit or poncho: What is the best rain gear for your outdoor survival needs?

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Carrying rain gear should be a no-brainer. But what is the best rain suit? Or, is a rain suit even the best choice for you?

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Gaiters are an integral part of snowshoeing equipment.

Gaiters | Five tips to choose the best pair for any conditions

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Low cut, ankle-high or ten-to-18-inch boots? Before you invest in some expensive footwear, give some thought to gaiters.

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The Orion 65 has large capacity and really good insulation

Best extreme cooler | Orion 65 Cooler review

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Most of us don’t need a high end cooler. But when you do need one, it could be worth every penny of the investment. We check out the Orion 65 quart cooler.

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Eight tips for staying warm when cold weather camping

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You don’t want to get cold when you’re camping and the weather gets chilly. Here are some tips to help you stay warm.

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