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Reader’s comments: Controlling panic when canoe capsizes in whitewater

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After my immediate shock of being in the water, gasping for air between waves, I recalled something one of your newsletters or blog posts mentioned about survival. I thought you might be interested that in the face of a stressful situation, your words of advice came to me and helped me.

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Five reasons to use a survival knife lanyard

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Ever wonder what to do with that hole in the knife handle? It can be an important safety feature. Here’s how to use it.

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Biomass backpacking stove review: Check out the SilverFire Scout

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Looking for a way to cut backpack weight? Or a practical stove for an emergency kit? A biomass stove might be what you need, and here is one worth considering.

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Survival gear review: Solo Stove Titan biomass-fueled

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My biomass Solo Stove has been a constant companion in the backcountry since I got it last year. But the latest offering from the company, the Titan may prove to be even more useful to the prepper/survivalist.

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Video: How to make charcloth, a miracle survival kit fire starter

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Catching a spark and blowing it into a flame is a skill that can save your life. Properly-made charcloth will easily catch a spark and grow into an ember.

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The biomass Solo Stove takes very little fuel to boil water. (Pantenburg photo)

Video review: The Solo Stove biomass backpacking stove

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Some things you can’t lighten up and one of those is stove fuel. So the idea of a lightweight backpacking stove, such as the Solo Stove, with no moving parts, that burns twigs, pine cones, sticks etc is very attractive.

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