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Review: Backwoods Survival Guide by Jim Cobb

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If you are looking for ways to become more self-sufficient, then you need this book in your preparedness library.

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How to avoid sore feet | Ten tips for comfortable hiking

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Take care of your feet, and they will take care of you. That overused, mossy old cliche’ is in every survival manual, and that’s because it is true. If you can’t walk because of sore feet, your safety is compromised, and all sorts of problems will develop.

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Go squirrel hunting to learn wilderness survival skills

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How do you learn  the basic survival skills of marksmanship, stalking, concealment and skinning and processing game animals? Take up squirrel hunting.

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Knife maker Mike Stewart discusses thin blades and batoning firewood

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I like thin-bladed knives and think batoning firewood is highly overrated. Mike Stewart, president of Bark River Knives, and a knife industry legend, explains why today’s knife blades had to be made thicker because of the batoning fad. Here are his Facebook comments, used with his permission. 

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Can you be comfortable for a week without electricity?

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A storm is coming, and the electricity may be out for some time. Here is what you can do to prepare.

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Top 5 wilderness survival skills you need for urban survival

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How valuable are wilderness survival skills in an urban disaster environment? Very. Here are five basic skills you need to know.

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‘Bushcraft Basics’ reviews

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Be ready for any emergency, at any time. From clothing recommendations to picking the best firestarter, expert survival instructor Leon Pantenburg shares his considerable knowledge of bushcraft and survivalist skills so that anyone—backpackers, preppers, city dwellers, and more—can be ready for a possible emergency.

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Nicole Apelian | There can be comfort in discomfort

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When I tell stories about my time in the wild, people often look at me like I’m a little crazy.   by Nicole Apelian (Editor’s note: I met Nicole Apelian at the 2019 Flintlock Two gathering in Arkansas and attended two of her classes. She is the real deal.) Nicole Apelian in her natural element. When they hear about how…

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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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Apartment Prepping: Stash your stockpile in small spaces

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Suppose you need to store emergency gear, but don’t have room in your apartment. Here are some tips for finding and using that space you didn’t know you had.

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