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Review: Gerber Impromptu tactical pen best choice for extreme conditions

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Your survival tools should include some way of communication. Electronics are wonderful, but consider a reliable pen and notebook. The Gerber Impromptu tactical pen may be what you need in your survival gear, and here is why.

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Get your kids outdoors and make plantain crispies for a quick, nutritious snack

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A healthy snack may be as close as the nearest weedy lot. Here is how to use plantain, a free, common edible plant to make a quick and easy treat.

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What to look for in hot weather hiking boots

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Choosing your hot weather boot is as important as picking heavily-insulated footwear for winter wear. Here are some things to look for in hot weather footwear.

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Review: Silverlight® Hiking Socks – comfort in a dry, odor-free sock

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Tired of stinky, sweaty socks at the end of a long hike or day on the job? Want some socks that help keep your feet warm or cool? These Silverlight Hiking Socks might work for you.

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My great-great-grandfather, James Hallowell was a Civil War veteran. He homesteaded in Iowa in the late 1860s.

Civil War survival lessons from a 92nd Illinois Infantryman

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Basic survival skills don’t change. Here are some lessons from a Civil War infantryman on how to provide food, shelter and improvise lighting during hard campaigning.

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Five tips for keeping your feet warm in cold weather

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If you’re outside in cold weather, your feet may get cold. These tips may help them stay warm.

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Tips to survive a blizzard overnight in a stranded car

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My friend, Lisa Bedford the Survival Mom, has some excellent advice for folks who end up stranded overnight in their car under horrible winter storm conditions.

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Winter camping requires a whole different set of survival skills. This snow cave makes a good emergency shelter.

Why you need a plastic sled for big game hunting

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The euphoria from the successful shot starts to fade as you stand over the fallen big game animal. Here is a good-sized carcass that needs to be transported. The ground is muddy, and the animal just doesn’t slide. Of course, it will start to rain. You need a game sled.

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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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Meek's cutoff grave, Oregon badlands

Video: Survival lessons from the 1845 Meek’s Cutoff Wagon Trail through the Oregon desert

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One of the most desperate survival tales associated with the westward expansion was about a lost wagon train in 1845 in the Oregon desert. Here’s what I found when I went searching.

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