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Flash Floods: Plan Ahead For Quick Reaction

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More people die of drowning in the desert than of thirst, and that is usually because they were surprised by a flash flood. Learn how to avoid that situation!

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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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Agnes and Charles Hallowell, my great-grandparents, probably about 1920 (?)

Ten skills that helped my family survive the Great Depression

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What lessons from the Great Depression might apply today? Here’s how my family got by.

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How to: Set a bearing with a magnetic compass

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A bearing, or sighting, on a compass determines the direction to an object, and/or helps a hiker identify his position in the backcountry. Here’s how to set one.

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Review: The Outdoor Answer Epic Water Filter system for wide mouth Nalgene bottles

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Want to ensure a constant supply of clean drinking water, even on the move? This water filter system might be just what you’ve been looking for.

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How to use a personal earthquake survival kit to escape a collapsing building

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Earthquakes are happening on the west coast this week, and  one could occur while you’re at work.  Here’s how to use a personal earthquake survival kit to escape a collapsing building.

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Worth Reading: “Survival Psychology” gives the mental baseline for survival

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The most common first reaction during an emergency is disbelief and denial. Most people won’t know what to do, and most will do the wrong things!

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Find drinking water during floods with desert survival skills

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During a flood, there may be water everywhere, but none to drink. Here’s some survival tips on where to find potable water during a disaster.

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Survival Myth Busted: Finding directions by tree moss

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Moss grows everywhere. The “survival tip” of using it to find directions is a myth.

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Traditional music leads to appreciation of American history

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The best ways to interest people in learning history is (IMO) through music. These songs have been standards for 150 years, and here is why they are popular.

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