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Afraid of the dark?

Video: Afraid of the dark? Here’s how to get over it

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Here are some ways to help you deal with this fear of darkness issue before it develops into a survival situation.

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Many shelters are improvised from whatever materials are available.

Five prepper gifts for the homeless during cold weather

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Virtually every community has people living on the streets. Want to help them out? Here’s some suggestions for gifts you may already have.

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Airlife helicopter, don't die in backcountry

Airlink | Don’t die in the backcountry, get this great medical assurance policy

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You don’t have to be in the western backcountry to need an air ambulance. You can be in an isolated campsite on the Mississippi River, or on a rain slick highway outside a major city. An air ambulance policy can save you thousands of dollars.

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Staying Found: Making sense of the topo map declination diagram

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Topographic map users are familiar with the small declination diagram at the bottom of the map. Here is how to use it.

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A survival situation can start with a vehicle sliding off the road in bad weather. (Pantenburg photo)

Video: Prepare to survive in your car during a winter storm

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A routine drive to visit the family can turn into a nightmare. Here are some survival tools to take along in your vehicle.

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improvise waterproof shoes, keep feet dry, keep feet warm

Check out these winter driving tips from AAA and other experts

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Sometimes the best winter driving advice is “Don’t go!” But if you must be on the road, here are some tips from the American Automobile Association.

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These Eureka! Timberline tents have held up well for almost a decade of use by Boy Scout Troop 18. Central Oregon's winter is beautiful, (Pantenburg photo)

How to stake down a tent securely in deep snow

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How do you keep your tent from blowing down in heavy winds, when you’re on top of deep snow? This simple technique works really, really well..

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Diving for clams on Mississippi River

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The Natives viewed clams as a food source. Today, some people still harvest clams, but for different uses. Along the Mississippi, clams were the basis for a thriving pearl button industry.

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Cleaning the strop is easy - just erase the residue.

How to clean a knife-sharpening strop

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One of the best ways to sharpen a convex grind knife is with a leather strop and abrasive emulsions. But at some point, metal particles will build up on the strop surface and reduce the efficiency. Here’s how to clean the strop

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compass, map and compass, stay found, land navigation

How to find the North Star

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The North Star is a beacon that can be used to guide people in the backcountry. Here is how to find it, and use the star to stay found.

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