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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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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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Video: Five reasons I don’t like hiking shoes with moisture barrier liners

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Before you invest in quality hiking boots or trekking shoes, decide if you want some with moisture barrier liners. It could be the difference between hot (or cold), sweaty, sore feet or hiking in comfort.

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