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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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Tips for buying a used Coleman gasoline lantern

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A good way to acquire a reliable lighting source and save money is to look for used gas lanterns at thrift stores and garage sales. Here are some things to check the lanterns for.

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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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Book Review | ‘101 Skills You Need to Survive in the Woods’ by Kevin Estela

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Looking for a basic wilderness skills primer? Then “101 Skills You Need to Survive in the Woods” by Kevin Estela should be on your reading list.

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

Ten best reasons for winter camping

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The best camping season, IHO, starts when the snow flies. Here’s why you should consider winter camping.

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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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