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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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10 tips for staying cool during a power outage/heat wave emergency

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An emergency situation caused by a summer storm may be made worse by the hot weather! How will you stay cool during the heat wave/disaster? Here are some tips.

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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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Tasty food improves morale: A WWII Chicken Dinner Story

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Tasty food has an incredible impact on morale. My dad told this story from World War II, where he joined a Louisiana family for a Sunday chicken dinner.

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Big River Wild Adventures: Learn wilderness skills at this Mississippi River outdoors school

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Want a totally unique eco-vacation, but one that is affordable and nearby?

Want to learn basic wilderness survival skills while canoeing on America’s largest river, through some 300 miles of Wilderness? Big River Wild Adventures combines wilderness, canoe cruising and learning.

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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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