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Compass skills: How to work with degrees true

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Sometimes a task or survival skill, when viewed in its entirety, seems to be overwhelming (Such as where do you start to learn land navigation?) The best way tackle learning such a skill is to break things down into smaller “baby steps.” This week, land navigation expert Blake Miller explains how to make sense out of true north on your topographical map.

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Freezing fog and low visibility add to already hazardous driving conditions.

10 essential survival skills you need to know

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Probably the most-asked question about wilderness survival and preparedness is: “Where do I start?” and/or “What are the most important skills I need to learn?”

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The Waco Siege: A Very Disturbing Part of American History

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It has been said that without Waco, there wouldn’t have been the Oklahoma City bombing. I visited the Waco site over Christmas break.

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Any of these lightweight saws are a better choice than a saw blade spine.

Peter Kummerfeldt: How to choose the best saw for a survival kit

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Saw or axe? Here’s some advice from a long-time survival expert.

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Seven survival knots every outdoorsperson should know

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A basic knowledge of knots may prove invaluable and may be your most useful survival tool.

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What is survival? Expert Peter Kummerfeldt explains what to know to survive anything

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Have an idea of what survival is before you get in a bad situation! Then you can know what your next steps might be.

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Control panic: Use the ‘STOP’ technique to avoid potential survival situations

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STOP is a survival mind-set exercise. This well-used old acronym, probably mentioned in every survival manual, should be embedded in your psyche. Here’s how to use it.

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What do you do after a boil notice?

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During an emergency your community’s water system can be shut down, and all residents will receive a boil notice. That means that all water should be boiled before using it. What do you do when the notice is lifted? How do you assure contaminated water doesn’t get in your house?

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Peter Kummerfeldt: Which knife is best for survival situations?

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Survival knives: Which one is best? This post, by internationally-known survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt, may help you make a good decision on which knife to include in your survival kit.

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Dead Reckoning: An important navigation technique that can save your life

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Dead Reckoning is a method used to determine one’s estimated present and future position. Dead Reckoning can be done during periods of darkness, bad weather, in featureless terrain (e.g., the desert, whiteout conditions) or equipment failure (e.g., dead GPS batteries.)

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