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Don’t make these deadly wilderness mistakes

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Every year, people get lost in the wilderness areas and are rescued. But some vanish and are never found. The statistics are frightening. Don’t become one. Learn from these common mistakes to keep from dying in the backcountry.

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Top 5 wilderness survival skills you need for urban survival

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How valuable are the wilderness survival skills in an urban disaster environment? Very. Here are five basic skills you need to know.

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A GPS makes a nice addition, but NEVER take a GPS and depend on it for navigation without a map and compass.

Stay found: Orient your map before heading out into the backcountry

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The best way to keep from getting lost in the wilderness, is to always know where you are. This starts with orienting your map before going anywhere. Here is how to do it.

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Survival food : A morale-booster lesson from World War II

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“The day may have gone to hell, but if you think there’s a hot meal coming, that may be the high point. It gives you something familiar in a really bad situation.”

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Peter Kummerfeldt: Finding Water in the Desert

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Always take lots of water along, and never depend on being able to find it! But it’s a really good idea to know where to look for water in the event of an emergency. Here are some desert water tips from survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt.

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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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