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These Eureka! Timberline tents have held up well for almost a decade of use by Boy Scout Troop 18. Central Oregon's winter is beautiful, (Pantenburg photo)

How to stake down a tent securely in deep snow

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How do you keep your tent from blowing down in heavy winds, when you’re on top of deep snow? This simple technique works really, really well..

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Pitchwood can usually be found at the base of a dead stick on a live tree.

How to: Find pitchwood, a natural, effective firestarter

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If you are in an area with pine trees, you can probably find pitchwood, one of the most effective waterproof firestarters ever.

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Diving for clams on Mississippi River

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The Natives viewed clams as a food source. Today, some people still harvest clams, but for different uses. Along the Mississippi, clams were the basis for a thriving pearl button industry.

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Cleaning the strop is easy - just erase the residue.

How to clean a knife-sharpening strop

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One of the best ways to sharpen a convex grind knife is with a leather strop and abrasive emulsions. But at some point, metal particles will build up on the strop surface and reduce the efficiency. Here’s how to clean the strop

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10 things to pack in your vehicle for emergency evacuations

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Hurricanes in the Gulf and along the Atlantic coast of Florida proved that most people forced to evacuate were woefully unprepared. Here are some items to take if you ever have to evacuate your home.

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High blood pressure? Heart issues? Try Kudzu: An edible, plentiful medicinal weed

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Kudzu is edible and can be used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease, even though it is classified as an invasive “weed. Here is how to recognize and use the Kudzu plant.

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How to make medicinal mullein tea

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Some “weeds” have medicinal properties that can be very useful. Mullein is one of those useful plants you should consider finding and using.

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L.T. Wright Genesis knife proves its worth in backcountry scout bushcraft adventure

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My former L.T. Wright Genesis, that is now in the capable hands of an active scoutmaster, proved its worth on a scout river trip.

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Recipe: How to make frontloader washing machine laundry soap

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I’m not buying laundry soap again. This recipe is too easy and cheap, and it works too well to go back to buying commercial laundry soap products.

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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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