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Soapmaking 101 tips for a survival situation

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The ability to make soap during a survival situation can be really important! Here’s some tips from soapmaking expert Karla Moore on how to make a useable hand and body soap, using only two ingredients, and what tools you will need!

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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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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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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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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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La Pine, Oregon veteran recalls Omaha Beach landing on D Day

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On this 75th anniversary of D Day, I hope to honor my friend, the late Bob Shotwell, by posting his recollections of the D Day amphibious assault.

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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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Five reasons why heading for the hills during an emergency is a bad idea

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When (fill in the appropriate acronym) happens, society will collapse. But some survivalists think they will head for the wilderness and live off the land. Here’s why that philosophy won’t work.

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