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Leon Pantenburg’s Survival Blog and Travel Log, covering tips and techniques for surviving a wilderness emergency or urban disaster.

Best daypack? Field test of the Beretta Tactical Backpack

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Looking for a lightweight but sturdy daypack to become your Get-Home or Bug-Out bag? Or how about a comfortable carrying pack for day hiking or short trips? This quality Beretta day pack can make hauling gear much easier.

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Hunting and Survival Knives for Sale

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Check out these greatly-reduced prices on quality hunting and survival knives. These are Leon Pantenburg’s personal knife collection. Some are new and others are slightly-used after performing a detailed spec review for readers. I won’t recommend or sell a product I wouldn’t use myself.

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Review: Pelican Protector™ Case will preserve valuable gear

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There is no better better endorsement for a piece of gear than regular hard use by professionals. The Pelican Protector™ 1650 comes with some hard won credentials.

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Survival Common Sense: Why I started a survival blog that has lasted 10 years

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In the wilderness survival industry the average lifespan of a website is about 18 months, Survival Common Sense has been around for ten years this month. Here is the “why” of that continued success. 

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10 tips/secrets to improve your Dutch oven cooking

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New to Dutch oven cooking? Or just want to get better at it? These tips will help.

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Check out the Survivalcommonsense interview on the Doom and Bloom podcast

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I was interviewed on the Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy podcast at the Mother Earth News Preparedness Expo last weekend in Albany, Oregon. Check out the interview! (I’m on about 8:30 into the podcast.)  

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Try this simple rig to catch fish anywhere

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What’s a good rig for beginners to catch fish with? Try the so-called “Carolina” or slip-sinker rig. It relies on a sliding slip sinker, swivel and snelled hook.

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Afraid of the dark?

Is a headlamp the best survival light ? We review the Pelican 2765 LED Headlight

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You need several light sources in your survival/emergency gear, IMHO, and one of them should be a reliable headlamp.

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As a hardcore survival stove, i.e. one that will keep on functioning regardless of the circumstances, you can't beat one that's fueled with biomass. Here's one worth considering.

Review: The improved SilverFire Survivor biomass stove is a good addition to your emergency gear

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If the powergrid goes down, your propane, charcoal or gas stove will work great as long as you have fuel. But a biomass stove never runs out of fuel. Here’s a good choice.

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This simple A Frame tarp shelter is a quick emergency shelter, and can provide ample protection.

Video: Five tips to make a really quick emergency tarp shelter

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Speed and convenience may be the deciding factor between getting wet and cold, of sitting out a storm front, dry and comfortable under a tarp. Here are the materials and skills you need to make a hasty shelter.

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