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

Bark River Knives, ambush tundra, best deer hunting knife

Review | Custom Ambush Tundra combines new handle design with old wood

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My latest knife collaboration combines an Ambush Tundra blade with a custom walnut handle by Pete Winkler. It is sooo cool.

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wear sunglasses more often, choose best sunglasses, sunglasses

What Kind of Sunglasses are Best (and Safe) for Survival Gear

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There is more to sunglasses than looking good. Quality sunglasses should be in your emergency/survival gear.

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why hunt, best hunting knife, deer hunting

Five reasons why I hunt

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Here some thoughts on being a hunter, and some reasons why hunting is a good idea.

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Base Camp Las Vegas, desert hiking, Death Valley

Book review: Base Camp Las Vegas | 101 Hikes in the Southwest

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There is more to Las Vegas than glitz, glamour, sin and gambling. It’s also a great central location for some very interesting hiking.

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Five survival/preparedness knives you can buy for less than $20

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Can you get a good preparedness/survival knife for under $20? Here’s five choices.

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Mora knives, best beginner knife, best survival knife

What makes a good knife review?

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Before you invest in a tool that might save your life, look around for a thorough, knowledgeable review.

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D Day, D Day Omaha Beach

D-Day: A La Pine, Oregon veteran recalls Omaha Beach landing

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Today, on on the 73nd anniversary of D Day, I hope to honor my friend, Bob Shotwell, 93, of La Pine, Oregon, by posting his recollections.

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Hultafors Expedition knife, utility knives, best utility knife

What’s the best utility knife? The Hultafors line may have it.

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Sometimes the best blade for the job is a simple utility knife. Here are three from the Hultafors company that can cover just about any cutting task.

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Afraid of the dark?

Afraid of the dark? Here’s how to get over it

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Here are some ways to help you deal with this problem before it develops into a survival situation.

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Marines wade ashore on Tinian (National Archives, Marine Corps)

Veterans Day Tribute: Marine recalls bloody WWII battles in the Pacific

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By the time he was old enough to buy a beer legally, U.S. Marine Tom Teela had been in some of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific, survived two suicidal “Banzai” charges, and been wounded at Saipan.

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