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

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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Video Review | Bark River Guardless Drop Point Hunter

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The classic design of this knife blade needs no introduction.
But the new handle design, combined with a proven blade pattern may make it even better.

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Review: Bark River Gunny Sidekick 3V is great user knife for hunters and outdoorspeople

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The Gunny is one of Bark River’s bestsellers, and one of my favorite EDC knives. The Sidekick combines the Gunny handle with a real user blade. It is going to do very well.

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Winter camping requires a whole different set of survival skills. This snow cave makes a good emergency shelter.

Why you need a plastic sled for big game hunting

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The euphoria from the successful shot starts to fade as you stand over the fallen big game animal. Here is a good-sized carcass that needs to be transported. The ground is muddy, and the animal just doesn’t slide. Of course, it will start to rain. You need a game sled.

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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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Bark River Fingerling review: This may be the hunting knife you’ve been looking for

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Bark River’s Fingerling reproduces a classic design with new, improved materials. This is going to be a very popular knife among hunters.

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heat, stay cool when power goes down

10 tips for staying cool during a power outage/heat wave emergency

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An emergency situation caused by a summer storm may be made worse by the hot weather! How will you stay cool during the heat wave/disaster? Here are some tips.

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Winter storms: What to do when the power goes off and it’s icy cold outside

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The power goes out and you’re sheltering inside the house. Outside, the temperature plummets, the wind picks up and it starts to snow. You don’t know when the power will be restored. It might be hours or days. How will you stay warm and safe? How do you get started?

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Bravo 2, best all around knife

Bark River Bravo 2 review | Perfect do-it-all, sized-right knife for the wilderness?

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 I need a knife that is sized- right for camp chores, cleaning deer and fish, and is also large enough to provide personal protection. After a year of use, the Bravo 2 has proved itself.

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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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