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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: Best work boots? Irish Setter Ashby 83605 work boots may be your best choice

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Work boots don’t get the hype or have the glamour of more expensive, fancy-looking hiking or hunting boots. But if you’re working hard and on your feet all day, you’ll soon appreciate a good pair. These Irish Setter Ashby model 83605 boots are an excellent choice.

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Review: Naturehike® trekking poles for safer and more comfortable hiking

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Are you using trekking poles yet when you hike? Wonder if you need to, or if trekking poles are a good safety addition to your gear? These Naturehike® trekking poles could be a valuable addition to your gear.

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‘Bushcraft Basics’ gets top five bushcraft book rating

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“Bushcraft Basics: A Common Sense Wilderness Survival Handbook” has made the top five list of Bushcraftinfo.com’s best bushcraft books. Wow. Thanks, everyone!

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Update: Best hot weather shirt? Beretta TM Long Sleeve Shooting Shirt update

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Your clothing is your first line of defense against hypothermia or hyperthermia. This Beretta long sleeve shirt may be just what you need when it’s really hot.

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Review: Fenix® PD36R flashlight – maximum light with minimal weight and bulk

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Do you really need a tactical light that is also a spotlight? Well, there are many instances, in wilderness and urban situations, where that is just what you need. Check out this compact, powerful light.

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Review: ‘The Grand Circle’ captures magic of Southwest parks

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The Southwestern United States has some magical places that seem almost surreal. This book can help you find some of the best spots.

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Knife update: Battle Horse Knives Feather Stick proves its worth

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Want a Mora-style knife that can handle hard use? This Battle Horse Knives Feather Stick  has been wrung out. Here is what we found.

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The best way to show respect for a harvested animal is to use every part.

(My) ten indispensable gear items for deer hunting

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Every year about this time the deer hunters are checking and reviewing their gear to decide about possible equipment upgrades. 
Here are some items I have tested thoroughly and regularly use, and that I would buy again.

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Hollywood movie survival myths that just wouldn’t work

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Want to learn valid survival skills – don’t depend on the movies! These survival scenes from the big screen that could have used a lot more research!

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D Day, D Day Omaha Beach

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

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On this 78th 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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