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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: African Ranger barefoot boots

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Barefoot boots have become a “thing.” The concept is that barefoot shoes/boots allow the foot to react to the ground as it would if the walker was walking barefoot. These Jim Green Barefoot Boots are sturdy hikers that may be a good entry into the barefoot boots world.

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Top Five boots to include in a Get Home bag

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In the unpredictable world we live in, being prepared for urban disasters is a really, really good idea. Today, we’re diving into an essential element of your bug-out (or Get Home) bag – footwear. Specifically, we’ll check out five boots that are not only built for urban survival but can also withstand the challenges of walking 40 miles in the face of a crisis.

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Video: Don’t waste time sitting in gridlock traffic – learn how to play a harmonica

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Does your daily work commute involve sitting in traffic with the other commuters? Here is a way to make use of that time.

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Moraine Lake in Central Oregon's Three Sisters Wilderness

10 useful – but cheap – survival gift items for the holiday season

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Christmas doesn’t have to break the bank. You’ve heard this here before: Good equipment doesn’t have to be expensive – it just has to work.

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Go take a walk – reconnect with nature and yourself

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“I find that the three truly great times for thinking thoughts are when I am standing in the shower, sitting on the john, or walking.  And the greatest, by far, is walking” – Colin Fletcher The Complete Walker.

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Review: Darn Tough® wool socks are durable, quality survival gear

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Wool socks are standard hiking gear for me year round, and good socks are an investment. Here are some socks that will last.

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Video: New innovations on old rocket stove design

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It is amazing how things can always be upgraded or improved, no matter how simple the design. My old reliable brick rocket stove design has been improved in Indonesia.

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See the slide show video of my 1980 Source-to-Sea Mississippi River canoe voyage

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The outdoor adventure of my life was canoeing the entire length of the Mississippi River. I started on June 7, 1980. As requested, here are a few more images!

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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 79th 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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Five good reasons to own a .22 rifle

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A firearm using the diminutive .22 rimfire cartridge should be in every survival/preparedness gear collection. Here is why you should consider adding one to yours.

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