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Leon Pantenburg writes a survival blog focusing on common sense tips for surviving a wilderness or urban disaster, emergency preparedness, making survival kits, reviewing survival gear, including knife reviews, hunting, fishing, camp cooking and survival foods.

Downriver: A Mississippi River Canoe Voyage, Chapter 2

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Leon’s 1980 end-to-end voyage of the Mississippi River gets started at Lake Itasca, Minnesota.

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Downriver: A Mississippi River Canoe Journey

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    Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to travel the Mississippi River like Huckleberry Finn did. In  1980, I canoed from the Mississippi’s headwaters at Lake Itasca, MN to the Gulf of Mexico. This is the story of that journey, and installments of  the tale will be posted here! Enjoy the trip! There is just something about…

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My Advertising Philosophy and Disclaimer

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Considering advertising on SurvivalCommonSense.com? Here is what you need to know!

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I still use the 15-foot canoe that carried me all the way to the gulf.

About Leon Pantenburg

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Leon Pantenburg is a wilderness enthusiast, and doesn’t claim to be a survival expert or expertise as a survivalist. As a newpaperman for three decades, covering search and rescue, sheriff’s departments and outdoor emergencies, Leon learned many people died unnecessarily or escaped miraculously from outdoor emergency situations when simple, common sense may have changed the outcome. Leon now teaches common sense survival techniques to the average person in order to avert potential disasters.

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A much younger Leon at a silver mine in the Beartooth Mountains in Montana.

My 1976 John Muir Trail Journal

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…even the lousy weather can’t change the beauty of this mountain range. It’s all worth it, when I come over a ridge and can look at all the trees and mountains. The mountains are so beautiful in the mornings, I usually get up early just to watch the sunrise. The air is usually pine-scented. Walking through the forest is like walking through a cathedral. Underfoot, there is a thick carpet of pine needles, which muffles my foot steps. I have walked right up on several herds of deer, just because I was so quiet. I’m really glad to be out here.

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