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Gear review video: The Boy Scout Hot Spark

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The best survival gear doesn’t have to be expensive. But it must be reliable and able to work under extreme conditions. One of the best ferrocerium rods for firemaking is the Boy Scout Hot Spark.

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Video review: The Solo Stove biomass backpacking stove

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Some things you can’t lighten up and one of those is stove fuel. So the idea of a lightweight backpacking stove, such as the Solo Stove, with no moving parts, that burns twigs, pine cones, sticks etc is very attractive.

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Peter Kummerfeldt video: Using a map, compass and GPS to stay found

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Frequently, a survival situation starts out when someone gets lost. Here are some simple tips from survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt about using a map, compass and GPS to stay found.

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Peter Kummerfeldt: Understanding survival video

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If you’re in a cloudless area with a reputation for lightning, here’s some things to pay attention to.

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Peter Kummerfeldt Video: Tools to include in your survival kit

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Some would call my gear a “survival kit.” Over the years, the contents have changed, but the categories have not. There are those must have items; there are pieces of equipment that would be sorely missed if they were not available and then there are those you would like to have along but if you didn’t, the world wouldn’t end.

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Peter Kummerfeldt: Proper hydration tips video

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But flood victims, people awaiting evacuation, or trapped by rising waters are in the same situation. Being surrounded by muddy, polluted flood waters and a lack of potable water to drink can put you at risk of dehydration. This, in turn, could lead to other problems. Here’s some information from Peter Kummerfeldt about the danger of dehydration, and how to purify water in a survival situation.

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Peter Kummerfeldt Video: How to Make Effective Survival Shelters

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Reality shows to the contrary, in a survival situation, you probably won’t be able to build a shelter out of natural materials, says survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt.

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Get a scout an inexpensive Mora for his first knife.

Video: Fix your Mora clipper sheath for safety and security

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I believe the standard plastic Mora sheaths are potentially very dangerous. Here is how to modify your sheath so it is safe and holds the knife securely.

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