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Hiking is an activity where being prepared is just common sense.

Learn common sense tips throughout this website on how to survive an outdoor wilderness or urban emergency; whether you are hiking, biking, hunting, canoeing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, walking or taking a car trip.

Look for instructions on how to avoid an emergency in the first place throughout the categories on the left hand side of this page.

Subjects like “staying found when you are lost”,  “eating to survive”, “building an emergency shelter”, “making a fire” and other common sense approaches to saving your life in an unexpected emergency.

The site emphasizes “Be Prepared” for what you don’t expect to happen.

All the articles are written by veteran wilderness enthusiast, Leon Pantenburg.

What is Survival Common Sense? It’s a logical “common sense” approach to every day emergencies or real disasters that give you and your family a fighting chance to survive.

Take this test as an example of real life-threatening emergencies:

What would you do if you sprained your ankle at dusk on a routine evening run…. but you happened to be alone, in the middle of a large, urban and wooded park as the temperatures hovered above freezing and darkness was falling?

Or when your car slides off a rural and lonely, icy road and gets stuck during a frigid blizzard, temperatures already at 10 degress?

What about being awakened by fire alarms and the smell of smoke in your totally-dark, fourth-floor hotel room?

What would you grab to go, if you received a call from an automated County Disaster Center telling you to evacuate your home immediately?

Most people never think about the need to survive anything.  But you, the average person, could easily be one slip, one fall or be one crash away from serious trouble.

About Leon Pantenburg

Leon Pantenburg is a wilderness enthusiast, who doesn’t claim expertise as a

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Leon Pantenburg

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.