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This tent is designed for winter camping, and cold temperatures.

Choose the best four-season backpacking tent for winter camping

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How do you choose a four-season backpacking tent? Well, the right tent for you for winter camping may take some looking, so get started now. Here are some considerations and suggestions.

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tarp grommets, tarps shelters, emergency shelters

Video: How to keep your tarp corner grommets from tearing out

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A tarp camper can get in a situation where the wind blows hard enough to rip out the corner grommets. Here’s a rope trick to stop that from happening.

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The L.T. Wright Next Gen (top) and Rouge River are great user knives.

How to: Baton firewood with a butter knife

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Most survival knife reviews at some point show the blade being pounded – or batoned -through a block of firewood. But batoning is not a big deal if you use the right technique. This method is so simple you can baton firewood with a butter knife.

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Set up a new tent in your backyard before taking it camping.

10 things to consider before buying a tent

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Thinking about investing in a new tent for camping season? Here are some things to consider.

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Survival fishing: How to make a trotline from paracord

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Time is precious during an emergency. If you can make a fish trap or run a trot line, these can gather food, even while you’re doing something else.

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How to: Make a skinny wallet a survival tool

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I already have too much stuff in my wallet – how do I carry survival gear without making it even thicker? Here’s how.

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Video and Review: Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Propane stove

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Among the preparedness products I wouldn’t be without is a Camp Chef Double Burner. It can’t be beat for preparedness and/or camping

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best point and shoot camera

What is the best camera for point-and-shoot outdoor use?

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You want quality photos, but also a durable, waterproof camera that can take a beating. What is a good point-and-shoot camera for taking everywhere? 

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Andersonville, August, 1864 ( Library of congress photo)

Civil War Andersonville Diary provides modern survival guide

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What are the rules of survival in an emergency situation? Most experts will point out that the psychological aspect is more important than anything else. Here are some thoughts on the subject from the Civil War.

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This pocket survival kit has many items that could help you survive disasters or emergencies.

What good is a mini survival kit? Five things they can’t do

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Mini, pocket-sized survival kits are in every outdoors store. But, really, what good are they? Here are some things they can’t do.

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