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Video: Dryer lint as wilderness survival firestarter? No way!

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You stake your life on your firemaking kit components. My recommendation is to substitute cotton balls in any application you might be using dryer lint.

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shelter, knots for tarps, knots

Video: How to tie three basic knots for emergency tarp shelter construction

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Three knots: the timber hitch, trucker’s hitch and bowline, are generally all you need to quickly set up a tarp shelter. Here’s how to tie them.

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catfish, chicken liver featured

Survival fishing video: How to bait a hook with chicken liver

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One of the most effective baits for catfish is chicken liver. Here is one method for keeping it on the hook.

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rainy forest

How to cope with the precipitation: Ten tips for comfortable camping in the rain

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There is nothing like rain to make you appreciate sunshine! After decades of backpacking and scouting, I have learned some ways to cope with rainy weather while camping.

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Green Lakes, Oregon mountains, purify water

Serious as a heart attack: Would you know the symptoms if and when they happen?

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Everybody needs to know the symptoms of a heart attack. Here’s the story of my wake-up call.

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The L.T. Wright Next Gen is a great choice for an everyday carry knife.

Review: Best everyday carry knife? We check out the L.T. Wright ‘Next Gen’

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The best everyday carry knife is easy and convenient to take along. The “Next Gen” could be what you’re looking for.

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Bark River Aurora bushcraft knife

Best bushcraft knife? I like the Bark River Aurora

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If you’re searching for a survival and/or bushcraft knife, here’s some things to look for. I checked out the Bark River Aurora, and I am impressed.

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use knife lanyard, make lanyard for knife

Five reasons to use a survival knife lanyard

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Ever wonder what to do with that hole in the knife handle? It can be an important safety feature. Here’s how to use it.

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Review: Leatherman Wave multi-tool

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When I find a piece of equipment that works well for me, I hang on to it and use it extensively. About ten years ago, I got a Leatherman Wave multi-tool for Christmas, and I’m not looking for a replacement.

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Meek's cutoff grave, Oregon badlands

Video: Survival lessons from the 1845 Meek’s Cutoff Wagon Trail through the Oregon desert

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One of the most desperate survival tales associated with the westward expansion was about a lost wagon train in 1845 in the Oregon desert. Here’s what I found when I went searching.

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