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What is survival? Expert Peter Kummerfeldt explains what to know to survive anything

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Have an idea of what survival is before you get in a bad situation! Then you can know what your next steps might be.

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Showshoers’ electronic navigation devices leave them lost in the snow, needing rescue

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

I don’t trust any navigational device that relies on batteries. Three Central Oregon snowshoers learned that hard lesson this week, when their cell phone batteries died.

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Reliable Power For Your GPS: What are the best batteries?

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Your GPS is as reliable as the batteries in it! Make the best choices for consistent power!

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Learn this tip to stay found in the wilderness

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A baseball field backstop keeps the ball from going to far. Here is how to create a “backstop” in the wilderness to keep you from going in the wrong direction.

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I always carry a pencil and notebook in my compass setup. (Pantenburg photos)

Don’t get lost: Tune up your compass

348 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

There is no substitute for a good compass, and the ability to use it. Stay found to stay out of trouble!

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Topographical maps show the terrain features of an area.

Four more maps for emergency evacuation survival

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A recent post “Survive this: Six maps you should have for urban disaster evacuations” was very popular. Here’s four more maps.

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The SPOT Gen3 locater beacon should be accompanied by navigation gear.

Start with these basics for your wilderness survival gear

600 318 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Let this be your mantra: “I will save me. My survival kit won’t save me. My equipment or gear can’t save me.”

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moss myth busted, find directions from moss

Survival Myth Busted: Finding directions by tree moss

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Moss grows everywhere. The “survival tip” of using it to find directions is a myth.

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A GPS makes a nice addition, but NEVER take a GPS and depend on it for navigation without a map and compass.

How to choose your first GPS

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Every GPS has basic features. All the rest are bells and whistles. You will have to decide which ones are important, and which are really needed.

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A GPS makes a nice addition, but NEVER take a GPS and depend on it for navigation without a map and compass.

Improve your GPS and land navigation skills now

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Spring is the perfect time to practice and improve your Global Positioning System skills!

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