Hiking Lightning Safety

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Lightning Safety for Hikers When you are planning a hike, it is important to be prepared for the worst. While lightning strikes less than 50 people a year in the US, if you are outside your chance of being struck increases exponentially. Ideally, you should try to avoid thunderstorms before you leave for your hike. … Read more

Pemmican: The Native American Super Survival Food

What Is Pemmican? The word pemmican is derived from the word pimî, meaning “fat or grease.” Pemmican itself is a concentrated combination of meat and fat that was created by Native Americans as a nutritious food that was used to boost energy. Traditional pemmican was made by cutting meat (typically whatever was available) into thin … Read more

How to Prevent Blisters when Hiking

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There’s nothing quite like hiking. There’s also nothing quite like the pain of a foot full of blisters. Recovery time for particularly nasty blisters can impede your progress for a good day or two. Not to mention that it can sour a fun experience. No one likes having to deal with blisters, especially when they’re … Read more

Water Filtration vs Water Purification

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Importance of Water Water is essential for maintaining a healthy body and, ultimately, our survival. Without water, your body will stop functioning properly. Water helps to regulate our body temperature and keep your tissues moist, which protects our joints. This moisture helps protect the tissue of the body, helps move minerals to other parts of … Read more

How to Make Bread without Yeast

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What Is Yeast? Yeasts are a member of the fungus kingdom and are unicellular organisms. Yeasts are most commonly known for their uses in baking and making alcohol. Most yeasts are asexual by nature, meaning that they reproduce by mitosis, or by dividing into two completely separate sets of chromosomes that are completely independent with … Read more

Primitive Technology: Barrel Tiled Shed

Here’s an exceptional video from the YouTube channel Primitive Technology.  His videos are top notch and his survival skills are out of this world.  His list of structures and tools he’s built with nothing more than what’s found in the woods is growing and those of us interested in survival wait for his videos anxiously.  He also runs a blog here.

 

How to Make Beef Jerky in the Oven

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In an emergency situation it is critically important to have enough food to survive. Options in the wild are limited and the safety of eating something caught wildly is questionable so it is always best to come prepared. Protein is very important to consume to keep you alive and jerky is one of the easiest … Read more

Illnesses You Can Get From Bad Water

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Basic Water Safety 101 Clean water is vital to our very existence: Without it, we perish. It is for this reason that purifying all uncertain water sources becomes imperative. The essential value that clean water holds on our life force should drive us to make sure that every drop we ingest enhances our health and … Read more

How to Make Deer Jerky

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When deer hunting season is over and done with, many hunters end up with tons of venison that they won’t be able to get through before it spoils. Instead of throwing it out and wasting it, making deer jerky is the one of the best ways to preserve the meat (also consider making pemmican). Jerky is … Read more

10 Survival First Aid Tips for the Outdoorsman

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Venturing into the great outdoors is a favorite pastime for many people. Every year people spend their time hiking, rafting and exploring the outdoors.However, there are dangers you must look out for when having fun outside. There are a variety of problems you can run into such as insect bites, infections, sunburn, snake bites, heat … Read more