03 Dec 2015

Survival Skills Training Conducted At New York Parks For Urban Residents

You don’t have to be out in the deep woods to learn basic skills. Now even residents of the Big Apple can get training. One organization in Rochester, New York is designed to arm people with the survival skill they need to make it in the wilderness. EarthWorks Institute has

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axe on stump
26 Oct 2015

Axe vs. Large Survival Knife: The Battle of Big Blades

I’m a big fan of fixed blade knives. I carry one hiking (a Gerber Prodigy in case you’re wondering) and it’s an essential part of my SAR mission kit. They’re handy for anything from prying to cutting rope and webbing. They also serve well for survival tasks such as shelter

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215 pry tool
05 Oct 2015

This Pry Bar from 215 Gear Puts Power in the Palm of Your Hand

Understanding the 215 Gear EDC pry tool first calls for a look at how small, one-piece tools became an item many view as essential for every day carry. One piece tools now flood the market in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are simply carabiners with a hex driver

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survival camouflage
25 Sep 2015

How to Step into the Wild and Vanish: Concealment and Camouflage Basics

What’s the goal of most survival situations? Get yourself rescued or stay alive until you can manage to get yourself back into fighting form. But what happens when you don’t want to be found? Whether you’re hiding from hunted prey or from dangerous humans, you’ll want to blend in with

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helicopter rescue
24 Sep 2015

9 Simple Ways to Make Sure You Get Rescued

You can spend hundreds of hours training and preparing yourself for disaster or emergency. You can have a good plan and route and backups for both. But then there’s the time when Murphy’s Law kicks in and things start going south. From there, your best option may be to hunker

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gun and leather bag
14 Sep 2015

How to Carry a Handgun in the Backcountry

Whether you’re fighting for your life, camping, or hiking with the family, you might find yourself in remote areas, often alone and probably fatigued. You need to protect yourself in every scenario. Many outdoor enthusiasts choose to carry a concealed handgun for protection. There are just a few things to

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10 Jul 2015

Survive on the Water: 3 Essential Watercraft

If the roads are out or overcrowded, the best way to make it to a safe position may be by water. In the first part of this series, we discussed the planning and guidelines for setting up a water escape. In this article, we’ll discuss different types of watercraft as

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02 Jul 2015

Your 5 Step Guide to Escaping Disaster by Water

If the roads are out or overcrowded, the best way to make it to a safe position may be by water. While land travel can be an efficient way to transport people and supplies, roads and trails are subject to degradation and damage over time. For some people, a body

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08 Dec 2014

Avoid these Common Backcountry Skiing Mistakes

Skiers love taking on whatever the mountain can dish out. There is nothing better than hitting fresh powder in the backcountry with friends. Canada’s CBC news reported that sales of backcountry ski equipment were up 40 percent at the start of the 2012-13 season and backcountry is no longer a fringe sector.

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27 Nov 2014

How to Make Your Vehicle a Fortress of Safety

In an emergency situation, every possible route to survival must be considered. A car or truck can play a huge role in protecting you and your loved ones. Prepare for anything by planning ahead. Maps, weapons, and survival tools should all have a place in your ride. Keep survival  in

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