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Survival Hax – Tactical LED Pen

Survival Hax – Tactical LED Pen

We recently had the opportunity to test out the Survival Hax – Tactical LED Pen.  This device is a nice little survival tool.  It has a bright LED flashlight at one end; a strikeable flint / fire-starter in the middle of the pen; and a hard carbide-tip sleeve that screws over the pen-end of the device. The flashlight is a lot brighter than you would expect from the size.  I’ve had several small LED lights over the years and this…

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Navigating without a Compass

Navigating without a Compass

An important survival skill is navigating without a compass, map, or GPS. Most people that lost…didn’t plan on it! Therefore, it’s not likely that they packed a compass, map, GPS or other navigation aid. Many people that get lost in the woods are campers separated from their group, families searching for a Christmas tree, or skiers that have taken the wrong trail. These aren’t the kind of outings that you’d expect to pack a compass! So knowing how to navigate…

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Wilderness Navigation

Wilderness Navigation

Wilderness navigation can be an invaluable skill when exploring the great outdoors. The best places to explore and go hiking have no roads and lots of vegetation, making it very easy to get lost. If you’ve ever been lost in the woods for any length of time, you’ll know that it’s a very humbling and unpleasant feeling. A little preparation and practice with a few simple navigation tools can help you stay on track and avoid getting lost. Before you…

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Making a Shelter

Making a Shelter

In a survival situation, making a shelter is critical to staying alive. A shelter keeps you out of the sun, wind, rain, snow, and ice. A shelter can prevent conditions that lead to hypothermia, heat stroke, and frostbite. But most importantly, a shelter can increase your positive outlook, comfort you, and give you a stronger resolve to survive! Sometimes the best shelter can be found and not made. Look for rock outcrops, caves, and low hanging evergreen branches. All of…

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Edible Plants

Edible Plants

No one ever intends to get lost, but what if you do? Knowing a few edible plants could come in handy when you need to survive in the wilderness. Being lost in the woods for a 1 or 2 days, should not require the immediate need for food. But if you find yourself out there for much longer, you’ll want to have a subsistence contingency plan. Keep in mind that while edible wild plants provide nutrients and energy, they also…

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Start a Fire

Start a Fire

Being able to start a fire is a critical survival skill to know in the wilderness. Fire can warm you up and prevent the onset of hypothermia. Fire can cook food. Fire can boil water, purifying it from any harmful bacteria. And fire can serve as an affective signaling method to alert rescuers to your position. And while fire can be a life-saver, it can also be a life-threatening hazard if you’re not careful. A windy day and a dry…

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Find Clean Water

Find Clean Water

One of the most important survival skills is the ability to find clean water. Depending on the environment and the tools that you have this can be very challenging at times. We, human beings, are made of 2/3 water and dehydration can lead to shutdown of many of our body’s functions and ultimately death. We need water for survival. Notice that the title of this page is finding clean water. Finding water may not seem like a challenge for some…

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Wilderness Survival

Wilderness Survival

Wilderness survival skills can be very important if you plan to go on an extended hike, camping trip, or expedition. Knowing about the environment you’re going into can help you prepare in the event that you need to survive in the woods. And while these skills are important, the things that will truly save your life are willower and attitude. One of the biggest impediments to survival is how we handle the discomfort and stress of living outdoors. Sometimes in…

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Poisonous Plants

Poisonous Plants

Poisonous plants can put a big damper on camping fun. But by knowing how to identify the plants and treat any exposures, you can help minimize their impact on your next adventure into the woods. Poisonous plants work by direct exposure to the skin. The oils of the plants are absorbed into the skin causing a reaction that produces an itchy rash and weeping sores. Severe cases around the face can interfere with breathing and should be addressed by a…

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Geocaching

Geocaching

Geocaching is the modern-day treasure hunt that is loads of fun for kids and adults. This camping game provides hours of excitement as you trek through the woods looking for the hidden canisters. Unlike an ordinary hike or a backpacking trip, there’s the thrill of pursuit as you follow your GPS and the clues given for each cache. Geocaching a great group activity and is the ultimate hide & go seek. Individuals and organizations have hidden thousands and thousands of…

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