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Edible Plants, Part 2: What NOT to Eat

Edible Plants, Part 2: What NOT to Eat

Please read this series of articles together to make sense of the logic and information contained within it.  The premise article (Part 1) is an important introduction that explains the reasoning for the inclusion of food sources in an extreme ...

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Edible Plants, Part 1

Edible Plants, Part 1

In the wild, the ability to trap, hunt, or fish with the items you have with you is an excellent tool to have in your belt, but in the most extreme situations, by chance or by (inadvertent) choice, you may ...

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Extreme Survival Knives

Extreme Survival Knives

You could argue till you’re blue in the face about who makes the best survival knife, but as cliché as it sounds, the best survival knife is the one you’ve got with you when “normal” all of a sudden becomes ...

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Fire for Survival, Part 3: Fire Safety and Survival Usage

Fire for Survival, Part 3: Fire Safety and Survival Usage

Using fire in a survival situation might seem like a simple and straightforward thing, but fire is such a versatile and multifaceted thing that it does require some attention to detail and understanding to maximize its effectiveness, especially in a survival situation. Fire is as deadly as it can be lifesaving in just about any situation; it's important to understand how to use it safely and effectively: to remove yourself from a survival situation.

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Fire for Survival, Part 2: Fire Architecture and Engineering

Fire for Survival, Part 2: Fire Architecture and Engineering

As we discussed in the first part of this three-part fire series on survival, successful survival fires are one part materials, one part engineering, and one part monitoring. Preparation for the site of your fire will be the first task, and you will want to ensure that you find a suitable location to place your fire. Will it be protected from wind? Is it in the right place relative to your shelter? Will you be able to obtain heat from its position?

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Fire for Survival Part One: Materials and Ignition

Fire for Survival Part One: Materials and Ignition

This article is the first in a three-part series detailing fire in a survival situation. Don't worry, I'm not going to attempt to teach you the tedious and tiresome fire bow and drill method. A simple Google search will probably net you 25 million results on learning how to start a fire from two pieces of wood. While the technique is interesting and can prove useful, the theory behind it and the execution of it are the two most important parts of that technique.

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Surviving at Sea

Surviving at Sea

The ocean covers some 70 percent of the Earth's surface. The human race has traveled to the moon, but still hasn't touched down on the deepest parts of the ocean floor. It is such a force that entire cities have been devastated by a few waves. It has such partners in crime (fiction and nonfiction) as the kraken, the giant octopus, rogue waves, and man-eating sharks. But perhaps the ocean’s most curious feature is its ability to make men vanish.

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Survival In One Word: Water

Survival In One Word: Water

Many would think the primary goal in a survival situation is to find your way back to civilization or to be rescued or found. But is the author's goal is to help you realize that the primary and only immediate goal in a survival situation is to survive. If you can survive, then you have a chance to make it back to civilization– if you can survive. Aside from oxygen, the most important thing to obtain in a survival situation is hydration...

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Extreme Cold

Extreme Cold

Loss of heat can be the most devastating hurdle to deal with in any survival situation. While of course it is important to stay hydrated and avoid overtly life-threatening occurrences (like falling off of sheer cliffs or being mauled by a bear), exposure (the cold) can kill you in a matter of hours. In terms of risk, you are likely at greater risk to die of exposure than of any other outdoor concern. It is incredibly important to understand how the body works and how to counteract ...

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