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How to Use a Topographic Map

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One of the most important skills that an Infantryman uses is their ability navigate. We cannot rely on technology to save our ass when the shit hits the fan, so within our first weeks of basic training, we are taught how to effectively use a topographic map. This is a …

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An Ancient Art: How to Shoot a Bow

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Archery is a skill and hobby I have loved since boyhood.  When I was about five years old, I would go outside at dusk to watch my father shoot arrows into a paper plate that was stuck to some hay bales. When I was in Boy Scouts at the age …

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How to Make Char Cloth

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background logo photo credits: ellenm1 on flickr.com Char cloth is a substance that can be used as a fire starter (with no need of a lighter or matches). One of your biggest challenges when using primitive methods is finding tinder that will catch your particular ignition source.  Primitive ignition sources include …

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How to Safely Camp in the Rain

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Whether you are camping for a weekend or a week or surviving in the bush, you will run into rainy days and nights. There is no avoiding the rain. You can’t put an order in with Mother Nature for sunny days. So how do you handle rainy weather when camping? …

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How to Use a Compass

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For those who regularly spend time in the woods and mountains, the compass becomes a vital piece of survival equipment. Prior to GPS becoming so popular and accessible, a compass was frequently used for geocaching, a form a treasure hunting for people of all ages. Every compass has at least …

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How To Make Wine At Home

If society breaks down, a bottle of wine could be one hell of a bargaining chip. Many of us rely on outside companies to create and bottle wine. This dependence on others, however, can be side stepped. Making your own wine is a simpler process than you might think. In …

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How To Climb A Tree

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The ability to climb trees can be nostalgic and enjoyable as a pastime, but also a means of survival as well. If SHTF or if you ever became lost in the woods, knowing of tree’s numerous resources could mean the difference between life and death for you. Not only to …

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6 Survival Skills I Learned From My Grandpa

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Sometimes I daydream about the days when I was a kid and I used to live with my grandparents. No technology, no worries, just me and my grandpa doing something different very single day. My grandpa knew a lot about living a simple, sustainable life. He raised cows, pigs, chickens, …

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