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Boom Hitch Knot: Step by Step How to Tie It

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The Boom Hitch is essentially an extended, more complex relative of the Clove Hitch. It is something of a chore to learn, but worth it. It will hold fast and not slip under tension from any direction, even when tied in thick, slippery line. This makes it good for securing …

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How to Survive a Tornado


Tornadoes are terrifying and deadly. Spawning out of already violent thunderstorms, or seemingly out of nowhere in mere moments, tornadoes will carve a path of complete havoc through the landscape, and vanish just as quickly as they appear. In certain seasons in certain places in the United States, tornadoes are …

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Colorado Trespassing Laws: What You Need to Know

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Colorado: Fast Facts on Trespassing Trespass Law Covers: Residential and commercial buildings, land, vehicles.Crime Class: Felony, misdemeanor or petty offense depending on degree.Fencing Required?: No, but trespassing past fencing and other obstructions to entry constitutes a more severe offense.Signage Required? No.Verbal Notice Required? No. Colorado Trespassing Law Overview Compared to …

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Top 5 Sleeping Liners to Keep You Comfy in the Wild

Many campers haven’t discovered the comforts of a sleeping bag liner – then they wonder why their sleeping bag is smelling funky, why it isn’t feeling as warm as it is supposed to be and why they have to wash the darn thing so often. Along comes the sleeping bag …

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Arizona Trespassing Laws: What You Need to Know

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Arizona: Fast Facts on Trespassing Trespass Law Covers: Structures, dwellings, vehicles, enclosed/fenced landCrime Class: Misdemeanor or FelonyFencing Required? Yes, for land.Signage Required? Yes, if no verbal notice given.Verbal Notice Required? Not required in some instances. Arizona Trespassing Law Overview Arizona trespass law is interesting. It makes no accommodation for unfenced …

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Securing Your Bug-Out Vehicle Pre and Post SHTF

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For all kinds of preppers planning to bug out, your trusty bug-out vehicle is likely an essential component of your survival plans. Compared to walking out on foot hauling your heavy bug out bag, a bug-out vehicle will help you get farther, faster with drastically less effort all while hauling …

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Connecticut Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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Legal to Open Carry Any non-switchblade with a blade of 4” or lessAny switchblade with a blade of 1 ½” or less Legal to Carry Concealed Any non-switchblade with a blade of 4” or lessAny switchblade with a blade of 1 ½” or less Notes: Assisted opening knives likely fit …

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3 Ways to Remove Heavy Metals from Your Drinking Water

Heavy metal contamination of drinking water is a serious threat both pre- and post SHTF. These elemental contaminants can cause serious short and long-term health effects when they start to build up in the body, and almost all of them are readily ingested through drinking water. To make matters even …

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Can Sleeping Bags Be Zipped Together?

If you are going on a trip and can’t bear to be parted from your significant other by your sleeping bag, you can’t just toss the bags in the vehicle or backpack and say, “We’ll just zip them together when we arrive,” – it’s not quite that easy. Zipping sleeping …

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How Will FEMA and the Government Handle SHTF?

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Preppers spend a lot of time figuring out what they’re going to do when the SHTF, where they’re going to go, how they’re going to get there, what they’ll take with them and who, hopefully, will be there waiting for them. When disaster strikes, and I mean real disaster, you …

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NY City Bugout – A Real World Example

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Every prepper should be aware of their local situation and have a bugout plan. To properly bug out you need to be acutely aware of your surroundings, have a movement plan, and have a final location. This article will look at the challenges of an urban bug out through the …

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Do Sleeping Bags Lose Their Warmth?

Discussions about what sleeping bag to choose often center around how warm they are going to keep you. But you need to know how long are they expected to keep you warm and what factors will affect the quality of your sleep. Sleeping bags do lose their warmth, and much …

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These 8 Emergencies Will Get You to Use Your Safe Room


Proper safe rooms are seen as something of a bucket list item for most preppers: A fortified sanctuary within your own home, a citadel where you and your family can retreat in case of trouble to remain safe, no matter what is happening. It is an appealing concept, but more …

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How Long Does a Ferro Rod Last?

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Ferro rods are nearly ubiquitous among preppers and outdoorsmen, and feature prominently in all kinds of DIY and off-the-shelf survival kits. These compact metallic rods along with their equally small strikers are capable of producing a shower of sparks in any weather conditions, perfect for fire starting in austere environments. …

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Nevada Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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The Essentials Legal to Carry Openly or Concealed Any knife of any kind except a machete, see below for details Nevada Knife Law Overview Nevada is a state with extremely knife friendly laws; you can carry almost any kind of knife you want, any length, any style, any action, concealed …

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How to Make a Fire Escape Plan for Your Home

Every single year in the United States, the United States Fire Administration tallies anywhere from 350,000 to 450,000 thousand residential house fires. The results of these fires are billions of dollars in property damage, tens of thousands of injuries and thousands of deaths. A house fire is one of the …

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Tactical vs. Survival Knife: What’s the Difference?

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Often in prepping circles the debate over what choice of knife one should carry as part of their bug-out equipment pops up. Should you carry a tactical knife or a survival knife? Both? And what’s the difference, anyway? Isn’t one big knife as good as any other for prepping? Not …

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Should You Drink Post-SHTF Tap Water?

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Water is a vital provision for preppers and is always high up on lists of items you must have in order to be prepared for disasters large and small. This is for a very good reason as you can only survive a few days without water before you dehydrate and …

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Zeppelin Bend Knot: Step by Step How to Tie It

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The Zeppelin Bend is the best, strongest bend one can possibly use for joining two lines of similar diameter. It is very unlikely to slip open or jam shut, and can be untied fairly easily having been loaded (though like most bends, not while loaded). Additional Information In spite of …

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