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Survival tips, advice, and affordable gear for the beginner and intermediate wilderness survivor.

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Gear Review: Gerber Strongarm

One of my first truly good knives was the Gerber Strongarm, which I purchased almost 4 years ago. Up until that point my nicest...
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Gear Review: Condor Bushlore Knife

Now that the weather has turned cold, it’s time to build fires more frequently while out on my weekly excursions into the woods. While...
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Fundamentals of Wilderness Survival

Introduction       Every year hundreds of people get lost in the wilderness. Many end up in dangerous situations that could have been avoided. Some unlucky...
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The Ultimate Fatwood Hunting Guide

      Fatwood goes by many names including lighter wood, pine knot, lighter'd wood, and fat lighter. For those of you who aren't familiar with...
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How To Build The Perfect Campfire

When you hear the term camping, what comes to mind? For me: The image of camping I get is sitting in the dark, watching the flames...
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WEW: Wood Sorrel

This week's wild edible is Wood Sorrel!-Wood sorrel is also known as Oxalis which translated means “sour”. This is due to the oxalic acid...
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5 Natural Tinder Sources for Your Next Campfire

        Imagine getting to camp, setting everything set up and ready to go. It's time to eat and unfortunately for you, your...
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WEW: Early Saxifrage

  This week's wild edible is Early Saxifrage!           Early Saxifrage goes by many names including Everlasting Lungwort, Sweet Wilson, Virginia Saxifrage, and Lettuce Saxifrage....
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WEW: Indian Cucumber Root

  This week's wild edible is Indian Cucumber Root!           Many people mistakenly call Indian cucumber root wild cucumber. In reality, it's not a cucumber...
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WEW: Hen of the Woods (Maitake)

  This week's wild edible is Maitake aka Hen of the Woods!           Hen of the woods is a top choice mushroom for...