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When backpacking, it may not be essential to create a fire each day if you are equipped with a Jetboil or quick stove, but quite often you might want to for either for warmth or to mix up your cooking. There are many options for starting a fire that range from very primitive to high tech, but with any method you’ll need something to initiate the initial spark or flame. Each time I go camping I always give myself a few choices for my flame/spark creation. For my first option, I currently have a Gerber edition fire starter, but there are many kinds on the market to accomplish a quick spark. These are reliable and lightweight but can prove to be a real challenge if the materials you are trying to light are damp with moisture. Don’t be fooled, starting a fire with one or two strikes is harder than they make it look in the movies. Also, don’t become discouraged if it doesn’t work and you have to fall back on another option. Keep practicing! I also carry with me a trusty BIC mini lighter for an instant flame. If those two options are not working, I travel with one...
While spending time outdoors and trekking through forests, mountains, plains, deserts, or wherever else you are headed, there are some important things you should do to ensure your safety while you are exploring. Many of the steps are simple and do not take much time, but they can be life saving and will help keep you from getting into danger. If you are making plans to head out soon, keep these tips in mind:   Always tell a friend where you are headed. Make contact with a friend and let them know a little bit of information about your upcoming journey before you leave, even if you’re not traveling alone. A few key elements to include are exact location and route you are taking, who is with you and when your expected departure and return dates are. Also be sure you have each other’s phone numbers not only in your phone but written down. This is important because if your phone dies you can still contact them with a friend’s phone since you still have their number handy.   Have enough water and/or water filtration solutions. This is maybe the most important aspect to plan for before leaving on an extended...
So you’ve decided to embark on the vacation of a lifetime. You’re set on testing your determination as well as your wilderness survival skills and you plan on doing so together with your family. That’s great! Living in today’s concrete jungles will have any city-dweller seeking a vacation that ensures a rush of adrenaline and a survival vacation is the perfect choice. Think about it: there are basic survival skills that you’ll need, but you’ll be that much better off after having mastered them. The question is, how do you know which skills you need to master before booking such a vacation, and most importantly, what is it that you should have in your backpack before departing? This guide will answer both questions, so read on through!   Need-to-Have Survival Gear: Wilderness Survival Checklist A wilderness survival vacation is a unique experience that you can take part in together with your family. It’s fun and educational and can generate powerful bonds between you and the members of your family. Nevertheless, such a vacation does come with a number of hazards that can turn a great idea into a very bad memory. That’s why you and your family members will have...
You’ve got your hammock set up, your bug net on, but your rain tarp isn’t cooperating? It’s probably just the knot! Check out the bowline!
He likes roughing it. She prefers a working toilet. The only tech gear he needs is a handheld GPS and a solar-powered radio. She can’t fall asleep without the TV on. And the kids are an entirely different story. But everybody in the family loves to camp — it’s just finding that happy balance. The following is a guide to keep everyone in the family happy when taking a journey into nature. Find glampers holding hands with survivalists during this great compromise.   Choose Your Spot You’re setting the tone of the entire trip when you choose your location, so choose wisely. Find a campsite with spots that are a little further down the dirt trail, as they will be less crowded. People typically stop at the first campsite they see, so keep moving. If you can pitch the tent near a pretty stream or somewhere with an ocean view, it will add to the glamour of the trip. Be sure there’s a spot for the hammock. There’s nothing better than coming back to camp after a long day of hiking in the sun, kicking off your boots, and falling back into the ultimate relaxation station. The only problem is...
Has the end of your hammock knot come undone? Just want to have a go at tying it your self? Here’s a step by step guide (complete with a reversing truck :-)) Happy Hammocking!
“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” This ancient Chinese proverb speaks of the importance of survival through self-reliance, and now is as good a time as any to prepare your family for survival has come.

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