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Despite being one of the most important outdoor skills, I’ve seen firsthand just how many people struggle with building a campfire. Whether it’s smothering a new fire with too much green wood, failing to properly prepare, or not creating a base that allows air to flow, all of these are mistakes that will work against you as you try in vain to get yours to light. It’s not rocket science to start a fire, but you’ll have a lot more success if you avoid these mistakes. Don’t start a fire anywhere For starters, you need to choose the right location....

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If the grid is taken down during winter, many families are going to be in for a shocking surprise. Because without power, without the ability to keep your home warm, it’s going to get real cold, really fast. Creating a potentially dangerous environment if the temperature drops too far, as you risk frostbite, hypothermia and even death. But staying warm isn’t impossible, even in the middle of winter, so long as you’re following this advice. We’ve been through several winters now on our homestead, and have managed through one where we lost connection to the outside world for just on...

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If you’re ever stranded in the wild, knowing how to signal for help might be just be the thing that saves your life. Alerting rescuers, onlookers, or anyone else in the area to your location, so you can get the help you need. But unfortunately, too many people these days rely on their phones. We’re so connected, we’ve come to take it for granted. We always think someone can be there at the push of a button, that we can broadcast or livestream or even call for help, but what if that option is gone?  What if you’ve run out...

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As January hits in full swing there’s no doubt winter is here. Over at my place we’ve had the first snow already, and everyone who didn’t prepare yet is hastily fitting snow tires and getting their cars ready for what’s looking like another big winter. Because getting stuck in the snow is no laughing matter, in fact, it’s a situation that can quickly turn deadly for the unprepared. And considering how chaotic the last 12 months have been, it’s important to ensure your car is ready for a winter bug out, so you can safely make it wherever it is...

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I’ve always been a big fan of fishing, and when the temperature drops and the lakes freeze over it’s the perfect time to try your hand at ice fishing. You can catch almost all the same fish as you’ll find in the lake during summer, and if you’re stuck and looking for protein in a survival situation it’s a reliable food source when everything else looks like an icy wasteland. But I also want to give a word of warning. Walking out onto a frozen lake to fish can be dangerous, especially if the ice isn’t thick enough. Falling into...

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