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We’ve all fantasized about it, well, at least I know I have. Watching Home Alone as Kevin McAllister defends what’s his with a variety of different booby traps against the two burglar’s intent on robbing the place. Ultimately, he prevails over the bad guys, and the police turn up to cart them away. Inspiring a whole generation of kids who would watch the movie every year at Christmas time. It’s like the PG version of Predator, where Arnold Schwarzenegger improvised a number of traps in the wild to take down his alien opponent. But here’s the thing. In real life,...

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To me, there’s no question serious survivalists should consider installing an underground bunker on their properties. It’s just a no-brainer. Packed under the earth, a sturdy shelter provides an ample defense against a wide range of potential threats. Minimizing the chances you’re hurt in a natural disaster like a tornado or a hurricane, or even man-made threats that put the lives of you and your family at risk. But even more than the protection a bunker offers, is how well it’s hidden. Once you’re inside, you are rather vulnerable to anyone who is knocking on the other side of your...

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Considering we live in the age of smartphones and GPS, where a tiny little voice can direct you on the exact path to follow, and you’re constantly getting live updates that ping to your exact location, my kids often ask me why I even bother with maps. Well here’s the thing. In my opinion a good map is far more reliable than an electronic device. Should you get caught in the rain, need it for more than a day, or wander into an area without cell service, understanding the basics of navigating with a map will ensure you get where...

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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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