Archive for ' Outdoor Survival'

Ponds as Emergency Water Sources Posted:July 23, 2014 By:Jim Acosta

Ponds as Emergency Water Sources

In many parts of the United States, ponds are as common as bees. Often the results of periodic flooding in river basins, ponds are an important part of local ecosystems. Many an adult can recall a [...]

Six maps you need for an urban evacuation Posted:July 22, 2014 By:Leon Pantenburg

Six maps you need for an urban evacuation

Let’s assume an urban disaster scenario, and you must leave quickly. How will you find your way? What maps do you need? We’re talking about the printed, paper in hand type. Don’t plan to rely on [...]

How to Always Be Prepared, No Matter Where You Are Posted:July 19, 2014 By:Jim Cobb

How to Always Be Prepared, No Matter Where You Are

When you get right down to it, prepping is all about planning ahead, right? We stock up on food, water, and other supplies so we have them at the ready, come what may. All that, though, [...]

Keep it Simple and Survive!™: 8 Keys to Survival, Part 2 Posted:July 16, 2014 By:Robert Camp

Keep it Simple and Survive!™: 8 Keys to Survival, Part 2

Even the best prepared outdoors person can find themselves in difficult straits sometimes, a true survival event. If you backpack, raft, climb, ski, snowboard, mountain bike, sail, fish, hunt, snowmobile or just love to go on [...]

7 Pieces of Essential Wilderness Survival Gear Posted:June 14, 2014 By:Jim Cobb

7 Pieces of Essential Wilderness Survival Gear

Time and again, we see news stories involving people who became lost in the woods during a routine hike or camping trip. It happens all the time and, unfortunately, sometimes these stories have a very tragic [...]

Keep it Simple and Survive!™: 8 Keys to Outdoor Survival, Part 1 Posted:June 12, 2014 By:Robert Camp

Keep it Simple and Survive!™: 8 Keys to Outdoor Survival, Part 1

The first axiom of survival is that the most successfully handled emergency is the one which is prevented. However, if you are in the outdoors long enough, or even if you are not the outdoor type, you [...]

How to Safely Cross a Stream on Your Family Hike Posted:May 14, 2014 By:Robert Camp

How to Safely Cross a Stream on Your Family Hike

One of the most dangerous obstacles you can encounter on a family hike is a stream or small river crossing, especially one that is unplanned. With hundreds of crossings under my feet, I have learned that [...]

Wild Violets: 10 ways to put them to use Posted:May 04, 2014 By:Kathleen Marshall

Wild Violets: 10 ways to put them to use

Though pretty, many people look at wild violets as a scourge that kills the lawn. They are further frustrated by the fact that wild violets are really hard to control. But I have good news. Instead [...]

Try it Today! Make your own waterproof, fire-starting Fire Straws Posted:April 21, 2014 By:Jim Cobb

Try it Today! Make your own waterproof, fire-starting Fire Straws

Having the means to get a fire going is a vital part of any survival kit. While there are many natural forms of tinder available in the wild, in damp, rainy conditions it may be difficult [...]

Getting found when you’re lost: 4 low-tech strategies Posted:April 11, 2014 By:The Survival Mom

Getting found when you’re lost: 4 low-tech strategies

By contributing writer, Jim Cobb. Getting lost in the wilderness can be dangerous, not to mention frightening.  Search and rescue teams are trained how to track people, of course, but you can do them a big [...]