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Learn How to Make Pemmican

Vihljamur Stefansson, eminent anthropologist and arctic explorer, went on three expeditions into the Alaskan tundra during the first quarter of the 20th century. His discoveries – including the “blond” Inuit and previously uncharted Arctic lands – brought him renown on the world stage. People were fascinated by his approach to travel and exploration, the way he thrust himself fully into the native Inuit cultures he encountered. Stefansson studied their language,...

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Starting a fire in bad weather

Starting a fire in adverse weather The ability to start a fire when things are less than perfect. Considering how important the warmth from a fire can be when the temperatures drop, we should prepare spark a flame. Your chances of success will come with practice and perseverance. Attempt fire starting right after rainfall, or snow. Mimic possible environments you could possibly confront during a camping trip. There are several ways to tackle facing damp circumstances. We...

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Survival Uses for Sage

Sage – the culinary seasoning that makes its way into so many holiday recipes – should also make its way into your herbal preps kit. Here’s some of the best preparedness uses for sage. Although it is usually only valued as an ingredient in savory dishes nowadays,  sage (salvia officinalis) has been valued for health and healing for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks as well as Chinese used varieties of sage for an astounding number of health problems. Common...

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DIY: Prepping with a Small Budget

First, I want to say that prepping can be done very successfully with little to no budget. In fact, I have said many times in the past but it probably needs to be repeated; those who prep with knowledge will be far better off than those who rely solely on their gear to survive.  In my opinion, knowledge it the key to surviving just about any situation. That being said, there are some advantages to being able to stockpile food, water, and some basic survival...

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DIY Building a Tracking Solar Panel System

Here's a great tutorial on how to build a DIY (do it yourself) tracking solar panel array.  Why spend thousands of dollars on this when you can do it yourself for much cheaper? This is a really cool solar panel tutorial. Make the most of a sunny day and create yourself a DIY solar panel tracker. The project is fairly simple and the instructions are easy to follow.   Trust me if I can follow this, so can you! The LED sensor senses the path of the sun and tells the...

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Time to get kids back outdoors, away from electronics

  This is where we've failed our children!  We need them to burn energy, learn skills and just be kids.  Not little drones that have but one skill, electronics!

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How to Make and Use Your own Solar Oven

Solar energy has been used for cooking since at least the 1700’s when Horase de Saussure, a Swiss naturalist, made a compact version of a greenhouse solar box cooker. If he could do it with the technology they had back then, then so can you.  Now solar ovens have gotten even better Not a lot has changed since the 1700’s with the underlying theories that support how to cook food with just the power of the sun but there have been a few advances, mainly due to...

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Survival Shelter Basics – Choosing a Site

When you are in a survival situation and realize that shelter is a high priority, start looking for shelter as soon as possible. As you do so, remember what you will need at the site. Two requisites are-- It must contain material to make the type of shelter you need. It must be large enough and level enough for you to lie down comfortably. When you consider these requisites, however, you cannot ignore your tactical situation or your safety. You must also consider...

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GAO Says that Agencies Need to Work Harder To Prevent EMT Threat

We all know that an EMT event in the United States or any modern society could literally send the country back to 3rd world status in a matter of days.   Now the GAO has come out and told agencies that it's time that agencies start looking at how to protect assets and our infrastructure from the threat of an EMP. A new report claims federal agencies need to better collaborate to prevent the impact of electromagnetic pulse attacks on the nation’s power grid. The...

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Survival Uses for Q-Tips

Q-tips are best known for helping to remove that waxy build up in our ears but do you really know how versatile they are?  Here are some great tips on how to use Q-tips in a survival situation. 1) They are great for fire starters.  Dipped in Vaseline they really are great for taking a spark and ignite easily 2) Great for cleaning in tight areas such as for cleaning your guns.  A must have in any gun cleaning kit 3) Wound cleaning - They are gentle and with a little...

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