Tag - survival

Sweet and Sticky Sap Survival Tips

I remember the first time I tasted real, pure maple syrup on my waffles – I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!  I was hooked but was quickly brought back to reality when I discovered a half gallon of pure Vermont maple syrup cost more than $50!  I was willing to justify the cost but was quickly vetoed by my budget conscious wife.  There are times I have to secretly purchase a small quantity and hid it in […]

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Basic Survival Skills You Should Know

Even if you are not an avid fan, there is a good chance you’ve seen at least one episode of Survivor, which aired for the first time in May 2000. If reality shows aren’t your thing, perhaps you’ve watched survival-related documentaries or fictional movies. It’s only natural to question what you would do if faced with potential life and death scenarios such as being stranded in the wilderness. However, most of us do not follow up on those thoughts […]

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Which Way Are You Going? – How to Find Directions in the Wilderness Without a Compass

It is a natural human reaction to panic a little when you lose your compass on a backpacking trip in the wilderness. However, it is possible to find directions without a compass. Here are a few tips to help you navigate backwoods territory even without your favorite, trustworthy compass.
The Sun, Moon, and Stars
The Sun: Since the beginning of civilization, humans have relied on the sun to navigate direction. You know that the sun rises in the east and sets […]

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Seven Things We Learned From Sandy

A year ago Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard affecting 24 states and causing damage from Florida to Main and even as far inland as Michigan and Wisconsin. The interesting thing about Sandy’s timing is that, thanks in part to shows like Doomsday Preppers, prepping had gone mainstream so lots of people got to test their plans. The other interesting thing is that lots of people who never thought they needed to prepare for a hurricane realized they were […]

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Foraging

It seems like everybody is headed to the back yard for salad these days! Foraging is a great skill to cultivate.  Now that it’s gaining popularity, there is even more information out there about how to do it well and how to do it safely. If you’re ready to forage for dinner or for a salad to go with your tasty Wise entrée (eh-hem), here are some tips:
Be sure you know what you’re eating
The first rule of foraging is […]

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