Category Archive: Wilderness survival

Practical Tips About Building Tarps and Shelters

There are a lot of different types of shelters out there, and we’ve talked about some easy ways to use tarps to build rudimentary ones .  This is a good time to re-visit the topic and add some additional suggestions as more and more people head outdoors during the summer.  Let’s take a look at some practical …

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Five Types of Fires That Everyone Needs to Know How to Build

Five Types of Fires That Everyone Needs to Know How to Build There are a lot of different types of fires out there, and each one is designed for a specific purpose.  Some can be used for cooking while others are meant to be a radiant source of heat.  Others can be used to send …

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How to Make a Rudimentary Fish Corral

How to Make a Rudimentary Fish Corral A fish corral is ideal for small rivers or streams, and it can serve as both a trap as well as a way to contain the fish until they are ready to be eaten.  Putting a corral in the right place can save you time and effort while …

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How to Clear Muddy Water Prior to Filtration

How to Clear Muddy Water Prior to Filtration One of the biggest challenges in the field is finding water that is suitable for purification.  However, there are times when the only water available may be cloudy or murky.  There is a solution that can address this problem very easily, and processing water only takes a …

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How to Tie a Square Lashing in a Few Simple Steps

How to Tie a Square Lashing in a Few Simple Steps Square lashing is a simple and effective method to use to connect pieces together in the form of a square.  You see this type of lashing in a variety of different applications, from building walls, frames and supports to making boxes and even rudimentary …

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How to Make Common Stopper Knots

How to Make Common Stopper Knots Stopper knots are used at the end of ropes or cordage to secure whatever they are holding in place.  Most of them are very easy to tie, and slight variations exist that are designed to provide specific benefits.  Let’s take a look at a few common examples of common …

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How to Build a Rudimentary Day Time Signal Fire

How to Build a Rudimentary Day Time Signal Fire   A good signal fire can be seen for miles in some cases, especially if someone from the air notices the smoke and flame.  Building one can help you to attract attention when you want it, but it’s important to make it as effective as possible.  …

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How to Make Matches That Can Strike Anywhere

How to Make Matches That Can Strike Anywhere Matches are a fundamental component of any survival kit, and it’s important that they can be lit when needed.  Unfortunately, strike pads on the sides of matchboxes can become wet or worn after only a few uses.  Let’s look at a way to re-process matches, so they …

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How to Build a Star Fire and Why it’s Important to Learn

How to Build a Star Fire and Why it’s Important to Learn A star fire is one of the simplest and low-maintenance fires to construct, and it’s ideal to use in areas that are flat and dry.  It was the fire of choice by many Native Americans out west for centuries, and its effectiveness is …

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DIY Insect Repellent

DIY Insect Repellent Ingredients: Dettol Baby oil Methylated spirits or rubbing alcohol. High purity is best. Hair atomiser Funnel Directions: Take the spray bottle and funnel and add 1/3 parts Dettol, 1/3 parts Diggers, and 1/3 parts baby oil. Put the top back on and shake. That’s it.  This concoction will keep those pesky mosquitoes …

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