Against All Odds: Fire Lays

The way an outdoorsman arranges his firewood for a campfire, cook fire, signal fire, council fire, or just a quick boil is generally called a fire lay. Let’s go back to what it may have been like for most of us the first few times we tried to make a fire. Whether the fire was

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Against All Odds: Making Primeval Weapons

In January 2013, 36-year-old Air Force Veteran David Decareaux, his two sons, 8 and 10, and his dog were out hiking on a Missouri trail when the weather unexpectedly turned sour. After missing the turn back to their lodge, a survival situation started to play out as they always do—a series of cascading events for

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Against All Odds: Chest Seals: Making The Concepts Stick

The tool bag of the tactical medical first responder includes a finite and easily mastered collection of devices. In tactical medicine, each piece requires not just an understanding of how it is applied and for what indication, but also facility of the application while under duress. In order to master care under fire, practice and

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Against All Odds: Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel

Sometimes bad things happen in the wilderness, and often the best way to get out of a bad situation is by using an electronic device. Cellular and satellite phones, GPS devices and radios are among the items that come in handy when things go wrong. Along with electronic devices comes the need for electronic power.

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Against All Odds: Survival Bushcraft 101: Knives

Bushcrafting is long-term wilderness living, depending on skills and knowledge. These skills teach a deep respect for nature and make life in the wild not only bearable, but also comfortable. Although other tools are required for bush living, this article will focus primarily on the knife. In the United States, we use the term survival

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Against All Odds: A.R.S. Dog Tag Survival Knife

Escape and Evasion (E&E) is probably one of the oldest survival skills known to man. In fact, it would be safe to say that as long as man has inhabited the Earth, there have been other men trying to shackle and hold him prisoner for some reason. Due to this, E&E tools were improvised and

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Against All Odds: USMC Survival Kit

During a tactical training class I attended several years ago, the question of survival/E&E (escape & evasion) kits came up. After a quick round-table discussion, it became clear that the students’ definition of survival gear was extra food.

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Against All Odds: Constructing Natural Shelters

In the November issue, we covered simple shelters that can easily be located and utilized in various wilderness environments without tools or any actual building. In this article, I’ll cover shelters that can be constructed using common tools you may be carrying on your person during a hunt, fishing expedition, hike or while out shooting

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