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Q&A Nails in an emergency/survival kit

After reading this question about emergency kits, I noticed that no one mentioned nails. Why shouldn't we include 10 or 12, common 6d (2", 6 penny) nails in the kit? Ten 6d nails weigh about an o...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by B540Glenn‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Q&A Jumping off of a cliff into water - survival tips

Another scary scenario: Let's say you're in a situation where you have to jump off of a cliff into the water to survive. The cliff is at least 100 feet high. What would be the best way to surviv...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by mph85‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can you navigate without a compass or GPS

What are the ways you can navigate when you don't have a compass or a GPS? For example how can you tell which way is north.

10 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Gabriel Solomon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it warmer to sleep in a car or in a tent?

Is it warmer to sleep in a car or in a tent? Suppose that our old internal-combustion-engine car breaks down in a remote place at -30°C, -40°C, or -50°C, and the engine won't run at all. Suppose ...

12 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are essential items in an emergency kit?

What are must-have items in an emergency kit for a multi-day hiking trip?

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Pekka‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to measure the temperature without a thermometer?

We are in the wild and need to know how cold/hot it is. How can we measure the temperature if we don't have any thermometers? Can we build something similar, etc.? It doesn't have to be necessaril...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How long does water need to be boiled for to kill all bacteria / viruses?

This has come up a few times in a few other questions, but I've heard varying opinions from different people in a number of answers and comments on here - some saying that just boiling for a moment...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Surfacing out of a sunken ship/submarine - Survival Tips

Here is a scary scenario: Let's say you were in a ship or submarine that sunk to the bottom of the ocean. No scuba gear, no oxygen tank, nothing. The depth of the ocean is such that nitrogen le...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by mph85‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Water preparation on desert hiking

I have heard that if you drink a lot of water as a habit, the body doesn't do much retention. Therefore, if you are preparing for a hiking in the desert where not much water will be available, is...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by userS‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can any automotive fluids be made safe to drink?

My vehicle has broken down in the middle of a desert, I have some tools but I am out of water. I have the ability to make a fire. I know that drinking antifreeze is fatal, but I am wondering i...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What signs can I use to navigate a cave if lost?

I'm working on a story where a character gets trapped in a cave but use his knowledge as a weatherman to navigate and escape! Are the any weather-related clues you could use to escape a cave specif...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jori Richman‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to react to an aggressive boar

As far as I know, boars are pretty aggressive when they have piglets. In the appropriate season, one might happen to hike into the path of an overprotective mother and get attacked. How do I reac...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What materials from nature can you use to build a pair of skis on a mountain?

I'm working on a survival story and want to make it authentic. If you were stranded on a mountain trying to get down as fast as possible, what would you do? EDIT: What if this was after a plane cr...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jori Richman‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a portable fluoride water filter?

Is there a portable water filter product (for backpacking), like the following two... MSR AutoFlow Gravity Filter by MSR, which seems to filter relatively large volumes of water (~4 Liters) quick...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Arya‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you boil/decontaminate water with heat from a magnifying glass?

A bit hypothetical, but ruling out being able to use a solar still, or the SODIS method, could you make water drinkable by using the suns heat through a magnifying glass? Paper self ignites at 451...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Nate W‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How real is the danger of suffocation in an Igloo?

Last weekend I spent a night in an igloo. The event was organised by professionals (it was a company retreat) and during the night there was always one of the guides awake making rounds and checkin...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by fgysin reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A In an emergency situation, is it healthy to eat human flesh?

We all know these scary stories where people had to eat their fellow sufferers after a plane crash or something. I don't know if there is even one of them true. I feel like it might result into mor...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is "survival" paracord with fire starter strand dangerous

There are a number of "survival" products on the market that integrate "extra" strands into the standard paracord (US MIL spec, ~4mm accessory cord, usually 7 strand nylon or cotton) Most of them...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by crasic‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Transition to "Starvation Mode" in Survival Situations

The textbook "Fundamentals of Search and Rescue" in Chapter 6 describes the priorities of needs in survival situations. The priorities listed are Air Shelter Rest Signals/Communication Water Food...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by crasic‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What formation to best survive a flood?

I just heard of an incident where a group of people were caught unprepared by a flood. It is known as the "Bulacan State University Field Trip", Looking at the images online, I couldn't help but po...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Undisputed007‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?

Some time ago, while driving on a snowy road, someone told me a kind of horror story. It involved a guy who was driving alone with an old car on an overland road in Siberia during winter, so the t...

14 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ahemmetter‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A If you are stranded at sea with a basic set of fishing equipment, how reliable of a food supply are fish?

We have a question about desalinating water while stranded at sea, and another that asks if you can get desalinated water from eating fish. However, even if you could get desalinated water from fi...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to escape a cave in an emergency situation?

I have been doing a lot of cave climbing recently. So I am not talking about your average tourist cave, I talk about real miles deep labyrinth like caves, where nature never thought of humans getti...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Andreas Schwab‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Uses of a rabbit in a survival situation?

Let's say your plane crashes and you end up in a forest in a cold Russian winter miles away from civilization. You have lost all your clothing; completely butt naked. You manage to get fire and m...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Edgar Politto‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you shoot and eat animals such as deer and stuff on England or is that specified as poaching?

I don’t know if shooting animals and eating them such as catch and cook in England is specified as poaching these days so anyone who gets what I’m actually trying to say I would appreciate if u do ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Ghost083 Playz‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I desalinate ocean water enough for cleaning or showering?

I'm planning for a long cruise in my small yacht. The water tank in the yacht has enough clean water to drink, but not quite enough for showers, cleaning the dishes etc.. Desalinating ocean water...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user13107‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you make an emergency water filter and purifier?

How do you make an effective water filter using the natural elements of the great outdoors? Suppose your only source of water was dirty and questionable at best. How could you make it potable with...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What types of food make for good emergency rations that I can store in a car?

I have a backpack with emergency survival gear for my car. The scenario being it might take a couple of days of walking to get someplace that money and/or a credit card will increase my chances of...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When will a rattlesnake strike?

There are a few questions about how to avoid rattlers, and what to do if you're bit, but at what point does a rattler actually strike? I had my first rattler encounter ever yesterday, just out in...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it possible to 'live off the sea'

I've recently become aware of the american 'survivalist' or 'prepper' phenomenon. The general idea seems to be that 'something bad' (exactly what seems to vary) is going to happen, civilization w...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by ConanTheGerbil‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Mimosa Pudica (touch-me-not) medicinal uses and edibility

I started reading about an interesting plant that is common around here called Mimosa Pudica, known as "touch-me-not" because of its leaves that close upon touching. It seems to be a plant with va...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by IanC‭

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Q&A Surviving a forest fire by starting another fire

Awhile back I heard on CBC radio about a man who got trapped in a forest fire (surrounded on all sides) and survived. The way he survived was so ridiculous that he was brought to court and almost f...

3 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by dudeofea‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Eating ash in Soviet Union

My Polish grandfather in early 1950's was sent by communist regime to a gulag. People were starving there and malnourishment was common, so they came up with idea of burning some kind of trees and ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by user46147‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What knot is this that starts off like a taut line hitch but ends differently?

I thought that Les Stroud was about to make a taut line hitch. But at the end he did a couple of things a little different. What is this knot? Does it hold better than a taut line hitch?

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Don Branson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How much land would one family need for sustainable food production?

Help me settle an argument. How big a patch of temperate wilderness terrain would you need to produce enough food to feed a family of four (two adults, two teens) indefinitely in an off the grid o...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by hacksalot‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I eat when I don't have anything to drink in a survival situations?

I've had a pretty interesting discussion beneath this survival question. A source given in the answer to this question states that you shouldn't eat when dehydration can become or is a problem: ...

0 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I eat when I don't have anything to drink in a survival situations?

I've had a pretty interesting discussion beneath this survival question. A source given in the answer to this question states that you shouldn't eat when dehydration can become or is a problem: ...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A In the absence of lead, what can I use for a projectile in a flintlock rifle?

A flintlock rifle is a weapon that can be indefinitely reloaded without any reliance on infrastructure. Gunpowder can be made from resources commonly found in the outdoors (urine as the nitrate sou...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Avoid swimming into climbing plants/creepers

As far as I know there is a danger of swimming into "climbing plants/creebers" in lakes. This can bring you in an extremely dangerous situation where you tangle up more and more cause you panic. ...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by OddDeer‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What does it take to become a wilderness skills guide as a business?

I see lots of schools around different states and countries that teach wilderness skills and they seem to vary a lot in their basis (that is, what qualifies them to do what they do). Some are led b...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by cr0‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are survival tools I should have when in the wilderness?

When venturing out into the wilderness, what are crucial things I should bring?

1 answer  ·  posted 11y ago by wyocalboy‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it possible to make a slingshot from "Natural" resources?

According to Wikipedia, slingshots did not exist prior to the invention of vulcanized rubber. Slingshots depend on strong elastic materials, typically vulcanized natural rubber or the equivalen...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by James Jenkins‭

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Q&A What woods have been used to build primitive shelters in northern climates, especially around the Adirondacks Mountains?

I'm exploring primitive shelter building in northern cool temperate climates. I mean primitive as a compliment: the prime, first, original, indigenous, low-tech/base-tech. Things like the Haudenosa...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by cr0‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you eat pine needles in an emergency?

If you are in a survival situation in the woods and really hungry, and you are unsure about which plants are edible, can you eat pine needles?

5 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by wyocalboy‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the minimum amount of gear that would allow one to ascend a climbing rope?

If you had a climbing rope anchored above you on either a sheer cliff or a really steep incline, what is the minimum amount of gear that a person would need to ascend the rope without assistance fr...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Does eating snow help dehydration?

I have heard many people say that eating snow actually can increase dehydration since the energy required for the body to heat up and melt the snow is greater than the benefits received from the mo...

8 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Lost‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Tree bark as food

I saw a youtube video where this guy skinned a spruce tree stick and ate the bark while claiming it is nutritious. That got me curious since trees are everywhere and this could be a great tip so I ...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Karl‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the best way to cross a wide river in winter?

Conditions: I live near a wide (~1000ft or 300m) and fairly deep river across from the area where I work. This area is slightly earthquake prone -- near a fault line that has had multiple magnitu...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Cryptc‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can I heat a shelter with fire?

So I built my survival shelter and I decide a nice fire would really warm things up. Is there a way I can build a fire that would heat the shelter without too much smoke? I know I could make the sh...

5 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by MaskedPlant‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Salt Vs Smoke as a preservative

A recent question about travelling with dried food where the recipe did not include salt caused the OP some concern. As far as I know salt just dries out food. So if you get the food completely d...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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