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Three Key Outdoor Survival Skills to Learn

Three Key Outdoor Survival Skills to Learn

Three Hallmark Outdoor Skills There are a plethora of wilderness skills and topics to learn depending on your interests, whether mountaineering, canoeing, fly-fishing, or hunting. The bushcraft and survival realm are no different. Like studying a martial art, each field has its own set of basics and I’ve listed what I consider to be the… Continue >>>

Cold-Weather Firemaking Challenge or How to Prevent Hypothermia

Cold-Weather Survival Firemaking Challenge This is something I do with my students in my winter survival classes and quite frequently in my backyard when the snow is coming down. It is -1 degrees today in Flagstaff so it seemed like a good time to practice. It’s one thing to start a survival fire under controlled… Continue >>>

Rigging Tarps and Ponchos for Survival Shelters

  Whether it’s for camping or survival, a lightweight tarp can be a trusty friend. I use one regularly for sleeping out, coping with a brief storm on a dayhike, or when I’m shade-hungry in the desert. In addition to a Heatsheet in my shirt pocket, I always carry a small 6’x8′ blue tarp in… Continue >>>

A Primer for Living Off the Land

A Primer for Living Off the Land

by Tony Nester, Survival Instructor Hunting & Gathering Procuring food in the wilderness is perhaps the most challenging skill in the field of wilderness living and one that is often misunderstood even in the survival community. Once learned and regularly applied, such skills will provide you with greater confidence in the backcountry and show you… Continue >>>

Surviving in the Land of Little Water

Surviving in the Land of Little Water

by Tony Nester, Survival Instructor The desert can be an unforgiving place for a stranded hiker. Here are a few tips to help beat the heat and handle an unexpected emergency in the wilds. This article originally appeared in Backpacker Magazine. Desert Garb – Tips for beating the heat Think like a cowboy here- ever… Continue >>>

Desert Garb and Survival Gear for the Southwest

Desert Garb and Survival Gear for the Southwest

by Tony Nester, Survival Instructor Hats Let’s go top to bottom and start with headwear. A wide-brimmed hat is an essential item for desert travelers unless you want your face to turn into a piece of driftwood. There’s a bevy of types from cowboy to Indiana Jones style explorer hats. I have bounced back and… Continue >>>

Bail-Out Kits, Bug-Out Bags, & Emergency Gear for Urban Disasters

Bail-Out Kits, Bug-Out Bags, & Emergency Gear for Urban Disasters

by Tony Nester, Survival Instructor There has been a lot of attention brought to the term Bug-Out Bag on forums and in the media over the years. Just what should go into such a bag and how can you assemble a quality kit yourself? Essentially, you want a lightweight backpack stowed in your office or… Continue >>>

Surviving an Unexpected Night in the Desert

Surviving an Unexpected Night in the Desert

by Tony Nester, Survival Instructor Each year, there are numerous stories about lost hikers or hunters in the desert who succumb to the elements. Many of these tragedies are preventable and involve a little preparation on the front end coupled with a dose of common sense while on the trail. During the past twenty years… Continue >>>

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2532 N 4th St, PMB #313
Flagstaff, Arizona 86004-3712
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Survival Fit?

Something that is rarely addressed in the survival community or on forums is the need to stay fit as an integral part of your preparedness plans. This is especially true when you are a traveler, spending inordinate amounts of time sitting in terminals, taxis, buses, or in meetings along with constantly eating in restaurants. What’s… Continue >>>

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