Winter can present a unique challenge to the outdoor enthusiast. With frigid temperatures and unpredictable weather disasters — from blizzards to avalanches — it’s best to be prepared for anything. As winter weather moves in, you don’t have to be relegated to indoor activities for the next several months. Incorporate these wilderness survival tips into your usual habits to have a safe and fun outdoor winter excursion. Use the Buddy System There’s safety in numbers. Avoid the common, foolhardy mistake… Read More »

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(Be sure to check out part one and part two of this series!) All of your preparation and boring administrative work is about to pay off now that you’re actually getting ready to run your event. In this article we’ll talk about event flow and how to keep people from falling asleep in their seats as well as getting contact information and setting the momentum for the next event. This part should be the most fun of all the work… Read More »

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To be a survivalist means by nature to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. To acquire skills that you may never once need to use in your life, but if the day ever comes that you do, you face that adversary with both confidence and grace. Lock picking is one of those offbeat skills that any capable survivor should acquire, especially those who live in an urban environment. Lock picking has many negative connotations associated with it… Read More »

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“This is how hikers die,” I thought, watching my husband half walk, half slip down a sheer rock face. We were in the middle of a week-long backpacking trip in Colorado’s Rahwah Wildnerness and things had taken a turn for the worse. We’d spent the morning hiking above tree line, with only cairns (rock piles meant to guide hikers) marking an otherwise indistinguishable trail. By midday we realized it had been an hour since we’d last seen a trail marker…. Read More »

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Perhaps nature’s most devastating natural disaster in terms of magnitude and costs, flooding amounts to losses worth billions of dollars and thousands of lives, each year. It doesn’t help that, as global weather worsens, the risk of low-land floods is rising. The world’s no. 1 natural disaster, floods can happen anywhere, anytime – even in areas that don’t receive a lot of rainfall or water. That’s why it’s so important to be well-prepared for floods, no matter where you live…. Read More »

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