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Practical and theoretical advice on survival in several levels of difficulty and diverse environments: Outdoor survival, survival sports, NBC survival and combat, accidents and disaster survival, surviving in the water, forest and jungle survival, desert survival, polar, cold weather, and mountain survival; surviving animal attacks, building shelters, survival stories, using fire; urban survival and terrorism.

Do We Tend To Deviate From Our Path As We Walk And Navigate? - Although it is true that as we move and navigate thorough any kind of terrain errors accumulate, there is not a single reason that explains why we cannot navigate in perfectly straight lines.

A Survival Knife For Vehicles - All sorts of problems and even survival situations could unfold while you are travelling inside a car, a boat or an aircraft; a good survival knife could become then your best companion, but it must be of adequate design.

Survival Gear In A Piper Cub - The placement of any kind of survival gear in a plane with tandem seats should be considered with more care than in those that have side-by-side seats.

Let's Not Forget About Our Survival Gear While Flying Around - Flying often shouldn't lead us to forget that we are flying.

Is It Right To Violate The Law In Order To Survive? - If you have to opt between two evils; always opt for the lesser one.

The Survival Weapons Of Survivalists - In our culture, and particularly in the United States, the idea of a survivalist is that of a person armed with an assault rifle and dressed with a fur hat a la David Crockett, but that is a false stereotype, far away from the truth.

An introduction to survivalism (I) - A description of survival as a discipline and a complement to your outdoor activities by a seasoned patagonian explorer.

Your adventure footwear (I) - Some advice about trekking, adventure and mountaineering footwear.

Preventing dangerous situations (I) - Basic rules for preventive wilderness survival.

Survival tips and advice: Dehydration (I) - Some precautions that you should observe regarding weather during any excursion.

Survival advice: Waterproofing (I) - How to turn your clothes into waterproof garments.

Survival tips and advice: Watch out for boobytraps, (I) - If you want to travel to some parts of our world you should watch out for boobytraps, landmines and other dangers.

Survival tips: Making vessels for liquids and cooking (I) - Methods to improvise or manufacture vessels. Leather, pottery and more.

How To Retain Your Body Heat Better Using A Poncho When You Go To Sleep While Camping - A poncho is an essential component of any survival kit, and as such, it can be used in as many different situations and ways as you can imagine. One of such ways is that of a blanket; there are some ponchos with inner liners that can actually work exactly like blankets, but in this case we are interested in something a little bit different: Our poncho blanked, instead of covering our body right on top, will cover our sleeping bag.

When Fire Doesn't Burn: Boiling Water Inside a Plastic Bottle - Common sense would tell us that plastic burns and melts if touched or influenced by fire or heat, but this survival technique proves that you can actually boil water inside a plastic vessel put over a fire with no structural damage.

Outdoor and Survival Tips - Beware of Flash Floods - Deep canyons and gorges in the wilderness are places that entail some sort of atavistic attractiveness for any trekker or explorer, but they can be hazardous because of flash floods.

Emergencies during wilderness trips (I) - A description about how to handle them within the framework of a group.

We Will Die Tomorrow, We Survived Yesterday, So Let's Have Fun! - The passion for games of all sorts could have finally disappeared after so many years of medieval doctrines of religious devotion; nevertheless, the Black Death came and revived all what priests have fought against in this regard, and soon they found themselves in need of making good use of betting money in order to assure the survival of society itself.

Steps to follow during a wilderness emergency (I) - A set of logically consistent steps for surviving any accident or disaster.

Primitive Comfort And Privacy - In order to maintain health and hygiene to minimum standards: overcrowding is not good for the health of a whole group, especially while undergoing extenuating situations such as combat, isolation after some natural disaster, while hiding, awaiting rescue and so on.

Cumulative And Perdurable Results In Survival Situations - The key point to consider is that within the context of long-term survival situations food may be scarce, the risk of infection or other health hazards increase, and the odds begin to play against the life expectancy of survivors.

Surviving Our double Standards - I think that we should at least question ourselves about our double standards regarding life and death.

Palaeontology And Survival - From palaeontology, which is the science that essentially studies fossils from plants and animals, we can learn a lot about survival in its broadest terms.

What Would Happen If We Find Life Outside Earth? - Some say that it could easily become the most important scientific event of all history but what kind of impact it could have on us?

Survival / Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Survival - Practical articles on the characteristics of nuclear, biological and chemical mass-destruction weapons, how they work and how to avoid their deadly effects. Their relationship to terrorism and pollution.

Religion And Survival - We also should understand religion as a survival tool for perilous and dangerous situations, catastrophes and all sorts of disasters, for it is one thing that individuals can cling to whenever they have lost everything else. Religion should not be underestimated as a factor to motivate survivors.

How To Use Wood In A Camp Or During A Survival Situation - Wood can indeed be used to start fires, but that is not the only way in which you could make use of it in the wilderness; on the contrary, there are lots of things that you can do with this natural resource.

Survival and Evasion: What Kind Of Money Should You Use? - During the Cold War, NATO pilots received, in addition to their survival training, some additional lessons on what to do behind enemy lines, how not to draw attention, pass unnoticed and return to their own lines safely. One of the most important components of that training was related to the use of money.

The Need For New Safety Standards For Nuclear Power Plants - The explosion of reactor number four in Chernobyl, twenty years ago, killed thousands and produced nearly half a million victims. People still live in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus in areas that are highly contaminated with radiation, and still, the political effect peace-time Hiroshima seems to be fading away.

When The Big One Comes, You Will Be On Your Own - The results of hurricane Katrina and the tsunamis in Southeast Asia indicate that people will be left to their own devices whenever a really big disaster takes place.

Yes Or No To Guns And Firearms? - Traditional adventure and outdoor activities usually entail no risks of the kind that would call for participants to carry guns or weapons, but in some cases, that may just be the case and this is an issue that requires some pondering.

How To Successfully Confront A Wilderness Emergency - If you are an outdoor enthusiasts with some degree of experience, you probably have experienced what is to be faced with a sudden problem away from everybody else. If you get lost, if someone among your companions feels ill or experiences some health problem, if you lose part of your gear all that means trouble.

Eating To Survive: How To Identify Edible Plants - If you are suddenly faced with a long-term survival situation, isolated from other humans, stranded in the middle of nowhere, you will have to follows certain steps to ensure that you indeed survive even before thinking about rescue or escaping from your isolation; finding food would be one of your priorities, and plants may prove to be one of your obvious choices.

Metallic Foil As Part Of Your Survival Gear - Metallic foil is cheap an easy to get, and it can be used in many different ways as part of your survival equipment; indeed, you donít need to be in an emergency to take advantage of the unique properties of foiled metal, so consider taking a bit on your next adventure.

Do We Need To Re-learn Archery Skills? - Since the advent of firearms, bow hunting and the use of bows, arrows, spears and weapons that are not based in the use of gunpowder fell from the grace of many except a few enthusiasts and some survival experts.

The Sten Is Truly A Survival Weapon - The Sten submachine gun has a very peculiar history and while many think that it has been deemed obsolete, as little as ten years ago was still being used in combat in Chiapas, Mexico.

A Sled Without Snow - Despite the apparent contradiction, a sled can be used in any survival or extreme situation for carrying wounded people or cargo even if there is no snow around, and constructing one expediently is easier than most people think; as an alternative to improvised backpacks, sleds have something to offer.

Hunting is a myth for most survivors and survival situations - Broadly and superficially speaking, it becomes obvious that hunting could be a helpful activity in any survival situation, but in the same way as people wouldn't let a bunch of cannibals hunt them for lunch, animals will never make it easy for you to kill them. So, hunting will always require the consumption of resources that are usually scarce in survival situations and you should evaluate things in order to decide whether it would be profitable to hunt or not.

Survival / Outdoor and Wilderness Survival - Articles, texts, essays and opinions about outdoor and wilderness survival under all kinds of circumstances, be it during a trek or camping expedition, military instruction, or any activity among nature.

Survival / Survival in Car Crashes and Road Accidents - Articles, ideas and tips from real-life that will teach you how to prevent or survive car or transit accidents.

Survival / Survival in Mass Destruction Scenarios - Our exctensive database of articles containing tips and advice, essays, explanations and real-life experiences concerning mass destruction weapons, weaponry, survival in WMD scenarios and NBC accident and disaster areas of all kinds.

Survival / Survian and Self-Sufficiency - Manifestos, essays, thoughts and comments on self-sufficient living, both individually an within communities.

Survival / Surviving Accidents, Disasters and catastrophes - How to survive in natural and human-made disasters and catastrophes; essays, articles and real-life tales of survivors.

Ghost towns: Signs of human activity - An abandoned site or region may have been populated or visited by humans in the recent past; in terms of survival, this implies that in such places would be possible to find some additional resources.

The use of caves in survival: Leave potholing for another time - It is fine to explore, but some things should be left for better moments when you need to find shelter during a survival situation.

Survival / Surviving a Fire - Learn how to survive in a fire and prevent such accidents.

Survival / Surviving Terrorism - Recommendations for preventing and surviving terrorist attacks, for the common citizen.

Survival / Urban Survival - How to survive in a city; articles on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime, rioting, how to survive terrorist attacks and more related to what happen in cities and towns.

Survival / Survival Tales - Articles telling histories and tales about real survival experiences.

Outdoor Activities / Survival / Shelters and Bivouacs - How to build simple ones or full-sized, lodges, cabins and stone houses, useful for lengthy stays in isolated areas.

Survival / Combustibles and Fire - How to improvise combustibles outdoors. How to survive in a fire. Tips and techniques for making camp fires.

Survival / Personal Defence and Martial Arts - Articles related to self-defence and martial arts with or without weapons: paintball, combat survival, courses, etc.

Survival / Combat Survival - How to stay alive and survive in a war or armed conflict. Being a civilian does not preclude you from knowing how battles are fought and won, for in this way you may save your own life.

Health / First aid and wilderness emergencies - Outdoor activities always entail some risks to your physical integrity. Learn about the techniques and suitable behaviour for surviving emergencies and disasters.

Geography and Outdoors / Navigation and Maps - Learn how to navigate using maps, a compass, gps systems or simply by observing natural formations. Find your way whenever you get lost in the wilderness.

Take care of your provisions - Always take with you more provisions than those that you will really need.

Aeronautical Survival: Aircraft Emergencies - Survival techniques can be applied to almost any kind of environment; in the case of aviation, the use of them begins whenever an aircraft suffers some serious trouble and enters an emergency state.

The Titanic Syndrome - Comments on our shifts of mood when disaster strikes.

A brief reflection on surviving blizzards - Something to think about survival in blizzards.

Get the right knife - Wilderness tips and advice: get the right knife for your trips.

One knife is not enough - Wilderness tips and advice: one knife is not enough for survival and outdoor use.

Aluminium for survival - Wilderness tips and advice: use aluminium foil as a survival tool.

Lighters as survival tools - Use lighters instead of matches.

Traps - Survival tips: about traps and trapping.

How to repair things using wire - Metallic wire is quite versatile as survival gear.

A brief reflection on the meaning of extreme situations - Something to think about the meaning and lessons that arise from extreme situations.

Regions, Continents and Countries - Articles, essays, comments and tales about different regions, continents and countries of the world dealing in each with case aspects of their society, culture, economy, geography, folklore, history, regional products, sports and outdoor activities, and other things of interest fot any traveller.


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