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Basic Survival Skills

Basic Survival Skills

The most important thing in any survival situation is your mind.  Knowing basic survival skills will boost your confidence should you find yourself up a creek without the proverbial paddle, leaving you to rely on your own resources for survival.  These tips and instructional videos may help save your life, or someone else's, should you ever find yourself in a wilderness survival situation. 
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Hello, folks call me Rak (pronounced Rack). Look for my survival tips throughout the site. When you hover over my image you can read my thoughts. When you click on my image at the bottom of any page, I will bring you back here.
Survival begins with your attitude. The self-confidence gained from knowing basic survival skills will help you keep a positive attitude where fear, your greatest enemy, is minimized or kept at bay should you ever find yourself in a survival situation.  This website is intended as a beginning point for your education in basic wilderness survival.  The idea is to make your survivability more of an adventure than a hardship.
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We currently feature 17 instructional videos with more to come.
There is a video for each of the 14 knots that we feature.  These videos can all be accessed from our main knots page or by visiting the individual page listed in our main menu to the left.
Our Navigation page includes a video demonstrating how to find the sun on a very cloudy day using your thumb nail.
The video on Nature's Glue demonstrates how to turn pine sap into an adhesive.
Our knife sharpening video demonstrates how to achieve and maintain a good working edge at home or in the field.
Outdoor Gear
Next to the appropriate education and a healthy survival attitude, the most important piece of gear a person can have in a survival situation is a good knife. Mother Nature can, and will, give you everything you need; hence, the more basic skills you have, the less you need to carry in your survival kit. That being said, we are all creatures of comfort.  Interpretations of comfort do vary.  I'm an old guy and find that carrying a bit of knowledge and skill to be a lot lighter than a bunch of weighty gear that will keep me going if the gear fails.
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Many of our survival tips will be displayed on billboards such as this throughout the site.  Some are serious and some just for fun, but they all work.
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Ways to learn basic survival skills:
First of all, read the information contained in this website.
Take a Red Cross class in basic first aid.
Build a fire in an outdoor grill without using matches or a lighter.
Using a tarp, make a serviceable survival shelter in your backyard.
Make a weekend camping trip to one of the many state or federal parks or visit Uncle ____’s farm and practice your new found skills until you own them.
The time to learn basic survival skills is before you need them.
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The following recipes contain ingredients found in the wilderness
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