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Basic Survival Skills


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We offer information and tips for  wilderness survival  and ways to improvise the necessary equipment.  We address alternative methods and equipment as well as modern technology.
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Main Topics:
Basic Survival Skills (Home Page):  This will give you an introduction to our site and  get you on the road to educating yourself on the skills needed in a wilderness survival situation.
Finding Water In The Wild:  We cover the obvious places to find water and some of the not so obvious places to find water, as well.
Aboveground Water Still:  A detailed "How To" for extracting water from vegetation.  Includes diagram.
Underground Water Still:  A slightly different "How To" for extracting water directly from the earth.  Also, with a diagram.
Firecraft: Tips on how, when, and where to build a fire, how to make damp matches work and much more.
First Aid:  Offers suggestions to consider in a situation where first aid is needed.  This page includes a link to the Red Cross where you can sign up for a hands-on course on basic first aid and CPR in your area.
Knots: We offer a short list of knots for your own lexicon of down-right handy ways to twist up a piece of line to make it work for you.
Bowline:  Instructions:  How to tie a bowline and some of its uses, accompanied by an instructional video
Bowline On A Bight:  Written instructions on how to tie a bowline on a bight accompanied by related information and a demonstration video.
Butterfly Knot:  Video demonstrating and explaining how to tie a butterfly knot accompanied by a written "How-To".
Cinch Knot:  Video and written instructions explaining two methods of tying a cinch knot and some of its uses.
Clove Hitch:  Contains a video demonstrating two methods of tying a clove hitch accompanied by a written "How To"
Double Fisherman's Knot:  Video instructions on how to tie a Double Fisherman's Knot, used to join two lengths of line, accompanied by a written "How To" and related information.
Figure Eight:  Written instructions accompanied by a video demonstrating how to tie the figure eight which is used primarily as a stopper knot.
Figure Eight Variations:  Discusses useful variations of the figure eight.  Video tutorial accompanied by a written how-to.
Half Hitch:  A video demonstrating how to tie this basic knot and some of its uses.
Mooring Hitch:  Here we offer a video demonstrating how to tie a mooring hitch and explaining some of its uses accompanied by a written "how-to" and related information.
Prusik Hitch:  This video and written instructions will show you how to tie the knot most used by climbers and those who work in rescue operations.
Sheet Bend:  Written instructions, accompanied by a video, explaining how to tie a sheet bend and some of its uses.
Taut Line Hitch:  A knot with a different dynamic, the video and extra information will show you how to tie and use the taut line hitch.
Zeppelin Bend:  Contains a video and written instructions on how to tie this historical knot.
Lost In The Woods:  Here you will find tips and information about what to do if you become lost in the wilderness.
Navigation:  This page explains how to find the North Star as well as other navigation tips to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
Signaling:  Suggested are some of the many different methods of signaling for help:  audio, visual and electronic.
Trailmarking:  Here we explain when, where, and how to mark a trail.
How To Blaze A Tree:  Learn what a blaze mark is, how to blaze a tree and where to place the blaze to mark a trail.
Nature's Glue:  Nature's glue is actually heated pine sap.  Our video, accompanied by written instructions will show you where to find it and how to make it.  Also, learn how to turn that nature's hot glue into a stronger bonding agent.
Survival Kits:  Why a survival kit?  Survival kits can make the difference between hardhsip and adventure.  On this page you will find suggestions on how to assemble your personal survival kit.
Survival Kits For Your Vehicle:  We believe every vehicle should have two survival kits.  One for the vehicle and one for you.  Learn what to include in those kits.
Survival Knives:  Do you know what to look for in a good survival knife?  A good knife is the single most important tool you can have in a survival situation.
Knife Sharpening:  Learn how to sharpen and maintain an edge on your knives and other edged tools.  Our video demonstrates and explains several methods of knife sharpening.
Survival Shelters:  Learn how to create a space protected from the elements.  Where you make that shelter can be critical.
Water Canteens:  Discover some of the pros and cons of different types of canteens.
Water Purification:  All found water should be purified before drinking.  We will show you the tried and true free method as well as commercial purification methods.
Distilled Water:  This is another option for water purification.  We explain how to do it and how the distilling process affects water.
Wilderness Clothing:  Learn what types of clothing are best for wilderness survival.
Wilderness Survival Food:  The wilderness offers a smorgasboard to feast on if you know where and what to look for.
Cattails:  Cattails are one of the most useful survival plants Mother Nature has to offer.  We explain the parts of the plant of some of its many uses.
Wild Leeks aka Ramps:  Wild Leeks (referred to as Ramps by many people) are the April 'wild food of the month'.  All parts of the plant are edible, from the leaf to the onion-like bulb growing just beneath the surface of the soil.
Universal Edibility Test:  Learn how to perform the universal edibility test to determine if an unknown plant is safe to eat. 
Wilderness Survival for Seniors:  How are we as seniors likely to find ourselves in a survival situation?  We offer preparedness suggestions for seniors.
Winter Survival:  Cold, wet weather survival brings on a whole set of very specific problems that need to be addressed.  For winter survival, you need . . .
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Printable, free copy of the Universal Edibility Test.  Place a copy of this in all your survival kits.
Survival Tips Archive:  Each of these tips have been posted on our welcome page within Facebook.  Once we post a new tip there, the old one is removed, hence the need for this archive.
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Recipes:  The following recipes contain some ingredients found in the wilderness.
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General Information:
About Us:  A brief presentation introducing the creators of the WildernessFolk.com website.
Contact Us:  A form which can be used to contact us with your questions and/or comments.  Let us know if we don't have something you are looking for and we will try to get it.
Privacy Policy:  The WildernessFolk website privacy policy explained here.  Page also contains a link to the 'contact us' form
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The following recipes contain ingredients found in the wilderness
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