Survival

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How to Jump From Rooftop to Rooftop

by Brett & Kate McKay

  So you’re being pursued by spies/and or ninjas who want you dead. They’ve chased you through a building and onto the rooftop. You sprint towards the edge of the building and look down at the tiny cars passing below. There’s nowhere to go…except the roof of the adjacent building. You’re going to have to […]

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How to Perform the Fireman’s Carry

by Brett & Kate McKay

So you’ve built the strength to carry someone to safety…but do you know how to do it? Every man should know how to perform what is called the “fireman’s carry.” It’s an effective way to distribute someone’s weight, allowing you to haul them over long distances with minimal strain. Here’s how it’s done: 1. Raise […]

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How to Make a Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Emergency Evacuation Survival Kit

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. The term ‘Bugging Out’ refers to the decision to abandon your home due to an unexpected emergency situation–whether a natural disaster or one caused by man.   A ‘Bug Out Bag’ is a pre-prepared survival kit designed to sustain you through the […]

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Traditional Firestarting – Part II: Fire from Friction

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Darren Bush. Today we continue our discussion of traditional firestarting with a primer on making fire from friction. Last time we talked about using flint and steel which is a really cool method and actually useful in real life situations.  Fire by friction is more temperamental and […]

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Traditional Firestarting Part I: How to Make Fire with Flint and Steel

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Darren Bush. There is something magical about making fire from materials other than the standard Bic lighter or Ohio Blue-Tips. Moreover, it is often a better method than matches. Using flint and steel is one of the easiest of the match-free fire-making methods. Here’s how it’s done: […]

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Surviving in the Wild: 19 Common Edible Plants

by Brett & Kate McKay

So you’re stranded in the wilderness. You consumed the last nub of your Clif Bar two days ago, and now you’re feeling famished. Civilization is still several days away, and you need to keep up your strength. The greenery all around you is looking more and more appetizing. But what to nibble on? Some plants […]

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How to Escape a Riptide

by Brett & Kate McKay

Summer is drawing to a close. If you made it to the beach this year, you managed to get your tan on and survive a shark attack. Congratulations! But there is another swimming danger that you should be aware of and that is moving into its most dangerous season: the riptide. Riptides (properly called rip […]

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How to Survive a Shark Attack

by Brett & Kate McKay

Share Ahhhh…. life couldn’t be better. You’re finally on that vacation in the Florida Keys that you’ve been planning for the past year. And it couldn’t have come any sooner. Things were getting crazy at the office. Duh-da… You’re relaxing on a rubber raft that’s floating about 50 yards from shore while you let the […]

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How to Jump From a Speeding Car

by Brett & Kate McKay

Share Sometimes when I’m driving, I’ll imagine scenarios that would require me to jump out of my speeding car. I know I can’t be the only one who does this. I do it mainly to pass time while in traffic, but I think there’s also a part of me who wants to be prepared if […]

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10 Wilderness Survival Lessons From Hatchet

by Brett

Share The other day I was sorting through some old books and stumbled upon a childhood favorite, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. The last time I read it was nearly 15 years ago, so I decided to read it again for old times sake. For those of you who haven’t read Hatchet, the basic plot is […]

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How to Escape a Sinking Car

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: This post has been revised since its original publication to reflect the best and most current research. Last week, 3 college softball players in North Dakota drowned when the jeep in which they were riding became submerged in a pond merely 12 feet deep. While their deaths are still being investigated, authorities say […]

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More Than Just Finding North: Understanding the Compass

by Chris

Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up, as did men of another age, to the challenge of nature. Modern man lives in a highly synthetic kind of existence. He specializes in this and that. Rarely […]

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Mayday! Mayday! How to Land a Plane in an Emergency

by schaefer

Image by Martin Hartland We’ve all had the thought cross our mind while flying, “What if the pilot(s) somehow became incapacitated and I had to land this thing? What would I do?” Or maybe more timely for today’s world, “What if a terrorist takes over the plane and I have to save the day by […]

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