Knots and Rope

The ultimate guide to splices and whippings (used to splice ropes together)

Splices It is not uncommon, especially in a wilderness survival situation where you possess limited supplies, to encounter situations where a longer length of rope is needed.  Rope splices are used to splice shorter lengths of rope together to form a single, larger length of rope.  Good rope splices hold…
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Knots and Rope

Construction lashings and their use when building structures

Construction Lashings and Structures Lashings are used to firmly hold together two or more spars (poles, masts, scaffolding, legs, trestles, etc.)  There are numerous survival construction projects that require lashings for construction. Here is an example of lashings used to hold two posts together (details on how to create lashings…
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First Aid

Environmental Injuries

Introduction to Environment Type Injuries Heatstroke, hypothermia, diarrhea, and intestinal parasites are environmental injuries you could face in a survival situation. Read and follow the guidance provided below. Heatstroke The breakdown of the body's heat regulatory system (body temperature more than degrees C ) causes a heatstroke. Other heat injuries,…
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First Aid

Snake bites – how to treat snake bites in a survival situation

Snake Bite Concerns The chance of a snakebite in a survival situation is rather small, if you are familiar with the various types of snakes and their habitats. However, it could happen and you should know how to treat a snakebite. Deaths from snakebites are rare. More than one-half of…
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First Aid

Treating Sprains

The accidental tearing or stretching of a tendon or ligament (tissues that connect bones at the joint) causes sprains. The signs and symptoms are pain, swelling, tenderness, and discoloration (black and blue).  You may feel a pop or tear when a sprain occurs.   When treating sprains, you should follow…
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First Aid

Bleeding – how to control bleeding in the wild

Introduction Serious bleeding must be controlled immediately or the victim may die within minutes.  External bleeding falls into the following classifications: Arterial Arteries carry blood from the heart throughout the body.  A cut to an artery will result in bright red blood which spurts of pulses each time the heart…
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First Aid

Breathing Problems

Breathing problems can be caused by foreign matter in the throat that obstructs the windpipe, by face or neck injuries, by inflammation or swelling in the mouth or throat, or by a swallowed tongue. If a person is having trouble breathing, you must open the airway using these steps: Check…
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General Health

The importance of personal hygiene in a survival situation

Introduction to Personal Hygiene in the Wilderness One of the leading causes of death in long-term survival situations is infections and disease.  Both leading causes are directly related to personal hygiene.  Cleanliness is extremely important to your survival. Of course, a hot shower with soap is ideal but in a…
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