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Life Saving Rope Skills

SnoManJanuary 23, 20123 min read
Life Saving Rope Skills

The bowline (rhymes with “colon”) is reputedly the most important knot in the world. It is listed in the Ashley Book of Knots. The bowline is sometimes called the King of Knots because it has the best qualities of knots…

Superknot – The Easy Way to Tie the Zeppelin (Rosendahl) Bend

SnoManDecember 15, 20113 min read
Superknot – The Easy Way to Tie the Zeppelin (Rosendahl) Bend

The Zeppelin Bend (Rosendahl Bend) might be the only knot you ever need again for joining two ropes. It is easy to tie, jam resistant, jerk resistant, and easy to untie even after being under heavy load. And don’t be…

Tying and Using the Double Becket Bend

SnoManDecember 8, 20113 min read
Tying and Using the Double Becket Bend

The Double Becket Bend is one of the most useful and important knots you’ll use in a wide variety of survival or emergency situations. It is considered so essential that the Ashley Book of Knots lists it as number 1. It…

How to Build A Fire

SnoManJanuary 21, 20113 min read
How to Build A Fire

The ability to build a fire is the paradigmatic survival skill. Whatever else you’ve done to prepare for emergency situations, if you can’t build a fire you might as well give up and die. Well, maybe it’s not quite that…

Tactical Thinking Part 3 — Decide

KennyJOctober 19, 20107 min read

Part three of a four-part series on tactical thinking by martial arts expert Kenny Jezek. The third part of “O.O.D.A.” is Decide.  Simply put, in a crisis situation you must make a decision as to what you are going to…

How to Survive Without Toilet Paper

SnoManAugust 24, 20103 min read
How to Survive Without Toilet Paper

Your survival plan should include a huge stock of toilet paper. Nonetheless, if you were faced with a long term situation in which the stock was used up, it would be good to know about toilet paper substitutes. The problem…

Tactical Thinking — Part 1

KennyJMarch 15, 201010 min read

[We live in a world in which madmen enter crowded restaurants and start shooting people. If you ignore this, you risk your life or the life of someone you’re responsible for. To prepare us to survive such situations, Kenny Jezek…

Survival Plan 1 – Flat Tire

SnoManMarch 4, 20103 min read
Survival Plan 1 – Flat Tire

Because a flat tire is a relatively common experience, it pays to be prepared. The purpose of this section is not to give you step-by-step tire-changing instructions, which vary from one vehicle to another, but to give you general principles…

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