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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Knots and Rope

Weaving can be used to create mats, tarps, blankest, and more. All about weaving, mats, and looms.

All elements of rope work incorporates weaving or interlocking of strands by passing over and under each other.  At a smaller scale, weaving can be used in the wild to create mats, tarps, blankets, and more.  The process of weaving is fairly simple. Sword Mat and Homemade Loom Step 1:…
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Knots and Rope

Stop ending your rope with a knot. how to create fancy but functional endpoints (plaits) for ropes.

Sennits Most ropes are braided by twisting the strands but strands can be plaited (called a sennit) to create a “fancier” looking rope. Similarly, rather than ending a rope by tying it off in a knot or by whipping the end, you can terminate the rope end with plaits. This…
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First Aid

There are various environment injuries you can face in a survival situation – here’s the proper way to treat 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

Treating skin diseases and burns (wit antiseptics you can find in the wild).

Introduction Boils, fungal infections, and rashes typically do not pose serious health problems unless poor hygiene results in a secondary infection. They cause discomfort though and may be treated to reduce discomfort and accelerate healing time. Boils A boil is a localized infection in the skin.  Over time, it will…
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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

Insects are hazards in a survival situation – how to treat bites and insect stings.

Insect Hazards Insects and related pests are hazards in a survival situation. Insects bite as a defensive mechanism or to feed off of the host.  They not only cause irritations, but they are often carriers of diseases that cause severe allergic reactions in some individuals. In many parts of the…
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First Aid

How to treat sprains and damage to tendons and ligaments.

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

Treating dislocated bones and joints (with little or no medical devices available).

Signs and Symptoms of a Dislocated Bone Dislocations are the separations of bone joints causing the bones to go out of proper alignment. These misalignments can be extremely painful and can cause an impairment of nerve or circulatory function below the area affected. You must place these joints back into…
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First Aid

Treating broken bone fractures in a survival situation (with little or no medical devices available).

Types of Fractures and Broken Bones There are basically two types of fractures: open and closed. With an open (or compound) fracture, the bone protrudes through the skin and complicates the actual fracture with an open wound. Any bone protruding from the wound should be cleaned with an antiseptic and…
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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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General Health

In the wilderness, poor hygiene can kill you – 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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Survival Skills

The most important survival lesson of all – all about water and dehydration in a survival situation.

Introduction Your body loses water through normal bodily processes such as sweating and urination.  A person loses and therefore requires an average of 2 to 3 liters of water daily.  Environmental factors such as heat, cold, and altitude as well as your level of activity can cause your body to…
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