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There are all kinds of signaling devices available to carry in a survival kit or a pack. But sometimes you might fail to have all of these devices with you when an emergency situation occurs. However, as long as you know that you must let people know where you are and that you are in trouble...
YouTube Video by John D. McCann
This video explains how to look for survival needs, before you need them, and Grab It When You Can, so you have them when you need them.
By Alan Halcon
Some time ago, I wrote an article on how to calculate the width of an area using nothing more than your compass. As I was speaking on the phone with John McCann about it, he told me as soon as he saw that article, it reminded him of a method his father shared with him at a younger age. His method didn't require a compass and there was no need to calculate using 45 degree angles.
One of the most important signaling devices you can have in your survival kit is a signal mirror! It is often underrated as a signaling device, but is a very valuable tool for daytime signaling. There are many types of mirrors available on the market, but this a piece of equipment that you should attempt to get the best you can afford.
During our three day Map & Compass course, we always teach how to fold a map. However, when we give shortened classes, we don't always have time to show our students. We often receive emails or questions on facebook about providing a tutorial on How To Fold A Map.
The Transpiration Bag IS a solar still and IS an effective way to collect water, with very little effort on your part! All you have to do is carry some large, clear plastic bags and a small amount of cordage in your kit or pack.
Oftentimes in the field, it might be handy to make a straw mat, a windbreak for a survival shelter, or other type device from dried grasses, reeds, etc. A simple way is by hand weaving or loom weaving. Learn how to make a Field Expedient Loom.
I am often asked how to make a spoon using a coal from a fire. Therefore I thought I would provide a short tutorial on the process.
While on a 10 day trip to the wilderness canoe area of the Adirondacks in New York, I though it might be fun to build a Natural A-Frame Shelter. Normally, I would use saplings to weave between the side uprights, however, it is illegal to cut saplings in the Adirondack Park. Being there are so many birch trees in this area, I though birch bark might make an interesting substitute for weaving the sides. Here is how the project went.
A great way to test your survival kits, gear, and skills are in your own back yard. You can then further test them by going survival camping.