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Hiker Found After 12 Days Missing

Holly Courtier had been missing for 12 days in Utah’s Zion National Park when she was found alive on Sunday. Courtier, a 38-year-old mother from California was last seen Oct. 6th at the Grotto parking area inside the park after being dropped off by a shuttle bus. She never arrived back for the shuttle bus return. In the days following her disappearance, the Zion National Park System began a massive rescue effort involving park officials, K9 units, drones, and the local police department. Source: Zion NPS Above: The National Park System posted flyers around the park and on social media detailing Courtier’s description along with clothing and gear that were possibly with her.  Friends and family joined the effort, including her 19-year-old daughter Kailey Chambers. She had begun to lose hope on Sunday stating to ABC News, “Basically they said today or Monday was going to be the last day …

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Prime Day Survival Deals

Prime Day is here, and whether or not you were looking forward to the day Amazon blows open its metaphorical doors for the best deals this side of the Atlantic, we’re bringing to you some of the best, time-sensitive offers they available on the site. Here’s the catch, though, you have to go through our page, that way they know we sent you there. It’s voting season, and we all know how the sayings go, people vote with their wallets. The best part is, good survival gear doesn’t care about how much you spent on it when it’s saving your life in a disaster, or from a bad day in the office. Stay tuned for the best Prime Day Survival Deals. 3M WorkTunes + Gel Cups Hearing Protection The only thing better than hearing protection when at the range, is hearing protection blasting the best Miley Cyrus, or Five Finger …

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The Buck 110 Folder Review and History

When we hear the term “survival knife,” we most often think of a large fixed blade of some type and not a folding pocket knife. Yet, the Buck 110 Folding Hunter may make you change that way of thinking. The Buck 110 was a familiar sight for many years. Although it’s pocket-sized, it was mostly worn on the belt in a leather sheath secured with a single snap. Even those who know little about knives can recognize it immediately. It was worn by hunters, farmers, craftsmen, tradespeople, and anyone who had the need for a compact, sharp blade with a strong lock. When a single model of any knife becomes synonymous with an entire company’s product line for decades, and inspires countless other designs (as well as blatant imitations), I’d say that qualifies as iconic. History The Buck 110 was designed in 1963 as a folding hunting knife. There had …

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How to Plan an Extreme Adventure Fishing Trip

Fishing is a great hobby as it is relaxing, exciting, and rewarding at the same time. Many people enjoy fishing as a hobby, and some even take it one step further for the full adrenaline rush and ultimate fishing holiday with an extreme adventure fishing trip. There is nothing better than setting off on a long journey into deep waters for a battle of a lifetime with bigger and stronger fishes if you’re up for the challenge. Whether you’re fishing for Rainbow Trout in Jurassic Lake or Tigerfish in Africa, packing the right gear and ensuring you have all the essentials is crucial. Imagine being hours away offshore and suddenly realizing you forgot something important! You do not want to be in this situation especially if you’ve been planning the trip of a lifetime. Therefore, here are some tips on how to plan the ultimate extreme adventure fishing trip to …

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Human Trafficking: Hidden in Plain Sight

“We are like a meal … when everyone’s done eating, into the dumpster we go, and nobody gives a sh*t.” This quote came from a 14-year-old girl who’d been trafficked for sex and later committed suicide by walking onto a freeway at night. Not only should this quote impress upon you this experience’s effect on the human spirit, but also the reality that you might see someone like her being trafficked every day without realizing it. It’s a world of psychological shackles. In order to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding human trafficking, we interviewed several experts on the front lines. We hope to help you better understand how it operates and improve your ability to recognize it. In spite of what many believe, no one is immune to its reach, and it can happen in any community. As technology advances, so too does its ability to infiltrate people’s lives …

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2021 Winnebago Revel 4×4: Inside a $175K Camper

Since its launch in fall 2017, the Winnebago Revel has seen only small upgrades here and there. But for 2021, it sees some big upgrades that are sure to make van life even easier. While the new Revel is worth consideration, just know that full-featured, ready-to-go van life doesn’t come cheap. Let’s get the elephant out of the room right up front. A 4×4 Sprinter with every creature comfort you have at home is not an inexpensive machine. Pricing of the 2021 Winnebago Revel went up about $12,000 over the outgoing model and now starts at $175,000. While it’s common in the RV industry to see up to 20% discounts regularly on new campers, with low supply and high demand, we expect the new Revel to hold its price for some time. The 2021 Winnebago Revel is in production right now and will hit dealer lots across the country over the …

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Tick Myths: 12 Things You Should Know

After months of lockdown because of the pandemic, countless Americans are flocking outdoors to enjoy parks, hiking trails, gardens, and beaches. Unfortunately, ticks are also out — in force, in every state. Think you know how to stay safe? You might be surprised. There is a lot of misinformation about how to avoid, find, remove, and dispose of ticks. To protect yourself, your family, and your pets, it’s important to know how to stay tick-safe. What follows are the most common myths, misconceptions, and truths about ticks. “We have been studying and educating about ticks for many years,” said Dr. Stephen Rich, professor of microbiology and director of the Laboratory of Medical Zoology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. We reached out to Dan Wolff (aka Tick Man Dan), founder of TickEase.com, to separate fact from fiction. Read on for more information from the Tick Man about these blood-sucking creepy …

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The Best Water Filters for Backpacking

We tested the best water filters and purifiers for your next backpacking trip into the great outdoors. You don’t need much to have a successful backpacking trip. Yes, you’ll need some gear (like a tent, a sleeping bag, and a pack), but most of all, you’ll need a way to get clean and safe water while on the trail. While we explain more in-depth about how water filters work and how to choose below, here are a few things that will help you through this guide. There are many different methods of filtering (or treating) water. The most common methods are through a cartridge or tube, with either activated carbon, UV light, or chemicals. Filters also come in different styles: straw-style, pump filters, gravity filters, and UV or tablet treatments. Know that they all make water safe to drink but differ slightly in size, durability, and price. We’ve spoken to thru-hikers, put many …

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Learn How to Fish: 5 Books for Beginning Anglers

Do you know someone who is interested in learning how to fish? If you’re interested in hitting the water for fun or for food, we’ve got five books that’ll help you put a fish on the end of your line. The earliest fishing hooks date back 42,000 years, and likely, humans have been attempting to catch our aquatic friends for much longer. Luckily, you don’t have to carve a hook from bone to get started on your local water anymore. And with social distancing now a priority for many, fishing licenses have seen an uptick. Minnesota reported an 11% increase in fishing license sales, and West Virginia reported a whopping 40% increase in both hunting and fishing licenses in the month of June. Luckily, these guide books provide a wealth of knowledge that you can carry along with you in your pack. Whether you want to fly fish, throw a …

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Today’s Bargains: 6 Outstanding Outdoor Gear Deals

Great outdoor gear at an amazing price: That’s our goal each week. Check out the bargains below and save on gear for your next adventure. Oakley Sunglasses — Valve & MPH Chainlink: $50-55 (65-68% Off) These Oakley sunglasses are already around $100 off the regular price, and now you can get free shipping too! Use the code GEAR50 for the Valve style and the code GEAR5499 for the MPH Chainlink style. Klean Kanteen 64oz. Insulated Water Bottle: $23 (62% Off) This stainless steel water bottle from Klean Kanteen keeps drinks hot for up to 20 hours and cold for up to 50 hours. Also, the loop cap allows you to easily attach it to your backpack for any adventure. Take advantage of this amazing discount now, as the deal ends August 3. Granite Gear Nimbus Trace Access Pack — Women’s: $125 (66% Off) This excellent-quality backpack has a 60-pound load rating, and the pack itself …

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Hiking for Beginners: Get Started Now

Hiking may help you to reduce stress levels, maintain your body weight, and even sleep better. Although it doesn’t require any special skills, hiking for beginners does require some research and awareness. A lot of first-time hikers make mistakes that can spoil the fun. Below you will find some recommended reading and our First-Time Hikers Checklist to help you prepare for your first outdoor hiking adventure. Before You Go Resources for Hiking Trails When finding and looking for hikes, utilize websites and apps like AllTrails or Hiking Project. You’ll find plenty of options in your area, as well as a trail breakdown, elevation changes, difficulty level, and trail conditions. When heading to a national park, look on the park’s specific website to find trails. Some U.S. states and parks have trail associations with forums of trail logs you can view online to get the scoop on your local area. And in …

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Hiking Checklist – What to Wear

While it may be often overlooked, what you wear hiking can make or break the experience. Here, we outline what clothes to wear hiking and how to choose hiking apparel depending on the hike and conditions you may face. This hiking checklist has been a great tool to prepare for an outdoor adventure. Knowing what to wear hiking can seem like a really general topic. So, to help you navigate the overwhelming number of clothing options on the market, we will highlight the importance of knowing a few key factors: Your ability level The weather Having proper supplies (without going overboard) Trail conditions/route You need to research all these before heading out. They will impact what you wear hiking. With so many important factors playing into deciding what to wear hiking, be hyperaware of the clothing materials. Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, remember two things: no cotton and no …

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The Best Knives for Backpacking & Hiking

Hikers want a light, reliable, versatile pocket knife on the trail. Here we rounded up the best knives for backpacking and hiking. Summer is here with that siren’s call of the trail. Whether it’s a day hike with the kids or a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a knife is an exceptionally handy item to have with you. Pick one of these and you’ll have the best knife for backpacking that money can buy. From food prep to game processing to starting a fire, a high-quality knife will help considerably with outdoor tasks. And while a full-size fixed blade like the Bark River Bravo 1 is an excellent choice for lots of outdoor tasks, mobility and weight concerns dictate carrying a smaller knife, usually a folding knife. Knife Blades: Common Steels Explained We looked at common steels used by popular knife brands to help you select the right material for your …

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6 Key West Camping Spots For Sunshine Lovers

The Florida keys have shown its resilience in the face of destruction. Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the 125-mile island chain in September of 2017. But as of one year later, just over 90 percent of the properties are back open and welcoming visitors to beachfront camping in Key West and local attractions. While other issues like the Red Tide hit the keys in mid-September, the hazardous algae have since moved up the coast, meaning your Key West camping trip should be largely unaffected. It has been a hectic time for the Southernmost part of the contiguous U.S., but the Key West spirit has not been crushed and the healing process is bringing in visitors. Comparatively, the Key West and its pristine beaches are attracting more visitors per month in 2018 on average than recorded in previous months from the past six years.   Where to find the Best Key …

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Southern Survival: when BattlBox gets its own Netflix Original

Weird Flex, but… okay. Some of us have lost track the many subscription boxes there are, but how many of them have their own Netflix series? Only one: BattlBox. Having just launched before the holiday, Southern Survival brings the comedy of backyard testing to a grand scale, putting curated items to task proving they can cut the mustard. From the opening of the first episode, the BattlBox staff laugh their way though blowing things up, burning them down, and trying out things like vehicle glass breakers, backpacks with a built-in belay system to get out of burning buildings, various machetes, and a settler’s wrench. The show has its jokes, and sticks to a good heart of this-versus-that testing, except with flamethrowers. It’s fun, definitely American, and takes the edge off heavy topics like breaking out of a car caught underwater. Southern Survival takes testing to comical limits. Image Courtesy of …

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White Sands National Park: Newest National Park

With the passage of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, White Sands National Park transformed from a national monument and into a national park. At 275-square miles, it is the largest gypsum dune field on the planet. Although it has only technically been a national park since the passage of this Act in December 2019, this area has been celebrated and protected for decades. In 1933, then-President Herbert Hoover made White Sands a national monument, in hopes of safeguarding this gorgeous, unique region. If you’re planning a trip to the newest national park in America, here are some helpful tips and suggestions. Adventuring to New Mexico’s White Sands National Park Where Is White Sands National Park? This national park is in the Tularosa Basin in New Mexico, 15 miles from Alamogordo, and 53 miles from Las Cruces. The closest airport is in El Paso, Texas—85 miles away. White Sands National …

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Easy Tent Setup – This Tent Sets Up in 2 Seconds

Have you ever struggled to set up a tent? This easy tent setup is the solution! Decathlon has offered its 2-Seconds Tent for several years. But the old model was a bear to put away. The newest iteration, the 2-Seconds Easy Tent, is a complete redesign that aims to make it faster than ever to set up and break down camp. While still fairly new in the U.S., Decathlon is the world’s largest sporting goods retailer. It’s slowly making inroads in the U.S. market, and today it announced a speedy 2-Seconds Easy Tent that might accelerate the process. Decathlon worked for four years to create an easy-to-pitch design. Its intention? To make the outdoors more accessible to everyone. “With its new compact design and patented setup and breakdown system, the 2 Seconds Easy makes setting up camp easier than ever,” it noted in a release. We’ve tested the old 2-Seconds …

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Pocket Preps: Keychain Tools

The most important thing about owning a tool is having it when you need it most. Think of a compact pistol in a self-defense situation or a first-aid kit after a catastrophic accident. Neither does you any good if it’s sitting at home while you’re on the road. Of course, it’s not always possible to carry a whole toolbox everywhere you go. Hence, keychain tools can go anywhere. That’s why humans have used multi-tools for centuries — at least since roughly 200 A.D. when the Roman Empire was using a folding utensil set. That’s why our focus here is on multipurpose gadgets that can fit on your keychain ring. Why rummage through your bug-out bag for the right tool when you can just reach into your pocket? What these little keychain tools lack in size and leverage they make up in portability. Need to wrench a bolt? Tighten a screw? …

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Emergency Communications: Handheld Radios

What’s the key factor that has made humans the dominant species on Earth? Many would say it all comes down to our ability to use tools, dating back to the first time our cave-dwelling ancestors crafted a blade or smacked two rocks together to spark a fire. But that claim overlooks a much greater advantage: our ability to work together through sophisticated methods of communication. Enter the world of handheld radios. As the English poet John Donne put it, “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” We have succeeded through collaborating to build societies, and none of that would be possible if we hadn’t developed spoken and written methods to communicate with each other. Although television shows and movies often portray the quintessential survivalist as a grizzled lone wolf, totally independent of the crumbling ruins of …

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Lake Caddo Camping and Nearby State Parks

Pristine forests, scenic hiking trails, and well-stocked lakes are just some of the reasons to camp at any of the areas around East Texas. We have selected the four best places to pitch your tent or park your RV between Texas and Louisiana for great Caddo Lake camping. Caddo Lake State Park When people go camping in Texas, they expect desert landscapes. With half-submerged bald cypress trees draped in lush Spanish moss, Caddo Lake looks more like a swampy bayou. Caddo Lake, supposedly formed during the New Madrid earthquake of 1812, was created artificially after a 100-mile log jam backed up the Red River. The lake has a rich Native American history and supports abundant wildlife, including alligators and beavers. Caddo Lake State Park is located on the border of Texas and Louisiana. The park is accessible via Route 43, which takes you to the entrance just outside of Karnack. …

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