Survival Information

50 Campfires Answers 6 Common Questions About Dressing for Cold Weather

While it seems like dressing in layers for cold weather is a simple process, each year people ask the same questions. Do I really lose more heat from my head? How exactly does wind chill affect me? We answered six of the most common questions about base layers to make sure that you aren't left out in the cold this winter.

Hunting for Survival in the Real World (video)

by J. Wayne Fears:   Before we get started on survival hunting tactics, there’s something you need to know. In all of North America, if you get lost in the woods—by whatever happenstance—it’s nearly a certainty you will be rescued within 72 hours of authorities being notified. In the Lower 48, cut that to 24 hours or less.

3 Surefire Ways to Filter and Purify Water When in the Wilderness

“The Bloodletting on the Bloodvein.” That’s what my Canadian wilderness adventure pals dubbed our fishing and paddling excursion along the Bloodvein River in Ontario and Manitoba. We’d anticipated pleasurable days of gliding the river while fishing for lunch or dinner.

Improve Skills With 10 Top Wilderness Survival Schools

You’re ready to improve your outdoor survival skills. A quick Google search brings up dozens of survival school options in the United States. But how do you evaluate a school or course and choose one of the best?

9 Ways to Use a Knife for Survival

A knife is widely regarded as the single most important survival tool for those who venture into the wilderness. It can obviously cut things — an important task in the woods — but with a little know-how, can be applied to many jobs and take the places of other heavier or not available tools.

How to Treat Yourself for Hypothermia in the Water

Hypothermia is a condition in which a person’s core body temperature reaches a health-threatening low. It occurs when the body’s core temp is at 96 degrees F or lower.

Hypothermia is a serious health concern, with effects ranging from sluggish body functions to, in severe cases, death.