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Author: Bill Lavender

The three shelter categories are: hasty, semi-permanent, and permanent. Shelter is one of the core essentials of survival. Thus, it makes sense to have a working knowledge of the categories of shelter. A person can die from environmental exposure in as little as three hours without shelter. Of course, this rule is dependent on environmental and health factors. Furthermore, it is helpful to remember that there are many types of shelters within each category. Therefore, it is beyond the scope of this article to discuss all of the

There are 3 critical factors about footwear to remember. The footwear that you choose will help you or hurt you in a survival situation. Footwear is one of the standard pieces of gear that transcend wilderness or urban survival scenarios. In a previous article, there was a discussion on how to maintain and care for your feet was the focus. However, footwear, itself will be the topic of this article. I will not discuss a particular brand or style. Yet, the following factors for choosing and wearing footwear

We want to welcome Michael Lizotte as the newest member of the Sigma 3 Survival School family. He is from Canada and operates the Redbeard Survival School in Quebec.His BackgroundMichael is a French Canadian who formally served with the Royal 22nd Regiment of Canada as a paratrooper. As a result, he completed tours in Afghanistan, Haiti, and Northern Quebec. Afterwards, Michael pursued his love for the outdoors. Later, in 2016, he participated in The Woods Canada Greatest Explorer Competition aiming to win the title of Canada’s Greatest Explorer.

Sigma 3 Survival School is extending for 60 additional days our $6000 Survival Class Give Away Contest. Why? We are helping our friend and colleague, Justin Sage Williams. Recently, he was diagnosed by his doctors with stage 4 brain cancer. Justin is a former instructor at the Sigma 3 Survival School. He is now the founder and wilderness survival instructor of Axis Off Grid. Axis Off Grid is his outdoor living school.  However, if you are not familiar with Justin’s background in bushcraft and outdoor survival, below is

You can assess a survival situation in 3 easy steps. This assessment is based on the military understanding of estimating a situation. The definition of the phrase, estimate of the situation, is, “A process of reasoning by which a commander considers all the circumstances affecting the military situation and arrives at a decision as to a course of action to be taken to accomplish the mission.” (Joint Publication 3-0). Thus, a working definition of assessing a survival situation is a process of reasoning by which a person considers

Three popular survival approaches for the outdoors are commonly discussed in the literature of wilderness and outdoor survival. Outdoor sports are gaining in popularity. For example, in 2017, over 44 million people went hiking and backpacking. It represents an increase of over 12 million participants from 2009. The Outdoor Industry Association’s annual report for 2017 shows that spending on outdoor recreation is $887 billion per year. This means that interest in outdoor emergency survival is also increasing. Therefore, it is essential to know that there are several common

There are four optional tinder sources that can help with making a fire in an emergency situation. The ability to make a fire is an essential part of survival in the outdoors or in an emergency situation. The experts usually discuss making a fire with the use of natural materials. Demonstrations of primitive fire making occupy the discussions in the survival and outdoor literature. One of the essentials of making a fire is the use of combustible materials to start a fire. Let us take a look at

There are six essential features for quality backpacks. A great backpack is an invaluable piece of gear. An outdoor adventure will not be very pleasant if one’s pack breaks down in the field. It is important to be able to assess if a backpack will hold up to the rigors of outdoor use. There is varying styles and types of backpacks in a multitude of price ranges on the outfitter market. Therefore, it is essential to know what to look for when seeking to purchase a great backpack. 1.

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