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  1. Learning the Basics II: Hiking: Part 3.

    Let's look for a moment at equipment for a simple fair weather day hike. In Scouting a newcomer to the troop is called a "Tenderfoot." That term dates back to the frontier days and refers to someone completely new to the wild outdoors at that time. If you are new to all of this, then you are a "Tenderfoot," and hopefully not a "Numpty." A "Numpty" is someone who refuses to learn, thinking they already know everything about the outdoors, survival, rocket ...

    Updated 01-03-2012 at 01:26 PM by Sarge47

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  2. Learning the Basics II: Hiking: Part 2.

    (Caveat: The following list & information is geared towards traveling on foot in the mid-West during the warm months of the year.)

    Even a simple day hike requires much preparation. Rule #1, never leave home without ALL of the equipment, knowledge, and clothing that you will require; remember, this isn't some "half-azzed" game or the latest "extreme sport!" Survival is "Life or Death!" Even a simple day hike can turn deadly if you don't take the proper ...
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  3. Learning the Basics II: Hiking: Part 1.

    I started posting this on a thread on the forum page, however it quickly went way beyond what my original intent, which was to encourage those new to the outdoors to get out & learn to enjoy and love it! So I've deleted the thread & am starting several series of blogs here on Hiking, Camping, & fishing; starting with Hiking. The following post was my 1st post on that thread, more will follow.

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    Updated 06-10-2011 at 11:25 PM by Sarge47

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  4. Learning the basics, part 6.

    VI.YOUR SURVIVAL GEAR.
    If you’ve read the forum at length you’ve had to notice the big interest in survival gear. With all the advances in technology today there is a newer version of essential gear being advertised all the time. Newer steels for knives, fancier electronics in GPS equipment just to name a couple.

    This being said there is something about making your own gear. Some members have gotten into knife making, making both hand and bow fire-drill sets, & ...
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  5. Learning the basics, part 5.

    V. STOP!!!!
    That’s right, when in trouble, stop! Forget that yahoo on TV that runs headlong through briar & bramble challenging his camera crew to endanger their lives by trying to keep up with him. If you think it’s easy running while trying to focus and hold a “steady cam” think again!

    Whether you’re solo or with a group, as soon as you recognize that you’re in trouble, STOP! Unless you find that you’re in the middle of a life-threatening situation & ...
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