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1Basic Skills: GPS or "Where are we?"
To get from point A to B, you need to know where you are during the trip. More importantly, you need to be able to confidently reply when asked if you know where you are. GPS is the modern method, but not the best for survival situations. Augment your GPS with some basic map reading, compass use, and a few other navigational tricks.
Also in:   Basic SkillsBug OutDisaster PreparednessPopularTools
2Basic Skills: Tent Drill
Before you go out in the woods to play with the bears, it would be a good idea to at least have some idea on how to set up your tent. Today's modern materials and tent shapes and sizes are difficult to assemble if you haven't yet done so.
Also in:   Basic SkillsTents
3Basic Skills: The Bowline
If you only ever learn one knot, the bowline is arguably the best. Here is a quick "how to" guide for this versatile knot.
Also in:   Basic SkillsKnots
4Basic Skills: The Cache
You have all the food and supplies you need. Now you need to make sure you keep them safe from bears, raccoons, and the desperate folks that did not plan as well as you. From rudimentary to high-tech, here are some ideas to perfectly protect your precious provisions.
Also in:   Basic SkillsDisaster PreparednessFoodFood StorageHow ToPopular
5Basics: First Aid Kits
Somewhere between a Band-Aid and a surgical kit is the perfect first aid kit for you. What do you need to have? Will you know what to do with the kit you have? Having the right supplies and training will ensure you are ready to respond.
Also in:   Bug OutDisaster PreparednessFirst AidPopularSafety
6Clan of the Cave Turtle: Basic Shelter
The first in a new series focused on wilderness shelters, this article examines some of the rudimentary techniques for building a rough shelter with minimal materials.
Also in:   Basic SkillsDisaster PreparednessShelterTents
7Clan of the Cave Turtle: Hot Weather Shelters
Weather conditions effect many of the decisions that are made in an emergency. In this week's Clan, I discuss shelter choices and considerations for warm to hot climates.
Also in:   Bug OutShelter
8Clan of the Cave Turtle: More Shelters
Expanding on the basic emergency shelters from last week, I present several new shelters that require a bit more preparation and will be a bit more permanent.
Also in:   ShelterTents
9Clan of the Cave Turtle: Tents
This week I look at some tents that may or may not be appropriate for survival situations. Also, a brief discussion on tent safety and site selection.
Also in:   Disaster PreparednessSafetyShelterTents
10Critters: Horse Flies and Deer Flies
A short critter article on these biting flies.
Also in:   CrittersFirst Aid
11Critters: Mosquitoes
This insect can spread some of the worst diseases in the world to people. The Anopheles mosquito carries malaria, and the genus Aedes carries the yellow fever virus. The diseases are mostly associated in the areas by the equator, but mosquitoes live all over the world, delivering diseases everywhere. The housefly mosquito can transmit parasitic worms and encephalitis virus.

Here's what you need to know about preparations and remedies for the dreaded mosquito.
Also in:   Bird FluCrittersFirst AidSafety
12Do-It-Yourself: Campfire Grille
When it's time to bug out, you may not end up in a convenient campsite with a grille waiting for your use. Here's a simple, portable grille I fashioned from rebar.
Also in:   Bug OutFoodHow To
13History: Rogue Turtle's Teepee
Here's my all-time favorite. Not because it is the best or the strongest or the easiest, but because of all the memories it brings back to me.
Also in:   HistoryTents
14How To: Build a Fire in a Safe Place
One of Rogue Turtle's first books was an epic called "Turtle's Campfire Cookbook". Chapter one of this book is called "Build a fire in a safe place". Since the control of fire is one of the MOST ESSENTIAL skills any survivalist can learn, it seems that a good place to start is with building a good, safe fire.
Also in:   Basic SkillsFireHow ToSafety
15How To: Hand Fishing
More people fish around the world without rods then with rods. It's mostly the "sport" fisherman who uses the rod and reel. And the sport fisherman pays out millions of dollars a year for that privilege. You don't need all that stuff.
Also in:   FishingFood
16How To: Ice Fishing Part One
During the "cold" season that those of you who don't live in Florida call "winter", you may have to fend for yourselves while trying not to freeze to death. Some parts of our family actually prefer to live in "northern" states, where the freeze is a way of life. However, in the coldest regions of the country ice fishing is an option for food that is always available if you know how.
Also in:   Basic SkillsFishingFoodPopularWater
17How To: Meal Planning
Think about how much food one person needs to survive. Now anticipate that others in your family might want to survive, too. We are talking about a whole lot of food. How much? Read on to learn how to estimate this critical element in your disaster plan. Rogue Turtle has included useful planning pages to get you started.
Also in:   Basic SkillsBug OutHow To
18Need to Know: Lots and lots of Knots and Nets
After you master the bowline, it is time to expand your repertoire. This arsenal of knots will serve you well in many situations. And when you are done, you can take a rest in your self-made hammock.
Also in:   Basic SkillsHow ToKnots
19On the Grill: Frogs and Toads
Not just for adventurous tourists in France, frogs are a plentiful option for the survivalists kitchen. Here is what to look for and a few ways to cook up some tasty Kermit.
Also in:   Basic SkillsFood
20Outdoor Living: The Outhouse
I don't want to talk about it either. As my daughter says, "It's nasty." But, it's a fact of life we cannot avoid. We have to use the bathroom sometimes, better indoors than outdoors.
Also in:   Basic SkillsShelter
21Power Camping: Tent Pegs
You probably haven't seen a tent peg quite like this one. This special "RogueTurtle" edition was constructed by the old RogueTurtle in his back yard workshop. I dug out that welder again just to prove to myself, once and for all, that I am a terrible welder. But, it works.
Also in:   Basic SkillsShelterTents
22Roughing It: Tent Hammocks
There are a growing number of campers who choose to sleep in hammocks. The problem with most hammocks is that you are exposed to the elements, both rain and bugs. Now, new gear has been developed to take that problem away. The Tent-Hammock is a combination of both the tent (with bug screens) and a hammock.
Also in:   Bug OutShelterTents
23When You Gotta Go
Outdoor living requires special attention to sanitation details. Major diseases such as e-coli poisoning can occur if done incorrectly or not done at all.
Also in:   Basic SkillsHow ToShelter
24Wildlife: Badger
A short article on the details of your local badger.
Also in:   Critters
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