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How to start fire with wet fire wood after it has been raining or snowing

Water usually only penetrates the outer layers of dead wood, so your best bet is to use a knife or hatchet to strip away the damp outer layer. Gather some kindling, dead wood that is about as wide as ...
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

As you pointed out, a knife is not a good idea. You can use a standard pair of scissors safely though. If you don't have that, then (as much as I hate to say such a thing) bite them.
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How to find my way without a compass?

You can orient yourself without technology in a number of ways: moss grows on the north side of the tree (in the northern hemisphere) the sun travels from east to west — if you know what time it is (...
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How do I sharpen a knife in the wild?

I saw a Youtube video on this a while back*....can't find it now, but I'll post whatever I remember. Basically, the way knife-sharpening works is that you shave off little bits of metal, in order to ...
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

While working in construction I would tear/split my nails fairly often, I found using simple wire cutters and tidying up any ragged edges with a fine grit sand paper worked pretty well.
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

I actually use a pocket knife all the time, but only ones with serrated blades. Since they're serrated, you're able to keep the nail in the groove and just take off small chunks at a time. If you ...
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

Improvise a nail file using a rock. You can also polish your nails nicely using leather from your belt. Most campers travel with one of those multi-tool plier things, their is usually some kind of ...
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How to start fire with wet fire wood after it has been raining or snowing

Doritos Use Doritos (or other chips) as a fire starter. It turns out that the chemicals, powdered flavors, and oil in the chips make the perfect combination for combustion and snack. If you change ...
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How to find my way without a compass?

Here are couple of handy Things: When you put your fingers between the sun and the horizon you can count the hours of daylight left:
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How to warm a meal when camping or in the wild

A great way to do this is actively used by the US military in the MREs (Meal Ready to Eat). There are some available to regular civilian consumers. Here is one such example: Mountain Oven on Amazon ...
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How can I repair an axe head that has been separated from the Handle?

Wood shrinks when dried. Attach the head loosely and soak the head and handle in water a day or two (if completely immersed, the head should not rust noticeably). Unless the hatchet was hot enough to ...
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

A nail file works the best. As a person going into the medical field I don't want to have to explain what can happen to you if you use one of these methods and accidentally hurt yourself. Knives are ...
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How can I drive a tent peg into gravel?

Stop fighting the nature Stop fighting the nature, and let it work for you: Use the large stones to lock down your tent. Either by directly placing them on top of the edges of the tent, if possible. ...
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

This is difficult to do if your nails are particularly thick or hard, but you can fold the nail back and forth until it naturally breaks off. Your nails also need to be pretty long for this to be ...
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How to find my way without a compass?

Your watch and the sun make a perfect compass! First, you need to make sure your watch is set to normal/winter/non-daylight-saving time. (You don't have to actually change its time, just keep in mind ...
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Makeshift stand for large tablet

After first just leaning against a larger box, where the iPad kept slipping when touched, I considering using a silicone heat brick so it shouldn't slip. Then I saw this picture frame just laying ...
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Makeshift stand for large tablet

If you have a decently large log and a camping hatchet, you could notch the log on the side, then split it so you have a ledge to rest the tablet on and a back to support it.
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How to quickly dry out a Camelbak?

Use 95% pure ethanol, sold in liquor stores as "rectified spirits". Just a small amount is all you need. Slosh it around the container and it will pick up every last speck of water and evaporate it, ...
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

The simplest way to safely trim your fingernails without nail clippers is to use your eye teeth, fingers, and a rough surface. While it sounds odd, this is how I have trimmed my finger nails for most ...
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How to straighten a bent tent-peg

Especially aluminium tent pegs are a bit tricky. Most metals will become harder as they are 'worked' (as in getting bent) and the initial bend when you hit the stone will have the effect that the bend ...
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How to light a match?

Preparation is key. Don't go into the woods unprepared. Matches are not the only answer, but if you can't build a fire without them, then look for "strike anywhere" matches. They still make them, ...
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How to find my way without a compass?

The guide for lost people. You are moving (by foot, by car, by whatever) through the landscape until, well, this area does not look right....where am I ? First and most important rule: Do not panic....
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How to warm a meal when camping or in the wild

Trail mix. Full of energy and healthy. If you do have a fire, you can save weight by boiling lake water for soup or tea instead of carrying water in. I recommend a stainless camping pot from REI or ...
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How to warm a meal when camping or in the wild

If you don't mind luke-warm soup, a hand-warmer using the oxidation of iron can reach ~50°C. See this PDF of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Another heat source is ...
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Ways of waterproofing a watch

Another variant of using a plastic bag is to do as follows: Take a plastic bag which you are just able to insert your hand into, and cut of the bottom of it, so it becomes a sleeve Put the sleeve (in ...
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How to start fire with wet fire wood after it has been raining or snowing

Whenever you are hiking collect the bark of fallen birch trees (Please leave the living trees alone!). It's white, looks like paper and burns really well. I had a bag of it in my backpack when I was a ...
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How can I safely trim my fingernails without a fingernail clipper?

Maintain your thumb nails on both hands. When others grow up, use them to trim it. Also keep an mutual relationship with both of them when you needed. It is far better than biting. Believe me, this ...
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How to quickly dry out a Camelbak?

My solution for storing multiple Camelbak bladders for long periods of time without any mold or mildew inside is to fill them with water and then make sure ALL of the air is bled out before storing. ...
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