How To Climb A Tree

How To Climb A Tree

There are plenty of reasons to need to climb a tree: to cut branches off, getting to safety, or eliminating a threat that could be at the top. Knowing how to climb a tree safely and effectively is the best way to protect yourself and those around you.

Some people believe that it’s as simple as one hand in front of the other, but it’s quite easy to lose your grip, and a fall from high enough can even kill you. There are safer ways to tackle the problem you face, depending on the equipment you have with you at the time.

Clothing is important

In order to stay safe when climbing a tree, it’s important to be aware of what you’re wearing. You want your clothing to be loose enough that allows for a range of movement. But be aware that clothing that’s too baggy can result in it being snagged on branches, and getting stuck is not only embarrassing but dangerous.

You want to remove any loose jewelry, such as necklaces or bracelets, and remove any unnecessary accessories, as they can also get snagged when you’re climbing. Shoes with good traction are also important in order to provide the grip you’ll need to stay on the branches you’re climbing. If you don’t have such shoes, then …

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Ten Natural Ways to Repel Spiders

Ten Natural Ways to Repel Spiders

I always try to repel any insect naturally instead of using store-bought chemical repellents. It’s safer for you and your family – and of course, your pets. Here are ten ways to repel spiders naturally.

  1. Vinegar Spray

Mix one cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle with two cups of water. Spray this mixture around your house at the spider entry points such as windows, doors, air vents, etc.

  1. Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is a great spider repellent. You can sprinkle a dash of lavender oil in the spider dominated areas. Also, to avoid spiders from entering your house, just fill a flower vase with a little bit of water and add 5 drops of lavender oil to it. The aroma of lavender oil stops the spiders dead in their tracks and they will not enter your home.

  1. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil can also be used to ward off spiders. Non-venomous spiders and venomous spiders hate the strong smell of peppermint and it will keep them away.

  1. Scented Candles

Scented candles are not just great for decoration, but they make a great insect repellent too! Light scented candles with lavender, citronella, lime, etc., and the spiders won’t …

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What You Shouldn’t Forget

What You Shouldn’t Forget

Camping is a great activity which brings you a ton of health benefits, like oxygenating your brain, improving your memory, strengthening your heart, and working your muscles. But we all know that if you go into the great outdoors without a comprehensive camping checklist, the benefits that wilderness has to offer to your brain turn into an actual hindrance for your peace of mind. So, if you’re planning a relaxing, fun trip you shouldn’t leave home without taking everything you need for that.

We’re here to give you an idea of what the essentials are when it comes to camping, but feel free to add the items you need the most on the corresponding category for this checklist. You’ll end up having more fun and make sure that everything is under control.

Besides this, we’ll also sum up by providing you a list of our favorite items on the market, since getting the right gear also means using high quality products.

The actual checklist

This list is split into 7 main categories, taking into account the basic necessities when it comes to shelter, eating, clothes, personal gear, miscellaneous items, as well as people who go camping with their kids …

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Four Prepper Projects to Try

Four Prepper Projects to Try

Spring weather has finally resurfaced in many regions of the country. It is time once again to begin working on our outdoor preparedness projects and practicing our survival skills.

After several months cooped up inside, we can now comfortably get back to embarking upon enhancements to our prepper retreat or homestead and preparing for the coming growing and livestock birthing season.

Learning new skills and cross-training other members of your family (or mutual assistance group) should be an integral aspect of your overall prepping arrange. If the only person in the family or group knows how to help birth a calf in distress, or how to reload ammunition, the anticipated survival chances of the clan decrease considerably if that one all-important individual is out of commission, or dead, when their skills are required.

Every single prepper I know looks at their retreat or homestead as a work in progress. There is always some new concept to check, repair to make, project to try, or …

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Close Combat – What You Need to Learn to Save Your Life

Close Combat - What You Need to Learn to Save Your Life

There aren’t only decent people out there, and someday you too can be attacked by an armed thug who’ll kill you for a few dollars. If this situation arises, do you want to freeze and die, or do you want to learn how to protect yourself? Close combat is centered on survival in a violent situation, when people need to focus and employ their knowledge and skills to beat down an enemy.

As such, there are numerous examples of reality martial arts that are even taught in military training systems, like the Israeli Krav Maga and the Russian Systema. The thing is that every training program is very specific, and it takes into account our fight or flight instincts, but in this article we’ll tell you all the basics about how to fight and what moves you can use more successfully.

Overcoming fear in combat

When we’re in danger, we either tend to run or we confront our enemy head on, which produces numerous changes in our body, starting with the release of adrenaline. Our heart starts pumping blood even faster, our pulse accelerates and our breathing quickens. So we’re not calm and centered anymore, but we’re anxious or even frightened, which is perfectly normal.

Besides, if we get injured in a fight we may not see, hear or move as swiftly as before, and reality martial arts take all these changes into account.

The best thing to do is overcoming your fear not just by learning the proper moves, but creating a new mindset oriented towards surviving. If you’re attacked on the street by someone holding a gun, the truth is that chances aren’t in your favor, and that you’re in a life and death situation where you don’t even have time to think. That’s why you should learn how to act quickly, instinctively and proficiently.

Nevertheless, the purpose of your surviving is to get rid of your enemy even if that doesn’t mean winning. Sometimes it’s better to immobilize him and run, than return for a second round.

What are the best techniques?

There are many moves used in hand to hand fights, and it’s good to be familiar with all of them in case you may need to use them. However, we’ve made a list of the most effective and yet simple ones that actually work and that everyone can learn.

1. Eye gouge

One of the best hand to hand combat moves is the eye gouge. The purpose of this one is quite gruesome, since you should blind your adversary by crushing his eyes or by trying to scoop them out all together.

You’ve probably seen it in movies before, and it works like this: you push the eye sockets of your opponent with two of your fingers that you slide under the eyeballs. This is for crushing the eyes inside his skull.

You can also use your thumbs for this move, but this time you should target the inner corners of your enemy’s eyes. This is for when you try to push the eyes out of their occipital …

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How to Escape Handcuffs, Zip Ties & Duct Tape Restraints

How to Escape Handcuffs, Zip Ties & Duct Tape Restraints

Though most preppers, survivalists and escape artists teaching folks how to escape from restraints, no matter if they’re handcuffs, zip ties, duct tape or rope automatically assume you’re trying to escape from a home invasion or kidnapping situation, even though when talking about a society collapse scenario, your biggest threat will most likely be police and military personnel.

In a society collapse situation, money will likely be worthless, stores will be pillaged and their shelves will be empty and the infrastructure can likely be down, that means no fuel, electricity, water, sanitation, law or order. In fact, emergency situations even not as severe, usually turn cops into violent, power-hungry control freaks and/or vigilantes.  Then there’s the probability that martial law ….

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Emergency Planning: Focusing on Preparation

Emergency Planning - Focusing on Preparation

Have you been asked by these questions before? What’s within your fridge right now? Is your dog food or cat food edible by humans? Do you have an emergency meeting place for your family?

Who’s going to get your children in school, in case, you did not make it? Do you even have dogs at home? Well, these questions might be some what intimidating, privacy intruding, and all the more, unusual for you to answer. But, if you’re familiar with emergency planning, you’ll instantly know that the inquirer may be talking your family’s preparation for emergency situations.

Emergency planning, sadly is one of the least focused aspects of family safety planning. Your family may have been through all kinds of safety activities such as engaging in seminars regarding family emergence response, you’ll have all the books of safety and emergency for homes, you could be installing the most high tech security and alarm system in your house, but if you don’t have an emergency plan when that dreaded day comes, it’d all be of no use.

Fortunately, you never have to add worry lines on your face. You can truly do something to prepare your people of worst case situations. Like learning how how does bail work. Remember, that after you do emergency planning, you consider all the possible threats, calamities and disasters that may come. Home related emergencies may include the most common, electrical or fire accidents, physical accidents like falling from the stairs, to gas leak explosion, earthquake, typhoons and

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