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Always be prepared for survival situations.
Be Safe Out There. Driving to the trailhead, hiking along the trail or bushwhacking and camping in the backcountry need some special techniques and good equipment. Keep your tent, sleeping bag, backpack and other gear in tip top condition.
Safe drinking water is one of your main concerns. Water filters and water purifiers provide safe and convenient water wherever you are.
Be aware of hypothermia whenever in cool, moist windy situations.
So pack up your tent, sleeping bag, and camping gear on your pack frame and get out there.
A hatchet is one of the most useful tools in camp (or a survival situation). It is also one of the most dangerous tools in camp.
· Always swing the hatchet away from the body. Assume every swing of the hatchet is going to be a glancing blow.
· Keep your eye on the target.
· When limbing a tree keep the main part of the tree between the target limb and your body (and body parts.)
· Clear the area of your swing of any branches, bushes or other obstacles.
· Wear sturdy boots and gloves.
· Keep other people at least two arms lengths away (and more.)
· Never chop into the ground
· Never use the hatchet when tired or very weary.
· Keep the hatchet edge sharp (before you leave home; bring a small sharpening stone.)
· To point a stake, make it four-sided. Cut sides No 1 and 3, then sides No. 2 and 4.
· Only inexperienced people throw a hatchet at trees to make it stick.
· When not in use and being carried, cover the hatchet with a sheath.
· Hand the hatchet to someone else, handle end first.
· Walk with the hatchet on the downhill side with edge facing away from you.
· Don’t run with the hatchet in hand.
· Keep the free hand out of harms way; especially if using it to stabilize an object.
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