Combustion devices: Canterbury and I both carry three BIC lighters as our first choice for firestarting, in addition to other, different firemaking methods. In addition to the BICs, I carry a traditional flint and steel kit, a ferrocerrium rod with cotton balls and Vaseline and a Zippo lighter. Canterbury shows  how to make and use a firebow, but his emphasis is on being prepared so you don’t have to resort to the aboriginal skills. But I can appreciate the need for containers to carry water, store berries or keep tinder dry, so I carry several sizes of  Ziploc bags.
I have experimented with making cord from natural fibers enough to know that I don’t want to be investing time in that activity during a survival situation.
Leon Pantenburg is a wilderness enthusiast, and doesn't claim to be a survival expert or expertise as a survivalist. As a newspaperman and journalist for three decades, covering search and rescue, sheriff's departments, floods, forest fires and other natural disasters and outdoor emergencies, Leon learned many people died unnecessarily or escaped miraculously from outdoor emergency situations when simple, common sense might have changed the outcome. Leon now teaches common sense techniques to the average person in order to avert potential disasters.
After graduating from Iowa State University, Leon completed a six-month, 2,552-mile solo Mississippi River canoe trip from the headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minn., to the Gulf of Mexico. His wilderness backpacking experience includes extended solos through Yellowstone’s backcountry; hiking the John Muir Trail in California, and numerous shorter trips along the Pacific Crest Trail. Some of Leon's canoe trips include sojourns through the Okefenokee Swamp and National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, the Big Black River swamp in Mississippi and the Boundary Waters canoe area in northern Minnesota and numerous small river trips in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. Since 1991, Leon has been an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 18 in Bend, and is a scoutmaster wilderness skills trainer for the Boy Scouts’ Fremont District. Leon earned a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, and competed in his last tournament (sparring and form) at age 49.
So not only is this book extremely well written and researched it is also filled with a tons of pictures and demonstrations!
The unique thing about this book is that it effectively blends popular cultural and real world Wilderness survival skills. In order to be entered to win the items seen in the picture below which includes an autographed copy of The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide just do two simple things. Also if you would like to connect with me and get updates of all of my posts via Facebook please click this link and “Like” my Facebook Page! Last but not least, if you are a shooter you may also want to Click This Link, that will take you to a page that provides FREE plans for building an awesome Portable Shooting Bench from one single sheet of plywood.  Or if you are an outdoorsman and you spend time in the wilderness you may also want to Click On This Link, to go to a page where you can download my FREE mini-ebook that describes all of the most important steps needed to affect your rescue if you were lost in the wilderness. I got this CZ527 7.62x39 couple of months ago after doing a lot of reveiwing through many websites and I am so happy of doing so. I’ve just come out of hibernation from writing another survival book (details to come soon). A Condom is easier to fill when water is falling into it versus just sweeping it through the water.
The most obvious way to use a condom to aid in survival fire is to protect DRY fire tinder.
One condom  even protects this entire bracket fungus – which contains a load of excellent natural tinder. After a little detailing and carving I ended up with a nice little pocket sized Sling Shot Frame.

I decided rather than launch imperfect rocks with a leather pouch, I would use a loop of bank line as a anchor point to nock a hand-carved mini dart.
Worse case scenario, a condom can be used as a crude rubber glove while dealing with any first aid related issues. While there are many natural options for a fishing bobber, a make-shift condom bobber is pretty darn effective. I have to say, I did feel a little pressure to perform when he was watching me carve out the Condom Hand Drill set below. As long as you get plain panty liners, (non scented, no gel inserts or whatever), they are actually very useful. Thanks for all the info, this is all really great stuff that truly helps when we have all bug out. Arent condoms usually lubricated, i dont have any first hand knowledge about buying condoms. Put a condom on over your socks and another pair over them to keep your feet dry in the wilderness. I had never thought of those uses.It still amazes me how many household items that can be used for survival.
Since a condom comes rolled up, the lube and spermicide are on both the inside and outside of the condom. Some of them aren’t worth reading and others can provide some practical, useful information. Canterbury was the nuts-and-bolts practical counterpart to  the long-haired, hippie-type Lundin. He is the supervising instructor of the Pathfinder school in Ohio, which was named by USA Today as one of the top 12 survival schools in the United States.
There is also detailed information about choosing kits, making tools and supplies, collecting and cooking food and sheltering yourself from the elements. His knife recommendations are apparently right on target, since they align closely with my preferences!
Canterbury recommends high carbon steel, one reason being the potential to use the back of the blade in flint-and-steel firemaking.
But personally, I have not been able to get a knife blade to spark well enough to be useful.
There is something about saving a few bucks, while creating a useful item, that is very satisfying to most of us. Canterbury also recommends taking a ferrocerrium rod and a magnifying glass as alternate firestarting tools. I always carry a tin cup for boiling water or eating and include about 150 feet of paracord and 10 feet of jute or hemp rope in my gear.
This guide can get you started on the right path, with sound advice and recommendations for skills and techniques.
It would be a good choice as a gift to a beginner, or more experienced survival-types who want to learn additional skills. He is an enthusiastic Bluegrass mandolin picker and fiddler and two-time finalist in the International Dutch Oven Society’s World Championships. Most experts will point out that the psychological aspect is more important than anything else.

Then on the 15th of June 2013, I will randomly select 2 people who have entered the contest and they will receive the prize pack below that includes an autographed copy of the book directly from Creek Stewart!
Imagine if I don't have a magnesium fire starter with me, what materials I need to start a fire?
Aside from tinder, they make great wound dressing, placed in a bottle for water filtration, wrapped around a condom as a makeshift water bottle, insulation… to name just a few. The strength needed to stop arterial pressure is a fair amount & I wouldnt trust my life on something that can so easily break!
Just a tip for all of us to help out it would a big help to keep a zip-loc bag with a dozen or so butane lighters, a few newspaper come in handy for starting fires(don't take up much space and also act as an insulator in cold weather), a magnifying glass, 8oz bottle of Betadine Solution (a few drops goes a long way), a few tiny rolls of first aide tapes, needle and threads for stitches(dental floss works good too and more resistant to bacterias). In Trojan"s sensitivity pack they include bonus condoms in travel packs called Trojan2go protective condom cards. The fact that you don`t have to order a bunch of expensive items from a site that is only there to make cash, is awesome.
Both appear to be experts in their respective environments, though I have to wonder about Lundin’s habit of going barefoot in the backcountry!
For bushcraft, Canterbury recommends a high carbon steel, rigid blade knife, with a blade length of  between four to six inches. An axe or hatchet relies on velocity to cut, and a person with no skills in handling tools could end up severely hurting himself. Canterbury shows several homemade tools and wilderness gadgets that could prove to be extremely useful. We are both advocates of carrying charcloth and a tin for charring organic materials, regardless of the ignition methods available.
Every technique, piece of equipment or skill recommended on this website has been thoroughly tested and researched. Here is why I say that, I believe this book may have possibly been the most creative and interesting way to get young people and children interested in the traditional old world skills of wilderness survival that I have ever seen! Everyone entering into the prepping world should get a copy of your guide book and develop their individual uniqueness around your basic information program.
Even better, should a seen my daughters faces when I ask for tampax and a box of Trojans for Christmas. I could go on and on,(via flints, fish hooks and line, sterno, paraphen, lets have a bug out bug in session? These are hard side trays with a soft top they are about the same size as a regular package condom but they are rigid. Thank you, for taking the time and putting in a valiant effort to produce a final copy that was easy to follow. If they fit in your kit they may be a little more durable than a standard soft sided condom package.
For example, a single condom can be pulled over a medium sized dopp kitt if the backpack is not really water proof. If you are packing condoms in a small survival kit, be sure to include a handful of purification tablets for a complete water purification system.

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