Can you survive the wilderness?

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Would you know how to survive if you were lost or wounded in the wilderness? What if it was really cold? What if you were in the searing heat of the desert? Each survival scenario is different and requires unique skills. Let's see what you've got.

What's the most important survival tool for a novice in a jungle scenario?

You could make an argument for the machete, but a novice survivalist would do well to stay hydrated with a water filter.

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What's the easiest way to catch fish in a survival situation?

Noodling may be a hoot, but you'd have more luck spear fishing.

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What unlikely object can you make fire from?

Shape ice into a convex circle and use it like a magnifying lens to make fire.

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Which of the following can kill you?

Sunburn and frostbite are no fun, but you won't die. You can die from hypothermia, though.

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What should you NOT drink if you're dehydrated?

Salt water will only dehydrate you more, so stay away from it.

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What's the emergency smoke signal to send if you're in trouble?

Do what Native Americans did and send three quick puffs until someone finds you.

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In a survival scenario, you should avoid eating insects that ____.

You can eat insects with hard shells and stingers, including scorpions -- but you should avoid bugs that are brightly colored and/or pungent.

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How long can a healthy human go without food as long as they have water?

Healthy human can last eight weeks without food as long as the body is properly hydrated.

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If you're going to carry two of anything, which of these would be best?

While all could be useful, an extra compass is best. It won't take up a lot of additional room in your backpack and would be extremely helpful if the first one disappears and you're trying to get out of the woods.

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John Rambo popularized what survival tool in the film "First Blood"?

Rambo was one tough dude, but he would have been nowhere without his special survival knife.

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How many days can the human body live without water?

The human body can only live about three days without water.

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What internal temperature is required to break down bacteria cells in meat?

Internally, the meat should measure at least 150 degrees Farenheit (65 degrees Celsius) to stop bacteria from reproducing.

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Making a blade can be essential in survival. Which of the following is an essential tool to make a blade?

To make a blade you need rocks. There are three different types of rocks needed to fashion a blade: a large flat rock (core rock), a large, smooth rock to chip the core rock (hammer stone) and a rock with a sharp point to refine the blade's edges (pressure flaker).

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You'll need to attach your emergency blade to some kind of handle. Which of these makes the best emergency rope?

Animal tendons are the strongest natural rope you can find in the wilderness. The plant fiber would be good second choice.

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To avoid hypothermia, which of the following is a great way to generate heat?

Warm, sweet liquids will give the body quick energy boosts to help it produce heat. You should also wear loose-fitting layers and avoid strenuous activity in order to avoid overexerting yourself.

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When finding shelter, which of the following should you avoid?

When finding shelter, you should avoid dead trees because they could easily fall. Also, heavy rains could turn the dry river bed into a rushing river.

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If your feet stay wet for a prolonged period, you can develop immersion foot or:

Immersion foot is also called trench foot. This illness happens when your feet are constantly wet and infection sets in.

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When searching for edible plants, avoid:

The risk of eating a toxic plant is deadly. When searching for an edible plant stay clear of shiny leaves, plants with thorns, umbrella shaped flowers, white or yellow berries and plants with seeds inside a pod.

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What color flare should you signal to indicate an emergency?

White flares are for signaling non-emergency circumstances. Red flares are used to indicate an emergency.

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What everyday object is used to signal for help in emergency situations?

A mirror, or anything shiny is used to reflect the sun’s rays to gain attention in dire circumstances.

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