Safety & Security

7 Best Hatchets for Camping, Backpacking, and Survival

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Few tools are as essential to the outdoorsman as a well-made hatchet. It’s a must-have for hikers, campers, preppers, and post-apocalypse survivalists. From ultra-packable, backcountry half-hatchets to full-sized, multipurpose axe-like tools, here are seven of the best for upping your outdoor game. SOG Survival Hawk Limited ...

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El Niño Is Here: What You Need To Know

The return of the recurring climate pattern was announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Thursday morning. Forecasters expect this to be a weak El Niño; however, its impacts will still be felt across the United States, particularly in the southern half of the country where wetter conditions are expected during the coming months, as AccuWeather meteorologists recently ...

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Is Social Security Costing You?

Out of the roughly 60 million Americans who currently receive Social Security, a huge proportion rely on the program for the majority of their income. The decision about when to claim Social Security is one of the biggest you’ll ever make, and the choice will have implications affecting the rest of your financial life. One of the hardest-fought debates about ...

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How to Build a Fire Pit with Your Own Two Hands

It’s time to rekindle that fire — a fire that has echoed through the souls of man for years. The drive to take an idea, make a plan, gather materials, and build something where there was nothing before. It’s time to return to confidence, determination, self-belief. One of man’s greatest accomplishments was to harness fire, so why not start by building a fire pit? The ...

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