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If you're a mountaineer or into rock climbing, rappelling, caving, or canyoneering, you've most likely heard of the Prusik, Klemheist, or French Prusik. These sliding knots are essential for outdoor climbers and used for many improvised scenarios, from crevasse rescue to rope retrieval. In this mountaineering lesson, learn how to tie all three knots. Then, practice each one; though the knots perform the same function, they act different depending on conditions.

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Jumps onto boxes or rails look impressive when other snowboarders do them, but everyone has to start somewhere. Whether you have been snowboarding for ages or are still a beginner, this lesson on jibbing is for you. Mike and Marthe from Section 8 Snowsport Institute demonstrate tips for jibbing on the slopes—how to stabilize yourself, and practice maneuvers you can do on flat land (so it will hurt less when you fall). You’ll be dominating the half pipes and rails in no time!

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Are you a beginner climber looking to learn how to tie into a harness? Get prepared for your next outing with this simple to learn and easy to remember knot. Expert climber and mountain guide Mike Barter will show you how to tie a rethreaded figure eight knot into a harness, as well as how to tie into an anchor using a figure eight on a bight. This strong and safe knot is the most common way climbers tie in and a must-know for students.

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A mountaineer’s greatest tool is awareness! By paying attention to conditions and having a rehearsed self-arrest plan, you’ll be able to safely climb steep snowfields. In this wilderness lesson, learn how to hike on snow by building steps. This is especially important for the lead climber, who is setting the trail for the rest of the group. Then, get a step-by-step lesson on snow climbing’s life-saving skill: the self-arrest. Learn how to carry an ice axe, and how to use it in an emergency!

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If you find yourself in need of an anchor in a snowfield, would you know what to do? In this must-watch lesson for every climber and mountaineer, learn how to judge snow quality and make a T-slot anchor using an ice axe. You’ll also get tips on how much slack to leave in your rope, how to belay, and how to make a body belay. Soon, you’ll be ready for anything from crevasse rescue to bringing someone up a steep snow slope.

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Brave the great outdoors with these wilderness survival tips! In this second of two lessons, Dave Canterbury from The Pathfinder School teaches you two crucial elements of survival: water and fire. Learn to recognize the signs of dehydration, and to filter or boil water so that it is safe to drink in just three minutes. Learn the right technique for creating a fire with waterproof tinder, kindling, and fuel. Be sure to carry a stainless steel water container, waterproof bag, lighter, and tinder.

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The most poorly named knot in the history of mankind happens to be the best choice for rappelling! Learn how to tie a Euro Death Knot to join two ropes. Also known as an Overhand Knot, this configuration is a safe, fast, and easy-to-tie knot that runs on its flat side when pulled, reducing the chance of your rope getting stuck while rappelling down a big, lonely wall. The knot also comes apart easily and can be adapted as an anchor.

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Self-arrest is an essential skill for every mountaineer! Like any good Boy Scout, be prepared for the worst by rehearsing this survival skill many times before going into steep terrain. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use an ice axe to stop sliding after a slip, and when to throw your feet during self-arrest. Get acquainted with the pick of your axe and don’t forget to practice your self-arrest technique before you actually need it!

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You can light my fire anytime using this sure-fire fire starter! Sarah Mock from How to Pinch a Penny shows you how to take old things lying around the house including egg cartons, shredded paper, and dryer lint to make an easy fire-starter that will let you light your bonfire or fire pit on the first try (not to mention, put old materials to a good use)!

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Want to strengthen your mountaineering skills by learning the King of Knots? Meet the Bowline. This knot can be used in countless situations, such as for an anchor or during a rescue, and is a go-to for how to attach a rope to a tree or post. No matter how much force you apply to this knot, when you’re done using it, it slips apart easily by just using your fingers. Practice this knot at the end of a rope, or learn how to tie a bowline on a bight in this short lesson from Climbing Tools.

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After a day on the slopes with your buddies, you realize that your impeccable form and incredible speed are less impressive than you thought; your friends are not the least bit amazed by your obvious skiing talent. But a good trick would certainly prove your artistry and skill! Don’t despair! Tobin from Section 8 Snowsport Institute is here to teach you a long forgotten yet awe-inspiring feat you can wow your friends with on your next ski trip—it’s called a “worm turn.”

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When snowboarding, using your core is a good way to stay stable through a turn. But if you’d like to control your turn even more, learn how to impact your board with your knees and feet, and get more edge angle and tighter steering. Mike from Section 8 Snowsport Institute demonstrates how to do this, and gives you a tip for mastering this technique yourself. You’ll look like a snowboarding pro, and your body will be less prone to injury when you are using proper form.

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Snowboarding may be an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors and exercise, but its important to maintain proper form to remain in control. In this lesson, Mike from Section 8 Snowsport Institute demonstrates how to keep your upper body stable through short radius open turns, which build speed rapidly. Learn how to keep your upper body stable, while using your legs to alternately push and pull you through turns. Don’t let the mountain control you, control the mountain!

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Don’t let bicycle chains wreck your chainring and cassette! Over time, the rivets in your chain build up dirt, oil, and water and the chain begins to get longer. If you are not careful, a worn-out chain can grind against more expensive parts of your bicycle. This tutorial by Joel Babb shows you what causes wear and tear on chains and when it is time to replace them.

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The Munter hitch is an essential climbing knot every mountaineer should know! Sometimes called the Crossing Hitch or the Italian hitch, this versatile knot can be used to rappel or belay. When you add the Munter mule and the Monster Munter, you’ve got powerful tools at your disposal for escaping the climbing system or controlling heavy loads. Climbers and cavers can learn all three of these knots in this quick lesson from Climbing Tools!

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Don't want to be without some emergency paracord? Why not carry it with you and accessorise at the same time? Outdoor Concepts teaches you to braid paracord into a bracelet, burn the edges to prevent fraying, and then create an adjustable strap so that it's easy to slip on and off. Cute and practical, you never know when this particular fashion statement might come in handy!

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If you've mastered the 180 front flip of parkour, it's time to get a little more hardcore. Nick Provost offers parkour training that teaches you the aerial twist, a great way to get over or off of any obstacle. Learn the run up, foot position, and arm movements you need to successfully pull off this impressive move.

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What would you do if you were in the wilderness, and accidentally got separated from your group? How could you know what to do or where to go? Basic navigation skills, like knowing how to use a compass, are indispensable—so make sure you are equipped for anything! In this lesson from The Pathfinder School you’ll learn why people who are lost often walk in circles, how to walk a straight course, and finally, how to tell what direction you are facing even if you don’t have a compass.

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If you love rock climbing and feel ready for more advanced routes, this lesson is for you. To equip you for more advanced climbs, this lesson provides a few aspects to consider when planning advanced routes. You’ll learn that the route you choose forces hand placement; because of this, there are right and wrong ways to climb advanced routes. Watch as the teacher demonstrates correct and incorrect climbing, and learn how to plan a route that includes comfortable holds for breaks.

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