I'm really glad to see so many from the How to Defend Yourself on a Budget
here. Thanks for answering the call, friends. I would like to add Northwolf
to the list of nominees for subject matter experts. I guess it'd
be bad form to nominate myself as well, though I can still contribute regardless of any titles.
If we could expand upon our knowledge base, let's start listing what areas we can contribute in. It occurs to me that a knowledge of herbs and
animals and survival in Texas is all fine and dandy if one is in Texas, but would do very little good in, say, Greenland. A survivalist isn't just
limited to Space Monkeys with a shaved head and a basement of guns. Our survival is dependant on so many factors that I would wager almost everyone
has at least one or two things they can contribute, knowledge and experience, to the survival of their fellow ATSers.
U.S.A. Southwest Climate
- I'm quite familiar with the edible and poisonous flora and fauna, landscape features, weather patterns, and
hazards, specializing in Texas and New Mexico.
Minimalist Survival Hiking/Camping
- Barring any critical accidents, I can survive entirely off what I can carry in my backpack, in the
woods, indefinitely, in less than 80 lbs.
Herbs and Herbal Medicines
- Given the right area, and plants, I can create painkillers, astringents, purgatives, and tasty additions to
food. Can also treat minor to intermediate illnesses.
- As long as they don't need surgery, I can usually save a life and transport injured/unconscious people, wether
it's the fireman's carry, towing a drowning victim, CPR, tournaquet, choking, treating wounds, shock, hypothermia, and when and when not to move
Navigation and Terrain
- From rock climbing to rappelling, to finding my way to Points A, B, and C, without a compass, to crossing rivers,
to traversing mountains and valleys.
- Bolt action rifles, pump action shotguns, clip and revolver pistols.
Leadership and Communication
- How to organize a group of people, keep them motivated, how to delegate, how to settle disputes,
string-of-pearls communications, line of sight communications, psychology, listening, public speaking, technical writing,
record keeping, teaching.
Quartering and Perimeters
- I know how to set up a safe, functional camp for up to several dozen people (within my SW region) that will
handle the basics such as cooking, latrines, sleeping, woodcutting, firepit, washing, etc, as well as how to secure the area against critters and
Equipment and Gear
- What one should have, ready and packed, depending on the situation, what can be easily obtained or substituted, which
tools have the best multi-purpose elements to weight ratio and reliability, etc, and the wierd quirks on how to use them to your advantage.
How to procure potable water
- Possibly the most essential skill of all.
Miscellaneous One-shot skills
- Wierd things that could save your life but would probably only be used once, if ever, in your life, such as
how to make a life preserver out of your pants.
I'm sure I'm forgetting a number of things, but off the top of my head, that's what I can offer the forum.