posted on Dec, 15 2006 @ 02:07 PM
There's lots of talk and discussion about what you need to do to survive in the wilderness. And a person would probably be smart to go out to some
sort of survival camp for a week or something along those lines.
But people aren't going to do that. So what are the most basic survival skills that you need.
It seems like in a lot of situations where people are stranded and die, its not necessary that they build some tremendous shelter, create stores of
medicinal herbs, hunt wild game, or survive even for especially long periods of time.
Say you are driving through the wilderness, and your car breaks down and you're lost and can't even follow a road out?
I'd think that the biggest 'tools' would be being able to build some kind of shelter, to stay dry and off the ground. To be able to build a fire
without matches or anything else that you'd've brought in anticipation. And to be able to know where to get water from. If you'd need to actually
make it out, being able to navigate with a map and a compass would be a tremendous skill.
But by far it seems like the best thing to do is to stay calm, stay resourceful, and not take any dangerous chances.
Recall that recently a man and his family were snowboud in their car. They were trapped for a while. Finally, the man, out of concern for his family,
left the car, to try to find help or a way out or anything. He ended up dying. The rest of this family, in the car, survived because they were found.
He took an incredible risk, and, of course, his motivations were clear. But can you imagine the psychological pressure on him leading up to that
decision to leave the car? It'd take incredible stress to essentially stay put, to, perhaps in your own mind, 'be doing nothing' and not take an
'active' role in your survival.
Its immpossible to say his decision was 'wrong', because they could've all died in that car, or he might've surived long enough to find safety.
But it seems like the cases where people end up surviving are instances where they've just focused on staying alive, not resucing themselves or
anything like that.